Refocusing After Setback


Time of Event: Thursday 2nd June, 12:00pm 

Join us for an insightful session ‘Refocusing After Setback’ facilitated by our Head of Clinical Services and Principle Psychologist, Kevin Vowles. 

Kevin will reflect on real life setbacks and how defeat feels. It has a harsh sting to it. A feeling of horror and shame that you’ve let others and yourself down. Often its felt despite knowing that we live in an era where failure is accepted as an inevitable result of trying to innovate. However, after licking your wounds, you learn more from your mistakes than from your accomplishments. Setback isn't the same as losing and everyone, at large, can benefit from every setback.

Most of us have experienced setback at a time in our lives. Whether at work, in business, in sport or in our personal lives. Setback is not a sign of failure, in fact many of the world's high achievers have experienced countless setbacks before going on to achieve what they endeavored. 

Setback offers an opportunity to reset, realign and refocus. We will talk through the importance of going through this process after experiencing setback, in order to move forward and achieve your goals.  

This session will cover:

  1. Setting the scene: examples of setbacks including Michael Phelps and the Australian Cricket team
  2. Reactions to setback:
    1. Emotional
    2. Physical
    3. Behavioural
    4. Cognitive
  3. Three key strategies to refocus after setback:
    1. Positive attitude. According to the appraisal theory an individual is likely to have a negative emotional reaction to a setback if they appraise it as stressful and harmful. In contrast, a setback interpreted as a nonthreatening or positive experience is likely to result in a positive or neutral emotional reaction.
    2. Breathing exercise. Breathing is evidence based, non-invasive, cost effective and portable strategy to manage stress associated with a setback.
    3. Enhancing attentional control abilities. The ability to stay focused on a task without being distracted underlies performance in a variety of contexts. Training one’s ability to stay on task has been found to enhance attentional control abilities. Attentional control abilities can be enhanced through mindfulness exercises.

Key learning outcomes:

  1. Understanding setback is a normal life experience
  2. Awareness of common stress reactions to setbacks
  3. A taste of evidence informed strategies to enhance an individual’s ability to refocus

This webinar is complementary to attend and open to all. Please feel free to invite your colleagues, friends and family members. Sign up below. 



Kevin Vowles, Head of Clinical Services & Principle Psychologist

Kevin is a specialist in creating innovative programs and initiatives that meet strategic level objectives, an expert in building and maintaining high performing teams, and a professional advisor to senior leaders on workplace climate surveillance, personnel management and mental health illness prevention.

As a registered psychologist with clinical training, Kevin has a degrees in management and marketing and over 14 years’ experience in the field of psychology. As a scientist-practitioner Kevin combines evidence-based practices and evaluation techniques from a variety of areas of psychology.

Kevin has a unique wealth of knowledge and experience obtained from his career as a senior Army Psychologist including eight overseas operations, and as a professional athlete, a military ski and alpine survival instructor, and manager of clinical services at Drake WellbeingHub.

A gifted thinker who is able to translate strategic level intent and create easy to understand programs and logical evaluation processes. This mix of attributes enables Kevin to establish credibility, forge strong working relationships across diverse stakeholder portfolios, and deliver results quickly.