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

2016 Activities

January 19, 2016
Creative Arts Workshop with Lauren Catlett

Topic: Still Life

This free, monthly drop-in promotes relaxation and creative expression through art. Explore drawing, painting, sculpture, or collage while enjoying the freedom of self-expression and the company of other participants. All supplies will be provided, and NO ART EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED!

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2010
January 27, 2016
CSC Speaker Series: A History of Haṭha Yoga

With Dr. James Mallinson

Haṭha yoga is the method of premodern yoga practice in which physical methods are most prominent. It was first codified in Sanskrit texts in the 11th-15th centuries CE, and its practices are the source of much of the yoga practiced around the world today. In this talk, Dr. James Mallinson will draw on textual and ethnographic study to trace haṭha yoga’s history. The talk will be accompanied by illustrations of historical materials and photographs of traditional practitioners of haṭha yoga in India today.

Sponsored by UVA Contemplative Sciences Center. This event is free and open to the public. Registration suggested.
Parking is available in the Central Grounds Parking Garage (fees apply).

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
UVA Clark Hall, 108
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January 29, 2016
Flourishing Fridays: How do you flourish? Potluck

Bring a healthy dish to share and explore/discuss how YOU flourish.

Flourishing Fridays is a NEW and FREE weekly program that will highlight a variety of different topics (educational and/or experiential) that promote well-being for all. Facilitators and topics will change each week.

12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2025
February 5, 2016
Flourishing Fridays: Reflective and Creative Writing

With Linda Kobert.

Flourishing Fridays is a NEW and FREE weekly program that will highlight a variety of different topics (educational and/or experiential) that promote well-being for all. Facilitators and topics will change each week.

12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2025
February 5, 2016
CALM Drop-in Meditation

Take a few minutes for yourself to pause and re-charge. Co-led by Rob Abbott (UVA Medical Student) and Dallas Ducar (UVA Nursing Student), this drop-in meditation session is open to everyone - no experience necessary!

Organized and led by CALM (Compassionate Awareness Living Mindfully) - an interdisciplinary student group.

1:00 - 1:50 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2025
February 5, 2016
CSC Speaker Series: Meditation and Contemplation in Christianity

With Professor Kevin Hart.

This talk will explore the rich history of meditation and contemplation in Christianity.

Sponsored by UVA Contemplative Sciences Center. This event is free and open to the public. Registration suggested.
Parking is available in the Central Grounds Parking Garage (fees apply).

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
UVA Wilson Hall, 301
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February 12, 2016
Flourishing Fridays - Know Thyself: The Power of Introspection

With Dallas Ducar (CNL student).

Flourishing Fridays is a NEW and FREE weekly program that will highlight a variety of different topics (educational and/or experiential) that promote well-being for all. Facilitators and topics will change each week.

12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2025
February 16, 2016
Creative Arts Workshop with Lauren Catlett

Theme: Love You

This free, monthly drop-in promotes relaxation and creative expression through art. Explore drawing, painting, sculpture, or collage while enjoying the freedom of self-expression and the company of other participants. All supplies will be provided, and NO ART EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED!

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
February 19, 2016
Flourishing Fridays: Yogic Breathing Practices for Stress Management

With Cynthia Woodring

Flourishing Fridays is a NEW and FREE weekly program that will highlight a variety of different topics (educational and/or experiential) that promote well-being for all. Facilitators and topics will change each week.

12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2025
February 26, 2016
Flourishing Fridays: Chair Yoga

With Dori Feldman

Flourishing Fridays is a NEW and FREE weekly program that will highlight a variety of different topics (educational and/or experiential) that promote well-being for all. Facilitators and topics will change each week.

12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2025
March 1, 2016
Nursing Student Resiliency Retreat: Nurturing Self to Shine as a Clinician

3rd-year nursing undergraduates (by invitation).

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Morven Meeting Barn
March 3, 2016
Nursing Student Resiliency Retreat: Nurturing Self to Shine as a Clinician

3rd-year nursing undergraduates (by invitation).

