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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

Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University who specializes in understanding the mind-body connection. Her mission is to translate insights from psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies that support personal well-being and strengthen communities. She is the best-selling author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress. Through the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism, she helped create Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training, a program now taught around the world that helps individuals strengthen their empathy, compassion, and self-compassion. You might know her from her TED talk, "How to Make Stress Your Friend," which is one of the most viewed TED talks of all time, with over 20 million views.

Her new book, The Joy of Movement, explores why physical exercise is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness. 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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  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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..

  5. 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!

  6. 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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