VIHASA Program

VIHASA Program
Thrive and survive ?

With today’s emphasis on quality of service, how can healthcare professionals deliver the best possible care to patients and, at the same time, feel enriched and supported by their work? How can they thrive, rather than just survive?

Values in Healthcare: a spiritual approach is a modular training and development programme package developed and produced by a team of health professionals for those involved in healthcare delivery.

Values in Healthcare addresses an important gap in personal and team development for healthcare professionals by taking a fresh, values-based approach to their learning and practice.

Values in Healthcare comprises seven one-day modules, each of which will help groups of healthcare professionals to explore values in depth, as they relate to their personal lives and professional practice:


VIHASA Modules
  • Module 1


    Gain strength through motivation

  • Peace

    Benefit from being calm

    Module 2

  • Module 3


    Harness the power of thoughts

  • Compassion

    Release healing energy

    Module 4

  • Module 5


    Appreciate the wisdom of teams

  • Valuing yourself

    Sustaining the Carer

    Module 6

  • Module 7

    Spirituality in healthcare

    Spiritual care in practice

  • Building Resilience

    A response to stress and burnout

    Module 8

The modules are adaptable to an organization’s training needs. The programme can run in a sequence of eight days, or as one-day stand-alone workshops, or as two half-day workshops. Specific exercises and workshops can also be abstracted from the modules and incorporated into an organisation’s wider development programme.To see module structure for a 1-day session click here.
For more information about the 8 Modules, click here.

3 Key Principles of VIHASA

  • Physician heal thyself

    The professional care giver is placed at the centre of healthcare delivery, with the emphasis on self-care and personal development

  • Learning through experience

    Values are best understood through facilitated, experiential learning with time for reflection and sharing in a supportive environment rather than didactic instruction

  • Relevance to work

    The learning experience should be relevant to participants’ work and lives, with an emphasis on reflection, action planning, evaluation and a commitment to ongoing learning

7 Spiritual Tools


Involves using the mind to create positive images which can help to address past negative experiences and associated feelings of failure or frustration and create aims for the future. Visualisation exercises can help to build participants’ self-respect and positive attitudes.

 7 Spiritual Tools


Quality of how we listen can bring benefit not only to those being listened to, but to ourselves as listeners. Listening as a spiritual tool involves participants explore deep listening, and requires inner peace. Only then can full attention and focus on what a person is saying be given, with an open heart and without judgement.


As a spiritual skill, it values what works best in individuals and groups, drawing on existing strengths and shared values to seek solutions, rather than focusing on the problem and apportioning blame. In healthcare the emphasis is often on developing a critical attitude. While this is essential in technical medical care, practicing appreciation can help participants recognize the value of the human contribution and encourage co-operation between colleagues and within teams.


It encourages the discovery of new solutions. As a spiritual skill, it emphasizes the premise that ideas come to us when we give ourselves silent space and let go of our preconceptions. As part of the Values in Healthcare program, participants are encouraged to experience the creativity which can flow though drawing, writing poetry and visualization. Facilitators are encouraged to experiment in exploring values in creative ways. For everyone, the sessions may involve taking risks by behaving outside our normal roles. However, the experience of heightened creativity and its application to problem solving will be a positive learning outcome.


This program involves participants being silent at times and using that time to learn about their mind and their thoughts. They are encouraged to employ positive and peaceful thoughts to experience quietening their minds and bringing calm to their work.


Involves using the mind to create positive images which can help to address past negative experiences and associated feelings of failure or frustration and create aims for the future. Visualization exercises can help to build participants’ self-respect and positive attitudes.


Reflective practice involves learning from past experience to evaluate concerns and improve clinical practice. The spiritual approach to reflection helps participants to take a calm, detached view of themselves, rather like an observer, so that they can examine their own emotional reactions and release them. New and creative ways of approaching challenging situations can then be considered from a place of clarity. Reflection is used to identify and affirm positive experiences as well as facilitate a degree of detachment.


It introduces the idea that it is legitimate to experience fun and laughter as part of the learning process. Being playful is being spontaneous and carefree, with a willingness to let go of barriers and overcome difficulties. While participants may feel inhibited at first, playing simple games can be a moving experience, connecting people at a deeper level and allowing everyone to ‘just be themselves’. The sense of lightness inherent in play encourages tolerance in our listening and softness in our judgements.

Module Structure for a 1-Day Session
  • Background Reading

  • Introduction/review of last session

    30 mins

  • Exercises

    2 hours 45 mins

  • Movement exercises

    10 mins

  • Breaks (including lunch)

    1 hour 35 mins

  • Session review

    10 mins

  • Action planning

    30 mins

  • Evaluation

    10 mins

  • Closure

    5–10 mins

  • Total session time

    Approx. 6 hours