Programs and Resources

Award-winning programs that cultivate compassion—as a visible, practical, teachable skill that enables well-being for both the patient and the caregiver.
1) For instructors of health professionals and pre-professionals, featuring doctors, nurses and allied health professionals interacting with patients.
2) For leaders of volunteers caregivers, showing volunteers and family caregivers in action.
Each volume can be used as a standalone training session or they can be combined into a course.
3) We also offer resources for professional and volunteer caregivers to learn these skills online individually.

For Instructors of Professional & Pre-Professional Caregivers

The Medicine of Compassion
Core Skills for the Human Side of Health Care.

Volume 1 of the Cultivating Compassion series.

A ready-made introductory seminar for new health professionals and a refresher on the fundamentals for experienced staff. The candid, insightful video gives instructors a practical way to introduce, discuss and develop compassion.

Physical Program Materials in the Mail

  • DVD (41 min. video plus 30 min. abbreviated version)
  • Leader’s Guide (64 pages with discussion questions, class exercises, video index)
  • Audience Handouts (4 pages summarize the key points)

Lifetime Online Access

  • Video Streaming on demand (41 min. video)
  • Leader’s Guide downloadable PDF (64 page with discussion questions, class exercises, video index)
  • Audience Handouts downloadable PDF (4 pages summarize the key points)

Three-Day Online Video Rental

  • View The Medicine of Compassion video to review the program.
  • Instructions to help you facilitate a reflective conversation about the program. 4-page downloadable PDF

Compassion in Action (professional edition)
Being Effective in Emotionally Difficult Conversations

Volume 2 of the Cultivating Compassion Series.

Gives teams the tools to discuss, debrief and deal with the challenge of communicating compassion in emotionally charged situations and as a result, resolve them.

Physical Program Materials in the Mail

  • DVD (45 min. video)
  • Leader’s Guide (128 pages with 5-step training program, discussion questions, class exercises, video index with teaching points for each scene)
  • Audience Handouts (5 pages summarize the key points)

Lifetime Online Access

  • Video Streaming on-demand (45 min. video)
  • Leader’s Guide downloadable PDF (128 pages with 5-step training program, discussion questions, class exercises, video index with teaching points for each scene)
  • Audience Handouts downloadable PDF (5 pages summarize the key points)

Three-Day Online Video Rental

  • View Compassion in Action video to review the program.
  • Instructions to help you facilitate a reflective conversation about the program. 4-page downloadable PDF

Oxygen for Caregivers
Guard against burnout, build resilience, and sustain compassion

Volume 3 of the Cultivating Compassion series.

A multidisciplinary team-building seminar produces constructive conversations and individual solutions to address the thorny topics of burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Three inspiring two-hour sessions improve morale, performance, and retention. Easy to teach, it comes with all the audio-visual and printed materials you need to lead the program.

 

Physical Program Materials in the Mail

  • DVD disc includes:
    • 35 min. documentary style video
    • 5 bonus video clips
    • 40 PowerPoint slides
    • Subtitles in Spanish and English.
  • CD disc includes:
    • Leader’s Guide (76-page printable PDF with class formats for three in-service sessions including discussion questions, class exercises, video index)
    • Particiapnt Workbook (76-page printable PDF file on CD)
  • 3 hours of continuing education (California BRN# CEP16529).

Lifetime Online Access

  • Video Streaming on demand (35 min. video, plus five bonus video clips)
  • 40 PowerPoint slides
  • Leader’s Guide (76-page printable PDF with class formats for three in-service sessions including discussion questions, class exercises, video index)
  • Particiapnt Workbook (76-page printable PDF)
  • 3 hours of continuing education (California BRN# CEP16529)

Three-Day Online Video Rental

  • View Oxygen for Caregivers video to review the program.
  • Instructions to help you facilitate a reflective conversation about the program. 4-page downloadable PDF

Individual Development for Professionals

Truly a breath of fresh air. Not only in in the myths it dispels, and the antidotes to burnout it gives, but also in the beauty of its production that makes it a pleasure to learn. It is as much an adventure as a course, and a radical innovation in stress reduction—it reduces your stress as you learn.

