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Coping with Life Courses

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Vale of Clwyd is a leading provider of mental health and wellbeing training in Wales.  We provide training to health and social care organisations, educational establishments and the wider more rural communities across Wales.

We have successfully trained over 2,500 people in at least one of our courses or workshops on offer, ranging from Mental Health First Aid, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), SafeTALK to Mental Health Awareness.  We continue to run a number of various Coping with Life courses, which deal with issues such as stress, anxiety, low self-esteem and depression.

About Coping with Life Courses

Who are the courses for?

Many people experience oppression, anxiety, low mood, stress, low self-esteem or anger.  Coping with these emotions in the long term can affect self-confidence and create difficulties in people’s daily living and their social, recreational and working lives.

The Coping with Life programme is designed to help people make positive changes.  We use cognitive behavioural approaches and the sessions are run by skilled and experienced facilitators.

The courses run for four weeks  with sessions of 2.5 hours, the maximum number per group is 12 people, with a minimum of 6.  Developed by Bromley Mind, the Coping With Life  (CWL) courses are based within a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) framework and are low intensity intervention aimed to give people the skills they need to manage their mental health problems more effectively.

Please note that Coping with Life Courses aim to help people to learn and develop coping strategies they are not therapy groups.

 

The choice of courses...

1) Managing Stress

The Aim

  • to assist people in regaining positive control within their daily lives
  • to enable participants to develop a range of skills that will enable them to be more in control of external and internal stressors
  • to encourage people to identify negative thinking and associated behaviour and take remedial actions to extinguish them

Learning outcomes

By then end of the sessions participants should be able to:-

  • identify stressors which can disrupt their normal pattern of behaviour and effective communication
  • exercise new ways of thinking and behaviour to mitigate the worst excesses of stressful situations.
     

2) Managing Anxiety

The Aim

  • to understand what anxiety is
  • to understand what maintains it
  • to understand the link between trigger situations, physical symptoms, behavioural responses and thoughts

Learning outcomes

By the end of the session’s participants should be able to:-

  • understand haw their own anxiety is maintained
  • identify their own vicious cycle of anxiety
  • use their new skills to help control unpleasant physical sensations
  • understand how behavioural responses may be counterproductive
  • to identify and challenge their own anxious thought processes

3) Assertiveness Skills

The Aim

  • to enable participants to understand what assertiveness behaviour is
  • to help participants to identify barriers to assertive behaviour and explore communication blockers and boosters
  • to enable participants to develop a range of skills that will enable them to be more forthright in their communications with others

Learning outcomes

By the end of the sessions participants should be able to:-

  • identify barriers to assertive behaviour and effective communication
  • understand the role of non verbal communication and use this to communicate  more effectively
  • effectively use a range of techniques that will aid a more forthright communication style

4) Managing Depression

The Aim

  • to assist people in understanding their depression
  • to understand what maintains their depression
  • to understand the link between their thoughts, physical symptoms and behaviour

Learning outcomes

By the end of the sessions participants should be able to:-

  • discuss how depression is maintained
  • be able to identify their own cycle of depression
  • have learned the importance of increasing activity and be able to keep a daily activity log
  • be able to identify and challenge their own unhelpful, negative thinking

5) Thinking about Self-Harm

The Aim

  • to explore and improve people’s views, attitudes and possibly their prejudice in respect of those who ‘self-harm’
  • to review some of the work done by Manchester Self Harm project and the NICE guidelines

Learning outcomes

By the end of the sessions participants should be able to:-

  • identify key elements of the work of MaSH
  • be aware of the NICE guidelines with particular reference to A & E departments

6) Coping with Loss and Change

The Aim

  • to help people who are dealing with issues such as divorce, unemployment, bereavement and ill health
  • to identify reactions to loss and change

Learning outcomes

By the end of the sessions participants should be able to:-

  • understand the reactions to loss and change
  • devise coping mechanisms
  • understand appropriate ways of helping and supporting

7) Building Self-Esteem

The Aim

  • to help participants understand how thoughts and beliefs can maintain low self-esteem
  • to help participants learn and develop the skills required to change this cycle
  • to help build self-confidence and provide opportunity’s to practice strategies to help build and maintain self-confidence

Learning outcomes

By the end of the sessions participants should be able to:-

  • recognise low self-esteem
  • show methods for maintaining good self-esteem throughout life

 

Future Courses...


For future course dates please go to our ‘Events’ calendar.  If you require further information or would like to book a place on any of our workshops, please contact us using the details below.

To download a booking form please click on the link below:-

Coping with Life Booking Form

Telephone: 01745 812461

mindrural@aol.com


 

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