The ISDH Successfully hosted an enlightening Zoom webinar, kindly sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline titled:

“Training the muscle of resilience: Preventing Combat & Compassion Fatigue in Special Care Dentistry using Resilience” 

Thursday 25th June at 8pm.

This session was recorded live. For those members who may have missed it, check in on our social media and website as we hope to upload the webinar soon.


We were delighted to have Mahrukh Khwaja present this webinar. She has been a general dentist for a decade now, with a special interest in Restorative Dentistry. She is dually qualified in Psychology & is currently completing her Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology. Her desire to find solutions for Dentistry’s poor mental health problems, led her to founding her well-being company, Mind Ninja. She uniquely combines Positive Psychology, mindfulness & neuroscience in her evidenced based well-being training. Find out more on


This webinar discussed the following topics:

1. Understanding the role of Combat & Compassion Fatigue in Special Care Dentistry

2. Outlining our current understanding of the aetiology and protective factors of resilience and its relevance to Special Care Dentistry

3. Understanding how psychological interventions can benefit us

4. Applying positive emotions (self-compassion, gratitude, optimism) to buffer us against stress; mindfulness to enhance self-awareness & emotional regulation; thinking strategies to counteract negative thoughts and help build a positive mindset; and character strengths to your daily life and to help overcome challenges


Mahrukh recommended some useful resources, which you may find interesting and useful – several books and a Ted talk including:

The Resilience Factor by Karen Reivich : bible on psychological resilience by the key researcher in this field

Emotional Intelligence. Why it can matter more than IQ? by Daniel Goleman

Flourishing by Martin Seligman : science backed well being, how to live a life of meaning, engagement & contentment.

Search Inside yourself by Chade-Meng Tan : mindfulness