Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities (SCHC)

Have you ever wondered if there was a skill you could use to help you sustain real compassionate care for patients in the face of competing demands like technology and documentation, time pressure, patient trauma and fatigue? 

Burgeoning research is showing that self-compassion skills can be of particular benefit to health care professionals, allowing them to experience greater satisfaction in their caregiving roles, less stress, and more emotional resilience.  The good news is that self-compassion skills are trainable and build your capacity to handle stressful challenges.

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 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.  

In research conducted in 2019 the SCHC program was found to significantly decrease depression, stress, secondary traumatic stress and burnout, and to increase self-compassion, mindfulness, compassion for others, and job satisfaction in healthcare professionals.

As opposed to other self-care techniques, self-compassion practices can be used on the spot while at work with patients and colleagues.  As a participant of the program you can learn the following objectives:

  1. Be able to describe the key components of self-compassion and mindfulness and how they can be integrated into your role as a healthcare professional.
  2. Be able to explain the difference between empathy and compassion and utilize strategies to avoid emotional exhaustion.
  3. Be able to practice techniques to increase self-compassion at work and everyday life.
  4. Practice at least one skill from each session to care for yourself emotionally while caring for others who are experiencing difficulty.

The Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities program meets for six 1-hour sessions.

 A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.     Chris Germer, PhD

Upcoming SCHC Programs

These programs are for the general healthcare public and are not Teacher Training programs.

  • Tuesdays starting August 11th to September 15th, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM PST with Natalie Bell (co-teacher TBD). Register here!
  • Mondays starting September 14th to October 19th, 2020 from 4:00 – 45:00 PM PST with Natalie Bell (co-teacher TBD). Register here!

Class Description

All sessions are delivered live-online via Zoom meeting for an interactive learning experience. The SCHC program week by week:

Week 1: What is Self-compassion

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

Week 2: Practicing Self-Compassion

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

Week 3: Discovering Your Compassionate Voice

  • Self-criticism and safety. Motivating ourselves with compassion.

Week 4: Self-Compassion and Resilience

  • Strategies for meeting difficult emotions.

Week 5: Self-Compassion and Burnout

  • Stress and Burnout. Compassion with Equanimity.

Week 6: Making it Count

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

We look forward to having you join this movement to bring Mindful Self-Compassion into healthcare!


  • The General Registration Fee for this program is US$295.
  • A Special Compassionate Discount Rate is offered for $225.

For those who can afford to please consider paying at the full rate of $295 to help support scholarships for those in need.

Continuing Education is included for Nurses, Psychologists and MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs. No CME Credit is available for medical doctors. Please read below for more details.

Continuing Education

No CME Credit is available for this course.

Continuing Education Credit is available for Nurses, Psychologists and MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs. You must attend all sessions live and complete a post course evaluation. CEs are included in your course registration fee.

  • Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 7.0 CE credit.
  • Psychologists: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 6.0 CE credit.
  • California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 6.0 CE credit may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if CE credit is accepted.

Self-Compassion for Healthcare Communities (SCHC) Research

Research conducted in 2019 on 47 healthcare professionals suggests program attendance leads to significant increases in self-compassion, mindfulness, compassion to others and compassion satisfaction and decreases in stress, depression, and symptoms of burnout.

To date, 17 groups of 294 professionals have participated in Self-Compassion Training for Health Care Communities, including 146 research participants.


  • A hospital institutional review board (IRB) has approved a quantitative study on the presentation of two different formats of the curriculum: a 1-day, 6-hour workshop and a course offered once a month for six months.
  • Currently, a qualitative study on healthcare professionals’ experiences of attending the training is underway and results are expected in May 2020. The results of three quantitative studies conducted from 2016 to 2019 are currently under peer review.
  • The curriculum was also offered to 25 parents of children with chronic illness, and a qualitative investigation of their experience is expected to be completed by May 2020.

Assessing the Need for Self-Compassion Training in Healthcare Communities

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). The purpose of the 6-week Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities 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 end their shifts emotionally depleted and increase their likelihood of feeling accomplished and satisfied in their caregiving roles.

Two studies conducted on Dell Children’s Medical Center staff who attended the 6-week 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, anxiety, depression and measures of burnout (emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and secondary traumatic stress). Other peer-reviewed literature has found self-compassion training to reduce symptoms of burnout and increase self-compassion, mindfulness, and compassion satisfaction (Delaney, M.C., 2018; Eriksson et al., 2018).


Cocker, F., & Joss, N. (2016). Compassion fatigue among healthcare, emergency and community service workers: A systematic review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(6), 1–18.

Delaney, M. C. (2018). Caring for the caregivers: Evaluation of the effect of an eight-week pilot mindful self-compassion (MSC) training program on nurses’ compassion fatigue and resilience. PLoS ONE, 13(11), 1–20.

Eriksson, T., Germundsjö, L., Åström, E., & Rönnlund, M. (2018). Mindful self-compassion training reduces stress and burnout symptoms among practicing psychologists: A randomized controlled trial of a brief web-based intervention. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(NOV), 1–10.

West, C. P., Dyrbye, L. N., & Shanafelt, T. D. (2018). Physician burnout: contributors, consequences and solutions. Journal of Internal Medicine, 283(6), 516–529.

Upcoming Live Online MSC (LOMSC) Sessions

Live Online MSC Course with Jorge Armesto and Robyn Gobin

December 2, 2022 - February 3, 2023

Fridays 9:00am - 11:00am America/Los_Angeles
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Live Online MSC Course with Jamie Lynn Tatera

December 5, 2022 - February 13, 2023

Mondays 10:00am - 12:00pm America/Los_Angeles
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Live Online MSC Course for BIPOC with Noriko Morita Harth and Carolina Velez

January 10 - March 14, 2023

Tuesdays 3:00pm - 5:00pm America/Los_Angeles
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Live Online MSC Course with Caroline Hoffman

January 18 - March 22, 2023

Wednesdays 11:00am - 1:00pm America/Los_Angeles
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Live Online MSC Course with Raphael Jay Adjani

January 25 - March 29, 2023

Wednesdays 4:00pm - 6:00pm America/Los_Angeles
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“I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have always struggled with self- critical and negative emotions towards myself… I was completely amazed by the idea of finally being kind to myself, of recognizing what is really going on within and noticing I am not alone in my suffering. (This) was beyond transformative.”

Laura G.

“Thanks for such a great opportunity to learn and practice self-compassion. Never really saw how incredibly, incredibly critical of myself I am….but that I could also learn to silence the inner critic.”

Linda K.

I woke up with my usual feelings of dread over my physical pain and then suddenly remembered oh I can practice kindness toward myself…. I put my hand on my heart, and looked into my own eyes, and then I beamed kindness and love to myself. I stayed that way for a few minutes … It was a sweetness that I didn’t know was possible….

Mary M.