Self-Compassion in Clinical Practice
2021-04-26 @ 1:00 pm – 2021-04-27 @ 4:30 pm
Self-compassion is an important inner resource that increases resilience during challenging and difficult times. It involves the capacity to comfort and soothe ourselves, and to motivate ourselves with encouragement when we struggle, fail, or feel inadequate. Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, better coping, healthy habits, more satisfying relationships, and lower levels of anxiety and depression. Developing this resource is especially important now, as people are growing weary after months of dealing with changes, uncertainty and losses related to the pandemic.
Many helping professionals have been introduced to the concept of self-compassion, but they may not have been taught how to explicitly integrate this knowledge into clinical practice. Self-compassion can be integrated into clinical work by (1) how clinicians relate to themselves (compassionate presence), (2) how clinicians relate to their clients (compassionate relationship), and (3) how clients relate to themselves (home practice).
In addition to helping clients increase resilience, self-compassion is a powerful resource for clinicians. It enables clinicians to maintain emotional balance in the midst of challenging clinical work, to enjoy their work and their clients more fully, to be fully present and attuned with their clients, and to prevent caregiver fatigue.
This two-part interactive workshop will offer clinicians core skills and practices to cultivate self-compassion as a foundation for therapeutic relationships, self-care and to teach to clients.
- Describe key principles for integrating self-compassion into clinical practice
- Identify unique challenges and opportunities for trauma survivors in compassion-based treatment
- Enhance the therapeutic relationship through compassion and self-compassion practices during the clinical hour
- Describe the neurobiology of empathic distress and apply self-compassion to alleviate empathy fatigue.
- Identify the emotion of shame in psychotherapy and apply a positive, compassionate-based approach to working with shame
- Teach clients self-compassion techniques for home practice that emerge seamlessly from therapy and can be practiced at home
Who Should Attend?
Helping professionals who have already been introduced to the practice of mindful self-compassion and the research to support it, either through attending one of Kristin Neff’s self-compassion workshops, attending a mindful self-compassion (MSC) group or training, or equivalent.
You will receive:
- Login details and instructions emailed in advance of the workshop
- Downloadable handouts
- Certificate of attendance upon successful completion of a brief online quiz (if desired)
- Access to a recording of the workshop for a limited period of time after the workshop – so if you can’t join live, or need to miss part of the live workshop and want to view it afterwards, we’ve got you covered!