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The Mind Management Programme: Skills For Life

8 Workshop Programme

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Our Skills for Life mind-management programme has been developed to help people gain an in-depth insight into their mind using The Chimp Model.

We deliver this 8-workshop programme to a range of organisations, from small companies to large scale organisations, including NHS staff and school teachers.

This programme will give your organisation access to a ground-breaking model to improve the individual mental and psychological wellbeing of their staff.

This programme can help to:

  • Enhance the resilience of your staff
  • Improve communication skills
  • Create an environment for successful teamwork
  • Create more productive relationships; both professionally and personally

Contact us on the form below to find out how the Skills for Life programme can be delivered to your organisation.

What is the Skills for Life Programme?

The Skills for Life programme has been developed by Professor Steve Peters and the Chimp Management Team. This programme explains and simplifies the neuroscience of the mind, helping participants to understand how their mind works and then offers practical guidance to help them manage their mind.

The programme is broken down into 8 workshops and is highly-practical; meaning participants can work on developing their mind management skills in a challenging yet supportive environment.

The workshops have been designed to:

  • Bring insight and awareness into how the mind works; through teaching about the neuroscience of the mind. 
  • Help participants apply this understanding of the mind, so they can manage their mind in a way that can optimise their quality of life.
  • Bring insight into the way in which their mind is working and relate this to thoughts, behaviours and emotions
  • Develop an emotional skills base to apply to their professional and personal lives
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Approach personal and professional lives in a constructive and realistic way and improve morale
  • Aid understanding of the way in which the mind of the others works and use this to improve human interaction
  • Develop skills to improve personal happiness, peace of mind, create a sense of purpose and belonging
  • Prevent, remove or manage stress from perceived difficult situations both personally and professionally

An In-Depth Look at the Course

The Skills for Life programme is eight 90-minute workshops. By working with people over an extended period, we are able to help people develop new skills that can be practised in the real world and then built upon during the following workshops.

Workshop One

In the first workshop of this programme, you will be introduced to The Chimp Model and will discover, through simplified neuroscience, how your mind works.

Our mentors will explain the Triangle of Change, a way of identifying the key forces behind making positive change in your life.

Each delegate will then be guided to identify some areas of their life that they would like to develop over the course of the programme.

By the end of the session, each delegate will be able to:

  • Explain what the course is about
  • Define at least two clear outcomes that you want to achieve
  • Measure individual progress and outcomes
  • Explain and apply the Triangle of Change
  • Explain individual development work from the tutorial

Workshop Two

Workshop 2 is all about getting to know your unique Chimp. We will look at some common Chimp drives, such as:

  • Pleasure
  • Power
  • Security
  • Sex
  • Food

and learn how The Chimp thinks differently to The Human within your mind.

By the end of the workshop, delegates will be able to describe their own Chimps and identify Chimp behaviours or thoughts that they experience.

Workshop Three

Workshop 3 looks at practical ways of managing The Chimp in your mind.

This highly-practical workshop teaches delegates ways to deal with unwelcome Chimp activity.

By the end of the workshop, you will have strategies to manage your Chimp through:

  • Understanding and Acceptance – Being able to understand and accept your unique Chimp
  • Nurturing – Learning how to nurture your Chimps needs
  • Exercising – Finding a safe environment to ‘exercise’ your Chimp; by expressing your emotions in an appropriate setting.
  • Boxing – Finding ways to reason with your Chimp using facts and logic; this is known as ‘Boxing your Chimp’
  • Distracting and rewarding – Using techniques that will distract or reward your Chimp as a way of managing it.
  • Harnessing – Working with your Chimp to harness its power in a way that helps you achieve what you want

Workshop Four

Having addressed how we can manage our Chimps in the previous workshop, Workshop 4 begins to look at how we can programme our minds in a way that prevents unwelcome thoughts and behaviours caused by Chimp hijacks.

We do this by looking at The Computer; the area of the mind that is able to deal with tasks on autopilot.

We’ll look at how ‘Gremlins’ and ‘Goblins’ within your computer can cause you to revert to behaviours that aren’t always helpful or productive. We then look at how we can reprogramme our minds, to replace unhelpful habits with new productive behaviours.

