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MINDFULNESS AND SELF COMPASSION FOR PROFESSIONALS - Practical skills for lasting and effective professional and personal self-care

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Date: 20 Mar 2020
Venue: Melbourne, Vic
CPD hrs: 7

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Organiser: The Professional Development People

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A growing body of research suggests that health professionals benefit from Mindfulness Based Interventions and Loving-Kindness Meditations that increase their Self-Compassion, since these practices can strengthen their relationships with clients, reduce the chances of burnout and increase overall wellbeing (Bellinghasu, Jones &Hutton, 2014). Applying Mindfulness and Self-Compassion practices in personal life, has the capacity to enhance professional effectiveness and increase longevity. Mindfulness and Self-Compassion interventions have been shown to strongly enhance personal relationships, self-care and wellbeing, as well as reduce levels of depression, anxiety and pain. Mindfulness is cultivating a moment to moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment, through a gentle, non judgmental lens. Self-Compassion is extending compassion to one's self in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure, or general suffering. It comprises of the conscious extension of kindness, care, warmth and understanding toward oneself when struggling in life, as opposed to beratement or self-criticism. Combined Mindfulness and Self-Compassion can create a powerful attitudinal shift to enhance our resilience and coping abilitiy. This one-day workshop draws on the work of Christopher Germer and Kirsten Neff, developers of the MSC program and leaders in this area of therapy and research, Prof Paul Gilbert (creator of Compassion Focused Therapy) and Linda Graham (author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring your Brain for Maximum Resilience & Well-Being), and the global movement of Authentic Relating. Participants will have the opportunity of an experiential introduction to harnessing the power of the mind to deal gracefully with difficult emotions, care for others consistently and compassionately, move with ease between personal and professional endeavours, and relate more authenticity in personal and professional life. Participants will be introduced practical strategies for increasing emotional resilience and emotional regulation, changing a self-critical mindset, calming irritation, frustration, impatience and shame, increasing acceptance and positive motivation and relating to others more authentically. Guidance through six powerful meditations that can be practiced in daily life and taught to clients will be facilitated during the day.

Learning objectives

  • Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
  • Navigate difficult emotions with greater ease, acceptance and calm.
  • Cultivate self-motivation with loving-kindness rather than criticism
  • Experienced mindful communication to enhance authentic relating
  • Recognise, understand and prevent empathy fatigue.
  • Access the resources to integrate mindfulness and self-compassion in client work.

Presenter details

Kate Mutimer is a psychologist with 20 years experience working with individuals and groups in community health and organisational settings. Kate is a meditation and compassion teacher and a trained Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher. She has specialist knowledge and extensive experience in practicing psychotherapy and facilitating change. Kate’s clinical background includes clinical assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety and personality disorders, adolescent and family counseling, working with issues of sexuality, relationships and identity. Kate has also spent time lecturing at QUT and Griffith University in Change Management, group facilitation, applied counseling psychology and family studies. Currently, Kate Works in private practice and within workplace wellbeing initiatives, providing a broad range of mental health, stress management and other lifestyle solutions. Kate is registered as a generalist Psychologist with AHPRA. She is also a full member of the Australian Psychological Society

Location and date

Mantra on Russell
222 Russell Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

20 March 2020



Standard fee $298

This event is fully catered and all resources are provided.

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