The main speaker will be clinical psychologist and trainer Dr Alessio Agostinis, managing director of the Jersey International Mindfulness Centre, who will be providing a ‘taster’ of
modern Western (secular) mindfulness, how to do/learn it well, and the practical, measurable benefits for leaders and the workplace.
Dr Agostinis’ customer base is international, including clients from the Middle East and Asia. He is a Consultant Chartered Clinical and Registered Psychologist, Associate Fellow and listed as an expert witness by the British Psychological Society.
Until 2014 a committee member of the Dyslexia Jersey committee and a former committee member of the Jersey Personal Injury Medicolegal Society, he enjoys both community and voluntary roles, as visiting honorary research fellow at Liverpool John Moores University and as president of the Jersey Association of Italian Culture.
Dr Agostinis came to academia relatively late in life, having trained as a chef in Italy in the 1990s and then joining the Italian parachute regiment for 12 months’ national service, moving to Jersey initially in 1997. He started studying psychology in 1999 and finally completed his NHS-funded doctoral training in 2008, moving back to the Island with his family.
Leadership Jersey organiser Kevin Keen said: ‘Mindfulness is the buzzword at the moment and is increasingly finding a place in helping people to improve performance, manage stress, exhaustion and physical difficulties, even passing exams with higher grades, improving relationships and creating better health. During the workshop – which will be partly talking and partly ‘experiential’ – Alessio will provide a taster and explain the benefits.’
Any profits from the event will be donated to Pain Support Jersey which seeks to help sufferers of persistent pain conditions and their families. The morning event, which takes place on Friday 9 March at the Pomme d’Or Hotel from 8.30 am to 12 noon, costs £32.85, with reductions to £22.10 for registered charities and students. Bookings are now available at eventbrite.com.