Category Archives: Counselling

Presentation: The Listening Circle

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To really listen to another human being is an art.

An art that we can all learn.

Whatever is on your mind or in your heart, the circle wants to hear it.

We are built to take in each other’s experiences, to bear witness to one another. To learn, grow and deepen our connections with self and others, as a result.

My name is Tahira Aslam and I am a great advocate for deep listening in community, in circle.

I believe in the power of respectful and reflective listening, to connect more deeply with ourselves, to give our hearts a voice, to give the inner voice an opportunity to be heard and expressed out loud, to unearth our own answers, to empower us as individuals, through the process of connecting more deeply with others.

“Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” David W.Augsburger.

Saturday 21st October 2017 is World Listening Day, and I would like to use my workshop time, to offer an experiential listening circle.

This is a space for you, to share anything you wish. Perhaps reflect on the day you have experienced so far, perhaps how you feel about being heard and witnessed by a group of people, perhaps a creative idea wishes to be shared. The space is an open one, for you to express whatever wishes to be said in the moment.

To support a safe and well-held container for listening, participants are asked: to be gentle with yourself and others, to offer quiet and respectful listening when another is speaking and sharing their wisdom, to take responsibility for your needs and wishes and to speak honestly.

All that is shared in the circle remains in the circle, when it comes to a close. Outside of circle, I will not gossip about you.

Whatever profession you choose to enter, or whatever life path you take, the need for respectful and reflective listening is to be found everywhere.

Presentation: How To Be A Better Listener

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Studies reveal that most people spend as much as 90% of their working days in one of the four modes of communication: writing, reading, speaking and listening.

Of these four we devote more than half our time to listening.

Yet we do not listen well!

Millions of pounds are lost because of ineffective listening.

Poor listening leads to assumptions and misunderstandings. Relationships break down.

The “How to be a Better Listener” workshop will help you to improve your listening skills and your role as a helper. You will learn how to:

  • Understand another person’s point of view.
  • Gather accurate information from another person.
  • Provide more accurate responses to questions.
  • Fully focus your attention on the speaker.
  • Fully concentrate on the speaker’s message.
  • Overcome the barriers to effective listening.

However, interpersonal communication is much more than the explicit meaning of words, the information or message conveyed. We will therefore explore facial expressions, the tone and pitch of voice, and gestures displayed by body language.

About Keith Adams

Keith is an accredited Life Coach and Training Manager. He is a regular presenter at Change Camp. He has presented Listening Skills Workshops for many years and is a former Samaritan Listening Volunteer.

Presentation: Brief Grief Therapy

Brief Grief Therapy

Image courtesy of  tkksummers

Death is a part of life and bereavement is universal.

For most of us we manage to find our way through our loss and pick up the pieces of our lives.

Sadly, some people get stuck in their grief with no way out with what they believe to be no way out.

In this workshop Harry Knox, NLP Trainer and Counselling Supervisor for CRUSE will teach you how to use the Brief Grief Therapy process he has developed to help people come out of the other side of their grief.

No one needs to mourn for 50 years like Queen Victoria, it is possible to help somebody grieve, mourn and come back to life without years of stuggle and suffering.

This workshop will be particularly relevant to counsellors or other members of the helping professionals who work with grieving people.

This is a workshop for professionals so you will need experience of counselling or therapeutic work to attend this workshop.

Presentation: Introduction to Mindfulness

Image courtesy of Darragh O'Connor

Image courtesy of Darragh O’Connor

Do you ever wonder where you life is going?

Do you rush about from one thing to another feeling stressed?

Pause for a moment …

Wake up to being alive and discover the joy of being present in your life.

Experience the world afresh through your senses.

In this introductory workshop we’ll do some mindfulness of breath, mindful movement and mindful eating (mmm).

Mindfulness has been shown to:

  • transform negative emotions
  • increase well-being and resilience
  • reduce depression, anxiety and irritability
  • help relationships
  • boost the immune system
  • and more

Come along and find out how simple it is to bring mindfulness into your life.

Presentation: Writing Through Change / Writing Through Living

Journaling

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There is objective, rational proof, through the research of Dr James Pennebaker, that writing expressively about meaningful life events, along with your emotions is of great personal benefit to both physical and mental health.

Come and engage in a warm, fun workshop to learn how you can begin building a personal relationship through journaling.

Learn how it helps to support you through  joy and success as well as through loss and trauma.

Discover how to manage the process in a safe and successful way to sustain the relationship.

Consider how sharing with supportive people can contribute to being heard and enable deeper connection to others.

Presentation: Communication – What More Can I See And Hear?

Image courtesy of Ky

Image courtesy of Ky

Our words, tonality and body language communicate what we are sensing, thinking and feeling.  Every waking moment, and sometimes when we are asleep, we transmit information.

This information can reveal our current attitude and behaviour – the two components that people use to label our character.

At the same time it is a great advantage to actively listen to the words and tonality that people use.  This enables a therapist/interviewer to ask supplementary questions to elicit additional information.

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

Identify the core elements that we all use to communicate

  • Identify elements of listening that enhance understanding
  • Utilise these elements to improve information gathering

This workshop will assist those working in a care and support role.  No prior experience is necessary.

Presentation: A Secret Of Happiness

A life changing session when fully engaged with.

Image courtesy of *light painting*

Image courtesy of *light painting*

Rob says:

“I don’t want to give too much away about the session, but its a unique opportunity to experience the findings of some American research and will be ideal for those who have the courage to savour an unforgettable experience.

Useful for anyone interested in personal development, the here and now, and really living. All participants must bring a pen, an open mind, a willingness to develop and a mobile phone.

I will supply letter paper, compassion and enthusiasm :-)”

Presentation: Brief Grief Therapy

Brief Grief TherapyDeath is a part of life and bereavement is universal.

For most of us we manage to find our way through our loss and pick up the pieces of our lives.

Sadly, some people get stuck in their grief with no way out with what they believe to be no way out.

In this workshop Harry Knox, NLP Trainer and Counselling Supervisor for CRUSE will teach you how to use the Brief Grief Therapy process he has developed to help people come out of the other side of their grief.

No one needs to mourn for 50 years like Queen Victoria, it is possible to help somebody grieve, mourn and come back to life without years of stuggle and suffering.

This workshop will be particularly relevant to counsellors or other members of the helping professionals who work with grieving people.

This is a workshop for professionals so you will need experience of counselling or therapeutic work to attend this workshop.

Note: This is a replacement for the cancelled Introduction To Core Transformation presentation
Image courtesy of  tkksummers