Drop-in sessions, classes, conferences and workshops offered in the Charlottesville area

Upcoming

March 14, 2017
Nursing Student Resiliency Retreat: Nurturing Self to Shine as a Clinician

3rd-year BSN students (by invitation).

This retreat is made possible, in part, by the generosity of the UVA Parents Fund - thank you!

Parents Fund

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Morven Meeting Barn
March 16, 2017
Nursing Student Resiliency Retreat: Nurturing Self to Shine as a Clinician

3rd-year BSN students (by invitation).

This retreat is made possible, in part, by the generosity of the UVA Parents Fund - thank you!

Parents Fund

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Morven Meeting Barn
March 17, 2017
Poetry Series for Healthcare Students

This four-session poetry series will focus on the fundamentals of reading and writing poetry. Participants will meet to read and discuss contemporary poetry, complete writing exercises, and write original poetry. Together with UVA English Professor Robert Shapiro, participants will explore how poetry can effectively communicate ideas—about ourselves, the body, the world—and work toward developing our voices on the page.

The Compassionate Care Initiative is pleased to offer this opportunity FREE of cost to UVA students enrolled in a healthcare-related program. However, since space is limited, prior sign-up is required. Content from session to session will be built upon, so we ask that you be able to attend at least three of the four sessions - March 17, March 31, April 14, and April 28.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2010
March 18, 2017
"Being Mortal": Free Film Screening & Discussion

The PBS Frontline documentary Being Mortal, based on the best-selling book by Dr. Atul Gawande, explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the doctors, nurses, and family members who care for them. Join us and be part of a national conversation taking place in our community that asks: Have you and your family had these important conversations and planned ahead? "Hope is not a plan" - Dr. Atul Gawande. Watch the trailer here.

Reservations are encouraged - reserve your FREE tickets at The Paramount Box Office, 434-979-1333 or online at www.theparamount.net.

Organized by Hospice of the Piedmont, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, and UVA Schools of Nursing and Medicine. Underwritten by Hospice Foundation of America and John and Wauna Harman Foundation.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The Paramount Theater, Charlottesville, VA
March 18, 2017
Interprofessional Renewal & Reflection Retreat

For UVA undergraduate nursing and medical students (by invitation). Since space is limited and Morven is a gated property, prior sign-up is required.

This retreat will be similar to the model of our regular resilience retreats, with options for slightly deeper practice.  However, you do not need any experience to participate.

This retreat is made possible, in part, by the generosity of the UVA Parents Fund - thank you!

Parents Fund

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Morven Meeting Barn
March 21, 2017
CCI Lecture Series - Contemplative Practices in Higher Education

Presented by Dorothe Bach, MA, PhD, Associate Director and Assistant Professor
UVA's Center for Teaching Excellence

Please feel free to bring your lunch - dessert will be provided.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 5060
March 22, 2017
VA Festival of the Book program - "Meaning and Mindfulness"

Hugh Byrne (The Here-and-Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and for All) and Emily Esfahani Smith (The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters) offer powerful practices for incorporating mindfulness and meaning into our lives. Checkout the VA Festival of the Book website for more information.

Sponsored by: Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville and the UVA School of Nursing Compassionate Care Initiative.

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Central Jefferson Madison Regional Library 201 E. Market Street, Charlottesville, VA
March 25, 2017
VA Festival of the Book program - "Stage-Serious Cancer: Responding with Humor and Faith"

Authors Jason Micheli (Cancer is Funny: Keeping Faith in Stage-Serious Cancer) and Terri Tate (A Crooked Smile: A Memoir), relate their experiences with cancer, how they’ve used humor to respond, and how their spiritual journeys have deepened in the midst of it. Checkout the VA Festival of the Book website for more information.

Hosted by The Wesley Foundation at UVA and UVA School of Nursing Compassionate Care Initiative.

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
McLeod Hall Auditorium
March 31, 2017
Poetry Series for Healthcare Students

This four-session poetry series will focus on the fundamentals of reading and writing poetry. Participants will meet to read and discuss contemporary poetry, complete writing exercises, and write original poetry. Together with UVA English Professor Robert Shapiro, participants will explore how poetry can effectively communicate ideas—about ourselves, the body, the world—and work toward developing our voices on the page.

