​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Workshop Description​
Mental health professionals, health-care workers, and others who work in a helping field often have an enhanced capacity for empathic resonance.  This is, in part, why we are so good at our jobs. Unfortunately, there’s a downside to this evolved capacity. When we are in the presence of others in emotional or physical pain, we feel their pain. Over time, if we are constantly giving our energy, care and compassion to others - without offering ourselves the same - we can deplete our emotional resources and experience exhaustion, stress, empathic distress, burnout, and a decrease in overall well-being.

It's essential that we learn to have self-compassion for the challenges of professional helping so that our cup doesn’t run dry.

Self-compassion is crucial because it allows us to resource ourselves so that we can sustain giving to others without burning out. The more compassion flows inward, the more that’s available to flow outward. Self-compassion also offers a counterbalance to the self-critical and perfectionistic tendencies that can often plague those in helping professions.  By acknowledging the difficulty of professional caregiving, recognizing our own humanity, and giving ourselves the same kindness and support that we offer our clients, we can replenish our energy reserves and sustain our passion for our work. This, in turn leads to more sustainable and effective care for our clients and patients.

This transformative workshop led by Kristin Neff, world renowned self-compassion researcher and expert, will present theory and research on the vital role that self-compassion plays for helping professionals. Through experiential exercises, discussions, and practical strategies, this workshop will guide you to develop a self-compassion practice that supports your well-being, resilience, and ability to continue the important work that you do in this world.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the components and benefits of self-compassion, and its relevance to helping professionals
  • Distinguish between empathy fatigue and compassion fatigue
  • Identify the link between self-compassion, stress and burnout
  • Learn evidence-based techniques for developing self-compassion, tailored to the unique challenges faced by helping professionals
  • Develop practical strategies for integrating self-compassion into daily practice to enhance resilience, prevent burnout, and promote well-being
  • ​Reconnect with your core values as professional helpers

*Note: There is significant overlap between this workshop and our past workshops with Kristin entitled "Self-Compassion & Emotional Resilience" (2016, 2017 & 2019) and "Self-Compassion: Relating to Ourselves with Kindness" (2021).  

You will receive:

  • Login details and instructions emailed in advance of the workshop
  • Downloadable handouts
  • Certificate of attendance upon successful completion of a brief online quiz (if desired)
  • Access to a recording of the workshop for a limited period of time after the workshop - so if you can’t join live, or need to miss part of the live workshop and want to view it afterwards, we’ve got you covered!

For more information about Kristin and her work, visit www.self-compassion.org 

About the Presenter

Kristin Neff, Ph.D., is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over two decades ago.  

Kristin’s work has received extensive media coverage, including the New York Times, MSNBC, National Public Radio, Reader’s Digest, and Psychology Today. She offers workshops on self-compassion worldwide, and has developed (in partnership with Chris Germer) an eight-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program; an empirically supported and internationally recognized program designed to cultivate self-compassion. In 2016, Kristin also partnered with 
Brené Brown, Ph.D., to develop and co-facilitate an online course on Self-Compassion. 
Kristin is currently an Associate Professor of Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to writing numerous academic articles on the topic, she is author of the books 
Self-Compassion and Fierce Self-Compassion, and co-author (with Chris Germer) of the books The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals

**Note: Kristin is also teaching a 3-hour workshop all about the "fierce" side of self-compassion, on November 29th.  Kristin says "In order to be truly self-compassionate – in order to be whole – we need to integrate both sides of self-compassion, the fierce and the tender".  For more information about that workshop, click here

Self-Compassion for Helping Professionals:
Caring for Others without Losing Yourself


November 8, 2023, 1:15pm – 4:30pm ET*

​*Convert to your Time Zone

​​​​Instructor: Kristin Neff, PhD​
Location: Online Live Stream Event

Early Bird Cost: $99 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) by Oct. 9, 2023
Regular Cost: $125 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) after Oct. 9, 2023
​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.76 USD (as of July 24, 2023 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 6, 2023 at 12pm ET

* Please note: Group Rates/Discounts are not available for this workshop.

Certificates of Attendance / CEU's / CE Information

For those requiring a Certificate of Attendance, certificates will be issued upon either: 

1. Verification of 100% attendance during the live broadcast OR
2. Successful completion of a post-training quiz with a minimum score of 75% (multiple attempts allowed)*
    *This option is for those who do not attend the full workshop “live”.

Certificates will indicate the number of direct education hours (3), not including breaks. Certificates may be used to qualify for eligibility for Continuing Education Credits from licensing boards and professional colleges; it is the participant’s responsibility to contact their college or association to confirm its requirements and the workshop's eligibility for CEU's / CE’s.

Cancellation Policy

​​An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations. Cancellation 14 or more days prior to the workshop date – receive a refund, less $50 administration fee. Cancellation less than 14 days prior to the workshop date – receive a credit, less $50 administration fee, to be applied to a future workshop. No credit or refund will be issued if you do not notify us in advance of the workshop date. You may transfer your registration to another individual at no extra cost. In this case, please notify Mission: Empowerment of the name of the alternate person. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to instructor illness, extreme weather, under-enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a workshop is cancelled, any registration payment will be returned in full. Liability is limited to a refund of workshop/live-stream fees only. 

Refunds will not be issued in cases where a registrant did not receive the workshop login instruction email due to email issues.  It is the registrant’s responsibility to contact us if they don’t receive the required login information at least 24 hours prior to the start time of the workshop.