Stress Resilience and Burnout Prevention Programs
for Healthcare Teams

How are your healthcare providers holding up?

Those who dedicate themselves to caring for others shouldn’t have to suffer from burnout and anxiety.
Support your team with proven mindfulness practices.

What would happen if your providers felt more supported, resilient, and engaged in their work, rather than stretched too thin and on the edge of burnout?

Our healthcare system is facing huge challenges.

The stress of COVID-19, the rapidly changing landscape of healthcare, high employee turnover, and frustrations with electronic medical records are among the factors placing monumental burdens on healthcare providers. 

Add in the urgency of caring for others in pain, the pressure to be perfect, persistent distractions, and expectations for multi-tasking, and it’s a recipe for anxiety and an increase in error rates.

tired medical worker doctor after taking a large number of patients due to the epidemic of coronavirus

It doesn’t have to be this way.

How can healthcare providers cope in the age of “continuous partial attention” and the demands of strained systems and global pandemics? 

Answers may lie in the emerging field of neuroscience. Research shows that mindfulness training is one of the best ways to alter the brain for improved attention, clarity, and compassion towards self and others.  

A growing body of research suggests that mindfulness in organizations provides many benefits, including:

  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Greater employee engagement
  • Higher morale
  • Improved productivity
  • Lower turnover

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is intentionally paying attention to our moment-to-moment experience with an attitude of curiosity and acceptance. This capacity to be aware of our thoughts, emotions, and body sensations with kind awareness allows us to be more responsive to ourselves and others as we move through our days.

While we have a long history of partnering with healthcare organizations, it was in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic that we saw a need to support them with courses that could fit into their demanding schedules.

“Healthcare has never been an easy field, and the pandemic has brought with it additional stress. Mindfulness has given me the ability to experience emotions without getting lost in them and to be in the present moment rather than running on autopilot. It has been invaluable to my personal and professional life, and I 'm so grateful to the GRCFM.”

Sherri C., Holland Hospital Social Worker

“Enhancing resiliency is key to combating physician burnout. I’m grateful to Carol for teaching me these mindfulness practices, and I am also grateful to have carved out time to practice them.”

Tyler Murphy, MD, MS

“Since taking this wonderful Mindfulness course through Holland Hospital, I’ve used my mindfulness training regularly before stressful situations. I find a quiet place, meditate for at least one minute, and do the breathing exercises. I try doing some of the Yoga exercises in the early morning.

I’m grateful to have received a non-medication way of coping with stress. Everyone should take this course to cope with stress—the sooner, the better.”

Dr. Ulf (Ulli) Hierlwimmer, D.O.

Retired Physician; Retired Captain USNR Medical Corps

Carol Hendershot

Instructor: Carol Hendershot

Co-Founder, Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor, Self-Compassion Instructor, E-RYT 500

Carol has been teaching mindfulness since 2008 and brings a wealth of experience and training to her work with individuals and organizations. She earned her certification from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has completed extensive training in mindfulness, self-compassion, and mindful leadership with some of the most well-respected teachers in these fields.

Carol began her journey into mindfulness more than 35 years ago to help with her own stress and anxiety, and she has since become a passionate advocate for these powerful but simple practices. Carol’s classes emphasize safety and self-honoring as she guides students to build resilience and strengthen their mindfulness skills.

Experienced professional instructors. Research-based programs. Real people who care.

Founded in 2011, the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness has led hundreds of participants through mindfulness programs in small group, workshop, corporate, and community settings. The courses we teach are rooted in the groundbreaking work of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. 

Our programs are supported by widely-published research that demonstrates the effectiveness of mindfulness in reducing stress and enhancing performance, both at work and in personal life. 

Online Mindfulness Programs for Healthcare Employees

We’ve developed a menu of online presentations and courses specifically for healthcare providers. These programs are available in both live Zoom and self-guided formats that can fit into the busy lives of providers. 


No prior experience with mindfulness is necessary.


If your responsibilities in your organization include talent management, workplace wellness, or employee retention, we'd love to hear more about your goals and how we might support you in achieving them.


We’ll help you reach your goals for employee wellness.

Live Online Programs

    •  1-Hour Introduction to Mindfulness
    •  Half-Day Mindfulness Skills Clinic

Self-Paced Online Programs

    •  6-Week Mindfulness for Stress Resilience
    •  6-Week Self-Compassion for Burnout Prevention
    •  9-Week Mindfulness for Stress Resilience

“I am so thankful for the mindfulness course I took as the pandemic was beginning, because not only was I able to utilize the practices to help me when I became scared and overwhelmed, but I was able to teach it to the patients that I was working with! The mindfulness practices I learned in the class were so helpful, and I know that without them, I would not have been half as present for myself, my family, and my patients!”

Patti Mulder, LMSW

“I thought the mindfulness class was a great experience—very helpful in reducing stress.”

Dr. Edward Fody, MD

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