Personal Development

"Discovering the Power in Me" (DPM) - Now Online

Discovering the Power in Me (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).

Its purpose is to help build confidence, strength, resilience, and self-efficacy in people with disabilities and their families in order to re-assert control over their lives.

DPM brings together current scientific knowledge and techniques of positive psychology into the complexities of life with SCI. Facilitated by people with lived experience of SCI, DPM is delivered online in group forums, and uses video-based material combined with group discussion. Following each module individuals will receive “one-to-one” coaching with an allocated peer coach to address challenges and pursue goals.

DPM provides participants with the tools to:

  • Create a positive mindset
  • Find creative solutions and possibilities
  • Build a future of hope and resiliency
  • Create a new vision of independence for the future
  • Understand how the mind works
  • Take control of the way we think

"This course gives you the life skills to move forward and create the life you want to live, be the person you want to be and do the things you want to do."

"Be open to learning about how your mind works and this program can change your life."

DPM and AQA/Spire

Spire is all about working with people to develop positive expectations about the possibilities in life after spinal cord injury.

In 2010, Spire partnered in a pilot trial of DPM in Australia, together with the Pacific Institute, the University of Western Sydney, the Spinal Network of Australia and New Zealand, SCIA (NSW), and the Spinal Life (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. Now in 2021 we will continue to deliver DPM Online, providing more flexibility and convenience. We currently run 2 - 3 courses per year in small groups of up to 10 participants at a time.

Interested…? Contact us to learn more about your funding options.

If you, or someone you know, are interested in taking part in a course, or would like to know more about DPM, please contact us at [email protected] or call (03) 9489 0777.

Courses this year

The next DPM course scheduled for 2022 is:

  • DPM Online - 19, 21, 26, 28 April, and 3 May.

Get in touch with us at AQA to register your interest or to suggest someone you know who might be interested.

You can download a copy of the course outline here.


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