Compassionate Care Workshop

10th anniversary event St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds
25th September 2019
From 13:30 to 16:30
From £10 (discount options available)

A 10 Year Anniversary Introductory event offered in partnership with St Gemma’s Hospice

‘For someone to develop genuine compassion towards others, first he or she must have a basis upon which to cultivate compassion, and that basis is the ability to connect to one’s own feelings and to care for one’s own welfare… Caring for others requires caring for oneself’

HH Dalai Lama, 2000

Workshop Overview

Sharing a life journey through caring can offer profound opportunities for personal growth and transformation, but is often fraught with difficulties as we are confronted by our own fears and struggles. This workshop will introduce mindfulness, meditation and compassionate reflection as skills that can be cultivated to inform and nurture our own self-care and capacity for being present with another. Through a contemplative approach to caring within an atmosphere of acceptance, non-judgment and compassionate presence, the carer, cared for and families can reconnect with their own sources of strength, meaning and hope bringing healing and a greater sense of peace for all.

During this introductory workshop we will explore

  • Compassion; what is it and what do we think of? Dispelling some myths around compassion
  • The neuroscience and biology of compassion
  • Cultivating compassion for self and others
  • Compassion research and benefits
  • When compassion starts to hurt: exhaustion and burnout
  • A compassionate approach to caring

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is ideal for those interested in exploring and cultivating compassion in caring for others and for self whether in a professional therapeutic relationship, education or family caring situation including:

  • carers
  • therapists
  • parents
  • teachers
  • nurses
  • palliative and end of life care nurses and staff
  • other heathcare professionals
  • anyone wishing to take a more compassionate approach to caring for self and others.

Next Steps

Those who would like to begin or deepen a practice of mindfulness and compassion are encouraged to engage with an 8 or 10 week mindfulness or compassion course. Please see our range of courses available on our website or refer to the UK Network.

Format of the Workshop

The workshop will begin promptly at 13:30pm so we recommend arriving 15 minutes early. Please be aware that whilst we will take a short break mid-afternoon, refreshments will not be provided, drinks are however readily available to purchase nearby. The workshop will conclude at 16:30pm. The session will consist of a mixture of presentation, group discussion and gentle meditation exercises.

The Facilitator

This workshop will be led by Robert Broughton, Mindfulness Instructor, Supervisor and Mentor at the Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion.

Robert’s background includes 36 years of personal meditation study and practice and also personal experience as a long-term carer. Over the past ten years he has taught mindfulness in a variety of settings including schools, universities, cancer charities and for the NHS. Robert founded the Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion in 2009 and continues to take the lead in both managing the business and instructing courses.

In 2016, Robert co-authored a chapter with his colleague, Sally Roberts, in the book by Chapman-Clarke ‘Mindfulness in the Workplace: An Evidence-based Approach to Improving Wellbeing and Maximizing Performance’.

Frequently Asked Questions…

Is there disabled access to the venue?

The venue is accessible.

What further information will I receive?

On booking you will receive an automated email confirming your place. You will also receive further workshop details one week prior to the workshop.

What is your cancellation policy?

10 Year Anniversary Events

Please note that no refunds will be offered for our 10 Year Anniversary events, given the discounted rates of £10 per person or less being offered.

If your attendance is being subsidised by your employer we ask that you let us know if you are no longer able to attend so that someone else can be offered the opportunity to do so.

Other Events

If you decide to cancel your place, you will receive:

  • A full refund (minus a £5 administration fee) provided we receive notice of your cancellation a least 14 days’ before the workshop date
  • A 50% refund if we receive 13 – 7 days’ notice
  • No refund if we receive less than 7 days’ notice

In the case that the workshop is cancelled by The Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion, all workshop fees will be refunded in full.

I am considering training to teach mindfulness, will this course enable me to do this?

For those looking to teach mindfulness we would recommend having a look at the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teacher Training Organisations which gives guidance on good practice and teacher training organisations within the UK. An 8-week MBSR, MBCT or 10-week MBLC course is generally considered a good starting point and often a pre-requisite to attending teaching training. Given several of our courses are adaptations of the traditional 8 week format, if you are looking to follow a particular training route it is worth checking any stipulated pre-requisites with your training provider.

My organisation are interested in/supportive of mindfulness – do you offer in-house training?

Yes we offer a full range of in-house mindfulness training, including stress reduction, resilience, change management, compassionate care, creativity and leadership development. Introductory workshops are an important first step for those wishing to offer mindfulness training. Please see our workplace webpage or get in touch for further information. We have also agreed employee discounts with a number of local organisations. If you are unsure as to whether or not your organisation has this offer in place please check with your HR/Staff Benefits/Management team.

What is your privacy policy?

We recognize the importance of protecting your personal information and are committed to processing it responsibly and in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Please click on the link below to see our Privacy Statement which describes what happens to any personal data that you give to us, or any that we may collect from or about you. It applies to all courses and services, and instances where we collect your personal data:

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