BMerri have a programme of courses that focus upon personal development to aid employer/employee’s health, well-being and performance.
We offer day courses on the following subjects:
Recognising and Understanding Eating Disorders
MINDFULNESS – LEARN TECHNIQUES HOW TO LIVE IN THE MOMENT
EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY - UNDERSTANDING ONES OWN NARRATIVE
DEVELOPING A BALANCED WELL-BEING LIFESTYLE
BUILDING RESILIENCE (HOW NOT TO CARRY BAGGAGE)
THE TOOLKIT OF COUNSELLING SKILLS (including appropriate techniques for different cultures)
Recognising and Understanding Eating DisordersThis course provides a basis for understanding eating disorders, their causes and treatment. There will be interactive discussion and games to help illustrate the complex nature of eating disorders and how you can recognise them in family and work colleagues. There will be stories from those who have recovered to help illustrate a 'first hand' experience of what it is like to suffer and recover from an eating disorder. The workshop will include: • Understanding eating disorders. • How you recognise eating disorders. • How these illnesses differ from other mental health problems. • Signs and Symptoms. • Causes and Triggers. Model of Understanding – Predisposing, Precipitating and Perpetuating Factors (3 Ps). • Statutory and Voluntary Services. • Treatment Options. • Real stories of recovery. • The effect of Culture and Media.
MINDFULNESS – LEARN TECHNIQUES HOW TO LIVE IN THE MOMENTMindfulness has been proven to be a useful tool for people to handle difficult situations in life. This is an interactive workshop to initiate skills in understanding Mindfulness and how it can be used for staff and students. The course will teach: • Understand the science of Mindfulness. • Develop skills in Mindfulness. • Participate in exercises and receiving feedback. • Applying mindfulness for self-development.
EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY - UNDERSTANDING ONES OWN NARRATIVEWhenever we are introduced to someone, we tend to explain who we are in a story form. But which story do we tell, as we are all multi-layed with different accounts to tell. We can become trapped with negative self-defeating accounts. This can prevent us from reaching our full potential in a work context and in our personal lives. This workshop will look at out inner-outward journey and cover: • Understanding what shapes our personal stories. • Explaining what a healthy/unhealthy story looks like. • How we can change our narrative and perception of self. • Reflection upon other people’s stories. • How to retell a narrative so that it becomes healthy. • Tools of working towards future goals.
DEVELOPING A BALANCED WELL-BEING LIFESTYLEThe course will look into how we can balance our inner-outward journey. This course will be about reflecting on our understanding of our personal development and how this can be maintain and integrate for a balanced healthy well-being. The workshop includes: • An understanding of self-development. • How to travel light and not carry baggage. • How the brain helps and hinders our development. • Understanding your strengths and weakness. • Developing a balanced view of self.
BUILDING RESILIENCE (HOW NOT TO CARRY BAGGAGE)Young people seem to becoming less resilient in life. How can we help young people cope more with the pressures of modern day living? This workshop will look how staff and students can survive and thrive. It includes: • What we mean by resilience. • What it means to be mentally and psychologically healthy. • How to be compassionate to self and others. • Ways to become positive and fulfilled. • Learn skills of resilience • Develop a resilience roadmap.
THE TOOLKIT OF COUNSELLING SKILLS (including appropriate techniques for different cultures)To develop skills in handling staff/students’ problems and issues in the context of helping relationships which can facilitate positive change. It provides some basic skills, which can be used in an informal way. The day will cover: • Listening with empathy. • Debriefing stressful situations. • CBT techniques. • Mindfulness techniques. • Using parts techniques. • Problem solving techniques.
I would like to say that the things that, I have learned from you are firmly embedded! I often need to draw on the things, which, you spoke about, especially in the counselling skills course and the listening skills course. I am also had cause recently to talk to someone about thoughts of suicide and whilst he was not seriously contemplating it, I was confident enough in myself to ask him if he had been having those kind of thoughts. That is not something I would have ever had the courage to directly ask someone before your course.
I now find that when I am speaking to friends and family about problems they might have, I have stopped trying to ‘fix things’ and come up with solutions, rather I now ask more questions about the situation and about how they feel about it and how they might fix the issue. By doing it that way, I have now realised that I am not taking on the troubles of that person but hopefully helping them through it.
I do find myself recalling much of what you spoke about at various times and in various situations and for that I am very grateful. I attended the counselling skills course nearly 4 years ago, I still regard it as one of the most beneficial courses I have done, I feel it has a very human non-judgmental element to it.
I can still recall a lot of the things I learned and I practice a few of them on a daily basis, especially around listening and empathy. I often recall our practical sessions and remind myself of those. I have had occasion to review some of the learning materials you provided, as well as my notes, to help myself in dealing with staff and stressful situations.
Doing the course has certainly been beneficial to me, both in work and in personal life. It has given me a better perspective on having the time to listen to people’s concerns and problems, while not necessarily jumping in to try to find solutions for them. I now manage a small team of staff and think the course has helped me from a management point of view. In my personal life the course has given me a better understanding of my own psychology and my own counselling needs.