Zoom Seminars with Shane

At present, Shane is only delivering seminars online using Zoom (see below). These one-hour seminars (with an added 30 minutes for potential discussion) have been delivered to health professionals, teachers, managers, state departments and community organisations the length and breadth of Ireland. For pricing /more information about the logistics please email office@moodwatchers.com with details about your organisation’s needs and preferred dates.

1. MINDING OURSELVES: Uprooting the roots of stress

At the root to a lot of unhealthy stress is irrational thinking. We are all thinking beings and we have an ‘internal dialogue’ going on in our minds, almost as if we are talking to ourselves. However, we only ever express a fraction of this thinking. These private thoughts directly impact on our feelings and consequently how we interact with others. When emotionally distressed we can make conclusions about ourselves, others and the world without recourse to the ‘voice’ of reason. The very best of us are vulnerable to illogical, irrational and unhelpful thinking, particularly when emotional or under pressure. In a climate of increasing stress due to changes within the work environment we need to make the best possible sense of changes and challenges.

Participants will learn about unhelpful thinking and belief systems. They will learn how to become more rational and compassionate in their approach to work and life in general. Evidence- based strategies that are linked to positive mental health and help keep us positive during challenging times will be taught.

2. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF ‘BOUNCIBILITY’ :How to Build Resilience within Ourselves

Resilience is the ability to adapt to the challenges of life. It’s about bouncing back rather than falling apart. If you are strong in resilience you have this ‘bouncibility’ and can harness your inner strengths and coping mechanisms. Becoming more resilient will not mean that problems disappear. It does not mean that you have to become ‘as hard as nails’. Resilience is more about learning how to cope – tapping into our own resources and fostering inner-strengths in order to stay ‘standing’ during and after crisis.

Science has uncovered specific traits/factors that can be utilised at work and in our lives in general. This seminar outlines some evidence-based strategies linked to greater outcomes during challenge and change.

3. YOUR PRECIOUS LIFE: How to Live it Well

Over many decades science has made a wonderful contribution in helping us understand negative emotion. The emphasis on deficits, disorders and disease has allowed for effective interventions to be developed in order to help and support people who are unwell or unhappy.

But why wait until we are unwell to learn about becoming healthier? Why wait until we are unhappy to explore happiness?

In recent years psychologists have started to examine positive emotion. This research has focused on what makes people happier, what gives them more meaning and purpose in life, and what measures they can take to lead to overall greater health. The seminar will outline some simple, practical, and most importantly, evidence-based strategies linked to a better quality of life. The hope is that it will uplift and inspire change in the lives of those who attend but even more importantly inspire participants to incorporate it into their homes, workplaces and communities.

Uncertainty and Upheaval – Strategies for Staying Focused and Staying Well (for final year students  i.e Leaving Certificate and A-level)

We need to feel the ‘pinch’ of pressure in order to prepare for challenges. Deadlines need to be looming in order to help us focussed and achieve our goals. Anxiety is our body’s natural mechanism for ensuring that we are prepared for the everyday challenges of life.

With the advent of COVID-19 everything has changed. We find ourselves in a place where we were never before. It’s hard to plan ahead and we humans like to know what is coming next. This can be very unsettling. We can find ourselves uneasy and apprehensive about the future. We need to work at being more resilient.

An awareness of coping strategies for times of challenge and upheaval would be useful and empowering. Shane will highlight scientifically validated strategies for being more resilient and growing stronger during challenging times.