Adventures in Caring offers a variety of education programs that cultivate the practice of compassion in health care. Designed with two distinct audiences in mind — health care professionals and volunteer caregivers — the programs build the emotional intelligence and communication skills required to relate well with the sick, injured, and dying, in ways that ease pain and lift spirits.
The education programs include: Seminars & Keynotes, Train-the Trainer, 2nd Trauma Program, Half-Day Seminars, Full-Day Seminars, Two-Hour Seminars, and ready-made seminars on DVD with companion leader guides and handouts.
When we are sick or injured there are three levels of care that all of us need: competence, courtesy, and compassion. Fred Lee describes these three levels in his book, If Disney Ran Your Hospital. Competence is task-oriented, and competent people can be hired. Courtesy is good manners, and these can be required. However, compassion is an authentic connection with the patient, and this level of care must be inspired. Patients and their families expect competence, and they appreciate courtesy. But surveys show that the only time they have great things to say about their care is when they experience compassion.
Up to now, how to teach compassion has remained a mystery to most organizations. Adventures in Caring has developed a communication model and an educational process that advances the ability to communicate compassion. This methodology has been tested, and proven for more than 25 years.
Adventures in Caring education programs are widely used throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. In the U.S., approximately 1,000 hospitals, 2,000 church caregiving ministries, 400 nursing schools, and 1,000 hospices (about 40 percent of hospices in the country) have found the seminars inspiring and practical.
Our programs are compatible with, and supportive of, the programs of the Watson Caring Science Institute and the Magnet standards of nursing.