In collaboration with the Mindfulness Project at SickKids Hospital.
This 9 month, 5 module program for health and end-of-life care professionals develops the skills of mindfulness and compassion in mediating suffering, illness and dying while also sustaining our well being.
You want to make a difference and provide ease for others. This is why you are working in the healthcare, palliative or hospice field. You see the importance in working as a team to alleviate the suffering of patients. You also struggle with the complexity of our health care system in navigating the tender situations that arise in illness and death.
Amidst all of it is you. Your own wellbeing; mental, physical and emotional health. You want to be wise and take care of yourself too. You know this is important.
A 'wise' caregiver realizes both the joy in being present for another in their time of need, and the need for training and support in being present to the vicissitudes of living and dying. These ‘wise’ caregivers seek awareness skills to support themselves as they learn to meet the challenges of offering compassion within the complex conditions of finding meaning in living and in dying.
Previous participants have gone onto use the mindfulness and compassion skills from this program in working with patients, their colleagues, and themselves.
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Thank you to the generosity of a community donor.
In recognition of our partnership with SickKids Hospital, staff receive $100 off program cost. If you are a SickKids staff member applying for SCPDF please click here for registration.
Module 1: Being Present: The Roots & Practices of Everyday Mindfulness
You will explore mindfulness as a practice, skill, and state that brings us into the moment and develops greater mental stability and emotional freedom. Being more grounded and at ease in the moment, our empathy with others is enhanced, as we also attune to our inner experiences. As a ground and foundation for our training, participants will be encouraged to establish a daily mindfulness practice as a means for creating a foundation for the development of inner ease and greater self-other awareness.
Module 2: Mindfulness & Compassion Retreat: Meetings at the Edge
In our 2-day retreat, we are afforded a rare opportunity to dive into the practice of mindfulness, to contemplative and explore our personal relationship with our inner life and death, and to touch a place of inner awareness and interconnectedness through practicing together. The retreat experience is seen as a core competency in the our program, as it provides a group context in deepening our mindfulness and compassion skills through sitting practice and contemplation. Module 2 invites you to find your “Quiet Mind,” by allowing space and time to just be. You will explore sitting, walking, and other mindfulness skills, as well as contemplative practices exploring meaning, dying, spirituality and lovingkindness.
Module 3: The Courage of Compassion: Cultivating Kindness and Befriending Distress
“Compassionate care” is about being intimate with our selves, as well as with the individuals we care for and their loved ones. It is most of all, says Roshi Joan Halifax, “about giving the gift of no fear”. To achieve this fearlessness, we must learn how to be present to our own grief, loss, stress, and suffering that accompanies this work. In Module 3, in order to open more consciously to suffering of others, we first explore the stages of cultivating compassion starting with giving to others, receiving kindness, and then offering self compassion. As we expand our kindness towards our selves, touching our strengths and our limits, we expand our authentic compassion towards our patients, their family caregivers, coworkers and beyond.
By embodying, understanding, and practicing the essential elements of compassion, we are not fatigued as we experienced from “Empathy Fatigue, but our sensitivity and intention to serve emerges as caring compassion.
Module 4: Relational Mindfulness &Collaboration
Critical to effective collaboration is “self-insight” and “other-understanding,” that is, an awareness of one’s self (biases, reactions, judgments, etc.) and our capacity to remain open in context of our interprofessional relationships, where others may be in similar states. In Module 4, we enter the uncharted territory of Relational Mindfulness, where we engage our inner feelings, thoughts and reactions, as we simultaneously meet others with greater acceptance, openness and compassion. Relational mindfulness and compassion co-arise as our mindfulness acts as a “protective measure” that grounds and develops stability, as we navigate the tender edges of our human exchanges. Our compassionate presence acts as a skillful means in creating “safety,” enhanced empathy, and patience for our selves, patients and our workplace colleagues.
Healthy, effective, collaborative and mindful team building require communication and listening skills that foster understanding and create cross-culture respect and helps us in alleviating the distress and breakdowns that are natural outcomes of old habits and patterns
Module 5: Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion into Whole-Person Care
Module 5 is a “practice” ground for accepting the challenging, distressing or unacceptable, and it is also about the skills needed to stand in the midst of changing and uncertain conditions with openness and acceptance. With a strong emphasis on team practices and clinical applications, we investigate actualizing the skills by addressing some of complex scenarios we encounter, such as, mental health, complex care, working with children and physician hastened death. Working collaboratively as well as understanding the role of leaders in building teams, we will encounter a series of case studies and evocative Healthcare and EOL scenarios that ask us to integrate our Mindfulness and Compassion training skills, as well as exploring a Systems views in how to integrate the skills into our lives and to bring them into our workplace.
Sarana Institute is a non for profit registered charity that offers mindfulness training and resources to deepen compassion in caring for self, other and the earth.
We are a community inspired organization.
Sarana means “refuge or sanctuary” in Pali (an ancient language from the time of the Historical Buddha). For us, sarana means where we draw inner or spiritual strength and meaning. A place of refuge is both an inner state or an outer place that reminds us of our wholeness.
Read more here about our inspiration, values and CoFounders, (Revs.) Angie & Andrew Blake.
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