Kelly McGonigal, PhD

The Science of Compassion

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What You'll Learn

  • Learn the science behind what happens in your brain when you practice compassion, and hear the research on why a mindfulness practice compliments our ability to help others and effect change on larger systems

  • Hear a new definition of stress and learn its vital role in our compassion response, and learn the truth about compassion fatigue and its importance in healthcare

  • Follow along in a practice to feel compassion in your physical body and use it to find strength during any moment of the day

About Kelly McGonigal, PhD

Dr. Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University. As a pioneer in the field of "science-help," her mission is to translate insights from psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies that support personal well-being and strengthen communities. She is the author of several books, including the international bestseller The Willpower Instinct and her latest book The Upside of Stress. Her 2013 TED talk, "How to Make Stress Your Friend," is one of the Most Viewed TED talks of all time, with over 19 million views. Through the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism, she co-authored the Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training and studies how social connection can promote health, happiness, and resilience. Dr. McGonigal has consulted for a wide range of non-profit organizations and industries to bring evidence-based strategies for well-being into the workplace, healthcare, education, technology, and community outreach. You can learn more about Dr. McGonigal and her work at her website.

About Dzung Vo, MD, FAAP, FSAHM

Dzung X. Vo, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, is the Head of the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine at British Columbia Children’s Hospital, and clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver, Canada, and co-founder and director of the BC Children's Hospital Centre for Mindfulness. He co-developed a mindfulness training program called MARS-A, or Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents. Dr. Vo also developed a Mindful Healing course for health care providers, adapted from Mindful Practice (Ron Epstein and Michael Krasner) and other sources. Dr. Vo is the author of The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the BC Association for Living Mindfully (BCALM) and the Mindfulness in Education Network (MiEN).

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  1. Chris May 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    So much wonderful food for thought in McGonigal’s presentation. Those of us who are unfamiliar with all of the acronyms would ask her to slow down just a tad please!

  2. Nidhi Taneja May 28, 2019 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    This is an amazing summit, and every lecture is unique in its own way. I am truly enjoying this and looking forward to more training and contributing.

  3. Nicole May 28, 2019 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge with simplicity and clarity.. I learn a lot, the link with compassion and fatigue was really helful..

  4. Kai May 28, 2019 at 1:30 am - Reply

    Wonderful presentation! Really loved that slightly different approach to compassion, it resonates with my views. Thank you!

  5. Merja Kehl May 27, 2019 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    I find this presentation to be most interesting, and I am motivated to learn more about compassion training.

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