Compassion-focused Ways of Working Effectively in Groups (Online)
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About the Event
This series of group-based workshops are designed to offer some practical and playful ways of understanding how our brains work and how we can use the science of compassion to explore ways of working more effectively in groups.
Workshop 1 – 120 mins We will get started with some ideas about how our brains are set up and learn how, by understanding our own minds, we can manage difficult feelings and situations. We will explore our own tricky brains and how this has impacted on being locked down, home working, maybe homeschooling, home training or stuck in furlough.
The significant challenges we face in returning to our group-based activities will be the focus of the sessions with practical ways to work with the difficulties and blocks. Some initial ideas about work with group dynamics and managing our own and other’s ‘shadow’ or dark side which can emerge in groups.
Things can then get practical with group-based discussions and an introduction to compassionate mind training, how we can train our minds with imagery and breathing. It might not be the first thing that comes to mind but the science of compassion really does have a lot to offer us in improving self-care, how we support others and how we can allow ourselves to be looked after.
Workshop 2 – 120 mins This workshop will build on the ideas around group dynamics and explore in more detail how we can use the science of compassion and compassionate mind training to develop awareness of ourselves and others with practical ways to facilitate more effective group engagement. A compassion-focused group work model will be introduced with opportunities to take part in experiential group-based activities to explore the potential utility of this within different contexts.
Workshop 3 – 120 mins This workshop will get more practical and more playful and we will be thinking about the idea of having a compassionate kitbag. If we were climbing a mountain, we would have a kitbag with everything we needed to sustain us on the journey. Imagine having a kitbag that had Compassion Focused ways of working effectively in groups everything we needed real and symbolic to manage working in groups in lockdown and beyond. This workshop will be more practice-based and I will introduce ways we can calm and energise our nervous system with imagery, breathing and sensory techniques. These practices can be helpful to us. We will learn how to use the science and practice of compassion to bring balance and strength in mind and body.
Workshop 4 – 120 minutes In this workshop, we will draw together the threads from the sessions and consider practical ways to incorporate new learning into current practice with further opportunities for group based experiential practice.
This initiative will be utilising theory and practice from Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT; Gilbert, 2009)