Healthy Minds at Work

You play a vital role in engaging in constructive interactions with colleagues when under pressure. Safety Health & Wellbeing offers staff a range of courses to help develop crucial and highly valuable skills needed to contribute to a positive work environment.

The positive psychology courses available provide you with practical strategies to confidently respond to difficult situations, assist colleagues under stress and understand the impact of change.

Training is run by the Communicorp Group and is delivered on campus as full and/or half day face to face workshops. Some of the courses are specifically for managers.

Courses on offer include:

PRACTICAL RESILIENCE

Half day workshop for all staff

This workshop provides you with a comprehensive ‘resilience health-check’. It takes you through practical steps to maintain and build resilience in everyday life, respond to corporate and personal change, and navigate the ups and downs of the workplace.

Going well beyond just cognitive models, it explores dimensions such as physical wellness, social engagement, problem solving, signature strengths, personal/workplace alignment and emotional self-management.

A highly applied workshop, Practical Resilience utilises robust theory and evidence-based principles to explore realistic strategies for immediate personal application, as well as exploring the links between individual and organisational wellbeing and productivity.

Practical Resilience reinforces personal responsibility for individual wellbeing and empowers you to sustain resilience on the basis of an action plan designed around you personalised needs.

Sessions scheduled for 2016:
Now open for registration via Careerpath.
Wednesday 2nd March 2016
Tuesday 28th June 2016
Wednesday 27th July 2016

WORKPLACE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING - FOUNDATION SKILLS

Half day workshop for all staff

Our half day workshop for all staff members builds confidence and highly valuable skills to create a positive work environment. The workshop covers the workplace mental health early intervention essentials that all staff members need to know.
This includes knowing how to identify early warning signs, how to approach someone, how to have a conversation with someone, and how to refer someone to access help in the face of possible workplace mental health concerns.

Content outline:

  • The importance of workplace mental health and wellbeing
  • Roles and responsibilities in ensuring psychologically safe and healthy workplace
  • Common workplace mental health issues
  • How to recognise early warning signs and practical intervention and support options.
  • Initiating conversations, skills practice and case studies.
  • Confidentiality issues.
  • Promoting improved individual and organisational resilience and wellbeing.
  • Internal and external support services available to help you and your colleagues.

Sessions scheduled for 2016:
Now open for registration via Careerpath.
Wednesday 2nd March 2016
Tuesday 28th June 2016

WORKPLACE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING – ESSENTIAL SKILLS

Full day workshop for Managers, Academic Managers, Supervisors and Staff with direct reports

A workshop for Managers and people leaders to help them develop crucial and highly valuable skills they need to create a positive work environment.
The face-to-face training gives staff practical strategies to confidently respond to difficult situations, assist colleagues under stress and understand the impact of change. It helps staff understand the vital role they play in helping others bounce back quickly and engage in constructive interactions even when under pressure.

The first half of the Managers and Supervisors full day session includes the content and emphases of the half day Foundation Skills workshop, ensuring that all employees gain reciprocal knowledge and skills when it comes to basic early intervention strategies.

Building on this foundation, this workshop then develops critical knowledge and skills to enable managers and supervisors to practically deal with typical work-related mental health scenarios that arise.

Content Outline:

  • The importance of workplace mental health and wellbeing.
  • Common workplace mental health issues
  • Roles and responsibilities in ensuring psychologically safe and healthy workplace
  • Ensuring Duty of Care, recognising psychosocial risks and how to recognise early warning signs with practical intervention and support options.
  • Initiating conversations, skills practice and case studies. Managing confidentiality concerns.
  • Responding to more complex mental health issues in the workplace
  • Contributing to improved individual and organisational resilience and wellbeing.
  • The fundamentals of effectively managing return to work situations for workers with mental health concerns.
  • Understanding reasonable adjustments and support strategies.
  • Fundamentals of managing the performance of staff members with known or suspected mental health concerns.
  • Improving the psychosocial environment in the workplace to protect mental health
  • Managerial case studies and role-plays.
  • Accessing available support

Sessions scheduled for 2016:
Now open for registration via Careerpath.
Monday 16th May 2016
Tuesday 12th July 2016

MANAGING RESILIENCE THROUGH CHANGE

Full day workshop for Managers, Academic Managers, Supervisors and Staff with direct reports

The prospect and reality of workplace change can create uncertainty and instability in an organization, resulting in challengers for supervisors, managers and people leaders. The Managing Resilience Through Change workshop provides people leaders of all levels with the framework and practical tools to achieve all this and more. Designed specifically for people leaders, the workshop provides an understanding of the psychology of workplace change and how to adapt to and proactively support staff professionally and personally through the uncertainty and ambiguity of workplace change.

Utilising contemporary theories of stress, positive psychology and CommuniCorp’s practical resilience framework, the workshop highlights key behavioural, cognitive and social factors that typically emerge during this period. Techniques on how people leaders can exert influence and intervene where required, to smooth people’s transition through workplace changes, and help maintain productive capabilities are also shared.

Participants will learn about the benefits of positive workplace mental health, how to intervene when a staff member is having difficulty coping, how to challenge dysfunctional thinking often associated with adjusting to change and how promote positive change choices in others. This is a highly practical and applied workshop which utilises evidence-based principles and contemporary research to explore strategies that are immediate and sustainable.

Sessions scheduled for 2016:
Now open for registration via Careerpath.
Thursday 7th April 2016
Thursday 11th August 2016

INTERPERSONAL DYNAMICS: STAYING CALM, STAYING CONSTRUCTIVE

Half day workshop for all staff

This workshop provides deep and practical insight into interpersonal dynamics so that you can be constructively assertive. The task is to not only understand why others and we get upset, but crucially it provides you with the skills to change our inner states into ones that are more calm and constructive.

You will be given techniques to practically apply based on the knowledge gained around maintaining emotional wellbeing. Likewise, you will learn how to make it easier for others to shift into more constructive emotional states. You will also be more capable of keeping your balance even if those surrounding you are not.

There are no sessions currently available, however, please contact Fiona Wolfenden if your team is interested in this course.