The Compassion Academy provides a range of compassion-based training interventions for individuals and organisations including Compassionate Leadership and Systems Change Training, Together Training, and bespoke Self-Care and Wellbeing workshops and courses.
The Academy’s model is based on what works from a wide range of psychological, scientific, and behavioural sources including evidence based compassion interventions which have been shown to lead to a long-term reduction of ingroup/outgroup divisions.
Our Leadership courses draw on the internationally renowned work done at MIT’s Sloan School of Management on systems dynamics and change along with the adaptive leadership practices developed by Cambridge University’s Centre for Rising Power.
Wellbeing, self-care, and resilience
In the face of the current pandemic, safe-guarding and improving staff wellbeing has never been more important. These courses are designed to boost wellness and build resilience. For those working in stressful environments, self-care is essential for both physical and mental wellbeing. Sadly, emotional resilience and self-care aren’t on the school syllabus and many remain unaware of what it involves until they start to suffer symptoms of stress or burn out. These symptoms can include anxiety, irritability, low mood, brain fog, feelings of overwhelm, increased reliance on food, alcohol and other unhealthy soothing mechanisms, lowered immunity, sleep disruption, negative patterns of behaviour and thought, depression and ultimately suicidal tendencies. Those symptoms don’t just impact on an individual they have a ripple effect on those they work with and a huge financial impact on employers through staff absence, low morale, loss of efficiency, increase in staff turnover and so on.
Best practice involves support and intervention long before an individual hits crisis point. During the current epidemic, when staff are often working remotely with burgeoning workloads and often having to handle distressing and difficult exchanges in isolation providing top quality support has never been more vital. In addition, the metaphysical aspects of the crisis increase the risk of depression and anxiety.
“Every leader in the room wanted Jennifer as their mentor. She held the space beautifully and had attendees laughing one moment and crying the next. They all took something away from the workshop that will have helped shape their life." - MA, Convenor, Emerging Women Leaders Lab at the United Nations
"The training we received at FWN was so important and we are genuinely so pleased we took the time to invest in such a positive event. Jennifer’s session was both compassionate and practical and all attendees left reinvigorated for the work ahead. We were given practical tools ideas and creative insights into how activism can be truly sustainable as a way of life. As an organisation we are so pleased to have booked this session and invested in ourselves and believe such a model will be invaluable" - Review from a recent training course conducted with the Fabian Women's Network (FWN)