Your Care Starts with Self-Care: Help for the Helpers

Health and wellness coaching are rapidly emerging as adjunct treatments for lifestyle-related chronic illness. According to an analytic review resulting in a compendium of literature on health and wellness coaching (Sfrozo,. Et al.,2017), the most consistent outcomes of these interventions were on exercise behaviour (92%), psychological outcomes (80%), nutrition behaviour (88%), weight and BMI (71%), and cholesterol (67%). Although the relationship between physical activities on productivity indicators remains inconclusive, emerging evidence indicates positive effects of physical activity on work performance, fitness programme participation on absenteeism, and vigorous physical activity on sick leave (Proper & van Mechelen, 2008). Additionally, if physical activity is built into work time, this could overcome one of the most widely cited barriers, namely a lack of time (Dudgill et al., 2008). Improving our own health is our responsibility- our choices lead us to choosing a healthy or unhealthy lifestyle. Self-care is an often over-looked concern when working in the helping profession due to work load and being time poor. This Wellness event provided by two subject matter experts will focus on Physical Activity, Healthy Eating and Sleep as three significant pillars upon which we can build our own healthy lifestyle. The lessons learned in this session can be applied to the workplace in a similar manner but with a more significant impact on the business- the importance of self-care for optimum performance. Dr Kimberly Fitzgerald will provide an overview on Wellness Coaching in the context of burnout and working in the helping professions. Attendees will learn about how to use a Wellness Wheel and tips on how to develop their wellness plan from this technique. Ronan Dillon will cover the areas important for wellness which will link into modifiable health risk factors which can be discussed in a coaching psychology context.



Dr Kim Fitzgerald, CPsychol (PSI, BPS), AFBpSS has over 25 years of experience in Employee Assistance and Wellness. Kimberly is a member of the PSI Coaching Psychology SIG committee. She is a quarterly columnist for The Insider magazine on wellness, provides executive, career and wellness coaching, develops/ provides bespoke management and team development programmes and occupational assessments. Ronan Dillon is currently the Employee Health and Wellbeing Coordinator in Temple Street Children's Hospital. He is the CEO and founder of Healthy Workforce Limited, a workplace health promotion provider founded in 2009, providing health and wellbeing support for the corporate sector. Ronan has a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science from Sheffield Hallam. He began his degree in DCU before moving to England to pursue a professional rugby career where he also spent a year playing rugby in France. Ronan's focus is to support people to develop a healthy relationship with themselves and the environment they live in.


Where: The Psychological Society of Ireland

When: May 18th, 10am - 2pm

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PSI Members: €60 Non-members: €80  Student: €20

Division members need to email the Coaching Group in order to avail of discounted rates