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Recent research documents that compassion fatigue among front line health professionals is at epidemic levels and that greater resiliency is a function of the ability to find personal meaning and engagement in the workplace (Shanafelt and Noseworthy. Mayo Clin Proc. 2017 Jan; 92(1):129-146).  Burnout affects nearly half of medical students, residents, and practicing physicians in the United States.  In addition, symptoms of depression are increasingly common among physicians, who report high rates of dissatisfaction with quality of life and work-life balance.  Studies of nurses report a similarly high prevalence of burnout and depression (Dyrbye et al. BMC Nurs. 2019 Nov 21;18:57).

These rapidly growing problems have serious consequences for the quality and safety of patient care, the longevity of the professional community and the maintenance of professional competency and dedication and can ultimately affect the viability of the healthcare system itself.  Healthcare executives and educators alike have been seeking new ways to reverse this trend. Refreshing and strengthening a sense of calling and service intention in professional community, and enabling physicians, nurses and other healthcare clinicians to find a personal meaning in their daily work holds great promise for experiencing deeper satisfaction in the workplace and strengthening the work force against compassion fatigue.

RISHI‘s Tending The Flame retreat and training workshop for practicing clinicians and graduate program learners enables clinicians at all levels of training to develop an authentic and supportive professional community, take personal ownership of the meaning and values which are inherent in the lineage and practice of medicine, refresh their calling and service intention and learn effective self-care tools to enhance resiliency in their professional and personal lives.

The Tending the Flame retreat and training workshop occurs over 2-1/2 days and provides an introduction to Finding Meaning Groups.TM      

Transformative vs. Informative Education

Meaning is not a cognitive function. The majority of medical and nursing education is cognitively oriented, aimed at increasing and updating the information and expertise which is the backbone of medical and nursing interventions.  RISHI programming is based on a discovery model, an alternative educational strategy which is non-cognitive, and transforms rather than informs the individual.  The model has been extensively tested nationally with thousands of physicians at every level of training and is highly successful in enabling the individual to remember and further develop their original sense of meaning and calling, experience a renewed perspective in daily work and form professional community based on shared values and service intention.

Please Note: Retreat participants interested in training to bring RISHI’s Finding Meaning Group Program to any professional community or institution are required to attend Sunday’s training session.  This will prepare the participant to implement and sustain a Finding Meaning Group.



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