Caritas Coach Education Program® (CCEP)

Renowned Dr. Jean Watson’s Unitary Caring Science and Theory of Human Caring

The Caritas Coach Education Program® (CCEP) is a unique, six-month professional development program which incorporates interactive online instruction, virtual small group intensives and an assigned Caritas Coach® faculty coach. Through a formal application process, a new class of students is admitted to the program every May and November each year.

Through dynamic inquiry and collaborative, compassionate dialogue, you will explore caritas consciousness and caring literacy which will prepare you to transform your personal and professional life toward deeper meaning, purpose, dignity and wholeness. As a Caritas Coach®, you will return to your setting with new insight, wisdom, skills and confidence to give voice and help translate and live-out the theory and philosophy of human caring-healing, in service for deep system transformation.

The CCEP Program was developed by Dr. Jean Watson and the Faculty of Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI). The Watson Caring Science Institute is an international, nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Jean Watson to advance the philosophies, theories, and educational-clinical-research practices of Caring Science. Join the growing number of Caritas Coaches who are leaders in restoring the heart in health care.

Have a look at this recent article evidencing the value added having Caritas Coaches in your organization/management team:

Evaluating Changes in Caring Behaviors of Caritas Coaches Pre and Post the Caritas Coach Education Program

Published in JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration, February 2020.

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From Professional Caring Nurse/Health Care Provider to Caritas Coach® — Inspired Leader

"CCEP has given me the language to describe what I do as a nurse to care for my patients on a day to day basis. It’s given me a voice. It’s empowered me through an unbreakable deep rooted inner human connection. XOXO"
~Paras Barnett, Caritas Coach Cohort 18

Help transform health care from the inside out.
One person, one culture, one system at a time.

Contact Hours

This activity has been submitted to the American Holistic Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The American Holistic Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Criteria for Successful Completion
To successfully complete this course and receive a certificate of completion and contact hours for RNs, students must complete all required reading, written assignments, monthly Zoom sessions, including Welcome and Orientation Zoom, a Caring Science Project, abstract, poster, Growth Portfolio and program and faculty evaluations.

If a student is unable to complete the Program within the 6-month time frame of their assigned class for an acceptable reason, the student will be granted a one-time 6-month extension and complete with the next class.

Conflict of Interest
This educational activity does not include any content that relates to the products and/or services of a commercial interest that would create a conflict of interest. There is no conflict of interest for Planning Committee or Faculty members.

Commercial Support
There is no commercial support being received for this course.

Official Approval Statement
This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Approval for contact hours through the American Holistic Nurses Association is based on an assessment of the educational merit of this program and does not constitute endorsement of the use of any specific modality in the care of clients.

Scholarship Available

WCSI has established The John M. Kertland Scholarship specifically for applicants accepted in the Caritas Coach Educational Program®. Find out more.


CCEP is offered in May and November every year.


For questions, please contact:
Lori Gdanetz, PHD, RN, PCCN
WCSI CCEP® Program Director
Caritas Coach®

CCEP Updates

Now accepting applications for November 2022. Apply today.


General Student – $3,200
WCSI Affiliate – $2,720

Caritas Coach® Project Database

Projects, abstracts and posters from previous Caritas Coaches, with permission.

Caritas Coach® Faculty Publications
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Sara Horton-Deutsch
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Spiritual Awakening of a Nurse

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Héctor Rosso

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The Cartias Coach Signature Logo is available to all Caritas Coach® graduates. If you are a Caritas Coach and would like to receive a copy of the logo, please click here.

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