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.

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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

Dr Nicola Harker. GP, Macmillan GP Advisor and CCG cancer lead, Transformational Coach and Trained teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion.

Dr Nicola Harker. GP, Macmillan GP Advisor and CCG cancer lead, Transformational Coach and Trained teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion.

About Mila de Koning   Mila de Koning has been working for years in general and mental health care. She is a social therapist, nurse and teacher. She has been working as a teacher for healthcare professionals and as a therapist working with people with depression and anxiety.  Since 2011 her focus is mainly on mindfulness and self-compassion. She started working for the VU University Medical Centre where one of her main roles was to bring mindfulness and self compassion to healthcare. She now works at the Centrum voor Mindfulness in Amsterdam. She teaches mindfulness and mindful self-compassion courses and is also a teacher trainer for mindfulness and for mindful self-compassion. It still is one of her main goals to bring mindfulness to healthcare so she also gives mindfulness and mindful self-compassion workshop and courses especially for doctors and other healthcare professionals.

About Mila de Koning

Mila de Koning has been working for years in general and mental health care. She is a social therapist, nurse and teacher. She has been working as a teacher for healthcare professionals and as a therapist working with people with depression and anxiety.

Since 2011 her focus is mainly on mindfulness and self-compassion. She started working for the VU University Medical Centre where one of her main roles was to bring mindfulness and self compassion to healthcare. She now works at the Centrum voor Mindfulness in Amsterdam. She teaches mindfulness and mindful self-compassion courses and is also a teacher trainer for mindfulness and for mindful self-compassion. It still is one of her main goals to bring mindfulness to healthcare so she also gives mindfulness and mindful self-compassion workshop and courses especially for doctors and other healthcare professionals.

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

Objectives

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.

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