The Compassionate Care Initiative is pleased to offer this opportunity FREE of cost to UVA students enrolled in a healthcare-related program. However, since space is limited, prior sign-up is required. Content from session to session will be built upon, so we ask that you be able to attend at least three of the four sessions - March 17, March 31, April 14, and April 28.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2010
April 8, 2017
Interprofessional Renewal & Reflection Retreat

For UVA undergraduate nursing and medical students (by invitation). Since space is limited and Morven is a gated property, prior sign-up is required.

This retreat will be similar to the model of our regular resilience retreats, with options for slightly deeper practice.  However, you do not need any experience to participate.

This retreat is made possible, in part, by the generosity of the UVA Parents Fund - thank you!

Parents Fund

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Morven Meeting Barn
April 14, 2017
Poetry Series for Healthcare Students

This four-session poetry series will focus on the fundamentals of reading and writing poetry. Participants will meet to read and discuss contemporary poetry, complete writing exercises, and write original poetry. Together with UVA English Professor Robert Shapiro, participants will explore how poetry can effectively communicate ideas—about ourselves, the body, the world—and work toward developing our voices on the page.

The Compassionate Care Initiative is pleased to offer this opportunity FREE of cost to UVA students enrolled in a healthcare-related program. However, since space is limited, prior sign-up is required. Content from session to session will be built upon, so we ask that you be able to attend at least three of the four sessions - March 17, March 31, April 14, and April 28.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2010
April 17, 2017
Advance Care Planning Workshop

In recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day, Ken White will lead a discussion about advance care planning, including specific information about legal requirements in Virginia and components of an effective living will document. He will also give assistance in preparing and executing an Advance Directive.  

Ken White is a palliative care nurse practitioner and works with the UVA Medical Center Inpatient Palliative Care Consult Service in addition to serving as Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships and Innovation in the School of Nursing.

We hope you can join us for this dialogue and hands-on workshop!

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
McLeod Hall, room 5060
April 17, 2017
Advance Care Planning Workshop

In recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day, Ken White will lead a discussion about advance care planning, including specific information about legal requirements in Virginia and components of an effective living will document. He will also give assistance in preparing and executing an Advance Directive.  

Ken White is a palliative care nurse practitioner and works with the UVA Medical Center Inpatient Palliative Care Consult Service in addition to serving as Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships and Innovation in the School of Nursing.

We hope you can join us for this dialogue and hands-on workshop!

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 5060
April 18, 2017
CCI Lecture Series: Compassion in Advance Care Planning

Presented by Ken White, PhD, A/GACNP-BC, ACHPN, FACHE, FAAN
University of Virginia Medical Center Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships & Innovation, UVA School of Nursing
Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, UVA Medical Center Inpatient Palliative Care Consult Service

In recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day, Ken will lead a discussion about advance care planning, including specific information about legal requirements in Virginia and components of an effective living will document. He will also give assistance in preparing and executing an Advance Directive.  

Please feel free to bring your lunch – dessert will be provided.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 5060
April 28, 2017
Poetry Series for Healthcare Students

This four-session poetry series will focus on the fundamentals of reading and writing poetry. Participants will meet to read and discuss contemporary poetry, complete writing exercises, and write original poetry. Together with UVA English Professor Robert Shapiro, participants will explore how poetry can effectively communicate ideas—about ourselves, the body, the world—and work toward developing our voices on the page.

The Compassionate Care Initiative is pleased to offer this opportunity FREE of cost to UVA students enrolled in a healthcare-related program. However, since space is limited, prior sign-up is required. Content from session to session will be built upon, so we ask that you be able to attend at least three of the four sessions - March 17, March 31, April 14, and April 28.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2010
May 3, 2017
CCI Lecture Series: Mindful Leadership

Presented by Lili Powell, BA, MA, PhD
Assistant Professor of Business Administration
UVA Darden School of Business

Please feel free to bring your lunch – dessert will be provided.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
McLeod Hall 5060

Ongoing Classes

Drop-In Sessions - Spring 2017

All of our drop-in sessions are free and open to the University, Medical Center, and wider Charlottesville community. Attend as your schedule allows. No previous experience required!

This schedule will run through Friday, May 5th. There will not be any drop-ins during UVA's spring break (March 4-12). If the University is closed due to inclement weather, all of the programs will be cancelled.

