Healthcare & Social Services

​Healthcare and social service providers face deep challenges, struggling to meet expanding needs against a backdrop of shrinking resources and high rates of burn-out. From doctors to social workers to hospice staff, civic reflection offers medical and social service providers the opportunity to think about the meaning of their work in new ways, explore fundamental questions about service, commitment, and leadership, and reassess their approach to patient and client care.

CIVIC REFLECTION IN HEALTHCARE & SOCIAL SERVICES
CIVIC REFLECTION IN HEALTHCARE & SOCIAL SERVICES

Benefits:

  • Increased capacity to work effectively with colleagues and the people they serve

  • Improved approach to patient and client care

  • Increased job satisfaction -- with 70% of participants saying that civic reflection improved their work experience and increased their commitment to their work

View impact case studies that detail CCR's work with hospitals, hospice centers and healthcare and social service groups.

What People Are Saying

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Reading poems and short stories and literature... is not something I pursue regularly and so it’s really mind-opening for me to do this in a very intentional way. It opens me up to different kinds of thinking, which is helpful for us because oftentimes in medicine we tend to be more analytical and less reflective.

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--Fellow, Hospital

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The more supported I feel in what I’m doing, the more available I am to my patients and families. If I’m feeling a lot of internal distress, I think that there’s no way that that doesn’t impact my presence with people. So in that way [civic reflection] has been very supportive, and I’ve often taken it with me for days and thought about it again.

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--Chaplain, Hospice

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Reflective Reading serves as a reminder to be flexible and open… one opening exercise we used was ‘Describe a ritual for yourself.’ Mine was trying to remember to hold the door open when transport is bringing in a patient—and not just to rush through. I’ve started doing that… the ritual is about being present.

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--Physician

Stroger Hospital