Baystate to Host Annual ‘Spiritual Prescriptions’

SPRINGFIELD — Identifying and developing wellness techniques and spiritual resources to address the impact of compassion fatigue on health care practitioners will be the topic of a day-long seminar, “Spiritual Prescriptions for Compassion Fatigue,” to be staged Friday, May 9, at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke.

Sponsored by Baystate Health Spiritual Services, Patient Care Services, and the Office of Continuing Education, the conference runs from 8 a.m. until 3:45 p.m.

Aimed at nurses, social workers, mental health professionals, clergy, integrated medicine practitioners, and other members of the health care team, the program will identify practices to nurture mind, body, and spirit.

Topics include “Compassion Fatigue,” “Spiritual Prescriptions for Ourselves and Our Patients,” “The Spiritual Rx Process,” “Common Symptoms of Compassion Fatigue,” and “Practicing Spiritual Literacy.” Speakers include Mary Ann Brusatt, co-founder and co-director of spiritualityandpractice.com and author of Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life; Dr. Steven Fischel, medical director of Psychiatry Consultation Service, Baystate Medical Center; Persephone Zill, coordinator of the Spiritual Literacy and Practice Project; Joy Carol, author of Towers of Hope: Stories to Help Us Heal; and Richard Callahan, executive chef, Food and Nutrition Services, Baystate Medical Center.

Through April 25, tuition will be $99 online and $109 by mail. After April 25, the cost will be $109 online and $119 by mail.

For online registration, go to www.baystatehealth.com/learn and follow the registration instructions. By mail, go to www.baystatehealth.com/learn and click on ‘course brochures.’

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