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Understanding Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace

’The aim of this programme is to provide managers, and people leading and managing people, with a framework for both identifying and understanding the importance of mental health & wellbeing in the workplace and to be able to have an appreciation of how mental health challenges can be acknowledged in terms of responses, guidance, and direction’.

The programme has 3 individual modules which will provide managers with information on mental health, addiction and its types, well-being and motivational strategies

Note:  This programme is NOT saying to managers that they are now able to treat addiction, stress, anxiety, & depression. The course sets out to offer detailed information about these conditions, signs & symptoms, and self-care techniques for managers and staff to offset these mental health difficulties from emerging.

Our purpose is to inform participants in all of these areas and educate to a level where there is a far greater understanding of what we mean by mental health, well-being, addiction and its types and to understand what a motivational intervention is.

This is not a course to train you, in any way, to be a therapist or counsellor. It is designed to teach you what all these issues are all about only.


Course Duration 3 x Days over 6/8 weeks
Course Leader Mr Peter Kelly MSc Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Advanced Diploma in Supervision, B.Ph. (Philosophy), Dip Social Studies, M.I. Trainer, Reality Therapy Certified Trainer
With Grace Gallagher & Conor Kenny
Location TBA
Maximum Participants per Class 18
Course Content and Workbooks These will be given on the first day of the programme
Awards Each participant will be awarded a certificate of course completion, subject to completion, by the programme leader


Day 1: Understanding Mental Health


This module will provide participants with both an overview of issues dealing with mental health & well-being but also strategies and coping mechanisms for managing and thinking about personal and professional stress determinants.

Areas here will include topics such as what is good mental health, signs of good mental health, early warning signs of mental health difficulties, understanding stress & burnout, how stress affects us, signs of successful coping.

The module will also explore mental health difficulties that people often experience on an on-going basis throughout the life cycle. Conditions such as depression and anxiety will be examined in relation to both looking at the causes and types of these pathologies but also through the exploration of both professional and self-help interventions that can be helpful in the management of these conditions.

Learning Outcomes

A good understanding of both mental health & well-being in terms of its impact on both personal and professional development.

A clear awareness of the relationship between stress and mental health in terms of both successful coping and attitudes that contribute to burnout.

A solid grasp of the practical strategies involved in good mental health, including the importance of diet, exercise, coping mechanisms, and the relation to alcohol and drugs.

An overview of mental health conditions in terms of depression and anxiety, exploring types and causes, signs & symptoms, and treatment approaches in relation to both professional and self-help strategies.

An understanding of the key services in mental health provision and how to access them.

Day 2: Understanding Addiction


This module will provide participants with both an overview and understanding of addiction and how drugs and alcohol function for people in terms of their mental health. A key question here will revolve around the role of toxic media in people’s lives in terms of helping to maximise pleasure and minimize pain.

Areas explored here will include what is a drug, categories of drugs, effects of drugs and tolerance, drug use terminology, patterns of drug/alcohol use from experimental to recreational to problematic/dependent, routes of admission, and withdrawals.

Particular drugs both legal and non-legal will also be examined from alcohol, cocaine, cannabis, mdma (ecstasy) and benzodiazepines in terms of their efficacy and potential for harm. A key question here will be how drugs function for people in terms of managing stress and their impact on mental health.

Learning outcomes

An awareness of how psychoactive drugs impact on the CNS in terms of their biochemical economy.

Become familiar with the main divisions of psychoactive substances, their common effects and the distinction between drug misuse and drug dependence.

An understanding of the different categories of drugs and their effects, from sedatives/depressants to stimulants, and their utility in terms of routes of admission, tolerance, and withdrawals.

A basic knowledge of reward pathways, the role of neurotransmitters/ receptors, the effects of dopamine, serotonin, adrenaline, noradrenaline and gaba in the mental health.

An understanding of the key services in addiction provision and how to access them.

Day 3: Motivational One to One Interventions & Strategies


How do people change, what motivates people to change? This module will explore particular strategies and interventions that can be helpful in both professional and self-help contexts to get people thinking about change. A key question here will be how do we create the conditions so that change comes from within rather than being imposed from without?
Using key ideas from Miller/Rollnick’s Motivational Interviewing approach the module will explore helping factors that are useful in promoting change. Using their F.R.A.M.E.S. template and their 4 key processes of engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning, the module will explore ways of working with people (particularly people struggling to overcome an addiction) that can be helpful.

Other areas examined in the module will also include reflective listening, rolling with resistance, developing discrepancy, and promoting client self-efficacy. A key learning piece here will be how to we listen to people? Can we begin to listen in a more reflective way and build upon their own intrinsic motivation.

Learning Outcomes

Have gained a good understanding of Motivational strategies, their theoretical underpinnings, influence, and development.

Will have achieved a level of competency in the core skills and be able to begin, maintain, and conclude a helping intervention.

Have an understanding of the Wheel of Change and be able to situate the cycles of drug/alcohol use within its framework.

Will have developed a proficiency in the areas of reflective listening, dealing with resistance/ambivalence, and the development of discrepancy.

Be able to move clients towards the process of change through the management of compulsions and urges and the exploration of intrinsic motivation.


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