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Charter Education Institute

Signature Courses

The Charter signature courses are designed to to explore the complexities of compassion from various perspectives. Compassion is a humongous topic that has been around for thousands of years, dating back to the philosophy of Confucius. Currently the Charter offers three distinct courses on compassion.  The courses are described below.  Each course in the series can be taken independently or as a package. The courses have been designed by Marilyn Turkovich, executive director of the Charter for Compassion and facilitated by Marilyn. 

The illustrations used to introduce each of the above courses are by the late American artist, George Tooker (1920-2011). His work is most closely associated with social realism and move the viewer from a dream like setting to one that envisions new possibilities.


Los cursos exclusivos de Charter están diseñados para explorar la complejidad de la compasión desde varios puntos de vista. La compasión es un tema muy extenso que ha sido analizado y estudiado por miles de años, desde los tiempos de Confuncio. Actualmente Charter for Compassion ofrece cuatro cursos sobre la compasión. La esencia de la Compasión es el primero de esta serie que se traduce al español para alcanzar a la población hispano-hablante del mundo. El curso ha sido diseñado por Marilyn Turkovich, directora ejecutiva de Charter for Compassion y traducido por Mérida McCarthy, quien al mismo tiempo será tu instructora en esta ocasión.

The Essence of Compassion

This course is currently available on-demand.

Cost: $25 USD 

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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.  Learn more about the course and register here.


La Esencia de la Compasión

Costo: $30 USD por curso
Duración: 6 semanas
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La Esencia de la Compasión es un curso diseñado para llevarte en un viaje histórico y cultural a través del desarrollo del pensamiento y la acción compasiva. Al participar en el curso estarás simultáneamente desarrollando tu propia definición de compasión, determinando qué es para ti la compasión y qué no es. Esto lo harás a través de la escritura contemplativa, la lectura, viendo videos, escuchando poesía y música, y observando arte que refleja diferentes perspectivas de la compasión. Aprende más sobre el curso aquí.


Charter for Compassion in Action

This course is currently available on-demand. 

Cost: FREE or by donation

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On February 28, 2008 acclaimed scholar and bestselling author Karen Armstrong received the TED Prize and made a wish—to help create, launch, and propagate a Charter for Compassion. After much work and the contribution of thousands of people the Charter was unveiled to the world on November 12, 2009. This is a course about the Charter that was begun under Armstrong's vision and the work that has evolved throughout the years. More importantly, it is an invitation to those participating in the course to become involved in working towards a more equitable, just and peaceful world.Experience how the Charter works with grass roots organizations around the world in conjunction with thousands of partners. Learn how the Charter has become a network of networks--binding projects and people together to fulfill needs within their communities. Learn more about the course and register here.


The Science of Compassion

Cost: $25 
CAMFT Cost (with 10 CEU's): $65

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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.”  This course is built on The Essence but it can be taken independent of the other.  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 field of science. Guest speakers will be a part of this course.

General Students: Learn more about the course and register.

CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists) members only, click here to learn more and register.  -  Members of CAMFT can earn CEU's.



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