• Welcome to the blog/website of Dr Gareth Furber

    August 10, 2019 by

    Welcome to my blog/website! In truth I’ve written that a few times over my life. I’ve started and abandoned a number of blogs in my time. I’m probably not alone in that fact. Will this time be different? I don’t know. All I know is that this time I have a clearer sense of the… Read more

  • Writing an Acknowledgement of Country

    March 18, 2023 by

    This is a minor re-write of a post I originally put on my work blog. I live in Australia. Last year I attended a work meeting in which Indigenous student support staff talked about how they went about their jobs. As part of talking about how to create culturally safe learning spaces, they provided an… Read more

  • I didn’t spread COVID but I did spread wellbeing

    February 25, 2023 by

    I trained, as a psychologist, to assess/diagnose mental ill health and apply evidence-based treatments. The alleviation of suffering was the primary goal. Now in my work however, I operate more at the wellbeing, happiness, wellness end. I try to teach people strategies and techniques for bringing more positive experiences (e.g. gratitude, connection, awe, curiosity, self-acceptance,… Read more

  • Zooming out as an emotion regulation strategy

    February 19, 2023 by

    Emotion regulation is at it sounds, the adjustment, control or balancing of our emotional state. There are many examples of what that might look like. If I am feeling sad, I might do something to lift my mood. If I am bit overexcited, I might look to calm myself a little. How we feel in… Read more

  • What to do with a low mood?

    February 5, 2023 by

    For the posts on my website I like to consider themes I encounter in my work life. A theme from this week was what to do with low moods. It popped up in a couple of trainings as an explicit question. I was asked directly what I do when I am in a low mood.… Read more

  • Trying to notice and respond differently to the sensation of being rushed

    January 28, 2023 by

    Last year I listened to this podcast with meditation teacher Christina Feldman – I don’t remember much of it, but a key concept stuck. Feldman spoke of setting life intentions and discussed one in particular – attending to and tackling the experience of feeling rushed. 2022 was a year where I committed to getting… Read more

  • Self-care = actions you take to improve your outcomes

    January 21, 2023 by

    First posted on the Student Health and Wellbeing Blog (part of my day job) Since starting my role at Flinders in 2017, I have been trying to clarify my mission, that is, what is it I am working to achieve. At present it is about making available to everyone high quality, evidence-based knowledge, tools, skills… Read more

  • Taking advantage of additional learning opportunities

    January 18, 2023 by

    This is a repost of a post I wrote for students on the Student Health and Wellbeing Blog. Since starting at Flinders in 2017 I’ve taken an interest in how people learn. Not so much what people learn (i.e. the content of their degree) but how they go about taking on that information and using… Read more

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