Why choose this course?
- this course is not therapy, although it has a therapeutic effect, but offers a powerful educational programme
- the tools it teaches are both profound and accessible
- low self esteem accompanies traumatic childhood experiences of familial abuse
- it is often at the root of self injurious behaviours
- when self esteem is low our life is often characterised by fear, not love
- being given a mental health diagnosis can couple low self esteem to feelings of despair and guilt
- accessing our self esteem enables us to have internal peace and contentment
- this course fits into the recovery model for mental distress
- positive results ~ a sense of hopefulness for the future, in some cases a cessation or reduction in self harming, the ability to share feelings without shame and to give and receive support. When offered to young men with schizophrenia it had a transformative effect.
Length of course: 12 sessions of 2 – 2½ hours
Expected outcomes: by the end of the course participants will be able to
- notice when they are being affected by inner demands and accusations
- know how to tell the truth about themselves and make life affirming choices
- galvanise their inner resources and their creative energies
- understand a new concept of how to grasp personal strengths and potential
- attain a new insight into the nature of self esteem
- differentiate between being driven and having drive
- see value in the experiences given by life
- access their most profound inspiration in life
- be themselves with others, creating deeper connections through fuller expression
- use processes to deal positively with previously ‘negative’ situations
- enhance the self esteem of others using their own insights
Nature of training:
Maximum of 8 participants with mental distress. The course utilises small group work, individual processing and some lecture style input. A video supports this training. Each participant is given a set of 3 CDs. Clear criteria need to be met for group membership.
Within a mental health context there will be a ration of 1:2 for facilitation composed of mentor/s plus support team.
It will be necessary to have had 2 members of staff take the weekend version of this course in order to offer support during the sessions and in the time between sessions.
This work is part of a programme of educational courses © to the Kairos Foundation. See more at www.moretolife.org