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Date(s) - 11/12/2017
10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Paignton Library

Tutors: Antonia Gaffney and Tracy Skelcher

Who is it for?

This course is for anyone with experience of mental health issues, their friends, family or supporters wanting to learn more about POWER and the skills that can help regulate emotions. For further information about this course, our tutors would gladly get in touch to reply to your queries.

Course details

This 5-part course covers skills that can help you recognise and step back from difficult thoughts and emotions, and to find more helpful ways to respond to them. Each session includes a theory part and a practical part. This structure will allow students to develop skills and put learning into practice.

The course meets over five separate sessions. Students can enrol on each session separately (and which will be treated as individual courses for enrolment purposes), but to achieve the greatest benefit, the tutors encourage you to enrol on all five sessions as a single course.

Distress Tolerance: This session introduces emergency skills to cope with difficult situations that cannot be problem solved or changed in the immediate future. Topics will include the ‘Zone of Tolerance’ and skills such as STOP, Radical Acceptance, urge surfing, distraction, and activating your para-sympathetic nervous system.  You will learn to recognise what works for you and also when a skill might tip into avoidance.  After lunch there will be opportunities to practice urge surfing and mindfulness. You will also have a chance to add to a personalised skills tool kit.

N.B. Lunch is not provided. Students are therefore kindly asked to bring their own packed lunch.


This course is now fully booked. If you wish to be added to a waiting list in case of cancellations, please use this contact form and let us know.

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