Wednesday, 22. April 2020, The Bristol Commonwealth Society, Compassionate Mind Training: An eight-week programme

from 22. April 2020 - 18:30 till 21:00

The Bristol Commonwealth Society

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Would you like to learn how to live better in our complex world?  
Compassionate Mind Training might be the answer.  This eight-week course really could change your life!  
What is Compassionate Mind Training (CMT)?
CMT is an innovative approach to wellbeing based in science and adapted from the ground-breaking work of internationally renowned psychologist, Prof. Paul Gilbert, OBE, creator of Compassion Focused Therapy.
This 8-week course offers the chance to understand why compassion is the answer to living well in a complicated world and offers you the opportunity to develop your own Compassionate Mind.  Sessions will be informal and involve: taught content, meditations, group discussions, guided experiences, meditative practices, and writing tasks.  
CMT was developed by Dr Chris Irons (clinical psychologist and best-selling author) and is being bought to Bristol by Will Devlin a clinical psychologist living and working in the city.
What's involved?
CMT is an 8-week training programme, each session lasts 2.5hours, starting at 6.30pm and ending at 9.00pm.  Participants MUST attend the first session and will ideally aim to attend them all.  Those who are unable to attend at least six of the sessions are unlikely to find the training useful.  You will also be invited to consolidate your learning between session by undertaking various home-tasks; however, whether or not you take up these invitations will be down to you.
When is it?

Session One: Wednesday 22 April 2020, 6.30 - 9pm

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Session Two: Wednesday 29 April 2020, 6.30 - 9pm

Session Three: Wednesday 6 May 2020, 6.30 - 9pm

Session Four: Wednesday 13 May 2020, 6.30 - 9pm 

Session Five: Wednesday 20 May 2020, 6.30 - 9pm

Half Term Holiday: No session on Wednesday 27 May 2020

Session Six: Wednesday 3 June 2020, 6.30 - 9pm

Session Seven: Wednesday 10 June 2020, 6.30 - 9pm

Session Eight: Wednesday 17 June 2020, 6.30 - 9pm

What does it cost?
The cost of the training is £197.32 including the booking fee.  However, an 'early-bird' rate of £179 (inc. booking fee) will be offered to the first six participants to book a place.  

Further Information: Course Aim and Learning Outcomes
The aim of CMT is: to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to develop a compassionate approach to themselves and others which enable us to thrive despite that challenges that life brings.
By the end of the course participants will know:

What compassion is, the science behind it, and how it can flow in three directions.

How our minds are naturally susceptible to getting caught-up in loops of negative thoughts and feelings.

The ‘three circles’ model of emotions, and why human emotions become unbalanced so easily.

What helps compassion to flourish, what can get in the way, and how to train their minds with, and for compassion.

About the power of attention and awareness, for shaping our experiences and how to stabilise attention so that our minds work at their best.

 Participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice skills for:

Developing and accessing their compassionate minds.

Creating emotional balance.

Balancing tricky feelings such as shame, sadness and anxiety.

Stabilising attention through mindfulness.

Developing their compassionate minds using meditation practices, for example, involving imagining, using memories, breath control, and embodiment.

 Teaching and Learning Methods: 

Taught content

Experiential exercises, i.e. learning by doing

Meditative practices including mindfulness, visualisation and meditation

Written work (optional)

Small group discussions

Invitation and ideas for “homework” which will complement the training and allow participants to consolidate their learning and practice new skills

Take-home information, and audio guidance for homework tasks

Group Size: The training will be offered to groups of no more than 16 people to ensure that sessions feel as relaxed and informal as possible.

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