‘Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice: ‘Connecting with Compassion in Diverse and Complex Settings’ on Tuesday 30th May 2023

Join the fourth national conference for frontline practitioners:

‘Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice: ‘Connecting with Compassion in Diverse and Complex Settings’ on Tuesday 30th May 2023 at Nano Nagle Place in Cork and online.

We invite you to join us in the tranquil surroundings of Nano Nagle Place in Cork or online on Tuesday 30th May 2023 for a one-day conference to provide a safe and nourishing space for you to reflect on how human connection can help buffer and support us during these challenging times.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice: Connecting with Compassion in Diverse and Complex Settings” and it is open to all frontline practitioners and managers working in health, social care, social work or education.

This event will include stimulating presentations from guest speakers, interactive plenary sessions and facilitated break-out spaces.

Guest speakers are:

Dr Tom A. Hutchinson. Professor, Department of Medicine and Department of Oncology Director and Director, McGill Programs in Whole Person Care, Canada.

Dr Naomi Masheti and Fionnuala O’Connell. Naomi is Programme Coordinator with Cork Migrant Centre and she completed her PhD in 2015 specialising in the Psychosocial Wellbeing of Sub-Saharan African Migrant Children. Fionnuala is a board member of INAR, Artist and holds a graduate honours degree in International Development and Food Policy. Her role in Cork Migrants centre involves working with young people.

Our final guest speaker is Marianne Adams. Marianne has over 20 years experience working with children and young people, she is one of the most senior Art Therapists practicing in Ireland, and a registered accredited member of IACAT.

Each will share insight from an individual and practice experience perspective on the topic of relating and connecting.

The cost of this one-day event is €50. Certificates are available for all attendees and CPD has been approved by the RCPI.

Places are limited so bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Both in person and online hybrid options are available. To secure your place, please select on your preferred ticket option above. Lunch and refreshments are included for those attending in person. Registration will begin at 9am.

This is the fourth national conference held by the Heart of Frontline Practice collaborative group to raise awareness of the perception and realities of frontline practice. Our focus is on enabling practitioners from all disciplines to develop and sustain reflective practice.We look forward to welcoming you into this nourishing and inspiring in-person and online reflective exploration of what is at the heart of frontline practice, while considering the physical, psychological, emotional and relational impacts of frontline work in complex systems.

The Heart of Frontline Practice is a collaborative alliance with Dr Maeve Hurley, SHEP (Social & Health Education Project) and Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan. We are all practitioners with shared values and a common interest in supporting frontline practitioners’ health and wellbeing through reflective practice.

We hope to stimulate a national conversation about the reality of working in frontline practice and to highlight the need for more reflective spaces to support those working in frontline roles.


Specialist Workshop – Compliment Your Experience

This year, the Heart of Frontline Practice also presents a Specialist Workshop, by Dr Tom A. Hutchinson. Dr Hutchinson will deliver an immersive and interactive workshop on Whole Person Care titled: “Relating to Patients; Connection, Awareness, Relationships, Engagement”. For more information on this specialist workshop, please click here.

Location:This is an in-person hybrid event, which will be held in Nano Nagle Place, Cork. The event will also be held online, for those who wish to attend remotely.

Fee:The subsidised fee for this immersive 1 day conference is €50 per person.

Booking deadline: 26th May 2023

Cancellation Policy:Refunds cannot be issued for cancellations received less than 2 weeks before the workshop. However, under exceptional circumstances, this can be reviewed by the organisers.

Contact:If you have any further questions about this event please contact Robyn by phone (087) 1466011 or by email robyn.pinkham@relationshipsinpractice.ie

SHEP:The Social and Health Education Project CLG (SHEP)is a not-for-profit, community-based training and development organisation established with a commitment to personal and social transformation. Our key areas of work include: a unique training programme based on experiential group work approaches; advocacy; low-cost counselling; supports for community groups and organisations, earth awareness work and international partnership.www.socialandhealth.com


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