Course Offerings

4/27: Introduction to Contemplative Care 

Introduction to Contemplative Care:  A Palliative Care Workshop on Spiritual Care

Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN
Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell

Friday, April 27: 10 am - 1 pm

New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
119 W. 23rd Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
Suite 401
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Registration: 3 CEU Credit Hours
General: $60
Wurzweiler Alumni and Wurzweiler Field Instructors: $45
Students (with ID): $25

How do we ensure that as a society, we are aware of the changing needs and are taking action to care for the most vulnerable among us? This experiential workshop provides an introduction to caring for older adults, and those facing serious illness and the end-of-life from a Zen Buddhist perspective. The NY Zen Center for Contemplative Care is the first Zen-based organization to offer fully accredited ACPE clinical chaplaincy training in America. NYZCCC delivers contemplative approaches to care through education, direct service, and meditation practice. The workshop promotes an understanding of this innovative approach to spiritual care as a complement to hospice, palliative, and health care social work, and can lead to more advanced study at the Zen Center.

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About the Speakers

Paley Ellison

Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. He is the academic advisor for the Buddhist students in the Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling program at NYZCCC’s education partner, New York Theological Seminary. He has served as the co-director of Contemplative Care Services for the Department of Integrative Medicine and as the chaplaincy supervisor for the Pain and Palliative Care Department at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, where he also served on the Medical Ethics Committee. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Arizona Medical School’s Center for Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship, and he is a visiting professor at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, of the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston Medical School. Paley Ellison is a dynamic, original, and visionary leader and teacher. Koshin is the co-editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End of Life Care (Wisdom Publications, 2016). His six years of training at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association, as well as clinical contemplative training at both Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Medical Center, culminated in his role as an ACPE Certified Educator, chaplain, and Jungian psychotherapist. He began his formal Zen training in 1987, and he is a recognized Soto Zen Teacher by the American Zen Teachers Association, White Plum Asanga, and Soto Zen Buddhist Association.

Robert Campbell

Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and is a co-developer of the Foundations in Contemplative Care Training Program. Chodo is part of the core faculty for the Buddhist Track in the Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling at NYZCCC’s education partner, New York Theological Seminary. He teaches in the University of Arizona Medical School’s Center for Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship. Chodo is a dynamic, earthy, and visionary leader and teacher, and has travelled extensively in the U.S. and globally, bearing witness to the suffering of HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe and South Africa. His public programs have introduced thousands to the practices of mindful and compassionate care of the living and dying. 30,000 people listen to his podcasts each year. His passion lies in bereavement counseling and advocating for change in the way our healthcare institutions work with the dying.  He is a Senior Soto Zen priest and Soto Zen Teacher.