Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities


This Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities programme is designed to provide support for Health Coaches and Nutritional Therapists to support themselves whilst helping others.

Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities (SCHC) is an evidence-based healthcare adaptation of the Mindful Self-Compassion programme (MSC). MSC is an empirically supported programme created by Dr. Kristin Neff (UT Austin) and Dr. Chris Germer (Harvard Medical School).

This brief training aims to improve wellbeing and personal resilience in healthcare professionals. It does this by teaching mindful self-compassion skills to support individuals when dealing with distressing emotional situations at work and at home.

What is the Purpose of the course?

The purpose of SCHC is to teach healthcare workers on-the-job skills to meet the emotional demands of their work. Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for healthcare are intended to lower the chance that professionals will feel emotionally depleted after work and increase their likelihood of feeling accomplished and satisfied in their caregiving roles. 

What to Expect

The programme will run over 6 sessions of 90 minutes and each week gradually builds on the previous week.  For participants to gain maximum benefit from the course we’d therefore strongly suggest attending all 6 sessions. The sessions will not be recorded to help everyone feel safe and comfortable to talk.

CPD Approved

This course is recognised for 25 CPD hours for UKIHCA members.

Approval provided by UKIHCA

UKIHCA Approved CPD Course

Live Sessions - 7pm-8.30pm*

Session 1: 20th May

Session 2: 27th May

Session 3: 10th June

Session 4: 17th June

Session 5: 24th Jun

Session 6: 1st July

*See course outline for topics covered

Need more information? Speak with our admissions team, with no obligation, by clicking the links below. 

Next Course: October 2024

Learners will have access to the course on Brightspace for 12 weeks

Course length and cost:

This course is delivered through weekly live sessions online over a period of 6 weeks.

Cost: €295/£250


Delivery is fully online

The programme is run as an online experiential workshop. Activities will include short talks, exercises, short practices, and brief group discussions.   It’s all about getting a “felt sense” of what it’s like to start to offer ourselves self-compassion.  

Resources: Handouts of the practices and key teaching points in pdf format. Audio recordings of the practices will also be available.


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Cost: €295/£250

*Spaces are limited*


*A minimum number of 7 learners is required in order to run the course. If this number isn’t reached, all learners will be refunded or offered a space on the next available course.

Course Outline

Topic 1:  What is Self-Compassion? Definition and Science of Self-Compassion 

Introduction:  What is Self-Compassion?  Misgivings and research about Self-Compassion.

Topic 2:  Practicing Self-Compassion: Physiology and Practice of Self-Compassion with Mindfulness

The physiology of self-compassion.  Self-compassion break.  Backdraft.  Moments of mindfulness.

Topic 3:  Discovering your Compassionate Voice: Motivating Ourselves with Fierce Self-Compassion

Self-criticism and safety.  Motivating ourselves with compassion.

Topic 4:  Self-Compassion and Resilience

Strategies for meeting difficult emotions.

Topic 5:  Burnout: Self-Compassion for Caregiver Fatigue

Stress and Burnout.  Compassion with Equanimity.

Topic 6:  Making it Count: Reconnecting to Core Values

Core Values for Healthcare Professionals. Setting an intention.  Practice going forward.

Supporting Research

Burnout, including secondary traumatic stress and emotional exhaustion, is prevalent among health care professionals and is a factor contributing to turnover. (Cocker & Joss, 2016; West, Dyrbye, & Shanafelt, 2018). “Chronic stress associated with emotionally intense work demands for which resources are inadequate can result in burnout,” write West, Dyrbye, & Shanafelt (2018). 

Two studies conducted with Dell Children’s Medical Center staff who attended the 6-week SCHC training showed participants significantly increased in self compassion, mindfulness, compassion to others, compassion satisfaction, and feelings of personal accomplishment, and significantly decreased in levels of stress, depression and measures of burnout (emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and secondary traumatic stress). 

Other peer-reviewed literature has found self-compassion training reduces symptoms of burnout and increases self-compassion, mindfulness, and compassion satisfaction (Delaney, M.C., 2018; Eriksson et al., 2018).References Cocker, F., & Joss, N. (2016). Physician burnout: contributors, consequences and solutions. Journal of Internal Medicine, 283(6), 516–529. 

Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities Sample Class

Try us out for FREE Sample Class. View some course content and sample mindfulness practices.

Student Testimonials


Julia Sweetman

Nutritional Therapist, Certified Mindful Self Compassion teacher

As a Nutritional Therapist, Julia has been involved in the health and wellness sector for over 12 years. She teaches nutrition, health and wellbeing for IINH and is the Programme Director for the Nutritional Therapy Programme. She is also a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher.

Prior to this, she enjoyed a job as a Senior Manager for a large Health and Beauty Retailer for 11 years. Her change in career stemmed from the desire to explore healthier ways to manage the increasing demands and pressures of work and family life Julia now advocates and teaches the positive impacts of good quality nutrition and the benefits of regular mindfulness and self-compassion practice.

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