This new 24-hour retreat builds on Boston College’s established expertise in formative programs by bringing experts in nursing, theology, philosophy, education, psychology, and social work to lead a cohort of twenty-five healthcare workers in sustained reflection about vocation, meaning, and purpose in their lives. Taking time away from “normal” life by “retreating,” even short distances away, offers unique antidotes to the effects of burnout and new opportunities for reflection and solidarity. Participants will engage in a structured program of reflection and conversation while also having social and personal time in the beautiful setting of the BC’s Connors Center in Dover, Massachusetts.
Healthcare professionals live out their vocations as healers and patient advocates in a uniquely stressful context. Increasing pressures across the healthcare industry to speed patient interactions and increase administrative work have joined the inherent stressors of caring for sick and dying patients to produce new levels of burnout among physicians, nurses, therapists, and social workers.
The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified these stressors while adding additional layers of concern about physical safety and self-care. As a result, burnout among healthcare professionals in this country is widely described as a public health crisis that not only affects the mental health of the workers themselves but also degrades the quality and effectiveness of the care delivered across the entire system. The goal of this 24-hour retreat is to help participants better care for themselves so they can better care for others.
This weekend program offers participants an opportunity to:
Taking time away from “normal” life by “retreating,” even short distances away, offers unique antidotes to the effects of burnout and new opportunities for reflection and solidarity.
Bridging the fields of religious ethics, political philosophy, and education, Erik Owens' research explores a variety of intersections between religion and public life, with particular attention to issues of citizenship in global contexts and the challenge of fostering the common good in religiously diverse societies. Owens teaches interdisciplinary courses on ethics and religion in international politics, religion in American public life (including religion in public schools), and political theologies of citizenship.
A Boston College philosophy professor, Kerry Cronin is also associate director of the Morrissey College's Perspectives Program, a multi-year core program that offers courses for students who want to develop integrated answers to life's enduring questions. Inspired by the Jesuit tradition of providing a humanist context for professional and scientific education, Perspectives courses seek to educate the whole person and help students develop skills in critical thinking and practical living. Cronin is also a Fellow at BC's Center for Student Formation.
David Goodman is passionate about developing creative spaces for bringing together fields that seek to address human identity, suffering, and potential. Whether through conference building, interdisciplinary scholarship, curriculum development, or in his courses, Goodman commits himself to impacting the very language we employ while making sense of and responding to the Other. As an Associate Professor of the Practice in both the Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology department and Morrissey's Philosophy department, Goodman consistently attempts to bridge worlds and invite dialogue.