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Palliative Care Symptom Management Workshop FULL Series

Day 1- Understanding the principles of Pain Management in palliative care (26 February 2020)

Day 2 – Gastro Intestinal Symptom Management (1 April 2020)

Day 3 – Central Nervous System Symptom Management (29 April 2020)

Day 4 – Miscellaneous Symptoms and Issues to Manage in Palliative Care (27 May 2020)


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By |2019-12-06T13:18:44+00:00December 4th, 2019|Categories: Course, Palliative|0 Comments

Sacred Art of Living & Dying: Healing Spiritual Pain 2020

Participants experience and are mentored in a wide range of creative and effective psychospiritual tools for end of life care. The spectrum of practices includes art and music therapies, guided imagery, coma work and prescriptive ritual tailored to the spiritual belief of each patient. Holistic therapies are drawn from the world’s great spiritual traditions and applied with contemporary scientific skills.

What you can expect from this program:

  • Experience with three different styles of guided imagery which have a proven clinical track record for alleviating spiritual pain
  • Practiced with the principles of Coma Therapy for use with patients in states of altered consciousness.
  • Experimentation with one of several art therapy projects which can be applied for bed bound patients.
  • Study of the acclaimed science-based research of Drs. Larry Dossey and Joan Borysenko on the effectiveness of ‘non-local’ prayer on healing.
  • Development of a practical ritual to be used in end-of-life care based on traditional and contemporary models.
  • Reflection on a Bereavement Model for ‘reconciling grief’ based on the work of Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s Center for Loss and Transition in Boulder, Colorado.
  • Walking the labyrinth and reflection on its unique history as a symbol of spiritual pilgrimage.

Please click on this link to read Inside Out Magazine’s (Issue No .88 Summer 2019) interview with Professor Richard Groves on the Sacred Art of Living and Dying.

Please click on this link to view Professor Richard Groves speaking about the Sacred Art of Living and Dying in Ireland.

Various Continuing Professional Development / Accreditation

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By |2019-12-06T12:46:21+00:00November 29th, 2019|Categories: Course, Spirituality|0 Comments

Sacred Art of Living & Dying: Transforming Spiritual Pain 2020

This is the fourth of four study units providing the historical and theoretical foundation for the Anamcara. Each of the study units is grounded in the contemporary health care sciences and is inspired by the great spiritual traditions and collective wisdom learned from the dying.

Participants take previous courses to a deeper level of personal integration. The meaning of life and death, compassion and caring are explored in a nurturing environment. Based on lessons that the dying teach the living, this retreat format allows for ample reflection on the meaning of end-of-life ministry. Exercises include meditation, life-priorities evaluation and self-care skills for maintaining a centered, professional presence.

What you can expect from this program:

  • Study and some personal experience with some of the different principles and techniques of ‘energy work’ by using bio-feedback mechanisms as a means of assisting a patient’s state of physical and emotional well-being.
  • Experimentation with two guided visualization formats for the ‘healing of memories.’
  • Exploration of the ethical dimensions of end-of-life caregiving as impact the long-term emotional and spiritual lives of professional caregivers.
  • Examination of the distinction between caregiver burnout and fatigue as well as other practical antidotes to stress.
  • Exposure to basic theory and techniques related to Jungian dream analysis, particularly as it relates to emotional and spiritual pain at the end of life.
  • Discussion of basic rights and obligations [including legal prescriptions] regarding body ‘aftercare,’ burial, memorial services and grief support for extended family systems.

Please click on this link to read Inside Out Magazine’s (Issue No .88 Summer 2019) interview with Professor Richard Groves on the Sacred Art of Living and Dying.

Please click on this link to view Professor Richard Groves speaking about the Sacred Art of Living and Dying in Ireland.

Various Continuing Professional Development / Accreditation

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By |2019-12-06T13:07:59+00:00November 27th, 2019|Categories: Course, Spirituality|0 Comments
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