Master Class Programme

  • two x half days
  • 8 personal Resilience factors
  • the opportunity to work on two personal examples
  • practice opportunities in the two sessions
  • applied exercises between sessions to embed and practice the first two steps.

This is our strongest programme for making real changes because participants practice the first two steps between sessions before progressing on to steps three and four.

During the course participants work on two of their own examples.  We show how the mind can take an everyday pressure situation and turn it into stress.  On the course participants get to see and practice Step 1 – Wake Up, and Step 2 - Control Attention, and to explore ways they can integrate these two steps into their everyday life.

We demonstrate the effect that stress can have on the body and then go on to explore that outcomes of the questionnaire participants completed before they came to the course. On this course we examine eight research based factors that can enable or prevent resilience. This completes the first half. 

In between the first and second session, participants are given some specific practice exercises for the first two steps of the programme and are invited to further consider their questionnaire results.  Additional material is emailed to them to help them understand what the results mean, and to give them some suggestions for addressing any areas of concern.

In the second session we discuss their practical experiences. They are then introduced to Step 3 of the programme – Detach, and Step 4, – Let Go.  Detach is the ability to separate out the negative emotion, to see things as they are, and to not become overly involved in upset. From a detached perspective, people can make sound, rational decisions and can bring more positive energy to the events in their lives. We discuss how the lack of detachment impacts work and their personal lives and using examples from their own experiences we show simple techniques for detaching and letting go.

Participants generate a simple resilience plan for themselves and we support their learning by sending three videos which summarise the key points three months after the course has ended.

BNZ, 2017, Course participant comments

  • I am going to put all of the techniques into use – this is the best workshop I have been on for a long time.
  • I see myself using this in everyday situations but especially when I am under pressure at work by focussing in the problem, not myself.

Manager, Shine, 2014

It is two weeks since we did the course…  One person I spoke to a couple of days ago said: “it changed everything for me and I have stated thinking about things that have been upsetting me in a different way.”

Another person told me that the imagery of the house and sitting about in ‘the loft’ was a great way ‘to get perspective, to get a grip.’ Last week another staff member got very het up about a decision that she wanted senior management to make right that minute which we were not prepared to do. She drove home (practicing) getting into the loft and calmed down. Next day she came in with a totally new concept which we all loved, and her for letting go of the frustration she felt and coming up with a new and better idea was extremely positive.