for the Caregiver Workshops
day professional and personal caregivers witness, accompany, or minister
to those in the midst of physical, emotional, and spiritual crises.
Whether the caregivers are physicians, nurses, family, or community
members, their compassionate acts ease human suffering. How can caregivers
sustain their openness and optimism in the presence of suffering?
Participants explore concepts and practices that nurture and rekindle
commitments and energies for giving care.
of previously conducted caregiver workshops
Botswana Nurses Association, (2 week course) co-sponsored by Unites States Embassy, Public Affairs Section. Curriculum Manual in press (2004)
Africa to Alaska: End of Life Issues and Compassion Fatigue,”
Cross Road Medical Center, Glennallen, AK
Manor Nursing Home, MA
Recuperative Center, Jamaica Plain, MA
Solutions: Coping with Loss and Grief
The arts provide invaluable entry points
into the unique and shared human experiences of grief, dying, death,
and loss. Similar to the talents of the most skillful therapists,
the arts invite us to uncover, express, and appreciate our own stories.
Workshop sessions demonstrate how creativity may be enlisted as ally
to provide the stimulus and catharsis necessary to freshen our own
perspectives and bolster our emotional reserves.
of previously conducted workshops on the uses of creativity and the
to address loss, grief, and healing
for Ourselves in Order to Care for Others," A
US Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Educational Partnership
Africa (4 days); Botswana (2 days)
Death in the Eye: Caring for Ourselves in Order to Care for Others," AlphaNet Coordinators Training, Coral Gables, FL
Intended to refresh while cultivating their therapeutic imaginations
through reflection and response to images and metaphors culled from
the arts, humanities, and their own lives, these workshops help clinicians
revisit their own soul pain and gain new insights and inspiration. Most
sessions begin with short presentations. Participants observe, practice,
and teach creative interventions: “See one. Do one. Teach one.”
Techniques explored are readily adaptable for use with patients, students,
colleagues, and families in participants' clinical and home settings.
Voices, and Silence: An Arts Space Room, Palm Springs, CA
Staying Soulful: The ArtSpace
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Annual Conferences: Palm Springs, Phoenix, AZ
Soulful Column and Gallery, AAHPM quarterly Bulletins
Language of Grief and the Art of Consolation
These workshops/presentations identify three therapeutic competencies—spiritual,
narrative, and aesthetic—and demonstrate how they challenge, instruct,
and literally buttress us in our endeavor to stay present with another's
suffering and to better understand our own.
of Chattanooga Annual Convention, Chattanooga, TN
Society for Advancement of Humanistic Studies in Medicine 28th
Annual Meeting, Keystone, CO
Concepts to Clinical Practice and Teaching," Sigma Theta Tau,
International Annual Meeting, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
Cameos from literature, cinema, theatre and documentary provide
the dramatic encounters for testing theories (e.g., Buckman protocol.
EPERC concept sheets) and studying the nuances that enhance or obstruct
the health care professional-patient relationship. Video vignettes
and voluntary role-play illustrate supportive measures, communication
skills, truth-telling, and the individual anxieties that accompany
giving and receiving diagnoses or worsening prognoses.
Ways of Knowing: Using the Arts and Humanities to Teach End-of-Life
combination of techniques from programs listed above are tailor-made
to address specific needs of organization or institution.
Visions and Voices(work in progress)
Train the Trainers, Plenary Address, Chicago, Illinois
in Healthcare: The Healing Arts," ELNEC, Weaving End-of-Life Care
into Health Professions Education, Keynote Address, MGH Institute of
Health Professions, Boston, MA
and Cultural Approaches to Palliative Care," University of Pittsburgh
Consortium Ethics Retreat, Morgantown, W VA
the Visual Arts to Teach Palliative Care," 13th International
Congress on Care for the Terminally Ill, Montreal, Canada
Caring: Using the Arts and Humanities in Nursing Education and Practice,"
Address, Department of Health & Nursing Studies, Glasgow Polytechnic,