Group workshops to improve your wellbeing

Autumn 2019 timetable

Ranging from one-off sessions to six-week programs, our evidence-based group workshops will provide you with practical knowledge and resources to improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Workshops are free and held at three different locations:

Neami Heidelberg
422 Upper Heidelberg Road
Neami Croydon
Suite 1, 16-18 Croydon Road
Box Hill Library
Meeting Room 2
Level 1, Box Hill Library
1040 Whitehorse Rd
Box Hill

Contact us to book a session or for further details.

You are most welcome to bring along a friend, family member or support person at your workshop.

You can also get in touch to suggest a topic or request a workshop not currently offered at your preferred time or location and we will factor in your request when planning for our winter timetable.

'Stress Monster'

This workshop helps people to build an understanding of stress and the impact it has on wellbeing. We will explore the biological stress response, the impact of cumulative stress, and strategies to support our wellbeing. People will walk away feeling more confident in identifying early signs of stress and resourced to beat the Stress Monster.

Location: Box Hill Library Meeting Room 2
Date: Thursday 28 February
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Location: Neami Croydon
Date: Wednesday 22 May
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm


Developed by the University of Wollongong, Flourish is a self-development group program, run over six sessions, facilitated by wellbeing coaches with a lived experience of managing stress and improving wellbeing. The program draws on the benefits of peer support and provides mentoring to participants in identifying and building on their strengths and developing meaningful steps or goals in line with their personal values.

Location: Neami Croydon
Dates: Fridays from 15 March to 26 April (please note: no session on 19 April)
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Panic attacks

These four-session workshops cover the physiological basis of the fight-or-flight response and provides an in-depth explanation as to why panic attacks feel the way they do, and most importantly as to why the scary symptoms can’t hurt you!
We will delve into and dismantle some of the scary thoughts that panic attacks can bring up, and help participants to create a set of “tools” that they can take with them anywhere they go. We will even reframe panic as a success, and
teach evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy techniques which, when practiced regularly, can help to reduce panic over time. These four workshops will suit those experiencing panic attacks, avoidance due to these panic attacks, or agoraphobia.

Location: Neami Heidelberg
Days: Mondays 25 March and 1, 8 and 29 April
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm


We are often more critical of ourselves than we are of other people. Even when our problems stem from forces beyond our control, we often don’t give ourselves the sympathy we would give a friend. Self-compassion is showing the same kindness to ourselves as we would a good friend (or pet), rather than flagellating ourselves with self-criticism. This workshop will introduce the concept and components of self-compassion, leaving participants with resources to continue cultivating soothing self-talk and improving wellbeing and resilience.

Location: Neami Heidelberg
Date: Tuesday 26 March
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm

Introduction to mindfulness

In this six-week course we will introduce a variety of mindfulness practices and resources and have discussions to support participants to develop their own understanding of mindfulness and to create routines to support practice. Past participants welcome!

Location: Neami Croydon
Dates: Wednesdays from 3 April to 15 May (please note: no session on 24 April)
Time: 5:45pm – 7:30pm

Coming to our senses: using the senses to improve health and wellbeing

Sight, sound, touch. Taste, smell, temperature. Movement. Balance. We all use our senses to go about our everyday lives, but have we considered how our sensory experiences connect with our wellbeing? In this workshop, participants will be supported to:

  • Identify individual sensory preferences (similar to a “sensory personality type”)
  • Identify personal stressors and meaningful sensory strategies
  • Develop knowledge of sensory materials and toolkits

Location: Neami Croydon
Date: Wednesday 10 April
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

What is wellbeing anyway?

In this workshop we will explore the diversity of the concept of wellbeing. Participants will be introduced to the Positive Psychology wellbeing model PERMA. Understanding will be deepened through exploratory exercises.

Location: Box Hill Library
Date: Thursday 18 April
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm

Creating change

This workshop aims to help people make meaningful and enjoyable changes. Activities will help participants explore areas of life they would like to make changes in, and how they can use their strengths and resources to start making changes now and into the future. We will introduce evidence-based action planning tools and look at the elements that support making realistic and sustainable changes.

Location: Box Hill Library
Date: Thursday 2 May
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Healthy relationships

The way we communicate can have a profound impact on our relationships. This workshop will introduce two popular models of communication: Active Constructive Responding and Non-Violent Communication. We will engage in exercises to deepen our understanding of how to apply these models in our everyday lives.

Location: Neami Heidelberg
Date: Thursday 16 May
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Optimal Health Program

An evidence-based model developed at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. This group program, run over five sessions, promotes the ability of participants to self-manage their own health. The sessions aim to increase an individual’s self-awareness and confidence to make changes relating to health and wellbeing, explore ways to monitor and manage health and to develop meaningful health goals and individual health plans.

Not offered this term.


Through interactive discussion and activities, this workshop will explore what resilience means to participants. It aims to provide participants with opportunities to identify and build strengths and resources to navigate life's inevitable challenges.

Not offered this term.


This workshop will look at what self-care is, what it means to each of us, and why it is such an important part of our overall wellbeing. It aims to provide participants with opportunities to explore what they are currently doing to support their self-care and wellbeing, as well as discovering and sharing new and different self-care activities, and how to resource more self-care ideas for the future.

Not offered this term.

Steps to Wellbeing Participant Ilario in the garden at the Heidelberg site.
'When I came to Steps to Wellbeing and met with my coach, for me it was a breath of fresh air, it was light shed on my path.'
Read Ilario's story