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Frank Ostaseski

Frank Ostaseski, Founder of Metta Institute, Co-Founder Zen Hospice Project, Buddhist Teacher

End-of-Life Practitioner Program


Mindfulness Practice: forms the foundation for all learning at Metta Institute trainings. Studies demonstrate that mindfulness training decreases burnout and compassion fatigue and increases empathy and effective communication. It also reduces stress and cultivates wisdom, virtue, concentration, neuro-plasticity, resilience, cognitive control, emotional balance, somatic awareness and pro-social mental qualities such as kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.

"My expectations were exceeded. This was the most meaningful, applicable formal training I've received since I learned to read and write."
Patty Wudel, program graduate,
Executive Director, Joseph's House,
Washington DC

Interactive Learning: recognizes that professionals invest time in trainings that directly relate to the problems they face in their work. Instruction is stimulating and challenging, didactic and experiential. Information is provided by experts, processed through discussion with colleagues, assimilated into the participant's current knowledge base through experiential exercises and embodied through personal development and pragmatic application in their local community.

Dialogue: develops communication skills, values and self-awareness that form the basis for relationship-centered care and are essential for workplace collaboration, strong interdisciplinary team functioning and taking concrete actions.

Wudel, Mark Gardner, Chaplain, Hospice of Santa Barbara; Kathy McGreggor parish nurse, McGreggor

Program graduates Patty Wudel, Director, Joseph's House, Washington DC; Mark Gardner, Chaplain, Hospice of Santa Barbara; Kathy McGreggor parish nurse, Memphis, TN

Deep Listening Practices: demonstrate respect and express positive regard, enable supportive feedback, develop healthy empathic concern, support self-care, an appreciation of the impact of the inner life on outward actions, and cultivate an understanding of the transpersonal dimensions near the end of life.

Inquiry: techniques develop open-mindedness, clear comprehension, critical thinking, flexibility, curiosity, a capacity to embrace paradox, a sense of discovery and meaning and capacity to be with the Mystery of living and dying.

Self-Care & Healing Environment: Staff and faculty attempt to create a beautiful environment, a supportive and trusting container, a balanced schedule and activities that are conducive to mindfulness, learning, self care and renewal. These include a retreat like setting, meditation, yoga, Qigong, healthy meals, adequate sleep, exercise, healing rituals, creative process and nature walks.

Mentoring: Participants may contract for individual or group mentoring sessions with the co-leaders or participating faculty. Sessions focus on professional and personal development and the integration of course material. These sessions require an additional hourly fee and are separate from the program modules. Mentoring sessions are conducted by phone or Skype and are based on faculty availability.

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