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Compassion Cultivation Training
September 23, 2013 - November 18, 2013   5:30 - 7:30
OCOM Campus and Clinic - Portland
Continuing Education


Feeling burned out as a health care provider? 

Want to feel more compassion for your patients and yourself?

You can enhance these qualities through an eight week meditation training course developed by Stanford University's School of Medicine Center for Compassion and Altruism in Research and Education (CCARE). OCOM is offering this course to medical practitioners fall of 2013 on Mondays beginning September 23rd  and ending on November 18th. The class meets for two hours every Monday evening for eight weeks.

The cost if $50 for a non-credit rate and $175 for LAcs wishing to receive CEUs. For other health care professionals wishing to receive CEUS, please contact to discuss your options.

Registration is now closed.

Can Compassion be Taught?  Studies say yes!

Stanford University’s Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) program, demonstrated in two recent studies that this 8 week program of meditation resulted in significant changes for the participants:

  • Increased measures of self-compassion and compassion for others; and reduction in fear of receiving compassion.  (Jazaieri et al 2012)
  • Increased mindfulness and happiness, as well as decreased worry and emotional suppression (Jazaieri et al 2013)

Both studies found that the amount of time spent by participants in formal meditation correlated positively with outcome measures.


Enhancing Compassion: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Compassion Cultivation Training Program.  Journal of Happiness Studies, 2012.  Hooria Jazaieri, Geshe Thupten Jinpa, Kelly McGonigal, Erika L. Rosenberg, Joel Finkelstein, Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Margaret Cullen, James R. Doty, James J. Gross, Philippe R. Goldin.

A randomized controlled trial of compassion cultivation training: Effects on mindfulness, affect, and emotion regulation.  Motivation and Emotion, 2013.  Hooria Jazaieri , Kelly McGonigal, Thupten Jinpa, James R. Doty, James J. Gross, Philippe R. Goldin.

About Dawn-Starr Crowther, L.Ac., L.M.T.  

She is dedicated to the compassionate delivery of health care, and to the integration of increased compassion in all aspects of health care, from education to the treatment room.

Graduating from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2003, Dawn-Starr has focused her medical practice on the treatment of patients with complex medical issues, pain, survivors of trauma and palliative care.  Since 2001, her long-time meditation practice has focused on contemplative methods fostering the development of compassion, open-hearted presence in the face of suffering, and cultivation of self-awareness, happiness and ease with things just as they are.

Dawn-Starr is the owner of Jade River Healing Arts Center, a successful integrative medicine clinic in SW Portland with 9 practitioners.  She values working collaboratively with patients and health care providers in all fields to achieve optimal outcomes for patients.  She lectures on Oriental Medicine, has taught in higher education for more than 25 years, and leads acupuncture service projects in Fiji.

She is a Meditation Teacher with the Foundation for Active Compassion, and is completing her CCT teacher training in the Stanford CCARE program.

Dawn-Starr is an engaging, experienced instructor committed to supporting health care providers in reinvigorating their dedication to service, enhancing their ability to be with suffering without burnout, and fostering increased joy and satisfaction in their work.


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