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Mindfulness Based Stress Resilience

Thursday 12, 19, 26 October and 2 November 2017 (four-day course)





Managing staff or working on the frontline as part of the caring workforce can be challenging, demanding and stressful. This course has been developed to help you cultivate greater resilience to stress; develop greater compassion towards yourself and others; develop a greater sense of wellbeing; and gain clarity in decision-making about patient or client care and service planning.
Recent scientific evidence shows that training in mindfulness (a technique for learning to live in the present moment with greater awareness) results in reduced stress and job burn-out, and increased self-compassion. Enhanced self-compassion following mindfulness training has also been shown to improve compassion towards patients and improve general psychological health. Self-compassion can also reduce anxiety in stressful situations and will give you the tools to deal with stress in a positive way that promotes your own wellbeing.



This course aims to enable you to use a mindful and compassionate approach towards yourself, patients or clients, and colleagues. Mindfulness techniques and self-compassion are taught together in this course to improve both your mental and physical wellbeing and to help you relate to others with greater wisdom and confidence.


Training methods

This course will be mainly taught through practical, experiential mindfulness techniques and compassion focused exercises although there will be a number of presentations to put the training in context. In terms of content and hours of practice during course time, the experiential component of the course is very similar to the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course (the standardised course used in scientific studies). The concepts of mindfulness and compassion will be taught by experienced trainers, allowing for plenty of group time to discuss and learn from each others' experiences and insights.


Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will:
have a good knowledge of mindfulness techniques
have developed skills to adopt a mindful and compassionate approach towards yourself and others
have practical tools to use in your everyday life to help reduce stress and increase resilience and wellbeing
be able to practice mindfulness and compassion in both professional and personal settings


Who should attend?

This course is for anyone within the NHS, Council or partner organisations, and who wishes to develop their mindfulness and self-compassion skills in relation to their practice as well as their own wellbeing.
Please note: Priority will be given to people working in children's services in Fife.
You are not required to have any previous experience in mindfulness techniques.
It can be difficult to learn mindfulness following a recent bereavement, serious illness or while suffering an acute episode of depression. If you have any queries, please get in touch with us.


Please note:

You must be available to attend all four days of this course.



Venue: Playfield Institute
Date: Thursday 12, 19, 26 October and 2 November 2017 (four-day course)
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm each day
Cost: Free to all Fife based delegates (£200 to anyone out with Fife)
Facilitators: Graham Buchanan, Mental Health Nurse Therapist
  Wendy Simpson, Chartered Health Psychologist








‘I was initially unsure whether I would find the material useful or even understandable. I could not have been more far from the reality. Easy to understand, very relevant and pertinent. Works alongside other coping mechanisms well. Thank you!’

Previous delegate


‘This has been the best training course I have ever attended. Thank you. It has been lovely to engage with trainers who believe passionately with their subject - this really shines through’

Previous delegate


‘You are teaching mindfulness from personal experience and not from a book, which makes it more believable’

Previous delegate




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