Greater Good Institute for Health Professionals Spring 2020

  • Venue: 1440 Multiversity
  • Date: May 1-3, 2020
  • Price: $2,350 (includes tuition, private room, and all meals); limited scholarships available and reduced rate for commuters
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This two-and-a-half day intensive training institute will provide health professionals with research-informed strategies to enhance purpose and manage emotional distress in their personal and occupational lives. You’ll come away with concrete, research-based tools you can implement—individually or in teams—to help you build your own resilience and better support and connect with your patients, clients, and colleagues.  

Priority application deadline is Jan. 31, 2020. For details, see "Registration Details" tab.

The institute will be led by Eve Ekman, Ph.D., Director of Training at the Greater Good Science Center, along with leaders in the health care field. The faculty of the institute will deliver presentations about the latest research, lead small group discussions exploring the implications and applications of that science, guide research-based activities for fostering social and emotional well-being, and provide in-depth instructions for mindfulness and meditation practices.

The institute will be organized around three main pillars of learning across the three days:

Day One: The Meaning and Purpose of Work in Health Care
Day Two: Building Personal Resilience: Mindfulness, Emotion Awareness, Self- Compassion
Day Three: Strengthening Connection and Communication: Empathy, Compassion, and Gratitude 

As an attendee, you will experience:

  • Presentations by leading experts on the cutting edge science of burnout causes, prevention, and triage.
  • Research-based small group activities that will foster positive emotions such as gratitude and compassion.
  • Guided practices of mindfulness and compassion, tailored by experienced facilitators for busy healthcare settings.
  • An experience of silent reflection and meditation in evenings and mornings.
  • The chance to practice new skills with case examples in small groups.
  • The acquisition of ready-to-share practices to use with colleagues, patients, and trainees.

The training will take place in a tranquil and naturally beautiful setting to encourage reflection and revitalization, supporting in-depth practices of mindfulness and compassion. An underlying goal is to inspire you to become an ambassador of meaning, purpose, compassion, and positive connection at work. This training is appropriate for those with no prior personal experience in these skills as well as for those looking to deepen their understanding and range of science-based activities for themselves and to share with patients, colleagues, and trainees.

13.25 CEs for psychologists, social workers, counselors/MFTs, chemical dependency counselors, educators, nurses, and occupational therapists. 13.25 CMEs for physicians.


  • 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

    Check In

  • 6:00 - 7:00

    Opening Dinner

  • 7:00 - 8:30

    Opening Keynote by Dacher Keltner and Eve Ekman: The Crisis in Health Care, the Value of Meaning, Prosocial Behaviors, and Compassion

  • 8:30 - 9:00

    Applied Mindfulness and Reflection on Meaning

  • 7:30 am - 9:00 am

    Breakfast and Optional Meditation

  • 9:00 - 10:00

    Elissa Epel speaks on the causes and conditions that lead to stress at the cellular level, and applying science-based tools for an improved quality of physical and mental health.

  • 10:00 - 10:30

    Guided experiential practice of social connection

  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Mid-morning Break

  • 11:00 - 12:00 pm

    Keynote by Eve Ekman: Unpacking Burnout and Emotional Awareness

  • 12:00 - 1:30


  • 1:30 - 2:30

    Group Activity and Lecture lead by Eve Ekman: Mapping Emotion Awareness in Medicine: Working with Anger, Fear, and Sadness in Medicine

  • 2:30 - 2:45


  • 2:45 - 3:45

    Rotating Breakout Sessions: Learning Stress Resilience with Elissa Epel, Building Sustainable Empathy with Jamil Zaki, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Health Equity Jyothi Marbin

  • 3:45 - 5:00

    Dacher Keltner and Leif Hass in conversation: Meaning and Kindness in Medicine

  • 5:00 - 7:00

    Break and Silent Dinner

  • 7:00 - 8:30

    Group Social Connection Activity

  • 7:30 am - 9:00am

    Breakfast and Optional Meditation

  • 9:00 - 10:00

    Jamil Zaki on Neuroscience of Empathy in Medicine

  • 10:00 - 11:00

    Rotating Breakout Sessions: Learning Stress Resilience with Elissa Epel, Building Sustainable Empathy Jamil Zak, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Health Equity with Jyothi Marbin

  • 11:00 - 11:15

    Mid-morning Break

  • 11:15 - 12:15 pm

    Jyothin Marbin on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Supporting Important Conversations for Health Care

