Healthcare Professionals


The Hillebrand Center provides continuing education opportunities to practicing physicians, nurses, and other helping professionals supporting caring practice in the helping professions. If you are interested in training opportunities for your team, please contact the Hillebrand Center at

Offered Formats Include:

  • Workshops
  • Retreats
  • Co-sponsored events
  • In-services
  • Consulting
  • Evaluation and assessment
  • Lectures

Specific Programs:

1.  Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT):  This is a research-based mind-training program that improves clinician well-being and fulfillment in clinical practice along with improved patient care.  It is an 8-week program with weekly 2-hour classes and daily guided mind-training practices.  This is not a mindfulness meditation training program (which also has been found to be helpful), but instead focuses on mind-training techniques and practices that have been found to be helpful to clinicians in terms of improved self-care and well-being as well as improved patient care.

2.  Recovering from Burnout and Restoring Compassionate Caring and Personal Fulfillment in the Clinician’s Career:  This can be a 2-hour workshop or a full-day retreat process for a group of clinicians (e.g. Practice Group, Residency class, Clinic Staff, Hospital Unit, etc.)

3.  Four-Session Module on Science of Compassion in Clinical Practice:  This is a longitudinal program I created for residency programs that focuses on a practically useful understanding of compassionate care in clinical practice, interactive sessions on how compassionate caring is exemplified using a non-sentimental scientific understanding of compassion, the neuroscience of compassion and using it in difficult patient situations, and clinician self-care. 

4.  Six-Session Module on Science of Compassion in Clinical Practice with 6 Coaching Sessions:  Designed for Residency Programs or for Clinical Practices, this program provides training in the central aspects of applying the Science of Compassion to clinical practice, clinician self-care, as well as how to train other clinical staff in the most central practical aspects of science of compassion in clinical practice. 

5.  Intensive in Balanced Compassionate Caring Characteristics:  This intensive training program uses the science of compassion in medicine to understand and practically use the four components of the Balanced Compassionate Caring Model:  A) Attitudes for Balanced Compassionate Caring (7 factors); B) Practices and Behavioral Skills (9 factors); C) Spirituality or Philosophy of Caring in Self-Care Practices for Clinicians (4 factors); D) Organizational/Business/Systemic Factors that Make or Break the Clinician’s Compassion Mindset (4 factors).  

6.  Communication Skills Intensive:  This 10-week intensive (1 hour per week) focuses on practical patient communication skills that are typically not covered well in medical school or residency training. 

7.  Certification Program for Teaching/Training Science of Compassion in Medicine:  This program is currently being developed and will be announced in the summer of 2021.  

8. Retreats for Healthcare Professionals: Heroes Retreat at Notre Dame Kylemore Abbey in Ireland as respite for frontline healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.