Three-week conversation series on compassion launches Jan. 25

compassion-series-kicks-off-jan-25When life brings personal pain, cultivating self-compassion can shape our response.

When caring for others, learning self-regulation skills can help sustain us and temper burnout.

And in difficult exchanges, positive communication skills can help bridge divides.

Tucson Medical Center is pleased to once again join the University of Arizona Center for Compassion Studies in providing a free series of thought-provoking conversations on compassion.

The three-week series begins Jan. 25 at The Core, TMC’s health and wellness center at La Encantada Shopping Center.

“Last year, there was a real focus on taking a global perspective and looking at ways we might impact those larger issues through compassion,” said Tara Bruce, assistant manager of retail & wellness outreach at TMC. “This year’s lecture series really focuses on the tools we as individuals can use in our everyday lives to better navigate life’s challenges, whether it’s how we talk to one another or the self-talk we engage in.”

“So often we are able to have compassion towards others,” Bruce added, “but often many of us struggle to show compassion to ourselves in the same manner.”

Leslie Langbert, executive director of the Center for Compassion Studies, agreed, explaining the intention of this year’s series is to explore self-compassion through the perspectives of psychology, relationships and communication. “Especially now, these conversations are important to offer ways in which we can better care for ourselves and strengthen our compassion for others,” she said.

The series, which is free and begins at 5:30 p.m. each session, includes:

  • Jan. 25, 2017: Compassion and the caregiver; Mary-Frances O’Connor, Department of Psychology. Caregivers include family members, doctors, psychologists, social workers, and chaplains. Fatigue and burnout can hit anyone in a caregiver role who takes on this very important task in the lives of loved ones and patients. Dr. O’Connor will discuss the difficulties faced by caregivers, but more importantly will discuss compassion as the overarching motivation for this difficult work.
  • Feb. 1, 2017: Digging out of a mess: self-compassion as a way forward; Dave Sbarra, Department of Psychology. A key question for living a happier existence is ‘how to prevent suffering in the face of life’s inevitable pain?’ Dr. Sbarra shares how self-compassion shapes responses to marital separation and divorce, and how this can inform the ways in which we can move through other challenging experiences.
  • Feb. 8, 2017: Compassion through positive communication; Maggie Jane Pitts, Department of Communication. Compassion for self and others occurs through acts of positive communication. Dr. Pitts introduces the principles of positive communication that elevate and enhance our lived experiences, focusing specifically on savoring communication. Learn how we can increase our ability to be present in everyday encounters, and open space for compassionate engagement, especially in difficult communication exchanges.

Admission is free for all of the lectures, but RSVP is recommended at For more information please visit

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