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resilient leader

Now more than ever, the systems and people working within healthcare are close to collapse. Only through resilient, agile and wise leadership, can we be the difference we want to make – and that starts with the individual. Focusing on a leadership challenge of your choice, you’ll explore practical ways to reframe challenges, work with paradoxes, influence others and realize goals. You’ll also learn resilience practices, breathing exercises, zazen meditation, ways to manage energy, and how to apply all this to your team or system.

  • Find a “new you” capable of thriving in a chaotic system.
  • Know where you can make a difference. Reconnect with purpose and reframe challenges into opportunities.
  • Learn to shift between four modes of leadership.
  • Develop daily resilience practices including breathing exercises and zazen meditation.
  • Apply and customise practices and learnings to your workplace.

The disruption of these times is nowhere more evident than in healthcare where systems and people are often at the brink of breakdown or burnout. This is where leadership matters greatly and leaders who are resilient, agile and wise can make a world of difference. The HEAL program develops and fortifies more of them.

Participants are asked to come with a leadership challenge to address during the program.  They’re also encouraged, though not required, to attend in colleague pairs to enhance application of learnings afterwards.

The program is set in a rich, experiential learning environment. No prior meditation or physical training experience is required.


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the HEAL program and SSM Health. SSM Health is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

ACCME – physicians    
SSM Health designates this live activity for maximum of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 
 Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their
 participation in the activity.

ANCC – nurses
SSM Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 25.0 ANCC contact hours.


  • Practical ways to lead in disruptive times and move forward on challenges
  • Concrete practices such as breathing exercises, meditation, and managing energy to apply personally and share with one’s team/system
  • Discernment of one’s leadership patterns and agility to shift into any of 4 essential modes of leadership as needed
  • Greater resilience, centeredness, energy, presence, and access to one’s power
  • Behavioral shifts that bring vision to reality
  • Powerful, direct experience of a program that can be customized and brought into one’s system

PLUS: discussions and personalized coaching around challenges in healthcare and what leaders can do.


HEAL 1 – serial course

Begins September 18, 8:00 amEnds October 23, 10:00 amOnline Serialized Program – US Central Time Zone

Our HEAL Series explores Zen leadership through the lens of healthcare. You’ll learn how to sustainably thrive and be a force for positive change in your patients, practices and systems.

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HEAL 1 – weekend workshop

Begins October 21, 7:00 pmEnds October 24, 12:00 pmOnline – US Central Time Zone

Awaken the Zen Leader In You. Your leadership will never be the same.

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HEAL 2 – Weekend Workshop Fall 2021

Begins November 18, 7:00 pmEnds November 21, 12:00 pmOnline – US Central Time Zone

HEAL 2 is where we work at removing fear, first in ourselves and then helping others. We’ll trace the roots of fear and share several ways to overcome it, along with skills to resolve conflict, empower others and deepen relationships.

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HEAL 3 – weekend workshop (Online/US)

Begins January 27 2022, 7:00 pmEnds January 30 2022, 12:00 pmOnline – US Central Time Zone

The final course in the HEAL Series equips you with the physical condition to face challenging situations with resilience, joy and a sense of abundance. You’ll deepen your resourcefulness for realizing desired shifts in your practice, clinic, or system. We’ll guide you in taking on a transformation project of your choice, where you apply all the “flips” and practices you’ve learned with support from instructors and peer coaches.

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