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.
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.