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Do you long for the wisdom to integrate spirituality in hospitals, clinics, and health centers? Are you looking for new ways to collaborate with heath care providers and those who tend the soul? Join us!

The Spirituality and Health Care Institute is your opportunity to explore the connection between clinical and spiritual care. All are welcome to participate.

Spirituality and Health Care Institute: “Emerging Wisdom in Spirituality and Health Care”

Thursday, April 24, 2014
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

"Psychologists who study empathy and compassion are finding that unlike our almost instantaneous responses to physical pain, it takes time for the brain to comprehend the psychological and moral dimensions of a situation. The more distracted we become, and the more emphasis we place on speed at the expense of depth, the less likely and able we are to care."
—Jonathan Safran Foer, adapted from his 2013 commencement address at Middlebury College (New York Times, June 9, 2013)

The 2014 SDI Spirituality and Health Care Institute will offer participants thoughtful and practical opportunities to sustain their capacity for compassion and wisdom amidst the ever transforming culture of health care today. Together we will explore how self-compassion and soul-care play a crucial role in allowing us to provide the true gift of presence to people we serve.

1) Recognize that self-compassion and soul-care are imperative in the prevention of compassion fatigue and burnout.
2) Identify and experience brief, effective practices of soul-care to be utilized in the work setting that can easily be taught to colleagues.
3) Recognize that identifying a personalized soul-care practice may vary in form and language from other team members, but is vital to the health and effectiveness of the overall team.
4) Recognize how care providers diminish their effectiveness and potentially harm others by carrying stress into patients’, clients’, or co-workers’ presence. (Stress is highly contagious!)
5) Identify systemic stressors and share "best practices".

Primary Goals for the Day:
1) Participants will verbalize and demonstrate increased awareness of challenges they encounter in soul-care.
2) Participants will emerge from the day with specific soul-care practices to implement in order to address these challenges.

Register now!

(Does not include midday meal)

Spirituality and Health Care Institute USD$150


2014 Presenters

Maia Duerr, MA, directs Upaya Zen Center's Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program in Santa Fe. Understanding the depth of suffering experienced by both patients and health care providers has planted in her the seed to help work towards more healing environments for everyone.


Kathy Lesher, LCSW, has provided psycho-social, emotional, and spiritual support through palliative care, hospice, and bereavement services for both children and adults. With a background in the arts, Kathy has developed and facilitated retreats and workshops, integrating creative arts into learning, growing, and healing opportunities.

2014 Planning Team

Jenny Bakke, MA, LICSW, Spiritual Director, Medical and Psychiatric Specialty Care Manager, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Rev. Jan Gough, MDiv, Spiritual Director at Ghost Ranch Retreat and Education Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Colleen Sharka, MA, LMHC, Psychotherapist and Spiritual Director at Still Harbor, South Boston, MA, USA
Rev. Kevin F. Tripp, MDiv, MA, Lead Chaplain at Sutter Care at Home, Santa Rosa, California, USA

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