Stamford University offers a course right up the alley of social workers looking to find more compassion, Compassion Cultivation Training (CTT). This course:
“is an 8-week program designed to help you improve your resilience and feel more connected to others—ultimately providing an overall sense of well-being.
CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness.”
Although open to individuals and caregivers, the course is also suggested for executives and managers as well as therapists and those in the health care industry. It has commonly been recorded that the stress associated with medical field professions can leave one with difficulty connecting or having compassion for themselves and others. This article, by Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, stresses the importance of Compassion Cultivation Training to health professionals, specifically physicians.
“To cope with the future, health care professionals will need new resilience in the face of suffering, expanded capabilities to pay attention in more complex environments, and greater emotional intelligence in their relationships to care for others while also caring for themselves.”
CTT does just this by teaching physicians the skills they need to fight burnout and compassion fatigue, work more collaboratively, and increase meaningful connections and communications. This is such an under-served issue, and CCT sounds like an excellent way to address it.
Written By Georgianna Dolan-Reilly, LMSW
SJS Staff Writer