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Advanced Applications in Narrative Therapy #1: Externalising Problems and Developing Preferred Identities

‘The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem’ is one of the central tenets of narrative theory and is most vividly expressed through ‘externalising practices’. This non‐pathologising, non‐blaming/shaming approach reflects social constructionist principles ‐ that is that our thoughts, feelings and actions are informed by culture and discourse. This significantly challenges taken for granted ideas about self and identity. Designed for those who already have some... [More]

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Advanced Applications in Narrative Therapy #2: Re‐authoring Lives and Thickening Preferred Ways of Being

For clients, the step from ‘good ideas’ and insights into effective action is often a stilted, difficult one. This one day workshop, designed for those who already have some experience with narrative ways of working, looks at the process of change and the practices that consolidate steps in a preferred direction. The workshop will trace the path from finding exceptions to problem saturated stories; clients finding alternate meanings to their dilemmas; exploring the values, hopes... [More]

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Mindful Approaches in the Work with Children and Young People who have been Abused

This course will introduce participants to the paradigm of mindfulness as studied from Eastern and Western cultural and spiritual practices such as Celtic mysticism, Christian contemplative, and Buddhism. The process of this exploration is to approach each idea with openness rather than factual certainty and allow the participants to be inquisitive about mindfulness' place in the trauma field. In this course participants will be introduced to the four essential elements: body and... [More]

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidenced-based form of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Unlike other models of psychotherapy, ACT does not target symptom reduction, but aims to maximise a person’s potential to create a meaningful and full life by using processes such as mindfulness, acceptance and value-driven action. At this workshop you will learn: The six core principles of ACT and how to use them clinically Case conceptualisation skills from an ACT perspective Tools... [More]

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Attachment Based Therapy with Children and Adolescents

Attachment based therapy for children and adolescents focuses on an in-depth understanding of attachment theory, why it is effective and how it has become the center of family therapy. With the increase in working hours and screen based stimulation, we have also seen a rise in young people being medicalised and medicated. This course aims to repeal the shift toward young people being prematurely labeled, and first take another look at family based interventions, with proven... [More]

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Art Therapy for Adults

This one day workshop introduces you the therapeutic uses of art in individual and group counselling. The stages of setting up, facilitating and processing art therapy exercises will be explored in a way that maintains respect and safety for clients and group members. Ideas and activities for both non-directed and more structured and directed art therapy work will be considered. This workshop provides practical, useful and interactive opportunities to expand your practice and... [More]

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Psychological First Aid – a Crisis Intervention Model

Psychological First Aid is an evidence informed, modular approach for assisting people in the immediate aftermath of incidents and disasters to reduce initial distress and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning. It is basic, non-intrusive pragmatic care with a focus on: listening but not forcing talk; assessing needs and ensuring that basic needs are met; encouraging but not forcing company from significant others; and protecting from further harm. First ‘do no harm’ is... [More]

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Beyond Individual Mental Health Pathology – The Power Threat Meaning Framework, as an alternative to functional psychiatric diagnosis

Changes are beginning to occur around the world as practitioner’s and governments count the mounting cost of the individual pathologizing medical model that dominates the mental health field. Under the current individual pathology model of mental distress instead of people and populations becoming healthier there has been an explosion of mental health problems. The limits of the individual medical pathological model are now clearly evident. The Marmot review (Marmot, 2010) is... [More]

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Suicidal Clients - When (and How) to Press the Panic Button

You don’t need to be afraid of working with suicidal clients. Helping suicidal clients is important work and as helping professionals we have a duty of care to assess and intervene effectively when our clients are suicidal. This course will provide everything you need to be able to properly assess risk, choose and implement the most appropriate interventions for managing suicidal risk of harm. Participants will also debunk common myths about suicide and learn how to have... [More]

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How Good is your Therapeutic Effectiveness? Strategies for Optimizing Outcomes within a Range of Current Approaches

How good is your therapeutic effectiveness? We know that not one type of therapy stands out (Muhlhauser 2016) in terms of overall effectiveness, however, individual counsellors clearly do. Within given approaches, research shows very significant variation between individual counsellors. The evidence suggests that the abilities of individual counsellors/therapists may be a more significant factor in determining outcome than therapeutic orientation. Research based on Hubble et al... [More]

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