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Morven Meeting Barn
March 4, 2016
Flourishing Fridays - Creative Arts: Contribute to the McLeod Mural Project

With CNL Student, Lauren Catlett

Flourishing Fridays is a NEW and FREE weekly program that will highlight a variety of different topics (educational and/or experiential) that promote well-being for all. Facilitators and topics will change each week.

12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2025
March 4-9, 2016
UVA Spring Break Mindfulness Retreat

Led and sponsored by iBme and the UVA Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC), this retreat will explore mindfulness, through both formal meditation periods and relational mindfulness activities. Together, we will develop our skills of focused concentration, introspection, compassion, and insight. Scientifically proven to build emotional resilience, inner strength and well-being, these practices support our capacity to connect authentically with ourselves and others. Each day will include sitting and walking meditation, periods of silence, small group activities, movement and free time. Please come prepared to participate in all aspects of the retreat with curiosity and a willingness to engage with challenge.

This retreat is for UVA Students only. The dealine to register for this FREE opportunity is February 19, 2016.

Serenity Ridge Retreat Center (Shipman, VA)
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March 15, 2016
Nursing Student Resiliency Retreat: Nurturing Self to Shine as a Clinician

4th-year nursing undergraduates (by invitation).

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Morven Meeting Barn
March 15, 2016
Creative Arts Workshop with Lauren Catlett

This free, monthly drop-in promotes relaxation and creative expression through art. Explore drawing, painting, sculpture, or collage while enjoying the freedom of self-expression and the company of other participants. All supplies will be provided, and NO ART EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED!

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2010
March 16, 2016
Catherine Strader McGehee Memorial Lecture

Why I Write: How Reflection and Self-Expression Make Me a Better Caregiver with Theresa Brown, BSN, RN

This year's Catherine Strader McGehee Memorial Lecture is co- presented with the Medical Center Hour, Hospital Drive magazine, and the 2016 Virginia Festival of the Book. A reception and book signing will follow the talk.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Jordan Hall Auditorium
March 17, 2016
Nursing Student Resiliency Retreat: Nurturing Self to Shine as a Clinician

4th-year nursing undergraduates (by invitation).

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
March 18, 2016
Wisdom & Well-being Speaker Series

With Tracey Wilson, MD
Professor of Community Health Sciences
School of Public Health at The State University of NY – Downstate

Organized by UVA Center for Appreciative Practice.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (free lunch at 11:30 a.m.)
Jordan Hall Auditorium
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March 23, 2016
Tea with Roshi Joan Halifax: Clinical Conversations that Matter

Topic: Moral Distress

Session is FULL. Join the waitlist.


Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD
, is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She is founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her PhD in medical anthropology in 1973 while teaching at the University of Miami Medical School. She received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Visual Anthropology, was an Honorary Research Fellow in Medical Ethnobotany at Harvard University, and was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress. From 1972-1975, she worked with psychiatrist Stanislav Grof at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center with dying cancer patients. She has continued to work with dying people and their families, and to teach health care professionals and family caregivers the psycho-social, ethical and spiritual aspects of care of the dying. She is Director of the Project on Being with Dying, and Founder and Director of the Upaya Prison Project that has developed programs on meditation for prisoners. She studied with Zen Teacher Seung Sahn, received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh, and was given Inka by Roshi Bernie Glassman. A Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order, her work and practice for more than four decades has focused on engaged Buddhism. Her books include: The Human Encounter with Death (with Stanislav Grof); The Fruitful Darkness; Simplicity in the Complex: A Buddhist Life in America; Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Wisdom in the Presence of Death; and Being with Dying: Compassionate End-of-Life Care (Professional Training Guide). She is a Lindisfarne Fellow and co-director of the Fellowship, and a Mind & Life Institute Board member.

10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
UVA Medical Center, Dining Conference Rooms 1 & 2
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March 23, 2016
Tea with Roshi Joan Halifax: Clinical Conversations that Matter

Topic: The Myth of Compassion Fatigue

Session is FULL. Join the waitlist.


Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD
, is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She is founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her PhD in medical anthropology in 1973 while teaching at the University of Miami Medical School. She received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Visual Anthropology, was an Honorary Research Fellow in Medical Ethnobotany at Harvard University, and was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress. From 1972-1975, she worked with psychiatrist Stanislav Grof at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center with dying cancer patients. She has continued to work with dying people and their families, and to teach health care professionals and family caregivers the psycho-social, ethical and spiritual aspects of care of the dying. She is Director of the Project on Being with Dying, and Founder and Director of the Upaya Prison Project that has developed programs on meditation for prisoners. She studied with Zen Teacher Seung Sahn, received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh, and was given Inka by Roshi Bernie Glassman. A Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order, her work and practice for more than four decades has focused on engaged Buddhism. Her books include: The Human Encounter with Death (with Stanislav Grof); The Fruitful DarknessSimplicity in the Complex: A Buddhist Life in AmericaBeing with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Wisdom in the Presence of Death; and Being with Dying: Compassionate End-of-Life Care (Professional Training Guide). She is a Lindisfarne Fellow and co-director of the Fellowship, and a Mind & Life Institute Board member. 

2:15 - 3:00 p.m.
UVA Medical Center, Dining Conference Rooms 1 & 2
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March 24, 2016
Cultivating Resilience: A Retreat Enhancing Self-Care and Compassion

With Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She is founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her PhD in medical anthropology in 1973 while teaching at the University of Miami Medical School. She received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Visual Anthropology, was an Honorary Research Fellow in Medical Ethnobotany at Harvard University, and was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress. From 1972-1975, she worked with psychiatrist Stanislav Grof at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center with dying cancer patients. She has continued to work with dying people and their families, and to teach health care professionals and family caregivers the psycho-social, ethical and spiritual aspects of care of the dying. She is Director of the Project on Being with Dying, and Founder and Director of the Upaya Prison Project that has developed programs on meditation for prisoners. She studied with Zen Teacher Seung Sahn, received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh, and was given Inka by Roshi Bernie Glassman. A Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order, her work and practice for more than four decades has focused on engaged Buddhism. Her books include: The Human Encounter with Death (with Stanislav Grof); The Fruitful DarknessSimplicity in the Complex: A Buddhist Life in AmericaBeing with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Wisdom in the Presence of Death; and Being with Dying: Compassionate End-of-Life Care (Professional Training Guide). She is a Lindisfarne Fellow and co-director of the Fellowship, and a Mind & Life Institute Board member. 

The primary audience for this retreat is healthcare professionals and students. This retreat is FULL. Sign-up for the waitlist.

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Morven Meeting Barn
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March 25, 2016
Schwartz Center Rounds: It Takes More Than A Village

Panel Members:
Tegan Medco, MS, MPH, RDN - Pediatric Nutrition
Nancy McDaniel, MD - Pediatric Cardiology
Christine Butterman, FNP - Pediatric Cardiology
Morgan Taylor, LCSW, MPH - Social Worker, Pediatric Cardiology

Organized by UVA Center for Appreciative Practice.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (free lunch at 11:30 a.m.)
Leonard Sandridge Auditorium - McKim
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April 1, 2016
Flourishing Fridays: Yoga Therapy Model & Guided Experience

With Cynthia Woodring

Flourishing Fridays is a NEW and FREE weekly program that will highlight a variety of different topics (educational and/or experiential) that promote well-being for all. Facilitators and topics will change each week.

12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2025
April 8, 2016
Flourishing Fridays: Mindful Eating

With Hannah Walker

PLEASE BRING YOUR LUNCH.

Flourishing Fridays is a NEW and FREE weekly program that will highlight a variety of different topics (educational and/or experiential) that promote well-being for all. Facilitators and topics will change each week.

12:00-12:50 p.m.
McLeod Hall 2025
April 21, 2016
Managing Conflict/Finding Meaning: Supporting Families at Life’s End

Hospice Foundation of America's 23rd Annual Living With Grief (R) program will address methods, strategies and practices that can be used to provide pyscho-social and other support to terminally-ill patients, their families and close networks as they cope with impending death. Particular emphasis will be placed on how to manage sources of conflict that often emerge near life’s end, as well as how to help individuals and families find meaning at life’s end. This educational program combines presentations by experts with video, discussion, and additional complimentary learning materials. Learners participating in the live event program will have an opportunity to comment, participate in polling, and ask questions of expert presenters. The program is 2 hours, with an additional 30 minute post-program discussion required for CE credits. See full program details at www.hospicefoundation.org

Sponsored locally by Hospice of the Piedmont and the UVA Health System Departments of Chaplaincy Services, Social Work, the Professional Nursing Staff Organization.

