Profile of Professional Support Work

(2012 – present day) Authentic Leadership and Group Facilitation Skills Training

This is an on-going training given by John Doherty either in-house or at his school in Sandycove. It covers all the skills necessary to facilitate groups, manage meetings and develop a leadership style that is collaborative, authentic and person-centered. The training is divided into seven sessions each covering a theme and each theme is developmental leading to the next theme. The training mixed a certain amount of theory with reflection on experience and is taught in an engaging interactive setting.


“I found this course invaluable as a way of polishing my managerial skills” Paul Trainer KPMG

“The course helped me to feel more confident dealing with staff and planning meetings” Marjorie School Principal

“I found the interactive way of learning a very useful way of learning” Tom Special Needs Trainer


(2011) Midwives in Belfast – Dundonald Hospital

Mindfulness & Self-Care Day

The Ulster Hospital Maternity Unit is situated to the west of the site in a new facility which
opened to patients in August 2007. The new 3 story building provides purpose built state of the art accommodation for mothers and
newborn babies aswell as much needed office space for staff and a new play area for children. For further information click Midwives


“25 members of the SET maternity team participated in a 3 hour workshop with John, as our activity levels have increased over the past 4 years  the potential for burn up amongst staff has been highlighted as an issue. The workshop received very positive comments and this proactive approach to mental health and well being meant all staff  attending felt empowered to take control and develop the role of their observer we look forward to moving to the next stage of slef awareness to our inner health.”

Dr. Elaine Madden – Head of Midwifery & Gynaecology,  South Eastern Trust, NI


(2008 – present day) Blanchardstown Local Employment Service

Group Supervision

Blanchardstown Area Partnership was originally established in November 1995, and we are one of 52 Local Development Companies operating throughout Ireland.  We are responsible for identifying, and responding to, local needs through consultation and by working with community groups.  Our Board of Directors includes a wide range of community, statutory and social partner representatives, together with three local elected representatives and nominees of Fingal County Council and the Fingal Enterprise Board. Major programme funding is provided from the Exchequer through the Local and Community Development Programme (funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government through POBAL) and the Local Employment Service (funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through FÁS) See LES for more information.

John supervises this group of employment mediators on a monthly basis helping them unpack and reflect on their work


(2011 – present day ) Merchants Key Ireland Drug and Homeless Services

Staff self-care & mindfulness

Merchants Quay Ireland is a voluntary organisation providing a wide range of services to people who are homeless and for drug users. In 2009, we worked with over 5,000 drug users and people who were homeless.The Friars at Merchants Quay became conscious of such issues in 1989 and the Merchants Quay Project offering a range of services for people affected by drug use and HIV was established. In response to a large increase in the numbers of homeless people the F?ilti? Resource Centre was opened in July 1996, to cater for the daytime needs of homeless people. For more information see MQI

John supports the staff of Merchants Quay Ireland on a monthly basis offering a space to meditate, be mindful and to release and reflect on the impact of the work.

(2011) Irish Midwives Conference

Self-Care and Work-Life Balance in the Rotunda

We have been providing maternity services to women and their families for hundreds of years and are constantly trying to adapt new ideas and techniques to improve the outcome for both women and their babies. In any large hospital, you will come into contact with many staff from different disciplines and backgrounds. Every member of the hospital staff is aware of the emphasis we place on trying to make your stay in the Hospital not only a healthy one, but also a happy and productive one. Click on Rotunda for further details.


“Many thanks for giving such a tremendous presentation yesterday. Staff very much appreciated the Self Care programme and today the difference was visible as I went around the clinical areas. Staff came to me saying how they could recognise themselves ‘in and out of the chair ‘and how they could now look and see where they are. It is surprising how in such a short session a difference can be made for the better . We certainly appreciate your help and contribution in making the conference a success.”


(2008 – 2011) Hospice in Harold’s Cross

Mindfulness Meditation Group + Individual Staff Mindfulness Supervision

Hospice care is the specialised care of people with life-limiting illness. The hospice philosophy is based on the principle of wholeness, expressed in many ways – for example, it gives equal emphasis to the physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of the patient. The hospice philosophy takes as its starting point that death is a natural part of life; that dying is an integral life experience.See Our Lady’s Hospice Harold’s Cross


“For some months now, the Mary Aikenhead Heritage Centre has hosted weekly Mindfulness Meditation sessions. These weekly Tuesday “events”, have been attended and enjoyed by many staff members from Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross, Dublin.  No in-depth knowledge of meditation is necessary to attend. All one needs to bring is “themselves” and a willingness to try it!  John Doherty, who facilitates these sessions, is a very experienced practitioner who helps guide all present through the session.  A fantastic welcome is provided by the Centre’s manager, Sr. Maria Coates and sandwiches are provided to attendees. The session itself could be seen as a food for the soul but its effectiveness is greatly enhanced by the calming atmosphere that the Heritage Centre offers.  The mindfulness sessions are held in the quiet room which is beside this courtyard. With such busy lives, attending these sessions gives the opportunity to take time out on a weekly basis, to reconnect with oneself, and “top up” on the “head” energy needed to get through the busy week. Entering the Heritage Centre, one can “close the door” on the their busy routine for a short time and embrace the calm to clear ones head and enable facing work with renewed energy and vigour.”

