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

Who is this training for?

This CIT course is offered to all interested and with a special offer to aid workers departing from an encompassing definition of humanitarianism as the wish to promote the well-being of others.

We offer a dedicated space for aid workers to interact around topics that especially matters to the group related to values, emotions, moral dilemmas.

Guided aid-specific conversations are offered on an optional basis within the normal time schedule (as zoom break out groups).

About CIT

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. It 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.

Realizing the obstacles to common and embodied humanity requires firstly to take a close look at the many forms of pervasive bias ruling our world, considering racism, sexism, heteronormativity and paternalism, including our own implicit biases.

Engaging with complex systems such as the field of humanitarian aid requires the critical insights of selves, others and the interconnected systems. It requires self-care as much as knowing oneself as interacting with integrity and acting ethically with discernment. By deepening understanding and the cultivation of compassion and impartiality, the course aims to support participants to be the change they wish to see in the world through embodied humanity.

The good news is, we are wired to act compassionate and kind. There is more good news: neuroscience confirms: our brain is malleable, and we can change our mind to change our brain for the benefit of others and ourselves. CIT taps this potential and extends it beyond bias and partiality and offers tools to calm our nervous system for optimal well-being and decision making.

CIT covers a range of skills from self-regulation and self-compassion to compassion for others acknowledging the radical interdependence of ourselves with others and the systems we are living and working in. CIT cultivates human values like gratitude, empathy and self- compassion as skills, so we can thrive as individuals, socially and as society, within a healthy environment. The course is based on cutting-edge developments in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, trauma- informed care, peace and conflict studies, and contemplative science. See the CIT Skills

Although CIT deals with values and concepts like compassion and integrity, it is based on a secular approach to universal ethics based on common sense, common experience and science, rather than a particular culture or religion. Secular ethics can be useful to people of any or no religious background, while not conflicting with any particular religious values. The word “secular” in no way implies a stance that is against religion; on the contrary, it implies inclusivity and a respect for all.Understanding exactly what our values are is part of the CIT journey, and they are arrived at by investigating and examining things for oneself guided by the course, using common sense, common experience and science.


All skills are taught and facilitated by certified CIT facilitators. The course will be held online via Zoom. Participants receive a comprehensive course manual with contemplative and reflective questions and audio-guided meditations.

This CIT course is offered to all interested and with a special pilot offer to humanitarian responders departing from an encompassing definition of humanitarianism as the wish to promote the wellbeing of others. The course builds on the standard CIT curriculum, and opens up dedicated spaces for humanitarian specific conversations.

Upon completion of the course participants receive personal access to the CIT Self-Directed Learning (SDL) for the purpose of deepening the CIT learning.

Dates for May-September Cohort

Series I

  • May 27: Foundational Concepts & Values

  • June 3: Calming Body & Mind

  • June 10: Ethical Mindfulness

  • June 17: Emotional Awareness

  • June 24: Self-Compassion

Summer Break

Series II

  • August 12: Impartiality & Common Humanity

  • August 19: Forgiveness & Gratitude

  • August 26: Empathic Concern

  • September 3rd: Compassion

Series III:

  • September 10th: Appreciating Interdependence

  • September 17th: Engaging with Discernment