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Victim, Survivor or Navigator? Choosing a Pathway to Joy

When: Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Cranaleith Spiritual Center

Cost: $125 (if registered before November 22, $150 after)

Facilitators: Rick McKnight, PhD and Rich Hamilton, MD


In this seminar, participants will explore the Victim, Survivor, or Navigator model, created by Rick McKnight, which encapsulates the three most common responses to change and to life itself. Rick will introduce a competency model for the behaviors that make up the Navigator mode and participants will assess themselves against it. The seminar will introduce a daily practice that cultivates joy and contentment, one that begins with mindfulness but goes far beyond focused breathing. In the course of the day, participants will reflect on the significant events in their lives, their joys and their sorrows, and will choose a path forward that serves their highest purpose.

Tolstoy observed that there are an infinite number of ways for families to be dysfunctional but that all functional families are very similar. So it is with approaches to the pursuit of fulfillment, purpose, and meaning. The expression of anger, distress, grasping, and agitation take many forms, but the behaviors that lead to joy look remarkably the same from person to person. Rick calls it the Navigator mode.

Rick McKnight, PhD

For 30 years, Rick has worked with clients providing a variety of services in support of strategy execution. Rick speaks and publishes on the topics of strategy and implementation, leadership and organizational change. He is the author of Leading Strategy Execution and Victim, Survivor or Navigator? Choosing a Response to Workplace Change.

Rich Hamilton, MD

Rich is the Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Drexel College of Medicine. Rich is board certified in emergency medicine and medical toxicology and is a retired U.S. Navy Captain and a former Naval Flight Surgeon. Rich is a devotee of mindfulness and is a student of the role of mindfulness in the Emergency Department. He has been the Department Chair since 2006.