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A Certificate in Contemplative End-of-Life Care for Healthcare Professionals

Being authentically and compassionately present is an essential skill in the art of caring for the dying.

Authentic Presence addresses crucial training needs most frequently requested by professionals, including:

  • Developing skills in understanding and relieving deeper sources of suffering
  • Building inner resources for empathy and compassion
  • Developing resilience and the ability to respond to stressful care environments
  • Helping patients and their families find new meaning, sources of strength, and ways to make a genuine connection with loved ones
Chris and Jane, 2013 course participants
Chris and Jane, 2013 course participants

Authentic Presence brings together practical contemplative resources with the knowledge and skills of modern hospice and palliative care. Suitable for professionals from all faith traditions or none, the course draws its inspiration particularly from Buddhist contemplative practice, the acclaimed classic The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying as well as contemplative neuroscience.

Far more than an academic training aimed at solely educating professionals, participants will experience a deep immersion into research-based contemplative methodologies.

Step-by-step, participants will learn how to practice and sustain mindful awareness and compassion and increase their confidence as a caregiver who is present, authentic, and able to communicate effectively with patients, families, and co-workers.

The certificate program has been offered since 2003. It consists of three modules and includes online learning and a residential retreat.

For clinicians, this is a training in the fundamentals of therapeutics - listening with our heart open, being fully attentive, fully present. By deepening our contemplative practice we deepen our professional practice.”
~ Dr. Ira Byock, MD, international leader in palliative care and author of Dying Well and The Best Care Possible



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