Oxygen for Caregivers is both evidence-based, and a distillation of grassroots wisdom gained through the long careers of experienced caregivers. You gain a vital new perspective on how to approach the challenges of burnout, compassion fatigue, moral distress, vicarious trauma, and even primary trauma.

You will see practical examples of how others cope with these hazards. You will learn about the root causes of stress and how to defuse them. Plus, you will have the opportunity to review three core elements of resilience you can build into your life proactively.

You end up with a practical, doable plan that’s customized to fit and enrich your unique life.

Online Course

  • Continuing Education Credits for RNs, LVNs, CNAs, MFTs, HR and Admin.
  • Eight CE hours in 20-minute sessions made of 5-minute steps. (California BRN# CEP16529).
  • Accessible anywhere, anytime, with a desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone. Browser based: No new software needed.
  • No scheduling required. Take at your own pace. Lifetime access.
  • Long enough to gain the traction needed to build new habits that improve your well-being. In steps short enough to fit into the busiest schedule.
  • Practical, easy-to-understand applications of the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience.
  • Tools to strengthen the five factors of posttraumatic growth which are active in people who flourish despite adversity—they are the ultimate foundations of your well-being and resilience.
  • Customized to meet your own needs and goals. Personally meaningful, memorable and inspiring.
  • Participate in a community of fellow professionals who learn, not only from the course material, but also from one another.

The Medicine of Compassion
Core Skills for the Human Side of Health Care

Volume 1 of the Cultivating Compassion series.

This candid, insightful video shows, with real life footage, the four core skills needed to truly connect with someone who is suffering and communicate compassion to them with a proficiency that rebuilds well-being.

Seven-Day Online Video Rental

  • On-demand access to The Medicine of Compassion video to view the program online for seven days.
  • 4-page downloadable PDF of key points cover the four core elements that must be present to communicate compassion, the builders of skill in delivering those elements, barriers to remove for improvement, plus a self-evaluation scale to gauge your progress.
  • 4-page downloadable PDF with instructions on how to guide a reflective conversation about the program with a small group of friends, fellow students or colleagues. Learning from each others experiences and insights enriches what is gained from the program.

Compassion in Action (professional edition)
Being Effective in Emotionally Difficult Conversations

Volume 2 of the Cultivating Compassion Series.

Gives professionals the tools deal with the challenge of communicating compassion in emotionally charged situations and as a result, resolve them.

Seven-Day Online Video Rental

  • On-demand access to the Compassion in Action video to view the program online for seven days.
  • 5-page downloadable PDF of handouts summarizing the three key points of the program: 1) How to choose a response that turns a difficult conversation into a discovery conversation  2) Three-layers of a difficult conversation, 3) Self-Evaluation Tool.
  • 11-page downloadable PDF of chapter one from the Compassion in Action leader’s guide with additional detail on managing emotionally difficult conversations.
  • 4-page downloadable PDF with instructions on how to guide a reflective conversation about the program with a small group of friends, fellow students or colleagues. Learning from each others’ experiences and insights enriches what is gained from the program.

For Instructors of Volunteers and Family Caregivers

Communicating with Compassion:
How to Communicate in Ways that Ease the Pain and Lift the Spirit

Volume 1 of the Cultivating Compassion series for volunteer and family caregivers.

A best-selling, ready-made training session that serves as an introductory session for new caregivers and an inspiring refresher on the fundamentals for experienced volunteers. The candid, insightful video gives instructors a practical way to introduce, discuss and develop compassion. It shows exactly what treating people with compassion looks, sounds and feels like.

