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The Berkshire West Managing Emotions Programme offers easy access to psychoeducational courses, designed to equip people with a range of tools and skills to enable them to manage emotions more effectively. Experiencing rapidly fluctuating and intense emotions can have a significant impact on wellbeing, relationships, and quality of life and the Managing Emotions Programme looks to support people with that. The programme also offers a separate course for carers of people having difficulty managing intense emotions.
Courses are delivered both face to face in venues across West Berkshire and online, in groups of approximately 8-12 clients. We offer three courses for people experiencing difficulties managing their emotions. Each course is led by two or three members of the team.
People will be referred to the programme by GPs and other external agencies. The MEP sits within Berkshire’s increased offer for the primary care networks in West Berkshire for personality disorder difficulties and is being delivered by Together for Mental Wellbeing and supported by Berkshire Healthcare Trust.
The courses are available to people under primary care services, aged 18 and over, who are registered with a GP in West Berkshire and who have been identified as having difficulties with regulating and managing their emotions but have overall routine psychological needs and low levels of risk to themselves or others. People do not require a diagnosis of personality disorder to be referred to the programme. Features of the courses include:
Referrals to the Berkshire West Managing Emotions Programme need to be made by GPs registered in West Berkshire at www.together-uk.org/berkshire-west-managing-emotions-programme-referral-form/.
The courses are delivered both face to face and online, in groups of approximately 8-12 clients.
A single-session workshop lasting 2.5 hours, giving a basic introduction to the function of emotions and some coping skills to help during times of distress. This course would be suited to clients who have had no previous psycho-education and/or cannot commit to a more in-depth course. All material in this course is also covered in courses 2 and 3.
A 4-week course (2 hours per week) that explores understanding and labelling emotions, coping skills to reduce the intensity of emotions, and beginning to make positive changes. This course is suitable for clients who are looking to build a foundation of emotional awareness and regulation skills; no previous psycho-education is necessary. The material in this course is also covered in course 3.
An 8-week course (2 hours per week) taking an in-depth look at emotional awareness and regulation, communication, personal values, acceptance, goal setting, mindfulness, and other emotion regulation skills. This course is suitable for clients who are ready to develop a deeper level of emotional awareness and the skills needed to identify/modify harmful emotional responses. Clients do not need to have attended a previous course and can be referred directly to course 3.
This 4 part course (2 hours each) looks at the knowledge and skills needed to support someone with emotional difficulties while looking after your own wellbeing.