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CEU Retreats for Health Care Professionals

Create Well-Being in your Life and Work

 Content Choices

  • Burnout, Stress, Emotions and Emotional Regulation

  • Compassion and Self-Compassion

  • Mindfulness 

  • Awe

  • Neuroscience Evidence

  • Mindful Communication

  • Setting Healthy Boundaries in Caregiving​

Sustainable Wellness Practices to Enhance Everyday Life:

  • Guided Meditation

  • Yoga

  • Nature Walk

  • Breath Awareness

  • Stillness and Reflection

  • Inquiry

  • Storytelling

  • Journaling 

  • Creative exploration

Upcoming Events

About HeartsGrowth

Arlene and Cheryl offer a breadth of knowledge, experience, and wisdom that supports compassionate self-reflection in a safe environment where you create your individual well-being toolbox.  

Cheryl D. Pierson

Cheryl D. Pierson, PT, MS works with the Kaiser Permanente Neuro Physical Therapy Residency and is an avid community volunteer. Her health care roles include clinician, manager, educator, researcher & consultant. Her teaching is enriched by her studies at the School of Lost Borders and her beliefs in the healing quality of nature and community service. She is pursuing certification as a Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher through UCSD Center for Mindfulness with Kristen Neff & Christopher Germer. 

    Arlene McCarthy
    PT, DPT, RYT 500

    Arlene McCarthy, PT, DPT is a board certified neurologic physical therapist with extensive experience as a clinician, leader, teacher, mentor, and consultant.  Arlene is also trained as a yoga instructor at the 500 hour level and has a holistic and integrative approach to health.  She is the current Director of the Kaiser Permanente Neuro Physical Therapy Residency, and is a part-time  faculty member at the UCSF/SFSU PT program.  She is interested in the role of compassion in healthcare and is studying at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. 


      "Thank you very much for the special course. Since I got out of PT school, my typical con ed courses have been focused on learning skills and treatment techniques to be a more efficient and productive therapist. For a change, I had a great opportunity to learn about why and how I need to take care of myself to take care of my patients better. Initially, it was difficult for me to switch gears, but the more I think about this approach, it makes more sense. I have been gradually applying it since the course and know that it will benefit my patients and myself. Both the content of the course and the location were excellent."

      KY 2019

      "I found my time at the "Have a Heart" course to be an opportunity to revisit practices that provide the foundation for calmness, resilience, and living each day with purpose. I've known Cheryl and Arlene to be exceptional clinicians, and now to witness their bridge of living their own lives with intention and bringing this quality to other therapists and patients is truly inspirational."

      BCG 2019

      " I  had the opportunity to attend the heartsGROWTH retreat at the right time-before I caved in to burnout.    I was hoping to rekindle my inner peace of being OK with everything.  I found much more.  The course provided me with self-care and compassion strategies. During one of the exercises, I realigned with the purpose of my life.  I left feeling invigorated and at peace!  I highly recommend the course for providers experiencing burnout syndrome or simply frazzled with things going on in life/work"

                                                                                                            PO 2020

      Arlene and Cheryl were fantastic in their presentation online and made it very lively and interactive! Kudos to them for making this topic interesting and thought provoking and for giving ideas for promoting clinician wellness. Finally. Thank you for stepping forward with this education for California PT CEUs. 

                                               PT attendee CPTA online course 6/5/21    


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