5.22.18 - Relational Mindfulness: Cultivating Resiliency and Meaning to Combat Compassion Fatigue

Date: May 22, 2018
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Registration Fee: $25—Registration fee if received by May 8, 2018 / after, $35
Northwest AHEC
McCreary Tower (a part of the Wake Forest Football Complex)
475 Deacon Blvd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27105

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Program Overview and Objectives

Many healthcare providers are drawn to the work because they care about others and want to be of service. However, this intense connection to the pain and suffering of others is often the primary cause of emotional distress and burnout. What we love, what gives the work meaning, can also be the very cause of our own suffering. Some guard against this by distancing themselves from patients and clients, which paradoxically disconnects them from the source of meaning and leads to an increased likelihood of burnout. In recent years, mindfulness has become a popular strategy for improving healthcare providers’ resiliency in the face of challenging work. There is growing scientific evidence that ‘relational mindfulness,” which focuses on the interpersonal aspects of mindfulness practice, is a promising approach to cultivating connection and attunement to others while also overcoming the potentially adverse effect of empathic distress.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify core mindfulness skills, including observing, describing, non-judging, non-reacting, and acting with awareness
  • Describe the biopsychosocial effects of trauma
  • Describe practices for translating core mindfulness skills into interpersonal relationships
  • Discuss the neurobiology of empathy vs. compassion and the ways in which compassion training may counter the adverse effects of empathy

Who Should Participate

This workshop will be highly bene cial to social workers, psychologists, counselors, substance abuse professionals, nurses, case managers, adult clinicians and therapists.

Physicians are on the medical staff of Old Vineyard Behavioral Health Services, but, with limited exceptions, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Old Vineyard Behavioral Health Services. The facility shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians. Model representations of real patients are shown. Actual patients cannot be divulged due to HIPAA regulations.