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Healing Circle Training for Nurses

The Practice of Healing Circles: Applications in Nursing, Two-Day Training

Friday-Saturday, April 5-6, 2019 | 8:00am - 4:00pm

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Whether you are a nurse executive, bedside nurse, or team leader, this experiential training offers hands-on experience to integrate HEALING CIRCLES concepts into your personal or organizational Nursing Practice. HEALING CIRCLES offers a unique framework and structure around group experience that can be translated to leadership meetings, nursing units and the bedside. We are excited to bring the founding National Healing Circles Nurse-Leaders to the Greater Houston community of nurses.  This will be a unique opportunity to interact with this expert faculty.  We invite you to attend, along with leadership and staff from your institution.

8100 Greenbriar Dr.  Suite 300, Houston, Texas 77054

$245 | $125 for students
13 Nursing Contact Hours available*

Space is limited. Register Now!

Download the Program Flyer to forward or print and post at your institution.

The video below highlights the importance of HEALING CIRCLES in nursing practice.


Healing Circles for Nurses

CIRCLE Process is an ancient process that offers a unique framework for group experience. Through the practice of HEALING CIRCLES, nurses and others can create conditions for healing by providing a safe space that offers support, community and resources to promote healing. The root of the word “healing” is “to make whole.”  HEALING CIRCLES offers a structure and  learning community in which we expand our capacity to bring our wholeness into the healing process.  In so doing, there is an opportunity to decrease the social isolation and loneliness experienced in today’s healthcare environment – especially as reported by nurses.   Whether at the bedside, shift change, staff huddle or leadership meetings, the skills gained through HEALING CIRCLES experience may offer a return to the joy and renewed sense of purpose in our individual and collective nursing practice.   

In this two-day training, participants will experience generous listening and expand the capacity to explore and engage in personal healing.   We will explore such concepts and values as compassion, integrity, courage, trust-building, shared intention and leadership, collaborative action, generous listening and inquiry.  By increasing our capacity to bring our authentic selves to our practice, we bring those healing qualities to the bedside.  With continued support by workshop leaders, participants will take key learnings  back to their institutions to implement in ways that enhance practice for their colleagues and patients.  


At completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:


  • Discuss the important and relevance of HEALING CIRCLES in Nursing Practice

  • Compare difference between meeting in a CIRCLE and invoking a CIRCLE

  • List the components of a HEALING CIRCLE

  • Explore the implementation of HEALING CIRCLES in various healthcare environments

  • Demonstrate the practice of HEALING CIRCLES.

This workshop will enable nurses to Integrate HEALING CIRCLES into practice through:

  • Knowledge of HEALING CIRCLES values, agreements, roles, practices and formats of HEALING CIRCLES

  • Skills in speaking with intention, generous listening with compassion and curiosity, honoring individual choices and reflecting clearly.  A key skill, Listening with HEART (Healing, Energy, Awareness, Resiliency, Transformation) is an important skill for all areas on nursing. 

  • Demonstrate a spirit of authenticity, acceptance, abundance and generosity.

  • Practice in hosting a CIRCLE and participating in the CIRCLE process.

For questions or concerns, contact Susan Cooley, PhD, RN at or 713.446.1495

 * This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.   Approved to award 13 CNE through 9/11/2020 AHNA approval #1358.   Approval for contact hours through the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) is based on an assessment of the educational merit of this program and does not constitute endorsement of the use of any specific modality in the care of clients.

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