This example involves training a group to deal with workplace stress effectively, yet efficiently!

1: CURIOSITY STATE (2 minutes)

  1. Trainer asks pairs to briefly discuss what stresses them at work. The trainer then asks for a few examples, recording these on a flipchart.
  2. Trainer then makes the point that some of us feel we need a lot of time to get over a stressful work event. They ask if the group has ever felt this way.
  3. Trainer makes a key point; if we take forever to get back to work after a stressful event, then don't we run the risk of getting re-stressed about all that new work that's been building up in our absence?


2: STUDY STATE (3 minutes)

  1. Trainer now outlines a new idea; that if we learn to de-stress quickly, but still effectively, we'll have less to get re-stressed about.
  2. Trainer points to research that suggests there are many situations where such an approach is quite possible for most of us.
  3. To involve the group in developing knowledge on quick de-stressing techniques, he/she asks the group for suggestions as to what they currently do, or could do, to distress quickly.
  4. These ideas are shared, as well as recorded, by the trainer on a new flipchart.
  5. Trainer ends the Study section of the session by showing the group a few  quick and easy de-stressing techniques on a slide (but only if these haven't been offered up by the group already)


3: ACTIVITY STATE (5 minutes)

  1. Trainer asks the group to shut their workbook, but to dog-ear the page they've been reading from.
  2. Trainer then asks the group to remember a stressful situation they've been through recently (nothing too traumatic though!) until they start to actually feel a little stressed, resentful, frustrated etc.
  3. Trainer then asks the group to open their book to the marked page and to read the 8 questions at the bottom (this is a process called cognitive restructuring, designed to challenge and therefore change one's unhelpful thinking).
  4. Pairs are then asked to discuss (a) how they responded to the process and (b) which questions really altered their thinking and state.


4: REFLECTION STATE (8 minutes)

  1. Trainer led discussion on the value of this 8 question model, as a "just in time" de-stressing tool to use at work.
  2. Trainer points out that, if stressed, all one needs to do is turn to the page and ask themselves the questions.
  3. Trainer shares a brief example of doing this from their own experience.
  4. The session ends with learners completing some written self-reflection, choosing some of the techniques covered earlier, as well as selecting some current work situations, where they can begin to use cognitive restructuring.