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The Effects of Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) on Health-Care Workers

The main objective of this pilot study was to investigate the effects of the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) on various aspects of burnout and job satisfaction in health-care workers. Specifically, this study sought to investigate whether CCT reduces work-related burnout, interpersonal conflict, as well as increases of mindfulness, compassion toward the self, fears of compassion, and job satisfaction scores.

The general conclusions of this study are that CCT may be helpful at improving several aspects of health in health-care providers, such as self-reported mindfulness, self-compassion, compassion toward others, and interpersonal conflict. The implications of this study are that this training may promote mental health resilience in health-care workers, improve patient care, and may be helpful in burnout prevention.

The Effects of Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) on Health-Care Workers. Scarlet, J., Altmeyer, N., Knier, S., & Harpin, R. E. (2017).Clinical Psychologist, 21, 116–124. doi:10.1111 /cp.12130

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Self-Compassion in Clinical Practice

Self-compassion is conceptualized as containing 3 core components: self-kindness versus self-judgment, common humanity versus isolation, and mindfulness versus over-identification when relating to painful experiences. Research evidence demonstrates that self-compassion is related to psychological flourishing and reduced psychopathology.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an 8-week training program, meeting 2.5 hours each week, designed to help participants cultivate self-compassion. MSC contains a variety of meditations (e.g., loving-kindness, affectionate breathing) as well as informal practices for use in daily life (e.g., soothing touch, self-compassionate letter writing). A detailed clinical case illustrates the journey of a client through the 8 weeks of MSC training, describing the key features of each session and the client’s response.

Self-Compassion in Clinical Practice. Christopher K. Germer & Kristin D. Neff (2013), J. Clin. Psychol.: In Session 69:856-867

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Why Compassion Serves You Better than Self-Interest

Can compassion be good for the bottom line for organizations? According to Emma Seppälä, author of The Happiness Track, the answer is a clear yes. Research confirms that a compassionate culture at work can improve not only employee well-being and productivity but also client health outcomes and satisfaction.

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