Greater Good Institute for Health Professionals

The application window for our Fall 2019 Institute has closed, but we are now accepting applications for our Spring 2020 Institute.


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, including Dr. Christophe Gimmler of Stanford School of Medicine, Dr. Leif Hass of Alta Bates and UCSF, and Uvinie Lubecki of the leadership consulting firm Leading Through Connection. 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.

14 CEs for psychologists, social workers, counselors/MFTs, chemical dependency counselors, educators, nurses, and occupational therapists. 14 CMEs for physicians.

The total registration cost will depend on the types of accommodations you select, ranging from $1,450 to $2,150, including all meals, snacks, and housing for 2.5 days. Final applications due July 29, 2019.

  • 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

    Check In

  • 6:00 - 7:30

    Opening Dinner

  • 7:30 - 9:30

    Opening Keynote: “The Science and Practice of Meaning, Purpose, and Connection in Health Care”

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am

    Breakfast and Optional Walk/Movement

  • 9:00 - 10:30

    Developing Inner Resources: The Neuroscience of Mindfulness and Compassion

  • 10:30 - 11:00


  • 11:00 - 12:00 pm

    Unpacking Burnout, Vicarious Trauma, and Resilience

  • 12:00 - 1:30


  • 1:30 - 2:30

    The Science of Emotions and Developing Emotional Awareness

  • 2:30 - 2:45


  • 2:45 - 3:45

    Group Activity: Mapping Emotional Awareness

  • 3:45 - 5:00

    Working with Challenging Emotions at Work

  • 5:00 - 7:00

    Break and Dinner

  • 7:00 - 8:30

    Recap of the Day with Q&A

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am

    Breakfast and Optional Walk/Movement

  • 9:00 - 9:45

    Identifying and Working with Obstacles to Empathy

  • 9:45 - 10:30

    Inner Values, Compassionate Candor, and Overcoming Conflict

  • 10:30 - 11:00


  • 11:00 - 12:00 pm

    Compassion and Gratitude in the Practice of Medicine

  • 12:00 - 1:30


  • 1:30 - 2:15

    The Science of Cultivating Connection, Joy, and Awe

  • 2:15 - 2:30

    Short Break

  • 2:30 - 3:30

    Bringing Daily Practices for Individual and Group Learning Back to Your Work

  • 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.
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    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.


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    Christophe Gimmler, MD LMFT

    Christophe is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stanford’s School of Medicine, practicing and teaching as a former chief hospitalist and current outpatient general internist at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System. Christophe concurrently practices as a licensed psychotherapist in the community, with over 5 years experience in individual, couples, and group work, and specializes in health care trainee and provider clientele. From his experience at the intersection of medicine and psychotherapy, he has developed  the central resiliency curriculum for Stanford Medical School clinical medical students as well as the Stanford Internal Medicine Residency. Christophe leads Balint groups and teaches intrapersonal and interpersonal resiliency skills with attending physicians, nursing, and social work staff at Stanford, VA Palo Alto, as well as academic and private health care organizations around the Bay Area.

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    Uvinie Lubecki

    Uvinie Lubecki is the Founder & CEO of Leading Through Connection, where she trains leaders in compassionate leadership. She has worked with senior leaders and teams at leading corporations and nonprofits including Macy’s, Johnson & Johnson, Celgene, Collective Health, Pachamama Alliance, and Setting Scoliosis Straight. Previously, she accumulated diverse leadership experiences for ten years in the health care sector, from management consulting for health systems at Deloitte Consulting, to incubating patient care and telehealth startups at Aetna, and as part of the executive team for RelayHealth, a business unit within McKesson. While at McKesson, she discovered the power of mindfulness and compassion when practically applied to leadership behaviors. She left to join Dalai Lama Fellows, where she translated secular values, such as compassion, and meditation practices from the Fourteenth Dalai Lama into a leadership curriculum. She holds a BA in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University and a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University.  

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    Leif Hass, MD

    Leif Hass, MD, is a family medicine doctor and hospitalist at Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, as well as a clinical instructor with UCSF. He works to bring research on mindfulness practices and prosocial emotions into patient care and the health care delivery system. He also advises the Greater Good Science Center on health care.

The Marconi Conference Center offers miles of well-maintained walking trails with expansive views of Tomales Bay and Point Reyes around every turn. There are many state and national parks in West Marin, but Marconi’s facilities offer a unique opportunity to lodge within the park grounds in comfortable, well-appointed rooms. Participants will stay at Marconi for both nights of the institute and eat all their meals there.

You’ll cherish the natural beauty and tranquility at Marconi—it feels like stepping into another world. Yet it's still only about an hour from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Sonoma & Napa wine country, and the East Bay. It is only six miles north of the historic village of Point Reyes Station and 40 minutes south of Bodega Bay. 

Travel Information:

The Marconi Conference Center is accessible from both San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Oakland International Airport (OAK).

In addition to general rental car or ride share options available at these airports, Marconi Conference Center recommends the following: 

● Marin Airporter (415) 256-8830
● Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation (877) 969-2750
● Black Tie Transportation (800) 445-0444
● Marin Door-to-Door (415) 457-2717
● Pure Luxury Transportation (800) 626-5466

Airport shuttle companies provide regular service to/from San Rafael, Novato and Petaluma only. For schedules and fares contact Marin Airporter, or Airport Express.

Upon acceptance to the GGIHP, Greater Good Science Center will provide an opportunity for attendees who are interested to connect regarding carpooling, and maps from several local cities and SFO will be provided.

Continuing education 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 14AMA 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.

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. 14CE 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. (14) clock hours.

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 14contact hours. Live in-person

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (14) 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, #1148-0001.  (14) hours.

OH:Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (14) clock hours, #RCST110701

TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #141 14 CE hours.

Chemical Dependency Counselors 

CA: Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0221 for (14) 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, (14) hours general. Expires 3/31/2020.  Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 4140, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 4714-7297.


TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 5056. This course is (14) CE Hours.


CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (14) contact hours

Occupational Therapists

R. Cassidy Seminars is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider No. 6782. This course is offered for (14) CE Clock Hours (141 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.


The application window for our Fall 2019 Institute has closed, but we are now accepting applications for our Spring 2020 Institute.


How to Apply

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

  • June 7: 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.
  • June 14: Priority/Early Bird applicants will be notified of their acceptance status and can officially register for the institute.
  • June 30: 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 the cost of registration if they pay in full by this date.
  • July 29: Application deadline. After this point, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants will be placed as space allows.

Included with Registration

  • 2.5 days of training
  • Two nights of accommodations at the Marconi Conference Center
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee/tea, and snacks at Marconi, from Thursday dinner through Saturday lunch
  • Web-based and printed materials
  • A certificate of completion from the Greater Good Science Center
  • 14 CE hours; 14 CME 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 ranges from $1,450 to $2,150, depending on the accomodation type. This includes tuition, materials, room, and board in a tranquil, spacious setting at the Marconi Conference Center on Tomales Bay. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangement to get to Marconi, 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 up to 60 days prior to the start of the program. Due to program demand and pre-institute preparations, cancellations received 31-60 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of 10% of the program tuition. Cancellations received within 30 days prior to the start of the program 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.