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End-of-Life Practitioner Program

Wise Relationship

Metta Institute Programs will be on hiatus in 2016. Stay tuned for new programs in 2017.

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Charles Garfield, PhD.
Gifts of the Wounded Healer

This course offers an approach to care that is mindfulness-based, compassion-focused and relationship-centered. We utilize a range of learning modalities to address both personal and professional development emphasizing experiential learning and pragmatic application.

Charlie Garfield teaching

Charles Garfield PhD, Founder of Shanti Project, Author Sometimes My Heart Goes Numb teaching on the subject of listening and speaking from the heart.

Why This Course?

Because healthcare practitioners are always operating in the context of relationships - with patients, colleagues, and families -it is essential to know how to navigate that territory with skill, clarity and compassion. Studies document that daily interactions between physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals strongly influence clinician morale, job satisfaction and staff retention. In addition, the patterns of communication healthcare providers bring to the patient relationship dramatically affect the clinical outcomes of patient care.

At its core, good medicine is built on the practice of wise relationship. Patients want more than expertise -- they need a human face on the medical care they receive. Continuity, trust, and communication matter.

"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive."
-Dalai Lama

Course Description

In this course, we will explore and develop key elements of Wise Relationship including "three-center listening", empathetic concern, consensus-building, transparency, authentic inquiry, the work of the "wounded healer" archetype, touch as a natural tool to deepen relationships, engagement with suffering, and the capacity to function with balance and composure.

We exist in a network of interdependent relationships that joins us to all of life. Every thought, feeling and action affects everything else in that network, so we must learn to be responsible for how we interact with others. Wise relationship always begins with self-awareness, which leads to empathetic attunement, and ultimately expands to an appreciation of our deep interconnection with all life and our most essential nature.

In order to develop the capacity for wise relationships we introduce techniques drawn from mindfulness practice, neurobiology, conscious embodiment, depth psychology, integral coaching and cross-cultural wisdom. We offer proven methods to address the primary obstacles of isolation, projection, debilitating self-judgment and overwhelm. You learn to deepen your connections with yourself, colleagues and patients.

The course is designed to enhance clarity and confidence, increase centeredness, foster inclusiveness and compassion, thus enabling you to inspire, support and connect in a more authentic way.

Mary and Alicia

New friends Mary Lenox, Head of Social Work, Hospice of North Idaho and Alicia Grace, Unitarian Minister, Seattle , WA

Course Outcomes

The course introduces tools, practices and skills that support being in wise relationship. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to:

  • Maintain clarity of mind and fundamental compassion as a reliable inner refuge
  • Track how your mind, heart and body habitually react to pressure
  • Recognize and tame the "inner critic"
  • Practice the skill of "three center listening" - body, heart, and mind
  • Utilize the recent research on the beneficial connections between neuroscience and mindfulness in caregiving
  • Move from conflict-oriented relationships to collaborative relationships
  • Practice the 5 key precepts for deepening dialogue
  • Use touch to relate to those who are non-communicative
  • Support others through loss and grief on the path to wholeness
  • Explore how to implement all these skills in traditional healthcare settings.

Register now for this 5-day program and leave with a new understanding of the vital role of wise relationship in end-of-life care and a capacity to function with a kind, clear, confidence in supporting those whose lives you touch.

Who should attend:

The course is primarily aimed at healthcare professionals. Participants include physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychotherapists, counselors, chaplains, social workers, physical therapists, massage therapists, experienced hospice volunteers and others in the healing professions.

We encourage participants to attend in groups to support the implementation of the course content in their respective settings. Groups of three or more participants from the same institution or organization receive a discount.

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