Course Two: Tools for Personal Transformation | Cultivating Care | Spring 2017


This course offers participants an introduction to Sustainable Compassion Training’s (SCT’s) three modes of care and compassion. It is designed to help participants strengthen their personal practice of mindfulness and compassion, and to learn strategies for avoiding empathy fatigue and burnout.


There are no pre-requisites for this course. If you are looking for more background theory and some basic support in developing a meditation practice, you might consider beginning with course one.

We offer a reduced rate of $145 for people in social service who require some financial assistance. We also offer a discounted rate of $95 for full-time students. Please see below for registration codes and more information about scholarships.



Course Dates

The course runs from April 24th-June 30th. Course material will be accessible for two weeks after the conclusion of the course. Participants will have access to guided meditation audio files and meditation scripts after the conclusion of the course.

Course Layout

This course is laid out in ten 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 two weeks after the course concludes. Participants are therefore expected to complete the program within the ten 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 several times throughout the course on the following days/times:

May 2nd @ 5pm PST/7pm CST/8pm EST

May 23rd @ 5pm PST/7pm CST/8pm EST 

June 13th @ 5pm PST/7pm CST/8pm EST

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.

Zoom call in information will be made available to registered participants via email.

Affinity Groups

In addition to the live, optional video sessions described above that are open to all course participants, we are offering two affinity groups for people of color and LGBT persons.

The LGBT affinity group, led by Martin Vitorino, offers an opportunity for participants to explore SCT’s three modes of compassionate care through an LGBT-conscious lens. It will offer an affirming space to unpack the ways our individual identities and experiences relating to sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression have shaped our relationship to receiving, extending and practicing self-care. Individuals who identify along the LGBT spectrum as well as allies are invited to join us.

More details coming soon!

The affinity group for people of color, led by Chrissy Colon Bradt, offers a protected space where people of color can discuss their experiences with sustainable compassion practices. As people of color we know our experiences are unique and encompass both deep joy and celebration in our identities and cultures as well as the pain of systemic oppression, microaggressions, alienation and identity confusion.  While we believe that SCT can offer all people tools to navigate, accept and challenge the complicated world we live in, we are especially interested in holding space that supports and responds specifically to the needs of people of color.  

More details coming soon!

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 $195. We offer a reduced rate of $145 for people in social service who require some financial assistance. We also offer a discounted rate of $95 for full-time students.

To receive the student rate, enter the code “student100” at checkout. To receive the reduced rate, enter the code “sustainable50” at checkout.

We are committed to making our courses accessible to all who are interested, and we also believe it is important for everyone to invest in our learning community. To inquire about further financial assistance, please contact us and indicate what contribution you are able to make to the course. We will then send you a special registration code.

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 10 CE credit hours.

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 at:
  • 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).