Martha Jo Atkins, PhD
Martha Jo Atkins, PhD
End of Life Teacher

I'm Martha Jo Atkins, Ph.d., LPC-S.

 

I help Tender hearted Humans negotiate and find Their way forward when someone or something they love is dying. 

 

I teach about Meaningful dying and living.

 

I am executive director at ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying in San Antonio, Texas.

 

The cute Dogs are here to keep us company until My New website is finished. 

                          

Registration is open for Crossroads Training and CrossRoads Apprenticeships through June 2018.

100% of fees for Both of these endeavors support abode.

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Questions? Email me: martha@marthaatkins.com  

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3 Day Crossroads training at ABODE.  

January to June my colleagues at ABODE and I will offer Crossroads Training to five cohorts, five participants in each cohort.  Each cohort will have one 75 minute call with me before we meet together, one 75 minute group call after, and one 30 minute individual call to complete our work together.

You will learn about: contemplative practices, presence, the trajectory of dying, rituals, body care, grief and loss, language of dying, self care, energy management, perspectives on dying from people at end-of-life, their families, caregivers, volunteers, and hospice professionals. 

Your Why: Perhaps you want to learn so you can help others die well. You want to deepen your knowledge and skills. You want practical experience. What is your why? 

Pre-requisites: 

  • You have an undeniable pull to learn more about end-of-life + dying.
  • You are open to learning about contemplative practices.
  • You are open to learning about dying in a spiritual context vs. a religious one.
  • You are not actively grieving the death of someone you love.
  • You recognize the opportunity for your own growth related to endings and beginnings.
  • You will respect the confidentiality of our Guest and families (confidentiality agreement req'd before onsite participation). 
  • You are willing to participate actively and respectfully in group experiences.
  • You will read/watch/listen to materials provided before participating in your experience at ABODE. 

***You will spend 15 minutes on the phone with Martha Jo after you register. If for some reason this is not the right time for training, you'll receive a full and prompt refund.

When: Dates for each training are below. Each Friday we will begin at 9am and end at 5pm on Sunday. This is not necessarily a 9-5 experience. We will instead work with the rhythms of ABODE and opportunities for service that arise. 

Where: The training is held at ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying in San Antonio, Texas. You are reponsible for travel costs to get to San Antonio and to get to/from ABODE. 

A block of rooms will be held for you at a nearby hotel. You are responsible for the cost of the hotel.

Breakfast/Lunch will be provided all three days. Additional information will be provided once you register. 

Cost: $1500. All monies go to ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying.

Refunds minus $50 are permitted 30 days before training begins. No refunds offered otherwise. If you are unable to attend the cohort for which you registered, you may participate with another cohort within a year if space is available. 

 

Cohort 1 - January 26 - 28, 2018.  

Cohort 2 - February 9 - 11, 2018

 

Cohort 3 - March 16 - 18, 2018

Cohort 4 - April 20 - 22, 2018

Cohort 5 - May 18 - 21, 2018

Cohort 6 - June 1 - 3, 2018

 

 

 

Crossroads Apprenticeship at ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying

 

 

 

 
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5 Day Crossroads Apprenticeship at ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying

Four apprenticeship opportunities are available January - June, 2018. Each cohort will be open to two people who have end-of-life experience. This is advanced practice individualized to your needs. 

What You Can Expect: In-depth work, personal work.  Your capacity, feelings, beliefs, and heart will be stretched. You will learn things about dying and living you will use the rest of your days on the planet. You will deeply consider your own dying process which will affect how you live. You will be held, nurtured, and encouraged at one of the most healing places I’ve ever been a part of. You may be at ABODE during the day, evening, or overnight; you will choose. You may or may not experience the death of guest while you are at ABODE. 

What's the difference between Crossroads Training and Apprenticeship? 

