“Changing behaviours” or “Psychology of decision making” workshops

Changing Behaviours

Social psychology: Changing mental health stigma

Chloe Farahar | MBPsS 

In this workshop Chloe Farahar (University of Kent PhD student) demonstrates a critical perspective and analysis of what are presently called “mental illnesses”, and the subject of “mental health”.  This workshop focusses on how social psychology tackles mental health stigma in an attempt to improve behaviours toward those considered to be “mentally ill”.

While this workshop focusses on mental health stigma, it also provides an insight into how to consider and apply a critical psychological perspective, in this instance, one at odds with the dominant medical-model discourse surrounding neuro-diversity. 

Please note that this workshop contains real-life narratives about mental health (contains a short video that mentions abuse, aggression, and suicide – not in detail).

 Workshop overview:

  • What’s the problem? – mental health stigma
  • How would you change mental health stigma?
  • How does social psychology tackle mental health stigma?
  • What’s new in social psychology in the fight against mental health stigma? – My research.

(more detailed layout):

  • Task – how does society describe those who are “mentally ill”?
  • Stigma (a problem for social psychologists)…
  • What’s the problem with stigma?
  • TASK 30 secs: how do you think we could change mental health stigma (behaviour)?
  • Social psychological attempts to change MH stigma
  • TASK 30 secs: which method is found to work best in reducing mental health stigma?  Why do you think this?
  • Pathology vs. neuro-diversity
  • Language shaping stigma attitudes and behaviour
    • Muffin time!
  • A life in labels – illness or neuro-divergence?
  • Intergroup contact + my research
  • Introducing….Experiential Intergroup Contact
    • Investigating if it works…

Time requirements: This workshop suits a two hour (plus) timeframe to incorporate interaction, reflection, and discussion.

Attendees: There are no limits as to the number who can attend, and the workshop has been delivered to both small (e.g. 10) and large groups (80).  The workshop is appropriate for all age groups and backgrounds (upwards of age 14 years+), and has been carried out with: teenage school children; foundation degree students; degree students; charitable organisation staff/volunteers; support and well-being staff etc.  An estimate of participant numbers nearer the day is appreciated.

 Workshop delivery requirements: PLEASE NOTE: Chloe has her own projector, stand, and screen – but please inform her if you have your own she can use.  Ideally, the workshop requires a room with speakers/audio capability for a video with sound; and a wipe board (if time for a two-hour workshop then flip-chart paper and pens for attendees would be appreciated).  This workshop has been carried out in lecture theatres; smaller group-work rooms; school halls etc. – all rooms can be used for the delivery of this workshop, and it is down to your room availability/attendee size.

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Psychology of Decision Making

Chloe Farahar | MBPsS

In this workshop Chloe Farahar (University of Kent PhD student) asks the questions “Who makes the decisions around here?  You or your brain?”, “What influences are decision making?”, “Do we really have free-will over our decisions?”, “What affects our decision making, and why don’t we all make the same decisions?”.

Please note that this workshop contains a short video from the series “The Good Place” which contains the fictional deaths of train workers (teachers/tutors please see the video here to decide if this is not appropriate for your students, and inform Chloe if this video is to be excluded from the workshop https://youtu.be/lDnO4nDA3kM?t=24s). 

Workshop overview:

  • Trollies and world leaders
  • Do you or your brain call the decision-making shots?
  • Why don’t we all make the same decisions?

Time requirements: This workshop suits a one hour (plus) timeframe to incorporate interaction, reflection, and discussion.

Attendees: There are no limits as to the number who can attend, and the workshop has been delivered to both small (e.g. 10) and large groups (80).  The workshop is appropriate for all age groups and backgrounds (upwards of age 14 years+).  An estimate of participant numbers nearer the day is appreciated. 

Workshop delivery requirements: PLEASE NOTE: Chloe has her own projector, stand, and screen – but please inform her if you have your own she can use. Ideally, the workshop requires a room with speakers/audio capability for a video with sound; and a wipe board (if time for a two-hour workshop then flip-chart paper and pens for attendees would be appreciated).  This workshop has been carried out in lecture theatres; smaller group-work rooms; school halls etc. – all rooms can be used for the delivery of this workshop, and it is down to your room availability/attendee size.

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