Mindfulness Courses for Healthcare Professionals

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Mindfulness for healthcare professionals Bristol courseMindfulness 8-week Course for Healthcare Professionals

Mindfulness is the willingness and capacity to be equally present with all events and experiences with discernment, curiosity and kindness. (Christina Feldman)

Why Mindfulness

Working in the health services is often a privilege, yet also demanding. We face challenges from the pressures of the health service, and expectations from society and ourselves. Traditionally there has been little attention paid to staff wellbeing, and we may feel on our own with managing our stress.

Mindfulness offers a training that can open us to our innate capacities for appreciation, kindness, and insight. It provides tools to meet the challenges encountered in work and daily life and helps us access fresh perspectives, finding new and supportive responses to whatever situations we encounter.

There is emerging evidence of the benefit of mindfulness for health professional wellbeing and a suggestion it may also improve patient outcomes. (Irving, J., Dobkin, P., Park, J. (2009))

What to Expect

This mindfulness 8-week course is informed by the book “Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World” by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. It is an adaptation of the well-established and researched “Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy” training programme, for people leading full and busy lives. It consists of eight 2-hourly sessions supported by daily home practice of about 30 minutes per day.

The course offers a way to gradually learn skills in a supportive and safe environment. You will be taught a variety of practices that increase awareness of present moment experience, such as the sensory experience of the external world, of body sensations, thoughts and emotions.

Through these practices we will investigate the nature of our relationship to experience. As we start to understand the processes by which patterns of stress are maintained or increased, we will discover ways we can step out of such patterns at earlier and earlier stages. The gradual unlearning of unhelpful habitual tendencies encourages kindness, curiosity and a willingness to be present to pleasant or unpleasant experience. This in turn can nurture a profound sense of wellbeing and resilience in face of life’s difficulties, and open up new possibilities for ourselves.

This course will not qualify you to teach mindfulness to others. However if you are interested in mindfulness teacher training, attending your own 8-week course is a useful first step, and we can let you know of national training routes.

What our previous participants said

This course has been extremely useful. I feel that it has provided me with both some incredibly useful tools and some real insights.

The course made me stop, and realise that I was working on automatic pilot, rather than being present.

This was a well facilitated course with great teachers. The practices were very interesting and we were offered a safe space to just be and explore our experience. It felt like a well-planned course.

Thank you – most intriguing, so much to learn.

Thank you. I intend to continue with mindfulness.

Who will run the course

Miro CanskyMiro Cansky has been practising mindfulness for nearly twenty years. He trained in teaching mindfulness-based approaches at the Bangor University and at the Exeter University. He has been teaching mindfulness to different teams of staff, including social care, education, and National Healthcare Service. For five years, he worked in the NHS North Somerset as a CBT therapist where he also delivered mindfulness 8-week courses to primary care patients.

Fee

Full price: £250 – this fee includes eight mindfulness sessions, a course book ‘Mindfulness – Finding Peace in a Frantic World’ (including a CD with guided meditations), and e-mail or phone contact support with your home practice (if needed).

Space is limited so booking essential.