We created a six-part programme which comprised one initial face-to-face session, delivered when the cohort was together in the UK. In this session we concentrated on problem-solving and thinking skills. This was followed up by an online session. We then delivered four other online sessions concentrating on wellbeing and mental health. The modules were delivered in two parts and content included psychology models and theory in addition to our proven unique models and toolkits. These including wonky thinking and FLIP, unique to Laughology. During the mental health sessions, we helped delegates develop their own wellbeing first aid kits to facilitate early identification of potential issues.
We delivered the interactive webinars using Zoom and designed each to be fun and dynamic. We created quizzes, polls, tasks and breakout sessions to keep delegates engaged and entertained while they learned virtually. Delegates were also provided with links for further activities, resources and reading. After each session delegates were given a practical, relevant task to complete before the next session. During the webinars, delegates could interact using instant messaging, annotation and audio. Each webinar was attended by between 108 and 115 delegates.
Post-session surveys showed that delegates found the workshops useful, engaging and provided them with skills and confidence to enhance their roles.
“I really enjoyed all sessions and though I was not at first expecting them to be so much value-adding, they were very beneficial and made me rethink at least in few definite ways (e.g. this was one reason why I was encouraged to hold a virtual meetups with other members of my team) Also I put in some extra effort into interacting with colleagues I did not talk directly to before.”
“It was a great last session with you! I barely noticed that our hour-long session went over time. You shared some great ideas and techniques that we can carry forward (the 3Ss for mental health prevention example) and how to use them further.”