Teaching Professionals how to
Cultivate and Sustain Compassion

The Trilogy

Three video-based programs (DVDs or download) for in-person leaders to teach professionals how to cultivate & sustain compassion and guard against Burnout

Best if given in sequence, but also very useful as individual courses adressing specific needs.

All three courses come as turn-key seminars for new or experienced leaders.
Complete with extensive leader guides, Pdf-handouts and online access to course videos and bonus materials.

A course for new health professionals and a refresher on the fundamentals for experienced staff.

This inspiring and insightful program introduces and demonstrates compassion as a skill that everyone can practice – with examples that illustrate precisely what is meant by “compassion.”

This course show how compassion is applied to resolve tough conversations.

You audience learns how to:

  • Turn a difficult conversation into a discovery conversation.
  • Identify three layers of a difficult conversation.
  • Recognize pivotal moments when conversations can turn around.

Guarding against Burnout – Sustaining Compassion – A journey into personal wellness for the Caregiver.

This CE acredited course is as much an adventure as a course, and a radical innovation in stress reduction—it reduces your stress as you learn.

Benefits your organization can expect from the Cultivating Compassion and Oxygen for Caregivers series:

  • Improved patient satisfaction scores
  • Better staff performance and job satisfaction
  • Marked improvement in staff morale and teamwork
  • Reduced turnover and the retention of your best people
  • Improved patient safety
  • Rapid service recovery when things go wrong
  • Conservation of organizational resources
  • Less absenteeism
  • Reduced risk of litigation
  • Better word-of-mouth about your organization

For the instructor:

  • Start a crucial conversation in a non-threatening way.
  • Your team will remember that you care about them, professionally and personally.
  • Inspire and make a lasting difference in the quality of life for those you work with or teach, as well as those they serve.

Three introductionary seminars for new health professionals and a refresher course on the fundamentals for experienced staff. The candid and insightful videos give instructors a practical way to introduce, discuss and develop compassion, and important tools to sustain and guard against burnout.

When combined, our three video-based training programs become a transformational course that produces lasting change in the way professionals  approach life and work. This builds a culture in which staff and patients thrive, even under difficult circumstances while sustaining the caregiver’s capacity to care year after year.

“This series would enlighten not only physicians and nurses, but has a place as a cornerstone of education for the entire multi-disciplinary team”

P.J. Woods, PhD, MBA, RN
Assistant Professor,
University of New Mexico
College of Nursing

#1: The Medicine of Compassion

“Terrific! For the first time compassion is presented as a skill which any health care professional can learn.”


Jane Metiu, RN,
MSN, Professor of Nursing,
Santa Barbara City College

The first 8 minutes of The Medicine of Compassion

This program includes:

  • 40-minute Video.
    Winner, International Health & Medical Media Award for best video in patient care.
  • Documentary-style production, original musical score, and real-life scenes guaranteed to inspire your audience and stimulate a meaningful conversation.
  • 64-page Leader Guide with detailed class formats for a 60-minute or 90-minute sessions, or a 3-hour workshop.
  • Additional discussion questions, class exercises, and video index, are included so that you can  custom-design your own classes, plus resources for continued learning and suggestions for measuring progress.
  • 2 Handouts for your audience, formatted for easy copying. Two double-sided pages summarize the essential points of the video and expand upon them.

Core Skills for the Human Side of Health Care 

What Participants learn:

Authentic examples of how experienced caregivers respond to patients who are:

  • Uncooperative
  • Afraid of losing their autonomy
  • Confused
  • Grieving
  • Having unrealistic expectations
  • Forgetful
  • Unable to speak
  • Argumentative
  • Frustrated
  • Angry
  • Feeling sorry for themselves
  • In a coma
  • Dying Young

Audiences learn how to:

Turn a difficult conversation into a discovery conversation.
Identify the three layers of a difficult conversation and find clues to the solution.
Recognize the pivotal moments when conversations can turn around.
Build strong caregiving partnerships despite the difficulties

“In our fast-paced, high-tech health care system we must be reminded that health care is about people and relationships. The Medicine of Compassion can be used by all health care educators to show the central elements of the art of medicine; compassion, listening, and communication. Bravo!”.

Lanyard K. Dial, M.D.Associate Professor of Family Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, Medical Director, Ventura County Medical Center

“Throughout history, compassion, caring, and love have been the foundation of healing. Without them, medical science and technology are inadequate. The Medicine of Compassion reminds us that these factors remain crucial in health care, as the greatest healers have always known”

Larry Dossey, MD. Author: Reinventing Medicine and Healing Words
Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN Author: Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer and Holistic Nursing.

