In July 2012 over 300 people convened in Telluride, CO to discuss the Science of Compassion. RAK staff had the opportunity to share the research results from the first year's pilot program in Jefferson County Schools.
Focusing on the basic science of compassion, approaches to enhancing compassion, and the benefits compassion can afford to health, well-being and psychosocial function, top researchers and clinicians met to exchange ideas and information, to test conceptual consensus and to forge collaborative alliances.
The conference also surveyed existing compassion-focused interventions (such as RAK's educational materials) structured after mindfulness-based interventions for stress-reduction or loving-kindness. The conference worked to catalyze more powerful multisite research on the nature of compassion as well as the utility of compassion science to public health and education.
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