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Personal Development

Personal development courses are aimed at those wanting to better themselves in work and life. You may be interested in these if you want to do a role more effectively, develop a skill or tackle a challenge. You may also be looking to re-train, upskill or achieve a certain goal. Here you will find courses such as time management, presentation skills, de-escalation skills, holding difficult conversations, lone working and personal safety, assertiveness and many more.

You can search for a course here or see courses available on the right.

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We can offer bespoke courses for a cohort of staff. Want to find a free quote? Contact the centre staff team at learn@skillstogrow.com or call 01730 777059.

02/02/2021
10:00 - 12:30
PIMAC Training - Psychologically Informed Management of Aggression and Challenging Behaviour - Conflict Resolution and De-escalation Find out more Book Now
16/02/2021
10:00 - 12:00
Take Two - Mindfulness - Relax your Mind and Slow Your Thoughts Find out more Book Now
18/02/2021
10:00 - 12:00
Take Two - Positive Thinking - Turning Negative into Positive Find out more Book Now
24/02/2021
10:00 - 12:00
Take Two - What To Do When You Have No Motivation Find out more Book Now
02/03/2021
10:00 - 12:00
Take Two - How to cope with Zoom fatigue Find out more Book Now
04/03/2021
09:30 - 11:30
Take Two - Time Management - Prioritising conflicting and challenging workloads Find out more Book Now
09/03/2021
10:00 - 12:00
Take Two - How to instantly lift your mood Find out more Book Now
05/05/2021
09:30 - 16:30
Level 2 Food Hygiene
Alton Maltings
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20/05/2021
09:30 - 16:30
Level 3 Award in Supervising Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace
Winchester Vineyard
Find out more Book Now
20/05/2021
09:30 - 16:30
Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health
Winchester Vineyard
Find out more Book Now

PIMAC Training - Psychologically Informed Management of Aggression and Challenging Behaviour - Conflict Resolution and De-escalation

Date: 02/02/2021

Time: 10:00 - 12:30

Price (Voluntary Sector/Social Enterprise): £55.00

Price (Statutory/Business): £55.00

Background
Working with vulnerable people often presents challenging behaviour and difficult scenarios. Front line organisations are likely to come face-to-face with decisions that can call into question your professional boundaries and personal safety.
This training course aims to understand the causes of challenging, aggressive and possibly violent behaviour. To enable staff to recognise escalating behaviour and to equip them with the skills to deal with difficult people and de-escalate aggression or
potential conflict.
This course has been developed in partnership with a team of Psychologists at St Basils (Birmingham), who became one of the first Psychologically Informed Environmental companies PIE’s in 2011, in recognition of their therapeutic approach to homeless young people many of whom were increasingly struggling with mental health problems, had experience of trauma and abuse and presented with challenging behaviours

Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for frontline staff, managers and anyone working directly with clients within care/support setting.
A mixture of training methods is used on this course. You will explore typical problems faced by professionals that work with vulnerable people, such as the tendency to attribute “blame” on to others and resistance to pro-activity. The blend of
approaches is designed to ensure that you will gain insights that are of immediate and practical use in your everyday work setting.

Delivery Method
This training series will be delivered as Virtual Training Webinars via ZOOM
It will incorporate three Bitesize courses (2 ½ hrs duration each).

Session 1 (2nd Feb): This course will
• Define complex needs, its presenting problems and how it links to behaviour
• Define aggression and understand its causes
• Introduction to trauma and understanding the emotional and psychological triggers that lead to aggression
• Recognise physical and non-physical aggression
• Define passive aggression and how it presents itself
• Creating a PIE (Psychologically Informed Environment) in order the reduce confrontations
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Session 2 (9th Feb)
• Identify situations that could escalate and take appropriate preventative
action, including identifying flash points and triggers
• Learning to be aware of your own response and how that impacts situations
• Learn a simple model to mitigate or avoid risks using dynamic risk
assessments (PETTS Model)
• Identify and demonstrate effective body language, assertiveness and
communication techniques
• Develop critical decision-making skills and use of professional boundaries
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Session 3 (16th Feb)
• Practical Skills to directly deal with and manage aggression, abuse and
threatening behaviour. We will walk through the Top Tips of De-escalation.
• Explore a range of conflict scenarios and how to mitigate risk
• Be clear on ORGANISATIONS policies and procedures and be confident in
reporting incidents and near misses
• Help you to recognise your own emotional needs and how to access support
• Discuss best practice in information sharing and recording when managing
and minimising risk
• Review/ Reflective practice

Attend one session: £55pp
Attend two sessions: £100pp
Attend all three sessions: £130pp

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Take Two - Mindfulness - Relax your Mind and Slow Your Thoughts

Date: 16/02/2021

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Price (Voluntary Sector/Social Enterprise): £20.00

Price (Statutory/Business): £20.00

Join us for a Take Two session* This course will give you the chance to look at mindfulness and building a mindful moment into your day with exercises you can try to relieve stress, calm your thoughts and feel less anxious.

