Wellness Connection

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Join us Thursday, July 27 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm for the third annual Wellness Connection Workshop in collaboration with the Rothko Chapel: ” Vicarious Trauma – Healing from Within.” This is a special presentation by Dr. Alejandro Chaoul, Associate Professor and Director of Education at the University of Texas MD Anderson’s Friends of Integrated Medicine Program as well as a regular presenter at the Rothko Chapel, and David Leslie, Executive Director of the Rothko Chapel.

This presentation will introduce participants to techniques, tools and resources—including the healing space of the Rothko Chapel—to create balance within, help you adhere to professional standards or ethical requirements, and minimize or mitigate the effects of vicarious trauma.  The event will take place at the Rothko Chapel, a sacred space that is available for participants to contemplate on their own and offers additional events and programs.

Approved for 1 ATA CE points, 0.15 RID CEU’s, 0.15 BEI CEU’s, and 1.50 CCHI Hours.


July 27th 2017


6:00 – 8:30 PM


Rothko Chapel: 3900 Yupon St, Houston, TX 77006

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David Leslie

David Leslie joined the Rothko Chapel after serving for 18 years as Executive Director of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Leslie received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin before attending Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where he earned his Masters of Divinity. Throughout his career, Leslie has been devoted to human rights, interfaith relations, immigration reform, ending homelessness and addressing the societal impacts of climate change. He was recognized for this work with the Eugene Carson Blake Award for Ecumenism given by the National Council of Churches and Church World Service. He has published articles and spoken at international conferences on topics related to public policy, organizational development and cross-sector relations.

Alejandro Chaoul

Dr. Alejandro Chaoul is an assistant professor and director of education at MD Anderson’s Integrative Medicine program where he conducts research using mind-body techniques with cancer patients, holds group and individual meditation classes, and directs the education initiatives on integrative medicine.  He is also an associate faculty member at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Medical School, where he teaches medical students in the areas of spirituality, complementary and integrative medicine, and end of life care.  Alejandro is also an advisor for the Rothko Chapel and lectures regularly at The Jung Center of Houston, the Asia Society, and the Esalen Institute.


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