Self-Compassion & Compassion for Clinicians
Lee-Anne Gray, PsyD
- Identify the 4 dimensions of self-compassion;
- Summarize the interpersonal neurobiology of self-compassion and compassion practices and their effects on depression, anxiety, and stress;
- Use self-compassion and compassion practices to minimize compassion fatigue/burnout/secondary trauma in practitioners and other caregivers;
- Teach self-compassion strategies to others, safely minimizing risks of dissociation and decompensation in traumatized individuals;
- Implement self-compassion and compassion tools with cultural competence (ie: LGBTQ+ individuals, adolescents, and diverse/marginalized communities);
- Design treatment plans that incorporate developmentally-appropriate mindfulness and self-compassion skills when working with adolescents/families/parents/groups;
- Integrate self-compassion, compassion, and mindful awareness practices with other treatment protocols;
- Facilitate others cultivating self-compassion/compassion practices to increase attention, concentration, executive functioning, and resilience.
- Acquire practices and interventions that decrease shame, self-criticism, and increase self-kindness instead.
- Explain the difference between self-compassion and self-esteem.
- Manage transference, countertransference, and counterreactions with self-compassion and compassion.
- Identify the limitations of the research and potential risks associated with introducing self-compassion/compassion/mindful awareness practices with clinical populations (per APA.)
- Summarize empirical evidence for using self-compassion/compassion/mindful awareness practices as clinical interventions (per APA.)