Compassion Cultivation Training
taught by Maya Nader
Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an eight-week course designed to enhance the qualities of strength, courage and resilience. We meet once a week for 2 hours to learn how to integrate meditation into our urban, busy lives. Through in-class interaction, we pause and reassess the business and meaning of our lives. Scientific research and contemporary psychology on compassion reconnect us to our innate compassion and inform a more mindful state of mind. We engage in group exercises and discussions to seek ways to let our empathy arise without feeling overwhelmed. The program was developed at Stanford University Medical School's Center for Compassion and Altrusim Research and Education (CCARE), by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists and researchers.
Research indicates that CCT increases compassion for others, from others, and for self. It also:
- Increases mindfulness skills, self-efficacy, care for self and others, and mind wandering toward pleasant topics.
- Decreases worry and mind wandering onto unpleasant topics.
The CCT program consists of 6 steps over 8 sessions:
Step 1, Session 1 involves settling the mind and neutrally observing one's own thoughts and emotions
Step 2, Session 2, teaches participants how to cultivate loving-kindness and compassion for a loved one
Step 3, Session 3 & 4, helps the participant develop loving-kindness and compassion for oneself
Step 4, Session 5, establishes our shared common humanity, recognizing the interdependence of all living creatures and our fragile blue planet
Step 5, Session 6, deepens the ability to cultivate compassion toward all others, including those we perceive as difficult
Step 6, Session 7, involves visualizing transforming others' pain and suffering and offering them one's own happiness and joy
Session 8, the course culminates with an integrated daily compassion meditation practice
Class size: 6-22 participants
8-Class Sessions: Wednesdays, February 7, 2017 - March 28, 2017, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Course Fees and Scholarships
$320, regular registration
$325, registration with a certificate of completion for CEU’s (see below for more details)
- Income-based reduced fee of $230, available to individuals with an annual household income from all sources of $60,000 or less. For more details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- A limited number of scholarships are available per course. To apply for a scholarship, please review criteria and complete the application form at https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/mindful/237140 Note: Scholarship applicants will be notified no later than 3 weeks prior to the first day of class. Applicants must wait to register for the course until a decision has been made in order to qualify.
**NEW** UW Affiliate Discounts
· 20% for UW Faculty & Employees. Use your UW email address to register, include department name, office, and position.
· 25% if paying with a UW budget number. UW Budget number is required at registration.
Continuing Education Credits
Pay an extra $5 at registration to receive a Certificate of Completion for 16 credit hours for licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, and social workers in Washington State. Please note: the fee for requesting a Certificate of Completion for credit hours AFTER the course begins is $20.
Pay it Forward - Support the Community Scholarship Fund
If you are able to pay more for the course, we encourage you to consider donating to the Mindfulness Outreach Fund which allows CCFW to offer 50% and 100% scholarships to community members to aid in the cost of registration fees for mindfulness courses. Scholarships are awarded to increase accessibility of mindfulness and compassion training for individuals who have limited resources to obtain such training and to those who work in communities experiencing adversity. To make a donation to the scholarship fund, please visit http://giving.uw.edu/mindfulness
About the Instructor
Maya Nader is a certified Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) instructor by CCARE, Stanford University. A native of Beirut, Lebanon, Maya earned her B.A. in Political Science from American University of Beirut. She moved to the US in 1989 at the height of the Lebanese war. As she continued her quest for peace in her country and region, Maya obtained a Master's degree in Communication and Marketing from Boston University. She speaks French, Arabic and English and is grateful for the cultural richness these languages encompass. Through this lens, Maya views compassion as a bridge between cultures and religions and as the cornerstone of a more peaceful world. In her teaching CCT, Maya continues to practice self-help and assist others in broadening compassion, which ultimately creates opportunities for peace. More on Maya Nadar https://mayanader.com/
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Associate Director of Programs
Center for Child & Family Well-Being