Psychologists are often called in to support organisational wellbeing through stress-busting, coaching, building resilience and giving individuals the skills to manage within a fast paced environment imbued with the pressures of 21st century global living.
We duly showcase our skills, we deliver our psychometrics, we motivate and encourage. We help those struggling develop their psychosocial competencies, and often – at least as far as the ‘happy sheets’ go, we’ve made a difference. But research from the TES pre-pandemic found wellbeing sessions don’t help overworked teachers, and more recently. This was echoed by a literature review from Harvard Business Review in 2019 and more recently, in 2021 ‘All Work’ blog’s headline was loud and clear ‘Wellness programmes aren’t working’.
My own work is wellbeing related – I deliver wellbeing sessions, I teach stressbusting, I literally wrote the book on Mindfulness and Resilience at work. I use psychometrics, I work on interpersonal relationships, and within the training of course offer more targeted support using coaching methodology…but the truth is – as much as we can do, we are no match for toxic work practices.
This session will offer tools that can support employee wellbeing, and our own, but also ways in which we can engage the organisation. If wellbeing is left as an individual responsibility, individual intervention can only go so far, once the individual is feeling motivated that is the time to capitalise on the energy and see if change – at least within the department as a start can be made.
Therefore this session will also offer tools which can be used to address organisational culture – to help the individual not only manage their own mental and emotional strength, but recognise that they are only one part of the shift that needs to be made. These tools will also help individuals find solutions which involve the organisation – rather than feeling it is up to them to change alone.
This session is aimed at all organisational practitioners, those who work within organisations and those delivering training within them including:
1. Psychometrics practitioners
2. Organisational psychologists
3. Educational psychologists (one of the biggest issues I found as a teacher was that schools would often have a therapist but push all mental and emotional issues their way rather than working with the practitioner to embed a healthier workplace ethic conducive to better mental health for staff and students)
6. Those working in personnel/human resources
7. PhD researchers – perhaps there is a study asking to be written up!
1. Try out tools and exercises aimed at improving one’s own self efficacy – these can be used with clients, or for the purposes of personal development.
2. Try out tools and exercises aimed at helping clients explore organisational-based interventions rather than thinking work issues are a personal problem to solve.
3. Reflect on how psychology must not be complicit in making wellbeing the responsibility of the individual – we will look at research and recommendations which focus on the importance of emphasising solutions which encourage reaching out to the working environment rather than holding onto the responsibility oneself
4. As LO 3 is likely to be evolving a behaviour that may have been habitual practice for some time, attendees will also explore reasons why we as psychologists may be reluctant to “let go” of our conventional role and form such collaborations, and explore ways we can address this
Following the webinar it is hoped attendees will feel confident in ensuring all the work they do with organisations has an element which is aimed at embedding wellbeing as a practice not a check box. This may be offering feedback to one’s line manager following training, or it might be using some of the tools which encourage individuals to reach out, especially if training sessions are run with a wellbeing-minded department leader.
This webinar will be recorded and made available as a recording for everyone who registers.
Presenter: Dr Audrey Tang CPsychol
Audrey is a Chartered Psychologist and award-winning author and is the resident psychologist on The Chrissy B Show (Sky) the UK’s only TV programme dedicated to mental health and wellbeing and a presenter and wellness advocate fronting “Psych Back to Basics” on Disruptive TV. She regularly offers expert comment as a psychologist through TV, Radio and published media on mental wellness, and broadcasts self-development podcast “Retrain Your Brain”. A member of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), she keynotes at National and International conferences in the fields of resilience, leadership and team cohesion, is a CPD accredited trainer and FIRO-B profiler, and regularly consults and hosts webinars & lectures offering accessible and effective practical self-improvement tools for personal and professional success.
This workshop has been organised by the BPS Professional Development Centre
|Price||£80.00 (£ 66.67 + VAT)
£48.50 (£40.42 + VAT)
1. Online bookings will close just before the webinar.
2. A Zoom link to join the webinar will be sent to everyone registered on the webinar day.
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There is a £15 cancellation fee.
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