Waypoint Open Course Programme 2019:
New Approaches for Responding to Complex Needs
Introduction to the Programme
The world is changing. The way we understand mental health and wellbeing has been undergoing a revolution. The way we understand emotional distress and troubling behaviour has changed. We are moving away from a labelling approach that creates an ‘us and them’ attitude. Instead, we are moving towards a way of understanding each person as unique, having their own way of being that is multi-faceted and enmeshed in their community and relationships. We are all messed up, it’s just we do messed up in our own individual ways. Some life circumstances lead to individuals having more extreme distress. The greater the psychological threats we face, the more diverse behaviours we may have to adopt to survive.
Evolution has evolved. We understand how our shared evolutionary history sets us all up to have emotional distress. The good news is the new thinking shows we also have neuroplasticity and with emotion-focused and collaborative care people can live meaningful lives and contribute to a well-being society.
Waypoint works within Project 6, a charity that supports individuals and families with a range of complex issues. We train mental health professionals, social prescribers, family workers, criminal justice workers and others in the wellbeing sector. They are telling us that they would like more access to this new knowledge and to align their skills to provide cutting edge effective responses.
We have responded to this with our new Open Course programme which provides the understanding and the skills to work within the new wellbeing environment. It is firmly rooted in the evidence-base.
Each of the 11 courses that make up this programme, can stand alone and will help you to provide this emotion-focussed collaborative approach to the people you work with. They also provide a coherent programme, building on one another. You will receive a certificate of attendance for each course you attend. If you attend 7 out of the 11, you will receive an overarching: New Approaches for Responding to Complex Needs Certificate.