Care of Self

Developing Emotional Resilience

An explanation:
Emotional resilience and intelligence is something we all have; we just need to identify how we access and use it. Emotional intelligence is something integral to practice as our lives become busier and busier. Work and life pressures often result in us not attending to our own thoughts and feelings… as we struggle day by day doing things expected of us and doing things for others. We rarely identify or nurture our own needs, which can result in emotional and physical implosion.

This course will encourage the examination of emotions, and why we have them. We will take a closer look and how we can effectively deal with thoughts and feelings to optimise the use of emotional intelligence resulting in the development of a resilient and more patient self. The course will be a sensory, cognitive and visual emotion explosion.

This course will be facilitated by two of Hospice Caritas Psychosocial Team Psychotherapists

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others

Dates 2014
Time: 1300 – 1700
February 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th
June 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd
September 1st, 9th, 16th & 23rd

Mindfulness & Compassion

An explanation:

The full day workshop as part of the Mindfulness series is designed for those who are new to mindfulness and would like to know more of what mindfulness means and how to practise it. It may also be helpful for people who have completed a mindfulness-based course and would like the chance to re-connect with other mindfulness enthusiasts. This workshop and course is open to teachers, educationalists, health and social care professionals, therapists, life coaches and anyone else interested in mindfulness practises and its applications and lifelong changes… The day will be a balance of discussions around the concept of mindfulness, and extended guided mindfulness exercises. We will undertake a body scan, eat mindfully, sit mindfully, move and walk mindfully… that’s if there is time… Emphasis will be on mindfulness practice rather than excessive theoretical discussion of how mindfulness may work.

Wear loose, comfortable, warm clothing

The eight week series is based upon the programmes of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, developed in the United States by Jon Kabat Zinn, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, developed in the UK and Canada by Mark Williams, John Teasdale and Zindel Segal. We will enrich current evidence base by accessing and sharing our personal experiences of mindfulness practice, with the hope of inspiring you…

The course is primarily experiential, so the immersion of self into the process will be an advantage. This means we will adopt an attitude of curiosity by being in the moment and by suspending judgment as to whether or not these approaches will work for you. It will involve risk taking and letting go of set opinions and ideas, and putting aside for a while any plans you may hold about the application of these skills in a personal or professional capacity once the course is complete.

Show up, pay attention, tell your truth, be open to outcome
Angeles Arien

This course will be facilitated by the Hospice Caritas Psychotherapist.

Dates 2014
Time: Full day 1000 – 1600
Sessions: 1400 – 1600
March 3rd (1000 – 1600) 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, April 7th, 14th, 28th & 12th
October (1000 – 1600) October 13th, 20th, 27th, November 3rd, 10th, 17th, December 1st & 12th

The Importance of Reflection

An explanation:

Reflection is really a process that begins with looking back on a situation, pondering over it, learning from it and then using the new knowledge to help you in future similar situations. Reflection, which is learning through experience, is not a new concept. As humans, we naturally reflect on our surroundings and experiences. However, the conscious, deliberate and ordered process of using reflection as a learning tool in our professional practice is much more challenging. It is a complex activity that requires the individual to develop a set of skills required for problem solving (Moon, 1999).

The practice of reflection does not always come easily to health and social care professionals. Let’s say it’s not integral to how we operate, yet it is the equivalent of Advanced Life Support in Cardiac Arrest. In order to sustain vibrancy, emotional connection, compassionate caring and the love of what we do, we must have an outlet… a process to discharge emotion, concern, worry and mistake, whilst and at the same time, celebrating success, application of new learning to practice, the change of self. It is the power of reflection and the integration of reflective practice which facilitates this. It’s vital to growth…

If you are a reflective practitioner, this course will allow opportunity to analyse current model application and efficacy of outcome and if you have not yet encountered the art of reflection… this will be a wonderful introduction.

“Ah, Humanity”
Herman Melville

Dates 2014 – TBC please contact the Hospice Education Centre to find our more
Time: 1000 – 1400