Aware bring­ing its ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses to Wex­ford town

Wexford People - - NEWS -

AWARE is bring­ing its pop­u­lar Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gramme to Wex­ford this month.

The Life Skills Group Pro­gramme which equips peo­ple with the tools to cope with the stresses of ev­ery­day life and the Rel­a­tives & Friends Pro­gramme for those sup­port­ing a loved one ex­pe­ri­enc­ing de­pres­sion or bipo­lar dis­or­der are both free of charge.

The Life Skills Group Pro­gramme, which takes place over nine hours dur­ing a six week pe­riod, will teach at­ten­dees how to bet­ter cope with the stresses 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. De­vel­oped by the renowned cog­ni­tive be­hav­iour ther­apy spe­cial­ist (CBT), Dr. Chris Williams, the pro­gramme is specif­i­cally 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 will be­gin on Thurs­day, April 19, at Clay­ton Whites Ho­tel, Wex­ford.

The Rel­a­tives & Friends Pro­gramme is de­signed for those sup­port­ing a loved one ex­pe­ri­enc­ing de­pres­sion or bipo­lar dis­or­der. The pro­gramme, which takes place over six hours dur­ing a four week pe­riod, aims to pro­vide help­ful in­for­ma­tion about de­pres­sion and bipo­lar dis­or­der, pro­vide prac­ti­cal ad­vice, ad­dress the chal­lenges faced each day when sup­port­ing a loved one. The con­tent also ad­dresses self-care, teaches cop­ing tools and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and equips peo­ple with the tools to un­der­stand and sup­port a loved one ex­pe­ri­enc­ing de­pres­sion or bipo­lar dis­or­der, while also fo­cus­ing on the self-care of the sup­porter.

The Rel­a­tives & Friends Pro­gramme will be­gin on Thurs­day, April 19, at Clay­ton Whites Ho­tel, Wex­ford.

The pro­grammes are de­liv­ered in work­shop style to of­fer a par­tic­i­pa­tive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Each evening ses­sion is 90 min­utes long. The work­shops pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for dis­cus­sion but at no stage is any­one asked to share in­for­ma­tion if they do not wish to.

On­line reg­is­tra­tion for the pro­grammes id now open at www.aware.ie and places are avail­able to any­one over 18. Those in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing are en­cour­aged to book quickly as places are lim­ited and will fill up fast.

The Aware ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes are free to at­tend, with a re­fund­able €30 book­ing de­posit in place to en­sure par­tic­i­pants that re­ally want to book a place have the op­por­tu­nity to do so. The book­ing fee will be re­funded by con­tact­ing Aware once all mod­ules in the course have been com­pleted. Re­duced book­ing fees are avail­able to stu­dents, OAPs and med­i­cal card hold­ers.

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