Compassion Cultivation Training

Tuesday, 3 October 2017 6:00 PM - Tuesday, 21 November 2017 8:00 PM PST

3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA, 98105, United States

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Tuesday, 3 October 2017 6:00 PM - Tuesday, 21 November 2017 8:00 PM PST

Center for Child and Family Well-Being, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA, 98105, United States.


 Compassion Cultivation Training 

Fall 2017

taught by Diane Hetrick

Course Description

Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an eight-week course designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. The course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion and is offered in a secular presentation. The training includes: 

Mindfulness: Daily meditation, visualization, and breathing practices to develop loving-kindness, empathy, and compassion

Coursework: Two-hour weekly classes that include lecture, discussion and in-class listening and communication exercises with partners and small groups

Assignments: Real-world homework to help you practice compassionate thought and action

In this course, individuals will learn how to:

  • Increase kindness and compassion for themselves and others
  • Develop deeper levels of serenity, resilience, and creativity
  • Calm the mind and direct thoughts more positively
  • Sharpen their ability to focus and pay attention 
  • Access a variety of self-care and techniques

Cultivating compassion goes beyond feeling more concern and empathy for others. It develops the strength to be with suffering, the courage to take compassion action, and resilience in the face of life's challenges. Each of us can nurture and grow our compassionate instinct, like a plant carefully cultivated from a seed. This process requires patience, steady care, proper tools and a supportive environment. 

Pricing and Scholarships 

The course fee is $300.

If you are interested in financial assistance, CCFW offers two options:

  • Income-based reduced fee of $225, available to individuals with an annual household income from all sources of $60,000 or less. For more details, please email 
  • A limited number of scholarships are available per course. To apply for a scholarship, please review criteria and complete the application form at  Note: Scholarship applicants will be notified 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.  

If you are a UW Affiliate and have department approval to pay using a UW budget transfer, you may register for a 25% discount ($225). Please add your department budget number at check out.


Continuing Education Credits

Pay $5 at registration to receive a Certificate of Completion for 16 credit hours for licensed 

psychologistsmarriage and family therapistsmental 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. 


Cancellation Policy

Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel your registration. Below are our cancellation deadlines:

  • Cancellation by 9/19/2017: Full refund less $5 processing fee.
  • Cancellation between 9/20/17-10/3/17: 50% refund less $5 processing fee.
  • After 10/3/17: Refunds cannot be granted after the start of the course. 


Pay it Forward - Support the 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



Class Schedule

8-Class Sessions: Tuesdays from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, October 3- November 21, 2017 


About the Instructor

Diane Hetrick has been studying and practicing in the areas of mind-body healing, mindfulness, meditation, and compassion cultivation most of her adult life. Her more than 30 years of experience as a Physical Therapist working with patients with chronic pain and/or illnesses lead her to explore various body and movement practices, including yoga, dance and qigong, and to explore the area of Mindfulness meditation, in order to help people with stress, pain or dysfunction find more ease, and well-being in their lives.

She completed the Certificate in Mindfulness Facilitation training through the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA. After completing the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Teacher Certification Program, offered through the Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford, she became one of the first certified CCT teachers in the Seattle areaMore at:


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Contact Information
Marcellina DesChamps
Associate Director of Programs
Center for Child & Family Well-Being
Office: 206.221.8508

Cancellation policy

Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel your registration. See below for our refund deadlines:

-- 2 weeks or more before first class: 100% refund minus $5 processing fee
-- Less than 2 weeks before first class: 50% refund minus $5 processing fee
-- After class begins: Refunds will not be given after the class begins.

University of Washington Center for Child & Family Well-being

The Center for Child and Family Well-Being promotes positive development for children and families by translating research for practical application.We share knowledge through education, professional training and outreach to the community.

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