THE COMPASSION DIALOGUES

 

A Monthly Webinar – Second Tuesday Evening Every Month (London time)

How do you give compassionate spiritual care in the real world here and now?

What works?  What doesn’t work?

In these inspiring and practically useful dialogues we present skilled and experienced caregivers who will share their personal stories, perspectives and practical strategies for giving care — care that is welcomed and genuinely supportive. These conversations will be enquiring and personal, relating to the subject in a deeply humane and relevant way. The host for all these dialogues will be William Bloom, lead for the Spiritual Companions Trust.

These webinars are for anyone seeking to improve their caring skills or wanting to learn more about how compassion can make a difference in your life and the life of those around you. We welcome everyone.

Access to these live Zoom calls is by donation. The dialogues will be available on Youtube a month after their recording. (Sign up for our eLetter at the bottom of this web page if you want to be informed.)

 Lisa Anthony

Caring for Students, Teachers, Patients and Clients

Tuesday 14 December

7:30pm (London time)

Lisa Anthony is one of the UK’s most experienced psychotherapists working in the field of expressive arts and spiritual care.

In her late twenties she moved from working one-to-one with clients into the academic world, teaching and supporting counsellors. From that role, she then moved into leading the spiritual care team in a hospice and from the hospice she moved to heading up spiritual care at Plymouth University.

What influenced her to make these deep career changes?

In this Compassion Dialogue we will hear her own story and also enquire into the nature of spiritual care in the modern world. We will explore her experience of hospice work and discuss the challenges and insights that come now from her position in the university.

Lisa Anthony

Caring for Students, Teachers, Patients and Clients

Tuesday 14 December 7:30pm (London time)

Lisa Anthony is one of the UK’s most experienced psychotherapists working in the field of expressive arts and spiritual care.

In her late twenties she moved from working one-to-one with clients into the academic world, teaching and supporting counsellors. From that role, she then moved into leading the spiritual care team in a hospice and from the hospice she moved to heading up spiritual care at Plymouth University.

What influenced her to make these deep career changes?

In this Compassion Dialogue we will hear her own story and also enquire into the nature of spiritual care in the modern world. We will explore her experience of hospice work and discuss the challenges and insights that come now from her position in the university.

Simon Stedman

Mainstream Business, Utopian Communities & Suicide Help Lines

Tuesday 11 January

7:30pm (London time)

Simon worked as a Finance Director in London for 30 years and was also Treasurer of  St James’s Church, Piccadilly.  He has been Chief Financial Officer at the Findhorn Foundation, Europe’s leading eco-spiritual centre,  for the last 2 years.  He is a trained Samaritan listener and currently training to be a psychotherapist in psychosynthesis.  Simon brings his spiritual care into all his working relations.  His motto is kindness over niceness. 

In this Compassion Dialogue we will explore whether spiritual care is the same in a church, a utopian community and a commercial business focused on productivity and profit.

Simon Stedman

Mainstream Business, Utopian Communities & Suicide Help Lines

Tuesday 11 January 7:30pm (London time)

Simon worked as a Finance Director in London for 30 years and was also Treasurer of  St James’s Church, Piccadilly.  He has been Chief Financial Officer at the Findhorn Foundation, Europe’s leading eco-spiritual centre,  for the last 2 years.  He is a trained Samaritan listener and currently training to be a psychotherapist in psychosynthesis.  Simon brings his spiritual care into all his working relations.  His motto is kindness over niceness. 

In this Compassion Dialogue we will explore whether spiritual care is the same in a church, a utopian community and a commercial business focused on productivity and profit.

Kate Spohrer

End of Life and Green Funerals

Tuesday 8 February

7:30pm (London time)

With a background in education and psychotherapy, Kate works with her son and daughter-in-law as a funeral director and incorporates compassionate companioning into her work with the bereaved and the pre-bereaved. 

Her introduction to death and dying, however, started in childhood as her father was a vicar.  As a child she always preferred the funerals to the weddings finding them so much more meaningful. It was when she lost her partner fifteen years ago that her work turned to funeral celebrancy. 

One of her passions is to demystify death and facilitate conversations around the subject so that when the time comes to say goodbye to someone, or to say goodbye ourselves, the transition can be as positive as possible.

In this dialogue we will explore the sensitive subject of end of life, funerals and grief — and how to bring in true and appropriate support and care. 

Attwood Funerals

Kate Spohrer

End of Life and Green Funerals

Tuesday 8 February 7:30pm (London time)

With a background in education and psychotherapy, Kate works with her son and daughter-in-law as a funeral director and incorporates compassionate companioning into her work with the bereaved and the pre-bereaved.

Her introduction to death and dying, however, started in childhood as her father was a vicar.  As a child she always preferred the funerals to the weddings finding them so much more meaningful. It was when she lost her partner fifteen years ago that her work turned to funeral celebrancy. 

One of her passions is to demystify death and facilitate conversations around the subject so that when the time comes to say goodbye to someone, or to say goodbye ourselves, the transition can be as positive as possible.

In this dialogue we will explore the sensitive subject of end of life, funerals and grief — and how to bring in true and appropriate support and care. 

Attwood Funerals

Paul Gilbert

The Compassionate Mind

Tuesday 8 March

7:30pm (London time)

Paul is the author of the international bestseller The Compassionate Mind.

He pioneered the concept and practice of  compassion focussed therapy.

He has published and edited twenty-one books, including Overcoming Depression, and many academic papers; and is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Derby University.

In this dialogue we will explore how to bridge academic concepts and high philosophical ideals into everyday behaviours and conversations.

Paul Gilbert

The Compassionate Mind

Tuesday 8 March 7:30pm (London time)

Paul is the author of the international bestseller The Compassionate Mind.

He pioneered the concept and practice of  compassion focussed therapy.

He has published and edited twenty-one books, including Overcoming Depression, and many academic papers; and is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Derby University.

In this dialogue we will explore how to bridge academic concepts and high philosophical ideals into everyday behaviours and conversations.

 

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