Cognitively-Based Compassion Training

  • 01 Apr 2017
  • 29 Apr 2017
  • 3 sessions
  • 01 Apr 2017, 9:30 AM 5:30 PM
  • 15 Apr 2017, 9:30 AM 5:30 PM
  • 29 Apr 2017, 9:30 AM 5:30 PM
  • 400 East Main Street
  • 22


Members: $325
Nonmembers: $350

 3 Saturdays in April - 1, 15, 29  

Compassion is a trait that can be developed or expanded! 

Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) is a method for cultivating greater well-being.  Developed at Emory University in 2004, CBCT was originally designed to address the rising mental distress of Emory students. It is based on centuries old techniques that have been researched and validated by modern science to create this contemporary and secular method. CBCT is independent from--and in many ways supportive of--any faith or belief system. It is now routinely used by health care professionals and mental health staff, educators and other populations which experience compassion fatigue. 

CBCT offers tools to expand our compassion outwards. The practices support the growth of a number of mental states and behaviors that increase our own sense of well-being such as kindness, gratitude, generosity, and warm-heartedness.

How does it work? Mental exercises are used to progressively foster compassion. It begins with the stabilization of attention and awareness. With increased calmness of mind, the practitioner uses other practices to cultivate a greater sense of closeness and connectedness with others, strengthening compassionate concern. 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, avoiding distress from empathetic fatigue.

Dr. Charles Raison, Emory researcher, recorded a TED Talk that explains more.

Instructor, Amanda P. B. Evans, Ph.D., is a CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) teacher and a clinical psychologist, currently completing her postdoctoral residency at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Evans was trained at Emory University, and has dedicated her work to studying the role of contemplative practices in promoting well-being and alleviating psychological distress. Her doctoral research focused on teaching CBCT® to combat veterans struggling with emotional numbing and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Evans has also received extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), andMindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Clinically, she has a particular interest in working with individuals who have suffered from traumatic experiences. Dr. Evans has taught CBCT® to combat veterans, female prisoners, university students, and adolescents in the Atlanta foster care system

Cost for the three day workshop:

Members: $325       Non-members: $350     

CEUs: $50

Students have to attend 80% of the classroom contact hours to receive credit.  Individual students requesting CEUs must contact Zipporah Slaughter (

Workshop Times: 

Saturdays: 9:30am - 5:30pm  

Please feel free to bring your lunch which can be kept refrigerated at the Center or you may walk to several restaurants close by during the lunch break. 

IMPORTANT:  Once you have registered, return here to download this waiver form required by Emory University CBCT Liability Waiver ETP.pdf and return to the Center for Mindful Living.  

Center for Mindful Living                       400 East Main, Suite 150
          Chattanooga, TN 37408
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