Dr. Aoife Gleeson



(2010 / 2011 F)AST – Finglas drugs rehab

Retreat Mindfulness, Meditation and Awareness around Addiction

Finglas Addiction Support Team (FAST) believe that people possess great strength and a capacity within themselves to cope with and overcome the problems facing them in their lives.

Through fostering belief in the person’s potential for change and focussing on the value they have as people, we have witnessed individuals emerging from isolation and despair into able, confident people realising their ability to participate in their families and their communities. See FAST for more information

John has been supporting the after-care program on their yearly retreat in Drogheda where he teaches on mindfulness, meditation and its relevance to addiction and the inner spiritual journey.


(2010) All Ireland Healthcare Chaplains Conference

The National Association of Healthcare Chaplains is a professional Association whose members are in Chaplaincy posts in healthcare facilities in Ireland. Chaplains provide Pastoral Care, which is central to the mission and core values of the services we provide. The purpose of the N.A.H.C. is the mutual encouragement and support of its members in ministering to patients, their relatives and staff in Healthcare Facilities. For more details click NAHC


“On behalf of the Executive of the NAHC, I want to thank you for your workshop at the AGM. It was a very informative presentation and was very clear and accessible. It was very well received by all the participants, and we were delighted to welcome you to our A.G.M. I wish you well in your great work.”  Margo McKay Chairperson

Click here for NAHC Carer article


(2009 – 2010) Galway Local Employment Service

Group Supervision

The Local Employment Service Network (LESN) provides a free voluntary information, guidance and support service to people who are unemployed in Galway City. See LESN for more information

John worked with this group of employment mediators offering supportive supervision.


(2009 – 2011) Darndale Belcamp Management Team

Leadership & Facilitation Skills Training and Group Supervision

Located on the Northside of Dublin City in an area designated as disadvantaged the Village Centre is a unique and collective combination of integrated community services operating in and around a multi purpose building located in the heart of the community of Darndale and Belcamp. Comprehensive list of services available to the community at the Village Square: Childcare, Youth, Enterprise and Employment, Training and Development, Family Support, Health, Drug Awareness, Community Resource Centre, Conference Centre and Meeting Rooms, Community Centre, Pastoral Care, Church, Gym, Village Square, Social Housing, Dublin City Council Regional Office, Retail Units & Security. See Darndale

John supported the Darndale Belcamp management team with group supervision and a leadership and facilitation skills course.


(2008 – 2009) Northside Partnership LES

Group Supervision

The Northside Partnership Local Employment Service Network (LESN) provides a range of labour market guidance and placement services to people living in the Northside Partnership catchment area. Its goal is to enable people to move from unemployment and welfare dependency into the world of work and therefore economic independence, as well as providing a free and confidential information and placement service to job seekers. For further details click Northside

John provided supervision and mindfulness to the Northside mediator group.


(2009 – 2011) Blanchardstown Citizens Information Centre

1-1 Supervision of Staff

Blanchardstown & Dublin 15 Citizens Information Centre promotes and supports people′s rights through the provision of an accessible, independent, free, confidential and accurate information and advocacy service. The centre was founded by local volunteers in 1976, and has operated continuously since then with the financial support of the Citizens Information Board and the many volunteers who have contributed through the years. This year 8,000 people have already used our services in person, by phone or email. See Citizens

John worked with the Staff in Blanchardstown doing Supervision on a one to one basis.


(2009) Coláiste Bríde, Clondalkin

Staff self-care presentation

Colaiste Bride is a Presentation Secondary School. We are very much influenced by the desire of Nano Nagle, Foundress of the Presentation Congregation, to cherish equally all pupils in our care. We, like her, recognise and welcome the co-operation and support of the wider community in achieving these aims. For further details click Colaiste Bride

John worked with Colaiste Bride exploring the issue of Self-Care for Teaching Staff.


(2009) HSE Child protection Team, Ranelagh

Self-care day presentation


For further information see HSE


“Thank you for an engaging, insightful and useful presentation. Form all the HSE LS in South Inner City”

(2011) Salesians – Maynooth

Facilitator of 3 Islands conference on Youth Ministry

We are a religious order in the Catholic Church founded in Turin (Italy) by St John Bosco. Our mission is to be
signs and bearers of God’s love for the young. Whether you are young yourself, or
just young at heart and with a concern for the good of young people, we hope you
will enjoy getting to know more about us. For details see Salesians


“John Thanks for the creativity, depth of thought and stillness you brought to us, every blessing Paddy, Salesians”



(2005) SAI Supervisors Association of Ireland

Founding Member

The Aims of SAI:

  • To be a self-governing, non-profit organization which promotes a code of
    ethics and discipline among its members
  • To develop high standards of practice amongst its members who are
    supervisors/ trainers of supervisors
  • To respond to ongoing developmental needs and research within the area of
    supervisory practice through support, networking, workshops, conferences and
  • To establish clear criteria for full membership

For further information click SAI

John is a founding and full member of the Supervisory Association of Ireland helping to support the work of supervision and network across Europe