Who should attend?

  • nurses
  • administrators
  • medical supervisors
  • clinic managers
  • educators in the medical field
  • physicians
  • hospital management teams

8 One-Hour Sessions, including:

  • The Human Eye:
    Perspectives in the History of Medicine
  • The Need for a Voice:
    The Wounded Storyteller
  • If I’m Not Sick, Who Am I:
    Healing and Identity
  • Claiming the Body:
    Illness as a Family Affair
  • Soul & Body:

vision for healing

Healthcare, that hotly debated topic, turns up in political, business, social justice and, last but certainly not least, medical community discussion. Yet, with all the discussion of what is important, what is ethical, what is affordable and who should assume the costs, little is considered about what is human – illness from the patient’s point of view.

Patients are instructed to approach their care as consumers, however, if care providers do not respond in the same vein, how effective is the healing process? For all the science and business applied to healing, often the humanity and the human condition are not a part of the dialog. What can medical providers learn from the human response that improves the quality and effectiveness of care? If the patient is to be approached as a consumer, what is expected and what is needed to heal or to die in peace and dignity? Without asking or even understanding the questions that need to be asked, how the human need best be met? Finally, for all the language used to define illness and care, that very language often obfuscates the patient instead of serving them as would be desired.

Courses are limited to 8 people. Participants will be provided with a weekly or bi-weekly reading. Classes are discussion-based with some writing.