Who is this for?

  • Health Professionals
  • Nurses and Physicians
  • Social Workers
  • Healthcare Technicians
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Hospice Professionals

Core Skills Training for Health Professionals

Health ProfessionalsParticipants of this two-day workshop will learn the core skills of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), an empirically-supported program designed to cultivate self-compassion using meditation, daily life practices, lecture, group exercises and discussion. Self-compassion is an emotional skill that can be learned by anyone.

Rapidly expanding research clearly demonstrates that self-compassion is related to emotional wellbeing, lower anxiety and depression, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.
This workshop will provide essential tools for you to raise your own levels of self-compassion and to teach your patients or clients to treat themselves in a respectful, compassionate way whenever they suffer, fail, or feel inadequate.




Learning Objectives

  • Identify the three key components of self-compassion
  • Describe key research that supports the benefits of self- compassion
  • Practice techniques to increase self-compassion in everyday life
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than self-criticism
  • Use self-compassion to prevent caregiver fatigue

What Can I Expect?

Over the 2 days, practice will include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for exploring how we typically respond when difficult emotions arise and to provide tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources and personal capacities.

Why do I need it?

The MSC for Health Professionals is specifically designed to help you meet the unique stressors of your job. We will be addressing caregiver burnout, and compassion fatigue and how MSC can help you on the job and in the moment. We know your job is challenging and you want to be able to treat your patients with compassion. This can be cultivated internally with MSC.


Lorraine Hobbs

Director, Youth and Family Programs at University of San Diego, Guiding MBSR Teacher and Guiding MSC teacher

Cynthia Phelps, PhD

Founder, InnerAlly Inc, a company the uses technology to improve emotional fitness; Trained Teacher of MSC


Lorraine the Director of Family Programs at the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. She is a certified MBSR, Mindful Self-Compassion & Compassion Cultivation teacher. Lorraine is a co-author of the Mindful-Self-Compassion program for teens, an adaptation of the adult MSC program, endorsed by Kristin Neff & Chris Germer. She facilitates training & mentoring in mindfulness and mindful self-compassion for professionals and has created programs for kids & teens and a course in Mindful Parenting for parents & caregivers.

Dr. Phelps completed the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher training program in 2015 in Garrison NY.

MSC is a program created by Dr. Kristin Neff and is effective at raising people’s levels of Self-Compassion. Self Compassion is critical for behavior change, as research shows that people who are able to treat themselves kindly are more motivated to change, and better able to sustain long-term changes.