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Improving mental health through building and strengthening social group membership

“Groups 4 Health” is an evidenced-based, short-term psychological intervention developed by an Australian team of clinical and social psychologists. Stressing social connectedness as a means to improve mental health and general well-being, a one-day workshop organised on July 12, 2018, by the National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES in partnership with the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, Lausanne, will make this intervention available to a Swiss public.

Social interventions come in many forms — they can involve support groups, activity or interest groups, sporting groups, and various community groups. Yet these are only successful in enhancing health to the extent that groups are meaningful to, and valued by, those taking part. This is what Groups 4 Health can do.

During a workshop ahead of the forthcoming International Conference on Social Identity and Health (ICSIH4) an Australian team, including Catherine and Alex Haslam and Tegan Cruwys from the University of Queensland, will offer a one-day training session introducing participants in the theory and practice of the Groups 4 Health programme.

The programme is aimed at improving mental health by providing people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to increase their social connectedness, and in particular, their group-based social identifications. A wealth of evidence from medical, epidemiological, psychological and social literatures suggests that social connectedness is a strong predictor of mental health, physical health, cognitive health and general well-being outcomes.

At the end of this workshop you should have a good grounding in the theory and practice of Groups 4 Health. While addressing the theoretical underpinnings, the workshop will primarily focus on the content of the programme and its delivery. It will also explore ways it can be adapted to different populations and contexts.

WORKSHOP PROGRAMME FOR JULY 12, 2018

Attendees who register for the workshop will receive the Groups 4 Health programme manual and workbook (included in the cost of the workshop) that we ask you read in advance in preparation for the workshop. We also ask that you bring your laptop with you so that you can trial an online tool — Social Identity Mapping — as part of the training.

09:30-10:00  Registration and coffee
10:00-10:30  Introduction to programme theory and background
10:30-12.00  Programme delivery (Schooling and Scoping modules)          
12.00-13:00  Lunch break
13:00-14:30  Programme delivery (Sourcing, Scaffolding and Sustaining modules)
14:30-15:00  Groups 4 Health programme evaluation and adaptations  

LOCATION

Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (IUMSP), salle Delachaux, Le Biopôle, secteur Vennes-A (SV-A), Corniche 10, 1010 Lausanne
https://www.unil.ch/acces/fr/home/menuinst/unil---epalinges.html

REGISTRATION & COSTS

Workshop registration fee is 100 CHF (including meals, welcome coffee, and programme manual and workbook). Members of the NCCR LIVES and the IUMSP may attend free of charge.

Registration starts end of April.
To express your interest in participating and for all other general inquiries, please contact Dr. Pascal Maeder (
pascal.maeder@hes-so.ch), Head of knowledge transfer at the NCCR LIVES.

Further information on Groups 4 Health