Details of five facilitated, interactive workshops are available below. These will form part of the ‘Reconnecting with the heart of frontline practice’ virtual seminar on 26th November.
The seminar is a collaborative initiative by Ag Eisteacht, Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan and the Social and Health Education Project (SHEP) to support frontline practitioners’ health and wellbeing.
It aims to create a safe space and time for practitioners to gather as a community to reflect on the values and sense of mission and purpose that drew them to their work in the first place, and how they can reconnect with this and keep motivated and well.
It is open to all frontline practitioners and managers working in health, education, social care and justice sector roles in public, private or community organisations.
Following a morning session of stimulating presentations, participants are invited to attend one of five 1-hour interactive workshops, all starting at 2:15pm.
There are limited places still available for the seminar via Eventbrite and the workshops are open to full day ticket holders only. This event has been approved for CPD recognition by the ICGP and by Social Care Ireland.
Workshop 1: Identifying Core Values: an essential part of deriving satisfaction from your work.
Dr Caroline Elton, author and occupational and counselling psychologist, will support participants in reflecting on underlying work values and what really matters to them at work. Through a values assessment tool (taken from Elton and Reid’s ‘ROADS to Success’) and paired structured conversations, participants will identify what matters most to them about their work. The aim is for all participants to leave the workshop with one or two practical steps that they can take to increase their satisfaction at work
Workshop 2: Critical Reflection as a Method for Professional Learning & Development
Jim Sheehan and Beatrice Barry Murphy from SHEP will explore critical reflection as a way of managing the experience of working in human service organisations, looking at the common issues faced by practitioners, including uncertainty, risk and complexity. It will give participants an opportunity to connect with other participants and to reflect informally on key insights and issues from the morning session. It will also briefly outline and model ‘Critical Reflection’ (Fook & Gardner, 2007) as a collegial method of enquiring into and learning from our professional practice.
Workshop 3: Journey into Mindfulness/Meditation
Sr. Stan, Founder of Focus Ireland and the Sanctuary will discuss her work as a social activist and her journey into mindfulness/meditation which led to the development of the Sanctuary, a Mindfulness Centre for Social Change in Dublin City. Sr. Stan will lead participants in a meditation practice on finding stillness.
Workshop 4: Embodied Meditation and Art Making
Marianne Adams, Senior Art Therapist, will use guided meditation and image making to help participants develop internal resources they can access, both within and outside of their work. No art making or meditation experience is necessary. A choice of art materials will be needed, and full details will be provided in advance.
Workshop 5: Peer Support in Practice using the ABLE Brief Intervention Model
Dr Maeve Hurley, founder of Ag Eisteacht, and Leon Ledwidge, Ag Eisteacht trainer, will introduce the ABLE brief intervention model as a framework for providing peer support. The ABLE model provides a framework to help make the most of informal encounters and opportunities to support colleagues in a focused way, even when time is short. The two trainers will introduce and demonstrate the ABLE model and a peer support triangle to help boundary the time and space available.
To book a place on the ‘Reconnecting with the heart of frontline practice’ virtual seminar on 26th November 2020, please see Eventbrite. You will then be contacted regarding the workshops. Workshop bookings will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and we will do our best to accommodate your choices.