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

  • 15 Sep 2019
  • 17 Nov 2019
  • 9 sessions
  • 15 Sep 2019, 6:00 PM 8:45 PM (PDT)
  • 22 Sep 2019, 6:00 PM 8:45 PM (PDT)
  • 29 Sep 2019, 6:00 PM 8:45 PM (PDT)
  • 13 Oct 2019, 6:00 PM 8:45 PM (PDT)
  • 20 Oct 2019, 6:00 PM 8:45 PM (PDT)
  • 27 Oct 2019, 6:00 PM 8:45 PM (PDT)
  • 3 Nov 2019, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM (PST)
  • 10 Nov 2019, 6:00 PM 8:45 PM (PST)
  • 17 Nov 2019, 6:00 PM 8:45 PM (PST)
  • UW Medicine South Lake Union, 850 Republican St, Seattle, WA 98109
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For UW-affiliated Healthcare Professionals:
Mindful Self-Compassion on Sunday evenings.
A chance for Seattle-area professionals to learn about MSC first-hand in a supportive group of peers.

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.

8 classroom sessions: Sunday evenings 6 PM - 8:45 PM, September 15 - November 17 (skipping October 6th; and on November 3, there will be an extended class instead - see below)

Extended session: Sunday November 3, 9 AM - 3 PM

Instructor: Richard Johnson, PhD, Mindfulness Northwest Senior Instructor

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

$200 for UW Faculty/Staff, $90 UW Housestaff

The fee includes all 9 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.

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