Psychological Flexibility

Psychological Flexibility is a set of thinking and behavioural skills that supports holistic wellbeing, resilience and effectiveness in the workplace.

By practicing these skills, we become more self-aware and mindful of our approach, we learn to use values rather than emotions to guide our behaviour and we learn how to pursue meaningful goals.

The scientific evidence supporting psychological flexibility is impressive and the approach has been used in a wide range of organisational settings to boost employee health and satisfaction at work. Principles-led, it can be developed in a variety of ways, which is reflected in our approach.

What does it mean to be psychologically flexible?

When we’re psychologically flexible, we bring our best selves to each context. We don’t take passing thoughts and flashes of emotion as guides for action, but rely on our values.

These skills help us avoid pointless struggles with unwelcome inner experiences, ground us in the present here and now, while giving us clarity on what really matters so we can make progress towards our goals. While there are six key skills involved, we can also summarise them in the following easy to remember call to action:

Show up!

Show up!

Becoming more aware of the present moment and avoiding getting caught up in the disappointments of the past or worrying about the future.

Let go!

Let go!

Letting go of the struggle with our thoughts and emotions, while accepting the discomfort that comes with them while we’re doing something meaningful.

Get moving!

Get moving!

Using our values as a guide, taking helpful and effective action in the pursuit of our meaningful goals.

How you can learn more about Psychological Flexibility

There are a number ways you can learn how to implement the principles of psychological flexibility in your everyday life. We offer structured training options, outlined below, as well as one-to-one coaching.

To maximise access to the training, we’ve created several training routes, outlined below. Regardless of the route you choose, you’ll get an excellent introduction into these important life skills and have opportunities for one-to-one time with a member of the WorkLifePsych team. Additionally, all our training courses can be augmented with the addition of one-to-one coaching following course completion, providing an end-to-end solution in personalised development.

To get you started on our journey, check out the various psychological flexibility articles on our blog and have a listen to our podcast to find out more.

Training options

PsychFlex 101: A 90mins taster

This 90-minute taster session is a great way to introduce the concept of psychological flexibility when time is short.

The session covers the essentials of each of the psychological flexibility processes, giving delegates an opportunity to practice several of the skills such as mindful focus and clarity of values. Perfect for ‘learn at lunch’ sessions, PsychFlex 101 is a great jumping off point for future training or coaching.

A one-day in-house workshop

This day-long workshop represents an excellent deep-dive into all of the skills of psychological flexibility. Delegates will get to practice techniques to increase their self-awareness, to reduce the impact of their unhelpful thoughts and emotions and to put their values into practice on a daily basis.

They will learn the role of our thinking and emotions in our inner life and how to gain greater focus on what really matters each day.

A series of two-hour sessions

This course is run over four, two-hour sessions. This minimises absence from the workplace, allows the training to be slotted in over shorter breaks, while also giving delegates an ample opportunity to practice the skills in between each session.

Delegates will learn how to adopt a mindful approach, extract themselves from internal struggles and how to put their values into practice in pursuit of meaningful goals.

We asked Richard to run a few of his ‘Psychological Flexibility 101’ sessions and 55 of my colleagues signed up for the initial workshops.

I was really impressed with their feedback and their comments in the brief online survey we used afterwards illustrated just how keen they were to learn more and start putting this all into practice.

Lorraine O'SullivanGroup People Director, Dentsu Aegis Network, Ireland
We are extremely pleased with the programme and its impact and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Richard and WorkLifePsych. They have exceeded our expectations.

Conall LaveryCEO, Real World Analytics

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