Look at life in a different way with Aware’s new Life Skills programme
Places now available on Aware’s new 6-week group programme based on CBT principles.
Aware has today officially launched a free Life Skills programme which will be delivered in 26 locations across the country, starting from April 15th next. The group programme, based on principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is ideal for people who are ready to learn new ways to deal with life’s challenges, and online application is now open.
Developed by Dr. Chris Williams, Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Glasgow and recognised expert in CBT, the programme is delivered in six 90-minute group sessions over six consecutive weeks. Some of the topics covered in the programme include recognising and controlling unhelpful thought patterns; building self-esteem and identifying behaviours in life that can lead to problems.
Speaking about the new programme, Dr. Claire Hayes, Clinical Director of Aware said,“This is a brilliant opportunity for people to benefit from an established approach to dealing with difficulties which we may all face in life. One-to-one CBT sessions can cost more than €80 each and there are waiting lists of up to one year for these in many areas: it is really good news that Aware is able to provide this free group programme using principles of CBT, and independent research* found that many people who complete the Life Skills programme said that it has had a very positive impact on their life. We hope that many people across the country will take this opportunity to make positive changes in their life.”
* Independent evaluation of Aware’s Life Skills programme pilot in Autumn 2012 by Dr. Katrina Collins, suggests a significant positive impact from participation on individual’s mood in terms of self-reported depression and anxiety: 20% of participants reported having ‘severe’ anxiety in Session One, with no-one reporting this in Session Six, having completed the programme.
Aware’s Life Skills programme is proudly supported by the fundraising efforts of 15,000 Tesco staff and their customers nationwide, through the Tesco Charity of the Year partnership 2013.
Featured in the photo above are (Clockwise from left) Aoibheann McCaul, Patricia Brady – Tesco Cabra, Dr Claire Hayes Nikki Symmons, Michelle Ryan and Eric Russell