Our Take Two Sessions give you the chance to attend a short one-off online workshop.
*Low cost
*Variety of topics covered
*Short but packed full of activities
*Things you can try in your own time

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Take Two - Positive Thinking - Turning Negative into Positive

Date: 18/02/2021

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Price (Voluntary Sector/Social Enterprise): £20.00

Price (Statutory/Business): £20.00

Join us for a Take Two session* This course will give you the chance to review how you think and give you tips to re-think, reframe and take action to negative thoughts. By the end of this session, you will have tried and considered several ways to think more positively.

Our Take Two Sessions give you the chance to attend a short one-off online workshop.
*Low cost
*Variety of topics covered
*Short but packed full of activities
*Things you can try in your own time

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Take Two - What To Do When You Have No Motivation

Date: 24/02/2021

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Price (Voluntary Sector/Social Enterprise): £20.00

Price (Statutory/Business): £20.00

Join us for a Take Two session* This course will give you tips and activities to re-engage your mind and body to feel more energised and kick start a 'good day'

Our Take Two Sessions give you the chance to attend a short one-off online workshop.
*Low cost
*Variety of topics covered
*Short but packed full of activities
*Things you can try in your own time

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Take Two - How to cope with Zoom fatigue

Date: 02/03/2021

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Price (Voluntary Sector/Social Enterprise): £20.00

Price (Statutory/Business): £20.00

Join us for a Take Two session* We're meeting more online now, and because it is so easy, we are finding we are meeting more often. But its tiring. Find out how to keep energised, motivated and engaged in your meetings with activities that will keep you from feeling zoomed-out.

Our Take Two Sessions give you the chance to attend a short one-off online workshop.
*Low cost
*Variety of topics covered
*Short but packed full of activities
*Things you can try in your own time

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Take Two - Time Management - Prioritising conflicting and challenging workloads

Date: 04/03/2021

Time: 09:30 - 11:30

Price (Voluntary Sector/Social Enterprise): £20.00

Price (Statutory/Business): £20.00

This course will give you the chance to review how you prioritise your workloads and consider proven ways of managing challenging workloads. You will consider importance of tasks and explore ways to balance your time and achieve your objectives.

Our Take Two Sessions give you the chance to attend a short one-off online workshop.
*Low cost
*Variety of topics covered
*Short but packed full of activities
*Things you can try in your own time

Book Now

Take Two - How to instantly lift your mood

Date: 09/03/2021

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Price (Voluntary Sector/Social Enterprise): £20.00

Price (Statutory/Business): £20.00

Join us for a Take Two session* This course will give you tools to use in those situations where you feel low and lack interest or motivation to prepare you to take on the challenge and refresh your mood.

Our Take Two Sessions give you the chance to attend a short one-off online workshop.
*Low cost
*Variety of topics covered
*Short but packed full of activities
*Things you can try in your own time

Book Now

Level 2 Food Hygiene

Date: 05/05/2021

Time: 09:30 - 16:30

Price (Voluntary Sector/Social Enterprise): £0.00

Price (Statutory/Business): £0.00

Venue: Alton Maltings

This qualification is aimed at food handlers employed in the catering business preparing food. All catering businesses have a legal responsibility to train their staff in matters of food hygiene. In this session we will cover:
* The importance of personal responsibility for food safety
* The legal responsibilities of food handlers and food business operators
* The importance of personal hygiene in food safety
* Effective personal hygiene practices, including protective clothing, hand washing and personal illnesses
* The importance of pest control
* The sources and risks to food safety from contamination and cross-contamination
* Stock control procedures including deliveries, storage, date marking and stock rotation
* How to deal with food spoilage including recognition, reporting and disposal.

A short multiple choice exam will be held at the end of the day. You will need photographic ID to take the exam.

Please ensure if you book a place, that you attend the session. If you wish to cancel you must do so 2 weeks before, otherwise we are unable to subsidise your booked place. If places are cancelled within 2 weeks of the course date, a cancellation fee of £50 is payable, for whatever the reason of cancellation. The cancellation fee is also applicable if you do not show on the day.

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Level 3 Award in Supervising Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace

Date: 20/05/2021

Time: 09:30 - 16:30

Price (Voluntary Sector/Social Enterprise): £220.00

Price (Statutory/Business): £250.00

Venue: Winchester Vineyard

This course is run over 2-days, to gain your Level 3 qualification, you must attend both days: 20th and 27th May

Mental Health First Aid won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and potentially stop a crisis from happening.
This two-day course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider at Work, giving you:
* An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect the wellbeing
* Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
* Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
* Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
* Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support - whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix

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Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health

Date: 20/05/2021

Time: 09:30 - 16:30

Price (Voluntary Sector/Social Enterprise): £120.00

Price (Statutory/Business): £150.00

Venue: Winchester Vineyard

Mental Health First Aid won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and potentially stop a crisis from happening.
In this Level 2 Mental Health First Aid course you’ll learn how to:
* recognise the warning signs of mental ill-health
* develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe
* gain skills and knowledge to empower people to access the support they need for recovery or successful management of their symptoms
* process create a more mentally supportive workplace
* gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma in the world around you.

Content
* Factors affecting mental health and the impact of poor mental health on individuals
* Stress – signs and symptoms, factors which increase the risk of stress, it’s impact and how it can be managed
* Starting the conversation about mental health and providing safe advice
* Ways to improve mental health and wellbeing, and signposting to professional services
* Potential impact of drug and alcohol misuse on mental health
* Creating a first aid action plan for mental health

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