Compassion Cultivation Training

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Compassion Cultivation Training 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: Mindfulness: Daily activities include meditation, visualization and breathing practices to develop loving-kindness, empathy and compassion.

Class time: Weekly two-hour classes include lecture and discussion, as well as listening and communication activities with partners and in small groups.

Assignments: Real-world homework will 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 skills and techniques.

Cultivating compassion goes beyond feeling more concern and empathy for others. It helps you develop the strength to be with suffering, the courage to take compassionate 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.


  • $325 fee for the eight-week series.
  • 14.6 CEU hours offered to RNs, MSWs and PT/OT providers. Contact the instructor for specifics regarding credits.
  • No previous meditation experience is required, although willingness to practice daily meditation is a key component of the training.

Schedule and register

Classes are scheduled for Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters and take place at the Swedish First Hill Campus. 

For information about the program, scholarships or registration, please email Diane Hetrick or call 206-386-6888. If you email, please include your phone number in your message.

About the instructor and curriculum

Diane Hetrick, PT, has been studying and practicing in the areas of mind-body healing, mindfulness, meditation and compassion cultivation for many years. She completed the Certificate in Mindfulness Facilitation training through UCLA, and the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) program at Stanford University and is a certified CCT teacher. She currently works at Swedish First Hill, outpatient rehabilitation services, offering individual treatment for patients dealing with chronic pain and stress-related illnesses, and offering classes in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Cultivation Training. She also speaks on these topics to health care providers and
the public.

Quotes from previous participants:

“I feel more content, more fortunate, more capable, less hopeless.”

“I am able to calm myself and break patterns of negative thoughts.”

“Now I listen to others with compassion and under-standing, rather than talking or thinking of what I will say next. A slowing down has occurred that is very pleasant and helpful to me. Thank you very much.”

“Diane is an excellent and caring teacher. Her innate kindness makes the class feel very safe. Her sincere enthusiasm for the material on compassion is inspiring.”