We are now offering the programme in both a virtual and a face-to-face group setting, so you can choose the most appropriate setting for you.
What is the Life Skills Programme?
Based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), the Life Skills programme is 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 sessions. With the help of a series of easy-to-follow worksheets 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.
Registering for the Life Skills Programme
This programme is available online and in locations around the country, a number of times each year. You can choose the option that best suits you, and your own circumstances.
Before signing up, we ask that participants are available to attend all six consecutive weeks of this programme.
This programme is not a substitute for CPD or teaching. Please do not register for this course as part of your professional training as you are taking a valuable space from someone who needs it.
Virtual Programme Considerations
- Reliable Wi-Fi and a quiet area with some space to complete worksheets
- Arrange to print 26 worksheets that will be emailed to you prior to the start date
Zoom is compatible with smartphones and tablets, but we strongly recommend using a laptop or PC.
You will receive Zoom details in advance. If you do not receive communication from Aware after registering, check your spam/junk folder. If it is not to be found, please contact email@example.com.
There is a refundable booking fee of €30 for this programme (or €10 if you are a student, unemployed, over 65 or hold a medical card). You can request a refund by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org upon completion. Alternatively, if you enjoyed the course and are in a position to support Aware, you can leave your booking fee as a donation.
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
The programme is aimed at individuals, who reside in Ireland, who are experiencing mild to moderate depression, stress and/or anxiety and would like to learn new ways to deal with life’s challenges.
One 90 minute session per week for six consecutive weeks.
Nobody will be obliged to share personal information or experiences.
Yes, only individuals aged 18 years and over may take part in Aware’s Life Skills programme.
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”