5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Jordan Hall Auditorium
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April 22, 2016
Flourishing Fridays: Aromatherapy

With Joel G. Anderson

Flourishing Fridays is a NEW and FREE weekly program that will highlight a variety of different topics (educational and/or experiential) that promote well-being for all. Facilitators and topics will change each week.

12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2025
April 27, 2016
Film Screening: "Until 20"

Please join us for a free screening of the award-winning documentary film “Until 20,” which chronicles the life of pediatric cancer patient James Ragan and his pursuit of life. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion, moderated by Joy Miller (UVA Medical Center Pediatric Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner and Compassionate Care Initiative Clinical Ambassador). All are welcome to attend - popcorn will be provided!

Diagnosed with osteosarcoma at age 13, what James did after his diagnosis is the story you’ll never forget. Told in his own voice, “Until 20” tells James’ journey as a promising young golfer trying to save the life of the next child before his own time runs out. Along the way he falls in love and learns about the power of family. The film is about the depth of life, not the length of it.

Watch the trailer, here.

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
McLeod Hall Auditorium.
April 29, 2016
Flourishing Fridays: Chair Yoga

With Dori Feldman

Flourishing Fridays is a NEW and FREE weekly program that will highlight a variety of different topics (educational and/or experiential) that promote well-being for all. Facilitators and topics will change each week.

12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2025
May 3, 2016
ONR Forum - Self-compassion: The Key Ingredient in Teaching the Practice of Compassion to Nursing Students

Presented by Anne Hofmeyer, RN, PhD, University of South Australia

Dessert will be provided, however please bring your lunch.


Co-sponsored by the Compassionate Care Initiative.

12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
McLeod Hall 5060
May 6, 2016
Blessing of the Hands

In honor of the lives you touch and National Nurses' Week, the School of Nursing Community is invited to receive the Blessing of the Hands with Chaplain Mildred Best.

9:00 - 9:30 a.m. (drop-in anytime during this half-hour)
Claude Moore Nursing Student Life Center
May 6, 2016
Flourishing Fridays: Introduction to Reiki

With Yasemin Turkman

Flourishing Fridays is a NEW and FREE weekly program that will highlight a variety of different topics (educational and/or experiential) that promote well-being for all. Facilitators and topics will change each week.

12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 2025
May 6, 2016
Heartfulness: Relaxation and Guided Meditation

No experience or registration necessary!

Other dates:
May 7, 2016 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
May 8, 2016 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Come to one, two, or all three sessions!


Hosted by Compassionate Awareness and Living Mindfully (CALM) and sponsored by UVA Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC).

For questions, please contact: ajt9d@virginia.edu.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Ern Commons: The Hollow
May 7, 2016
Heartfulness: Relaxation and Guided Meditation

No experience or registration necessary!

Other dates:
May 8, 2016 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Come to one, two, or all three sessions!


Hosted by Compassionate Awareness and Living Mindfully (CALM) and sponsored by UVA Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC).

For questions, please contact: ajt9d@virginia.edu.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Ern Commons: The Hollow
May 8, 2016
Heartfulness: Relaxation and Guided Meditation

No experience or registration necessary!

Hosted by Compassionate Awareness and Living Mindfully (CALM) and sponsored by UVA Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC).

For questions, please contact: ajt9d@virginia.edu.

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Ern Commons: The Hollow
May 13, 2016
Flourishing Fridays: Chair Yoga

With Dori Feldman

Flourishing Fridays is a NEW and FREE weekly program that will highlight a variety of different topics (educational and/or experiential) that promote well-being for all. Facilitators and topics will change each week.

