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This workshop is for anyone who is working with others in a caregiving capacity: therapists, counselors, pastoral caregivers and health care providers.
Caregiver Fatigue (CF) characterised by profound emotional and physical exhaustion often accompanied with resentment and decreased job satisfaction. Many of us already felt overburdened in our jobs, especially given the last few years. Many more therapists are reporting some degree of caregiver burnout or fatigue during this pandemic. CF is a form of relational pain, one of connection, having emotional resonance with someone we care about who suﬀers. This is compounded when there is an increase in those suffering, and when we are experiencing situations and suffering similar as those for whom we are caring.
One of the key components to addressing CF is to notice or become aware of how we are impacted; physically, cognitively, and emotionally. Research has shown that our own suffering can increase depending on how we relate to this suffering and how we relate to ourselves. Research has also shown that self-compassion is an evidence-based approach to changing our relationship with ourselves and our suffering, which in turn is strongly associated with emotional well-being, maintenance of healthy habits and satisfying relationships.
Self-Compassion for Health Care Communities (SCHC) is a 6-hr evidence-based healthcare adaptation of Mindful Self-Compassion, the empirically supported program of Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Chris Germer. Compassion not only includes kindness, but also fierceness to protect and motivate oneself. As opposed to other self-care techniques, self-compassion practices can be used on the spot while at work with patients and colleagues. This training aims to improve well being and personal awareness and provide some tools to meet distressing emotional situations as they occur at work and at home
In research published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, Neff.Knox.2020, the SCHC program was found to significantly:
Decrease: Depression, Stress, Secondary Traumatic Stress and Burnout
Increase: Self-compassion, Mindfulness, Compassion for others, Job Satisfaction in healthcare professionals
Robin Beardsley, MD CCFP has a focused practice in Psychotherapy and is a Level 3 Certified IFS and Satir Therapist. She recognized very early on that her compassion for others was part of her essence and has always been interested in caregiver well-being. This compassion and empathy felt for others made her the doctor, friend, wife, mother that she is, but also led her to a sense of not being present to herself and losing sight of her own needs. Introducing self-compassion helped to differentiate between compassion and empathy and access a source of strength and ease while remaining open to suffering. She combines her extensive knowledge of Internal Family Systems, Satir Therapy with Mindful Self Compassion and brings her presence, passion, and experience to her teaching. www.yourcompassionateself.ca