Goals & Outcomes
1. Ideas to Live With
This curriculum offers a lens through which to approach the issues that arise in our practice. It is not meant to serve as an ideology one must accept; it is helpful and necessary that participants bring themselves into the conversation.
We will lay out the pitfalls and hazards common to this differently-boundaried and open-ended work — moments to keep an eye out for as you move with clients over time. Where things are blurry, it is your job to be honest and to seek clarity on the client’s behalf as well as your own.
3. Orienting to Health
When someone is in a state of “health” it does not mean they have healed from an illness or are not experiencing discomfort or distress; rather, it implies a harmony with living, and a capacity to experience beauty, humor, and amazement alongside sorrow and exasperation.
4. Palliative Care as an Aesthetic Practice
In general, we follow the feeling. The word “aesthetics” is often misunderstood. Aesthetic experiences, or sensory experiences, bring us into our bodies, grant us degrees of nuance and ways of tuning-in and receiving life. We aim to feel alive. For many reasons, the aesthetic dimension is ripe for therapeutic development.
A beautiful and effective response to suffering of any kind is to make meaning from it. But, what if you can’t find anything meaningful? We aim to cultivate an affinity for reality in our clients that includes plenty of space for meaninglessness.