Professional/ShortCourse Flourishing at Work

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
2 days
Face to face
Course Director
James Costello

Page last updated 12 October 2023


This course goes beyond a palliative approach to wellbeing which assumes stress is a failure of someone to cope with an emotionally challenging workplace, offering instead strategies to forget or survive things. Whether working in classrooms, health-care settings, or hospitality we all recognise the emotional labour of "putting on a show" when we least feel like it. Flourishing means more than minimising distress - it is about recognising our sources of nourishment, meaning and purpose, which can include the work we do. The pandemic accelerated our understanding of work as a place to go; work instead is a place to be in complex and multi-layered networks of relationships. If you are interested in understanding flourishing as understanding your place in relationally-complex environments, recognising boundaries and monitoring what we "spend" of ourselves, then this course is for you.

In addition to exploring the skills and attitudes for raising awareness of our relational "selves" in the workplace, I promote something more sustainable and ambitious, which is assessing the attitudes we no longer question about how we organise our working lives. Multiple lockdowns emphasised the problems we face in untangling ourselves from work. This is why I integrate exercises in relational competences as the keystone for change. We come to know ourselves through our relationships and this course introduces you to an understanding of ourselves and our place in the order of things which includes the world of work.

The facilitator, James Costello, is author of Workplace Wellbeing - A Relational Approach and has decades of experience as a psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor across the private, third and public sectors and more recently through working with complex organisational dynamics at the UK Home Office.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to join this course.
A good level of English language is required, as is a willingness to engage in the experiential exercises.


Learning and Teaching

I offer "One at a Time" in-person experiential workshops which include both individual and group-work
This is an experiential course, facilitated by a leading workplace consultant, psychotherapist and trainer, where you will explore issues including:

- Understanding the pressure-points in the context of your unique setting.
- Develop your listening skills, enabling you to diffuse emotionally-charged situations differently.
- Learn to notice emotional "triggers" and have different outcomes.
- Reflect on your negotiating style when resolving conflict.
- Become more aware of boundary issues regarding relationships that go beyond face-to-face, which includes virtual real-time and out-of-time working.

What you will gain:
- An understanding of the boundaries between home and work.
- Insights into working structures to inform change processes in your context.
- The capacity to understand yourself and others in your context.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Programme dates

Cohort dates - To be ConfirmedTimeLocation


Session 1 - TBC

Session 2 - TBC





Frenchay Campus

Frenchay Campus



Please see the table below for current fees and discounts available. All prices are VAT exempt.

Discounts can not be used in conjunction with each other. The greatest discount available will be applied at your booking confirmation. Please be aware that these are guide prices only, based ont the 2022/23 cohort and may be subject to change

CohortTo be Confirmed
LocationFrenchay Campus
Full Fee£755
Payment deadlineTBC
Early Bird Discount£680
Payment deadlineTBC
UWE Alumni Discount£640
Payment deadlineTBC
UWE Staff Discount£640
Payment deadlineTBC
Course Connect£605
Payment deadlineTBC

How to apply

How to apply

To make a full or provisional booking for this programme, please complete the relevant online booking form below:

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For further information

  • Email: Please contact us through the online enquiry form.
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 117 32 81874