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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?

Video: Professor Steve Peter’s introduces The Mind Management Programme: Skills for Life. This pre-course video is sent to delegates before the beginning of each 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. Each workshop will have practical learning points for delegates to apply to their own personal goals.


Workshop One: Understanding your Mind

  • An introduction to the neuroscience of the brain
  • An introduction to the Chimp Model
  • An understanding of the way the mind works

Workshop Two: Understanding your emotions

  • Getting to know your own unique Chimp
  • Understanding drives
  • Understanding instincts
  • An appreciation of emotionally-based thinking

Workshop Three: Emotional management

  • How to manage emotionally-based behaviour, thinking and feelings
  • The use of truths that resonate

Workshop Four: Changing beliefs and behaviours

  • The basis of how beliefs and behaviours are formed
  • Understanding the functions of the Computer
  • Understanding the contents of the Computer
  • Methods for managing the Chimp using the Computer

Workshop Five: Stabilising the mind

  • Explain the main three factors that stabilise the mind
  • Set up your own structure to stabilise your mind
  • How to apply the three stabilising factors

Workshop Six: Stress management and building quality of life

  • To be able to turn stress and setbacks into positive actions
  • To implement practical ways of establishing:
    • Self-esteem
    • Happiness
    • Confidence

Workshop Seven: Understanding and interacting with others constructively

  • Appreciating the mindset of others
  • Interacting constructively with others
  • Helping people to manage their emotions

Workshop Eight: Summary and Going Forward

  • The programmes key points in summary
  • Plans for going forward
  • Reviewing personal goals
  • Questions and troubleshooting

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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