BrainSweet Workshops

BrainSweet workshops are all about helping you to help yourself

2 hour Onsite Workshop

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IMAGE: From the exhibition 'Putting the pieces of the self together one moment at a time' by Vanessa Beetham and Peter Blenkiron. Featured Portraits by Daniel Butterworth. Dax Centre 2018.

Target Audience: Everyone. Ideal for workplaces wanting to bring something fresh and different into their wellbeing strategies. This workshop is not specifically for people experiencing depression; it introduces participants to evidence based strategies that will help them maintain optimum mental health so that they can continue to achieve at work and play.
Duration: 2 hours (no break)
Location: At your venue
Cost: $2,000 plus GST (excludes accommodation and travel outside Melbourne Metro)

This hands on, experiential workshop is a positive, empowering few hours where participants learn how they can proactively influence their mental wellbeing. The key message is that responsibility for your mental health begins with YOU.

Interwoven into her own history with depression, Clare introduces some key concepts from neuro-science to help participants understand the important role our brain plays in our well-being. With those concepts as a basis, she then shares five simple strategies that can help everyone enhance their well-being.

The workshop is both evidence based (referring to neuro-scientific research) AND experiential – participants get to practice some of the strategies there and then in the session.

Far from being sombre, the workshop is empowering, positive and fun. Participants are challenged to take ownership of their mental wellbeing. “Nurture your brain, benefit your wellbeing”.

6 hour Offsite Workshop

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IMAGE: From the exhibition 'Putting the pieces of the self together one moment at a time' by Vanessa Beetham and Peter Blenkiron. Featured Portraits by Daniel Butterworth. Dax Centre 2018.

Target Audience: Ideal for people with mild to moderate depression or anxiety, who are getting professional assistance from a GP, psychologist or psychiatrist, and would benefit from additional strategies to help them manage their wellbeing.
Duration:
6 hours, including one hour of breaks. It runs from 9am until 3pm.
Location:
Melbourne CBD
Cost: $900 plus GST per person

The 6 hour workshop covers 3 main topics

  • First, the human brain. Clare introduces you to some of the ‘evolutionary baggage’ within our brain, that helps explains why we have seen depression become such an epidemic in the 21st Century . She then outlines some of the ‘key players’ within your brain that we know influence mental health. She teaches you about some of the key hormones and neuro-transmitters within the brain that influence how you feel every single day.
  • Second, the strategies. Clare will teach you 10 incredibly simple strategies that neuroscientific research has shown positively affect mental health. You will walk away with a ‘toolbox’ of strategies to incorporate into your day to day life.
  • Third, mindset. Clare will introduce you to some psychological concepts to help you understand why turning your ‘downward spiral’ into an ‘upward spiral’, whilst challenging, is extremely achievable.

Guest Speaker

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IMAGE: From the exhibition 'Putting the pieces of the self together one moment at a time' by Vanessa Beetham and Peter Blenkiron. Featured Portraits by Daniel Butterworth. Dax Centre 2018.

Target Audience: Everyone. Usually given at corporate events ie breakfast/lunch/dinner. Ideal to coincide with national and/or global initiatives ie Mental Health Week, World Mental Health Day, International Women’s Day.
Duration: 45 minutes plus question/discussion time
Location: At your venue
Cost: $2400 plus GST (excludes accommodation and travel outside Melbourne metro)

Compelling, insightful and at times confronting, Clare cuts through the misconceptions and assumptions by sharing her own story of managing depression on and off since she was 17 years old.

In the first half of the talk she explains with sensitivity, honesty and intelligence what it ‘feels like’ to be depressed. Listeners learn that whilst depression is characterised by deep sadness, hopelessness and despair, it impacts so much more than your emotional state. Clare gives striking examples of how her cognitive abilities and physical health have been severely compromised during periods of deep depression.

In the second half of the talk, Clare explains with confronting honesty the moment she realised medication alone was not going to save her. She then shares the many strategies – most backed by neuro-scientific research –she now uses to reverse the downward spiral into depression before it becomes unmanageable. These strategies are tangible, simple, and relevant to everyone who needs to take care of their mental well-being and learn how to ‘get off the bus’ to Rock Bottom.

Our Testimonials

  • Clare, thankyou so much for such a frank and positive session. You have answered so many of my thoughts. I thought I was adrift on my own island.

    Marilyn 62, retired
  • A fantastic session Clare. I’m sure I got more out of the 3 hours with you than the last 12 months with a psychologist! I loved your honesty and normalisation of depression and all the challenges the accompany trying to function in society. I would say your session is a must do for both sufferers and carers of those with depression.

    Ruth
  • Brilliant workshop. So many tips, great advice & a whole lot of new learning about the brain! Absolutely love your delivery style. Thanks

  • Absolutely wonderful! I was so engaged and left with so many valuable strategies to implement in my life. Your delivery was so fun and enjoyable, took so much away.

    Nicole
  • Loved it! So thorough and engaging. Tomorrow, when it’s sunny, I’m going to stand barefoot in the garden bed, in a power pose, singing my lungs out whilst eating chocolate and laughing at myself. Then I’m going to hug my family, tell them how grateful I am for them then go for a nap. BrainSweet Sunday!

    Lisa Teacher
  • I just loved today and have come away with so much knowledge. Very useful with so many practical tips – and your presentation was captivating

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