#2: Compassion in Action

When times get Tough:

“Compassion comes naturally when people are suffering. But what about when those people are upset or difficult to be with? Is it possible or practical to extend compassion when the going gets tough?

Compassion in Action shows the art of communicating with patients when difficult emotions arise. Using real-life footage from authentic situations, the video gives a fresh look at an age old problem: How to keep caring when patients are difficult. Viewers learn new approaches and gain confidence, encouragement and motivation for being effective in difficult interactions”

Simon Fox, Executive Producer
The Medicine of Compassion

This program includes:

  • A 45-minute DVD.
    Beautiful production, original musical score and real-life scenes.
  • 128-page Leader Guide with instructions on how to use the video as the basis for a 60-minute or 90-minute class, or for a 3-hour workshop. To custom-design your own class additional discussion questions, class exercises and video index are included – plus resources for continued learning and suggestions for measuring progress.
  • 3 Handouts – formatted for easy copying. Five pages summarize the essential points of the video and expand upon them.

“I love this video! It’s a wonderful, candid example of compassion at work in a variety of health care settings. It shows the humanity and joy we can find – even in the tougher situations – if we approach them in the right way.”

Abbey Gaske, M.D., Urology Group of Southern California


Scene from Compassion in Action

“Compassion in Action is a beautiful, practical demonstration of how to infuse difficult conversations with love.”

Candace Pert, Ph.D. Neuroscience Research; author of Molecules of Emotion and Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d

“Incredibly helpful! I was truly amazed and inspired by the nurses and MDs, and their dedication and compassion. This DVD is an excellent teaching resource!”

Jan Anderson, RN, MSN, Director
Santa Barbara City College Associate Degree Nursing Program


#3: Oxygen for Caregiers

AiC Director, Simon Fox introduces the Program

Your team learns to:

  • Build three pillars of resilience.
  • Understand the occupational hazards of caregiving and the difference between compassion fatigue, burnout, moral distress, and vicarious trauma.
  • Recognize their own early warning signs of distress and take steps to protect themselves.
  • Make self-care choices they can commit to, because they fit with their own lifestyle and goals.
  • Support one another in creating and sustaining a wellness plan for lifelong well-being.

Oxygen for Caregivers includes:

  • 35-min. documentary-style video.
  • 76-page Workbook PDF file with permission to copy.
  • 76-page Leader Guide PDF file.
  • 5 bonus video clips & 40 PowerPoint slides.
  • Class formats for three inspiring in-service sessions:
    • Real-World Self-Care
    • Where Wellness Begins
    • The Journey into Wholeness
  • 3 hours of continuing education credits (California BRN# CEP16529).
  • Video subtitled in Spanish and English.
Oxygen for Caregivers – official trailer

Oxygen for Caregivers is a multidisciplinary team-building seminar with three inspiring two-hour sessions that improve morale, performance, and retention. Easy to teach for any instructor, it comes with all the audio-visual and printed materials you need to lead the program and inspire your team.

This program is for everyone on the front lines of health care: nurses, physicians and allied health professionals, including first responders—all who are witness to human suffering on a regular basis. Here is a powerful tool to protect your team from compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout. It is a gift you can give to show you’ve got their back.


“I work with the military, first responders around world, the wilderness medicine community, and emergency physicians and residents at Stanford Hospital. This is a wonderful resource to share with my emergency medicine faculty and residents. Please keep up the good work. It is fascinating and much needed.”

Paul S. Auerbach, MD
Emergency Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine

“Oxygen for Caregivers was a runaway success when it premiered at our Care4You compassion fatigue conference. I am still receiving rave reviews from nurses, social workers, and first responders. It is a highly useful, much needed resource.”

Francoise Mathieu, ME
Author: The Compssion Fattigue Workbook

“This remarkable program provides wonderful, unrehearsed insights from our colleagues who have successfully coped with stress for decades. I highly recommend it.”

David Chernof, MD
Davic Geffen School of Medicine

Oxygen for Caregivers is a true gift for all of those who work in a helping field.  It is a thoughtfully crafted message that illuminates the profound need for self-care and self-compassion as the core principles for assisting others.

Jeffrey S Bucholtz, President
San Diego Domestic Violence Council

The complete Cultivating Compassion series 

Save $190 when you get all three!