Humans are wired for compassion but daily stressors and life experiences can affect our capacity to respond with kindness. This can be especially true for those in the healthcare profession as they are constantly caring for others. Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) aims to re-connect practitioners and other professionals in the field to the feelings and purpose of providing care and compassion for others.
The course consists of lectures and group discussion to support the inner capacity to care for ourselves and others, interactive exercises and informal practices to increase mindfulness and joy in everyday life, and a structured sequence of guided meditations aimed at cultivating a warm-hearted and robust responsiveness while protecting against burnout.
CCT was developed at Stanford University based on traditional contemplative practice as well as contemporary psychology and scientific research. The program has been shown to increase self-compassion and build resilience to stress, allowing for enhanced well-being.
Instructor: Bornali Basu, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and on faculty at the NYU Langone School of Medicine. She is dually certified to teach CCT through Stanford School of Medicine’s CCARE and the Compassion Institute.