An event taking place in Dublin tomorrow will focus on how teachers and educators can avoid burnout and mind their own mental health while working with adult learners.
The ‘Self Care for Educators’ event will run from 10am to 3.30pm at the Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1, and is being hosted by EPALE Ireland and AONTAS, The National Adult Learning Organisation.
Jim Daly TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health, with special responsibility for mental health and older people, will deliver the opening address at 10.10am.
Author, psychologist and TV personality Dr. Eddie Murphy will deliver the keynote address at 10.25am, focusing on how educators can enhance their resilience and self-care capacities.
Other speakers at the event will include:
- Laura Austen-Grey, EPALE Coordinator for Ireland;
- Dearbháil Lawless, EU Projects Officer at AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation;
- Mary Moynihan, Artistic Director of Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Human Rights; and a Theatre Lecture at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama;
- Anthony Burke, Principal of Linn Dara School, which caters for children and adolescents who are experiencing severe emotional disturbance;
- Rebecca Murphy, Education and Training Coordinator with Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health; and
- Dr. Ann Caulfield, co-founder of Mindfulness Matters.
Commenting in advance of the event, Niamh Reilly, CEO of AONTAS, said:
“There has been a growing focus in recent years on students’ mental health and the importance of cultivating resilience and mindfulness in learners of all ages. However, it is equally important that educators – across all sectors and levels of the education system – look after their own mental health.”
Laura Austen-Grey, EPALE Coordinator for Ireland, said:
“Teacher stress and wellbeing is emerging as an important issue in adult and community education. Lifelong learning practitioners often deal with students with harrowing back stories and work in challenging conditions.
With tomorrow’s event, we are aiming to explore the tools and practical exercises teachers can use to build their resilience, incorporate mindfulness into their work, and avoid burnout.”
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