Compassionate Integrity Training for Humanitarian Responders

Photographer and copyrights: Timothy Onyango
Photographer and copyrights: Timothy Onyango

Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) is a multi-part resiliency-orientated and strength-based training programme, developed by the Center for Compassion and Secular Ethics of Life University.

Humanity CIT focuses on and builds toward Compassionate Integrity: The ability to live one’s life in accordance with one’s values, acknowledging our broad denominator: our common humanity.

Join us for an 11-week journey of self-cultivation, compassion and integrity training for Humanitarian Responders

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Photographer and copyrights: Timothy Onyango
Photographer and copyrights: Timothy Onyango

Welcome Humanitarian Responders

HUMANITY; INCORRUPTIBILITY, SOUNDNESS; COMPLETENESS

Integrity means incorruptibility, soundness, completeness (Merriam-Webster, 2021). It could also mean being steady as a mountain in one's own ethical foundations no matter what. We see humanity and compassion as central to integrity, adding to incorruptibility, soundness, completeness.

And what about Humanitarian Integrity? What does integrity mean to you in the context of being an Humanitarian Responder, Activists, Development, Peace Worker or any other person active in fragile contexts for the benefit of others?

This is what we want to explore with you in this pilot training which gives more attention to lived experiences, personal values and well-being. Please note that the course does not focus directly on institutional policies, humanitarian doctrine or International Humanitarian Law, although all these issues could surface in the sharing of experiences and views.

Humanity CIT offers a dedicated space to interact around topics that especially matters to the group related to personal and interpersonal well-being, values, emotions, ethics and moral dilemmas. The course explores some of the specific challenges felt by individuals active in this field, such as Guilt, Shame, Trauma, Burnout, Empathy Fade, Anger.

Humanity CIT focuses on strengthening Ethical Integrity, Ethical Mindfulness, Emotional Awareness, Self-Compassion across the nexus as a basis for Humanity for All.

Humanitarian Integrity is not necessarily a given.

As history demonstrates humanitarian responders and development workers are by no means automatically free from explicit and implicit biases including racism, sexism, neocolonialism, homophobia etc. Therefore work is needed on an individual and organisational level to cultivate these skills of grounding core values inwardly and upholding them in every dimension of humanitarianism.

While the majority of humanitarians put both their full heart and head into the work, problems such as pity, racism, sexism, competitive mindsets, emotional numbing, and poor ethical judgment still persist.

How does humanitarian integrity relate to burnout and emphatic distress? Is humanitarian integrity an organisational rather than individual issue? To what extent do you feel supported and emotionally-ethically prepared for humanitarian work?

In the light of these unresolved issues we welcome you to this pilot Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) for Humanitarian Responders which focuses on and builds toward Compassionate Integrity: The ability to live one’s life in accordance with one’s values, acknowledging our broad denominator: our common humanity.


We focus on strengthening Ethical Integrity, Self-Compassion among Humanitarian Responders across the nexus as a basis for Humanity for All.

This Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) is offered to Humanitarian Responders departing from an encompassing definition of humanitarianism as the wish to promote the well-being of others. CIT covers ten core compassionate integrity skills (see below).

CIT is developed by the Center for Compassion, Integrity, and Secular Ethics at Life University, USA, and built around a framework of contemplative practices designed to reinforce compassion through common humanity. It is a multi-part resiliency-orientated and strength-based training programme. Upon completion of the 11-weeks course you will receive a CIT certification. For more information about this global program please visit Center for Compassion, Integrity, and Secular Ethics at Life University


Join us in this Humanity CIT an 11-week journey of self-cultivation, compassion and integrity training"(2 hour weekly zoom-based sessions).

Ticket options including Assisted Places

We offer various ticket options to increase the outreach of compassion integrity skills globally. Institutions and individuals who pay the full price ticket enable people under financial stress to join the project. It represents a solidarity action and is vital for the outreach of the programme to people all over the world.

Join the May-September Cohort:

  • Foundational Concepts & Series I: May 27-June 24

  • Summer Break

  • Series II, III: August 12-September 17th

The group will meet once a week ‘online’ using Zoom for two hours each week, 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm CEST. Sign Up Form

Ticket options, include institutional and individual tickets at full or reduced price and scholarships are available.

If you would like to join a future cohort and/or learn about the Humanity CIT in a Free Introductory Webinar (date TBD) please sign up here Free Introductory Webinar

Co-create and contact us: This is a CIT pilot and we hope to hear from you as a co-creator of the future of CIT for Humanitarians. Please share your ideas, co-create with us, here or to humanitycit@compassion.training

Definition of integrity

  1. firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : INCORRUPTIBILITY

  2. an unimpaired condition : SOUNDNESS

  3. the quality or state of being complete or undivided : COMPLETENESS


Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Integrity. In Merriam-Webster.com dictionary. Retrieved May 18, 2021, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/integrity
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Compassionate Integrity Skills

Series I: Self-Cultivation

  1. Calming Body and Mind

  2. Ethical Mindfulness

  3. Emotional Awareness

  4. Self-Compassion

Series II: Relating to Others

5. Impartiality and Common Humanity

6. Forgiveness and Gratitude

7. Empathic Concern

8. Compassion

Series III: Engaging in Systems

9. Appreciating Interdependence

10. Engaging with Discernment