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End-of-Life Practitioner Program

Creative Collaboration

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This course offers an approach to end-of-life 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.

Frances Vaughan

Faculty member Frances Vaughan, pioneer in the field of Transpersonal Psychology, mentors program graduate Renate Krauss, hospice bodyworker, Mill Valley, CA.

Why This Course?

Collaboration is key to providing high-quality patient care and fostering a positive work environment. In many healthcare environments hierarchical-decision making, compliance issues, prolonged exposure to suffering, and organizational cultures can create barriers to inter-disciplinary practice. These challenges are compounded by competing priorities, differing approaches, and habits of isolation, all of which make working together across disciplines difficult.

"The significant problems we face today can not be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."
-Albert Einstein

When we share information, knowledge, and skills we come up with solutions we could not craft on our own. We learn from each other's experience and expertise, and see problems from new perspectives. The result is better outcomes for patients, deep satisfaction for the individual professional, reliable results for the team and consistent achievement for the organization.

Course Description

In this course we weave together the work of emotional and social intelligence, integral coaching techniques, collective learning, conflict resolution, and systems thinking. As we explore how to bring Creative Collaboration to our day-to-day work, we will introduce practices that develop self-awareness, draw on your collective inner resources and offer a spectrum of skillful means to assist you in working more creatively and effectively with colleagues to produce better results.

Taking a unique approach we focus on the cultivation of the three practices that are required to build collaborative solutions: engaging with mindfulness, cooperation based on a realization of our interdependence and acting from compassion.

We begin with the practice of mindfulness as a cornerstone of collaborative action. Through mindfulness participants develop cognitive attention, stability, clarity, inner confidence, resilience, and higher levels of well-being and self-esteem. These capacities enable individuals to attune to others, be less reactive, more fully present and expand their repertoire of responses. An increase in self-mastery leads to an ability to contribute to teams with emotional maturity and confidence.

Recognizing that we work within a network of interdependent relationships helps us to appreciate that we are reliant on and responsible to each other and to those we serve. In this course participants learn to translate that understanding into cooperative action as the basis for healthy collaboration. We present approaches and practices that build trust, foster mutual responsibility, reduce duplication, respect diverse views, and enhance productivity.

Finally, we introduce practices to develop a compassion, that has strength and is balanced by equanimity. This sustains us in meeting adversity, breaks down separation and is the basis for clear communication and cooperation. By increasing their capacity for compassion participants learn how to respectfully disagree, understand the other party's needs, avoid the "blame game", skillfully address power imbalances, resolve conflict and strengthen relationships with co-workers and those they serve.

As self-responsibility, communication and cooperation are cultivated, a natural responsibility arises in individuals, including increased commitment to others and a full engagement in the work place.

Paul, Marcy, Jim and Mike

Collaborating Graduates: Paul Weill, Executive Director, Hospice of North Idaho, Mike Milward, Executive Director, Hospice of Santa Cruz, CA., Marcy Bernstein, Hospice Social Worker, NYC, NY, Jim Hill, Bereavement Counselor, Santa Barbara, CA

Course Outcomes

The course introduces principles and practices that support skillful collaboration. Participants will have an opportunity to learn to:

  • Identify the core challenges that impede collaboration in healthcare settings and learn practices and balancing factors required to address those challenges
  • Develop skills for self-observation, self-knowledge and self-management
  • Create allies, form partnerships, build a personal network of support
  • Use communication skills that strengthen our ability to remain human and encourage our natural compassion to flourish even in challenging conditions
  • Use basic tools for conflict resolution, to speak truth to power and to address dysfunction in teams
  • Work with the challenges and triggers arising in difficult encounters with colleagues and supervisors
  • Boost performance through group accountability and shared responsibility for effectiveness
  • Recognize and tame our patterns of defending, withdrawing, or attacking in the face of judgment and criticism
  • Engage in practices related to self-care and find ways to use these practices in conventional healthcare settings.

Register now for this 5-day program to develop the skills that encourage open, honest, and trusting collaborative relationships that are critical to your team's success and ultimately to the delivery of optimal patient care.

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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