Caring for the Carer

8 week course Online
From 6th October 2020
14:00 to 16:30
£150, or by donation.

IMPORTANT: This event is being delivered online via Zoom. Please read our Further Guidance around this before booking. Please also retain your Eventbrite booking confirmation email which will provide your Zoom access link.

Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Care

The practice of mindfulness and compassion offers carers the opportunity to create the physical, mental and emotional space needed to both better understand and manage the demanding circumstances they face.

Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Care (MBCC) is a structured eight-week course developed as a means of nurturing dimensions of carer wellbeing, through increased self-awareness, greater self-care and the cultivation of skills to manage the practical and emotional impact of caring whilst also enhancing the relationship with the cared for.

The course provides a safe and encouraging environment to:

  • explore the difficulties and challenges inherent in being a carer
  • cultivate resources to alleviate stress and prevent burnout
  • nurture a greater understanding of, and a more proactive approach to, working with difficult emotions
  • cultivate mindfulness and compassion as a means of reducing stress, improving the quality of care and balancing personal and professional responsibilities
  • develop contemplative approaches facilitating deeper levels of self-awareness and opportunities for self-care, growth and fulfilment.

Through a combination of psycho-educational teaching, the development of mindfulness and compassion practices, group discussion and self-reflection those attending will experience personal and professional benefits including:

  • contemplative skills that foster a greater sense of self-awareness and well-being
  • an appreciation of the importance of balancing the needs of the carer with those of the person cared for
  • the conscious cultivation of self-care during times of challenge as a means of maintaining physical, mental and emotional health and preventing burnout
  • resilience to alleviate stress and heal exhaustion
  • a more proactive approach to working with difficult emotions promoting self-regulation and increased self-efficacy
  • emotional agility as a means of managing tensions in relationships
  • the cultivation of routines and behaviours supportive of longer-term health and wellbeing
  • the ability to stay present with an open and compassionate heart.

Who is this course for?

This course is open to all (please see ‘commitment required’ below prior to booking). It is ideal for those who are caring for others: social workers, carers and therapists, those caring for elderly parents, relatives and/or children.

Our courses are

  • Suitable for beginners as well as those wishing to refresh or deepen their mindfulness practice
  • Open to all adults (minimum age 18 yrs, no maximum – our oldest participant to date has been 84 and he completed two courses)
  • Ideal for people who see their health and personal growth as their own responsibility and who like to learn from their experiences, rather than looking for a quick fix
  • Suitable for people of all faiths and people who do not identify with a particular religious or spiritual tradition.

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Course Schedule

This course will be taught over eight classes from 6th October – 1st December 2020 (excluding 27th October half term). Each class will be 2 – 2.5 hours long and will take place on Tuesday afternoons from 2 – 4/4.30pm.

The Facilitator

Your facilitator for this course is Robert Broughton. Robert started teaching meditation courses in 2009. Since then he has taught over 100 mindfulness courses within the NHS, Cancer Charities, Hospices and to the public. He has also spoken about mindfulness in healthcare on many occasions and in 2014 he was invited to join Leeds University/White Rose Consortium for Mindfulness in Education research team as an expert member. Robert qualified as a mindfulness supervisor and mentor from Bangor University in 2017. He has also personally experienced long-term caring for others and so brings understanding and empathy for the struggles and paradoxes of caring and balancing our own needs.