Sunday Workshops

Workshop 1: Dr. Fiona Moir


Sunday 28 March 9:00am – 12:00pm

Enhancing wellbeing by tackling burnout

Learn how to prevent or manage burnout and enhance wellbeing. This can benefit yourself and your colleagues, patients or family. This hands-on session will explore the concept of burnout in more depth, including ways to approach some specific workplace stressors. This is a solutions-focussed workshop, looking at a range of tools and strategies, and will include an exercise which asks you to identify activities that replenish you. It will also include some conflict management skills and a short self-compassion exercise. By the end of the workshop, you will have gained more understanding of your own tendencies under stress, and some ideas to make some change if you desire. The workshop will be conducted in a safe environment where the individual learning style of participants will be respected by offering group or individual exercises for all tasks.       


Workshop 2: Dr. Anna Friis


Sunday 28 March 9:00am – 12:00pm

Self-compassionate practice at the frontline

Mindfulness and self-compassion are increasingly recognised as protective against the negative effects of chronic stress, with a large body of scientific studies attesting to the health benefits of these mind-body practises. Not only do these trainings increase emotional resilience and provide a buffer against burn-out and care-giver fatigue, they are linked to numerous positive measures of wellbeing. Mindfulness and self-compassion are skills that can be learned by anyone, bringing a greater sense of ease and happiness, and enabling one to ”breath underwater” when life is difficult. Blending scientific evidence with real world examples, participants can expect a lively mix of the latest research and experience practical tools for bringing self-compassion into daily life.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • What self compassion is – and what it isn’t
  • A brief review of the evidence for the mental and physical health effects of mindful self-compassion
  • How to help protect yourself against empathy fatigue and burn-out
  • Simple tools and practises for everyday life and work
  • Get first hand practise and experience of what it’s like to be more mindful and self-compassionate

Workshop 3 (VIRTUAL): Dr. James Kirby


Sunday 28 March 1:00pm – 4:00pm

What are the fears of compassion and how to work with them

James will discuss how our fears about compassion may interfere with the capacity to care for both others and ourselves.  As he notes, many see compassion it as soft, weak or indulgent. Some will see compassion as “letting people off the hook” for the bad things they have done, and others will see ‘tough love’ as an important strategy to help with setbacks and disappointments.  Implications for clinical practice are discussed.

This workshop will take place online.