for Healthcare Communities

Self-Compassion for Healthcare Communities
Self-Compassion for Healthcare Communities

"If your compassion does not include yourself,
it is incomplete"

Jack Kornfield

Upcoming dates to be announced!

​As healthcare providers, we work in a stressed and overtaxed system, that has trained us out of self-care. We need to reverse that trauma. If we do not have, we cannot give.

Self-Compassion is a skill that literally saved my life. It helps me get through the everyday challenges of balancing my own life and patient care. I am so grateful to be able to bring this shortened version of the Mindful Self-Compassion program, adapted to suit the needs of those of us who are busy healthcare providers.

From the program creators:

Have you ever wondered if there was a skill you could use to help you sustain real compassionate care for yourself?

and to maintain presence with 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

"If you want other to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion" The Dalai Lama

For someone to develop genuine compassion towards others, first (they) must have a basis upon which to cultivate compassion, and that basis is the ability to connect to one’s own feelings and to care for one’s own welfare…Caring for others requires caring for oneself.

- The Dalai Lama


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