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Caring for the Caregiver: A Mindfulness Programme for Compassionate Self-Care – Online

April 15, 2020 @ 11:30 am - July 8, 2020 @ 1:00 pm IST



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The training, Caring for the Caregiver: A Minduflness Programme for Compassionate Self Care, is in partnership with The Sanctuary.


In 2019, this training arose from the identification of needs with youth workers and those working with young people highlighted to the National Youth Health Programme when we are meeting with front-line staff during trainings and events. Now, in the circumstance in which we all find ourselves in today, this training is extremely important for supporting the youth workers and those working with young people.

It is no surprise that not only are  youth workers and those in the caregiver profession often susceptible to stress, anxiety, physical strain and a diminished quality of life (McBee, 2003), but that tending to their own needs and mental well-being can be difficult. This doesn’t mean that the resources are not there, rather access to programmes designed to help with  burnout can be problematic due to financial, geographical and bureaucratic barriers.

There have been many programmes developed to help those working with the vulnerable cope with the stress and the demands of their jobs. These programmes vary, depending on whether they are specific to the type of illness/disability/ or youth care setting, or whether they are more general and wide reaching.

In recent years, there have been a number of studies conducted that focus on mindfulness practices and mindfulness based interventions (MBI) as a possible tool for caregivers/youth workers with positive results (Lewis et.al, 2012; Carlson et.al, 2006; Wahbeh et.al, 2010; Zylowska 2015; McBee, 2011). In fact, one study (Carlson et, al, 2008) that randomly assigned 78 caregivers to either an 8 week MBI or a CCES programme (caregiver education support), found that the MBI was more effective with improving overall mental well-being and stress levels. This suggests that mindfulness and MBIs are a viable approach to reduce burnout.


22 participants


Covid-19 edition free of charge
(Usual cost €200)


12 week course held online via Zoom
on Thursday mornings 11:30am-13:00pm
(Starting April 16th – July 9th, with a break on Thursday May 28th)


  • The opportunity to experience mindfulness and compassion practices
  • The opportunity to explore empathy and open, inclusive and non-judgemental communication
  • To identify stress and anxiety within both their personal and professional life
  • To support the youth workers and those working with young people in this challenging time we all face


  • Anyone working with young people in a youth work, out of school or non-formal education setting. Participants are expected to attend both days


  • The Sanctuary


April 15, 2020 @ 11:30 am IST
July 8, 2020 @ 1:00 pm IST
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Online (Zoom)


National Youth Council of Ireland
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