12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
McLeod Hall 2025
May 17, 2016
Educational Series - Healing at End-of-Life: Vietnam Veterans and Their Families

Please join Hospice of the Piedmont and American Legion for a FREE series of educational presentations that will better prepare you to work with Vietnam era veteran patients and their families at the end-of-life. On May 17th Dr. Cliff Haury, Dean of Humanities, Fine Arts & Social Sciences at Piedmont Virginia Community College will present a Historical Context.

Please RSVP to Greg Nelsen at greg.nelsen@hopva.org or 434-817-6913

Please mark your calendars for the other dates in the series:
June 9, 2016 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
September 15, 2016 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
October 13, 2016 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Hospice of the Piedmont is an Approved Provider of continuing nursing education by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. VNA# 15-09-03P.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
American Legion Post 74 (3025 Louisa Road, Keswick, VA)
May 27, 2016
Schwartz Center Rounds

Topic and panel TBA

Organized by UVA Center for Appreciative Practice.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (free lunch at 11:30 a.m.)
Jordan Hall Auditorium
June 9, 2016
Educational Series - Healing at the End-of-life: Vietnam Veterans and Their Families

Please join Hospice of the Piedmont and American Legion for a FREE series of educational presentations that will better prepare you to work with Vietnam era veteran patients and their families at the end-of-life. On June 9th Heyward Macdonald, Episcopal Priest, educator and author of the book Everything Changed: The Vietnam War and American Culture - Lessons Not Learned will present a Psycho-Social Context.

Please RSVP to Greg Nelsen at greg.nelsen@hopva.org or 434-817-6913

Please mark your calendars for the other dates in the series:
September 15, 2016 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
October 13, 2016 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Hospice of the Piedmont is an Approved Provider of continuing nursing education by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. VNA# 15-09-03P.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
American Legion Post 74 (3025 Louisa Road, Keswick, VA)
June 12-19, 2016
Charlottesville Retreat Week

An event dedicated to creating a space for exploration and connection around mindfulness and wellness. Its primary function will be as a place of quiet during the week for anyone to come in, clear the mind, and enjoy the company of like-minded seekers.

There will be free classes and evening events, bringing together as many groups and teachers in the Charlottesville community as possible, to give you a tour of what’s around. At Retreat Week, we are all beginners, open to learning new things and offering welcome to all.

Visit the website for the week's schedule of events and additional details: https://retreatweek2016.wordpress.com/schedule/

IX Art Park
June 22, 2016
The Autopsy of Dr. Melinda J. Smith - A Play in Two Short Acts

Attend and watch this compelling, fictional account of a new medical student as she merges into residency and the stress of work life and complex patients. The play raises issues of burnout, team communication, mistreatment, patient care breakdown, nurse-physician relationships and medical errors. Open to all!

Free, but RSVP's are required by Friday June 17. CME credit available.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Virginia School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The University of Virginia School of Medicine awards one hour of participation credit per hour of participation to each non-physician participant who successfully completes this educational activity. The University of Virginia School of Medicine maintains a permanent record of participants who have been awarded hours of participation. CME transcripts may be obtained at www.cmevillage.com (click on Transcripts and follow the instructions).

12:00 noon
McKim Hall, Leonard Sandridge Auditorium
June 22, 2016
The Autopsy of Dr. Melinda J. Smith - A Play in Two Short Acts

Attend and watch this compelling, fictional account of a new medical student as she merges into residency and the stress of work life and complex patients. The play raises issues of burnout, team communication, mistreatment, patient care breakdown, nurse-physician relationships and medical errors. Open to all!

Free, but RSVP's are required by Friday June 17. CME credit available.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Virginia School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The University of Virginia School of Medicine awards one hour of participation credit per hour of participation to each non-physician participant who successfully completes this educational activity. The University of Virginia School of Medicine maintains a permanent record of participants who have been awarded hours of participation. CME transcripts may be obtained at www.cmevillage.com (click on Transcripts and follow the instructions).

5:30 p.m.
McKim Hall, Leonard Sandridge Auditorium
July 22, 2016
Schwartz Center Rounds: Stories from the Trenches

Hundreds of employees work every day to help provide top-notch care to our patients. Some roles are "behind the scenes" or indirectly involved in the care of patients, but no less impacted by the work we do. Come to this Schwartz Center Rounds to learn the stories of a few of UVA's people "in the trenches". 

