Kaiser Permanente Medical Center – Summer 2016


Is it really possible to choose empathy and compassion when you’re confronted with the reality of life’s inevitable challenges? In this 8-week course participants will have an in-depth opportunity to learn evidence-based practices to cultivate compassion, discover what blocks it and learn practical processes for how you can access compassion and empathy as a response to the overwhelming needs and demands that are inextricably a part of your professional and personal daily life experience. 

To: All Marin/Petaluma Physicians & Staff

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To REGISTER please fill out the form below.

Early registration is recommended. 

(Space in this course is LIMITED.)

  • Instructor:        ROBERT CUSICK
  • Dates:                June 21 – August 9, 2016 (8-consecutive Tuesdays)
  • Time                   6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Location:           Kaiser Permanente Medical Center |100 Smith Ranch Road | San Rafael                                                                                                                                   (Conference Room B, 2nd Floor) 
  • Course Fee:       $275 – $325 – $375 sliding scale (If you can pay at the higher rate, please do                                     so as this will help allow others with financial challenges to attend.)
  • CEUs:                 This program is approved for CEUs for psychologists, nurses, MFTs                                         and LPCCs *.


Course Description

CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training™) is an 8-week course that was developed in the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine. It was designed to cultivate the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness in and for oneself and others. It combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology, scientific research and experiential processes that can help you to both allow and understand the many different ways compassion can be experienced — in order to lead a more compassionate life.

Scientific studies suggest that a kind and compassionate attitude can greatly reduce the distress people feel in difficult situations and become a profound personal resource in times of stress. Through instruction and the interactive nature of the processes incorporated in this course, you will have opportunities to cultivate new ways in which to access, recognize, and strengthen compassion and empathy − as a default response to the ever-present challenges that characterize our human experience.

In this course, participants will explore questions about the nature of compassion relevant to the ebb & flow of their own real-world daily life experiences. The content of the course is holistic, meaning various modalities have been woven into its design to address the multiplicity of levels and richness of our shared common humanity. Processes include: Guided compassion techniques, some movement and breathing exercises, meditation exercises, along with contemplative practices and inquiry — intended to release that which blocks your ability to access the qualities of empathy, connection, openhearted presence and compassion.

More information is available at: http://ccare.stanford.edu/about/mission-vision


* American Psychological Association: Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for its programs and their content. California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs and MFTs for programs from CE approved sponsors of the American Psychological Association. LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval. California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP10318) for licensed nurses in California through the cosponsorship of the Institute of Noetic Sciences



Robert Cusick trained at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). He is a Certified Stanford CCT™ (Compassion Cultivation Training) Instructor and teaches at Stanford University, UCSF, and in multiple other venues. As a long time meditator and former monk, Robert ordained in Burma under the renowned meditation master, Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, and studied with him from 2003 – 2012.  He has studied in the Soto Zen tradition while in residence at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, in the Ridhwan School’s Diamond approach with A. H. Almaas (Hameed Ali), and at Spirit Rock Meditation Center with Gil Fronsdal PhD, Jack Kornfield PhD, and others. He provides grief and bereavement support for adults and children at Kara kara-grief.org in Palo Alto, where he co-leads men’s grief groups and facilitates retreats for fathers grieving the death of a child. He serves at Kara as an Educational Consultant and directs, teaches and co-facilitates trainings for Kara’s Caregivers Forum and Adult Services Program. Robert sits on the Board of Directors of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies http://www.sati.org/.

You can contact him at: info@thecompassiontrain.com




Payment is required to complete the registration process.

Please read the waiver of liability and cancellation/refund policy below and electronically sign by selecting the checkbox for the waiver and selecting the checkbox for the cancellation/refund policy. Students must understand and complete the waiver and cancellation/refund policy in order to register for and attend CCT courses.

Waiver of Liability

I accept full responsibility for my health and voluntarily complete this Acknowledgment and Waiver of Liability. I understand and agree that the services and tools offered by Robert Cusick are not intended to replace or be substituted for medical or psychiatric care. It is recognized that the trainings may at times make participants feel vulnerable. CCT is not a therapeutic intervention for psycho-pathological disorders as defined in the DSM, and is not meant to be used as such. By completing this release and consent I assume all risk for any physical or mental consequences of participating in the course. By signing this release I also specifically and expressly agree to hold harmless, indemnify and release Robert Cusick and each of his/their respective employees, partners, agents and associates from any and all liability for the results of the educational guidance that will be or has been provided. Moreover, I acknowledge that the particulars shared in this 8-week course by other participants are to be maintained as confidential. I will not blog or otherwise report on content shared in this class in any form of media. I also acknowledge that taking this course does not entitle participants to teach course content or represent themselves as affiliates to or with Robert Cusick, CCT or Stanford University CCARE.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Full refunds may only be issued if your cancellation request is received no later than June 7, 2016 two (2) weeks prior to start of the workshop on June 21, 2016. A partial refund (minus a $75 processing fee) may be issued if the cancellation request is received between 2-weeks and 3 business days before the first class session. No refunds will be made for cancellations less than 3 business days before the first class session. All refund requests must be sent by email to info@thecompassiontrain.com.

Payment is required to complete the registration process.

The “Sliding Scale” course fee is: $275 – $325 – $375.  (If you can pay at one of the higher rates, please do so as this will help allow others with financial challenges to attend.)  When you click on the “Buy Now” button below it will take you directly to the PayPal website. You will get an email confirmation when your payment has been received and your registration is confirmed. Thank you.

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90 E. Portola Avenue
Los Altos, CA 94022

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