Self-Compassion, Resilience and burnout

Pre-recorded program (6 sessions)

Self-compassion for essential self-care

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Increasingly we are aware that health care professionals are vulnerable to stress burnout and empathy-compassion fatigue due to an emotionally demanding environment. Self-Compassion, Resilience and Burnout is a live interactive webinar that aims to teach powerful practices to promote resilience, to reduce stress and burnout in the workplace.

Health professionals focus on others who need help to deal with mental or physical illness. They work in challenging circumstances, work long hours and are often under-resourced. They do not necessarily have the time or ability to process the difficult emotions that arise in response to caring for people who are suffering, who may be traumatised or in pain, and where, in addition, there may be a need to navigate complex organisations. Developing self-compassion means that we protect and support ourselves: we acquire an attitude of goodwill, so we can skillfully attend to ourselves, when times are tough, to function with courage and carry on in a competent, effective manner while remaining compassionate.

The new Self-Compassion course (6 sessions) is an adaptation of Mindful Self-Compassion and Compassion Mind Training (Compassion-Focused Therapy) and is designed for busy people, who may have time constraints, and yet wants to learn ways to strengthen their emotional resources. Self-Compassion teaches core self-care practices, to respond to difficult moments with kindness, understanding as well as resilience. The practices included in this program are simple, quick and easy, that you can use anywhere, anytime, when you need them to reduce stress and ease difficult emotions. We will be teaching the essentials of Mindful Self-Compassion designed by Kristin Neff/Chris Germer as well as the essence of Compassion Mind Training developed by Paul Gilbert to strengthen engagement in the workplace, with some additional tools to promote mindfulness and resilience. 

This course is suitable for health professionals who wish to begin to use self-compassion in their work as well as others who have previously attended mindfulness or self-compassion programs who want to refresh or deepen their practice.  

In this brilliant new program, you will be presented with evidence-based strategies to manage stress, anxiety,  burnout as well as powerful micro self-care practices, to refresh and revitalise your professional work.  Numerous research shows that a short course program in mindfulness and self-compassion can lead to a reduction in stress, depression, secondary traumatic stress and burnout, as well as an increase in compassion, mindfulness, quality of care and job satisfaction in health care professionals (Emma Seppala 2017).

Targeting Health and Helping Professionals
This Self-Compassion training program is targeted at professionals who are providing a service to others and would like to feel more calm, vibrant and compassionate from the inside out.  As professionals, we know the power of compassion.  We use it every day when we care for others. It contains what we all yearn for… feelings of acceptance, comfort, kindness, strength and love. But what would happen if we turn this power onto ourselves?

Self-compassion (MSC) is a brave new way to care for ourselves that is uplifting and empowering. The training program consists of easy, simple ways to soothe, to feel calmer during stressful moments while increasing the ability to resolve challenges and to enjoy life.  Once we can learn those skills for ourselves, we can teach them effectively to others. Everyone will benefit!

Self-compassion transforms lives. Self-compassion is redefined as the ability to care and to comfort ourselves but also to strengthen when it is needed. It is revolutionizing self-care and emotional coping skills in psychology. Self-Compassion is a new skill-building program to cultivate our inner strengths; to courageously attend to difficulties with understanding and kindness, to empower the self.

Compassion is defined as a sensitivity to suffering in self and others (empathy), with a commitment to try to alleviate and prevent suffering in self and others (Paul Gilbert). There are three flows of compassion: offering compassion to others, and to ourselves (self-compassion) and receiving compassion from others. 

Compassion is often understood as yin that is “being with”, soft, comforting, validating and soothing. Compassion can also be strong, and fierce, infused with a yang quality of courage, which is about “acting in the world” intending to protect, provide, and motivate. The Self-Compassion program contains a wide range of quick, short and simple practices and exercises with both yin and yang aspects, helping you to explore what you need, to build your inner emotional resources, to promote increased engagement in the workplace.

Learning objectives
After participating in this workshop, you will be more able to:   

  •      Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
  •      Act on core values and intention
  •      Motivate yourself and others with encouragement rather than harsh self-criticism
  •      Handle difficult emotions with resilience
  •      Use tools to manage stress and burnout
  •      Cultivate a compassionate self and a compassionate inner voice
  •      Teach simple mindfulness and self-compassion practices

Program content
Session 1: Defining self-compassion 
Session 2: Practising self-compassion and mindfulness 
Session 3: Cultivating a compassionate voice to motivate with compassion
Session 4: Self-compassion and resilience for easing difficult emotions 
Session 5: Self-compassion, equanimity and burnout
Session 6: Celebrating a good life

Who is it for?
The program is targeting health professionals (psychologists, social workers, nurses, medical practitioners, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, counsellors etc. ). However, other helping professionals would also find it very helpful, who are working in the educational, legal, welfare, emergency, wellness, business, defence or environmental sectors such as school teachers, lawyers, mindfulness/yoga teachers, coaches, managers, students and so on.

This course is suitable for those who wish to begin to use self-compassion in their work as well as others who have previously attended a mindfulness or self-compassion program.  It is an opportunity to refresh personal practices while also learning additional quick simple mindfulness tools to use on the spot, to ease stress and promote resilience. We believe that a blend of beginners and previous MSC attendees can be supportive of everyone on their journey of self-compassion.

We have seen how much self-compassion helps professionals in every field, by improving their relationships with themselves as well as with others in the workplace such as clients, patients, consumers, students and colleagues. In addition, self-compassion alleviate empathetic distress, fatigue and burnout, while increasing resilience, satisfaction and wellbeing.

What to Expect?       

Each Zoom session will be live and interactive. In addition, the content of each session will also be pre-recorded so that you can review the content of each session at a time that is convenient to you.

In this live interactive online webinar training course, we will be teaching essential self-care practices of mindfulness and self-compassion. During the training program, you will be introduced to 14 powerful quick and simple strategies to soothe, to calm as well as short exercises to promote emotional strength, resilience, flexibility, acceptance and positive motivation that you can use on the go, in your daily life at work and home. During the self-compassion classes, the goal is for participants to directly experience and learn short self-care practices that evoke mindfulness, self-compassion and resilience, that they can integrate into the workplace.

Daily meditation practices are not required and are optional but encouraged.

After each session, you will receive an email summarising the topics, exercises and home practices as well as provided a google link so that you can access a pre-recording of each session to listen to at your own convenience.

What  “Self-Compassion for Professionals” program is not:
This self-compassion course is not a substitute for medical or psychological treatments. It is not group therapy. But rather this is an educational group program to build emotional resources to help to prevent burnout while promoting self-compassion, resilience and wellbeing.

Participant Guidelines
We come together as a group online, to provide a safe, supportive and confidential environment to develop compassion for ourselves and others.  You can share your experience as much or as little as you like.  Participants who share their experiences on the path of building compassion, usually, find that it is very helpful.

Continued Professional Development (CPD)
A Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or Certificate of Attendance of 9 hours will be given to everyone who attends the program.  

Suggested Reading
It is recommended, but not required, that participants read one of the following books before the training program:

Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer (2018)
Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind by Kristin Neff (2011)
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer(2009)  
The Compassionate Mind by Paul Guilbert (2013)
The Compassionate Mind Workbook: A step-by-step guide to developing your compassionate self
by Chris Irons and Elaine Beaumont (2017) 


The Next Self-Compassion for Professionals (6 weeks)

Pre-recorded Audio of the 6 sessions and scripts of meditations

Price: TBA

Presenter: Marie Bloomfield, Clinical Psychologist  


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