Replenishing the Well:
Moving from Exhaustion to Engagement
The Replenishing the Well workshop describes the hallmarks of compassion fatigue and burnout in healthcare practitioners and provides an introduction to three creative and contemplative practices that can be incorporated into busy work and personal schedules:
- Mindfulness: The adoption of a regular mindfulness practice has been associated with enhanced awareness & attention, as well as improved ability to navigate challenging circumstances, and to communicate with compassion. This workshop offers the opportunity to explore some basic concepts of mindfulness and their application to healthcare practice, as well as formal practices to facilitate self-calming and embodied awareness.
- Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC): Derived from the work of Dr. Kristin Neff and colleagues at the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, MSC proposes that building awareness of our individual responses to hardship and to extending kindness toward ourselves during difficult times is a critical aspect of self-care and the foundation of compassion for others.
- Narrative Medicine: Through close study of literary works, reflective writing exercises, and small group discussions, narrative medicine helps clinicians to hone attention skills, establish trust with team members, and to process difficult emotions, among other benefits.
Replenishing the Well workshops are highly interactive, offering participants direct experience with the practices, an exploration of the evidence-base supporting the principles presented and resources they can use to support their personal practice.
Replenishing the Well workshops are offered in the following formats:
- Full-day (6 to 8 hours)
- Half-day (3-4 hours)
- Custom (90 minutes minimum)
Developed by a team of physicians at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Mindful Practice Programs offer healthcare practitioners from all professions/disciplines a means to:
- Enhance self-awareness, wellness, and resilience
- Improve relationships with patients & colleagues
- Advance the quality of care they provide
Mindful Practice programs include three approaches: formal & informal mindfulness meditation practices, narrative medicine, and appreciative interviews. Together, these practices help us to cultivate non-judgmental awareness of our experience in the present moment, to reconnect to meaningful experiences in our work, and to rediscover positive potential within ourselves.
Workshops include interactive presentations, guided contemplative exercises, and small group activities that offer participants the opportunity to write and share narratives.
Working with uncertainty
Self-care & Self-compassion
Compassion for others
Challenges to professionalism
Grief & Loss