Wellbeing Education ~ Healing Arts ~ Home of Compassion Sharing: The Course©Compassion Sharing© is a Communication Tool for Medical Providers to debrief impactful feelings that arise from compassionate care
In just minutes Compassion Sharing© creates a container for both positive or negative emotions that inform physician well being, and serves to shift medical providers further toward compassion for all
There’s no time like the present to support medical professionals in their servitude to their patients. Although first and foremost physicians are focused on medical diagnosis, clinical reasoning, and patient treatment, we are all human beings, with emotional reactions to our work that can inform wellbeing. Medical providers cannot cut off from emotional responses indefinitely and expect to show up fully present for the work’s challenge—and stay well. Burnout rates are sky-high among physicians in all levels of training, with medical institutions across the nation and worldwide instituting practices to engage physician wellness and mitigate burnout.
Critical incident debriefs and other organized debriefings are among some of the efforts offered to support challenges that may surface in medical practice. Yet most of what informs physician wellness is not the few critical incidents that rise to the level of scheduled group debriefings— rather, it’s the day-to-day that counts 365 times more.
Days filled with moments that elicit emotions based on who we are and what we wish to contribute in our field.
Days filled with small joys, which I call “micro-affirmations,” that may go missed or unacknowledged, if not fully emotionally present. Yet these moments can support wellbeing immensely.
Compassion Sharing©is a theoretically informed, brief, low-impact communication tool that helps medical professionals express impactful feelings–both positive and negative – with peer support, that arise from compassionate caring of others. The model serves as a “container” for those feelings, supporting integration within a framework of greater compassion for all—and enabling one to carry on in one’s work. It seeks to dissipate emotional build-up that can lead to compassion fatigue and burnout, while increasing connection and work meaning and purpose.
Compassion Sharing seeks to unite the hearts and minds of medical providers, in support of the whole physician, the compassionate physician, and more holistic compassionate medical care for all involved.
“I thought The Compassion Sharing Course© was great. I learned a lot, took that knowledge, and incorporated it into my wellness sessions with the fellows and nurse practitioners…the concept of being trauma stewards that are subject to secondary traumatic stress has become a bigger part of our divisional vocabulary since taking this course.”
-Attending Physician and Chief Wellness Officer for Critical Care
Dr. Mandy OHara is guided by her own experiences as an empathic physician feeling vicarious trauma. With more than 20 years of experience, she now provides compassion training for physicians, medical professionals, doctors-in-training, and students. Her compassion training course helps address secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout by elevating compassion through emotional awareness and supportive communication with like-minded peers.
Learn more about this novel compassion curriculum today and change what you bring forth to the practice of medicine!