Just a quick email to keep you posted!
This is to notify you that a new Moodwatchers course will start on the 25th May at 6.30 p.m. and run for five consecutive Mondays at the same time. (6.30-7.30 p.m.)
It is anticipated that there will be a lot of interest in the course as all previous courses were over-subscribed. The sooner you register the better. The fee is €60.
You can register by clicking on the link below.
What is Moodwatchers?
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 what happiness means? If challenge and crisis are inevitable, we should learn to become more resilient in advance of them. We all need to be educated about our potential to bring about real change in our lives.
In recent decades science has 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 keeps them mentally strong. The Moodwatchers course designed and delivered by psychologist Shane Martin focuses on these key areas.
Moodwatchers brings this empowering information to thousands of people each year. The hope is that the course uplifts and inspires change in the lives of those who attend but even more importantly inspire participants to incorporate the strategies into their workplaces and communities.
Who is the course for?
Often people working within the health or educational professions complete the course for professional reasons. A CPD certificate is issued on completion. 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.
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 six evidence-based strategies. The challenge is to make these strategies daily habits.
How does it work?
The weekly lesson is delivered ‘live’ at 6.30 p.m.each Monday (for five consecutive weeks) to a closed group (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 Monday and to access the supplementary literature. Recording of the seminar is strictly prohibited. All the material is strictly copyrighted. You will be required to complete a registration form accepting specific terms and conditions in this regard.
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 link to the class which you click on it before the class starts. This link brings you into the online 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 €60. 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 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.
What kind of psychology is taught?
Moodwatchers draws a lot from the new psychology – Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology is the scientific study of happiness and human strengths.
The course consists of five one-hour weekly sessions. Each class lasts approximately 60 minutes. Resources, summary sheets and additional reading material for each class are provided online.
In each lesson a strategy which is proven to enhance health, increase happiness or build resilience is taught and participants are encouraged to incorporate it into their lives. The people who benefit most from Moodwatchers are those who try out the strategies and develop new habits that will keep them healthier and happier. There are many simple ways to improve the quality of our lives and to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life. We need to identify our strengths, harness them and keep tapping into them. We should never underestimate our potential to bring about wonderful change for ourselves.