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

January 14 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm GMT



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

It was initially created in response to a needs assessment with youth workers and those working with young people. The training became even more important when Covid-19 became apart of our lives back in March 2020, and since then has helped support youth workers and those working with young people.

Just Some of the Course Themes…

What is Mindfulness and Why Practice it?

This session explores the definitions of mindfulness and its application in the workplace. It also provides the opportunity to explore what it might be like to settle a busy mind.

Acceptance and Self Compassion for Resilience

Within our mindfulness training, acceptance is anything but passive. Acceptance means to turn towards that which is difficult and respond to life’s challenges with compassion and care. In this way, we choose to move forward with skilful action, rather than be governed by our habitual reactions to stressful situations.

The Importance of Intention

Setting an intention is like pointing a compass in the direction we want to go. Companies have their vision and mission statements. What is yours?

Cultivating Positive Traits

It is common knowledge in the world of neuroscience that the mind has a negativity bias. It’s not our fault, rather a product of the evolved brain and its need to survive. This negativity bias can surface in the form of an inner critic, an over developed threat system, stress and anxiety. The good news is we can address the bias through practices that rewire the brain.


*** Course includes an 8 Week MBLC book, downloadable recordings of home practices, as well as weekly emails with video recordings of the sessions.

What recent participants have said about the course

I just want to say a big thank you for NYCI organising this training opportunity. It was so beneficial to participate and I am very grateful. It is such a wonderful course.

A sincere thanks to all involved this morning it was so supportive and enjoyable.
I actually feel less stressed and more aware and proactive.

I’ve been using my newly acquired tools to manage the stress of starting a new job at this time and to appreciate my kids and my lovely home.


30 participants


Free of charge to NYCI members and
Free of Charge to non-members


January 14th – March 25th
Week 12 April 15th
11.30am – 13.00pm
Online (Zoom)


  • 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.


Why are we providing this training

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. This training became even more important when Covid-19 became apart of our lives back in March 2020, to support 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.


January 14
11:30 am - 1:00 pm GMT


The Sanctuary
+353 1 670 5419


Online (Zoom)
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