“Make space for meditation in your life and be very disciplined about it because it’s something that we can put off. If we build it into our day as a regular thing, that would really change our minds, which will really make us more meditative people, more mindful.”
Sr Stanislaus Kennedy, Founder of Focus Ireland and The Sanctuary
A key message from our keynote speaker, Dr Caroline Elton, whose workshop was on values at work and entitled: “Identifying Core Values: an essential part of deriving satisfaction from your work” at our Reconnecting with the heart of frontline practice seminar. #HeartofPractice
“As ‘worthwhileness’ is an important component of occupational satisfaction, it is vital to become clearer about one’s underlying work values. In other words, become clearer about what really matters to you at work. Tap into those values and don’t lose sight of them.”
Dr. Caroline Elton, author of The Inner Lives of Doctors
Marianne Adams, senior art therapist, facilitated a workshop using guided meditation and image making to help participants develop internal resources they can access both within and outside of work. She shares her key message here. #HeartofPractice
“Remember that we have the power to choose where we direct our intention of where we direct our attention. And that practicing meditation and aligning ourselves with beauty and the possibility of perceiving beauty is such an inspiring perspective to develop.”
Marianne Adams, senior art therapist
Ag Eisteacht trainer Leon Ledwidge and @HurleyMaeve co-facilitated a workshop on the use of the ABLE brief intervention model as a form of peer support within the context of a reflective conversation with a colleague. This is their message below. #HeartofPractice
“Friendship, empathy, feeling valued and connected are words that people used when we reflected on what peer support means to them. We can’t underplay the importance of those words or how a few minutes of your time – to hold space with a colleague and be truly present – can actually help and support someone and give them a sense of restored confidence.”
Leon Ledwidge, Ag Eisteacht trainer.
Jim Sheehan of SHEP and Beatrice Barry Murphy co-facilitated a workshop on critical reflection to provide a way to manage the experience of working in human service organisations. This is their message below.
“Looking at the common issues faced by practitioners, including uncertainty, risk and complexity, it is vital that safe spaces are created to support this type of work so that practitioners can reflect on how they are feeling and how their work is impacting on them.”
Beatrice Barry Murphy, SHEP trainer