Caritas Coach Education Program® (CCEP)

Dr. Jean Watson’s Unitary Caring Science

Caritas comes from the Latin word meaning ‘to cherish, to appreciate, to give special, if not loving, attention to’. It represents charity and compassion, generosity of spirit. It connotes something very fine, indeed, something precious that needs to be cultivated and sustained.
Jean Watson

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.

Jean Watson and Caritas helped me reconnect with myself and renew/rekindle my love for nursing and life. I remembered how I felt when I got into nursing school, how I felt when I graduated. Do you remember these things for yourself? It's easy to forget and take things for granted. It's easy to get lost in those trees. Caritas invites us to pause, ground, love, forgive and cherish. Most of all...hope."
~Toni Tran, Caritas Coach®
Queens Medical Center, HI — a WCSI Affiliate

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.


General Student – $3,300
WCSI Affiliate – $2,900

WCSI LIA (Spanish)
$1,500 — LIA members
$3,300 — non LIA members.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Scholarships Available

WCSI has scholarships specifically for applicants accepted in the Caritas Coach Educational Program®. Find out more.

  • CCEP is offered in May and November every year.
  • CCEP LIA (Spanish) is offered March every year.

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

CCEP Updates

Applications for November 2024 are open. Registration closes October 1st.

Become a Caritas Coach®Click here to apply.

Información de CCEP en Espanõl

El proximo curso empezará el 4 de junio. El cierre de la inscripción será el 31 de mayo del 2024


Caritas Coach® Project Database

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

CCEP Project Database

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