Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT)

Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) is a multi-part training program that cultivates basic human values as skills for the purpose of increasing individual, social and environmental flourishing. CIT focuses on and builds towards the ability to live one’s life in accordance with one’s values with a recognition of common humanity, our basic orientation to kindness, and reciprocity. “Compassionate Integrity” is achieved as a result of building up knowledge, understanding, and a set of concrete skills. Because compassionate integrity is what guards against actions that compromise the well-being of oneself and others, cultivating it in one’s life and in one’s community directly impacts individual and collective flourishing.

Who should take the training?

CIT is ideal for Educators, Learners, Counselors, Therapists, Parents, Professionals, and any other person interested in developing self-compassion, and compassion for others within systems. Groups can also submit an application to train together privately with a Facilitator.

The Course

The CIT course comprises three series. The first series is Self-Cultivation. The second series is Relating to Others and the last series is Engaging in Systems. With each series,  the skills build on from the last, starting with exploring the self, moving to focus on others, and finally engaging in wider networks and systems that we are part of and engage with.

Series 1: Self Cultivation

Series one covers the manner in which one relates to oneself. It includes an exploration of knowledge and skills related to the inner workings of an individual. The series is built on the value of an increased level of personal well-being (self-cultivation) being necessary in order to foster better relationships with others and contribute to the community.

Series 2: Relating to Others

The second series focuses on improving one’s relationship with others and ensuring that the relationship is one that promotes the well-being of oneself and others. Here, one learns how to self-regulate and restrain from harming others through the strengthening of pro-social attributes such as forgiveness, gratitude, impartiality, empathy, and compassion.

Series 3: Engaging in Systems

The third series involves recognizing the interdependent nature of the world we live in, including the interdependence of the systems we interact with daily, which can be as small as our family or local community, and as vast as the world. The focus here is on developing the skills and discernment to act effectively for constructive change within those systems.

Modes of Learning

There are 2 modes in which one can take this course; online and offline, in-person (face-to-face and in-person). In both cases, the courses are offered by duly trained and certified CIT Facilitators.

Course Duration

The CIT course comprises 10 skills that are completed through online/offline facilitated sessions, reflective writing, and contemplative journaling. It takes at least one 2-hour session to facilitate 1  skill. The course can be completed in 3 days if intense and as long as 10 weeks if extensive. Note that there are no assignments and or tests in CIT.

Course Certification

Upon course completion, participants will be awarded a Course Completion Certificate jointly by Mindful African Initiative and Life University and the Center for Compassion, Integrity & Secular Ethics.

Our Facilitators

Anum Mulla

Anum is an active member of the International Charter for Compassion, and is also a certified facilitator of the Social, Emotional & Ethical (SEE) Learning Program by Emory University.

Renée Athay

Renée is a social justice/movement chaplain as well as a facilitator for sustained dialogue, a committed long-term modality to build lasting change in communities.

Jenny Canau

Jenny Canau, is an Internationally accredited facilitator in the area of compassion and mindfulness, and has worked with several Non-profit organizations, Trade Unions, Universities and schools.

Onyango (Timothy) Otuoma

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Mindful African Initiative; CIT Facilitator; Art of Hosting Practitioner

Ashyia Akhtar

Ashyia is based just outside of London, England (UK), she studied Biomedical Science at University and completed a masters in Bioethics and Medical Law. She is also a mum of 2 boys and a Primary School teacher who teaches children from ages 7-11 years old.

Anja Pelzer

Anja loves to inspire change and to encourage others to discover their potential. She works internationally as certified CIT facilitator and is bringing CIT to Germany. “I strongly believe we strengthen ourselves by empowering others."