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.


4. The Psychology of Renewal

This pandemic has tested people like nothing we have ever experienced before. Our world has changed forever. Despite the success of the vaccination programme there is a prevailing sense of insecurity affecting many people even at a subconscious level. Many people sense exhaustion and frustration. There is a  sense of uncertainly and upheaval within our workplaces.  Within this climate our mental health need to be prioritised.

In this brand new seminar Shane will explore the psychological consequences of this pandemic and offer pathways to learning from the experience and foster hope within us. We need to rise not only to the challenges of COVID-19 but possibly adapt to a future that is insecure and in a constant state of flux.

We cannot just press the reset button. We cannot just return to work as if nothing happened.

“Every disruption is a point of potential growth.”

Professor Terry Bowles, University of Melbourne. 

Teams need to regroup. We need to recommit and re-energise. We need to tap into our inner-strengths and rediscover or unearth a new sense of purpose to our lives. Psychological resilience is not the only need. It is also about psychological and spiritual renewal. We need to seek a deeper sense of meaning in what we do. We need to take control again and refresh our approach to life and work.

“We do not learn from  experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.”

John Dewey

Now is the perfect opportunity to learn about your potential not only to cope with uncertainty but to adapt to it and rise above it. This seminar is a ‘must have’ in the times we are living in.

TALK FOR FINAL YEAR STUDENTS IN SCHOOLS: 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.

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.