This e-learning course on Positive Mental Health, developed and presented by Carolyn Barber, offers a foundation for understanding the various components of mental health and well-being. It will be of value to professionals in the caring professions as well as to informal carers supporting people with mental health problems and, indeed, for individuals wanting to make a positive contribution to their own mental health. It is the equivalent of a full-day's continuous professional development, but constructed in such a way as to enable flexible study to suit your own schedule.
It is based on a 5Cs model of mental health based on five key elements:
The course explores each of these in turn, offering first an overview of the important role of the element concerned, then a review of what light research and theory cast on it, a consideration of different approaches to addressing the important issues involved and, finally, additional information about particular tools or methods that can prove helpful in promoting positive mental health.
In today's pressurised and fast-moving world many people are experiencing difficulties in maintaining good mental health. So, whether you are looking towards improving your own mental health or you work in a setting where supporting others to meet their mental health needs, this course will will give you a firm foundation on which to build.
Written and presented by a highly experienced expert in the mental health field, this course offers an excellent basis for learning how to rise to the many mental health challenges we face.
With over thirty years' experience as a social worker, Carolyn has worked as a practitioner, researcher, trainer and manager. Working on a freelance basis since 2006, she has felt privileged to be able to develop her interest and passion for good mental health and well-being, promoting positive approaches to managing stress, anxiety and depression as well as more severe mental health conditions.
Carolyn began her professional career as a generic field social worker, pioneering group work projects with young people in care. She specialized in innovative individual and group programs for young offenders under the Intermediate Treatment scheme of the 1980s, before moving into adult services. She set up a new team specializing in mental health and learning disability services, and later moved into quality and performance management work where she trained staff in methods to collect and evaluate service user perspectives. Subsequent experience as a senior manager in the voluntary sector broadened her own perspective on social care services and the contribution of volunteers in service delivery.
Since 2006, she has worked independently providing consultancy, research and training with a range of social work organizations. Carolyn continues to be involved in field instruction working with local universities and as an independent assessor for newly qualified social workers. She established herself as a social entrepreneur with her first business venture of a training and well-being venue in her home city, Portsmouth, and now regularly contributes to training as part of the Hampshire School for Social Entrepreneurs.
In 2012, her second social enterprise formally took shape as The Good Mental Health Cooperative, now registered as a Community Interest Company. The Cooperative supports microenterprises and community-based activities through collaborative projects and trading. Her first book was published in 2013 - The Layperson’s Guide to Good Mental Health: Your A-Z for a Happier Life, and Carolyn regularly features on local radio.
Carolyn now regularly delivers workshops on good mental health and well-being at a range of local venues and facilitates a support group for people interested in practicing mindfulness.
In seeking to convey clear messages about what good mental health means, and how people can work towards it, Carolyn uses the 5Cs framework to underpin all her work in this area. The 5Cs are Challenge, Character, Composure, Connection and Creativity, and these are fully explored in her e-learning course, Positive Mental Health.
Dr Neil Thompson is an independent writer, educator and adviser based in Wales. He has held full or honorary professorships at four UK universities. He is a well-published author with over 200 publications to his name, including 33 books, several of which are bestsellers. He has been a speaker at conferences in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Norway, the Netherlands, Greece, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Hong Kong, India, the United States, Canada and Australia.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of Arts, and a board member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement. He was formerly the editor of the US-based international journal, Illness, Crisis & Loss and now edits the free e-zine, THE humansolutions BULLETIN. His main interests are in the field of well-being: equality and diversity; conflict management; stress; loss, grief and trauma; and reflective practice. He is a sought-after conference speaker, consultant and facilitator.