Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice

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A one-day, innovative seminar for frontline practitioners and managers.

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The Heart of Frontline Practice group - Ag Eisteacht, SHEP and Dr Nicola' O Sullivan - is collaborating to host its second one-day, interactive national seminar for frontline practitioners and managers.

Aware of the additional pressures and stress that Covid19 has brought, we invite you to take time out of your routine daily practice to reflect on the impact of your work.

Join us in a safe and facilitated on-line space via Zoom to pause and engage with topics such as the value of reflective practice, the role of vulnerability, humility in supervision relationships and the importance of self-compassion.

Through a series of stimulating presentations, interactive plenary sessions and facilitated break-out spaces, this event will focus on enabling practitioners from all disciplines to develop and sustain reflective practice.

We hope that it will help you to reconnect with the heart of your work and what drew you to the work in the first place.

This seminar is one of a series of initiatives by the Heart of Practice collaborative group exploring focused ways of supporting frontline workers.

We look forward to welcoming you to what will be a nourishing and 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.


Dr Tim Dartington:

‘Spaces to think’

Dr Tim Dartington has worked with individuals and teams providing supportive services to people when they are most vulnerable, from early life to living in crisis or recovering from trauma to old age and dying. His research has been on the underlying dynamics of systems of care. Formerly with the Tavistock Institute, he is also a visiting lecturer with the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust in London and had published widely.

In his presentation, Tim will explore reflective practice as one way of taking a breather at this time of difficulty and stress.

Dr Aisling McMahon:

'Vulnerability and humility in supervision relationships'

Dr Aisling McMahon is a clinical psychologist, integrative psychotherapist and clinical supervisor, and is also currently training as a group analyst. She works as an Assistant Professor in Dublin City University where she teaches on postgraduate psychotherapy and clinical supervision training programmes. With Peter Hawkins, Aisling is co-author of the 5th edition of ‘Supervision in the Helping Professions’. Her research interests are clinical supervision and practitioner development, with an interest in fostering resilience, from training to retirement.

Aisling will explore the role of vulnerability and humility in supervision relationships.

Dr Kate Lucre:

‘The Compassionate Kitbag: practical ways to develop our compassionate identity'

Dr Kate Lucre is a Birmingham-based Compassion Focused Therapist and Supervisor specialising in the use of CFT for complex trauma, personality and relational difficulties for groups and individuals. She is the regional supervision coordinator for the Compassionate Mind Foundation and also runs workshops for the Foundation and across the UK on CFT for groups and Compassion Focused Staff Support and Supervision.

Kate will share ways we can calm and energise our nervous system with imagery, breathing and sensory techniques and how to use the science and practice of compassion to bring balance and strength in mind and body.

The hosts for this full-day seminar will be Dr Maeve Hurley, founder of Ag Eisteacht, Jim Sheehan, Director of The Social & Health Education Project (SHEP) and Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan, Associate Lecturer at Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust.


The fee for this one-day seminar is €50

Booking deadline May 11th, 2021

Cancellation Policy:

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


If you have any further questions about this event please contact Sabrina by phone 021 4536556 or by email sabrina@ageisteacht.com


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.


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