Self-Care for Mental Health Professionals
Earn 14 CEs

Invest in your self-care while earning 14 CEs during a special 9-week Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT) for mental health and healing arts professionals. Recharge your vitality and zest for working with others with powerful contemplative practices that reduce stress, increase resilience and protect you from sympathetic distress and burnout. Come rejuvenate in a supportive community of caring professionals!

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Why Should I Take this Course?

Nalanda Institute understands the unique challenges and strain mental health professionals are under these days. The increased stress and trauma faced by the general population is shared with you daily through in-person and telehealth sessions. That’s why we’re offering our evidence-based Compassion-Based Resilience Training exclusively to mental health and healing arts professionals this March. The mindfulness, compassion and embodiment practices taught in this 9-week course are power tools you can use to increase your capacity to hold therapeutic relationships, provide nourishment and counter burnout.

About this Teacher

Fiona Brandon

Fiona Brandon, MA, MFT, is a Senior CBRT Teacher, Director and Co-Leader of the CBRT Teacher Training program and Director of Nalanda Institute’s San Francisco-based Contemplative Psychotherapy Program. She is a psychotherapist in private practice who draws upon Buddhist psychology, depth psychology, expressive arts therapy, dream imagery, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in her work with adults and couples. Fiona is a graduate of the Masters program in Counseling Psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute.

About CBRT

Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT) was developed in 1998 by Harvard-trained Psychiatrist Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD, Founder and Academic Director of Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, and it has been offered continuously since then at New York Hospital, and the University Hospitals of Columbia and Cornell. The program integrates timeless techniques of contemplative self-regulation from India and Tibet — mindfulness, compassion meditation, imagery and breath work — with contemporary breakthroughs in neuroscience, positive psychology, and optimal health.

What You’ll Receive

Live and Online Trainings

  • Weekly 1.5 hour classes taught over Zoom
  • 2 guided meditations to provide rest and rejuvenation in each class
  • In-depth material review
  • Lively group discussions and smaller breakout groups with your professional peers
  • Access to free monthly meet ups for ongoing practice and support

In-Depth Course Materials

  • 17 pre-recorded lectures
  • 22 downloadable guided meditations
  • 130+ page student manual
  • Dedicated student website with additional supplementary scientific articles

Curriculum at a Glance

The training begins with four mindfulness-based personal healing modules that break the cycle of stress and lead to a more balanced and rejuvenated state of well-being.

Module I
Embracing Suffering with Body Mindfulness

Practice Body Mindfulness to reconnect with our inner lives and begin releasing the survival habits of stress, trauma and reactivity.

Module II
Stopping Reactive Habits with Mindful Sensitivity

Practice Mindful Sensitivity to deepen the capacity for conscious self-regulation and cultivate balanced awareness.

Module III
Breaking Free of Stress with Mindful Awareness

Practice Mindful Awareness to cut through the mesh of reactive habits and stress instincts that normally block the full openness and clarity of our mind.

Module IV
Mindful Insight: The Lifelong Path of Self-Healing

Practice Mindful Insight to cut the roots of reactivity and grow proactive new ways of being in the world.

The training continues with four compassion-based relational healing modules that build resilience, prevent burnout and increase our capacity to care for ourselves and others.

Module V
Disarming Social Stress and Bias with Equal Empathy

Practice Equal Empathy to unlearn implicit social survival biases while deepening and expanding our sense of connection to others.

Module VI
Healing Reactive Emotions and Beliefs with Self-Compassion

Practice Self-Compassion to develop a wise, caring mind that orients to our common humanity.

Module VII
Cultivating Prosocial Emotions with Wise Give and Take

Practice Wise Give and Take to explore our boundless human potential for care and strengthen our social muscles of love, joy and equanimity.

Module VIII
Embodying a Resilient Self and Life with Caring Imagery

Practice role model visualizations to stretch our sense of self into a fully empowered, resilient and compassionate self.

What Participants Are Saying

I feel much happier and able to cope with life’s changes. I feel so grateful to have been able to participate in the [training].

I loved the feeling I had during and after each meditation session. I also felt a great sense of community with the other [participants] present.


Dates: Wednesdays, March 16 – May 11, 2022

Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm ET / 3:30 – 5:00pm PT.

(The March 16th class will start at 6:00pm ET / 3:00pm PT)

Where: Live online via Zoom

Program Registration

Registration: Registration has closed. Please join our waitlist to be notified about upcoming offerings.

Tuition: $499
Our goal is to make CBRT more accessible. We offer a sliding scale
($349 – $649) for our programs.

CEs: $60

14 CEs are available for an additional $60 when available

Continuing Education Credits

14 Continuing Education Credits (CEs) are available for the 9-week CBRT Training.

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals:

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • CA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain their certificate of attendance for 4 years after the course concludes.
  • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance contact Fiona Brandon at
  • For questions about CE, contact Spiritual Competency Academy at

Learning Objectives

At the end of the program, participants will be better able to…

1. Describe the cumulative effect of stress and trauma on the body.

2. Describe the cycle of stress and trauma.

3. List the benefits of the practice of Mindful Awareness.

4. List the benefits of the practice of Mindful Insight.

5. List the benefits of the practice of Equal Empathy.

6. Apply the benefits of the practice of RAIN towards self-care and stress reduction.

7. List the benefits of the practice of Wise Give and Take.

8. Apply the benefits of the practice of Mentor Bonding to self-care and stress reduction.

9. Describe the difference between a stress mind and a solution mind.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to participate in this training?

You will need a computer with Zoom installed. We also recommend a comfortable and quiet space for the meditations.  

If I miss a class, are there make-up classes?

There are no make-up classes, but instructors record every session and will make that recording available to you after each class. In addition all of the course materials and meditations are available to you online.

I can’t make the course times, will you offer courses at another time?

We are always offering new courses, check back here, or better yet sign up here to be notified when we’ve opened registration for a new training.  

Is there homework? How much?

Between weekly meetings students are encouraged to practice the assigned mediation 2–3 times per week. The meditations are generally no longer than 10–15 minutes.

How much time will I need to put in every week?

Students participate in 1.5 hour weekly live online meetings, plus 10–15 minutes of mediation at least 2–3 times per week.

Is this course aimed at novice or experienced contemplative practitioners?

Practitioners of all skill levels will benefit from the guided meditations and group discussions. There are also instructional videos for all practices.

Can I download the class materials (audio and video)?

Students can download audio files, the student manual and supplemental reading materials. Videos are not downloadable.

Can I pay in installments?

Nalanda Institute asks that all students pay in full prior to the first class.

Do you offer full scholarships?

Nalanda Institute offers sliding scale tuition. At this time the Institute does not offer full tuition scholarships.  

What is the refund policy?

Tuition is non-refundable once the class starts.  

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