2. What Are We Talking About?


In the first section we underscored that compassionate action requires intent and skill. This section of the toolkit provides further definitions that are foundational to all else found throughout the toolkit. We will be introduced to the wellness model we will use in the toolkit and the concept of compassion fatigue. Activities will help us explore our beliefs about self-care and self-compassion.


Staff & Leadership Combined Activities

Fatigue and Resilience in the Wellness Compass – Reflection

What Were Your Childhood Messages About Self-Care?

Establishing New Self-Care Habits

Self-Compassion Self-Scoring Scale (Dr. Neff)

Self-Compassion – Use this Visual and Display in Staff Break Areas

Staff Circle Agenda

Additional Resources for Leadership

Conversations about Compassion
This conversation guide outlines five different conversations related to compassion and gives the resources needed to facilitate these in small groups. In section one you were asked to facilitate a discussion with the leadership team about the instinct humans have to be compassionate. For this section, facilitate a conversation with the leadership team and/or other small group or team within your organization on the third topic, self-compassion (beginning on page 15).  As a substitute, you can use the Kristin Neff article for the basis of your group discussion.


Within this section of the toolkit:

Self-compassion article, Dr. Kristin Neff

Conversations about Compassion – a facilitator guide

Additional Resources

Dr. Dennis Charney, MD, developed a 10-step “Resilience Prescription” that provides us with a way to think about our capacity to overcome challenges and retrain our brain to become more resilient: The Resilience Prescription

For the animal lovers among us, this blog provides a wonderful overview of compassion resilience in the context of those who work in animal rescue: Resources for people and animals affected by Hurricane Florence