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Maintaining Balance in a New Reality

A Lecture Series that explores Practical Exercises for Wellbeing

As restrictions ease, there can be any number of feelings we might all be faced with as we move forward into the world. There might be a feeling of excitement and relief after a long absence of social connection. Or, perhaps there is a sense of trepidation of a new reality in which we are all just finding our feet.

This wellbeing lecture series addresses any feelings of unease and explores ways in which this transitional moment might provide opportunities for growth and change.

These sessions will be held online via Zoom. There is an option to purchase the whole series or each event individually.

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Mindful of our Mental Health- As we emerge from lockdown

Dr. Tony Bates – August 22nd 10am -12.30pm

Living through this pandemic has challenged each of us in different ways. Major disruption and trauma are painful and bring our vulnerabilities to the surface. They make us face certain truths about ourselves, perhaps difficulties we were able to avoid when we were carried along by the busyness of ‘normal’ life. But when our lives are disrupted, we are also most open to growing emotionally and deepening our sense of who we are. We see more clearly what is important to us, who we care about and what we want to nurture in our lives. In this workshop, we will explore the impact that life-changing events such as Covid19 have on our mental health and wellbeing. We will experience together how mindfulness can support us to face stress, trauma and loss, so that we grow from these experiences rather than be overwhelmed by them.  Each participant will be given an opportunity to build a personal, practical, ‘self-care blueprint’ as we leave lockdown, and re-engage with the wider world of family, work and community.

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Dr Tony Bates is a Clinical Psychologist. He was Head of Psychology for 30 years in St James’s Hospital Dublin and established and directed the MSc Cognitive Psychotherapy in TCD until 2006. He founded Jigsaw (The National Centre for Youth Mental Health) in 2006 to serve young people and their mental health needs. He was CEO until his retirement in 2018. Tony has been active in shaping and writing government policy since 2006. He was made honorary Professor of Psychology in UCD in September 2018 as a tribute to his contribution to the field. He trained as a mindfulness teacher in University of North Wales, Bangor in 2001 and has been active since in disseminating Mindfulness in Ireland. Tony now lives on a cliff outside Grange, north of Sligo, where he writes, consults and looks after over 100 wild birds, a wild fox, a badger and a tribe of wild rabbits. Father of three, grandfather of four.

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Living with change – challenge and opportunity.

Vidyamala Burch – September 12th 12pm -13pm

2020 has been a challenging and unpredictable year. In this lecture Vidyamala will speak about how to navigate upheaval using mindful and compassionate tools, showing how these approaches can help us deal with life’s inevitable challenges.

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Vidyamala Burch is founder and co-Director of Breathworks, an organization offering mindfulness-based and compassion-based approaches to living well with chronic pain, illness and stress. In 2008 she published Living Well with Pain and Illness: the Mindful Way to Ease Your Suffering (Piatkus) which is based on the Breathworks programme. She has also produced led meditation CDs and booklets available through Breathworks. She is also the author (with Dr Danny Penman) of Mindfulness for Health , which was awarded first prize (Popular Medicine) at the BMA Medical Book Awards 2014. Her newest (2016) book, Mindfulness for Women, is aimed at time-pressed women who want an accessible way into the benefits of mindfulness.

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Self-Care during Covid

Ian Robertson – October 24th 12pm – 13pm

Ian Robertson’s lecture will investigate how a lot of psychological distress can be addressed by seeking to balance the approach and avoidance systems of our brain.

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Prof. Ian Robertson was professor of psychology at Trinity College Dublin 1999–2016 and was the founding director of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, as well as dean of research of Trinity College from 2004–2007. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of London, where he qualified in clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry.

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