Being with Suffering: on Loss and Change

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As mental health and healthcare professionals we face the pain and suffering of loss every day—our client’s/patient’s pain and suffering, as well as our own. People who walk into our offices are struggling to understand and cope with some kind of loss—from a child getting onto the school bus for the first time to the dying & death of a beloved parent. Looking carefully, deeply enough we can see the interdependent relationship between loss and change. One doesn’t occur without the other: with change, even positive change, there is a kind of loss; with loss there is, of course, change.  And, our understanding of these inevitabilities and how we respond to them, with an awareness of their interconnectedness, greatly affect the experience and quality of our lives. 

In this workshop we will investigate, from a Buddhist perspective, ways of being with the inevitable pain of being fully human while also investigating ways of responding to the experience of pain that help or hinder the quality of our lives. Core Buddhist teachings will be presented in ways that can complement our psychotherapeutic/counseling approaches when counseling clients, providing us with a deeper understanding of “suffering” and the roots of suffering.  

We will read relevant Buddhist texts, participate in discussion, sit in meditation, and reflect individually and as a group on what we have learned from the workshop experience.  


Sally Bowden-Schiable, LCPC, ACCH Sally Bowden-Schiable is founder of LivingWell (2008) and was the coordinator from 2008-2018. She received her MS in Counseling from the University of Southern Maine, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with over 30 years of counseling experience and is nationally certified as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC).  read more…


  • 6 contact hours for nurses, psychologists, social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors and alcohol and drug counselors, continuing health education specialists, corrections and behavioral health professionals. Contact hours pending for licensed alcohol and drug counselors 


Check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. 

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