Courtney Surmanek


Resiliency Moments

Collaborator with The Clinic

The Clinic combines arts, dance, movement and science to create immersive experiences and workshops for health care professionals and the public that support self-care and raise awareness about the detrimental effects of compassion fatigue, burnout and secondary traumatic stress.

Resiliency Moments are one-on-one creative experiences designed to make health care workers feel seen, heard, and cared for. Nurses, social workers, and other healthcare workers often suffer from compassion fatigue and burnout, and even more so during the extreme circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. Responding to this crisis, socially engaged artists have found opportunities to share their creativity, deploy empathy skills, and contribute to the wellbeing of essential workers. Resiliency Moments bring these two professional groups together to make art, heal grief and trauma, and mend a broken health care system.

I've so far created one scripted experience, set in my kitchen, titled Whisk the Charts, Knead Grief.

Active Projects:
- May 14, 21 & 28; June 4, 11 & 18: Resiliency Moments with social workers and nurses at Denver Children's Hospital and Denver Health.

Past Projects:
- October 30; November 6 & 13, 2020: Resiliency Moments with social workers and nurses in Staten Island University Hospital’s hospice and palliative care units.

- August 18, 2020: “Moral Injury, Movement, and Storytelling During a Time of Crisis” workshop with the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence.