Practices, such as mindfulness meditation, and using the Compass of Mindful Caregiving, can support us with awareness. When we are practicing new ways of relating in our care relationships we can train our attention to notice our habits and conditioning, to monitor our stress reactions, to observe our unintended bias or coping strategies. The noticing allows for freedom to choose, and to PRACTICE, more helpful possibilities that serve the client/patient, as well as ourselves.
Beth Berila, Patricia Devine, and others have established the mindfulness allows for anti-oppression insights and actions to translate into new behaviors. To say that undoing implicit, or "unintended" bias is challenging is an understatement. But a regular practice of mindfulness appears to hold the most promising potential.
Shifting our outmoded habits takes time, but WisdomWay Institute provides ongoing communities of engagement, from Compass-based Case Reviews, to regular retreats, and practice groups. Learning with us will extend beyond the event or course, and ways of staying engaged are built into all that we do.
Sustaining our careers in healthcare or social services and preventing burnout is as important as improving outcomes for those in our care.
The Compass and the 6 themes frameworks are designed to keep new habits top of mind, while also establishing a mindfulness cognition that diminishes the risk of stress and burnout. When we make a commitment to the embodied qualities, we are enabling the generative and health-promoting qualities of serving others in a caring capacity to come forth.
Caring for others can deplete us, or wake us up.
- Karen Laing
Our learning retreats and programs offer opportunities to explore the ways we learn, practices to embody the 6 qualities, the possibilities of shifting perspectives, and the path of sustainable caregiving for health professionals and others.
Where to begin?
- Sign up to get free, easy to implement, practical initiatives to increase compassion, respect, and safety in your health care setting.
- Attend an online conversation or learning event.
- Participate in our learning community, through online courses that provide professional development in skills, knowledge, compassion, cultivating effective relationships, and maintaining transformative healthcare partnerships with your patients and within your organization.
- Join us in a learning retreat, either as an aim to complete a Centered Care Certification, or as a stand-alone transformative learning experience.
- Explore on-site workshops, team retreats and ongoing support to improve your outcomes, reduce burnout, improve safety, and reduce costs.