Online Course: Become Stronger and More Effective

When things go wrong, even fatally wrong, it is entirely reasonable to react with anxiety and despair. However, this is a choice, and there is a better way.
“Normal” is the walking wounded. The tools of positive psychology can empower us to rise way above that, and do our best in even the worst situations. This course will empower you if our insane world is getting you down.
As Greens, we are motivated to create a survivable world, and equally important, one worth surviving in. You can become more effective by increasing your inner strength and resilience.
You can do this through attending Bob Rich’s 5-session online course open to Greens members and supporters anywhere in Australia, which was run very successfully earlier this year.
Participant Heidi writes: “I highly recommend Bob’s short course on positive psychology. I am a private person and hesitated in joining a group session, but it turned out to be a wonderful experience — sharing my thoughts with like-minded people. The journey was short but somehow we connected. I came out more positive and happier and I saw a similar change in the others. Bob helps you reflect and put you in touch with your emotions through the short stories and lessons he has written, which you can return to read again and again. Bob’s desire to help others is infectious and inspiring.”
Ryan’s message: “I was reflecting with gratitude about the things we talked about in the course, especially the infinite nature of existence. Changing my perspective away from the immediate, in which concerns and frustrations so easily grow to the point of seeming insurmountable, has really helped me approach the day-to-day more gently and with greater equanimity, and to put my focus towards the things are really meaningful to me.”
As part of the course, you will get free copies of two of Bob’s recent books: From Depression to Contentment: A self-therapy guide, and Lifting the Gloom: Antidepressant writings. You will be required to read specified chapters of From Depression to Contentment before each session, and to actively practise between sessions.

The course is conducted by Bob Rich, PhD, who has retired from decades of psychotherapeutic practice. For five years, he was secretary of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Counselling Psychologists, then for three years a Director of the APS. He is also an ex-member of the International Positive Psychology Association, and a very current member of Australian Greens Victoria.
Co-leading is Merran Blair, a dietitian and PhD student at Monash University. Merran is passionate about helping people find peace with their bodies and their minds and works part time as a teaching associate, developing educational workshops. She feels the emotional pressure of a changing climate and embraces Bob’s positive psychology techniques to help deal with this stress. She enjoys assisting Bob share these techniques with a wider audience.

Bob and Merran are running this course in a voluntary capacity. Cost is $250 for 5 sessions, as fundraising for their branches in the coming Victorian State elections. To put this in context, most psychologists charge gap fees of between $80 and $200 per session.
Sessions will be on Sundays 4 pm Australian Eastern Time, starting 14 August, 2022.

Also, two free sessions
$250 is a significant outlay for most people, and also Bob and Merran delight in being of service. So, we are offering two free sessions focusing on positive psychology tools not covered in the five-session course. You can attend one or more of these, with no obligation. To be advised of time and date, online meeting link and content, please email bob at [email protected]

This is a COVIDSafe event.  

Please note that, under Victoria's funding and disclosure laws, contributions through this page are for a State electoral or General purpose.  A portion (up to 100%) of any tickets you purchase will be counted towards your individual contribution cap.


August 14, 2022 at 4:00pm - 5pm


Melbourne, VIC 3000
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Bob Rich · · 0359 623 975

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