Reflection, Connection, and Mindfulness

Summary:

Most meetings are so crammed that little attention is given to reflecting: on our work, relationships, hopes, or deepest purposes. A growing body of evidence tells us that reflective practices in meetings can greatly improve group communication and effectiveness.

Especially when time is precious, so, in fact, is reflection; effective practice can provide interruptions to dysfunctional communication patterns, enhance clarity, and foster new connections between people and ideas - in any meeting situation. In situations of decision-making, reflection allows a group to tap into its deepest purposes, avoid groupthink, limit mistakes, get creative, and maximize impact. This workshop offers a wide variety of techniques that will allow you to make even a crammed meeting feel spacious and connected.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the neurobiology of reflection and the deep purposes of reflection for work in groups.
  • Learn how to lead activities that support connection to self and others in service of a shared purpose.
  • Gather a wide variety of techniques that will allow you to make even a crammed meeting feel spacious and connected.
  • Use reflective and artistic exercises that tap into a group’s creative resource.

Results:

As a result of this workshop, you will be equipped to:

  • Connect a group more deeply to the purpose of their meetings, to themselves, and to their creative capacity.
  • Tap into the more creative, more intuitive parts of one’s intelligences.
  • Lead reflective exercises before, during, and after a meeting to help build creativity, eagerness to listen, and empathy.Avoid groupthink, impulse towards conflict, and distractedness in a group setting.
  • Equip groups to make decisions more collaboratively, thoughtfully, and for maximal impact.

Who might participate:

  • Nonprofit leaders looking to inspire creativity as they guide their organizations through a process of planning or transition
  • Executives facilitating meetings that are crammed full of agenda items, reports, and interruptions
  • Family therapists wanting to avoid reactionary outbursts and aggressive behavior from their clients during sessions
  • Resident assistants and directors developing new tools to enhance their programming and help them deal with resident conflicts 

For more information, reach out to training@whatisessential.org or 617-923-1216 ext. 10.

This workshop is approved for 6 clock hours for national certified counselors, Massachusetts licensed mental health counselors, and New Hampshire pastoral psychotherapists. Credits are accepted by the NH Board of Mental Health Practice for all licensed NH mental health professionals. We are an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

This program has been approved for 6 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work.

Workshop policies.

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Regular fee
$150
Early Bird Special:
$125
Register with a Friend:
$120

Instructors

Elements

Reflection, Preparation and Purpose, Interpersonal Skills, Small Group Exercises, Neuropsychology Research

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Opened me up to a new way of thinking and a new way of opening up conversation.