Panel members: Sylvana Fernandez-Ellauri, Interpreter; Robert Fitzgerald, Nutrition; Monique Hathorn, Coding.

Organized by UVA Center for Appreciative Practice.

12:00-1:00 p.m. (free lunch at 11:30 a.m.)
McLeod Hall Auditorium
August 31, 2016
Blessing of the Hands

As we begin another academic-year, the School of Nursing Community is invited to receive the Blessing of the Hands from UVAMC Chaplain Mildred Best, to honor the compassionate work you will do and the lives you will touch, in the coming year.

"...may the work of your hands and the compassion in your hearts be blessed even as they bless those you touch."

The focus of this blessing is meant to be inclusive and encompassing of all spiritual traditions.

12:15-12:45 p.m. (drop-in anytime during that half-hour)
McLeod Hall, 2010
September 13, 2016
CCI Lecture Series: The Compassionate Care Initiative at UVA: A Decade of Resilience

Presented by Dean Dorrie Fontaine, RN, PhD, FAAN
Sadie Health Cabaniss Professor of Nursing
Interim Director of the Compassionate Care Initiative
UVA School of Nursing

The broad aim of this new series is to introduce various contemplative practices that are used and/or being researched in the fields of healthcare or higher education.

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

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
McLeod Hall, room 5060
September 15, 2016
Educational Series - Healing at End-of-life: Vietnam Veterans and Their Families

Please join Hospice of the Piedmont and American Legion for a FREE series of educational presentations that will better prepare you to work with Vietnam era veteran patients and their families at the end-of-life. On September 15th Dr. Richard Westphal, Professor at UVA School of Nursing and board certified as an advance practice mental health nurse, will present Clinical Approaches.

Please RSVP to Greg Nelsen at greg.nelsen@hopva.org or 434-817-6913

Please mark your calendars for the other dates in the series:
October 13, 2016 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Hospice of the Piedmont is an Approved Provider of continuing nursing education by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. VNA# 15-09-03P.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
American Legion Post 74 (3025 Louisa Road, Keswick, VA)
September 16, 2016
Creative Arts Celebration and Exhibit

Please join us in celebrating the Creative Arts Exhibit in McLeod Hall! In addition to the 98-tile mural answering "What does compassionate care mean to you?", there will be artwork from the 2015-16 CCI Creative Arts sessions and personal pieces from UVA clinicians on display. Some of the artists will be in attendance, as well!

Light refreshments and drinks will be provided!

5:00-7:00p.m.
McLeod Hall, 2nd Floor
September 17, 2016
3rd Melton D. and Muriel Haney Interprofessional Conference: Honoring Differences at the End of Life

This conference will gather health professionals, caregivers, and students with a shared interest in relieving suffering and providing compassionate care, recognizing the diverse needs of individuals and families at the end of life.

Contact hours are available!
Online registration is closed. You can register the day of the conference for $100.

Organized by UVA School of Nursing, UVA School of Medicine, Hospice of the Piedmont, and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
McLeod Hall
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September 21, 2016
Medical Center Hour - After the fall: A tapestry of disturbance, recovery, and resilience
Presented by Nalini M. Nadkarni PhD, Professor of Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City UT, and President, International Canopy Network. Known as "The Queen of the Rainforest Canopy," she is a pioneer in the field of forest canopy research and in public engagement about the plants and animals that live in the treetops. Her interest in rainforest dynamics and in the response of rainforests todisturbances such as harvesting, fire, and climate change has led her to invite input from expertsin diverse other fields that also study disruption and recovery—economics, neuroscience,refugee studies, human development, and traffic engineering, to name a few. Exchanges withthese experts have given Professor Nadkarni novel insights into theory and models that fosterbetter understanding of disturbance, recovery, and resilience.

Unexpectedly, in 2015, this work also proved personally useful as Professor Nadkarni recovered from extensive trauma sustained when she fell 50 feet from the top of a tree while doing forest canopy fieldwork. At UVA, she will share her insights and offer applications for medicine—especially, to the specifics of critical care, and, more generally, to healing.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Jordan Hall Conference Center Auditorium
September 22, 2016
Where Nature Is Not: Bringing Nature to Prisoners, Patients, and Health Practitioners

A Tea Time Talk with Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, University of Utah.

