A healthy workplace starts with healthy people. Creating a kinder relationship with ourselves, is the foundation of creating kinder relationships with others. Feelings of connectedness, safety, and trust in our relationships are foundational to our perception of happiness.
While self-care ‘strategies’ are helpful for balancing stress, their main limitation is that they aren’t useful when we are in the midst of a stressful moment. Mindfulness and self-compassion practices help to support ourselves through difficult moments. Self-Compassion is simply treating ourselves with the same kindness we would treat a good friend when things are difficult.
Mindfulness and self-compassion skills can be learned by anyone at any stage in life. They are skills that are learned, practiced, and cultivated.
Mindfulness and self-compassion training in the workplace can provide skills and resources to:
- Come back to the moment with kindness and care when feeling stressed or overwhelmed
- Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
- Care for ourselves while caring for others
- Motivate ourselves with kindness rather than criticism
- Listen with compassion
- Communicate more effectively
- Reconnect to personally meaningful values
Workshop/Talks Formats & Options:
- Online or In-person
- On-site retreats (max 16 people)
- Hourly; Half-day; Full-day workshops
Workshops can be tailored to the unique needs of your workplace in terms of content, format, and cost.
SELF-COMPASSION FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS
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 brief 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.Research completed by Neff and colleagues in 2020 found that the training significantly decreased depression, stress, secondary traumatic stress and burnout, and increased self-compassion, mindfulness, compassion for others, and job satisfaction in healthcare professionals.
MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION SKILLS FOR WORKPLACE BURNOUT
This workshop is designed to provide an introduction to mindfulness and self-compassion skills and to offer resources for building resilience in the face of daily stressors associated with the demands of the job.
Both conceptual and experiential self-compassion and mindfulness teachings are offered. Common fears about becoming more self-compassionate and the physiology of self-criticism will be explored, as well as how to work with any discomfort that may arise during these practices. Several simple, brief, and practical mindfulness and self-compassion exercises will be practiced.
Additional modules will examine the role of self-criticism versus self-compassion; how to work with and move through difficult emotions; manage caregiver burnout; and reconnect with core values.
MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION TRAININGS AND RETREATS
Specific mindfulness meditation training, including mindfulness of breath, body, sounds, movement/sensations, walking, thoughts, and emotions are offered and can be tailored to the needs and goals of your organization (e.g., relaxation, connection, focus).
On site meditation training is offered, and includes meditation props to support practice, as well as meditation retreats (minimum 3 hours for retreats).
COMMUNICATION AND ASSERTIVENESS TRAINING
Drawing upon cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy theories, communication and assertiveness workshops can help to build skills for more effective communication in the workplace.
Depending on the goals of your workplace, we can tailor this workshop to include the following skills: components of effective communication, exploring different types of communication, assertiveness skills, disarming techniques, and the physiology of effective communication versus ineffective communication.