Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities and Caregivers

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“Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves”.
– Pema Chodron


Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities (SCHC) is a 6-week, evidence-based, adaptation of the Mindful Self-Compassion programme. This abbreviated MSC programme was specifically designed for the general healthcare public and is very relevant to all Caregivers.

People who work in the caring professions have unique challenges in the workplace and this programme has been written to reflect this. This brief training aims to improve wellbeing and personal resilience in professionals in the caring professions.  It aims to do this by teaching mindful self-compassion skills to deal with distressing emotional situations as they occur at work and at home.  It consists of 6 x 60-minute weekly sessions.

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.  In research conducted in 2019 the SCHC program was found to significantly decrease depression, stress, secondary traumatic stress and burnout, and to increase self-compassion, mindfulness, compassion for others, and job satisfaction in healthcare professionals.

More information on Mindful Self Compassion and its benefits

As opposed to other self-care techniques, self-compassion practices can be used on the spot while at work with patients, clients, and colleagues.  Participants of the programme will learn skills and tools to use throughout the day to:

  • Care for themselves while caring for others
  • Be able to listen with compassion
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Reconnect to the values that give life and work meaning

These skills, although requiring an intentional daily effort to integrate, do not require extra time or formal meditation practice. The design of this workshop is a compassionate response to address the fact that people working in the caring professions are often time poor and exhausted in the work they do to care for others.

The course is run weekly over 6 sessions of 60 minutes (with an optional 15 minutes of Q&A afterwards). There is flexibility to customize the delivery format to meet the needs of your facility or group.  The course is currently run online over Zoom.

I offer this course to groups of care givers or health care professionals.

Contact me if you would like to organise this training for your facility or group.

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete”

– Jack Kornfield