Project Manager/Trainer: A little bit about Bill
Dr Bill Paterson’s (PhD Philosophy) career illustrates a commitment to work with people of all ages and ability so that they might realise their unique potential. His breadth and depth of experience have taught him the simplicity and complexity of the human condition. This has enabled Bill to develop an approach to working and living that is based on compassion, integrity, simplicity and grace. It is because he embodies this approach, evaluations of his work consistently express that he is both empowering and inspiring. For example, Bill has created and delivered specialized courses to audiences with diverse abilities (young people, undergraduate/ postgraduate students, police officers, senior military officers, paramedics and people with mental health conditions). He has three years’ experience of working at the front line of mental health in Fife; teaching Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy; Mindfulness Based Living Course; Compassion Based Living Course and .b for young people (11-18 year old). Subsequently, between 2016-17 he spent 18 months on secondment to CAMHS, and continues to work with LAAC.
Bill is a recognised and registered mindfulness teacher for MBLC with the UK National Listing of Mindfulness Teachers.
Why I love what I do
Bill loves people. Family, friends and human interaction have always been important to him. His career path is unique, and it enabled Bill to experience working with young and old from nearly every walk of life. Inspired by the questions (why do we live like this?) he became a mature student at university where reading Antonio Gramsci and Eric Fromm caused him see himself and the human condition in a new way. Not least his realization that all human beings have significant and multiple potentials but our conditioning and life circumstance often prevent us from seeing and feeling capable of realizing this potentiality. Bill concurs with Fromm that being able to realize our potential requires us also to open ourselves. To be open is to get beyond the identity and potential we have been conditioned to see. Studying with the Mindfulness Association for many years confirmed that to see ourselves as we really are requires courage, and learning to practice mindfulness and self-compassion. Seven years of study, practice and teaching mindfulness has enabled Bill to not only realise more of his own potential and compassion, but to help others do the same.