STRESS BUSTERS II: A COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY COURSE FOR EVERYONE
Everyone feels stressed at times, and managing that stress can often be pure chance or luck because managing stress is not routinely taught in schools or elsewhere, and often people are not aware of what they can do to stay well and improve how they feel. Yet if stress stays, negative consequences can follow - time and energy get wasted, relationships become impaired, and many physical ailments or more significant emotional problems can follow. Additionally, at such times people may not always be fulfilling their potential towards optimal contentment and functioning.
SO WHAT IS STRESS BUSTERS II?
Stress Busters II is an informal community course to help people understand and manage stress (an umbrella term for lots of feeling states). It is the second of five courses in our Mood Managers "I-can-manage-mood" series and it aims to help people manage how they feel, rather than having those moods manage them! The latter happens when people get swept along in anxiety, stress, low mood etc. Our Stress Busters workshop:
WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?
Stress Busters is for men and women of any and all ages, backgrounds, faiths and cultures. Attendees are NOT those in crisis, or with moderate-severe depression (in such cases one-to-one or group therapy would be more appropriate). The course is independent and stands alone. However, attendees can use Stress Busters II to access a range of follow-up supports (see below). Stress Busters II may also be a foundation for further learning or support, e.g. for OCD, social anxiety, or worry. Additionally:
* attendees must be able to benefit from the course, and be open to learning. In the event of anyone being disrespectful to others, or disruptive, he/she will be asked to leave and no refund will be given, and
* attendees must be able to respect this confidential and private space i.e. under no circumstances is recording of any kind allowed. (Any breach of this rule is treated very seriously and followed-up.)
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT? AND WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS?
Talks about stress can be fitted into to whatever time slot is available. Stress Busters II is usually undertaken over one day, or weekly over 5-6 sessions. Day courses happen anywhere in the UK, or on the island of Ireland - based on invitations from groups and organisations. Weekly sessions typically are in two parts (of around 90 mins in total):
Attendees can contribute as much or as little as they wish on courses, e.g. by posting written questions into a mailbox, or by listening rather than speaking in any discussions. This course is educational rather than counselling, so at no point will attendees ever be asked in front of others to answer a question directly, or to talk about how they are feeling. Instead, all information will be on slides and in handouts. Additionally, at all times it is quite fine simply to say “Ill pass on that” or "no comment" if you do not wish to speak with fellow-attendees.
ANY FOLLOW UP SUPPORTS FROM STRESS BUSTERS?
Absolutely - if people wish! We believe learning should be fun and ongoing throughout life, particularly when people live busy lives and we do forget things or priorities simply change. For these reasons, and because we like to think of ourselves as "the personal development people", we aim to offer a range of no-obligation opportunities so that people can select the best supports for them at any given time, and at low /no cost:
Those completing "Stress Busters II" can take Stress Busters I (if they wish to learn techniques to self-care), or they an go straight to "Stress Busters III" (available from Sept 2018). Stress Busters III gives further information, techniques and tips for managing stress-related cravings and compulsions. All of us have compulsions or cravings of some kind that help with stress, e.g. compulsive tendencies towards facebooking, gaming, shopping and even nail-biting. Through Stress Busters III we draw on the best evidence from the addictions literature, and from findings on OCD, to offer people techniques and insights that we hope will enhance health and well-being, and prevent a "small" or potential problem from becoming a large or costly one. People will be able to attend Stress Busters III even for information and at no point will anyone be asked in the class to talk about their particular compulsions or cravings; instead, the slides and handouts will have all the information needed.
Those completing Stress Busters II will get a Certificate of Achievement and have the option of doing a personal project (information given at the first session). For dates of courses please check our calendar (click here) or just email us.
Do get in touch with any queries, or to chat further.