How safe do we feel as practitioners? How willing are we to go to those places that scare us? As healthcare professionals, we need to give our clients what they need most: our humanity and presence. In this workshop, we will engage in a dialogue about living with an awareness of death and dying while affirming life. The workshop will focus on how to develop our own practices of safety so that we can be present with patients in those scary times through the continuum of the healing relationship – diagnosis, treatment decision making, and dying. We will talk about first conversations and last conversations with our patients. Both presenters will share their experiences at the edges of dying, living and grieving.
COURSE NOTES: Bring notebook or computer on which to take notes.
One hour lunch break – Bring a sack lunch (Bastyr’s dining commons closes at 3 p.m.) Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus, room #146. Bastyr University is housed in an older facility with fluctuating interior temperatures; it is advisable to wear layers. Also, Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus. Please Bring: Personal water bottle (filtered water dispensers available on campus to refill).
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Dr. Brad S Lichtenstein ND BCB
Brad Lichtenstein is a graduate of Bastyr University where he is currently assistant and clinical professor, and chair of the Homeopathic Medicine Department. He is BCIA Board Certified in Biofeedback. His work emphasizes the creation of psycho-emotional-spiritual wellness in the midst of living with a chronic, life-challenging illness. For several years he was the lead for mind-body medicine at the Bastyr Integrative Oncology Research Center (BIORC) providing counseling, biofeedback, meditation and other mind-body therapies. Additionally, Lichtenstein was involved in a joint research study between Bastyr University and University of Washington examining the impact of meditation and massage on end-of-life care and quality of death, during which time he lead over 500 guided meditation session to hospice patients.
At the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Wallingford, he supervises the Clinical Biofeedback shifts, teaching mind-body techniques to patients to help reduce stress, minimize pain and create a balanced life. In addition to his work at Bastyr, Lichtenstein maintains a private practice, teaches group workshops and writes. For more information about this instructor visit his website at www.thebreathspace.com.
Laurie Riepe, MA, LMHC, offers psychotherapy in private practice with couples, individuals, teens and groups. Working deeply and extensively in a transformative process, she supports her clients to explore the human experience within the context of freedom. Her background and training includes Eastern and Christian contemplative practices, yoga, Existential Psychology and Liberation Theory.
Following her husband’s use of the Death with Dignity option in 2011, Laurie deepened her study of thanatology and conscious death. Through workshops, speaking engagements and writing, Laurie shares the rich, nuanced and vital conversation about choice and responsibility that lies at the center of our right to a death with dignity. In this capacity, Laurie has delivered presentations to audiences ranging from pastors and therapists to end-of-life volunteers and intentional aging groups. Find out ore about Laurie here.