February 22 Chapter Meeting

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A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives


Daniel O'Grady, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience in private practice. He received his doctorate in psychology from Loyola University of Chicago. In addition to providing psychotherapy to individual adults and couples, his practice has included working as a consultant to numerous police and fire departments in the Chicago area. For 20 years he was the independent arbitrator utilized by the City of Chicago and the Fraternal Order of Police – Lodge 7 to resolve fitness for duty disputes between the Chicago Police Department and the Police Union. He is currently the psychological consultant to the Will County Sheriff Department.  Dan is a 2017 graduate of the Living School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a two year program focusing on the Western Tradition of contemplation and meditation. He is also a 2018 graduate of the Compassion Institute, Palo Alto, California where he was trained and certified in teaching Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT). He has taught meditation programs to numerous companies, organizations and Church communities in the Chicago area including the Chicago office of the FBI.                                  

Program Description: 
The presentation will highlight how compassion is an adaptive and evolved human instinct that is a fundamental part of our humanity. The key components of compassion will be identified and explained. The building blocks of cultivating and deepening one’s capacity for compassion will then be explored: Mindfulness, Connectedness, Self-Compassion and Common Humanity. Several brief meditations will be introduced throughout the presentation as well as individual and small group exercises. 


  • To communicate what compassion is and why it is necessary and relevant right now.
  • To understand why our natural capacities of compassion and kindness for a Loved One are sometimes difficult.
  • To learn how self-compassion builds motivation, courage, confidence, wisdom and well-being.
  • To communicate how Common Humanity is the basis for compassion – More We Than Me.
  • To understand the challenges to broaden our compassion – When Hurt People Hurt People.
  • Fierce Compassion: To differentiate the different ways compassion may need to be expressed in the face of injustice.
  • To develop a plan of integrating compassion into Daily Life


8:30-9:00 am:         Networking
9:00-9:45 am:         Business Meeting
9:45-10:00 am:       15 Minute Break
10:00-12:00 pm: Program
12:15pm:                Optional Networking Lunch** - Chili's 17928 Halsted Street, Homewood, IL 60430

CEU Certificates given out upon completion of the program.

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Location Host: 

Location:  UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial | 1 Ingalls Drive, Harvey, IL 60426  

Meeting Room: Main Building, Main Entrance - EAST MEETING ROOMS A-B-C -

Do NOT go to the Professional Building!!!

NIEAPA Contact:  Peter Bradley

Parking Information - Parking is just south of the Main Entrance in the Parking Garage. Parking Vouchers from the Main Parking Deck can be validated at the meeting. 
Networking Lunch -  Chili's                                  

**Networking Lunch is optional and each attendee is responsible for their own meal.

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