Mindful Resilience for Wellbeing at Work (MRWW)

Introduction

Mindful Resilience for Wellbeing at Work (MRWW) is a recently developed educational and skills-based program to assist workers develop skills for reducing stress and preventing occupational stress syndromes, such as burnout. Features and elements of the program have been informed by positive psychology, cognitive-behavioural, and mindfulness-based scientific resilience paradigms, as well as empirically supported programs for enhancing mental wellbeing, reducing stress, and building individual stress resilience (see key references below).

MRWW consists of five modules/sessions shown below that can be delivered in face to face seminar format, or via live video conference format (e.g., Zoom, MS Teams). Session format can also be adapted to suit your particular organisational needs. Participants in this program will be introduced to the nature of occupational stress, symptoms and causes, and how to build individual resilience. The skills-based modules will involve learning simple mindfulness practices and skills, which then form the basis of learning more helpful and positive ways of thinking and responding to stress, and how to be mindful and compassionate towards one’s needs. For example, elements of the program include how to cultivate positive attitudes and responses in stressful environments, managing stressful thoughts with mindfulness, and exercises to be mindful of your needs. Exercises are introduced and practiced in each session, with simple practice suggestions to implement outside of sessions to embed and consolidate learning. The program has been developed by Dr Mark Craigie. Mark has more than 15 years experience in facilitating mindfulness informed programs in mental health settings, and more recently, occupational settings, as well as being involved in mindfulness and resilience-based scientific research and publication.

MRWW Program Sessions

Given the ongoing COVID-19 situation, MRWW has been developed (typically 6 to 7 hours total duration) to be delivered via live video conference sessions (e.g., Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or similar), or if appropriate via on-site face to face format. The format typically involves fives sessions that can be adjusted to suit the specific organisation and worker needs (e.g., 1/2 day workshop with three follow-up sessions). It involves live tuition and guided skills practice and discussion. A worksheets and summary notes booklet with a comprehensive set of references is also provided to each attendee, with free practice resources readily available via the internet.

Further Information: Email Mark at Contact.

Finally, please note that MRWW is a capacity building program for people who are currently well and wish to learn skills to enhance individual resilience to stress and promote wellbeing at work. It is not a substitute for consultation and treatment with a qualified mental health care professional if you have concerns about your mental health.

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