Self-Compassion for Healthcare Communities
Self-care happens off the job.
Self-compassion is a skill you can use on the job.
Our February 2021 session has been postponed. Please email email@example.com to be put on the priority list for when we reschedule!
Have you ever wondered if there was a skill you could use to help you sustain real compassionate care for yourself and for your 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
"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
Must be a healthcare provider for this course.
When: Specified dates to be announced
Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm & Sunday from 9:00 - 12:30 pm
Yoga at 8:00am (optional)
Online via Zoom secure platform
$299 CAD (Early Bird Rate)
$375 CAD (Regular Rate)
Free for Residents and Medical Students (limited spots available)
To register, please send an email and e-transfer to with SCHC in the subject. Please include your full name, phone number, location and your occupation. Please do not send any personal health information in the email.
This course is pending accreditation for CME