Meditation

Mondays, 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2025
Led by Michael Swanberg or Julie Connelly

Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2025
Led by Sam Green

Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:00 a.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2025
Led by Jonathan Bartels

Yoga

Mondays, 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2010
Led by Esther Lozano

Thursdays, 12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2010
Led by Mala Cunningham or Julie Roa

Fridays, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2010
Led by Dorothe Bach

Social Justice Dialogues

Tuesdays, 12:00-12:50 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2010


Co-sponsored by IDEA, our goal is to provide a space for contemplative practices designed to facilitate conversation on current and past social justice issues in our local community and world. We recognize that the vitriol in the media and from the mouths of our governmental leaders has incited violence, hatred and fear. So, we want to provide a safe place for discussion for all.

Each week we will begin and end with a contemplative practice and we will have a facilitator from UVA or the community to encourage discussion and moderate a place to be heard. Come as your schedule allows.

Intermediate-level T'ai Chi

Thursdays, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2010
Led by Hiromi Johnson

Co-sponsored by the Contemplative Sciences Center.

Tuning In: Mindful Music

Every other Thursday
(February 23, March 23, April 6 & 20, and May 4)
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2025
Led by Gene Donovan and Dallas Ducar (UVA Nursing Students)

An opportunity to come join in the jam or simply listen to live music with a beginner's mind. Instruments are welcomed but not required, all that is needed is a willingness to listen. No previous experience needed!

 

Contemplative Sciences Center Offerings

Guided Mindfulness Meditation
Drop-in class open to all!

Mondays (Jan. 30 - May 1)
8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Alderman Library 317


Night Owl Yoga
Class is free for all UVA faculty, staff, and students who have gym memberships. Those without a gym membership will need to pay for a guest pass. All levels welcome!

Tuesdays AND Wednesdays
(Jan. 17 - May 10)
8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
UVA Aquatic & Fitness Center MP1

Compassionate Awareness Living Mindfully (CALM)

Drop-in Meditation
Wednesdays, 5:15-6:00 p.m.
McLeod 2025
Led by UVA Medical Student Corrine Roberts

Take some time for yourself to pause and re-charge. Organized and led by CALM - an interdisciplinary student group.

Recent Archived Activities

February 24, 2017
Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga and Mindfulness in Healthcare

A FREE, introductory workshop for clinicians and healthcare students with Mala Cunningham, PhD.

Participants will be given a foundational understanding of the therapeutic benefits of yoga and mindfulness and how to implement some basic concepts of modified yoga for the special needs of individuals with medical conditions or limited movement, or the elderly. This workshop will also review concepts of mind-body medicine, how stress and emotional response effects health, and how yoga is used as a healing modality. Participants will also participate in some basic practices of therapeutic yoga and relaxation techniques.

This workshop is full.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2010
February 22, 2017
Civic Engagement 101

Confused about executive orders and federal court stays? Want to know what a repeal of the Affordable Care Act might look like? Hope to better understand your political Ps and Qs to get better informed - and be an effective advocate for what you believe in?

Join the UVA School of Nursing for a lively dialogue on “Civic Engagement 101,” with nursing and public policy professor (and ACA expert) Rick Mayes. Mayes, former Medicaid policy advisor to the White House and an AARP analyst, is the author of Universal Coverage: The Elusive Quest for National Health Insurance and co-author of Medicare Prospective Payment and the Shaping of US Health Care and Medicating Children: ADHD and Pediatric Mental Health.

At UVA, Mayes teaches the popular “Overview of the US healthcare system," and lectures widely on issues related to health care policy, finance, delivery and organization.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
McLeod Hall Auditorium
February 14, 2017
CCI Lecture Series: Lovingkindness and Equanimity in Healthcare

Presented by Michael Swanberg, RN, BS, MA, Instructor in Nursing
UVA School of Nursing

University of Virginia School of Nursing Continuing Education is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
UVA School of Nursing Continuing Education awards 1 contact hour for nurses who participate in this educational activity and complete the post activity evaluation.

Please feel free to bring your lunch - dessert will be provided.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 5060
February 2, 2017
Basic Self Defense Class

Come and learn real strategies for real situations. Ideal for beginners with no background in self-defense, this 60-minute class presented by Karate instructor and SON instructor Crystal Toll, will explore basic self-defense techniques based on your natural flinch reaction to danger. Through training drills, your reactions will improve and you will develop proper form that can give you more power and resilience during a physical attack. You will learn techniques you can immediately use to increase the safety of yourself and the ones you love.

Do not miss the opportunity to enhance your resilience through a fun and energetic class that will leave you feeling rewarded and empowered.

