Compassion, Resilience and Self Help



This peer-led training, aimed at front-line third sector staff, emergency staff and primary care staff who deal with people in crisis, will be highly experiential. Although participation is voluntary, to get the most out of the course, attendees will be encouraged to fully engage with the exercises.

What will you get out of it?

•Proven ways to “Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First”
•Evidence-based approaches to recognising and dealing with distress
•Establishing a connection, building trust and listening for a change
•Getting comfortable with feeling uncomfortable
•Brief Interventions for difficult choices
•Helping people get unstuck
•Enhancing Social Capital and Ways to Wellbeing
•Facilitating post-traumatic growth and scaling up confidence
•Renewable energy for moving on with hope



This is an excellent opportunity to participate in a ground breaking programme specifically designed to enhance compassion, resilience and self-help techniques, when working with people with mental health problems, distress and crisis. It will build staff capacity to manage demanding and at times difficult situations and equip them to help effectively with people in distress and/or crisis. (Chair, Local Mind Association)

Excellent! (General Practitioner)
Inspirational. Very useful and I will apply the tools in my everyday work
Very well delivered, excellent presentation and the facilitators were approachable
A well delivered, friendly course. Could grasp the information well J
Course leader was very knowledgeable and his delivery style was safe and fun and engaging
Fantastic delivery, lots of learning styles
Excellent delivery of a not particularly simple topic. V. informative and lots to read back through (GP)
Mat words things well
The course content and delivery was very informative and interactive. I learn well via interaction so I enjoyed participating.
Excellent course – would like to learn more and send colleagues.
Best training I’ve done for a long time. Excellent content well delivered.
Thank you to the course leader for his great sense of humour and wit, made it fun.
Really liked how practical it was – can use the tools taught immediately within my work. Use of humour makes a big difference.
Mat infused some intense stuff with a lot of humour
Thank you for an excellent course. Well delivered!
Really enjoyed it thanks, for the time of reflection and personal insight :-)
Knowledgeable course leader, delivered with humour, kept ‘deep’ topics lighter, great thanks
Felt v. comfortable and knew immediately I would not be embarrassed (Carer)
Very interesting and enjoyed the interaction in the group
Very relevant to the health & recovery / co-production agenda
The training was interactive and well received, with tangible points that our senior wellbeing advisors could take away and implement immediately into their role
Dynamic, entertaining, highly recommended
Thank you for the slides and the excellent training last week. Having spoken to colleagues we are interested to know if you are running any more sessions for those who did not attend originally
It was both useful, interesting as well as valuable 2 days
Thank you again for the training Mat. It was really valuable and I have been able to use some of the techniques already as well as share them with my colleagues. You were very inspiring, thank you
The sessions gave me the opportunity to rethink the way I approach people
thoroughly enjoyed the course
it has really helped me in my work role
individually helpful and thought provoking
Mat made the course fun as well as informative
provided a perfect way to revisit aspects of previous (peer support) training and instil new methods and theories essential for work with service users. This has also served as a ‘reboot’ in terms of reminding self of some of strategies I already use and provided fresh new strategies
really enjoyed this – great facilitator
great content, well delivered, with plenty of handouts, examples and breaks etc With thanks to Mat for his own experiences being used
Overall Brill!
Excellent course, well delivered, lots of humour! Exercises very helpful – action encouraged. REally liked the feedback/checkout each time so it was not just another course but a platform for change.
Very well facilitated, questions answered and verified, my type of course.
Excellent training – more people should attend and I will definately recommend to others.
Very in depth and inspiring, will be leaving the course looking in to the topics covered and ideas discussed further. Relevant to work but also can be used in personal life/situations. Thank you for your knowledge and humour.
Very enjoyable. Thought provoking – fitting theories into existing knowledge.
Very helpful, practical skills – really interesting
A benchmark standard for those in this area (Community Development Work)
we were given time to explore the things we wanted to
met all learning styles and allowed people to learn at their own pace and participate at a level comfortable to them. Excellent resources for future work.

You will receive:

• Access to demonstrations of the specific clinical techniques that make up the approach, and the chance to practice them yourselves

• Learn via a wide range of experiential exercises, clinical role plays, group discussions, guided practice and video demonstration

• Action planning: resources for making use of techniques in your work including client worksheets


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