Cultivating Compassionate Presence

An 8-week professional online training for professionals and trained volunteers working in healthcare, social and human services and education.

This course offers contemplative tools for deepening professional skills and competencies in listening and responding to patients and clients. Research reveals ongoing contemplative practices including mindfulness or meditation can also improve attention and memory, increase compassionate responses, reduce stress, increase confidence in challenging situations and renew enthusiasm. Students learn these practical resources that help foster a greater sense of self-awareness, well-being, and prevent burnout.


  • Working with our intention

  • Being present with suffering

  • Cultivating authentic presence using mindfulness and meditation

  • Sustaining a compassionate attitude and building resilience

  • The nature of suffering in modern care systems

  • Finding the right balance: the practice of Loving-Kindness

  • Caring for difficult patients and clients

  • Simple steps to continue to practice compassionate presence in life and work

This course is part of our Certificate in Contemplative End-of-Life Care Program.


CE Contact Hours

This course has been approved for 8 Continuing Education Contact Hours by the Association of Professional Chaplains and by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 15607. The Association for Death Education and Counseling® has deemed this program as counting toward the continuing education requirements for the ADEC CT and FT program.

How does online learning work?

I am already feeling the benefits beyond just the course and into the mindfulness I take into a room when I visit a client...
— Melissa Halliday, clinician

Winter / Spring / Fall Sessions

Next course: Winter Session, Jan 14 - Mar 9 / 2020

Fee: $295