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April 27 Compassion Cultivation Training (series)

Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an eight-week program designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy and kindness for oneself and for others. This program was developed at Stanford University by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and neuroscience researchers. CCT integrates contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion as well as traditional contemplative practices.  

Cultivating compassion is built on the foundation that humans have a natural capacity for compassion. However, everyday stress, social pressure and life experience can make it difficult to fully express this capacity. Cultivating compassion develops the strength to be with suffering, the courage to take compassionate action when possible, and resilience in the face of life’s challenges.  Cultivating compassion can also support one’s own health, happiness and well-being. Preliminary research suggests that CCT and similar programs can increase self-compassion and self-care, reduce stress and anxiety, and foster connection with others.

The 8-week course consists of two-hour weekly classes with a variety of activities supporting the cultivation of compassion. These activities include meditation, in-class discussions, in-class exercises and practices in your daily life.

Space is limited to 12 participants.  We ask that participants commit to attending all 8 sessions.

Dates/Time:  Consecutive Mondays, March 30 through May 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Keck Science Building, 380 Roth Way, Room 187.
Instructors: Nanja H. Hansen, LPCC and Margy Lim, MFT are counselors at the Stanford Faculty Staff Help Center and are Certified CCT teachers.
Registration: Click here to register for this free workshop series. BeWell Berry available for eligible employees.

April 28 Parenting Under Pressure (series)

"Parenting under pressure" is something parents do on a constant basis.

As a way to support the demands of this type of pressure, the Faculty Staff Help Center is offering a “drop-in” monthly discussion group for parents to talk about these demands, share parenting tips and resources, and receive support for trying to be the best parents we can be. 

This group is an extension of the four week parenting group recently done for parents of 5-8 year olds, so focus will be on that age group.  However, it can be an option for parents of children up to age 12.

Dates:  Tuesdays, March 31st, April 28th and June 2nd, 2015
Time:  12 p.m.–1 p.m. (Feel free to bring your lunch)
Location:  Faculty Staff Help Center, Keck Science Building, 380 Roth Way (View campus map»)
Facilitators: Mary Foston-English, MFT and Sandra Mikhail, MA Intern

Registration: Click here to register for this event.

April 28 Monthly Caregiver Seminar

Stanford's WorkLife Office partners with Avenidas to offer free monthly seminars for caregivers. You are invited to bring your lunch and join us for these informative seminars.

When Your Caregiving Crisis Becomes an Opportunity to Stay Calm and Move Forward

Join us this month with Paula Wolfson, Avenidas Care Partners Manager, to discuss:

  • How to navigate sudden transitions and shifts in the levels of care a loved one may need
  • Crisis intervention, and strategies for risk management, obtaining resources, staying calm and moving forward

Location: Redwood Hall, Room G19, 243 Panama Street
(see campus map»)

Registration: Please register online. Open to all Stanford faculty, staff, postdocs and retirees. This event is BeWell Berry eligible.

More Information: Monthly Caregiver Seminars