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CBCT® Compassion Training is Finally Here! *CEU's Available and issued from Emory University

  • BE Here Now & {SAMA} Food for Balance 56 East Andrews Drive, Suite 17 Atlanta, GA 30305 USA (map)

From Aug. 15th, 2018-Oct. 10th, 2018 (* No Class the Week of Wed. Sept. 26th) See class schedule below.

** ATTENTION MHPs, Social Workers, Psychologists, Nurses, Medical and Mental Health Care Professional, Chaplains, Educators and others in need of Continued Education...

**20 CORE CEU CREDITS for MHPS are available and will be issued from Emory University--all others, please check with your licensing board to see how the CEU's will translate to you--most all boards give credit, but may apply as Contact Hours i.e. 1 Contact Hour = 10 hours of class. 

Location: SAMA Food For Balance 56 E. Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta 30305

Register Today for the Special Early Bird Pricing: $150.00

After June 1st: $200.00

Dates and schedule of class:

Aug. 15th 12:00-1:00pm Introduction

Aug. 22nd 12:00-1:00pm Module I and Nurturing Moment

Aug. 29th 12:00-1:00pm Module II

Sept. 5th 12:00-1:00pm Module III

Sept. 9th 11:00am-3:00pm Retreat I (*Mandatory for all participants receiving CE Credits) (**Optional for all other participants) ***Please note in check out when scheduling. 

Sept. 12th 12:00-1:00pm Module III

Sept. 19th 12:00-1:00pm Module IV

Sept. 26th NO CLASS

Oct. 3rd 12:00-1:00pm Module V

Oct. 10th 12:00-1:00pm Module VI

Oct. 14th 11:00am-3:00pm Retreat II (*Mandatory for all participants receiving CE Credits) (**Optional for all other participants)

Join me and Penny Clements (a seasoned practitioner of CBCT®) every Wednesday in this incredible teaching of meditative compassion training. It will be happening at the beautiful and delicious {SAMA} Food For Balance in Atlanta. Take a lunch break with your friends and head on over to {SAMA} for yummy and nutritious food, and an 8-week LUNCH & LEARN EXPERIENCE YOU WILL NOT FORET! Come to be Educated---Leave Inspired!

Expand Your Ability to Practice Compassion for Self and Others. In this 8 week CBCT® course you will learn Cognitively-Based Compassion Training. CBCT® is a method for cultivating greater well-being through the use of reflective meditation practices. Developed at Emory University by Lobsang Tenzin Negi, PhD, CBCT® fosters resiliency, improves relationships, and simply expands this universal human value in self and others. For peer-reviewed scientific research click here.

20 CE Credits are available. Two 4-hour mini retreats are available to all, but will be required for those wanting CE Credits. The mini retreats will be held at SAMA from 11a-3p on Sunday, Sept. 9th and 11a-3p on Sunday, Oct. 14th. 

* The two mini retreats are mandatory for those wanting CE Credits, and optional for all other participants. At registration check-out you can let us know what you decide. I hope for all to attend the additional retreats as they will allow you to dig a little deeper.  

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Class meets every Wednesday from 12:00pm-1:00pm Aug. 15th-Oct. 10th. We will not be meeting the week of Sept. 26th due to Fall Break. Mandatory attendance at the two mini retreats on Sept. 9th and Oct. 14th is required to receive CE CREDIT. The retreats are optional for all other participants. 


"CBCT® is a cognitively-based compassion training that deliberately and systematically works to cultivate compassion. Through progressive exercises (beginning with the development of attentional stability and progressing through various analytical meditations), one gains insight into how one's attitudes and behaviors support or hinder compassionate response. The practice of CBCT intensifies the desire to help others, allowing compassion to become more natural and spontaneous in one's everyday life. It also helps increase personal resiliency by grounding one in realistic expectations of self and others."

CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) is a method for cultivating greater well-being through the use of reflective practices.  Developed at Emory University in 2004 by Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, PhD, CBCT is based on centuries-old techniques from the Indo-Tibetan tradition.  Negi drew from the lojong tradition, a set of meditative practices designed to bring about ‘thought transformation,’ to create this contemporary and secular method.

"Analytical mental exercises are used to progressively foster compassion through a process that begins with the stabilization of attention and awareness of mental activity.   With increased calmness of mind, the practitioner can cultivate a greater sense of closeness and connectedness with others, strengthening compassionate concern while avoiding related distress from empathic fatigue.

CBCT® offers tools to expand compassion toward wider and wider circles.  The practices support the growth of a number of mental states and behaviors valued across cultures, such as kindness, gratitude, generosity, and warm-heartedness.  The fundamental premise is that compassion is a trait that can be developed and expanded. This view is supported by contemporary science as well as by most spiritual traditions."

CBCT® includes mindfulness and then expands on it in a grand way to provide one with pragmatic skills to enhance ones relationships in your actual life. This is a great course to take to enhance and improve spousal relationships, work relationships, familial or systemic relationships and developing your unique self and over-all sense of happiness and well-being.



Interest in contemplative practice has burgeoned in recent years as scientists in diverse fields point out the significant role that other-centered behaviors appear to play in health and wellbeing. Primatologist Frans de Waal, for example, posits that the common perception of human nature as a self-centered drive for individual survival is largely distorted, if not altogether wrong. Rather, he suggests, the roots of empathy, compassion, and morality run deep in human evolutionary history. 

When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large. But when we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection - or compassionate action.- Dr. Daniel Goleman

Further, work in social neuroscience has shown that the perception of social isolation is a risk factor for poor cognitive performance and can lead to an increase in depressive thoughts. Taken together, this research suggests that practices that enhance our sense of connectivity with others—such as CBCT®—may have a positive impact on our physical and mental health. Emerging data from a variety of on-going studies is supporting this supposition.  


For more information about CBCT you can click here.