This class is full.

5:15-6:15 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2010
January 25, 2017
2017 Richardson Lecture - Clinician's Ear: Learning to Listen

Since 1998, the annual Jessie Stewart Richardson Memorial Lectures have constituted an evolving conversation at UVA on urgent matters of medical error, patient safety, and—a foundation of good clinical practice—paying attention to the patient, who is, after all, among every clinician’s best teachers. This year’s presentation emphasizes the art of listening and makes the case for clinicians keeping themselves attuned to their patients, and also to themselves, in order to give the best care. The speaker, internist and poet John Coulehan, is author of The Medical Interview: Mastering Skills for Clinical Practice (FA Davis, 2005)  as well as six volumes of poetry, the latest of which is The Wound Dresser (2016).

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Pinn (formerly Jordan) Hall Conference Center Auditorium
January 20, 2017
Wisdom and Well-being Series - The Human Side of Leadership: Relational, Appreciative, Compassionate

Presented by Lt. Gen. John LeMoyne (ret), MPA

On September 11, 2001, John Le Moyne was transitioning to a new job. That evening his boss called and asked him to change his plans. He was diverted on route to a command to be the Army G-1, the Chief Human Resources Officer for the U.S. Army. He succeeded General Maude who had been killed in the attack that day. Although a career infantry officer, the selection of him to lead HR was inspired. He expected and found the best in others. He lived a life of serving soldiers.

John's story exemplifies wisdom’s emergence from diversity. Drawing on experiences from a 40 year career in the US Army that culminated in service as the head personnel officer at the Pentagon, Gen. LeMoyne will discuss the challenges of leadership in high stakes situations and the importance of respect and professionalism.  His story of the Human Dimension of Leadership will provide insight into what it means to act relationally, compassionately and to be appreciative.

Organized by The Center for Appreciative Practice, UVA School of Nursing, and the UVA Mindfulness Center. Contact hours for MDs and RNs available!

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (lunch served at 11:30 a.m. on a first-come basis))
Pinn (formerly Jordan) Hall Auditorium
December 9, 2016
UVA Nursing Student Exam Break

UVA Nursing Students are invited to join the Compassionate Care Initiative's Student Ambassadors for an exam break. Come take a respite and relieve some stress through creativity and play - there will be coloring, bubbles, and more!

Hope to see you there!

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
CMN Lobby
December 6, 2016
CCI Panel - Coming alongside: Perspectives on spirituality in clinical practice, education and resilience

Panelists:
Cathy Campbell, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, UVA School of Nursing
Julie Connelly, MD, Professor Emeritus, UVA School of Medicine
Aubrey Cutchin, MSN (c), BSN, RN, Clinical Research & TeleStroke Coordinator, UVA Department of Neurology

Participants are encouraged (not required) to bring an item that represents their spirituality.
Please feel free to bring your lunch – dessert will be provided.

University of Virginia School of Nursing Continuing Education is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
 
UVA School of Nursing Continuing Education awards 1 contact hour for nurses who participate in this educational activity and complete the post activity evaluation.

 

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 1004
December 1, 2016
Schwartz Center Rounds - Ripples in the Water: The Profound Impact of a Tragic Loss

Come and share in the story of a team who offered themselves and more in the care of a tragic loss. Discover why this work is so hard at times and still so privileged. 

Panel Members: Margo Gill, Logan’s Mom, MD; Sara McClelland, RN; Gary Y. Fang, MD; Kenneth L. Brayman, MD, PhD; Yoshiya Takahashi, M.Div, BCC

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Pinn (formerly Jordan) Hall Conference Center Auditorium
November 29, 2016
Clowns Without Borders: Resilience and Unity Through Laughter

This interactive presentation with Dr. Tim Cunningham will examine the work of the international, NGO Clowns Without Borders, which provides engagement through laughter and play in a non-political, non-dogmatic way. Additionally, it will explore the work of the clown as artist and agent of change.


Tim Cunningham
, DrPH, RN has worked with Clowns Without Borders for 13 years as an artist, board member and Executive Director of Clowns Without Borders-USA. He has worked in more than 20 countries and also in some of the most rural and urban areas of the U.S. Dr. Cunningham holds a joint appointment at the Department of Drama and School of Nursing at UVA and is the Compassionate Care Initiative's Assistant Director.

5:00 p.m.
Ruth Caplin Theatre