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Mindful Self-Compassion for Healthcare Professionals (Seattle) - Sunday Evenings

  • 8 Jan 2017
  • 26 Feb 2017
  • 8 sessions
  • 8 Jan 2017, 6:00 PM 8:30 PM (PST)
  • 15 Jan 2017, 6:00 PM 8:30 PM (PST)
  • 22 Jan 2017, 6:00 PM 8:30 PM (PST)
  • 29 Jan 2017, 6:00 PM 8:30 PM (PST)
  • 5 Feb 2017, 6:00 PM 8:30 PM (PST)
  • 12 Feb 2017, 6:00 PM 8:30 PM (PST)
  • 19 Feb 2017, 1:00 PM 7:00 PM (PST)
  • 26 Feb 2017, 6:00 PM 8:30 PM (PST)
  • UW Medicine South Lake Union, 850 Republican St, Seattle, WA 98109
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Mindful Self-Compassion offered this time for those in the healthcare professions with a UW affiliation on Sunday evenings. A chance for Seattle area professionals to learn about MSC first-hand in a supportive group of peers.

Registration Through UW - Now Open

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.mindfulselfcompassion.org) and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.self-compassion.org).

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing - being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity.

Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we're hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

MSC can be learned by anyone. It's the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves - especially when we're suffering - and cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and be free from suffering.

Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that's required is a shift in the direction of our attention - recognizing that as a human being, you too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.

In MSC you will learn:

  • How to stop being so hard on yourself
  • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • How to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
  • How to transform difficult relations, both old and new
  • Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
  • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
  • How to become your own best teacher

A randomized, controlled trial demonstrated that MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress.  Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced mindfulness and self-compassion in their daily lives.

This course is for UW-affiliated clinicians and their family members. This includes UW Medicine Staff and residents/fellows/students and their family members. Please contact GME directly with eligibility questions at uwgme@uw.edu or 206.616.8286.

7 classroom sessions: Sunday evenings 6pm - 8:30pm, January 8th - Feb 26th (extended class Feb 17th, see below)

Extended session: Sunday Feb 17th, 1pm - 7pm

InstructorTim Burnett, Executive Director and Senior Teacher at Mindfulness Northwest

UW Medicine South Lake Union
850 Republican St
Seattle, WA 98109
(map and directions)

$150 for UW Faculty/Staff, $50 UW Housestaff

The fee includes all 8 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

The classes are sponsored by UW Graduate Medical Education and the UW School of Medicine Wellness Committee and offered at a reduced fee.

Registration is through UW SOM via a Catalyst survey:

Registration Through UW - Now Open

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