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Watch Kristin Neff Discuss Self-Compassion for Medical Professionals

The Live Call with Kristin Neff will be hosted on Zoom on Tuesday, June 2nd 9:30 AM PDT (Los Angeles) | 12:30 PM EDT (New York) | 5:30 PM BST (London) | 2:30 AM Next Day AEST (Sydney) | See Your Timezone. The call recording will be posted here after the initial airing.

If you are unable to join on Zoom, you can also access the Youtube Livestream below!

Kristin Neff, PhD

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for Medical Professionals

About Kristin Neff, PhD

Kristin Neff is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over a decade ago. In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on the topic, she is author of the book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, released by William Morrow. In conjunction with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, affiliated with Harvard Medical School she has developed an empirically supported eight-week training program called Mindful Self-Compassion, and the Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook which is now available by Guilford. Learn more about Kristin and her work on her website.

Kristen has also developed a training specifically for healthcare providers called Self Compassion for Healthcare Communities. To learn more about this training visit the website here.

About Reena Kotecha

Dr. Reena Kotecha is a medical physician trained at Imperial College London, UK, where she specialised in neuroscience and mental well-being research.Having spent the early part of her career in the National Health Service (NHS) as a hospital doctor Reena expanded her practice to focus on evidence-based approaches that improve employee health and well-being. She developed the ‘Mindful Medics’ programme which continues to enhance the personal and professional lives of many healthcare professionals. Alongside this Reena works in corporate education as a consultant in global organizations across both private and public sectors. Learn more about Reena and her work on her website.


  1. Noreen McHale June 4, 2020 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Absolutely amazing talk from Kristin. Thank you so much. These are powerful and transformational teachings. I am so grateful to you for providing this space and opportunity for learning.

  2. Clayton Micallef June 3, 2020 at 4:11 am - Reply

    Thanks for this series 🙂 this was my favourite till now as I am following post-graduate degree studies in mindfulness and for me, compassion is the necessary element and pivot in meditation. Meditation without compassion personally is flawed and just an exercise in attention. I always carry with me Neff’s view of compassion:
    Mindfulness – which is the prerequisite and basis of meditation but not sufficient on its own. Rather employed skillfully it helps us hold painful thoughts, feelings in an open balanced awareness without becoming fused with them.
    Kindness – being kind to oneself and others in instances of pain and failure rather than engaging in harsh criticism of oneself or others
    Common humanity – that we all experience suffering and perceiving such experiences as part of a larger human experience. Rather than something that separates us or isolates us.

  3. Suzy weisman June 2, 2020 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    I am a caregiver to my husband who had a double lung transplant 10 years ago. It is my loving kindness that helps us get through the day to day activities that help him survive and be heAlthy. It’s a new life for us everyday and so far we have weathered all the storms especially being quarantined now in this pandemic where we do not go out

  4. Erica Martinez June 2, 2020 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for this session!! I discovered Dr. Neff about a year ago and feel blessed that these sessions are available in this time. I am a frontline registered nurse working with both Covid and non-Covid patients and this time has been even more challenging than usual. I am eternally grateful to you!!

  5. Carey Chilton Charyk June 2, 2020 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    I will bring this practice to my group of health care practitioners+ today. I will also stop berating myself for not doing self compassion practices more often. I am somehow more kindly motivated, as Reena said she was, to do this in my every day life. I love the present moment practice of breathing in for me out for you!

  6. Asha Phillips June 2, 2020 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Wonderful session, thank you so much. I am a great admirer of Dr. Neff and have done the 8 week Self Compassion course. I find the practices so useful in my work as a psychotherapist. I am very grateful for the clarity with which she explains the elements of self compassion. Knowing about the science behind it can help make institutions more willing to consider the work seriously. Once again Thank You.

  7. Faye Kolin June 2, 2020 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    I just listened to Kristin Neff’s talk. What a wonderful talk. I am not a health care provider, but I can extrapolate these concepts to my own life and situation. I believe for me, these practices can be life-changing.

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