Maintaining hope in uncertain times

Maintaining hope in uncertain times (DAA007)

Learn how to handle change and create a more compassionate culture at work

This course is also available as part of a cost-saving course bundle.

This five-hour online course presents practical ways on how you and your colleagues can handle uncertainty and challenging experiences at work.

With a clear, contemporary focus, the course examines what uncertainty means for us as human-beings, and how we can learn to manage it through self-compassion, mindfulness and storytelling – all in the context of our ever-changing work environment.

By the end of this interactive course, you’ll have acquired the tools needed to build a more hopeful, compassionate culture within your workplace. You’ll engage in a process that can help you to make sense of challenges, develop stronger relationships, and promote mental health and wellbeing at an individual, team and organisational level.

This course can be started at any time and is part of our Working towards wellbeing suite, developed in collaboration with organisational consultants in the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust to promote mental health and workplace wellbeing.

Drawing on the key principles of systems-psychodynamic thinking, each mini course delivers rich and in-depth learning experiences, with a clear, practical focus on the most pressing challenges and development needs facing organisations today.

Aims and learning objectives

This online course will allow you to:

  • understand uncertainty, and what uncertainty means for us as individuals
  • reflect on change as a form of both loss and growth – observing its effects in your personal life and workplace setting
  • explore the effects of trauma and anxiety, and their relationship to uncertainty, with useful links to additional support
  • develop effective self-compassion strategies – using techniques such as mindfulness to build greater awareness of your experiences and feelings ‘in the moment’
  • use narrative (storytelling) approaches in the workplace, in order to build connections with colleagues, make sense of experiences, and learn from each other
  • depict your own narrative of hope through a ‘Tree of Life’ exercise, exploring both your personal and professional experience

You will learn by:

  • exploring key concepts through interactive lecture content and videos
  • deepening your understanding via regular opportunities for reflection
  • considering a case study to help apply the theory to your work
  • recording your progress against clear learning objectives

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for anyone interested in exploring mental health in the workplace, whether for the purposes of supporting their own wellbeing or in order to support others.

You may have management responsibilities, a role in human resources or organisational development, or a particular focus on mental health and wellbeing – or you may just be interested in learning more about this area.

Course details

This interactive course runs continuously, so you can sign up at any time. It offers five hours of self-directed online learning which you can undertake at a time, pace and location that suits you.

You will have access to the course and its materials for one year. Access begins the day after you’ve booked, when you will receive your account details by email.

This mini course is also available as part of the Working towards wellbeing course bundle, a convenient option that offers one year’s access to four complementary courses.

Please note that this course was created during the COVID-19 pandemic. The theory and guidance are still relevant and applicable, providing examples of ways in which professionals can be creative when dealing with experiences of adversity and uncertainty.

This course will cover the following areas:

  • uncertainty – what is it?
  • change and loss
  • uncertainty and resilience
  • anxiety, trauma and PTSD
  • compassion-focused therapy
  • developing self-compassion
  • compassion mindfulness practices
  • learning to sense-check
  • hope – a symbolic, narrative approach to life
  • narrative approaches to uncertainty
  • co-creating hope in the workplace

There are no specific requirements for the course; it is open to all and assumes no prior knowledge of the area.

There’s a knowledge self-assessment check at the end of the course, which provides access to your Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust CPD certificate upon completion.

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Our Digital Academy mini courses run continuously so you can join at any time. Access begins the day after you’ve booked, when you will receive your login details by email.

Save with our cost-effective bundles

This course is also available as part of a convenient, cost-saving bundle – providing you with one year’s access to four complementary online resources.

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