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Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities

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What You’ll Learn

Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities (SCHC) is a 6-hr evidence-based healthcare adaptation of Mindful Self-Compassion, the empirically supported program of Dr. Kristin Neff at UT Austin and Dr. Chris Germer at Harvard Medical School.

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This training aims to improve wellbeing and personal resilience in healthcare professionals by teaching mindful self-compassion skills to deal with distressing emotional situations as they occur at work and at home.

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A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day…

A string of such moments can change the course of your life.

Chris Germer, PhD

What is Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities?

Have you ever wondered if there was a skill you could use to help you sustain real compassionate care for patients in the face of competing demands like technology and documentation, time pressure, patient trauma and fatigue?

Burgeoning research is showing that 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. The good news is that self-compassion skills are trainable and build your capacity to handle stressful challenges.

The Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities program meets for six 1-hour sessions.

What Will I Learn?

As a participant of the program you can learn the following objectives:

  • Be able to describe the key components of self-compassion and mindfulness and how they can be integrated into your role as a  healthcare professional.
  • Be able to explain the difference between empathy and compassion and utilize strategies to avoid emotional exhaustion.
  • Be able to practice techniques to increase self-compassion at work and everyday life.
  • Practice at least one skill from each session to care for yourself emotionally while caring for others who are experiencing difficulty.

Research on Self-compassion

In research published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, Neff.Knox.2020, the SCHC program was found to significantly:

  • Decrease: Depression, Stress, Secondary Traumatic stress, and Burnout
  • Increase: Self-compassion, Mindfulness, Compassion for others, Job satisfaction in healthcare professionals

As opposed to other self-care techniques, self-compassion practices can be used on the spot while at work with patients and colleagues.

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