Since 1993, the Spiritual Care Education Programme has brought the compassionate methods described in The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, by Sogyal Rinpoche, into training for professionals and volunteers who work in health and social care settings.
The Programme offers professional seminars and works with hospitals, hospices and universities. We have trained more than 30,000 healthcare professionals and volunteers worldwide in all areas of healthcare and social services. This training has been put into practice in many settings to support the spiritual needs of people and their families from all cultures and backgrounds in facing serious illness, dying, or bereavement.
The Programme is particularly known for having developed a specialised training for palliative and end of life care. In 2010, building on this expertise, we expanded our professional training programme and launched Compassion and Presence. This is a new series of courses and seminars bringing meditation, compassion and mindfulness methodology to all areas of professional caregiving.
These seminars are relevant to all care professionals since they apply an integrated approach to the practical, emotional and spiritual dimension of care that goes beyond conventional medical models.
Participants learn step-by-step methods how to integrate this methodology appropriately in any professional care setting. This approach while drawing on the Buddhist tradition, is non-religious and can be used in secular settings. It supports healing and transformation of suffering, enhances the capacity to care and provides self care strategies and antidotes to burnout.
As part of our commitment to raising awareness about the importance of spiritual care, we organised the 2009 Compassion and Presence International Conference in Killarney in Ireland, which was attended by over 500 people from all over the world.
We also conduct in-service training for institutions and community groups.
Visit the Spiritual Care Programme's international site for more information.