Authentic Presence Immersion
8-day residential skills training in the contemplative approach to end-of-life care for professionals and trained volunteers.
Kirsten DeLeo, Ann Allegre, MD, Chantal Bergers, MD Katie O’Connell and John Douglas
Kirsten DeLeo, Ann Allegre, MD, Angela Anderson, MD, Pam Russel, LMSW and Youske Eto, LMSW
This training offers the unique opportunity for immersion in the principles and practices of contemplative-based care and the art of being present for seriously ill and dying people.
The training is led by an international team of health and social care professionals and spiritual care educators. Students will explore the deeper dimensions of living and dying using a variety of learning modalities, including individual, group and interactive work, as well as lectures. Students gain direct experiential knowledge of mindfulness and other contemplative resources to enhance self-care, therapeutic relationships and communication.
This training is accredited and offered in the US and Ireland.
In addition to the residential training, the US training offers an 8-week integration period of bi-weekly webinars and one-on-one mentoring by Authentic Presence faculty.
Contemplative Practice & Contemplative Care
The contemplative approach to end-of-life care
Contemplative methodologies to cultivate greater compassion and wisdom
Reflections on impermanence and death
Self-care for caregivers: recognizing burnout, and contemplative practices for building resilience and cultivating self-compassion
Deepening genuine compassion to improve therapeutic relationships
How to create a peaceful environment in different settings
Caregiving as spiritual practice
Training in contemplative listening and communication
Extensive training in the methods for ‘Contemplative Listening and Communication’ and their practical applications
‘Council’ - a model for family and bereavement support and team meetings
Assessing and responding to the needs of the dying
The practical, psycho-social and spiritual needs
Responding to complex care situations
Healing relationships and methods for resolving unfinished business
Addressing the deeper dimensions of life and death
Recognizing and addressing spiritual pain
Preparing for death
Supporting those who don’t consider themselves spiritual or religious
The process of bereavement and the spiritual dimension of bereavement
This course is part of our Certificate in Contemplative End-of-Life Care Program.
CE contact hours
The course has been approved for continuing education contact hours by the Association of Professional Chaplains and by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 15607. The Association for Death Education and Counseling® has deemed this program as counting toward the continuing education requirements for the ADEC CT and FT program.
Next training: May 30 – June 7, 2020
Light on the Hill, Van Etten, New York, Unites States of America
Price: $2450 ( includes $1020 for room and board )
20% discount for students in the Authentic Presence certificate program.
10% discount for 3 or more enrollees from the same organization.
API 2019 has been approved for GP credits and study leave days.