  • 12:15 - 1:30


  • 1:30 - 2:30

    Rotating Breakout Sessions: Learning Stress Resilience with Elissa Epel, Building Sustainable Empathy with Jamil Zaki, and Diversity Equity and Inclusion and Health Equity with Jyothi Marbin

  • 2:30 - 3:30

    Small Group Planning for Imlpementation

  • 3:30 - 4:00

    Final Wrap Up

Attendees will be able to:

  • Identify specific and attainable sources of meaning and purpose at work. 
  • Explain how cultivating a sense of meaning and purpose can counteract the effects of stress and burnout.
  • Explain the difference between institutional sources of stress and burnout and individual levels of emotional distress at work.
  • Describe the key features of emotional awareness and how it applies to daily professional functioning.
  • Apply mindfulness to working with difficult emotions.
  • Explain how emotional intelligence and compassion practices can help them manage challenging encounters with patients and colleagues.
  • Practice using research-based activities to cultivate positive emotions such as gratitude and compassion, individually and in groups.
  • Eve Ekman, Ph.D., MSW

    Eve Ekman, Ph.D., MSW

    Eve Ekman, Ph.D., MSW, is the director of training at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center. She is a UC Berkeley- and UCSF-trained contemplative social scientist and teacher in the fields of emotional awareness and burnout prevention.

    Dr. Ekman’s trainings bring the science of happiness, resilience, compassion, mindfulness, and emotional awareness to individuals and organizations around the world. Her writing on empathy, burnout, and compassion has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, magazines, and books.

  • Dacher Keltner, Ph.D.

    Dacher Keltner, Ph.D.

    Dacher Keltner, Ph.D, is a founder of the Greater Good Science Center and its director. After receiving his Ph.D. from Stanford University, Dacher (rhymes with “cracker”) has devoted his career to studying the nature of human goodness, conducting ground-breaking research on compassion, awe, laughter, and love. He is also a leading expert on social intelligence, the psychology of power, and the emotional bases of morality. He has written more than 100 scientific papers and two best-selling textbooks, Social Psychology and Understanding Emotions. More recently, he is the author of the best-selling book Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, and a co-editor of the Greater Good anthology, The Compassionate Instinct.

    Dacher is an outstanding speaker who has received several national research and teaching awards. Wired has rated the podcasts of his “Human Emotion” course as one of the five best academic podcasts in the country. He has twice presented his research to His Holiness the Dalai Lama as part of a continuing dialogue between the Dalai Lama and scientists, and his work is featured regularly in major media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN, and NPR. In 2008, the Utne Reader named him as one of 50 visionaries who are changing our world.

  • Elissa Epel, Ph.D.

    Elissa Epel, Ph.D.

    Elissa Epel, Ph.D, is a Professor and Vice Chair at University of California, San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry.  She studies how chronic stress can impact biological aging (including telomeres) and metabolic health throughout the lifespan, and how biobehavioral and contemplative interventions may promote stress resilience and physiological thriving.  She also studies emotional and compulsive eating and effects of self regulation and environmental interventions on metabolic health. 

    Epel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, president of Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and co-chair of Mind and Life Institute Steering Council. She wrote “The Telomere Effect: A revolutionary approach to living younger, longer” with Liz Blackburn, a New York Times best seller.

  • Jyothi Marbin, M.D.

    Jyothi Marbin, M.D.

    Dr. Marbin is Associate Clinical Professor and Associate Residency Program Director (APD) of Pediatrics, Director of the Pediatrics Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) Residency Program and Director of Intern Selection for Pediatrics at UCSF. A graduate of the PLUS program, Dr. Marbin became its director in the program’s tenth year, and subsequently revised its vision, mission, goals and objectives, and developed a framework to evaluate its community projects. She teaches a health equity leadership curriculum and created a partnership with Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland (BCHO) to allow residents to participate in PLUS. In addition to clinical teaching at BCHO and ZSFG, Dr. Marbin teaches pediatricians to help parents and caregivers quit smoking through the Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE) program. On becoming Director of Intern Selection, she and her team revised the selection rubric, implemented anti-bias training for the committee, and revised the ranking meeting process, doubling the number of matching UIM (underrepresented in medicine) interns in the program.  

  • Jamil Zaki, Ph.D.

    Jamil Zaki, Ph.D.

    Jamil Zaki is an associate professor of psychology at Stanford University.  His research spans social influence, prosocial behavior, and especially empathy.  He has pioneered a new perspective on empathy as a learnable skill, and much of his work focuses on training individuals, groups, and organizations to empathize more effectively.

