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"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Dharmic Self-Care for Medical and Mental Health Professionals
Lisa Dale Miller
Sunday, November 12, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code LM2D17.
OPEN-Register Here

Chronic stress, overwhelm, secondary trauma, empathic distress and rising job dissatisfaction have drawn increasing numbers of physicians, nurses and mental health professionals to work with me in psychotherapy. Some come after attending workplace-sponsored resilience and/or mindfulness trainings. Others come in lieu of reaching out to colleagues or employers. Most realize how deeply their physical, emotional and mental well-being has been undermined by years of pushing through and chronically ignoring the need for rest and restoration. All seek help coping with the intensity and unrelenting demands of mainstream health care delivery.

This daylong is only open to medical and mental health professionals. This will provide a safe, colloquial environment for allowing body, mind and heart to dive into deep restoration. We will alternate periods of qigong and meditation practice with Buddhist psychological teachings and dialogue on prajña wisdom, karuna compassion and upaya skillful means. Participants will leave renewed and take with them a set of practical, easy-to-apply restorative skills to use at work and in daily life.

Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients. Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals-
Based on the content of this program, you will be able to:

  • Distinguish empathy from compassion and know how to recognize the signs of empathic distress;
  • Describe the practical value of fierce compassion and discerning wisdom;
  • Explain the G.R.A.C.E. model of patient interaction;
  • Explain the effects of secondary trauma from a nervous system perspective;
  • Practice self-care strategies for cultivating calm, clear mind and body between patient sessions.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.


General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can't attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.

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Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteering@spiritrock.org.

Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review our Non-Residential Programs FAQ for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.

Continuing Education

This course offers 6 CE credits for $60 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, chiropractors and is pending approval for acupuncturists. If you have a different license and are interested in CE credit, please check with your licensing Board to see if credits for programs from APA or BRN approved providers are accepted.

Continuing Education credit is co-sponsored by Spirit Rock and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center.
  • The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Spirit Rock is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16905 for 6 contact hours.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.
  • The California Board of Chiropractic Examiners Code of Regulations 361(h)(2) provides that continuing education requirements may be met by taking continuing education courses by any California Healing Arts Board approved provider, including those approved by the BRN.
  • Spirit Rock is an approved Continuing Education Provider for the California Acupuncture Board, CAB #1425. This Category 2 course has been submitted to the CAB and is pending approval. This statement will be updated when the program application is determined by the CAB.
Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent meditation. To qualify to receive the certificate of completion, participants must attend the event in full. For more information about CE credit at Spirit Rock, please see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

Cancelation Policy: If you are unable to attend a program, or fulfill the attendance requirements for CE credit, you may offer your CE credit fee as a donation to Spirit Rock, or you may request a credit to be used towards a future non-residential program. If you would like a credit, you must cancel by 4:00pm at least two business days prior to the program. For more information, please see our Cancellation Policy for Non-Residential Programs.

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