Two-Day Intensive

Saturday, March 12, 2016

9am - 6pm

Sunday, March 13, 2016

9am - 3pm

Fort Mason Center Firehouse

2 Marina Boulevard

San Francisco, CA 94123

Workshop Overview

This weekend intensive–designed for teachers, health care professionals, social workers, parents, activists, and all others interested in caring professions–offers an introduction to Sustainable Compassion Training (SCT). In our helping roles, we are called to constantly extend care to others, yet specific methods for cultivating this type of sustainable care are generally not taught in professional schools. SCT is a method designed to help all people who care for others within their family, work and community life realize a power of unconditional care from within that is deeply healing and sustaining, that makes them more fully present to themselves and others, and that empowers a strong, active compassion for persons that is not subject to empathy fatigue and burnout.   

SCT highlights our need to experience ourselves as objects of care and compassion in order to extend care and compassion widely to others; our need to be seen in our unconditional worth and human potential in order to see the same in others; and our need to become present to our own feelings with kindness in order to become reliably present to others with kindness.   For those purposes, SCT meditations cultivate three interrelated modes of care as a basis for compassionate action. These three modes are:  (1) receiving care, (2) extending care to others, and (3) deep self-care. In this workshop, we will present the science of care and compassion, practice methods for receiving care, extending care, and enhancing self-care, and explore ways of strengthening our compassion practices in daily life.

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the science and need for compassion and care
  • Understand the connection between receiving care, self care, and extending care
  • Identify obstacles to receiving, extending, and self care
  • Understand the importance of receiving and self care for avoiding burnout and empathy fatigue
  • Practice skills for enhancing care for self and others


JohnMakransky_headshotJohn Makransky, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, co-founder of the Foundation for Active Compassion and of the Courage of Care Coalition, and author of the popular meditation manual Awakening through Love. For the past fifteen years, he has taught ways to cultivate sustainable care and compassion, adapted from Buddhism in newly accessible ways, to teachers, healthcare givers, social workers, psychotherapists, and those who work with prisoners, the hungry, and the dying.


BDLBrooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D. is the Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition. She is also Senior Education Consultant to Mind & Life's Ethics, Education, and Human Development Initiative and a co-developer of the Call to Care program for teachers and students. Brooke has developed and led compassion- and mindfulness-based programs in various education and health care settings.

Continuing Education Credits

This retreat is approved for 12 CE credit hours for psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, educators and nurses.  

The cost of CE credit is $40, payable directly to R. Cassidy Seminars.  To earn CE credit for participating in this two-day intensive, participants must: 

  1. Register for the intensive by purchasing a ticket below.
  2. Register for CE credit through R. Cassidy Seminars (RCS) at the following link: and pay the $40 CE fee.  When you register for CE credit, you will create a login through the RCS website.
  3. Once you register for CE credit via the R. Cassidy Seminars link, you will be prompted to complete an online evaluation.  After completing the online evaluation, you will be able to access and print your CE certificate. 

This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars. For questions regarding continuing education credit for this intensive, contact R. Cassidy Seminars staff via email ( or phone (888-992-9199).

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.


Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. 12 CE hours

Social Workers

Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2015-April 15, 2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 14.75 continuing education clock hours.

CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers

NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 12 contact hours live

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (12) clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists

CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.

Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors and MFTs.

IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141.  (12) hours.

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (12) clock hours, #RCST110701

TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 (12) CE hours.

Chemical Dependency Counselors

CA: Provider approved by CFAAP/CAADAC, Provider #4N-00-434-0212 for (12) CEHs. CAADAC is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states

TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (12) hours general. Expires 3/31/2016.  Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297.


IL: Provider approved by the Illinois State Board of Certification #080304164719171. (12) CE Hours.

TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (12) CE Hours.


CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (12) contact hours

Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 10 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.