End-of-Life Practitioner Program
Course OverviewPractitioner Place
• Mindful & Compassionate ServiceFaculty
• Wise Relationship
• Creative Collaboration
• Opening to Mystery
• Cultivating Presence & Resilience
Who Should Apply?
Continuing Education Credits
End-of-Life Practitioner Program
Opening to Mystery
An intimate encounter with death is so profound that it challenges our most basic beliefs and cherished views. It can also inspire us and offer us a deep sense of meaning. Acknowledging the mystery near death sustains the heart of our work, and allows us to foster an integrated, balanced approach that reduces mechanistic care. For those we serve, it heightens the potential for growth, even at the end of life.
Honoring the mystery provides strength, comfort, healing and hope. This course will help us relinquish our obsession with mastery and learn to trust in mystery. We will explore the profound psycho-spiritual transformations that frequently occur at the edge of life and death. At the core of Opening to Mystery is the understanding that there is an opportunity for growth that lives in the encounter with death, and that this potential exists for the dying person, his or her family and for the healthcare professionals.
We will discover the importance of embracing paradox, of developing the willingness to "not know" and of finding our own humility in the territory of unanswerable questions. We will engage in practices that build our capacity to bear witness to the mystery that cannot be measured but can only be experienced directly.
We will learn to differentiate between the need for psychological, religious and spiritual support. We will explore the value of ritual, the importance of dreams, of accessing the unconscious, of working with the archetypical influences and we will offer techniques for accompanying those with altered or non-ordinary states of mind. We will introduce practices of compassion, forgiveness and equanimity that can be used by the dying person and his or her family and friends.
Through contemplative practices, small group discussion, experiential exercises, story telling, poetry, journal writing and imagery, we will learn to reclaim a sense of awe and wonder in our work, recognize the unexplainable in our everyday experiences and bring a fresh level of clarity and intention to our calling as healers.
The course introduces tools, practices and skills that cultivate an opening to the mystery, and develop the ability to facilitate the transformation that is fundamental to dying. Participants will have the opportunity to learn to:
Register now for this 5-day program and step into a deep experience of the transformative power of dying that will enable you to humbly and gracefully companion those you serve.
The course is primarily aimed at healthcare professionals. Participants include physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, psycho-therapists, 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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