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Course FAQs

Our courses are free to anyone registered with a GP Practice within Bath and North East Somerset.

To book your place on one of our courses please click here.

What are the courses like?

Our courses are psycho-educational rather than being group therapy. The practitioners talk through common signs and symptoms of emotional difficulties and the evidence based tools and techniques to help manage how we are feeling. We aim to create a calm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

What will happen when I get there?

Upon arriving you will be welcomed by a member of staff to write out a sticky label with your preferred name on. We ask you to write these name badges so that no-one has to introduce themselves.  Your name will be signed off on a register and you will be asked to complete a questionnaire.  These questionnaires are confidential and will be fully explained at the start of the course.  If you would like any assistance completing the questionnaire or have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff.

What will I have to do?

While the course facilitators will pose questions to the group as a whole, they will never address anyone specifically, so you are free to participate as much or as little as you would like.  Here’s a list of what we do and do not do:

Do’s:

  • We respect that everyone will be attending the course for different reasons and will have their own range of knowledge and experiences, and we ask that people show the same respect to each other.
  • We acknowledge that coming to these courses can be difficult.  For many people this will be their first experience of anything like this, so we try to be as friendly and welcoming as possible.  At the start of each course we come up with a list of ‘Group Guidelines’ to alleviate some of the fears people might have.
  • We try our best to answer your questions.  If we cannot, we will try to find out for the following session, but we hope that the course content will answer many of the questions that people may have.
  • We emphasise the importance of home practice.  We encourage people to try some of the techniques we suggest on the courses as this enables people to try new things and address any difficulties encountered during the following session.  However, this is not compulsory and we will not ask anyone why they didn’t try something as we recognise that not all techniques will be suitable for everyone.

Don’ts:

  • We don’t do any ‘ice-breaker’ exercises, so you will not have to tell everyone your name, find out about the person sat next to you, or say something interesting about yourself.
  • We don’t ask people to share their experiences.  While we welcome people answering questions and try to encourage discussion, no-one will be forced to participate or say anything if they do not want to.
  • We don’t do group therapy.  These are psycho-educational courses, so our aim is to teach people how to overcome or cope with different emotional difficulties.

What will I have to bring?

People are very welcome to bring a pen and notepad if they want to make their own notes.  We provide handouts which summarise the content of the course.  These can also be printed on coloured paper or in larger print if required.  On almost all of our courses, we will have a break halfway through for refreshments.  These are self-funded so any voluntary contribution to this is very welcome.  However, if you don’t have any change, you are still welcome to help yourself.

Who else will be there?

Our courses are open to everyone so a wide range of people may be attending the course.

How long do the courses run for?

Most sessions last for two hours with a ten minute break halfway through for refreshments.  The length of courses varies so please see the specific course for details.  Generally, these will be held on consecutive weeks, although there are some instances where there is a one week gap due to school term breaks or bank holidays.

Who runs the courses?

Each course is facilitated by two of the mental health practitioners from the B&NES Talking Therapies team.

What happens if I am late or if I can’t make it?

We would always rather that someone attend late than miss the whole session.  If you are running late, the course facilitators will not make a fuss and will be available either during the break or at the end if you have any questions.

If you can’t make a session then that’s okay too.  We do appreciate it if you let us know by informing the facilitators or phoning us on 01225 675150.  You can then come along to the following session or book onto another one if you’d prefer.