Course Details

Mindful Communication-Bringing Intention, Attention and Reflection to our Work - October 2019

This advanced mindfulness course is an experiential curriculum for health care providers, educators and those working in the social services. This may include: physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, psychotherapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, chaplains and support staff and administrators.

Date Learning Hours Location
2019/10/01 18 McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, Ontario
Sessions:

Date: 01-10-2019 Afternoon

Course Description:

9 weekly sessions, plus all-day retreat

Dates: Oct. 1 to Nov. 26, 2019
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, Ontario

Retreat on: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 (all-day)
8:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Participants must commit to attend the full program.

Cost (HHS Staff and Physicians): $400.00
Cost (non-HHS): please see brochure for details
https://fhs.mcmaster.ca/facdev/documents/MCFall2019-form.pdf

Course Fee: Includes: 9 week course, including free parking

 

Basic Structure of the Course

The basic structure of the program involves 2 hours weekly for nine (9) weeks. The format will be a combination of didactic material, small group interaction and meditation practice, along with home practice and readings. There will also be a full day silent retreat.

Faculty Team:

Valerie Spironello, Asst. Clin. Prof., Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University; Founder ChooseWellness.ca

Barbara Smith, MFA, GIT, MS. Psych, RP (CRPO), certified EMDR therapist, PACT level II, Registered Psychotherapist in private practice and mental health counselor with the Hamilton Family Health Team (retired)

Target Audience:

This course is suitable for those who wish to deepen their current knowledge and practice and the focus will be applying their mindfulness skills to the workplace..

Outcomes:

This advanced mindfulness course is an experiential curriculum for health care providers, educators and those working in the social services. This may include: physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, psychotherapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, chaplains and support staff and administrators.

The program is designed to enhance care providers’ and educators’ satisfaction with their work, improve the professional-client relationship, advance quality of care, and to improve collaborative teamwork. Multiple studies have shown that 30 - 60% of physicians and other health care providers are experiencing significant levels of professional and personal distress, including burnout, emotional exhaustion, and low sense of accomplishment.  Those in education also experience a significant amount of compassion fatigue due to increasing demands in the field. Burnout and compassion fatigue have been linked to many adverse outcomes including poorer quality of care, increased errors, decreased ability to express empathy and decreased personal and team function.

Mindfulness programs have shown to be highly effective for promoting and maintaining health and well-being and are beneficial in treating depression, anxiety, insomnia, ADHD, chronic pain, etc.

Overall Goals:

  • Develop skills and knowledge necessary to develop and maintain a mindfulness practice

  • Promote resilience, health and well-being within the healthcare/education environment

  • Develop self-observation skills which can improve one’s relationship with self, clients/patients, and with other team members

  • Learn to deal more skillfully with suffering and to be able to experience compassion without care-giver fatigue, apathy and exhaustion

  • Learn how to better function on a team as a provider or leader through the development of enhanced skills of mindful listening and speaking