What Happens in Vegas Awakens You in Vegas:
Mindful Leadership Skills for Nephrology Social Workers

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Course Director: Gary Petingola, MSW, RSW
Session 420, 3.75 clock hours

Target Audience:
Designed for Nephrology Social Workers (those who are formal leaders and those who are quiet leaders) of all expert levels (novice, experienced, seasoned) and in all nephrology practice settings.

Course Description:
Mindfulness Meditation is a powerful tool that can help to instill feelings of calmness, improved concentration and focus, a general sense of well-being, less reactivity, reduced anxiety, improved sleep, and increased compassion for oneself and for others. Mindfulness meditation can facilitate resilience amidst full-time job responsibilities and employee, patient, and public demands. This half-day course blends both Indigenous and Buddhist teachings and explores the intersection of mindfulness training and some of the key qualities of great leaders -- clarity, compassion, creativity, and focus. It invites Nephrology Social Workers, those who are formal leaders and those who are quiet leaders, to notice the auto-pilot, habituated reactivity that is often a part of our professional lives. One then cultivates the mental discipline of mindfulness to be more consistently present, an essential requirement for optimal leadership.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Increase understanding of mindfulness as it relates to leadership in nephrology social work practice
  • Apply mindfulness meditation practice in personal and professional domains
  • Recognize the tell-tale signs of slipping into the "sacrifice syndrome" and implement strategies for renewal
  • Integrate the Indigenous teachings of the Seven Grandfathers and the Four Noble Truths for enhanced leadership


Time Topic

8:00am – 8:30am

Introduction to Day

8:30am – 9:00am

A Definition of Mindfulness and 7 Pillars

9:00am – 9:15am

Mindfulness and Social Work

9:15am – 9:30am

Auto Pilot and Ineffective Leadership

9:30am – 10:00am

The Sacrifice Syndrome and Renewal

10:00am – 10:15am


10:15am – 10:45am

Indigenous Teachings of the 7 Grandfathers and the Four Noble Truths - Leadership Lessons

10:45am – 11:00am

The Aikido of Mindful Communication

11:00am – 12:00pm

Mindfulness Practice

Required: Separate registration fee of $60 for NKF Members, $75 for Non-Members. Includes syllabus, light breakfast, and CE credits. Participation is limited, so register early.

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