Compassion Skills Training

Compassion development addresses your needs at the Individual, interpersonal,
Organizational, and Community Levels…the time is now.

Who is using CompassionST:
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Compassion for need:

Compassion is strongly correlated with improved immune system, physical wellbeing, and improved psychological functioning.

Being compassionate towards others has many health benefits such as lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure and lower cortisol. Cohen and Wills (1985) suggest that compassion may serve as a buffer against stress.

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Compassion to Optimize:

Importantly, compassion facilitates workplace performance by lowering levels of litigation, easing stress, and facilitating cooperation.

While self-compassion and global self-esteem are highly correlated, self-compassion has a host of additional benefits. For example, self-compassionate people tend to have higher resilience and are better able to cope with failure as they tend to be driven by a desire to learn.

General recommendations have been published for preventing burnout with interventions aimed at addressing institutional dynamics, work environment, personal development, and self-care. There remains a critical need for interventions that can be easily reproduced in healthcare programs which result in increased compassion, self-compassion, reduced compassion fatigue, burnout, stress, anxiety and depression demonstrate sustained results.

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Compassion Skills Training:

The Compassion Skills Training (CST) is an online compassion development tool that leverages behavioral science, social networks and interpersonal interactions to enable participants to develop compassion for self and others in a safe, supportive and measurable environment.

Participants learn about each other by answering specific questions, discussing and taking actions to further their own compassion for others and for themselves. This happens while learning and applying other critical elements of personal and social well-being, such as mindfulness, connection with core values, emotional literacy, growth mindsets, behavioral engagement and addressing potential blocks to giving and receiving kindness.

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Compassion Skills Training in 8 sessions

The CST can be offered with many different points of emphasis. For example, in the healthcare context, it can focus on issues of burn out, vicarious trauma and empathy fatigue, utilized as a tool which offers psycho-education and peer support for doctors, nurses and mental health providers. Dimensions of personal wellbeing will be weaved together with synergistically enhancing systems functioning towards increased productivity.

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The partner meetings take place online, via video-chat. Participants go through 8 predefined (but flexible) sessions of compassion development assignments, where relevant questions and discussion points are offered to complete as a team. Both partners complete an online application, agree to an eight session commitment, collaborate toward mutually accepted goals, tracking accomplishments and receive credit for each achievement. Each session consists of pre discussion psycho-educational reading (approx. 3-6 pages) and short self-directed exercises, leading into partner discussions. CST concludes after 8 weeks.

Compassion Skills Training at workplace

CST is easy to manage independently. Features such as automatic matching, waitlists, constant feedback, and prevention of problem participants are embedded in the program. Data is providedin easy to analyze spreadsheet. CST can be used to facilitate compassion development relationships between parents, teachers, administration and between community business, associations and organizations, with customizability to meet the needs of compassion fatigue and stress for teachers (as teaching requires enormous emotional labor). Organizations can use the data generated for employee support, accreditation, marketing, corporate social responsibility and recruitment.


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  • The program gave me a very positive and caring outlook I never had before. Learning about empathy and compassion was truly an eye opener for me. It taught me to be grateful for the good and bad that comes in my life, as they are part of who I am. As a result, I am more confident when I talk to strangers. People I may not know are human just like me and have feelings and emotions. I can now easily talk to managers and superiors at my place of work. These managers started out like me in lower positions and have lessons to share. Success doesn’t always come from money but strength and taking risks. People always tell me I am always smiling and thinking positive. Due to this program my stress has gone down and my energy/positive outlook have gone up.
    - Line Manager


Two Stanford affiliated psychologists (Social/Industrial-Organizational and Clinical),
created the CST with the goal of facilitating individual, social, organizational and social goals in a valid, evidence based and scalable way.
Dr. Daniel E Martin, California State University
Daniel E. Martin, Ph.D.

California State University, East Bay/Charter for Compassion/CCARE-Stanford University

Daniel E. Martin, Ph.D. is the creator of CST (platform, applications, research and design) as well as Associate Professor of Management at California State University, East Bay, and Director of Research at the Charter for Compassion. Formerly a Visiting Associate Professor at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University (and currently a collaborating scientist), a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law & Society at UC Berkeley, a Research Fellow for the U.S. Army Research Institute as well as a Personnel Research Psychologist for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, he has worked with private, public and non-profit organizations on pre-employment selection, training, and organizational assessment. His research interests include: compassion, social capital, ethical behavior, racism and prejudice, human resources assessment, religiosity, spirituality and humor. Dan holds TEDxHayward at CSUEB highlighting quantitative efforts in Peace Innovation.

Dan is published in a range of journals including Journal of Business Ethics, Personnel Review, Human Organization, Ethics and Behavior, and the Journal of Applied Psychology. Current research streams investigate compassion interventions as well as the impact of ideology on compassion and psychological well-being. His current applied work on the use of untapped social capital to ameliorate social problems serve as a research, skills development and assessment platform. Dan holds a Ph.D. in Social and Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Howard University.

Yotam Heineberg, Palo Alto University
Yotam Heineberg, PsyD

Palo Alto University, CCARE - Stanford University

Dr. Yotam Heineberg, PsyD, is the author of the Compassionate skills Training online program. He earned his doctorate at the PGSP-Stanford consortium at Palo Alto University. His research focused on the cycle of violence, trauma and aggression, which led him to seek out solutions to address these fundamental human problems through the vehicle of compassion. He went on to pursue post-doctoral training at Stanford's Center for Compassion and Altruism, Research and Education (CCARE) where he now serves as a Research Fellow. Dr. Heineberg is trained in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) with Professor Paul Gilbert, who developed the approach in the UK. He collaborates with the British Compassionate Mind Foundation. As clinical faculty at Palo Alto University he offers supervision, clinical and didactic training in CFT as well as other compassion-focused approaches to health and well being. He is currently engaged with developing and delivering relational, compassion-focused online interventions for various populations such as health care providers, educators, public servers, and leadership training.