Compassion Cultivation Training

About cct

Compassion Cultivation Training  (CCT) is an 8-week program designed to help you develop compassion, empathy, and kindness for yourself and others. CCT was developed by a team of researchers, psychologists and contemplative scholars at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University.  

Cultivating compassion involves developing specific skills in how we relate to ourselves and others, and intentionally choosing compassionate thoughts and actions. In CCT, the training process includes:

  • Regular meditation practices to develop loving-kindness, empathy, and compassion
  • A two-hour weekly class that includes education, discussion, and in-class partner and small-group listening and communication exercises.
  • Real-world “homework” assignments to practice compassionate thoughts and action

WHy Cultivate compassion?

Cultivating compassion is more than just feeling empathy and caring for others. It involves developing the strength to care for others in a balanced and sustainable way. The practices taught in CCT promote wise, compassionate action across a range of situations, and support resilience to distress and burnout. These skills can lead to better engagement and communication in relationships, increased ability to handle stressful situations, higher job satisfaction, and greater psychological wellbeing.

Upcoming trainings

View our complete list of upcoming CCT trainings here.

FInd out more

CCT is relevant for people from a range of professional backgrounds. To find out more about the specific benefits of CCT for healthcare workers, educators, for businesses and corporations, and for social services and the public sector, you can download this PDF.