I am honored to be a part of the events listed below. In the case of multi-day events, I have indicated the days of my presentation. Visit the event link to view dates, location and registration information.
National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, Management and Leadership Conference Preconference Seminar. On any given day, hospice and palliative care professionals face challenges in the workplace that range from emotionally draining to incredibly enriching—often simultaneously. As the landscape of healthcare changes, the challenges of leadership are unlikely to let up. Faced with the choice to wither or flourish under mounting pressure, there is no time like the present to learn how subtle adjustments to your mind, body, and actions can help you thrive.
During this participatory workshop, leaders, executives and managers will learn how to harness the power of mindfulness in just minutes a day—building resilience, leadership excellence, and equanimity in the face of adversity. No incense or special clothes are required; these simple techniques can be applied in-the-moment and on the job, increasing your ability to savor the little things while reigniting your passion for your very important work.
Preconference Dates: April 21-22, 2018. Main Conference: April 23-25, 2018.
In a world where multi-tasking, digital distractions and continuous partial attention are the norm, it is challenging for 21st century leaders to find the time, energy and creativity to innovate. Fortunately, the practice of mindfulness – paying attention to the present moment with an attitude of open awareness – can wire your brain for leadership excellence even when you work in the trenches as a hospital physician, nurse or administrator.
During this workshop, you will learn simple yet powerful mindfulness-based exercises that will cultivate the four fundamentals of leadership excellence: focus, clarity, creativity and compassion. Learn to lead from a place of choice, based on your values and expertise, rather than reactivity. You may also experience better health, a deeper connection with others, and a greater satisfaction with life – at work and at home.
During this four day Survivor Seminar for Military Families, Heather will offer a variety of workshops in which attendees can try out mindfulness-based techniques to reduce grief-related suffering and stress.
During this keynote presentation, Heather Stang, author of Mindfulness & Grief, will share inspirational stories and practical tips that will help harness the power of self-compassion as self-care, so participants can reduce your suffering and reengage with this one precious life. Attendees will also receive access to guided meditations, so they can practice self-compassion for years to come. This keynote is part of a day-long wellness event presented by Gilchrist Hospice as part of their continuing care for the families they support.
Managing Grief During the Holidays Workshop. The holidays are stressful enough when you are not grieving. If you have experienced a major loss, this holiday season will be different than the last, and whether you share your grief openly, or keep things to yourself, managing your internal and external struggles will be less challenging once you master a few basic coping skills and plan how you want to approach the holidays. During this workshop, we will explore how you can manage the painful and mixed feelings that accompany grief, maintain your physical health, and explore how new and old traditions and rituals can support you during this tough time. We will discuss the three principles of self-compassion: self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness, and consider how they can help you navigate the holiday season.
LiveOnNY is meant to convey the duality and positivity of organ and tissue donation. Through donation, recipients and donors live on. Recipients live on through the selfless act of donors. Donors live on via a legacy made stronger as a result of their donation, and they live on through others.
Heather will be offering Relaxation Meditation for Grief for donor families as a service offered by LiveOnNY (This is a closed event for donor families).
Heather will be offering the closing keynote, Mindfulness In the Trenches: Self-Care for the Palliative Caregiver. This event is open to medical professionals, therapists, and other people seeking training and CEUs.
Palliative care professionals choose to provide whole-hearted care to those with life-limiting illnesses. However, tending to our own suffering is often placed on the back burner. Even when faced with our own personal loss and hardships, we often turn away from our suffering and attempt to “push through” the pain. This can overwhelm our stress response system and in turn contribute to depression, anxiety, stress-related illnesses, and even lead to professional burnout.
As hard as it may seem, we can tend to our own suffering using self-compassion techniques that are rooted in ancient spiritual practices, and proven effective by contemporary research. Once we apply the “oxygen mask” to ourselves, we can model and even share these techniques with our patients and their families, empowering them to remove some of the suffering from their pain.
