As we count down to Tuesday 25th May 2021, when our second national seminar for Ireland’s frontline practitioners takes place, we took part in a photoshoot recently at Garryduff Woods in Cork.
Keen to highlight the need for more reflective practice spaces for those on the frontline, we took some time and space ourselves to gather in this tranquil place to get pictures taken to support our important message.
The ‘heart of hearts’ we hold represents a crocheted heart for every person attending our seminar and to keep frontline practitioners in mind as we prepare for this event.
‘Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice 2021’ is a one-day, virtual seminar to provide a safe and nourishing space for frontline practitioners to reflect on the impact of their work.
It is open to all frontline practitioners working in public, private or community roles in healthcare, social care, education and the justice sector.
The theme of this year’s seminar is ‘Vulnerability, humility and compassion at the frontline’.
The event will include stimulating presentations from guest speakers, interactive plenary sessions and facilitated break-out spaces.
Guest speakers will include Dr Aisling McMahon, a clinical psychologist, integrative psychotherapist and clinical supervisor, who will talk about ‘Vulnerability and humility in supervision relationships.’
Another guest speaker, Dr Tim Dartington, will explore reflective practice as one way of taking a breather at this time of difficulty and stress.
The seminar will also feature Dr Kate Lucre, a Birmingham-based, compassion-focused therapist, who will explore compassion and self-compassion.
Feedback from attendees of last year’s Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice seminar showed that almost 97% of the respondents believed that the seminar had provided a safe space for them. 87.5% said that they felt reconnected with their work and what drew them into it, and 97% agreed that incorporating reflective practice into their work was important.