As part of the Devon Wellbeing Hub, colleagues working in healthcare, social care and the police across Devon are able to sign up to take part in a free Mindfulness Course run by the University of Exeter through the AccEPT Clinic.
Expressions of interest are now being accepted for the next courses commencing in January 2023.
What is the aim of the course?
This course aims to improve colleagues’ health and wellbeing whilst developing recovery skills and reducing the risk of work-related stress. It follows a curriculum called Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Life (MBCT-L), developed at Oxford University.
The training aims to teach the following skills:
What does it look like?
During the course you’ll take part in regular meditation, gentle movement and other practices which help you to feel more focussed on the present moment and encourage a non-judgemental outlook. You’ll also learn ways to bring mindfulness and awareness into your daily life. This will be supported both within the sessions and through meditation practice at home.
Who is it for?
This course is for colleagues working in healthcare, social care and the police in Devon who would like to learn skills to support their wellbeing and reduce their stress at work. Participants will need to have a willingness to engage in mindfulness and have a commitment to the course.
This course is not advised for people who are experiencing bereavement, PTSD, an acute mental health disorder or who have recently experienced trauma, though you are welcome to talk through any queries you may have with a facilitator before signing up.
Course options and how to sign up:
The three groups starting in the New Year are:
1) 25 January 2023 MBCTL eight week course – Wednesdays, 9 – 11am* meeting weekly
2) 25 January 2023 MBCTL eight week course – Wednesdays, 5 – 7pm* meeting weekly
3) 25 January 2023 MBCTL Skills course – Wednesdays, 6 – 8pm* meeting monthly
*Please note that the first and last sessions of each course will finish 30 minutes later. All sessions will take place via Zoom.
The eight week course is a more intensive training in mindfulness, which follows an evidence-based programme of learning and practice, including daily practice for up to 30 minutes a day.
The Skills course focusses on learning mindfulness techniques and is designed to work as a stand-alone, one off session, or people can access all six if preferred. This is a light touch and more of an introduction to mindfulness approaches.
To register your interest, please fill in the expressions of interest form and a facilitator will be in touch with next steps. The courses book up quickly, so please complete the form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
For more information, visit: Mindfulness Groups for Staff within Health, Social Care and Police | AccEPT Clinic | University of Exeter