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Self-Compassion for Healthcare professionals

There is growing body of research that shows self-compassion skills can be of particular benefit to health care professionals, allowing them to experience greater satisfaction in their caregiving roles, less stress, and more emotional resilience. Self-compassion skills are trainable and can build your capacity to handle stressful challenges.

This abbreviated program was specifically designed for the healthcare professionals, addressing the unique time constraints, workplace culture, and stressors of healthcare professionals. 

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the main components of self-compassion and mindfulness and how they may be integrated into their role as healthcare professionals.

  • Explain the difference between empathy and compassion and utilise strategies to avoid emotional exhaustion.

  • Have strategies they can use on the job to regulate difficult emotions while caring for others in pain.

  • Apply at least one take home skill from each session to help them regulate emotions and care for themselves emotionally while caring for others who are experiencing difficulty.

Week 1: What is Self-compassion

Introduction:  What is Self-Compassion?  Misgivings and research about Self-Compassion. 


Week 2: Practicing Self-Compassion

The physiology of self-compassion.  Self-compassion break.  Backdraft.  Moments of mindfulness.


Week 3: Discovering Your Compassionate Voice

Self-criticism and safety.  Motivating ourselves with compassion.


Week 4: Self-Compassion and Resilience

Strategies for meeting difficult emotions.


Week 5: Self-Compassion and Burnout

Stress and Burnout.  Compassion with Equanimity.


Week 6: Making it Count

Core Values for Healthcare Professionals. Setting an intention.  Practice going forward.