Understanding How to Help weekend : 24th - 26th January 2020
The second Understanding How to Help weekend was held at Cratfield in Suffolk from 24th - 26th January 2020. The aim of the course is to apply the principles taught in Steps One to Four to different mental and emotional health issues and to see how those principles can inform our approach to providing help and support. The course was very well-attended, with people travelling from Derbyshire, Dorset, Sheffield, Northampton and more locally from different areas in Suffolk.
There was an in-depth presentation and discussion about the two introvert temperaments - the Phlegmatic, in which can lie the roots of chronic anxiety, and the Melancholic, the understanding of which is key to understanding depression. A variety of different scenarios were discussed by the group, using case studies and personal experiences, and opportunities were provided for each person to think through their own approach to helping others in both their personal and professional lives. Issues discussed on the course included anxiety, depression, bi-polar, ADHD, panic attacks and breakdown. The understanding of temperaments and the interactions between the different introvert and extrovert temperaments gained in previous steps guided the discussions.
The comments below, which were received following the weekend, give a flavour of people's response to the course:
'I'm building up the knowledge of how temperaments interact and am learning how to develop skills and strategies to be able to help. Also being able to work on understanding myself better and becoming more effective.'
'The different style (of presentation: discussion) to Steps One to Four worked well and was 'right' for this course. A thoroughly worthwhile weekend.'
'This course has not only helped me on my own journey, it has also acted as a marker for how far I've come. I have thoroughly appreciated the opportunity to learn about, discuss and apply practically what I have learnt in helping others.'
'An absolutely excellent weekend, which was informative in a practical way both from a personal perspective and a professional one. I can't wait until the next one.'
'Good mix of talks and useful scenarios - scenarios were challenging to thinking advice through.'
'Very insightful and helpful course. It will build on previous steps. Issues discussed will help in practical situations and give us 'tools' to use as well as a 'feel' of the situation.'