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The Moodwatchers course provides you with an opportunity to create space for yourself each week to get away from your daily stresses and strains of life. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their lives and learn what science has uncovered about becoming healthier, happier and more resilient. The focus will be on simple yet powerful practices to enhance the quality of your life.
The course contains the best material that I teach condensed into a series of five one-hour ‘live’ lessons online. The no-nonsense practical ideas from my book ‘Your Precious Life-How to Live it Well’ will be delivered in an informal and easy-to-understand style.
The course will not intrude on anyone’s privacy and there will be no need for anyone to share personal life experiences. Although there will be time allocated for discussion of themes at the end of each class no one will feel under pressure to talk. In fact, if you just want to listen-in on the talks that’s fine. People learn in their own way.
Is there any homework?
Homework will be given each week. This will consist of a strategy or strategies linked to enhanced well-being. These exercises will be linked to the weekly theme covered in the class. The hope is that you will integrate them into your week. Homework will not be checked. It cannot be because only you can change things for yourself. The objective is that at the end of the course you will have become pro-active in improving the quality of your life with five evidence-based strategies. The challenge is to make these strategies daily habits.
Who is the course for?
Often people working within the health or educational professions complete the course for professional reasons. Sometimes an interest in psychology draws people to it. However, most people enrol because they want to take time-out from a busy and stressful life schedule to learn simple evidence-based strategies linked to a better quality of life.
How does it work?
The weekly lesson is delivered ‘live’ on Zoom at 7.30 P.M. over five Tuesdays to a closed groups (all participants will have registered beforehand). A special library of resources relating to the various weekly themes will be made available to participants. A password will be needed to join the online class every Tuesday and to access the supplementary literature. Recording of the seminar is strictly prohibited. All the material is strictly copyrighted.
What software will I need?
Zoom video-conferencing software is used. Participants will need to have Zoom installed on their computer or laptop beforehand. Zoom is very easy to use and free to download. Each week I will email you a registration link to the Tuesday class which you click on it and you will receive an automated reply with the actual link for the class.
Is the course suitable for people with mental health difficulties?
Moodwatchers is not specifically designed for people with mental health difficulties. It does not address symptoms or treatment for mental health conditions. Its purpose is to educate around general well-being and is aimed at a general audience.
The cost of the course is €75 (inclusive of Eventbrite processing fee). The fee includes access to the classes, resources and certificate of completion. The fee can be paid through Eventbrite. If you would prefer to pay weekly (€15 per class) this can be arranged through PayPal. Please email me to organise this for you. It is important that in such circumstances that the fee is paid two days before each weekly class.
SEMINARS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
I have delivered tailor-made programmes to health professionals throughout the island of Ireland for years. Many of these study days or CPD events have been instigated and facilitated by the various representative bodies of nearly all health professions including HIQA, AOTI, INMO, INDI, IASW , TUSLA, IRSPEN, ISCP etc. I have been a keynote speaker at numerous national conferences on topics like positive mental health, resilience and wellbeing in the workplace. In recent months I have been part of a Healthy Ireland initiative where my seminars have been delivered to HSE staff across various regions. As a health professional with experience of working on multidisciplinary teams I can make this material resonate with everyone by mixing the best evidence-based psychology and realistic strategies as I communicates powerful messages about well being, positive mental health and resilience.
The online seminars are of one-hour duration. The maximum number of people who can attend an online seminar is 80. For larger teams, it may be necessary to arrange a number of seminars to ensure all the team can avail of them. Please contact me on 071-9152653 to discuss practicalities etc. Everything is possible. It is new territory for all of us but it is remarkable what is already happening in all sectors during the current challenging time