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Charter for Compassionate Education Institute


The Charter for Compassion Education Institute and LA-CAMFT are partnering to bring compassion education closer to you and your clients.

The purpose of the Charter for Compassion Education Institute(CEI)is to provide relevant and timely learning experiences for anyone interested in growing compassion in their lives, their work and community, locally and globally. The Charter’s goal is to connect people from every nation—to share our stories, our perspectives, and our common yearning to create a world of compassion for every being. One of the ways we are working to make these connections is through education.

Why Compassionate Education?

Our courses are authored by uniquely skilled facilitators who share tools and strategies to cultivate self-compassion, compassion for others, and compassionate action. CEI is supported by tuition costs and as an arm of the Charter for Compassion and contributes its income to support the operations of the Charter.

CEI offers courses that address the work of compassion in many contexts—in communities, healthcare, business, education, religion and interfaith, social services, the arts, restorative justice, environment, science and research, women and girls and social justice.

We’ve designed courses to support you to:

·         define and determine how the concept of compassion can make a difference in your personal life, with your clients, in your community, and beyond

·         ·gain and practice skills and competencies of self-awareness, self-compassion, and emotional intelligence that are the basis for the initial and continued development of compassion for others

·         acquire skills and competencies that demonstrate compassion as an action that can be constantly present in our lives to bring about positive change for yourself, your clients and the betterment of the world

·         explore the attributes (i.e., altruism, caring, empathy, encouragement, happiness, gratitude, kindness, listening abilities, mindfulness, resilience, and responsibility) of compassion as skills that are essential in the continued practice of compassionate action

·         learn techniques and processes to facilitate further discussions and dialogue with others about compassion and compassionate action

CEI offers Featured Courses which are instructor-lead and On Demand allowing you open access based on your schedule. Please review our available and upcoming courses on our home page Charter Education Institute https://charterforcompassion.org/charter-for-compassion-education-institute.

LA-CAMFT and the Charter for Compassion have collaborated to refine the two courses below to be more specifically designed for psychotherapists and those with clinical practices who want to become more literate and skilled at integrating a focus of compassion into their worlds.

The Essence of Compassion

This course is currently available on-demand. Register anytime.
CEUs: 10


The Essence of Compassion is intended to take you on a historical and cultural journey of the development of thinking about and acting on compassion. In participating in the course you will be simultaneously developing your own definition of compassion by determining what it is and isn’t. You’ll do this by journaling, reading, watching videos, listening to poetry and music and observing art that reflects views of compassion.
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The Science of Compassion

This course is currently available on-demand. Register anytime.
CEUs: 10


Emma Seppälä, contributor to the Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science, tells us that “the eyes may be the window to the soul, but science is showing the ears may be the route to our hearts.” The Science of Kindness and Compassion takes a close look at the motivators of compassion, physiological and psychological effects when it is utilized. Questions of how emotions, empathy and altruism are related to compassion are explored. Research methodologies and theories are presented in this growing field of science. Guest speakers will be a part of this course. 
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Wanted: Clinicians to do Diagnostic Assessments to
Help Traumatized Immigrant Refugees Avoid Deportation

Informed by this distance-learning course including 5 CEUs, any licensed LMFT, LCSW, LPC, Ph.D., or Psy.D. is qualified to interview and write a diagnostic assessment of a traumatized refugee, who is in deportation proceedings. The report helps the judge decide to grant asylum, or to cancel the deportation for refugees who have experienced violence simply on account of their gender, orientation, politics or race. These are often literally life and death consequences!

There are organizing principles and techniques to elicit this data in the interviewing; and in the writing of the report. Post-course monthly mentoring, support and consultation is freely available. Free access to a shared Dropbox folder filled with resources, sample reports, tests, and marketing materials. Lawyers, needing a low-cost diagnostic evaluation, are ecstatic to have, even a newly licensed clinician, conduct a low-cost or pro bono interview; and write a report. There is no need to speak the language of the asylum seeker. The course is available for you to come and go as is convenient for you, as it is fully asynchronous and, not hosted live at a specific time or day.

Some topics for Psychological Evaluations for Asylum & Other Immigration Cases:

  • Human & Sex Trafficking Visa, Hardship, Asylum Cases, Torture & VAWA Cases.
  • Legal issues and ethical considerations.
  • Violence Against Women (& Men) Act- VAWA cases explained and simplified.
  • Common situations and stories of immigrants and the symptoms that develop.
  • Finding lawyers to work with. When and how to begin charging for these services.
  • Testifying basics and preparation, if testifying is necessary. 
  • Recently there is little testifying necessary, and never in VAWA cases.
  • I have been making myself available online through 2019, at no cost, to mentor and support newly trained clinicians through their first few evaluations.

Marc Sadoff, LCSW worked for the Program for Torture Victims Los Angeles and was accepted in immigration court as expert in traumatic stress 65 of 65 appearances. He’s done over 130 evaluations for asylum, VAWA, hardship, and T-visa cases. He presented a 1/2 day training to Asylum Officers with his colleagues from the PTVLA.org on issues of credibility and was acknowledged as having contributed to the Physicians for Human Rights book titled A Health Professional’s Guide To Medical And Psychological Evaluations Of Torture published in 2001. He has trained 170 clinicians to do this work in the last 3 years.

To register and review the syllabus go to PacificSkills.RealHope.com.

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