Self-Compassion: Building Resilience in Healthcare Professionals (Part 1)

Webinar Description: The enduring problem of empathetic distress in healthcare workers is closely tied to their tendency to internalize their patients' problems. Over time, this ongoing burden can lead to detrimental physiological effects. However, research has shown that by practicing self-compassion and then applying that to patients, we can be more productive and better handle the stress that arises when caring for others.  This course will focus on the concept of compassion and equip learners with tools to practice self-compassion in order to help themselves cope so they can better help their patients.

Learner Outcomes: Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:  

  1. Define the different physiological responses that arise from empathetic distress vs. compassion.
  2. Identify why empathetic distress can lead to detrimental physiological effects in health care workers and how compassion has the opposite effect.
  3. Recognize the definition of emotional regulation and practice how to address it through trigger identification and training.

Successful Completion: Participants will watch the on-demand recording in its entirety and complete an attendance verification and assessment in the Academy Learning Portal. You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

Audience: Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Social Work and Speech-Language Pathologists

Continuing Education:


The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This CNE is being offered for 1.0 contact hours of continuing nursing education.


Occupational Therapists:

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 8387. This distance learning interactive webinar is offered at .10 CEUs [Introductory, Professional Issues]. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Physical Therapists: This online course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1.0 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.  This course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 1.0 Contact Hours.

The following states require continuing education units or contact hours with no state specific approval: CT, IA, and WA

Social Workers: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is registered by the State of Illinois to sponsor continuing education programs for social workers.

This program will award 1.0 Continuing Education Credit Hours.

Sponsor License #159001466.

Speech-Language Pathologists:

Course Directors and Planning Committee Members:
Rebecca Bagdy - Has nothing to disclose.
Ela Lewis, M.S. PT - Has nothing to disclose.
Karin Meyer, RN - Has nothing to disclose.
Leslie Marriot, OTR/L, BCP - Has nothing to disclose.
Melissa Kolski, PT, OCS, Dip MDT - Has nothing to disclose.
Julie Lenkiewicz, MS, CCC-SLP - Has nothing to disclose.
Jennifer Richert, OTR/L, BCPR - Has nothing to disclose.
Speakers, Moderators and Panelists:
Ela Lewis, M.S. PT - Has nothing to disclose.

Technology Requirements: To participate, you will need access to a device with an Internet connection. Computers, laptops, iOS and Android devices are supported. High-speed broadband Internet access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended. 

Additional requirements include: Web browser: latest stable version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, JavaScript and Cookies enabled, Speaker and microphone, or headset with microphone, or phone to listen to webinar facilitators, Do NOT use Internet Explorer as it is not supported.


Nurses Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Speech Language Pathologists Online Learning Social Workers