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Ethical Reading September meetup: On the brink of burnout!

September 25, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

“I stayed up until 3am to finish it but at least the report’s done”. How often have we heard people talk about how much work they have on, how stressed they feel but appear to have a sense of exhausted pride?

Have you ever felt someone was competing with you for how stressed and overworked they are? “So, you’ve got 50 emails waiting in your inbox, well I’ve got 75 to deal with!”. What’s this about?

In this session I will be discussing the human factors which can lead to stress at work due our need to feel valued, respected and worthy. I will also be exploring how people can talk about stress as if it’s a badge of honour to be exhausted, not sleeping, have no time for exercise and be on the brink of burnout.


6.30-7:00pm: Arrive and meet other attendees and members of the Ethical Reading team

7:00-7:05pm: Welcome and introduction

7:05-7:20pm: Talk by Emma Campolucci 

7:20-8:30pm: Roundtable discussion 

8:30pm: For those who wish, retire to the nearby café-bar to continue the conversation

Speaker: Emma Campolucci

I’m Emma Campolucci a passionate people person who has devoted the last decade to learning ways to support people grow and develop. I completed a psychology degree with the Open University whilst my children were small and then began a 4 year journey to become a qualified counsellor.

In 2013 I joined Reading Samaritans and became a trainer, both designing and delivering courses. I loved training! Watching people have lightbulb moments where they learned about themselves and others really inspired me. So much so that I decided to undertake a teaching qualification to teach adult learners. Initially I taught the Level 2 Counselling Skills course for Bracknell and Wokingham College but then an opportunity arose with the Wellbeing In Mind Community programme. Our college had lots of community courses on yoga, pottery and photography but nothing which specifically addressed mental health conditions. I designed and delivered a 6 week course on Understanding Anxiety for people experiencing mild to moderate anxiety and this proved to be a great success.

I have subsequently designed and delivered courses on Stress Management, Improving self-confidence and self-compassion and Journaling for Wellbeing. I’m currently planning 3 new courses on Managing depression, improving listening skills to improve relationships and Understanding the impact of technology on wellbeing.

Directions to the venue

Room 103 in Building 22 of the University of Reading’s London Road campus. The nearest entrance is on Redlands Road. 

Several buses stop nearby and there is free parking from 6pm.

Google map: https://goo.gl/KVFUEN

Campus map: https://goo.gl/LJPvXh

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September 25, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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University of Reading, London Road Campus
Building 22, Room 103, 4 Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EY
Reading, RG1 5EY GB
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