Webinar 62: Self-Compassion–Supporting Ourselves, So We Can Better Support Others

Open to the Public
Jenn Cusick & Manyi Ebot
PSR Advanced Practice



Webinar Overview: 

Most of us who work in the field of mental health and addictions tend to dish out loads of compassion to others, especially when we are grounded in our own well-being. When we are in a good place, compassion to support someone in their struggle is really accessible for us.

We see pain, and we deeply desire to do our part to support people to feel freedom from their suffering. 

However, when we aren't able to offer that same kindness and compassion to ourselves, our compassion reserves begin to run dry. Accessing that compassion and empathy is harder to do when we are feeling inadequate, worn-out, tired, or depleted. 

Research tells us that people who are compassionate aren't always very good at offering compassion to themselves.. Self-compassion is a practice that needs to be intentionally cultivated. As practitioners, we can feel moved to offer kindness to others, and yet struggle with constant self-criticism and self-flagellation. 


In this session we will dig into the research behind self-compassion.

We will look at ways we can support ourselves to offer self-kindness and a mindful approach when we mess up.

We will examine the role our Inner Critic plays in zapping us of self-compassion, and explore ideas on how we can work with our inner critic. 


We will touch on the work of teachers and researchers in the area of self-compassion (Kristin Neff PhD, Christopher Germer PhD, and Kelly McGonigal PhD), and inner critic researchers (Jay Earley PhD and Bonnie Weiss LCWS). We will talk about how to forgive ourselves so we can treat our ourselves kindly, rather than critically.

We know there is a correlation between depression, anxiety, and a lack of self-compassion. When we understand the role that self-compassion plays in well-being, we can support those we work with to build the practice of self-compassion into their own recovery journey. 


Learning Goals: 

  • Understand the three components of self-compassion: self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness
  • Become aware of the inner critic, and learn some techniques to quiet criticism, and offer self-kindness instead
  • Learn some simple regular practices that anyone can add into their lives to cultivate self-compassion


Presenter Bios: 

Manyi Ebot is passionate about elevating the psychosocial well-being of all individuals. She does this through Working as a certified trauma recovery coach with Manuel Connections.  She also provides outreach, providing housing, skills development training and formal education to trauma survivors in Cameroon. She is also one of the coordinators of PSR Advanced Practice and the Author of The Caged Giant: From Victim Through Survivor to Thriver.

Jenn Cusick has been working in mental health for the last twenty-five years. In November 2014 she started Luminate Wellness in order to  share what she has learned about recovery and wellness  with an even broader community. She currently offers WRAP facilitator trainings across Canada, as well as WRAP, self-determination, Appreciative Inquiry, self-compassion, and self-care workshops. She also recently completed writing a Peer Support Training curriculum for Alberta Health Services and BCSS-Victoria Branch. She also works with PSR Advanced Practice out of Douglas College in BC, and oversees the website and communications for PSR Canada