This session will explore how self-compassion—in other words, simply treating ourselves as we would a beloved friend—can help us manage our difficult emotions, reduce our suffering, and exemplify self-care for both patients and colleagues alike. The presenter will review current self-compassion literature as it pertains professional burnout, discuss mindfulness-based interventions, and share a case study that will illustrate how self-compassion can support palliative care professionals and patients alike.
“Each Memorial Day, our country remembers those who have served and died. As our country reflects on the costs of freedom, we come together to tell the stories of patriots. We name our heroes, celebrate their lives and decide again to live bigger and better on their behalf.” – TAPS.org
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Annual National Military Survivor Seminar takes place each Memorial Day weekend in Arlington. People who are grieving the death of a loved one in the military, whether a family member, friend or fellow service member, are invited and encouraged to attend the National Military Survivor Seminar. No matter where you are in your grief journey, support and connection await you.
Heather will be offering three workshops during the event: Drawing your Griefscape, Relaxation and Compassion Meditation for Grief, and The Power Of Being Kind: Self-Compassion As Self-Care for Grief.
Concurrent Session 3: In a world where multi-tasking, digital distractions and continuous partial attention are the norm, it is challenging for 21st century leaders to find the time, energy and creativity to innovate. Fortunately, the practice of mindfulness – paying attention to the present moment with an attitude of open awareness – can wire your brain for leadership excellence despite the chaos – and even help with self-care. During this session, you will be introduced to mindfulness-based exercises that will help cultivate focus and insight, so you can lead from a place of choice, rather than reactivity. Learning Objectives:
- Define mindfulness and give examples of formal and informal practices
- Discuss the history and benefits of practicing mindfulness for leadership excellence
- Experience mindfulness-based techniques at work to cultivate focus, clarity, creativity and compassion
Mindfulness & Grief: Self-Compassion as Self-Care
If you can not attend this conference in person, this session will be available as a live web-cast.
As bereavement professionals, we choose to provide whole-hearted care to those who are in need of compassion. However, tending to our own suffering is often placed on the back burner. Even when faced with our own personal loss and hardships, we often turn away from our grief and “push through” the pain. This can overwhelm our stress response system and in turn contribute to depression, anxiety, stress-related illnesses, and even lead to professional burnout.
As hard as it may seem, we can tend to our own suffering using self-compassion techniques that are rooted in ancient spiritual practices and proven effective by contemporary research. Once we apply the “oxygen mask” to ourselves as professionals, we can then use the same techniques to support our bereaved clients who might be struggling with feelings of guilt, loneliness and low self-efficacy.
This session will explore how self-compassion—in other words, simply treating ourselves as we would a beloved friend—can help us manage our difficult emotions, reduce our suffering, and exemplify self-care for both clients and colleagues alike. The presenter will review current self-compassion literature as it pertains to grief and professional burnout, discuss mindfulness-based interventions, and review a handful of case studies that will illustrate how self-compassion can support the bereaved client and grief professional alike.
Keynote: Transform Suffering to Hope: Coping With Grief In The Wake of Personal & Public Tragedy
We don’t need to look at the FBI statistics to know that mass shootings and domestic terrorism are on the rise. Repetitive exposure to these traumatic events via television and social media can trigger psychological distress, especially when we feel there is nothing we can do to help. If left unexamined, the difficult emotions that arise in the wake of tragedy can negatively impact our health, our relationships, and our ability to serve and support our clients and colleagues. This is the bad news.
The good news is that if we skillfully turn toward our suffering, rather than suppress it, we can transform any difficult emotion into compassion. In turn, that compassion becomes inspired action that motivates us serve our clients, our community, and ourselves in a more whole-hearted and helpful way. We can even improve our health and feel more connected to our loved ones, those we serve, and the world at large.
During this inspiring keynote, author Heather Stang will illustrate how mindfulness-based compassion practices can transform empathic distress into hope, connectivity, and action that is rooted in our shared human desire to be happy, safe, and free from suffering. Through motivational stories, a look at evidence-based best practices, and a brief period of guided meditation, attendees will learn how to be the spark and tend to global suffering with transformational loving-kindness and compassion.