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Self Compassion for Physicians

Total Credits: 1 including 1 AOA Category 1-A Credit(s)

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Jonna Garvin, PhD
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Learning objectives:

1. To name 3 elements of self compassion.

2. To name one reason why DOs are well equipped to serve.

3. To engage in a self compassion exercise.


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To empower, to educate, to transform.


Leading teams; Interfaith dialogue and education; Spiritually-integrated counseling and care; Supporting individuals and families in diverse communities


Jonna Rachele Garvin

Counselor – chaplain – leader

Education & Certification

doctor of philosophy, counselor education & supervision with spiritual & pastoral integration • expected 2021 • Neumann University


master of divinity • 2009 • baptist theological seminary at richmond


master of science, patient counseling • 2008 • virginia commonwealth university


bachelor of science, physiology• 2005 • michigan state university


board certified chaplain• 2015 • the association of professional chaplains

professional Experience

Chaplain • LHC Group Housecalls Hospice • 2020 - present

  • Working with interdisciplinary team to coordinate care
  • Partnering with local clergy for patient support
  • Providing spiritual care to staff, patients, and their loved ones during end-of-life



pastoral counselor, intern • pastoral counseling of northern virginia • 2019 - 2020

  • Counseling to individuals, couples, and families
  • Partnering with local clergy for support
  • Collaborating with other practice counselors

manager, chaplaincy services • novant health uva health system • 2011 – 2020

  • Establishing Chaplaincy Services Department as first fulltime chaplain in 50-year-old health system
  • Leadership team member for designing and operationalizing Haymarket Medical Center
  • Development of chaplaincy volunteer program
  • Selection and orientation of staff chaplains
  • Leadership team member of strategic growth plan across the NH/UVA Joint Operating Company
  • Development & management of department budget
  • Awarded grant funding for NH/UVA Code Lavender Program
  • Foundational advancement of market-level bioethics committee
  • Lead development and design of Rooms of Reflection at Prince William Medical Center and Haymarket Medical Center to reflect diverse community needs







chaplain Faculty • vcu health system • 2009 – 2011

  • Coordinated & scheduled residency team as Chief Chaplain Resident
  • Orientation of CPE interns
  • Participated in successful CPE program re-accreditation
  • Co-supervised CPE group
  • Provided spiritual and emotional support at Level 1 Trauma Center

chaplain • HCA Johnston-willis hospital • 2008 – 2009

  • On-call and PRN support to community hospital
  • Provided emotional and spiritual support at the bedside

chaplain • Bon secours health system • 2008 – 2009

  • On-call and PRN support to 4 community hospitals
  • Provided emotional and spiritual support at the bedside
  • Participation in healthcare ethics team

FCC chaplain • VCU Health System • 2008 – 2009

  • Provided spiritual support through presence and memory-making activities to families and teams during brain death testing and organ donation process







professional development


healing mythologies – caring for the human spirit conference Presenter, 2019


science fiction as spiritual reflection – caring for the human spirit conference presenter, 2018


interprofessional spiritual care education curriculum, innagural member – the george washington institute of spirituality and health, 2018

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