Care for the Whole Professional

Care for Yourself and Others

The Care for the Whole Professional series seeks to enact the Jesuit value of “cura personalis” to create a restorative space for professionals to better flourish. We hope to provide a variety of restorative formats including retreat-like experiences and practical mindfulness-based education, like some of our upcoming offerings below. If you are interested in providing a tailored workshop or retreat (including credit-bearing offerings) for your group or colleagues, do feel free to contact us. We look forward to caring for you, so we may better care for others.

Realizing Growth Through Burnout: Ignatian Spirituality in a Culture of Stress

The sources of burnout are many and varied such as: lack of control, unfairness, work overload, breakdown of community, loss of meaning etc. Being well equipped in order to successfully handle these storms in our personal and/or professional life, is the key.

In this multi-day workshop series we will explore and work on the 4 cornerstones of our wellbeing: focus, positive self-talk, connection and meaning. Our approach to this topic also includes an infusion of Ignatian spirituality.

Workshops facilitated by Dr. Erika Prijatelj and Dr. Tone Svetelj. Learn more about the workshops and the facilitators below.

Workshop 1: Overcoming Distractibility

Staying focused in the era of digital distractions is a big challenge in our society. Moreover, it is not just the distraction itself but also a post-distraction period, which obliterate chunks of our life. Both distraction and post-distraction prevent us from being present to ourselves, to others and from having a satisfied life.

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Workshop 4: Deepening Life Meaning and Purpose

It is easy to live life as it comes (and goes); it is an art to appreciate and savor the precious gift of everyday. When we have purpose and meaning in life we become much more serene, effective and fulfilled. Our life has direction and hope. The workshop will help us to explore and deepen our purpose and meaning, which will open us to a new personal and spiritual integration that can energize both the process and the outcome.

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Workshop 2: Cultivating Positive Self-Talk

Consistent negative self-talk can lead to unnecessary tension and anxiety in addition to shame and depression. We don’t have to fall victim to it. We can learn how to change our way of thinking, reframe the situations and create ‘new positive programs’ in our brains. With awareness and some proven working strategies, that we will learn in the workshop, we will become better equipped to change our thinking patterns and increase our level of liveliness!

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Dr. Erika Prijatelj

Dr. Erika Prijatelj is a professor and coach who focuses her work on integration of psychology and theology, the combination of which she studied, taught and practiced in the USA, Canada and in various European countries. She wrote numerous scientific and professional articles as well as three books on topics such as self-identities, scapegoating, actualization of human vital strengths and the impact of high stress on relationships.

Workshop 3: Moving from Loneliness to Connection

Loneliness has a nick name: ‘the silent killer’. It slowly destroys people because it is a serious risk factor for assorted health problems, early death, as well as anxiety, depression and addiction. There is also a stigma attached to loneliness; this is why people have a hard time to admit it. In our workshop, we will view loneliness as a survival mechanism that drives us toward the benefits of human companionship. We will look at the different faces of loneliness and focus on creative paths to connecting.

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Dr. Tone Svetelj

As a Professor of Philosophy and Religious studies at Hellenic College and currently an Adjunct Professor at Boston College, as a Psychosynthesis coach and Yoga instructor, Dr. Tone Svetelj looks for positive aspects in our world, both in his teaching and coaching. His professional research focuses on the rediscovery of intellectual and spiritual treasures of the past and non-Western traditions, evaluating them from the latest discoveries in the human sciences.

Customizable Care for the Whole Professional Offerings

Take a (Deep) Breath: Stress Neuro & Mindfulness (in Christian Tradition)

Format: Online Workshop

Presenter: Mookie Manalili

“Take a breath, deeply… inhale, pause, exhale…” What skills can we develop in order to better serve others as clinicians, therapists, teachers, and professionals? How does stress, be it physical or psychological, affect our embodiment? What does the wisdom from the depth of traditions, both scientific and spiritual, have to say about mindfulness skills?

As care-giving and education-oriented professionals, we must be mindful in the ways we carry burdens, in order to be proper change agents to those we serve. During this “Care for the Whole Professional” brief workshop, we invite you take a pause before the holiday season and amidst the chaos of our current world. 

Burnout And Rejuvenation: Inner Balance For Mental Health Clinicians

Format: Online Workshop Series

Presenters: Erika Prijatelj and Tone Stevelj

Mental health care professionals (psychologists, counsellors, social workers, and many others) often work in an environment that leads to “burnout.” This includes  high-level intensity, time constraints, competing demands, lack of control over the work process, and sometimes conflicting roles and relationships with leadership. The recent pandemic has additionally increased the intensity of helplessness, sense of inefficiency, and inability to shut off the therapeutic role. Focusing on other people’s problems can lead mental health providers to lose track of their own personal well-being and that of their families.

"Realizing Growth Through Burnout": Culture Of Stress And The Search For Meaning

Format: Online Workshop

Presenters: Erika Prijatelj and Tone Stevelj

Burnout (both meaning burnout and caring burnout) with all its multidimensional symptoms (such as fatigue, frustration, disengagement, stress, helplessness, hopelessness, emotional drain and cynicism) is an opportunity for growth, especially on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels. This workshop creates a space where one can bridge the gap between their current and desired situations.

The university looks to the total development of people—intellectual, artistic, moral, religious—and to the issues of values, both personal and social. In what ways, we might ask, do our institutions contribute to the forming of the values which underlie social issues and community programs?
Father Pedro Arrupe, SJ