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Connecting listening with health and wellbeing


04/12/2017 09:30






Practitioner support

About this event

There is a great need for trained listeners to come alongside those who need to talk to someone in a safe and confidential environment.

Within us all there is a need to be understood and understand, feel valued and respected, express feelings honestly, find meaning and purpose, build inner resilience, and discover hope. When we listen well to another those needs can be met.

This experiential course will introduce participants to the basic skills of active listening and its connection with health and wellbeing.

Key learning:

  • Consider the foundations of good listening
  • Explore what makes a good listener
  • Use listening to reflect on your relationship with self and others
  • Recognise what has shaped how you listen and respond
  • Identify when listening can be difficult
  • Demonstrate active reflective listening to feelings in context
  • Use the skills learned in everyday situations.

Facilitator bio

Maureen Wilson, Executive Coordinator, Listen Well Scotland

Maureen has been in post since 2008, but has over 20 years' experience as a trainer, supervisor and listener, working in primary care. Her background includes nearly 40 years' experience as an NHS Physiotherapist and 15 years' experience as a non-stipendiary Minister in the United Reformed Church. Her role included voluntary chaplaincy at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, where she worked alongside staff and patients in the Macmillan Unit and Oncology.

Maureen's present focus is a pilot scheme delivering a new listening course for schools – The Listen Well Award – in 7 schools making a positive contribution to the mental wellbeing of young people.
Marie Ogilvie, Deputy Coordinator, Listen Well Scotland

After being introduced to the Foundation of Effective Listening towards the end of a clinical academic career in medical virology, Marie went on to become a volunteer tutor and listener with Listen Well Scotland. She has gained wider experience, on both theoretical and practical aspects in this field, as an examiner for the credit-rated components of the certificated courses, and as a supervisor of Registered Listeners.

Marie also assists with the development of Listening Time For You (LT4U) in different community settings, and recruitment and training of new volunteers, particularly for listening in schools.

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