I’m delighted to announce the Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive for Doctors, a residential training at beautiful Tortworth Court Hotel in South Gloucestershire, Wednesday 6th to Friday 8th May 2020.
A course designed just for you
3 Days in a gorgeous hotel in a country park, with a spa.
Experienced trainers who are dedicated to supporting health professionals.
A comprehensive training in Mindful Self-Compassion, focusing on the specific challenges, and benefits for doctors working in high pressure environments.
Scheduled Spa time and relaxation alongside the training.
Delicious food throughout your stay.
I’ve worked in the NHS for 22 years, and I know that most of us are high achieving, motivated, and brutally hard on ourselves. We expect a lot of ourselves and those around us and we wouldn’t want to be any other way. I also know that working in a system that is under huge strain puts a unique pressure on us; we want to do a fantastic job, but we often feel unable to reach our own standards due to constraints and system overload. It’s easy to become burnt-out, hardened, or even cynical, when we have to cope with these feelings every day.
In recent years there have been various initiatives for tackling staff morale. Many of us don’t access these services, because deep down we believe we should be able to deal with this ourselves. We have a fear of failure, or appearing weak. We just keep going because that’s what’s expected of us and it’s what we expect of ourselves.
When I first came across Mindful Self-Compassion I was hugely sceptical, and resistant to the whole idea. My persona as a doctor was a “compassionate medic”, but that didn’t include being kind to me. I also felt it was the NHS that was letting me down, so it wasn’t that I needed to change, it was the system. I felt challenged by the idea that I needed to add this to my “to do” list. I nearly didn’t turn up for the training.
However, learning the skills contained in these 3 days, has transformed my relationship with myself, my family, my colleagues and my patients. I deal with emergency situations better. I have a different perspective on self-care and value myself deeply as a doctor and as a human. I feel more connected to other people. I am more confident, I dare to fail, and I am more motivated.
When I stepped into the training I never imagined that I would train to teach this work, but having gained so much myself, I know that colleagues like you, could benefit too.
My vision is that by sharing this course with you, we can transform our workplace, from a place of disconnection, fear and stress, into an environment where we feel connected, supported and we can get back to who we really are.
Your trainers for the intensive: Dr Nicola Harker and Mila de Koning
What does the Mindful Self-Compassion intensive involve?
Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises and group discussions. The goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for exploring how we typically respond when difficult emotions arise and to provide tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources and personal capacities. For more information on self-compassion, please see www.centerformsc.org
At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism
relate to difficult emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance
respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
begin to transform difficult relationships, old and new, through self-validation
practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
integrate core mindfulness and self-compassion exercises into daily life
teach simple self-compassion practices to patients, students, or clients
describe the theory and research supporting mindful self-compassion
How much does the training cost?
Your investment for this training, including all course materials, accommodation and full board is £1400.
There is an early bird discount for fees paid before 1st December 2019: £1200.
The training will run from 9am on Wednesday 6th May to 3pm Friday 8th May 2020.
Included in this training:
Your own Double Standard en-suite room - no room sharing required. (If you wish to request an upgrade, the hotel will consider requests, for an additional fee). You have the option to request a room from Tuesday 5th May to make travelling easier for the early start on Wednesday.
All course materials provided including a comprehensive workbook.
Small group (maximum 18 participants) training from two experienced trainers who both work in health, and understand your unique challenges.
Dedicated support to guide you through the training, and ensure that you have a great learning experience.
Full use of the hotel pool and sauna and steam room facilities, as well as the lovely grounds of the hotel. (Spa treatments such as massage must be booked in advance and paid direct to the hotel). We have timetabled spa sessions within the training so that you will have time to relax, switch off, and enjoy yourselves.
All meals provided by the hotel - we have an exclusive private dining room for evening meals. Choice of Menu including vegetarian or other dietary options. (Alcohol is available but is not included in the price). Additional refreshments provided throughout the training.
A private exclusive training room that is spacious and airy, creating a perfect learning environment that feels nurturing rather than corporate.