The Healthy Thinking Program Manual

This manual is designed for organizations who are interested in ongoing training for the workforce in healthy thinking skills and for wellness professionals who want to add psychological wellness programs to their current programs.


The manual is designed as a twelve week seminar that introduces participants to mindfulness, optimism, and resilience skills in a format that promotes learning, application, and retention of these important psychological dimensions of wellness.


The full power point presentations for all twelve weeks are included along with audio files of the seminar exercises and homework sheets for those in attendance.  There are background chapters for each of the skills to assist the trainer in understanding the concepts. Additional references for those who want to learn more are also provided at the end of each chapter.


The cost of the entire manual is $599.  Additional manuals for the same organization may be purchased for $499 each.  If your organization would like to have one of our team work with you to train you, either individually or in a small group setting, the cost for this live teleconference support is $250 per contact hour.


When you purchase the manual, we invite you to register for updates that will be provided free of charge. That way you will always be up to date on the most recent psychological science for you and your employees.


Your organization will benefit from having a psychologically healthy workforce!


Participant Experience


There are distinct groups of people who will be interested in participating in this 12-week Healthy Thinking training.


One group will be individuals who have been struggling with difficult emotions. Many of these participants may have tried psychotherapy and/or medication. Some may be currently in treatment with a mental health professional. There are also some individuals in this group who have not yet attempted to get treatment for a problem, and they are trying this class to see if it will be enough to get them through. The emotional distress is a predominant feature of this participant’s experience and the primary motivation is to experience some relief. Some of these individuals may need to be referred for professional treatment due to the severity of their symptoms. Others may be very engaged participants who both benefit from and add to the group experience.


A second group will be comprised of individuals who are active in a wellness lifestyle. They have probably participated in other wellness activities and are well known in to the wellness professionals in your community. These participants are knowledgeable about diet and exercise and probably have strong opinions about what this course should be about. Sometimes, these strong opinions may be different than the information that will be presented through the class. This could lead to some disagreement with the instructor. It also could lead to some distortions of the information by these participants who are trying to make it fit what they expect.


In some work settings, there may be a third group of individuals who are taking this course because they want to get credit for participation in some wellness activity because there are incentives that are being offered. These individuals may have minimal motivation to engage in the process of the group.  These individuals may be prone to dropping out of the group, to being physically present but not participating or doing the homework assignments, or to being resistant and negative about the process.


Each of these groups presents different challenges to the trainer. At the same time, each of these groups has great potential to add quality to the whole experience.


At the outset, the trainer should reinforce an attitude in participants of being open to whatever happens. It is helpful to let go of expectations, to whatever degree that is possible. At the same time, the trainer should model the qualities of being non-judgmental and open to the experience of all participants. You will get some idea of what this participant is like from the introductory question about what goals they have for the next twelve weeks.

Trainer Checklist


□   Room is reserved/Webinar Software is acquired


□   Participant Books are ordered (allow 2 weeks to avoid rush orders)


□   Reminders have been sent to participants


□   List of participant names with contact information


□   Power Point Slides have been loaded on the computer and tested


□   Audio Files have been loaded on the computer and tested


□   Speakers have been hooked up to the computer audio system


□   LCD Projector has been tested with the computer


□   Handouts are printed and available for distributing to participants


□   Your contact information is printed and available for participants


□   Other _____________________________________________