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Consultancy

Compassion and Presence is a professional training for those working in all areas of health and social care and psychology. These courses based on the skills of mindfulness and meditation, provide training in compassionate presence and communication.

We provide a consultancy service and our curriculum provides specialised training within social and health care settings, such as hospitals, hospices, as well as on courses at universities.

Please contact us about developing a Compassion and Presence programme for your organisation.

 


Kirsten Deleo


Inservice training for healthcare professionals is an important part of our work. Kirsten DeLeo, International trainer, describes her experiences of offering training to doctors and other staff at Hasbro's Children's Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island in the United States.

Over the course of the training, the participants said they had gained a greater sense of awareness, acceptance and kindness for themselves. This in turn gave them more confidence to drop the self-protective guards and be authentically available for others. One of the residents said, “My experience with truly listening to another person has improved. I am learning how to open myself—to be receptive—accepting others’ stories instead of just waiting to ask a question or complete an objective.” Another said, “I have learned that just being present with someone can be enough, and having an open, caring attitude can be beneficial. I don’t always have to do something.”

Being with these young doctors and their colleagues, it struck me more than ever before that we really need help to cultivate compassionate presence and maintain our passion for caring for our patients. We also need support to nurture the strength of heart to remain present in the face of suffering, particularly in the most difficult times. This passion and strength can easily be worn down or even crushed by the daily grind of our healthcare system. At the same time, it was clear that taking the time to learn these contemplative methods and listening skills helps not only to build a sense of connectedness with patients, but also with colleagues and other healthcare practitioners. As one of the medical educators in the group said, “This time gives me a sense of hope for the future of healthcare. A healthcare system where the care is integral to health and healing.”

 

 

Prof Liz Lobb, St. George Hospital, New South Wales, Australia and Alexandra Yuille, Spiritual Care Programme Australia on "Compassion in Healthcare" - a case study presented at the Empathy and Compassion in Society conference, 2013