Guest Workshop: Radical Self-Care for LGBTQ+: U-Turning Care Toward Yourself

Course Aim
Our Guest Workshops are led by experts from around the world and will provide a rich opportunity for you to explore a variety of topics and reflect on how mindfulness supports you and your teaching.
20th Nov 2021
9.00am - 1.00pm

We are delighted to host our Autumn series of guest workshops exploring themes relating to mindfulness and inclusion.

This workshop is:

Radical Self-Care for LGBTQ+: U-Turning Care Toward Yourself by Dr Raphael Jay Adjani

Radical Self-Care is a space to learn pioneering therapeutic tools from Neuroscience, Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindful Self-Compassion and a range of Mindfulness modalities. A most powerful tool here is that of the group learning dynamic, a temporary community, involving intentional shared experience. These tools can empower us towards better care for our self alongside others.

In this half-day workshop you will be introduced to key practices and some of the core concepts of the pioneering programme Radical Self-Care (Radsec). Radsec provides a safe space for personal sharing and exploration. It helps you develop greater self-care skills, cultivate self-worth, and improve life satisfaction

In a research study, nearly 80% of people said they found it easier to care for others than themselves. Radsec supports you in “U-Turning Care Toward Ourself”, and become a better friend toward yourself.

Radsec, which is accessible to anyone, was initially developed to focus on specific needs of LGBTQ+ individuals. This includes supporting people to work with shame and internalised homophobia/transphobia.

As part of a research project of City University, London with Rainbow Mind, involving randomized control trials, Radsec participants had clinically significant improvements in general wellbeing, reduction in anxiety and depressive mood symptoms; and a significant increase in self-compassion and mindfulness skills. Furthermore the results showed considerable reductions in experiencing of shame and self-critical perfectionism: two issues that disproportionately effect LGBTQ+ individuals.

Radsec also speaks strongly to carers, teachers and activists who experience compassion fatigue.

About our Guest Speaker

Raphael is: an integrative psychotherapist; Life Development Coach at Amaravati Wellness Center, Thailand; and formerly Honorary Programme Director of New Life Foundation, a mindfulness-based recovery and wellbeing centre in Thailand.

Raphael is also a qualified and experienced teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and other Mindfulness-based programmes.

Alongside a private practice, Raphael’s work as a therapist includes play therapy in a primary school.  It also involves being a member of the therapeutic team of UK organisation Rainbow Mind. Here they undertake counselling; as well as facilitating support groups, workshops and courses, including Radical Self-Care, that are particularly supportive of LGBTQ+ and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals.

Raphael also has programme development responsibility for Mindfulness Network for People of Colour.

As a lecturer in higher education, as well as educator in corporate, community and health contexts, Raphael has been helping people, for over 30 years, to maximize their holistic creativity to lead fulfilling lives.

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Who is the workshop for?

Some initial experience of mindfulness is required for participation in this workshop.

How much does the workshop cost?

This half-day workshop costs £35.

This course meets the conditions of an exempt supply of education provided by an eligible body and is therefore exempt from VAT.