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Describe the two main functions of the Computer
  • Explain the potential glitches
  • Explain each of the components of the Computer
  • Explain how Gremlins and Autopilots form and function
  • Replace Gremlins with Autopilots
  • Recognise and manage Goblins
  • Programme the Computer

Workshop Five

In Workshop 5, we look at the rules of the mind and explain The Stone of Life, a tool to help you manage unhelpful and challenging emotions.

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Explain the rules of the mind
  • Explain the Stone of Life
  • Set up a Stone of Life
  • Solve challenges by using the Computer

Workshop Six

Workshop Six looks at how we interact with other people. We’ll look at ways of communicating constructively with others and how to recognise when we are talking to other peoples Chimps.

We’ll also look at the importance of establishing a Troop; a group of people who can help support, nurture and develop you.

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Appreciate the mindset of others
  • Interact constructively with others
  • Influence the management of the Chimp in others
  • Explain the function of the Troop
  • Establish individual Troops
  • Maintain individual Troops
  • Communicate effectively with others
  • Audit individual communication skills

Workshop Seven

This workshop looks at how our Human and Chimp live in different worlds and how The Computer makes sense of these two worlds and comes up with the real world. We’ll then look at how our Human mind can find a defined purpose to help establish:

  • Happiness
  • Peace of mind
  • A sense of purpose and belonging
  • Confidence
  • High self-esteem

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Create your own world
  • Recognise the real world and your worlds
  • Recognise the rewards and dangers of your own world

Workshop Eight

In the final workshop, we first look at stress and how to manage it using The Chimp Model. We will then look at the key learning points from the course and help you to establish an on-going development plan, based on the new skills you’ve learned.

By the end of workshop eight you will be able to:

  • Understand what stress is and how to manage it using the model
  • Explain the key learning points of the course
  • Complete outcome scores
  • Establish a plan for continued development

The Research Behind Skills for Life

Pictured (from left to right): Dean Coomer, Dr Nav Ahluwalia, Professor Steve Peters, Victoria Laker, Kimberley Blakey, Louis Palmer – the research team involved in the randomised control trial.

In collaboration with RDaSH and the University of Sheffield, we are delivering the ‘Skills for Life’ course through a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) with approximately 200 nurses. The primary objective is to evaluate if a group-based psychological intervention reduces occupational burnout levels; with secondary objectives for improvement in wellbeing, personal goal attainment and reducing sickness absence. You can read more about our research into the model here.

This ‘Skills for Life’ course has also been delivered to around 200 teachers in a feasibility study and previously to over 200 doctors and staff from both primary and secondary care. 

You can read some of the testimonials from the feasibility study below.

About Chimp Management

We are a unique company with a small number of specialist mentors all selected personally by our CEO, Professor Steve Peters. Everything we teach and facilitate is based on neuroscience and the findings of Steve’s many years of work into the functioning and management of the mind and his creation of the Chimp Paradox Model.

Through the developments in neuroscience and The Chimp Model, we help people to understand how the mind is structured and how it functions.  This allows individuals to gain insight into their own mind and acquire the skills to be able to be more effective and successful in getting the best of out of themselves, others and challenging situations.

Professor Steve Peters is the author of the best selling books, The Chimp Paradox, My Hidden Chimp & The Silent Guides.


What Others Say About the Programme

“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).  On a personal level I have learnt that I need to be more proactive about what happens in my life rather than reactive. I am trying to ensure that I have daily personal development time, recording this in written form, enabling me to plan ahead and then reflect later. I feel, most of the time, (still some work to do on some of my gremlins) I am more in control of my chimp and find myself saying “stop” when I know that she is hijacking situations with unhelpful emotional thoughts.”

“It has helped me to consider my reactions to events.  I found the perception versus reality a really useful tool to make me pause and think about how I am responding to an event.”

“It has given me confidence in testing environments to find a solution for all concerned.”

“I think the most helpful and amazing thing has been the truths and values on my stone of life. I am still working at focusing on these but they have already helped me to genuinely stop worrying about the things that I cannot change. This is something that for the last 30 years I have really struggled with so this has felt like a real breakthrough for me.”

“Before undergoing this training, a considerable amount of my own precious time would be wasted reflecting on situations that I could not change. This would largely involve questioning my own judgements (in a disparaging way), along with my own performance and outcomes. Since discovering the Chimp model, I now know that it was my chimp hard at work. Chipping away at my confidence and trying to hijack my resilience.”

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