Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT®), a program of Emory University, was brought to Los Angeles in 2014 by Certified CBCT Teacher, Wendy Saunders.  Wendy also serves as Senior Manager of Leadership Development for YMCA of the USA.  Wendy offers the 8 to 10-week CBCT course periodically at YMCAs in the L.A. area.  The next CBCT course will be offered at the Hollywood YMCA beginning on July 2, 2017 (contact Wendy to sign up).  She also offers CBCT 1:1 by request.

Compassion is a trait that can be developed and expanded.  This view is supported by contemporary science (see the Research page of this site for links to studies).  Through the CBCT program, participants build a foundation of mindfulness that enhances mental stability and awareness of mental activity.  Analytical mental exercises and the creation of a secure emotional base support inner exploration that can lead to self-compassion. Other tools are introduced which help participants cultivate a greater sense of closeness with others, feelings of appreciation and affection, empathy, and a strong sense of compassionate concern for an expanding circle of people.

CBCT training has been found to be beneficial by business leaders, educators, social workers, medical and mental health professionals, students, chaplains, and others wishing to build resiliency, improve relationships, enhance interpersonal skills, and/or simply cultivate this universal human value.

The program is appropriate for beginners as well as more experienced contemplative practitioners.  No previous meditation experience is necessary.  In addition to the courses held in Los Angeles, CBCT is offered through Emory University, through other organizations in the Atlanta area, and through the University of Arizona.  To sign up for a CBCT course in Los Angeles, please email or use the Contact page on this site.