  • There is more space (time) for you to experience and hold in-between space, release, and open to new possibilities
  • Less lecture; more hands on
  • You'll learn from a variety of teachers
  • Shadowing
  • Practice of contemplative practices in the moment
  • Skill deepening
  • Confidence building

Your Why: You want to learn so you can help others die well. You want to deepen your knowledge and skills. You want practical experience you can use when you leave. You want to find meaning in your work again. What is your why?

Pre-requisites: 

  • You have been with at least three people who have been dying. 
  • You have hands on practical experience working with people at end-of-life as hospice professional, hospice volunteer, caregiver for your family members or others.
  • You are open to learning about contemplative practices.
  • You are open to learning about dying in a spiritual context vs. a religious one.
  • You are not actively grieving the death of someone you love.
  • You recognize the opportunity for your own growth related to endings and beginnings.
  • You will respect confidentiality of guests and families (confidentiality agreement req'd before onsite participation). 
  •  You are willing to participate actively and respectfully during the weeklong experience.
  • You will read/watch/listen to materials provided before participating in your experience at ABODE. 
  • You will talk with Martha Jo before being accepted into the Apprenticeship experience. If after the call, Martha Jo determines this this is not the right time or right experience for you, your deposit will be refunded. 

When: Dates for each training are below. Each Monday we will begin at 9am and end at 5pm on Friday. This is not necessarily a 9-5 experience. We will instead work with the rhythms of ABODE and opportunities for service that arise. You will meet with your cohort partner and Martha Jo via teleconference for 60 minutes before you come to San Antonio. You will meet three times via teleconference after leaving San Antonio (twice with your cohort partner and once with Martha Jo). 

Where: The training is held at ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying in San Antonio, Texas.

You are reponsible for travel.

We will provide hotel accomodations Sunday evening through Saturday morning. You are responsible for getting to and from ABODE.

Breakfast will be offered at your hotel. Lunch is provided daily at ABODE. You will have dinner with Martha Jo on Monday and Friday evening. Other meals are on your own. Additional information will be provided once you register. 

Cost: $4,500; $500 deposit or payment in full required to hold your place. All monies go to ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying.

Questions? Email me please, martha@marthaatkins.com


Cohort 1: January 29 - February 2, 2018


Cohort 2: February 26 - March 2, 2018 - One space available as of 1/31/18

Cohort 2 Apprenticeship

Cohort 3: April 30 - May 4, 2018

Cohort 3 Apprenticeship

Cohort 4: June 18-23, 2018

Cohort 4 Apprenticeship

 

 

Consulting

I mostly work with people who are thinking about end-of-life.

Some of my clients are dying. Some clients are family members who are caring for a beloved. We talk about what's to come. We talk about how to make the experience as meaningful as possible. 

Some clients are not at end-of-life. They  understand though, the value of specific and thorough planning for what is inevitable for all of us,  and how important it is to share those plans with the people they love.  I help with all of that. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also help individuals and families change their grief experiences by creating meanginful rituals before and after death.

This is my work in the world and I am honored to do it.

 

My hourly rate is $300.

I see clients in my office, work by phone, or come to you if need be. 

My email: martha@marthaatkins.com

My phone: (210) 764-9890.

 

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MJ's Calendar

February 5, SOL Center San Antonio, Mindful Conversations about End of LIfe,  7-9p. $25. Learn more here.

 

February 11, Changing the Cultural Conversation Around Dying, Church of Reconciliation, 9:15 - 10:15am.No fee.

 

February 26 - March 1 Crossroads Apprenticeship-Cohort 2, ABODE; $4500. Learn more here. 

 

March 3, Texas New Mexico Hospice Presentation; San Antonio.

 

March 9, Living the Final Chapter Symposium; Signposts of Dying. Syracuse, NY

 

March 16 - 18; Crossroads Weekend Training at ABODE. $1500. Learn more here.

 

April 20 - 22; Crossroads Weekend Training at ABODE. $1500.Learn more here.

 

April 27, Demystifying Death Conference, Chattanooga, TN. Keynote: The Language of Dying

 

April 30 - May 4;Crossroads Apprenticeship Cohort 3, ABODE; $4500. Learn more here.