Upcoming Seminars

  May 1 – 3, 2020 Scotts Valley, CA Multiple Presenters 

Course Information

The Greater Good Institute for Health Professionals

This three-day intensive training institute will provide health professionals with science-informed strategies to enhance and transform their personal and occupational lives. You’ll come away with concrete, research-based tools you can implement—individually or in teams—to help you build your own resilience and better support and connect with your patients, clients, and colleagues.


The institute will be led by faculty from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, pioneers in the scientific study of resilience, purpose, and connection—the science of a meaningful life. Joined by leaders from the health care field, they will cover cutting-edge research—particularly from psychology, medicine, and neuroscience—and explore how it can be applied in various health care settings.


The training will take place in a tranquil and naturally beautiful setting to encourage reflection and revitalization, supporting in-depth practices of mindfulness and compassion. An underlying goal is to inspire you to become an ambassador of meaning, purpose, compassion, and positive connection at work, this training is appropriate for those with no prior personal experience in these skills as well as for those looking to deepen their understanding and range of science-based activities for themselves and to share with patients, colleagues and trainees.


The institute will be organized around three main pillars of learning across the three days:

Day One: The Meaning and Purpose of Work in Health Care
Day Two: Building Personal Resilience: Mindfulness, Emotion Awareness, Self- Compassion
Day Three: Strengthening Connection and Communication: Empathy, Compassion, and Gratitude

This program is for 14CE

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.



Eve Ekman is a San Francisco native who graduated from the NYU Gallatin School of Interdisciplinary Study (magna cum laude) in 2002 and received her MSW in 2006 from UC Berkeley. After working for several years as a clinical case manager and crisis counselor in the San Francisco General Hospital emergency room, she returned to Berkeley Social Welfare for a doctoral degree to learn advanced research skills to complement her experience and clinical skills for the purpose of studying empathy in a human service context and developing trainings for human service workers. She advanced to candidacy for her PhD in social welfare in May 2011 and will graduate in Spring 2014.

Uvinie Lubecki is the CEO of Leading through Connection, an organization inspired from Dalai Lama Fellows that trains leaders to deepen their capacity to relate to others at work. She spent a decade leading teams in the corporate sector, and frequently speaks at conferences on how a Connective Mindset is essential for leadership. In her spare time, she enjoys translating ancient mind-training practices into practical, modern-day tools. She holds an MPH from Harvard and a BA in neurobiology from Cornell.

Christophe Gimmler MD, LMFT is an internal medicine specialist in Palo Alto, CA and has been practicing for 22 years. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School Of Medicine in 1997 and specializes in internal medicine.


Target Audience:

Physicians, Nurses, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, - All Levels


Course Objectives:

  • Identify specific and attainable sources of meaning and purpose at work.

  • Explain the link between pro-social activities for connect and individual level resilience.

  • Apply emotional intelligence and compassion practices to manage challenging patient and colleague encounters.

  • Compare and contrast compassion which is constructive for patients versus empathic distress for providers.

  • Describe the key features of emotional awareness and how it applies to daily professional functioning.

  • Explain the difference between institutional sources of stress and burnout and individual level emotional distress at work.

  • Practice gratitude for colleagues, patients and within personal life.

  • Gain familiarity in using research-based activities to cultivate positive emotions such as gratitude and compassion, individually and in groups.

  • Convey key skills and scientific basis for social and emotional well-being to colleagues, clients, and patients.



Day One

7:30 - 9:30 Opening Keynote: “The Science and Practice of Meaning, Purpose, and Connection in Health Care”


Day Two

9-10:30 am: Eve Ekman on the Neuroscience and Practice of Mindfulness and Compassion

10:30-11 am: Break

11-12 pm Keynote Christophe Gimmler Unpacking Burnout, Vicarious Trauma, Resilience, and Moral Injury

12-1:30 pm Lunch

1:30-2:30 pm Eve Ekman on Emotion Awareness

2:30-2:45pm Break

2:45-3:45 pm Christophe Gimmler on Mapping Emotion Awareness in Medicine

3:45-5pm Working with Anger, Fear and Sadness in Medicine Lecture with Eve Ekman and Christophe Gimmler

5-7 pm Silent Dinner and Break

7:00-8:30 pm Emotion Awareness and Burnout plus Q&A


Day Three

9:00-9:45 am: Eve Ekman and Uvinie Lubecki on Identifying and Working with Obstacles to Empathy  

9:45-10:30 am: Uvinie Lubecki on Inner Values, Compassionate Candor, and Overcoming Conflict Group Activity

10:30-11:00 am: Break  

11-12: Leif Hass on Gratitude and Compassion in Medicine

12-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-215 pm: Cultivating Connection, Joy, and Awe in Medicine Eve

2:15-2:30pm Break

2:30-3:30pm Bringing Back Daily Practices for Individual and Group Contexts Learning

3:30pm- 4:00 Final Wrap up




Continuing Education

Satisfactory Completion
Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in and out each day, attended the entire seminar, and completed an evaluation in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out each day will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.Certificates available after satisfactory course completion at www.ceuregistration.com

Co- sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars

Accreditation – This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of SUNY Upstate Medical University and R. Cassidy Seminars. SUNY Upstate Medical University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation – SUNY Upstate Medical University designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Policy – To ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all certified CME activity SUNY Upstate Medical University requires that all planners, faculty and individuals in a position to control content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships in any amount with commercial interest that might be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest. Detailed disclosures will be made in writing prior to speaker presentations.



R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 14 CE hours


NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005. (14) clock hours.


Social Workers

CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and other state Social Work Boards for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers

NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0006. This program is approved for 14 contact hours. Live in-person

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (14) clock hours, #RCST110701


Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists

CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and other state MFT and Counselor Licensing Boards for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Counselors/MFTs.

Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors and MFTs.

IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #1148-0001. (14) hours.

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (14) clock hours, #RCST110701

TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #141 14 CE hours.


Chemical Dependency Counselors

CA: Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0221 for (14) CEHs. CCAPP is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states

TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (14) hours general. Expires 3/31/2020. Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 4140, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 4714-7297.



TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 5056. This course is (14) CE Hours.



CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (14) contact hours


Occupational Therapists

R. Cassidy Seminars is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider No. 6782. This course is offered for (14) CE Clock Hours (141 Clock Hour = .1 AOTA CEUs). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.





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Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often And while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions Or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.