Creating Compassionate Cultures Certification Program

This 12-month online training program for educators, counselors, and therapists will provide the knowledge necessary to implement the Seven Steps to Knowledge, Strength, and Compassion in schools, counseling, therapy, and the home. Certification requires participants engage in daily mindfulness and reflection practices, read CCC content and supplementary material, view videos, complete assignments and participate in forums.

Certification is a three-phase process, to be completed within a 4-year window:

  • Phase 1 | Two-day Workshop
  • Phase 2 | Online Training Program
  • Phase 3 | Apprenticeship


Full certification $1200

It is possible to enroll in one module at a time:

Module 1 | $200

Includes courses 1–2

Module 2 | $700

The 7 Steps
Includes courses 3–9

Module 3 | $200

Includes courses 10–11

Module 4 | $200

Portfolio and research
Includes course 12


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Phase 1 | Two-Day Workshop

Note: This 8- to 10-hour workshop will be held virtually until further notice.

This workshop presents the core curriculum for the Seven Steps to Knowledge, Strength, and Compassion that was developed at Tara Redwood School. After 20 years of practice, this curriculum emerged as an integrated approach to help ignite the wish in the hearts of children to be kind and wise. Emphasizing the ideas of mindfulness, interconnection of all beings, the nature of change, how perception creates our reality, how we can transform harmful emotions, and the development of empathy and compassion, this course provides a guide to empowering you and the children in your life to make a positive difference in the world. We explore practical tools and methodologies developed at Tara Redwood School and allow time for group innovation to create new ideas and activities based on the Seven Steps.

Phase 2 | Online Training Program

Our courses are designed to reveal the interdependent elements that collectively make up the whole CCC approach. Each course lays an important foundation upon which the next course is built. Certification in CCC involves the completion of all the courses and completion of the final portfolio project. The portfolio reflects the following:

  1. Participant’s personal growth through the Seven Steps
  2. Professional growth
  3. Practical application of the Seven Steps and the whole CCC approach in participant’s unique setting
  4. The ability to continue ongoing development in CCC
  5. The ability to document and communicate about your work with CCC
  6. 168 hours of mindfulness practice coupled with reflection (CEUs available)

Course 1 | Creating Compassionate Cultures

Course 1 introduces the philosophical foundation for the whole CCC approach to creating a happy, successful and meaningful life through awakening Knowledge, Strength and Compassion. This course explores the origins and inspiration behind our practice, uncovers the philosophical roots of our program, demonstrates parallel discoveries in neuroscience that support this work.

Course 2 | Teacher as Guide and Role Model / Parent as Guide and Role Model

At the core of this course is an inquiry into the significance, power and influence each one of us have in the lives of others. The impact is significantly magnified when considering our effect on the life and mind of a child whose nervous system, beliefs and habits are more receptive. This is why it is so important for us to observe, practice, reflect & grow as wise and compassionate role models in their lives. This course provides a foundation in supporting teachers and parents as guides for their children through developing awareness of ourselves: our thoughts, attitudes, language, actions, etc. and the impact they have on the child. A critical look at social psychology, human development, psychology, and education, over the past few generations gives participants perspective on where we have been, how far we have come, and which misunderstandings of the past still impact our relationships to ourselves and others today. This course also introduces the neuroscience in relation to our role as guides, as well as an introduction to the pioneers in these fields and how they have informed the CCC curriculum. The course culminates in a look at how this approach works in practical setting.

Course 3 | Mindful Intention: What do I/we really want? (Step 1)

An in-depth exploration into the dynamic psychology of our daily lives and the impact of developing our awareness of what we really want, how we can get it, and the often-unconscious psychology that thwarts our efforts.

Course 4 | Interconnection: Everything is connected (Step 2)

An exploration into the nature of our world and how this reflects our inner psychology and experience. Approached from two perspectives, implications of interconnection sets the stage for further development of the knowledge that ultimately leads to a happier life for ourselves and others.

