Discovering the Power in MeTM (DPM) is a 12-unit short course, designed by the Pacific Institute in Washington USA, specifically for people living with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI).
DPM brings together current scientific knowledge and techniques of positive psychology into the complexities of life with SCI. It provides participants with the knowledge, understanding and tools to take control of their lives and frame their own vision for the future. The program’s motivational and goal-setting tools work towards creating a positive future, one step at a time. Facilitated by people with lived experience of SCI, DPM is delivered over 2 or 3 days and uses video-based material combined with group discussion.
Its purpose is to help build hope, strength, resiliency, and self-efficacy in people with disabilities and their families in order to re-assert control over their lives.
DPM provides participants with the tools to
Spire is all about working with people to develop positive expectations about the possibilities in life after spinal cord injury.
In 2010, Spire (through AQA Victoria) partnered in a pilot trial of DPM in Australia, together with the Pacific Institute, the University of Western Sydney, the Spinal Cord Injury Network of Australia and New Zealand, SCIA (NSW), and the Spinal Injuries Association (QLD). The participants in the trial felt the program was highly relevant and beneficial. You can download the final report of the pilot here.
Since the successful pilot in 2010, Spire has been running DPM courses in metro Melbourne and regional Victoria. We currently run 2 - 3 sessions per year in small groups of up to 10 participants at a time.
The courses are offered free to people living with a SCI, their families and carers. They are usually run over 2 or 3 days and include all course materials including a workbook, video and audio resources, lunch and refreshments.
If you, or someone you know, happen to be interested in following a course, or would like to know more about DPM, please contact us.
DPM courses scheduled for 2017 are
Get in touch with us to register your interest or to suggest someone you know who might be interested.
You can download a copy of the course outline below.
Discovering the Power in Me - course outline
DPM Courses for 2017
22nd, 29th March and 03rd April, 2017
04th, 11th and 18th July, 2017