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Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) for Nurses

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An evidence-based healthcare adaptation of Mindful Self-Compassion for nurses. 3-week course begins 9/22, 6:15 - 8:30 pm ET.

About this event

This course is a 6-hr evidence-based healthcare adaptation of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).

This brief training aims to improve well-being and enhance resilience in healthcare professionals by teaching mindful self-compassion skills to deal with distressing situations as they occur at work and at home.

Approved for up to 6 contact hours. This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Approved through 06/29/2023. Approval for contact hours through the American Holistic Nurses Association is based on an assessment of the educational merit of this program and does not constitute endorsement of the use of any specific modality in the care of clients.

Completion of program requires you to:

  • Attend and participate in six 60-minute live on-line sessions
  • Complete the program evaluation.

Contact hours will be granted based on the number of 60-minute sessions attended. Presenters have no conflict of interest to report.

About the course

Participants will learn tools to use throughout the day to:

  • Care for themselves while caring for others
  • Listen with compassion
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Reconnect to the values that give their work meaning
  • Develop and apply self-compassion practices for motivation with encouragement
  • Apply core self-compassion practices into daily life

In research conducted in 2019 the 6-week 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. Learn more about the research on the program here.

Program details

Offered virtually for 3 sessions of 2-hours each with a 15 minute break. Course schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesdays, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 6:15 - 8:30 pm ET

Registration includes course sessions and a course handout booklet. Registration fees are non-refundable.

  • $175 Early Registration (available through August 9th)
  • $200 Regular Registration
  • $150 Student Rate

Completion of program requires you to:

  • Attend and participate in a minimum of 300 minutes (of the 360 minutes in the course series).
  • Complete the program evaluation.
  • Contact hours will be granted based on time attended.

The main provider of this activity is Chan Body Energy LLC. Instructors are Roxane Raffin Chan, BSN, MS, PhD, AHN-BC and Heather Shaughnessy-Cato, MA. Presenters have no conflict of interest to report.

The course will provide a small group experience, up to 20 participants. As the course is virtual, attend from anywhere.

This program is designed for nurses, based on the values of equity, diversity, inclusiveness and belonging. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate. All are welcome.

Course themes include:

  • What is Self-Compassion?
  • Practicing Self-Compassion
  • Discovering Your Compassionate Voice
  • Self-Compassion and Burnout
  • Making It Count (Reconnecting with core values)

Program activities include:

Short talks, experiential exercises, brief meditations, discussion, and optional home practices. SC- MSC is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond when difficulties arise and to learn and apply tools for greater well-being.

Course Objectives:

The course aims to help participants to:

  • Develop the capacity to contend with challenges and difficulties through awareness of the three components of self-compassion: self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness.
  • Apply core self-compassion practices into daily life
  • Develop and apply self-compassion practices to explore motivation with encouragement rather than self-criticism
  • Articulate the basic theoretical underpinnings and research findings related to self-compassion

About Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.

Based on the groundbreaking research of Dr. Kristin Neff, Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and the clinical expertise of Dr. Christopher Germer, Psychotherapist, and Lecturer at Harvard Medical School, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult situations with kindness, awareness, and resilience.

Defined by Kristin Neff (2003), three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and mindful awareness.

  • Kindness: With self-compassion, we treat ourselves with kindness, care, and understanding, just as we would treat a friend or a patient. Compassion entails concern with the alleviation of stress and difficulty, meaning there is an action component to self- compassion – actively soothing and comforting ourselves when we’re stressed, supporting ourselves, and motivating ourselves with encouragement and kindness rather than criticism.
  • Common Humanity: With self-compassion we see life’s many difficulties as part of the larger human experience. Acknowledging that others struggle too, and that others are facing similar difficult situations, helps to lessen feelings of isolation.
  • Mindfulness: In order for us to respond to our struggles with compassion, we first have to know we are struggling. Mindfulness allows us to turn toward painful feelings and “be” with them as they are with a balanced state of awareness.

More information about MSC:

Deciding whether to take the course

Self-compassion can be emotionally activating at times. If you have recently experienced a traumatic event, we recommend waiting a few months to take the course. If, for any reason, you would like to talk more about your readiness to take the course and learn more about the particulars of the sessions, please reach out to Roxane or Heather to schedule a brief consultation:

  • Roxane: chanbodyenergy@gmail.com
  • Heather: heather@selfcompassioninaction.com

About the Instructors

Roxane Raffin Chan, PhD, MS, BSN, AHN-BC, Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher

Roxane Raffin Chan, PhD, RN, AHN-BC is a holistic nurse consultant with her company, Chan Body Energy. Dr. Chan received her PhD in community health promotion from the University of Michigan where she conducted an NIH funded study on the use of mindfulness practices in persons with chronic disease. Over her career as a nurse, Dr. Chan has directly cared for patients in acute care and community settings across the United States, held positions in nursing administration and taught nursing at major universities. Her overall focus in nursing has been in vulnerable populations and the social determinants of health which led her to develop a specialty in holistic nursing. Currently Dr. Chan is the president elect for the American Holistic Nurses Association, is actively involved in facilitating racial healing circles for TRHT (Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation) and is faculty for the Episcopal Pension Group delivering wellness retreats for ordained clergy across the country.

Dr. Roxane Raffin Chan is a trained teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion and was part of the working group to develop the six-week program of mindfulness self-compassion for health care providers through the Center for Mindfulness. She is a trained Racial Healing Circle Facilitator through TRHT (Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation) and trained to provide Transition to Success® to assist people out of the experience of poverty.

Contact: Chanbodyenergy@gmail.com

Heather Shaughnessy-Cato, MA, Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher

Heather is a compassion and mindfulness teacher, Certified Coach in Wellness & Health and Life Design, yoga teacher, and facilitator. In addition to teaching MSC courses, Heather has integrated self-compassion into work with clients in community settings and through her former work as a therapist. She holds a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with clinical training in healthcare and higher education and she formerly worked in development for non-profits and higher education. Heather continues to train in mindfulness, self-compassion, and trauma-informed practices. She aspires to create a safe and inclusive environment in her classes, with an invitation to each student to come as they are and make the practice their own. To learn more about Heather, please visit heathershaughnessy.com.

Contact: heather@heathershaughnessy.com

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