Kara (Palo Alto): Summer 2019

Compassion Cultivation Training™ (CCT)

Is it really possible to choose empathy and compassion when 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 to access compassion and empathy as a response to the overwhelming needs and demands that are shared by us all and are inextricably a part of our personal and profession daily life experience.

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KARA (Palo Alto): Summer 2019

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Early Registration Recommended 

Instructor:       Robert Cusick

Dates:                 Jun 26 – Aug 14, 2019

                                  Eight Wednesdays | 6:30 – 8:30 pm  

Location:          Kara | 1140 Cowper Street  | First Presbyterian Church (Classroom 3)| Palo Alto, CA 94301 

Course Fee:    $395  

CE’s:                     14 CE’s available* for LCSWs, MFTs, RNs, and licensed psychologists

* If you are an LCSW, MFT, RN, or licensed psychologist, you may enroll to earn 14 CE credits for a $65 fee. By enrolling for CE credits, you agree it is solely your responsibility to arrive on time, sign in and out at each class, and submit a separate course evaluation form at the end of the final class. No partial CE credits are available if you miss more than one class. You may not add CE credits to your registration after your registration is complete. CE credits for other professions are not available at this time.

CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. SCRC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRNM Provider CEP 16887) for licensed nurses in California. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

For questions about CEs, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com

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 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/


 Robert Cusick trained at Stanford University in the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and is a Stanford Lecturer and Certified Sr. Stanford CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training) Instructor. He teaches at Stanford University, the University of CA, San Francisco (UCSF), Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers and in multiple other venues. As a former monastic, he undertook extensive study and practice in multiple contemplative traditions and ordained in Burma under the renowned meditation master, Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, training with him from 2003 to 2012. He provides bereavement support for adults at Kara, in Palo Alto, where he also teaches and co-facilitates ongoing trainings for Kars’s Adult Services Programs and for Kara’s quarterly Caregiver’s Forum. Robert sits on the board of directors of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies.

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, NeelamaStanford University, CCARE and Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) 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, Stanford University, CCARE, CCT, Kara and all training staff and each of 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 class 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 CCARE/Stanford University.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Full refunds may only be issued if your cancellation request is received no later than three (3) weeks prior to the first class session. A partial refund (minus a $95 processing fee) may be issued if the cancellation request is received between 3 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.

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The course fee is: $395

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6 Delmar Court  |  Redwood City, CA 94063

For more information or if you have questions:
Contact: info@thecompassiontrain.com