Session 6: Enhancing Compassion as a Way to Resilient Well-Being through the Mindful Viewing of Films
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”
– Helen Keller
Compassion has been defined by Paul Gilbert as “a sensitivity to suffering in self and others with a commitment to try to alleviate and prevent it.” Further, the Dalai Lama has observed, “Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.” Clinician well-being is essential for safe, high-quality patient care. This seminar aims at a mindfulness experience through viewing 5 feature films from the U.S., Mexico, Japan, and Germany in which inspiring characters embody compassion as a way to resilient well-being for the purpose of renewing these qualities in the lives of the seminar participants and in our work with patients. On each of the 5 mornings, 1 film is shown via Blu-ray video projection and 6 loudspeakers with an introduction and centering process to begin the session and processing after the film focusing on the participant's own experience of the movie including silent reflection, journaling, dyadic sharing, and group discussion. Supplementary optional films (non-CME) will be shown on 2 evenings. Films take on an exquisite cumulative power when shown over 5 days at the DCSI in a group setting that is truly remarkable and unforgettable.
This advanced seminar is geared to mental health and health professionals.
Participants who engage in this educational intervention will be able to:
- Develop skills of identifying how film characters embody compassion as a way to resilient well-being so as to identify these strengths in themselves and in their patients.
- Develop skills and practice techniques of viewing of films from a mindfulness perspective in which inspiring characters embody compassion as a way to resilient well-being for the purpose of renewing these qualities in their lives.
- Understand the essential role of developing compassion as a way to resilient well-being.
- Learn to help patients view films from a mindfulness perspective in which inspiring characters embody compassion as a way to resilient well-being for the purpose of renewing these qualities in patients’ lives.
Monday: “City Lights” (1931, 1’ and 27”, directed by Charles Chaplin)
Monday evening: Optional film (non-CME) “The Flowers of St. Francis” (1950, 1’ and 25”, directed by Roberto Rossellini and co-written by Federico Fellini)
Tuesday: “Roma” (2018, 2’ and 15”, directed by Alfonso Cuarón)
Wednesday: (session ends at 1:15pm) “Red Beard” (1965, 3’ and 5”, directed by Akira Kurosawa)
Thursday: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” (2018, 1’ and 35”, directed by Morgan Neville)
Thursday evening: Optional film (non-CME) “The Last Dalai Lama?” (2016, 1’ and 22”, directed by Mickey Lemle)
Friday: “Bagdad Café” (1987, 1’ and 35”, directed by Percy Adlon)
Francis G. Lu, MD, is the Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Emeritus, at the University of California, Davis. As a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Dr. Lu has contributed to the areas of cultural psychiatry, psychiatric education, film and psychiatry, and psychiatry/religion/spirituality. In 2008, the Association for Academic Psychiatry awarded him its Lifetime Achievement in Education Award. The APA awarded him a Distinguished Service Award in 2020 as well as the American College of Psychiatrists in 2021. In 2020, the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award. Since 1987, he has led/co-led 36 film seminars at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA, described at http://gratefulness.org/resource/healing-films/ Since 2013, he has led 7 film seminars at DCSI.
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians
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The Medical College of Wisconsin designates each week-long session of this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM and each two-day session for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Hours of Participation for Allied Health Professionals
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates each week-long session of this live activity for up to 15.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals and each two-day session a maximum of 4.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.
Psychology CE Credit Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Medical College of Wisconsin maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
This activity contains content or processes that may be potentially stressful. MCW's Psychology Continuing Education Grievance Policy.
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