Corporate Services Lunch and Learn Presentations

Ashcliffe Psychology “Lunch & Learn” presentations are typically customised to 45 minute time slots and are aimed at giving your people key information on a range of topics. Every presentation has been developed by Ashcliffe Psychology and all sessions are conducted by an Ashcliffe Psychologist and are accompanied by a handout for each participant. For more information, email:

Key Strategies to Manage Conflict

Outline: Whenever two or more people gather together, a conflict potential is created. This is largely because we all have different personalities, beliefs, values and expectations. Most of us are not highly skilled when it comes to managing conflict and usually end up in reacting to differences and disagreements.  This presentation highlights the traps of conflict and provides some key strategies on how to resolve or manage conflict, rather than let it become a destructive element in our life.

Being Positive About Change

Outline: Life is full of change. We have many examples of life changes (births, deaths, marriage, separation, work restructure, new job) and the stress that can result. This presentation provides constructive approaches that can be taken to prepare for, cope with and benefit from unavoidable change. Covers building confidence, staying optimistic, maintaining good health, recognising stress symptoms, taking opportunities, and using the support of family, friends and professionals.

How to Improve Your Working Memory

Outline: Working Memory is defined as… the ability to store and use data we gathered in the past 30 to 60 seconds. Although this is the most fundamental of our memory processes, the research tells us that our working memory ability peaks around age 30 and deteriorates at a rate of about 10% per decade we age after that. This presentation will explain how our memory works and provide a set of strategies for maintaining a good memory as we move through the life span.

Sleeping and Eating - Keys to your mental well-being

Outline: Most people know about the fundamental importance of our sleeping and eating habits to good physical well-being, but are largely unaware of the impact these aspects of our life have on our mental health. This presentation explains the power sleep and food has with regards to our mental well-being and will outline the practices we need to undertake to sustain that well-being.

How to Avoid the Slippery Slope of Burnout

Outline: All work roles can have times and tasks which create pressure and high demand. These times and tasks are best handled when we are able to gain clarity around what creates that pressure for us and the ways in which we create pressure for ourselves. This presentation will provide insight into “Burnout” and the psychological risk that can occur in any work role. Suggestions are shared on how to use these insights and learning experiences to keep away from the "slippery slope" of Burnout.

Building Resilience

Outline: Many people find the pressures of work, family life, time constraints and challenging inter-personal situations can make stressful demands on their sense of well-being. While we hear a lot about using stress management, the reality is, stress management is self management that leads to building personal resilience.  The process is not complicated.  Knowing what to do, then choosing to develop and apply a set of basic and effective strategies can increase your personal resilience and boost your confidence to deal with the demands of day-to-day work duties and personal pressures.

How to Deal with Procrastination

Outline: Charles Dickens said… “procrastination is the thief of time”.  We often have a tendency to put off challenging or difficult tasks. Procrastination can develop into a habit that has an enormous impact on our concentration, time-use and work output, often causing an acute sense of frustration.  This presentation provides an understanding of the reasons why we procrastinate and presents a range of strategies for overcoming the procrastination habit and improving our personal productivity.

The Importance of Believing in Yourself

Outline: This presentation describes healthy self-esteem. Self-belief and self-confidence is based on our own intrinsic qualities and resilient in the face of personal setbacks and losses. It’s important to avoid undue or inappropriate self-criticism and to believe in one’s own worth. Techniques are described to build optimism, confidence, emotional balance and self-direction. Myths about self-esteem are also discussed.

Assisting Friends or Family with an Addiction Problem

Outline: The prevalence of reports on drugs in the media has been constant over the past few years. Concerns raised about the dangerous impact of Methamphetamine and party drugs, such as Ecstasy have many family members seeking advice on how they can assist those close to them. This presentation will provide an understanding of how drugs impact on the individual user, particularly stimulants and alcohol, and will give information on the following points:

  • How drugs affect the brain and the body
  • How to approach someone and express your concerns
  • What you can say and do if your family member is denying drug use
  • Where you can get further advice and information about treatment
  • Drug treatment success: What’s more likely to work.