Greater Good Institute for Health Professionals Spring 2020

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.  

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.

CE/CME information coming soon. (Please note for reference that our previous Institute for Health Professionals was approved for 14 CE/CME credit hours.)


  • 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.

  • Dr. Jyothi Marbin

    Dr. Jyothi Marbin

    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. 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.

More details on CMEs and CE credit hours coming soon. (Our previous Institute for Health Professionals was approved for 14 CE/CME credit hours.)

How to Apply

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

  • December 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.
  • January 10: Priority/Early Bird applicants will be notified of their acceptance status and can officially register for the institute.
  • January 31: Deadline for non-refundable $500 deposit to hold priority registration spot OR 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.
  • February 21: 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
  • CE or CME hours to be confirmed soon
  • 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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