15 and 22 February, 01, 08, 15, 22 and 29 March, 5 April

Learn how to recognise and manage stress for a better life!

Session 1: What is health?

This session introduces the Collaborative Therapy Optimal Health Program and tools used including the Participant Workbook and Health Journal.  It explores what health means for the individual and considers the influence of behaviour on health.

Session 2: The “I Can Do” Model: Part 1

Session 2 introduces the “I Can Do” model as a framework for understanding how stress, vulnerability and coping strategies interact to influence health.  Participants are taught to identify stress, consider how it affects their health and use breathing exercises as a coping strategy.

Session 3:  The “I Can Do” Model: Part 2 – Coping strategies

The nature of stressors and degree to which we have control over them is considered in this session.  The coping strategies that individual’s already use to manage stress are identified.  Goal setting is taught as a useful coping strategy.    

Session 4:  The “How To” of the “I Can Do” Model

This session focuses on how the “I Can Do” model can be used to maintain health.  Participants develop Health Plan I – a coping plan to manage daily stressors.

Session 5: “I Can Do” model: Part 3 – Vulnerability

Recognising that stress can accumulate, the importance of monitoring and balancing daily activities is taught as a coping strategy in this session.  Past or present vulnerable situations and early warning signs of illness are reviewed.  Collaborative partners to assist the person in maintaining optimal health are identified.

Session 6:  Coping Strategies for Optimal Health

Coping strategies are reviewed and evaluated in this session.    Participants develop Health Plan II – consisting of collaborative strategies to respond to vulnerable situations and early warning signs.  Problem-solving is taught as a coping strategy.

Session 7:  The “I Can Do” Model: Episode of illness

This session explores how individual’s experience an episode of illness.  The use of medication is considered as a constructive coping strategy.   Participants develop Health Plan III –  an action plan to use when experiencing symptoms of illness.

Session 8:  Review: Putting It All Together

To conclude the program, the concept of health is reviewed and relapse is considered as a learning opportunity.   How the three health plans may be used to maintain optimal health is reinforced.

Booster session: What is my health like now?

The booster session can be delivered once or multiple times to enable participants to continue to apply knowledge and skills gained throughout the Optimal Health Program. Participants reflect on their current health status with reference to the “I Can Do” model and review their Health Plans according to their current situations.

Centrepay arrangements now available.

03 5622 4100
11.00am – 3.00pm
7 February
Drouin Library