Based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), the Life Skills programmes are designed to help people learn more about how we think and how this can influence our actions in helpful or unhelpful ways.
The Life Skills Group Programme is delivered over the course of six weeks in 90 minute evening sessions. With the help of a series of easy-to-follow booklets and expert guidance from a trained facilitator at each session, you can learn how to better manage the stress of everyday life, recognise and manage unhelpful thoughts, learn new ways of thinking and ultimately begin the journey to a healthier and more confident life.
Each group consists of approximately 25 people. The programme instructors are trained to encourage healthy boundaries of privacy among participants within normal limits.
Starts the week of 10th September (with the exception of a few, please see below) and runs for 6 weeks in each location. Click "apply now" for full details on locations and dates.
Clare, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Laois*, Leitrim, Tipperary, Wexford
Cavan**, Cork, Dublin, Kilkenny, Limerick*, Wicklow,
Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Louth, Mayo, Westmeath
*Start one week earlier, week commencing 3rd September
** Start two weeks later, week commencing 24th September
The Life Skills Group Programme has been developed by Dr. Chris Williams, a Professor of Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the University of Glasgow and recognised expert in the area of CBT.
The Life Skills programme has been independently evaluated by Aware. The evaluation showed a statistically significant improvement in participants’ self-reported levels of anxiety and depression after completing the programme.
This means that participants of the Life Skills programme reported less levels of anxiety and depression after completing the programme.
Life Skills is also consistent with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for the treatment of depression and anxiety. NICE is an organisation which provides independent, authoritative and evidence-based guidance on the most effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat ill-health.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the programme aimed at?
The programme is aimed at individuals who are experiencing mild to moderate depression, stress and/or anxiety and would like to learn new ways to deal with life’s challenges.
How many sessions are there and how long do they last?
One 90 minute session per week for six consecutive weeks.
Will I have to discuss personal issues and problems?
Nobody will be obliged to share personal information or experiences.
Is this programme only for individuals of 18 years and over?
Yes, only individuals of 18 and over may take part in Aware’s Life Skills programme.
How do I register?
When the "apply now" button is visible at the top of this page, registration for the next programme is available. Alternatively please check back on the date posted above for the next registration window. These programmes run in different locations around the country a number of times per year.
*The Life Skills programme is free however a refundable** booking fee of €30 is now in place to ensure that people who really want to do the Life Skills programme actually have the opportunity to do so. If you are a student, unemployed, an OAP or hold a medical card you are eligible for a reduced refundable booking fee of €10.
**Please note the refund of the booking fee can be requested by calling Aware head office on 01 6617211 once all six modules are completed.
Feedback from past participants
- "Thank you for giving me hope and for giving me back control of my happiness!"
- "This 6 week course helped me change my thought process and see things differently. I have learned coping mechanisms that help me manage the more difficult days in life."
- “I feel by practicing with these tools daily I will be able to get back to the old confident me that through life pressures seemed to have got lost.”
- “An amazing, potentially life changing course that is user friendly and welcoming. The skills are invaluable”