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Maintaining Hope in Uncertain Times

This course is also available as part a bundle.


Course overview

This five-hour online course, part of the Working Towards Wellbeing series, presents practical ways for you and your colleagues to maintain hope during times of uncertainty.

With a clear, contemporary focus, the course examines what uncertainty means for us as human-beings, and how we can learn to manage it through self-compassion, mindfulness and storytelling – all in the context of our ever-changing work environment.

By the end of the course, you’ll have acquired the tools needed to build a more hopeful, compassionate culture within your workplace, engaging in a process that can help you to make sense of challenging experiences, develop stronger relationships, and promote mental health and wellbeing at an individual, team and organisational level.


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Course aims

This course will allow you to:

  • Understand uncertainty in the context of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and what uncertainty means for us as individuals
  • Reflect on change as a form of both loss and growth – observing its effects in your personal life and workplace setting
  • Explore the effects of trauma and anxiety, and their relationship to uncertainty, with useful links to additional support
  • Develop effective self-compassion strategies – using techniques such as mindfulness to build greater awareness of your experiences and feelings “in the moment”
  • Use narrative (storytelling) approaches in the workplace, in order to build connections with colleagues, make sense of experiences, and learn from each other
  • Depict your own narrative of hope through a ‘Tree of Life’ exercise, exploring both your personal and professional experience.


How will you learn?

  • Explore key concepts through interactive lecture content and videos
  • Deepen your understanding via regular opportunities for reflection
  • Work through your experiences using a ‘Tree of Life’ exercise
  • Record your progress against clear learning objectives


Working Towards Wellbeing:

‘Maintaining Hope in Uncertain Times’ is part of our ‘Working Towards Wellbeing’ suite, developed in collaboration with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust’s ‘Add | Wellbeing’ team to promote mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Drawing on the key principles of systems-psychodynamic thinking, each Mini Course delivers rich and in-depth learning experiences, with a clear, practical focus on the most pressing challenges and development needs facing organisations today.


Course topics

  • Uncertainty – what is it?
  • Change and loss
  • Uncertainty and resilience
  • Anxiety, trauma and PTSD
  • Compassion-focused therapy
  • Developing self-compassion
  • Compassion mindfulness practices
  • Learning to sense-check
  • Hope – a symbolic, narrative approach to life
  • Narrative approaches to uncertainty
  • Co-creating hope in the workplace

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for anyone interested in exploring mental health in the workplace, whether for the purposes of supporting their own wellbeing or in order to support others.

You may have management responsibilities, a role in Human Resources or Organisational Development, or a particular focus on mental health and wellbeing – or you may just be interested in learning more about this area.

Know someone who’d enjoy this course? Download a course flyer (PDF) to share with friends and colleagues.


Course requirements/assessment

There are no specific requirements for the course; it is open to all and assumes no prior knowledge of the area.

Upon completion of the course, you can download a Tavistock and Portman Digital Academy CPD course certificate to evidence your learning.


Course Timings

This course runs continuously, so you can sign up at any time. It offers five hours of self-directed learning which you can undertake at a time and pace that suits you.

You will have access to the course and its materials for a total of one year. Access begins the day after you’ve registered and paid, when you will receive login details by email.


Course facilitators

Angela Bagum

Angela Bagum

Angela Bagum trained as a Nurse twenty years ago, having originally studied at Art College. As a Mental Health Nurse, Angela has been privileged to work with a wide range of individuals, children and families in the areas of Addictions, Mother and Baby, Adult Acute, Forensic and CAMHS services across the continuum of mental health.…

Book your place today

Our Mini Courses run continuously. You can book a place at any time using our secure 'MyTAP' booking system, and access begins the day after you’ve registered and paid, when you will receive login details by email.

...or try a course bundle

This course is also available as part of a convenient, cost-saving course bundle – providing you with one year’s access to four related courses.


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