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Posted: 2022-07-20 08:00

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CPD Accredited by The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa

Medicine is what we do and not who we are. This is a practical, interactive workshop aimed at introducing the principles of reflective living and how reflective living can serve you in your professional and personal life. The session will include practical exercises to demonstrate mindfulness techniques, the impact of perspective, values-based decision making, stress management and cultivation of awareness. The workshop will also focus on the practical aspects of reflective practice in the workplace and how to make the most out of the portfolio of learning.

For the learning objectives to be met it is essential that the attached material be read and the exercises completed BEFORE the workshop.
Participants are strongly encouraged to read the Garneau et al 2013 paper. The other papers are merely for interest given the South African and/or the Medical and Health Sciences professions contexts.

Participants are invited to:

  1. Complete:
    • 9 dot exercise - for discussion when we meet
    • Awareness Calendars – for discussion when we meet
    • Pleasant Calendar:
      • For one week, be aware of one pleasant event per day while it is happening.
      • Record the event, as well as your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations, on the pleasant calendar and look for patterns.
    • Unpleasant Calendar:
      • For one week, be aware of one unpleasant event per day while it is happening.
      • Record the event, as well as your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations, on the pleasant calendar and look for patterns.
  2. Actively participate in the workshop discussions, practices and reflections.  
  3. Enjoy a mindful beverage. Participants must please have access to a cup/mug of coffee/tea/any other beverage, after the comfort break.
Date: 19 August 2022  
Time: 13h00 – 16h00  
Agenda: 13h00 – 15h00    Reflective Living – Debra Alexander
  15h00 – 15h30    Reflective Practice – Lucy Jarvis, Tessa Roos, Kerry Louw
  15h30 – 16h00    Break away small group interactive session
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Facilitator Bios

Dr Debra Alexander is a Governing Board Member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and a co-opted Board Member of the African Paralympic Committee (APC). She is the 1st Vice President of World Triathlon, 1st Vice President of Africa Triathlon and 2nd Vice President of the South African National Olympic and Paralympic Committee (SASCOC). She is a Board Member of Triathlon South Africa (Ex-officio) and a past President. Debra led the team that produced the first draft of the South African NOC/NPC Safeguarding Policy and procedures, she contributed to the World Triathlon Safeguarding policy and leads the IPC Safeguarding Policy Working Group. Amongst others, she has mentored Olympic and Paralympic athletes and coaches as well as women leaders in Para Sport on the African Continent and Sport Integrity Global Alliance mentees. She has presented nationally and internationally on athlete mental health, wellness and safeguarding as well as the impact of concussion on player cognitive and academic functioning. Debra has a PhD in Neuropsychology/Sport, she is a Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice, having retired as Head of the Clinical Psychology Department at Tygerberg Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University. She remains as an Extraordinary Senior Lecturer in the Psychiatry Department, Medical and Health Sciences Faculty where she is also the Program Director of the first MPhil Mindfulness Degree in the country.
Dr Lucy Jarvis is a psychiatrist and senior lecturer in the department of psychiatry at the University of Stellenbosch. She is currently the consultant on the therapeutic unit at Stikland Hospital and has an interest in substance use disorders, registrar well-being and suicide prevention.
Dr Kerry-Ann Louw is a Consultation Liaison Psychiatrist and senior lecturer at Stellenbosch University. She is the Head of Clinical Unit of adult psychiatry services and runs consultation-liaison psychiatry services at Tygerberg Hospital. Kerry completed both her undergraduate and postgraduate training at the University of Cape Town obtaining her MPhil in Liaison Mental Health in 2015. Her special interests include the complex interactions between psychiatric and medical illnesses, chronic pain, clinician wellness and women’s mental health.
Dr Tessa Roos is a psychiatrist and senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town. She is employed at Valkenberg Hospital managing the outpatients department and acute admissions. She did her undergraduate training at UCT, specialist training at Stellenbosch University and worked in the United Kingdom where she is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. She completed the IMISA and Stellenbosch University two year training in mindfulness based interventions. She is interested in mindfulness and its application in improving the personal and professional lives of doctors; teaching mindfulness to medical students, registrars and other health workers.


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