    Dr. Zaki received his BA in cognitive neuroscience from Boston University and his PhD in psychology from Columbia University, and conducted postdoctoral research at the Harvard Center for Brain Science.  He has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles and received numerous research and teaching awards, most recently including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

    In addition to his academic work, Dr. Zaki is active in outreach and public communication of science.  He has written about the psychology of empathy and related phenomena for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker.  His new book, The War for Kindness (Crown), focuses on building empathy under difficult circumstances. 

Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, 1440 Multiversity's 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley and is less than an hour away from San Jose International Airport.

1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. A unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience at 1440.

Continuing Education credit is co- sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

Accreditation –
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of SUNY Upstate Medical University and R. Cassidy Seminars.  SUNY Upstate Medical University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation – SUNY Upstate Medical University designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Policy – To ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all certified CME activity SUNY Upstate Medical University requires that all planners, faculty and individuals in a position to control content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships in any amount with commercial interest that might be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest. Detailed disclosures will be made in writing prior to speaker presentations.



R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 13.25 CE hours


NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005. (13.25) clock hours. Live in-person.


Social Workers

CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and other state Social Work Boards  for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers

NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0006. This program is approved for 13.25 contact hours. Live in-person.

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (13.25) clock hours, #RCST110701


Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists

CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and other state MFT and Counselor Licensing Boards for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Counselors/MFTs.

Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors and MFTs.

IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #113.258-0001.  (13.25) hours.

NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. (13.25) contact hours live in-person.

NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. (13.25) contact hours live in-person.

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (13.25) clock hours, #RCST110701

TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #13.251 13.25 CE hours.


Chemical Dependency Counselors

CA: Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0221 for (13.25) CEHs. CCAPP is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states

TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (13.25) hours general. Expires 3/31/2021.  Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 413.250, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 4713.25-7297.



TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 5056. This course is (13.25) CE Hours.



CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (13.25) contact hours.


Occupational Therapists

R. Cassidy Seminars is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider No. 6782. This course is offered for (13.25) CE Clock Hours (13.251 Clock Hour = .1 AOTA CEUs). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.


Disability Access: If you require ADA accommodations please contact the GGSC office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.


How to Apply

In order to register, you must first complete the online application form. Here are the key deadlines and milestones for registration:

  • January 31: Priority application deadline--people who submit their application before this date will receive the first offers of admission and be eligible for the Early Bird discount.
  • February 7: Priority/Early Bird applicants will be notified of their acceptance status and can officially register for the institute.
  • February 21: Deadline to pay in full with the Early Bird discount--i.e., People admitted to the institute will receive 15% off registration fees (a total discount of $112.50) if they pay in full by this date.
  • March 9: Registration balances due in full.
  • March 15: Application deadline. After this point, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and applicants will be placed as space allows.

Included with Registration

  • 2.5 days of training
  • Three days, two nights of accommodations at 1440 Multiversity, including use of their world-class facilities (on-campus registrants only)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at 1440 Multiversity, from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch
  • Web-based and printed materials
  • A certificate of completion from the Greater Good Science Center
  • 13.25 CE hours
  • A 50% discount on registration in the Greater Good Science Center's forthcoming self-paced online training for health professionals, which will launch in early 2020 and serve as a supplement to the in-person institute.

Who Should Apply

Health professionals who are interested in cultivating the skills of self-awareness, mindfulness, connection, and compassion--both for their own personal use and to share with patients, clients, and/or colleagues. This includes:

  • Physicians and residents
  • Nurses and nurse practitioners
  • Occupational and physical therapists
  • Mental health professionals, including psychologists, social workers, and marriage & family therapists


The cost per participant is $2,350 for on-campus attendees. This includes tuition, materials, room, and board in a tranquil, spacious setting at 1440 Multiversity. There is also a limited number commuter spaces available at a reduced fee. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangement to get to 1440, and for their own travel expenses.


The Greater Good Science Center is funded by donations and grants, not by financial support from the University of California, Berkeley. As such, we have limited funds available for scholarships and cannot offer full scholarships. Still, we do have funds available for a limited number of partial scholarships. You can indicate your request for a scholarship when you complete the application form for the institute.

Please note that UC Berkeley policy prohibits us from awarding scholarships for travel.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be submitted via email to Full refunds will be given for cancellations received by March 9, 2020. Due to program demand and pre-institute preparations, cancellations received after this date and no-shows are subject to the full program tuition. Please note: Cancellation fees are based upon the date the written request is received.

Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State Law, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, pregnancy/childbirth and medical conditions related thereto, disability, age, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran.

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