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200 Teachers Volunteer for Mental Well-Being Research Project

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Steve Peters

Image: Professor Steve Peters presenting the first workshop in the new Mind Management: Skills for Life programme.

Chimp Management has enlisted the support of 200 teachers to take part in the company’s first-ever feasibility study to assess the implementation of their new psychoeducational programme. The Mind Management: Skills for Life programme is designed to help organisations and individuals reduce stress, anxiety and self-doubt whilst improving confidence, communication, relationships and overall happiness.

The study was led by the RDaSH Centre for Psychological Research and involved teachers from schools across the North of England, Midlands and South who participated in the eight-week study. The study design was an uncontrolled cohort study, and all teachers received the Mind Management Skills for Life Programme training which was delivered by Chimp Management’s Psychological Skills Mentors. Teacher well-being was measured at four different time points via online surveys including validated occupational burnout (OLBI) and psychological well-being (WEMWBS) measures. Results from the study highlighted an association with improved wellbeing and a reduction in burnout which was maintained 8 weeks after completing the course.

One cohort member commented, “Being on the Chimp Management CPD has had a real impact on the way I see myself and situations in my life. In both my professional and personal life I feel more able to manage difficult situations and the emotions that they evoke. Professionally, I have found greater happiness within my role due to the way I now see myself and how I now deal with situations that arise during the day (especially ones that are beyond my control).”

About the Mind Management Programme

The Mind Management: Skills for Life programme has been developed by Chimp Management CEO and Consultant Psychiatrist Professor Steve Peters. Professor Peters specialises in the functioning of the human mind and created the widely adopted Chimp Model. The Chimp Model simplifies the complexities of neuroscience and helps people to improve their mind management skills to become the best version of themselves. His work includes NHS Consultant, Forensic Psychiatrist and Undergraduate Dean at Sheffield Medical School. Peters is also recognised within the world of elite sport with individuals such as Sir Chris Hoy, Steven Gerrard, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Sir Dave Brailsford and Victoria Pendleton all publicly speaking about how his unique Model has improved their performance.


Speaking after the trial’s completion Deputy CEO Beverley Nesbitt added, “We are exceptionally grateful to the 200 teachers who voluntarily gave their time to support our feasibility study and take part in the programme. It is particularly encouraging to see and hear their positive feedback! We are delighted to see the quantitative research findings showing early indications that the intervention does appear to be associated with a reduction in burnout and an improvement in wellbeing which is maintained after 8 weeks.

Going forwards we are working hard to verify these findings in future studies, ideally using an experimental design (including a control group) in larger sample sizes together with a longer follow-up period.”

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