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Spring ChangeCamp 2020 – The Last Hurrah!

Even if spring feels a long way off at the moment, Spring ChangeCamp 2020 is definitely on it’s way.

Spring ChangeCamp 2020 – 14th March, 2020

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Presentation: Create Your Master Dream List

Image by tookapic from Pixabay“Go Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams. Live the Life You’ve Imagined” – ...

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Presentation: Introduction To Body Language

Image by Robin Higgins from PixabayRob's presentation is an interactive opportunity to begin to explore the importance of body language ...

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Presentation: Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution-focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) takes a particular interest in what’s working people’s lives, as opposed to what isn’t. This information ...

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Presentation: Essential Skills To Fuel Change

Image by athree23 from PixabayWe’ve all been trained on how to give feedback. However, for feedback to fuel change we ...

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ChangeCamp is a day packed full of interesting and valuable seminars, presentations and workshops on all types of psychological change work. It is a great opportunity to try out new things and meet new people who are interested in the fascinating world of self-development and change.

This will be the last ever ChangeCamp in this format so please join us for our Spring farewell.

Sign up for Spring ChangeCamp 2020

Stay tuned to the website for information about presentations and the event as a whole.

Presentation: Create Your Master Dream List

Image by tookapic from Pixabay

“Go Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams. Live the Life You’ve Imagined”

– Henry David Thoreau

To create change in your life the first thing to do is dream!

Dream of your future. Imagine your life as you feel it ought to be lived.

Why? Because dreams shape goals! Goals drive us forward.

In goal-setting, the reason why most people are generally unsuccessful or fall short is because they do not know where to begin. The use of a Master Dream List not only develops your Plan of Action, it also generates the re-birth of your natural creativity. It re-schools your imagination and inventiveness. You give yourself permission to write down any wish, want, or desire regardless of how ridiculous it may seem. The secret is to let yourself go.

Then you can categorise and organise your dreams into development sections: physical, social, mental, spiritual, financial and family life.

For this fun workshop, bring with you a pen and plenty of paper.

Presentation: Introduction To Body Language

Image by Robin Higgins from Pixabay

Rob’s presentation is an interactive opportunity to begin to explore the importance of body language in our communications with others.

This accessible, ethical and informative session has been designed to enhance our ability to understand and positively influence the people around us.

All materials supplied, simply bring an open mind and an openness to learn.

Presentation: Essential Skills To Fuel Change

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We’ve all been trained on how to give feedback. However, for feedback to fuel change we need to learn how to receive feedback. We either take feedback as a personal attack or set feedback aside too quickly.  This is a defence mechanism to protect ourselves, however, neither approach is productive. Some people even react badly to positive feedback.

If someone feels that receiving feedback is painful, there is reluctance to give feedback. Too often feedback is given as “S#!t” sandwich. This doesn’t work. Either the person ignores the good stuff and focuses entirely on the bad, or visa versa.

Without information about our behaviour and how it impacts others, needs are unmet and conflict grows. As a workplace mediator, many of the conflicts Nancy deals have their roots in this fear of feedback.

In this interactive session, you will learn how to

  • receive feedback in a constructive way
  • respond to criticism
  • provide feedback that helps people change

“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.”

Bill Gates

Presentation: Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution focused therapy

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Solution-focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) takes a particular interest in what’s working people’s lives, as opposed to what isn’t. This information often helps people to work out how to change the parts of their lives that aren’t running so well. The most specific definition of the approach is attributed to Steve deShazer and Insoo Kim Berg. Along with colleagues, in 1978, they established the Brief Therapy Centre in Milwaukee, US.

From the outset they committed themselves to a combination of practice, training and research. By 1984 their publications spoke of a shift away from previous approaches, emphasising a solution-building rather than problem focused approach, and a recognition that service users could often create their own strategies for change. Several tools were found to operate like “skeleton keys”, unlocking a process of problem resolution across a wide variety of difficulties.

