What is Self-Compassion for Recovery Professionals?
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a research-based program effective at raising people’s levels of Self-Compassion.
Serving or working in the Addiction Recovery field requires many things of the practitioner, including emotional resilience, mitigation of stress and anxiety, and persistent compassion.
MSC is uniquely suited to help recovery professionals excel at emotional regulation, build resilience, protect themselves from anxiety and depression which can lead to burnout and compassion fatigue. Research supports the hypothesis that if you are able to show yourself compassion in a moment of suffering then you will reap these powerful benefits.
Who is it for?
For all types of recovery professionals at any stage in their career, from recovery coaches to case managers to psychiatrists.
Perfect for recovery professionals who are feeling overwhelmed.
For those who experience compassion fatigue or burnout at times.
Practicing self-compassion helps you to take better care of yourself so you can take better care of others.
Cynthia Phelps, PhD
Dr. Phelps is trained in pharmacology with a focus on neuroscience. She is the founder of InnerAlly a company producing digital tools to improve emotional fitness. She is a Texas Certified Recovery Coach and a Trained Teacher of MSC.
How Does Self-Compassion Help Recovery Professionals?
Mindful Self-Compassion helps recovery professionals deal with the daily challenges and long term impacts of working in a high-touch, high-stress environment. Research has shown that people who raise their levels of self-compassion are less likely to encounter:
- Chronic Anxiety and Stress
- Caregiver Burnout
- Compassion Fatigue
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Rao, N., &; Kemper, K. J. (2016). Online Training in Specific Meditation Practices Improves Gratitude, Well-Being, Self-Compassion, and Confidence in Providing Compassionate Care Among Health Professionals. Journal of evidence-based complementary & alternative medicine, 2156587216642102.
How do I bring this to our Recovery Professionals?
2 Day Intensive – This is the full version of the program condensed into 2 full days. It requires a certified instructor and trained teacher of MSC. Costs cover student handouts and materials. Travel is an additional cost. Up to 30participants. Cost: $7,850 for two days.
8 week course – This is the full version of the program over 8 weeks (or 4 weeks/meeting twice a week for 2.5 hours). It requires a trained teacher of MSC. Costs cover student handouts and materials. Travel is an additional cost. Up to 20 participants. Cost: $4,200 for 4-8 weeks.
One Day Workshop – This workshop is custom built from the most relevant parts of the MSC program. Costs cover student handouts and materials. Travel is an additional cost. Up to 50 participants. Cost: $2,300 for one 8 hour day.
Half Day Workshop – This workshop serves as a primer to Self-Compassion, and an excellent starting point for self study. Costs cover student handouts and materials. Travel is an additional cost. Up to 50 participants. Cost: $1,700 for 4 hours.
Cynthia Phelps, Phd