"The question has always been how to get Freud off the couch and to the masses"
Thomas A. Harris
Psych.School. understands that prevention is better than cure. In the field of mental health, prevention is education and education is prevention - even for those of us who feel well. Psych.School. aims to bring psychological understanding and strategies to the community through face-to-face workshops and talks, online wellbeing programs, and social media.
Along with a team of qualified mental health professionals, Psych.School founder and clinical psychologist Dr. Dave Demmer focuses on improving the mental health wellbeing. We are about lessons, not therapy. We believe that the more of us who understand psychological concepts and speak the psychological language – the better all of our mental wellbeing can become.
At Psych.School. we recognise the need to protect our mental wellbeing during these unprecedented times. That's why we created four weeks of Coping Classes to bring psychology to you as we all cope with being in.
Coping Classes are designed to keep you psychologically well. Think of them as workouts for your mental wellbeing. We don't only exercise our body when we're unwell, we exercise it regularly to keep ourselves well. We need to do the same with our minds.
Each week, our psychologists, Dr David Demmer and Dr Beau Growcott will focus on a different topic and outline specific strategies you can implement now in order to support your mental wellbeing.
Coping Classes are 100% free and 100% virtual.
Coping Classes are designed to support resilience, not to treat mental health disorders.
This program does not replace psychological therapy.
What will be covered?
In week one, we will explore stress and distress, and discuss the difference between the two. We will also differentiate between thoughts and feelings, as per the basic tenets of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, which informs what we can change and what we cannot. Finally, we will explore a couple of common strategies for addressing stress in both the body and the mind.
More specifically, week one covers:
Identify the difference between a thought and a feeling;
Identify the difference between stress and distress;
Consider what has changed in your life in the last month and determine whether you might be experiencing stress or distress;
Understand some strategies for addressing stress.
In week two we will explore the behavioural, activity-based strategies to support your mental wellbeing. We will look at pleasure, achievement, social connection, and physical activity as important factors. We will be offering options and suggestions, supporting you to set goals within these domains, and focus on doing as a key strategy.
More specifically, week two covers:
An overview of the cycle of low mood and how to reverse this through behavioural activation strategies;
The importance of pleasure, achievement, social connection, and physical activity in protecting our mental wellbeing;
Goal setting and activity scheduling to support behavioural activation;
A range of scientifically proven strategies to assist in increasing activity and maintaining motivation while doing so.
In week three, we will explore how to stay connected, and how to make the most of those connections. We will look at creative ways to connect with friends, family, and the community, as well as how to improve our communication with those around by focusing on using assertive communication skills, lessening criticism, and avoiding defensiveness.
More specifically, week three covers:
Virtual and online options for social connection;
The four main types of communication (aggressive, passive, passive-aggressive, and assertive);
Assertive communication training, including frameworks and scripts;
The impact of critical communication and how this leads to defensiveness;
The key strategies to lessen criticism and avoid defensiveness.
In week four, we will explore the value of purpose and knowing what our lives are about. Purpose can be difficult to define or manualise, but the session is designed to help provoke participants into considering what their purpose is, and how to connect to it.
More specifically, week four covers:
Recognise the importance of purpose;
Identify purpose in your own life so far;
Identify how purpose will be important in your future.
Are Coping Classes right for you?
Coping Classes are for you if you are wanting to explore basic psychological strategies to protect your mental wellbeing. Coping Classes are designed to support mood, but are not designed to treat mental health disorders. This program does not replace psychological therapy.
If you are experiencing mental health issues then please ensure you seek immediate support from your general practitioner, or contact LifeLine on 13 11 14. If you feel your safety is in immediate danger, then please contact emergency services on 000.
Delivered by experts
Boost your mental wellbeing
Dr David Demmer and Dr Beau Growcott are psychologists with backgrounds and experience in helping clients support their mental wellbeing. They are the directors of Macquarie Street Psychology and believe in the importance of bringing mental wellbeing support to the community.
Click here to find out more about our experts.
Each week you will be exposed to proven strategies to support your mental wellbeing.
Whilst the program is focused on protecting your mental well being during these unprecedented times, our goal is to teach psychological practices that will have lasting positive impacts on your mental health.
Each week you will have access to videos that will provide an overview of the weekly content. These will take you through the background of the topic and will outline the specific strategies that you can implement now in order to support your mental wellbeing.
With no time limits, you can work at your own pace and revisit all content as needed.
Live webinars and Q&A
Every Thursday, David and Beau will host a live webinar for you to join. The webinars will allow you to further explore and understand the weekly content, to answer any questions you may have, and to connect the Psych.School. community to each other.
But don't worry, if you can't make one of the live webinars you will be able to watch the recording afterwards.
Each week you will have access to a wide range of online tools and resources to supplement the content of the weekly Coping Classes, including additional readings and activities.
You will also receive a self reflection journal to keep track of your progress and improvements.
In these times of isolation and social distancing, it is important to remain connected..
We strongly encourage your connect with your others in the Psych.School. community as you complete the Coping Classes to ensure the sharing of ideas and experiences, and to support lasting change.