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Manage the Mind Workshops - Overcome Anxiety & Build Confidence

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WHAT ARE THE WORKSHOPS ABOUT AND HOW COULD IT BENEFIT ME?

The mind is our greatest resource, so we need to take care of it and keep it performing at its best. The aim of the workshop is to show you how to manage your mind, keep it nourished, and stay mentally healthy and productive in life. We also teach strategies that will help you to find purpose, reduce anxiety, build confidence, become unstuck, move forward, and take action on all the things you need and want to do in life. All workshops are based on scientifically validated exercises from the field of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, and Positive Psychology (not to be confused with ‘positive thinking’).

The workshop is divided into 4 main sections:

1. Meet Your Mind

Whilst we tend to know a reasonable amount about how our physical body works, we surprisingly know every little about our minds. We will learn about recent advances in research that have allowed us to understand more about the basic workings of the mind and what we can do to manage it most effectively.

2. Creating a Foundation

This is the start of the practical journey. It’s about considering who we are and understanding why it is so important to know our purpose and clarify our values. We'll also assess how balanced our lives are and introduce exercises that will create a solid foundation by managing our energy and calming the mind when needed.

3. Dealing with Anxious Thoughts and Feelings

Having created a foundation, we'll look at strategies that allow us to manage difficult or uncomfortable thoughts and feelings as they arise. We will learn how to eliminate, or greatly reduce, the mental and physical impact, not allowing them to control our behaviour.

4. Taking Action

Fear can often leave us feeling stuck, and as a result, we often don’t do the things we would like to do, and avoid taking action on many of the things we need to do, often making difficult situations even worse. In this part we’ll learn how to take action and become confident at doing anything.

Using referenced scientific and academic research, the course will teach you how to:
- Understand how and why anxiety develops
- Develop a mindset that will allow anxiety to work for you
- Create the foundation for a calm, confident, and peaceful mind
- Learn to effectively handle anxious thoughts and feelings
- Tame the voice in your head and reduce anxiety without losing your edge
- Become unstuck and take action to create a fulfilling and meaningful life

HOW LONG ARE THE WORKSHOPS?

This event is a 3 hour same day workshop

We do other workshops of different lengths for those with different needs, time constraints and availability:

6 hour same day workshop (with breaks)

8 hour workshop over 4 weeks (2 hours per week)

All topics will be covered in each workshop, but the longer workshops will include further detail, extended exercises, and practical homework to complete between sessions. Please contact me for details of longer workshops at DrMattLewis.com

WHAT IS ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT)?

ACT is an evidenced-based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness techniques in order to manage anxiety and stress, find purpose, and take action on the things that are holding us back or keeping us stuck. The approach also involves clarifying and committing to our personal values and using behaviour change strategies to help us to live in a way that we find fulfilling and authentic.

WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?

Mindfulness is an empirically based set of practices that involve maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Although it has its roots in Buddhism, universities and other academic institutions have developed a secular practice of mindfulness, and produced numerous research studies that document its physical and mental health benefits.

WHAT IS POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY?

Positive psychology is the scientific study of optimal human functioning and is concerned with positive aspects of human life such as happiness, well-being, flourishing, engagement, meaning, accomplishment, and positive relationships. The aim of the field is to redress the imbalance that has emerged in the field of psychology from emphasising ‘misery and suffering’ (i.e., shortcomings such as depression, anxiety, drug addiction, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder) to understanding factors that make life worth living (i.e., potentials and human strengths).

Building ‘psychological immunity’
Positive psychology is keen to promote the idea that the full range of emotions have their place in human existence and that we need to give ourselves the permission to be human and accept that we all experience life’s ups and downs. So positive psychology is not about being ‘happy clappy’ but about being real. However, it espouses the view that through hard work and practicing scientifically validated interventions individuals can learn resilience and build up their ‘psychological immune system’. The idea is that, like physical immunity, individuals with a strong psychological immune system may still ‘get sick’ but this happens less frequently and when setbacks occur they get over them more quickly.

IS THE COURSE RIGHT FOR ME?

We are keen to emphasise that the workshop is not a therapy session inasmuch as it is not targeted at ‘fixing problems’. Rather, it is about providing people with scientifically validated tools and resources for managing their mind. Although we will provide some context and evidence for the interventions we will introduce, this is not an academic programme of study. The workshop is practical and getting the most out of it will involve participation in practical exercises and interventions. However, anyone not wishing to participate in any of the exercises won’t be required or coerced to do so.

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE WORKSHOPS?

The workshops are a mix of teaching and practical exercises with up to a maximum of 15 people attending. Most of the exercises will be individual but you will have the opportunity to spend some time talking in the group about participants’ experiences of each exercise, and any useful learning that come out of that. You will not be pressured to disclose any personal information about yourself during this time and we would like to emphasise that the level of your contribution is entirely in your control.
There are no formal written assignments for you to complete, but we strongly advise you to write about your experience at the workshop in your own time so that you can reflect upon what you learned and consider if and how you will apply it. You will be able to keep any handouts or worksheets given to you during the workshop.

YOUR WORKSHOP FACILITATOR

Dr Matt Lewis holds a PhD. in psychology and is a former university academic who now delivers public and online courses in emotional wellbeing and personal development. He lectured in health psychology, exercise psychology, and mental health for over 12 years to undergraduate and postgraduate students, while also designing and delivering courses in mindfulness, positive psychology and Acceptance & Commitment Training (ACT) to the general public, trainers, teachers, and health professionals. He was also a founding member of the Newcastle Centre for Positive Living at Northumbria University, a research and consultancy centre focusing on furthering the understanding and application of positive psychology. He is also author of the books ‘Overcome Anxiety: A Self Help Toolkit for Anxiety Relief and Panic Attacks’ and 'Overcome Social Anxiety and Shyness: A Step-By-Step Self Help Action Plan to Overcome Social Anxiety, Defeat Shyness and Create Confidence.' His business and training is built around a set of four guiding principles:

  1. Put people first
  2. Keep it simple
  3. Make it enjoyable
  4. Optimise for well-being, not profit.


CONFIDENTIALITY, COURTESY AND RESPECT

All participants and facilitators are asked to share the responsibility for ensuring that any information shared on the course is kept confidential and that everyone is treated with respect.


Confidentiality of Information
All course facilitators will exercise good judgment and care at all times to avoid unauthorised or improper disclosures of confidential information. Confidential information will not be disclosed or made accessible to any person, including relatives, friends, business and professional associates, other than to persons who require such information by law.


Our commitment to you
* We aim to treat you with respect and courtesy to ensure you enjoy working with us
* To provide you with a high quality and professional service
* To deliver on pre-arranged times and dates
* To respond quickly to any queries you may have
* To work within data protection and confidentiality policies and protocols at all times
* To make any information we have about you available to you on request

What we ask of you
* Your commitment to regular and punctual attendance
* Your commitment to fully participate in the sessions
* Your commitment to treat yourself and others with respect
* Your commitment to take responsibility for your personal needs and safety and consult your GP if you are considering lifestyle changes or activities that you are concerned about


Shared commitment to confidentiality
* We commit to keep any information shared in-group sessions confidential
* We commit to keep any personal individual information we learn about each other confidential
* We commit not to discuss individual or group issues in public places, such as corridors, lifts, or any other space shared generally with others

Venue

The venue will be in Newcastle City Centre. The exact venue will confirmed two weeks before the start of the first workshop when numbers are confirmed (previous classes have taken place at function rooms at the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle City Library, Broadacre House, and MEA House). Please feel free to ask me any questions.


For more details please see:

Dr.MattLewis.com

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