Psychological First Aid: Mental health in the workplace
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( ITC Consultancy )
Course level: Introduction
Date of recording: 6th July, 2011
Next to back injury stress is responsible for more sick leave than anything else in modern times, greater understanding and good management can avoid this most crippling of problems and organisations can benefit from high performing staff. This is an issue, which cannot be ignored!
Regardless of our role or position work is becoming increasingly more stressful and demanding. It can be physically and more importantly mentally draining. Handling anxiety and stress is a vital skill, which everyone in the workplace must embrace and develop to avoid further lives being ruined through psychological injury. This session will be of enormous help to everyone as we all have the potential to suffer or be involved with those suffering potential psychological injuries.
To breakdown barriers and myths around mental health issues in the workplace and develop practical and functional ways to help people manage stress and anxiety in the workplace in real time
At the conclusion of the session participants will have an understanding of the following key points: -
The principle of “psychological first aid”
The importance of mental health for all, regardless of role.
The impact of stress and anxiety on individuals, friends / colleagues and family.
Breaking down the barriers and myths around mental health issues in the workplace.
Functional and practical ideas and techniques to help people now not later.
- The principles of psychological first aid
- The stigma surrounding mental illness and stress-related issues
- What can we do to help ourselves or our colleagues?
- Breaking some common myths
- Breaking the stigma on therapy
- Coping strategies
- The overlap with home and family life
- Spotting the signs of stress and anxiety
- Help to help others
- Taking control at the source
- How to help yourself
- Key strategies for mental health in all your life
- The power of a cup of coffee
- Detached mindfulness
- Review: Key ways to break stress and anxiety patterns
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ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Martin J. Smith PhD
Specialist Training Consultant and Therapist
Martin Smith is a specialist trainer in communication, interpersonal skills, conflict management and personal safety with over twenty-five years training experience. He is also a psychotherapist specialising in the treatment of anxiety, depression, stress, phobias and post traumatic stress disorders.
A senior lecturer in psychology, psychotherapy and the social sciences at Nottingham Trent University he also presents to a variety of Public and Private Organisations both here in the UK and in the United States of America, designing and writing training programmes as well as individual personal development programmes and personal coaching strategies.
A qualified trainer and assessor of competency based training programmes, he has also worked in Law Enforcement for twenty five years, where he has had unique opportunity to work and deal with a vast range of situations, which require the skills he teaches. These range from minor staff issues on a team, through to the most violent, disturbing and psychologically stressful and challenging situations out in mainstream society.
He has written for a number of UK and US Magazines and has designed and taught a number of training packages to various private and public sector groups. He is a life member of the Open University Psychological Society and an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy - BACP. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in psychotherapy working from solution focused and brief therapy methods. He has a Bachelors degree in psychotherapy with specific focus on clinical hypnosis and a Doctorate in Psychology.
He is a member of the prestigious International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association - ILEETA as well as The Institute for Leadership and Management – ILM and the Chartered Management Institute - CMI.