Dr. Nalini Nadkarni is a forest ecologist who carries research on plants and animals that live in rainforest canopies. She also engages non-traditional public audiences with science. Since 2003, she has brought science lectures and conservation projects to men, women, and youth who are incarcerated. Drawing from research originally carried out in hospitals that shows that views of nature speed patient recovery, she has brought nature videos to men in solitary confinement cellblocks of Supermax prisons, in "Blue Rooms", modified from their exercise rooms. This has significantly reduced stress levels and the number of violent infractions in this most nature-deficit of environments. She is now exploring innovative ways to bring nature to patients and staff in medical settings in novel formats, such as printing nature imagery on patient gowns and nurses scrubs, and creating "Blue Rooms in hospital work spaces.

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
McLeod 5060
September 23, 2016
Lecture: Neurophysiology of Yoga and Practical Applications

Presented by Dr. Shirley Telles.

Shirley Telles completed her M.B.B.S. and subsequently M.Phil and Ph.D. in Neurophysiology from the National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences, Bangalore, India . Dr. Telles is the director of research at Patanjali Research Center, Haridwar, India and the head of the Indian Council of Medical Research Center for Advanced Research in the Yoga and Neurophysiology . She has 161 research publications related to the above mentioned areas of research in journals indexed in international bibliographic databases, 18 chapters in books and 4 published books. She received an award from The Indian Council of Medical Research, The John Templeton Foundation, and a Fulbright Fellowship to study "Functional magnetic resonance imaging in meditators" at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.  Dr. Telles is an enthusiastic practitioner of yoga herself.

Sponsored by The Children's Health Research Center.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Quayle conference room - Battle Building, UVA Children's Hospital
September 26, 2016
Nursing Student Resiliency Retreat: Nurturing Self to Shine as a Clinician

1st-year Clinical Nurse Leader students (by invitation).

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Morven
September 27, 2016
Nursing Student Resiliency Retreat: Nurturing Self to Shine as a Clinician

1st-year Clinical Nurse Leader students (by invitation).

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Morven
September 28, 2016
Mindfulness Conference 2016 in Roanoke, VA

Join one of the world's leading meditation teachers, Sharon Salzberg, to explore a path to finding real happiness at work. Suitable for both new and experienced practitioners, this conference is designed to provide participants with an introduction to the practice of mindfulness, as well as a practical guide to improving work life through mindfulness, compassion, and ingenuity. Dividing the idea of workplace satisfaction into eight pillars, we will explore ways in which to establish a deep and abiding experience of real happiness in the workplace. We hope you'll join us!

The cost for this event is $45 (includes a boxed lunch), with a discount available for students. CEUs will be provided for counselors, social workers, educators, and nurses for an additional fee.

Sponsored by TAP, Roanoke City Schools, Ferrum College, Radford University, Carilion Clinic, CHIP of Roanoke, Family Services of the Roanoke Valley, and Hollins University.

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center
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September 30, 2016
Schwartz Center Rounds: When the Best of Intentions Go Awry

A caring and competent team developed and delivered an excellent care plan, but found that the patient's condition actually worsened.  Come and hear the story of what happened and how they responded.

Panel Members: Samantha Hudgins, BSN: RN Clinician 3, 3 West; Janet Brock, RN: Case Manager, 3 West; Dierdre Axell-House, MD: PGY 2 Internal Medicine; Joshua Ryan Smith, MD: PGY 2 Psychiatry

 

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Jordan Hall Conference Center Auditorium
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October 1, 2016
Breaking the Silence: Positive Conversations about the Spiritual Aspects of Death & Dying

Co-sponsored by Hospice of the Piedmont and Unity of Charlottesville.

Keynote Speakers:
James Avery, MD, Visiting Assistant Professor at UVA and former CEO at Hospice of the Piedmont; Rev. Patricia Gulino Lansky, Unity Minister and Author of Accepting Death, Embracing Life: How Death Teaches Us to Live; Patty Wooten, RN, Nurse Humorist.

