About WCSI

The Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) is an international non-profit organization created to advance the philosophies, theories and practices of Human Caring, originated by Jean Watson, Distinguished Professor Emerita and Dean Emerita of University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing, where she held the Endowed Chair in Caring Science at the University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center. The Theory and Science of Human Caring seeks to restore the profound nature of caring-healing, and bring the ethic and ethos of Love back into Healthcare. Through an extended network of professional, clinical and academic colleagues, the Institute will translate the model of Caring-Healing/Caritas into more systematic programs and services which can continue to transform healthcare, one nurse/one practitioner/one educator/one system at a time.

WSCI is dedicated to help the current health care system retain its most precious resource – competent, caring professional nurses – while preparing a new generation of health professionals in a broader model of Caring Science. WSCI will help to ensure caring and healing for the public, reduce nurse turnover, and decrease costs to the system.

We are the light in institutional darkness, and in this model we get to return to the light of our humanity.Jean Watson

The Watson Caring Science Institute builds upon the lifetime background and global academic and clinical experiences of Dr. Jean Watson and her work in the field of Caring-Healing philosophy, theories, and practices. Dr. Watson has more than 30 years experience, with travels throughout the world, in developing and implementing the science, theories and philosophies of caring and healing used by nurses and academic and clinical institutions internationally.

Program Overview

Dr. Watson’s and her Caring Science program focuses on deeply personal, heart-centered, theory-guided, Caritas Practices to transformative Caring–Healing professional Human Care models and modalities, attending to an energetic system-wide healing environment as Caritas field.

Caring Science expands and deepens the conventional model of medical science, offering a unitary world view of connectedness of all – thus Caring Science programs draw upon shared human spirit for creative new solutions, allowing for expanded views of humanity, of healing, of health.

 The 10 Caritas Processes™ of Watson’s theory, provides language of phenomenon of human caring which contributes to healing, wholeness and human evolution, making new connections between human-to-human caring-love-healing and even peace in our world.


Dr. Watson and WCSI:

  • offer keynotes and speaking/consultations/workshops
  • provide intensive training programs in CaritasHeart™ Theory and Professional Practices
  • sponsor Global Consortia
  • sponsors and coordinate Watson Caring Science Global Associates with diverse countries
  • offer selected clinical-educational-curriculum and research studies to meet diverse individual and system learning needs.

Each July, Dr. Watson conducts intense seminars for Watson Caring Science Postdoctoral Scholars based upon Caring Science as Sacred Science and emancipatory forms of inquiry.

Every October, WCSI in partnership with Watson Caring Science Center, coordinate the International Caritas Consortium (ICC). The ICC is sponsored by clinical-academic organizations in various locations throughout the USA, implementing Caring Science in their settings, as exemplars of this transformative work. Other Caritas consortia are now offered regionally in different parts of the country; e.g. Kaiser Permanente, Northern California, New England, and Florida.

NOTE: As of 2015, WCSI is formally aligned in full partnership for programs and operations with University of Colorado, Watson Caring Science Center, College of Nursing.