Physical Program Materials in the Mail

  • DVD (40 min. video)
  • Leader’s Guide (100 pages with step-by-step instructions, session outlines, discussion questions, class exercises, video index)
  • Audience Handouts (3 pages summarize the key points)

Lifetime Online Access

  • Video Streaming on demand (40 min. video)
  • Leader’s Guide downloadable PDF (100 pages with step-by-step instructions, session outlines, discussion questions, class exercises, video index)
  • Audience Handouts downloadable PDF (3 pages summarize the key points)

Three-Day Online Video Rental

  • View the Communicating with Compassion video to review the program.
  • Instructions to help you facilitate a reflective conversation about the program. 4-page downloadable PDF

Compassion in Action (community edition)
Being Effective in Emotionally Difficult Conversations

Volume 2 of the Cultivating Compassion Series.

Gives teams the tools to discuss, debrief and deal with the challenge of communicating compassion in emotionally charged situations and as a result, resolve them.

Physical Program Materials in the Mail

  • DVD (43 min. video)
  • Leader’s Guide (128 pages with 5-step training program, discussion questions, class exercises, video index with teaching points for each scene)
  • Audience Handouts (5 pages summarize the key points)

Lifetime Online Access

  • Video Streaming on demand (43 min. video)
  • Leader’s Guide downloadable PDF (128 pages with 5-step training program, discussion questions, class exercises, video index with teaching points for each scene.)
  • Audience Handouts downloadable PDF (5 pages summarize the key points)

Three-Day Online Video Rental

  • View the Compassion in Action video to review the program.
  • Instructions to help you facilitate a reflective conversation about the program. 4-page downloadable PDF

Individual Learning and Inspiration

What Can I Say?
A Guide to Visiting Friends and Family Who are Ill

A little book that fits in your back pocket to help you:

  • Find the right words and actions that bring comfort to those who are suffering.
  • Transform darkest hours into times of healing.
  • 94 pages, 15 photos

Communicating with Compassion:
How to Communicate in Ways that Ease the Pain and Lift the Spirit

Volume 1 of the Cultivating Compassion series for volunteer and family caregivers.

A best-selling, introductory session for new caregivers and an inspiring refresher on the fundamentals for experienced volunteers. The candid, insightful video gives a practical way to develop compassion. It shows exactly what treating people with compassion looks, sounds and feels like.

Communicating with Compassion
How to Communicate in Ways that Ease the Pain and Lift the Spirit

Volume 1 of the Cultivating Compassion series for volunteer caregivers.

This candid, insightful video shows, with real life footage, the four core skills needed to truly connect with someone who is suffering, and communicate with them so well that it rebuilds their well-being.

Seven-Day Online Video Rental

  • On-demand access to the Communicating with Compassion video, to view the program online for seven days.
  • 3-page downloadable PDF describes the four core elements that must be present to communicate compassion in a way that restores well-being, plus the habits that build these elements and those that subtract from them.
  • 4-page downloadable PDF with instructions on how to guide a reflective conversation about the video with family, friends, or fellow volunteers. Sets the stage to be able to talk about life’s bigger challenges. Hearing what others saw, heard and felt during the video enriches what is gained from the program. 

Compassion in Action (community edition)
Being Effective in Emotionally Difficult Conversations

Volume 2 of the Cultivating Compassion Series.

Gives the tools to discuss, debrief and deal with the challenge of communicating compassion in emotionally charged situations and as a result, resolve them.

Compassion in Action (community edition)
Being Effective in Emotionally Difficult Conversations

Volume 2 of the Cultivating Compassion Series.

Gives volunteers and family caregivers the tools communicate compassion in emotionally charged situations and as a result, resolve them.

Seven-Day Online Video Rental

  • On-demand access to the Compassion in Action video to view the program online for seven days.
  • 5-page downloadable PDF of handouts summarizing the three key points of the program: 1) How to choose a response that turns a difficult conversation into a discovery conversation  2) Three-layers of a difficult conversation, 3) Self-Evaluation Tool.
  • 11-page downloadable PDF of chapter one from the Compassion in Action leader’s guide with additional detail on managing emotionally difficult conversations.
  • 4-page downloadable PDF with instructions on how to guide a reflective conversation about the video with family, friends, or fellow volunteers. Sets the stage to be able to talk about life’s bigger challenges. Hearing what others saw, heard and felt during the video enriches what is gained from the program.