Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Care
‘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
The greater our capacity for self care – the greater our capacity to be present for those we care for. This 8-week group course cultivates self-care and the capacity to be compassionately present allowing us to connect with those we care for in a deeper and more peaceful way.
What patients and those we care for need most is to feel truly heard and cared for by those who care for them. Sharing a life journey with such intimacy 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.
Participants will learn and experience mindfulness, meditation and compassionate reflection skills to inform and nurture their 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.
Participants will learn:
- How to apply and integrate contemplative skills that foster a greater sense of self-awareness and well-being.
- To stay present with an open and compassionate heart in amongst difficulties.
- Practical resources for preventing burnout and enhancing your caring capacity.
- Strengthen your resilience to alleivate stress and heal exhaustion.
Each class includes guided meditations, group discussions and practical exercises led by an experienced facilitator in a warm, friendly atmosphere with a maximum of 12 participants.
Who is this course for?
This course is open to all those in a caring capacity including carers, therapists, parents, nurses, other healthcare professionals and for anyone wishing to take a more compassionate approach to caring for self and others.
Taught in a secular format this course is suitable for people of all faiths and people who do not identify with a particular religious or spiritual tradition. This course is suitable for beginners, as well as those wishing to refresh their mindfulness practice.
Is this the right time for me to attend a mindfulness course?
It is not unusual for people to attend mindfulness courses during periods of change and/or difficulty in their lives with many often finding mindfulness courses both more challenging and more rewarding than they expected. There are however times when attending a group mindfulness course might not be beneficial. UMASS (the university from which Mindfulness-Based Interventions originate) list the following as areas requiring particular care ‘addiction, early recovery, untreated psychosis, acute depression, suicidality, PTSD, social anxiety, recent loss’. These circumstances or conditions do not necessarily rule out the possibility of attending a class as suitability is very much influenced by;
- Your current psychological health
- The extent to which you have previously explored areas of particular difficulty and
- The support networks that you have around you, such as friends, family and mental health professionals
We would ask that if any of these apply that they are clearly stated on your booking form alongside details of the points above. The booking form is also an opportunity to make us aware of any other additional needs you may have. If you are currently receiving treatment for an ongoing mental health problem we strongly advise that you discuss your course attendance with your mental health professional before booking. We would also strongly recommend not making any changes to any medication during or immediately after a course – however well you may be feeling at that time. Instead giving yourself time to fully establish your mindfulness practice and any new routines associated with it before considering subsequent changes with a trained healthcare professional.
Please contact the course instructor to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding course suitability. They will be happy to discuss your particular circumstances and how you may best be supported during the course. If a course is not felt to be suitable at this time alternatives will be offered including, for example, suggesting healthcare professionals who integrate mindfulness into their work.
Please note that MBCC is not designed to be a “quick fix”, relaxation class or group therapy session. This course teaches a valuable life skill, the development of which requires a personal commitment to attending all eight classes and maintaining a regular meditation practice at home.
As each class builds on the preceding week, we would recommend that anyone who misses a class attends a “catch up session”. We are happy to accommodate this in the case of illness etc., but regret that if more than two classes are missed, or two classes in a row, you may not be able to finish the course. Catch ups are usually provided on a one-to-one/small group basis, either prior to or following the following week’s class and take 30 minutes to complete. There is a nominal charge of £15 for this service.
This course will be taught over eight classes from 3rd October to 28th November (excluding 31st October). Each class will be 2 to 2.5 hours long and will take place on Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8:30/9:00pm.
This course 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…
What if I miss a class?
We are happy to provide ‘catch up’ sessions for those who miss a class due to illness or emergency – please see above ‘commitment required’ for further details.
Is there disabled access to the venue?
The venue is accessible.
What further information will I receive?
All our delegates receive “Joining Advice” one week before their course commences. This email will include information on the class schedule, venue and facilities, and a link to our “pre-course questionnaire” which we would be grateful if you could complete before the course commences.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you decide to cancel your place on this course, we will refund your full course fee, minus a £20 administration charge, if we receive notice from you at least 14 days before the 1st class, or thereafter:
- 75% of your course fee if notice is given before the 2nd class
- 50% of your course fee if notice is given before the 3rd class
- No refunds will be issued after the 3rd class
In the case that the course is cancelled by The Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion, all course fees will be refunded in full.
How do I know if someone teaching a mindfulness course is appropriately trained?
There are no formal regulations stipulating who can teach mindfulness, however, we follow the UK Good Practice Guidance developed by leading teacher training organisations in the UK for Mindfulness-Based Teachers: https://www.ukmindfulnessnetwork.co.uk/uk-listing/
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 is 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.
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