The Aware Life Skills Group progamme is a free educational programme offered to adults aged 18 and over. The programme contains six modules. Each module takes 90 minutes, one evening a week from 7.30pm – 9pm, over six weeks. The reason the programme takes place over six weeks is to give participants time to reflect on the key learning point each week and time to practice the ‘new ways of thinking’ to challenge negative thought patterns and constant worrying. The weekly schedule also allows time for participants to raise any questions they might have with their programme instructor.
The Life Skills programme is not individual therapy: it is a group programme which allows participants to learn some of the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and apply them to their own life. The programme instructors are trained to encourage healthy boundaries of privacy among participants.*
CBT focuses on thinking and behaviour and has been shown to be an effective intervention for mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety. When a person is dealing with very stressful issues or beginning to develop symptoms of depression they are more vulnerable to filtering out positive experiences and focusing on unhelpful thoughts. This negative bias informs a person’s behaviour and can start to influence their decision making process at work, at home, or in relationships in an unhelpful way.
The principles of CBT illustrate interesting examples of common ‘ways we think’ and explores if ‘how we are thinking’ is helpful or not and if there is sufficient evidence to support our thoughts. It questions if we have over time mistaken our ‘thoughts’ for fact. This approach challenges habitual behaviour influenced by negative thoughts. The CBT approach can help us to make small, practical changes in areas of our life that we find difficult. Taking these small actions can improve our mood and also reduce some of the symptoms associated with depression, stress or anxiety.
Applying for the programme
Online Registration for April 2015 is now closed. The next Life Skills Group programme will be offered in September 2015.
When is the booking fee refunded?
The fee is refunded in the following cases:
If you decide not to take up your place on the programme, your fee will be refunded if you contact Aware by email or phone at least 48 hours before the programme start date to cancel your place. (In this case, we may be able to offer the place to someone else.)
Once you have completed the Life Skills Group programme, you may request a refund of your booking fee by emailing or phoning Aware.
If you wish to cancel your programme registration but do not contact Aware at least 48 hours prior to your programme start date, your booking fee will not be refunded.
If you have any queries about your registration fee or to obtain your refund please don’t hesitate to contact Aware by emailing: email@example.com or phoning our office directly on 01 661 7211, 9am-5pm (press 1 for Services).
Who is the programme aimed at?
The programme is aimed at anyone who would like to learn more about ‘how we think’ and how this can influence our behaviour in helpful or unhelpful ways. The programme is a proven useful resource for anyone who is experiencing symptoms of mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety.
How many modules are there?
There are six modules – one per week for six consecutive weeks. (excl. bank holidays)
How long do modules last?
Each modules lasts 90 minutes.
Will I have to discuss personal issues and problems?
The programme instructors are trained to encourage healthy boundaries of privacy among participants.* You do not have to disclose any personal details.
Do I have to attend all modules?
We encourage participants to attend all six modules to get the maximum benefit from the programme.
How many people are in the group?
Each group will contain on average 25 people and there must be a minimum of 20 people for a group to go ahead.
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.
Is this programme right for me?
If the statements below apply to you, then you could benefit from this programme.
- I currently experience signs of stress, anxiety or mild to moderate depression
- I would like to make some changes in my life and am prepared to try new ways of dealing with life’s challenges
- I am not currently experiencing a major life event such as a recent bereavement, major relationship problem or a significant trauma
- I intend to go to all six modules of the programme
- I understand this programme is not ‘one-to-one’ but a group programme consisting of up to 25 participants
- I feel I can concentrate and give my attention for the duration of each session i.e. about 90 minutes