Advanced registration (by 9/23): $35.00 and includes lunch
Registration at the door: $40.00

Unity of Charlottesville, VA (Hydraulic Road)
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October 5, 2016
Nursing Student Resiliency Retreat: Nurturing Self to Shine as a Clinician

2nd-year nursing undergraduates (by invitation).

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Morven Meeting Barn
October 5, 2016
Nursing Student Resiliency Retreat: Nurturing Self to Shine as a Clinician

2nd-year nursing undergraduates (by invitation).

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Morven Meeting Barn
October 11, 2016
Nursing Student Resiliency Retreat: Nurturing Self to Shine as a Clinician

2nd-year nursing undergraduates (by invitation).

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Morven Meeting Barn
October 11, 2016
CCI Lecture Series - Storytelling As Salve: Easing Compassion Fatigue and Caregiver Trauma

Presented by Tim Cunningham, DrPH, MSN, RN, assistant professor of nursing and assistant director of the Compassionate Care Initiative. Learn more about Dr. Tim Cunningham, as he answers five questions with SON Communications Director, Christine Kueter.

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 5060
October 11, 2016
T'ai Chi at Morven

With Hiromi Johnson.

Although this event is FREE, registration is required by Friday, October 7, 2016.

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Morven Japanese Garden (Rain site: Meeting Barn)
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October 13, 2016
Educational Series - Healing at End-of-life: Vietnam Veterans and Their Families

Please join Hospice of the Piedmont and American Legion for a FREE series of educational presentations that will better prepare you to work with Vietnam era veteran patients and their families at the end-of-life. On October 13th there will be a panel discussion with Hospice of the Piedmont volunteers, nurses, chaplains, social workers, and aides around selected Hospice of the Piedmont case studies.

Please RSVP to Greg Nelsen at greg.nelsen@hopva.org or 434-817-6913

Hospice of the Piedmont is an Approved Provider of continuing nursing education by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. VNA# 15-09-03P.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
American Legion Post 74 (3025 Louisa Road, Keswick, VA)
October 19, 2016
Social Histories UVA: Avoiding an "Avoidable Harm"

Join the Compassionate Care Initiative as an interprofessional panel of clinicians (physicians, nurses, social workers, and more) tell their stories of avoiding unnecessary, inappropriate care by providing more compassionate, safe care.

FREE to all students, clinicians, and community members. FREE dinner from Sticks Kebob Shop, beginning at 6:45 p.m. (while it lasts!).

Part of the Right Care Alliance's Right Care Action Week.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
McLeod Hall Auditorium
October 20, 2016
Nursing Student Resiliency Retreat: Nurturing Self to Shine as a Clinician

4th-year nursing undergraduates (by invitation).

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Morven Meeting Barn
October 25, 2016
Nursing Student Resiliency Retreat: Nurturing Self to Shine as a Clinician

4th-year nursing undergraduates (by invitation).

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Morven Meeting Barn
October 28, 2016
Wisdom and Well-being Speaker Series

Title and speaker TBA

Organized by UVA Center for Appreciative Practice.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (free lunch at 11:30 a.m.)
Jordan Hall Auditorium
November 8, 2016
CCI Lecture Series - The Effects of the CARE for Teachers Program on Teachers' Wellbeing and Classroom Quality

Presented by Patricia Jennings, PhD, MEd
Associate Professor, UVA Curry School of Education

Please feel free to bring your own 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 5060
November 9, 2016
Nursing Student Resiliency Retreat: Nurturing Self to Shine as a Clinician

2nd-year RN to BSN students (by invitation).


This retreat is made possible by the generous donors to the Nursing Annual Fund and the Nursing Alumni Association - thank you!

9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Morven Meeting Barn
November 18, 2016
Annual 5Cs Caring Break

UVA Health Sciences Students are invited to de-stress by partaking in a fun break full of the comfort that comes from caring for yourself and others. There will be THERAPY DOGS, as well as cocoa, cider and cookies! Participants will also have the opportunity to make a contribution to the SPCA.

Co-sponsored by the Health Sciences Library and UVA SOM Aid to Medical Students Committee.

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Health Sciences Library
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
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
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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 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