Phoenix workshops


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AN overview of the Phoenix workshops run by Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF) for people with HIV. The workshops aim to improve optimism, build confidence and help people initiate positive change. This presentation was given at the AFAO Positive Services Forum in June 2009.

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Phoenix workshops

  1. 1. Phoenix workshops
  2. 2. Objective <ul><li>Improve optimism about the future </li></ul><ul><li>Build confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Initiate positive change </li></ul>phoenix workshops overview...
  3. 3. phoenix workshops offers participants... <ul><li>The space and time to consider what change is possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies to begin to consider ways to effect and balance these changes. </li></ul><ul><li>Advice on study, work or volunteer options. </li></ul><ul><li>Advice on other services such as the JobNetwork, CRS Australia, Recruitment Agencies, TAFE, Community Colleges, University etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Advice on financial and legal implications and effects on Centrelink benefits. </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing support and assistance throughout the process. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Possible content of phoenix workshops <ul><li>Setting achievable and realistic goals </li></ul><ul><li>Managing a balanced and healthy lifestyle </li></ul><ul><li>Challenging negative thinking / resilience / depression </li></ul><ul><li>Managing change and managing stress more effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Information and advice regarding work, study and volunteer options </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting the challenges of returning to work or study </li></ul><ul><li>Financial planning and budgeting </li></ul><ul><li>How to update or re-write your resume </li></ul><ul><li>How to develop more effective communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Disclosure of HIV status </li></ul><ul><li>Build self esteem </li></ul>
  5. 5. phoenix workshop session details <ul><li>Duration 6-12 Weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible delivery </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- reflect the groups needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- relevant to the participants community and available services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Build individual confidence through group participation </li></ul>
  6. 6. phoenix workshop session details <ul><li>Utilise local services where possible </li></ul><ul><li>Modules and duration are flexible to fit time constraints </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weekends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weekly commitments </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Feedback on phoenix workshops… <ul><li>It can be best summed up by these quotes from past phoenix groups… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think more realistically about my objectives & goal setting - train back into work in a less stressful, sustainable environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work feels more achievable; have more info now; much closer to being balanced </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building confidence; better communication skills; stress management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I am not alone; challenge negative thinking; overall more confidence; excellent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not as isolated; more confidence; more aware of capabilities and limitations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More self confident and more positive and strong and learn how to look after myself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I’ve learnt how to set up SMART goals and share people’s stories, new information and be more positive thinking. Coming together get support each other. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Feedback on phoenix workshops… <ul><li>“ I’m so grateful for all the help you guys have given me. Phoenix was a life changing experience….. I’m in the best form I’ve been in for years. You deserve some credit for that, Thank you .” </li></ul><ul><li>“ It was a pleasure going to the Phoenix Workshops…. Meeting the guys in the group helped me a lot in my attitude and confidence. So a big thank you to you and the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation for doing this and being there in lots of other ways.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Phoenix Workshops proved to be a valuable tool in helping me reassess my life and provided me with a sense of worth an confidence; something I had lost after being out of the workforce for so long.” </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Phoenix <ul><li>Mentioned in many ancient cultures. A common thread is the ability of the bird to resurrect, to come to life out of the ashes. Able to regenerate, being invincible. </li></ul><ul><li>Phoenix workshops offer the participant the tools and inspiration to make change and discover new life </li></ul>phoenix workshops
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