Saturday, September 21, 2019

Application of Contemplative Care in Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Settings

With Gina Cunningham and Kim Alexandrescu

Location: Tribeca
Time: 12:30pm–8:30pm
Level: See prerequisites below
Details: Students who have completed any level of the UZIT Training Program
Cost: $250


This workshop is for students who have completed any level of the UZIT. Please contact Joanna Sesny by email at with questions relating to this workshop.

Learning Objectives

1. Deepen and clarify students’ relationship with the three tenets of contemplative care: Bearing Witness, Not Knowing and Compassionate Action.

  • Through the application of real-life case studies and dyads, this training will bring the teachings to life in a manner that is supportive for the clinical environment.
    • Working with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment
    • Understanding the needs of an older adult population
    • Being present in the presence of death and dying
    • Understanding the implications of limited mobility
  • Understand the relationship between Bearing Witness and deep listening. Create clarity around the differences between Not Knowing and confusion. Deepen understanding of what Compassionate Action looks and feels like.

2. How to apply UZIT self-care in different scenarios to minimize compassion burnout

  • Define compassion burnout – it’s symptoms and leading indicators
  • Use the modalities to address immediate needs (standing at the threshold of a patient’s room) as well as to sustain the UZIT over time
  • Review and discuss different self-care tools available beyond the UZIT modalities – such as accountability partners and meditation.  Encourage the students to identify and discuss what sustains them in times of difficulty.


  • Kim Alexandrescu (UZIT, CareRite Clinical Coordinator, Reiki Master)
  • Gina Cunningham (UZIT, CareRite Clinical Coordinator, Reiki Master, Yoga Teacher)

Teaching tools employed in this workshop include guided contemplations, discussion, journaling, dyads and other partner work, case studies, self-care practice and meditation.

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