a b o u t c h r y s a l i s e n v i r o n m e n t s
Chrysalis Environments operate as transformational learning settings in which participants rediscover their own intuitive and richly interconnected resources to emerge as confident, adaptible, and resilient leaders.
These environments draw upon inter-disciplinary collaboration to integrate wisdom, intuitve, sensory, and praxis resources, equipping leaders with transferable skills for use across a life time of projects.
Environments are often created through multi-session didactic/experiential sessions that establish safe, progressive, learning zones, promoting awareness and intention shifts. Sessions can be tailored for on-site, virtual, and hybrid engagement.
Results are experienced in system wide shifts and perception that fully align mission and energy and enhance work life balance.
Chrysalis Environment Project
George Washington School of Medicine
The Chrysalis Initiative | Washington DC USA
C H A L L E N G E
Multiple factors including professional burn-out and declining enrollment matriculation of new generations of medical students indicated need for resilience-based medical education process. This doctoral project sought to generate self-care practices by introducing resiliency practices in transformational learning settings, empowering patient-centered physicians to address patient and personal psychosocial factors in health and wellness. Design constraints included institutional inertia, cost and time concerns, and lack of a cogent model for this endeavor.
C O L L A B O R A T I V E R E S P O N S E
Wild Geese Among Us developed a pilot study-The Chrysalis Initiative- as a design primer addressing various psychosocial and spiritual aspects of patient and physician training and self-care. A transformational learning model was created integrating aesthetic and spiritual practices throughout curriculum design modules and the student learning process.
O U T C O M E
Piloting of an initial module and inquiry along with anecdotal research indicates that the program can reduce healthcare professional burnout, attract matriculation prospects, reduce current education costs, increase patient and physician satisfaction, and contribute to a more holistic education philosophy and practice.
At present, the initiative waits for a full pilot opportunity for evaluation.