Health and Wellbeing

Optimum Training’s courses can be tailored, so if you find that a course you are looking for isn’t listed please contact us and we can create a bespoke training solution that is right for you.

This course is particularly useful to those interested in improving the health and wellbeing of people in the workplace, either employers or employees who work with other staff members. Employers have a responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of their staff; this goes a lot deeper than basic health and safety at work training, and covers aspects of physical and mental wellbeing now being recognised as vitally important to an effective workplace.

Behaviour Change and Workplace Wellbeing is a self-reflective course exploring effective communication, possible barriers to communication, active listening skills and empathic listening. Learners are encouraged to challenge assumptions, judgements and barriers through positive regard for others and by employing ethical considerations.

Areas of the human brain and how they function will be presented alongside a toolkit for improving workplace wellbeing for both the individual and the organisation as a whole. The course can be designed to suit any organisation’s specific needs and requirements, and learners will be encouraged to promote behaviour change and wellbeing within their organisation.

This course is suitable either for individuals seeking to improve their overall confidence and self-esteem and reduce anxiety, or for organisations aiming to improve the overall confidence and wellbeing of staff.

Learners will explore concepts of confidence and self-esteem and how to apply them to everyday situations. They will identify existing personal strengths, values, ambitions and achievements as well as possible barriers, and apply these to individual and social behaviour models.

They will consider communication skills and how their application can boost confidence, as well as identifying previous passive behaviour and exploring ways to change thought patterns through mindful self-awareness.

A course focusing on finance, employment, housing, relationships, independent living and citizenship which is suitable for a wide range of learners, from young adults, offenders and jobseekers, to families and those working to provide support in community settings. It aims to provide the essential skills needed for those settling in the community or those re-engaging in community.

There is a focus on essential life skills such as managing money, shopping, budgeting, managing short term spending and making the transition to employment. Topics on interviewing, looking after a property, managing a bank account, dealing with knock backs, healthy eating, being active and where to get help and support within the community are also explored, equipping learners with key essential skills for getting on in the community.

As with all of our courses, the components of this training can be modified to suit your needs and the requirements of your organisation.

We all know how important it is to be healthy, but this course goes into greater depth for people wishing to expand their understanding of how the human heart works, the implications of diabetes, stress, cardiovascular diseases, smoking and alcohol, and the importance of weight management, healthy eating and exercise.

The course can be delivered as a complete six week course, or individual sessions can be tailored on specific subjects that may be useful to some organisations or groups.

Do you wish you could be more assertive? Do you want your staff to gain valuable skills in decision making and assertiveness? Then this could be the course for you.

Learners will develop key skills on how to speak up for themselves in a structured situation, how to make decisions and choices about themselves with confidence, recognising the rights and responsibilities of themselves and others in given situations, understanding how to negotiate to achieve a desired outcome, and recognising the implications and benefits of self-control and assertiveness.

Assessment can be through a wide range of flexible methods most suited to the needs of organisations or individuals, however prescribed assessment will also include role play and group discussions, in order to help learners build confidence in these situations.

This course demonstrates how to differentiate between income and expenditure, how these might be affected by changing circumstances and how to utilise personal budget planning as a strategy for coping with financial responsibility. An exploration of ways to reduce expenditure and an analysis of financial institutions and their products helps participants to compare the advantages and disadvantages of the various types of account available, and also of the potential benefits and pitfalls of borrowing.

Like all our courses, the content and delivery can be tailored to match your organisational or personal training needs.

With one in four of us now experiencing a mental health problem at some point in our lives, learning about mental health is an effective way to help manage symptoms and understand some of the ways mental ill health can impact on daily lives.

The course introduces participants to mental health and how it relates to emotions through an exploration of common mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, psychosis, mood disorders, schizophrenia and personality disorders. Symptoms, biological, environmental and traumatic causes are explored, along with coping strategies and support available.

With mental ill health costing the UK economy close to £35billion in 2016, there has never been a more pertinent time for both employers and individuals to form a deeper understanding of common mental health conditions and how to support those who need it.

As with all of our courses, Mental Health Awareness can be specifically customised to suit your organisational or individual requirements.

This Level 3 course will enable learners to understand the different approaches to using counselling skills through exploring the key concepts underlying them, and being able to judge which clients would benefit most from different approaches. Learners will consider the potential cultural barriers to the chosen approaches and also be able to explain the key vocabulary used with each approach.

The second part of the course will focus on the application of these skills and techniques through the demonstration of a range of identified approaches, and an evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

One day course providing learners with the knowledge and skills required to understand the principals of promoting health and wellbeing, and how to direct individuals towards further practical support in their efforts to attain a healthier lifestyle.

Learners will form an understanding of how inequalities in health may develop and what the current policies are for addressing these by focusing on how the effects of various health inequalities can impact on local communities. They will explore how effective communication can support health messages, identify effective communication skills in this area and highlight possible barriers to communication and strategies to overcome these.

Learners will consider how to promote improvements in health and wellbeing to individuals by developing an understanding of the western scientific model and World Health Organisation definitions of the terms, identify positive and negative influences, consider strategies for the promotion of health and wellbeing, discuss the use of resources to promote health and wellbeing, and consider how individuals can promote health and wellbeing.

Finally learners will be able to understand the impact of change on improving an individual’s health and wellbeing, giving examples of behaviour change that can improve an individual’s outcome, outline how individuals can be encouraged to adopt behaviour change, and identify positive and negative influences on behaviour change.

Stress – we’ve all felt it. It is our body’s natural way of dealing with potentially dangerous situations. But while it can be useful in some instances, prolonged stress can be very damaging to our health and wellbeing, and can lead to serious help problems.

This course enables participants to recognise the symptoms of stress and understand the effect of stress on the human body. They will explore the causes of stress and relate these to their own lives, and then consider different strategies for relaxing during times of stress and show how these strategies help in the moment. They will then consider more extensive coping strategies for reducing and managing stress, and outline the potential benefits. They will also practice different relaxation techniques and identify areas of possible tension in the body.

Whatever your age or occupation, stress management is a vitally useful tool for helping to keep you healthy and for improving your wellbeing. The course can be useful for individuals or for organisations seeking to encourage employee health and productivity.

A four week workshop based course empowering women from immigrant communities to understand, and be able to communicate, their rights in the UK. Participants will explore communication, active listening, cultural barriers to communication, women’s and children’s rights in the UK, relevant legislation relating to their rights, Female Genital Mutilation, and how to discuss sexuality with children to enable safe and healthy relationships. The course was developed alongside Southern Domestic Abuse Service, and is accredited through AQA.

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