Burnout has been increasingly acknowledged as a growing crisis in healthcare. In this context, the skills to manage stress, calm the nervous system, and process emotions such as anxiety, fear, anger, and grief are all the more important. The goal of Compassion Institute (CI) is to serve those who serve us – to equip healthcare professionals with the tools and skills to care for their own well-being, which will ultimately also benefit the patients and communities they serve.

About Compassion Institute

The Compassion Institute (CI) is a global advocate for compassion education, programs, and research. Our work was initiated at Stanford University School of Medicine Neurosciences Institute in 2009 to support human health, well-being, and interpersonal relationships within organizations and communities. Programs are developed by thought leaders and industry experts in compassion science and education, contemplative science, psychology, healthcare, and social sciences. 

Compassionate Healthcare Program: 2020 Overview

Research has shown CI’s flagship 8- week program, Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT), can lead to:


  • Happiness
  • Calmness
  • Acceptance of emotions
  • Self-acceptance
  • Job satisfaction
  • Self-caring behavior
  • Compassion for self and others
  • Openness to receiving compassion from others


  • Worry
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Mind wandering
  • Emotional suppression
  • Reports of chronic pain severity



6 weeks, 1 hour/week, live online
The goal of the course is twofold: (1) to increase both clinicians' self-awareness around their experiences of burnout and their connection to purpose and joy in work, and (2) to equip clinicians with mindfulness and compassion-based skills and tools to support resilience that can be integrated seamlessly into their busy daily schedules. The training is designed to help clinicians cultivate and sustain new habits without adding to existing time pressures.


2 consecutive days/weeks (4 hours/day) / 4 consecutive days/weeks (2 hours/day), live online
This intensive workshop condenses the essence of CI’s flagship 8-week Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) into a workshop format. Drawing from contemplative science, neuroscience, and psychology, the content is supported by research on the efficacy of CCT.

Topics and skills covered include:

  • Awareness and settling the mind
  • Empathy and empathic distress
  • Self-Compassion and Self-Appreciation
  • Loving-Kindness and Compassion for Others 


8 weeks, 2 hour/week
This course is designed to cultivate the inherent quality of compassion that we as humans all have, so that it becomes the default stance from which we live and respond in daily life. Compassion for oneself and others is strengthened. Each class includes didactic, pair/group exercises, and contemplative practice.

For more information, please contact:

Jane Chun
Program Director, Specialized Programs
347 781 1869