with Brandel France de Bravo
Empathy and compassion… there’s been a lot of talk lately about these two qualities. Who has them, who doesn’t, and the need for compassionate leadership. Months into the pandemic, physicians, nurses and other health professionals are complaining of burnout and compassion fatigue. Many of us, whether or not we’re front-line workers, worry that an empathy deficit is fueling our nation’s divide. Could teaching people how to tap into their innate powers of compassion be the answer? The Washington Post seems to think so; in January of this year, the newspaper published “In an Angry America, a New Remedy Emerges: Compassion.”
If you’re interested in learning more about compassion and starting or deepening a meditation practice, you might enjoy taking Compassion Cultivation Training©, a course developed at Stanford University over a decade ago.
Designed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers, Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT™) is taught at Stanford’s Medical School and around the world by certified teachers. The 8-week (16 hours) course can strengthen your natural capacity for compassion, empathy and kindness—toward yourself and others—and increase resilience. Many who have taken the course say that it has given them a sense of balance and allowed them to live with greater joy and intention.
The class will meet every Monday on Zoom from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for 8 weeks, beginning on October 19th. Class dates: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and December 7.
Each class builds upon the previous, but if you have to miss one class, that’s okay. CE credit will be given as long as you attend 7 of the 8 classes. Each week includes:
In-class guided meditations and online recordings for use at home
Group discussions and in-class exercises relevant to each week’s theme
Optional readings, videos, and practices for outside the classroom to enhance learning and support a daily meditation and compassion practice
14 credits are available to the following professionals:
|Physicians||Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit|
|Physician Assistants||(ACCME) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit|
|Nurses||American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)|
|Nurse Practitioners||American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)|
|Psychologists||American Psychological Association (APA)|
|Case Managers||Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC)|
|Physical Therapists||(ACCME) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit|
|Social Workers||National Association of Social Workers (NASW)|
|General Participation Certificate||Provided to other attendees not included above.|
Cost to enroll:
Register by or on October 1, 2020 for the “Early Bird” price of $300 without CMEs/CEs or $400 with CMEs/CEs. Register between October 2 and October 15 and pay $375 without CMEs/CEs tuition and $475 with CMEs/CEs. 16 hours of class time for 14 credits.
About Brandel France de Bravo, MPH
Brandel France de Bravo holds a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University and is a graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers. She has two decades of experience researching and designing health interventions in the U.S. and abroad. She has run an HIV prevention program in Africa, designed harm reduction strategies for intravenous drug users in Central Asia, and developed materials to help cancer patients in the U.S. make informed decisions about their treatment. She is co-author of a parenting book influenced by the RIE philosophy of infant-toddler care and is a published poet and essayist. She studied Compassion Cultivation Training with founding faculty while a fellow at Stanford University and is honored to be a certified teacher of CCT.