The workshop will cover the theoretical under-pinnings of the approach, video excerpts to show how the main techniques work in practice and opportunities to try them out.

The workshop will introduce participants to the main assumptions and some of the questions used in the approach through a mixture of presentation and experiential exercises.

John Wheeler is a UKCP Registered Systemic Psychotherapist who has worked in child mental health for over 30 years. John has delivered training in the Solution

Focused approach to a wide range of practitioners in the UK and abroad since 1993 and is an external lecturer to several professional courses in the North East. John has written over twenty papers and chapters for publication and runs a regional network for practitioners using SFBT. Details of John’s qualifications, professional experience and publications are available on www.johnwheeler.co.uk.

ChangeCamp Is Changing

I’ve decided to wind up ChangeCamp in its current form after Spring ChangeCamp 2020 (14th March 2020).

Although the day is a lot of fun and I get lots of good feedback from attendees it’s getting increasingly difficult to make it work because:

1. It’s a lot of work setting up the event

There is a lot of admin effort in running ChangeCamp including: getting presenters for each event, writing up presentations and creating presenter pages, maintaing the website, writing and sending out ChangeCamp Couriers as the events get closer, hiring the venue and a whole load of other stuff. I’ve worked out that it takes about 100 hours of my time, each time, to run a ChangeCamp.

When I take into account how much I make out of a ChangeCamp it works out that I work those 100 hours at less than half minimum wage!

2. It’s a lot of work on the day

Almost everything that gets used on the day has to be brought in and set up on the day.

  1. The dining room has to be reconstructed – tables shifted, urns set up and supplied. (I usually have a lot of help for this part of the day for which I’m eternally grateful)
  2. The classrooms have to be deconstructed – tables lifted, stacked and chairs rearranged.
  3. Everything has to be kept ticking along during the day.
  4. At the end of the day (usually while everyone is in the last session) I deconstruct the dining room, stacking the tables and deconstructing the urns, tables, etc.
  5. Then I have to reconstruct the classrooms (normally I don’t get much help for this). At the last ChangeCamp I had to un-stack and replace about 80 school tables by myself.

Even though a few kind attendees help me with all this it is a lot of work. I’m 60 years old (How did that happen!) and I can’t see myself being physically able to do this indefinitely.

3. The numbers are going down

The third reason is the most important. Over the past few years the number of attendees has been dropping. From a high point of 90, a couple of years ago, the numbers have fallen to the high 60’s .

I envisage ChangeCamp as a kind of pop-up village that needs between 70-90 attendees to work well. More than 90 people would be unwieldy and overcrowded, less than 70 and it begins to feel sparse and under attended.

Over the last couple of years it’s been taking more and more effort to get people to attend – more time, more emails, more persuasion. At the rate the numbers are going I might have to resort to press-ganging to get enough people – I don’t want to go down that route.

So for those reasons, and following the old theatre maxim ‘always leave them wanting more, the Spring ChangeCamp 2020 will be the last in its current format.

What next?

I don’t want to hand ChangeCamp over to anyone else, it’s been my baby all along and I feel protective of it and the way it has been run up to now. I’ve put a lot into the brand and I don’t want to give up that hard work.

I do think it might be possible to keep some of the features of ChangeCamp and turn it into something that lives up to its values and is more workable.

I’ve tried to make ChangeCamp:

  • interesting – the content is interesting, varied and valuable to the participants even if it’s only a small taste of what’s possible.
  • low risk – participants can try out presenters and ideas without having to pay out or commit to a full-blown and expensive training.
  • affordable – almost anybody can afford to attend.
  • communal / friendly – it’s a supportive and warm environment that participants can contribute to – this is one of the motivations behind the picnic lunch.

I want to create something that upholds those values but makes it easier.

That’s all in the future when I work it out the details I’ll let everyone know.

In the meantime there will be Spring ChangeCamp 2020 in March 2020, which I will start working on soon.