Course One: Foundations of Compassionate Systems | Winter 2017


Includes registration for our six-week online Foundations of Compassionate Systems course.

A discounted course fee of $65 is available for full-time students. Please enter the code “student65” at check out to receive this rate.  Limited scholarship support is available.  Please contact us for further details.



This course provides a blueprint for creating compassionate communities. Participants are introduced to the science of compassion as well as basic tools for systems thinking and community building. The course introduces guided contemplative and other reflective practices to help participants build foundational skills necessary for more stably embodying compassion and care.

Course Dates

The course runs from February 13th-April 21st. Course material will be accessible for two weeks after the conclusion of the course.

Course Layout

This course is laid out in six lessons. Each lesson contains a short teaching and guided meditation, a reflection or experiential activity, and suggestions for home practice. You are invited to complete each week’s lesson at a time that is convenient for you. Most lessons take up to an hour to complete.

Please note that course materials will only be available for a short time after the course concludes. Participants are therefore expected to complete the program within the six weeks so that the full benefits of the program can be experienced. (Please note that no refunds can be given.)

Live Sessions

The course instructor(s) will host optional, live video sessions via Zoom on Thursdays at 4pm PST/7pm EST beginning February 16th, 2017.

In these sessions, the instructor(s) will lead a brief guided meditation, address main themes posted on the discussion board, and answer live questions from participants. Each course member will need to download the free Zoom meeting client in order to join the call. Participants will be able to join via phone or computer, though we prefer participants to use video whenever possible.

Work with a Partner or in a Group

You are welcome to take the course on your own. You may also wish to partner with another participant or self-organize a small group that meets virtually or in-person each week. Building and strengthening community can help sustain and nurture our practice.

Course registration is on the honor system. We do ask that each participant officially register for the course, even if you are working in pairs or in a group.

Course Fees, Registration and Scholarships

The course fee is $125. We offer a reduced rate of $65 for full-time students.

Some scholarship support is available upon request. We strive to make our courses accessible to all who are interested. We will do our best to respond to need-based scholarship requests, particularly those from applicants who represent a diverse life experience (including, but not limited to class, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation) as well as those who serve underserved populations.

We believe it is important for everyone to invest in our learning community. To inquire about financial assistance, please contact us and indicate what contribution you are able to make to the course.

Please also know that paying full price tuition if you are able allow us to offer scholarships and reduced rates to others in need. Thank you in advance for contributing what you can to support yourself and others in this work.


A research team from Northeastern University is conducting pilot research on our online program. The long-term goal of such research is to help us adapt and improve our programs and to inform compassion-based research interventions more broadly.

You may be invited by the research team to complete an anonymous survey before and after the course. Please know that your participation in this research is completely voluntary and will not affect your course participation in any way. In other words, you can participate in the course and choose not to participate in the research study.

CE Credits

This course is approved for 6 CE credits.

The cost of CE credit is $40, payable directly to R. Cassidy Seminars. In order to receive CE credit hours for participating in this course, please follow these steps:

  • Register for CE credit through R. Cassidy Seminars:
  • Be sure to also register directly for the course via our site.
    Complete the test through the R. Cassidy website. A passing grade of 75% is required in order to receive a CE certificate. You can begin the test during the course and retake it should you need to.
  • Once you pass the test, an evaluation form will appear on your screen. Please fill this out completely.
  • Once you complete these steps, a continuing education certificate of completion will appear. We recommend saving a copy for your records.

Please note that failure to complete these steps will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

For questions regarding CE credit, contact R. Cassidy Seminars at 888-992-9199.



R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. 10 CE hours

Social Workers

R. 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 10 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 10 contact hours webinar self-study.

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (10) 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. (10) hours.

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

TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #15. 10 CE hours.

Chemical Dependency Counselors

CA: Provider approved by CFAAP/CAADAC, Provider #4N-00- 434-0218 for (10) 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, (10) hours general and/or (#) hours, Expires 3/31/2017. 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. 10 hours.

TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (10) CE Hours.


CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (10) 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, please contact R. Cassidy Seminars (866-992-9399).