Course 5 | Change: Everything changes (Step 3)

An exploration into the nature of our world and how this reflects our inner psychology and experience. Approached from two perspectives, implications of interconnection sets the stage for further development of the knowledge that ultimately leads to a happier life for ourselves and others.

Course 6 | Perception: My mind creates my reality (Step 4)

This course focus on the role of perception and its impact on our co-creation of belief systems/values, our relationships, our understanding of the way the world exists, and of course, ourselves. The emphasis here is on familiarizing ourselves with the nature of perception, our own obvious and hidden perceptions, and how they relate to our everyday experience.

Course 7 | Transformation: Transforming harmful emotions (Step 5)

Transforming Harmful Emotions applies the knowledge gathered through the previous courses in a flexible and playful way for any classroom/home/business which holds the wish to empower people to develop their wisdom and compassion. This course describes the neuroscience behind the method and material, an overview of the Seven Colors, and how they are used to help develop self-awareness, logical reasoning and helpful language to express emotions and experiences with grace. This is done through the use of color and symbolism that children and adults can easily integrate into conflict resolution strategies, art, imagination, and their environment.

Course 8 | Empathy: Extend your understanding to others (Step 6)

This course is built on the foundation and practice applied throughout the Seven Steps so far. As one begins to see the universal wish for all beings to be happy, the impact and power the individual has as a part of this interconnected dynamic world becomes evident. Here we explore how to maintain this understanding daily in practical ways.

Course 9 | Compassion: Put your compassion into action! (Step 7)

This course concludes the Seven Steps and focuses on putting our sense of inspiration and empowerment into positive beneficial action towards oneself and others, while maintaining the rationale and understanding that makes the behavior logical and natural, and sustainable.

Course 10 | Daily Rituals

Daily Rituals is geared toward cultivating the essentials for setting up the kind of environment to most conducive to maintaining and supporting the development of the Awakening to Knowledge, Strength and Compassion. DR are practical tools for igniting the heart in the individual and in the classroom community toward the seven steps and their result: compassion. The course describes the fundamentals in the classroom structure, rituals that provide opportunities for individual and group communication, venues for practicing self-regulation techniques, practice in collective responsibility and conflict resolution through fun, beautiful, and light-hearted activities.

Course 11 | Integrated CCC

This course explores how to integrate CCC in our learning environments as well as in other areas of our lives. We will discover how the Seven Steps can be integrated through all the subjects, both implicitly and explicitly, as well as address how the CCC guide develops a life-long learning disposition that can integrate CCC at any moment, in diverse settings.

Course 12 | Final Portfolio Project

As part of CCC Certification, participants will complete a final portfolio project demonstrating how each OICCC student applies and integrates CCC into their unique setting. All the course assignments are designed to prepare participants in this final project. Students will use the collection of assignments completed throughout the CCC program to inform, support and develop their portfolio. This course is an exciting opportunity to integrate the inspiration, experience and understanding developed throughout the program in a comprehensive and practical way.

Phase 3 | Apprenticeship Program

The CCC Apprenticeship program offers participants the opportunity to experience CCC first-hand in a certified CCC school environment. Through on-site observations, consultation, and reflection, interns will be supported and well prepared to complete the final portion of their research project. If you are applying CCC methodology to programs other than those working with children, please contact CCC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about our “Remote Apprenticeship” program.

Over the years, friends in our global community have brought their knowledge and creativity to the children of Tara Redwood School. One intern skilled in the textile arts created an exquisite wool quilt which was later sold to generate funds for scholarships. Another guided children to write, sing, illustrate and record songs embodying their understanding of CCC. Others have designed, planned, and presented CCC integrated curriculum to various age groups in the classroom. These projects reflect each intern’s unique talents and experience within a CCC context. Interns will have the support and guidance of a CCC consultant to find a project which will draw on the intern’s experience and complement the ongoing program at Tara Redwood School.