Category Archives: 2014 Autumn

Presentations for the Autumn ChangeCamp 2014

Presentation: No Idea What I’m Going To Do – The Sequel

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the workshop …

Image courtesy of myrmi

Image courtesy of myrmi

In the Spring 2014 ChangeCamp Harry Knox ran a wildly popular workshop without giving away the content before the event.

This Autumn he is running the sequel to that workshop, but once again he has declined to describe his presentation in detail.

Those of you that know Harry will understand that it has something to do with NLP and will be worth attending, but the only way to find out what it is, is to be there.

Presentation: Compassionate EFT

Image courtesy of Kirsten Skiles

Image courtesy of Kirsten Skiles

This is a short and practical introduction to Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT or Tapping): a very simple self help process with surprising power and show you how to use this technique to develop compassionate responses to the stress in your life.

EFT can be thought of as acupuncture for the emotions without using needles. By tapping on certain acupressure points on your face and body with your fingertips, you can significantly reduce the negative charge on memories, feelings and beliefs.

It is surprisingly easy to learn and I use and teach it to most of my clients.

Although EFT uses our body-mind’s natural abilities to quickly sooth negative emotional states, we can be easily be caught up in self-criticism and judgement of ourselves for having the problem in the first place.

When we tap with someone else for their difficulties we may feel very accepting and compassionate of their distress and have a strong wish to ease their pain.

However, when we tap for ourselves we might not feel so accepting or compassionate. We might think that it is wrong for us to have a problem, that it’s pathetic or unacceptable in some way.

Not only do we suffer the problem we can even feel badly towards ourselves for feeling bad.

Self-compassion is an attitude that can soften and soothe that kind of suffering. It has been shown to:

  • reduce self criticism
  • lower stress hormones such as cortisol
  • increase self-soothing, self-encouragement and other aspects of resilience
  • help heal shortages of caring from your childhood.

In this introduction to Compassionate EFT you will learn the basics of the EFT techniques and the principles of self-compassion and learn how to incorporate some of the principles of self-compassion into EFT so that we can soothe both the part of us that hurts and the parts of ourselves that struggle to be accepting of ourselves.

No previous experience of EFT is required.

Presentation: What is Your Why?

Image courtesy of Milos Milosevic"

Image courtesy of Milos Milosevic”

Get clear on your passions and purpose

Are you fed up with your life? Do you sometimes have the feeling that there must be more to life?

Do you long to be able to live a life of purpose, where you’re making a difference?

You have a unique purpose, and you can be on your path, living your purpose, once you know clearly what your “why” is.

In this workshop we’ll explore a variety of ways to discover your passions and purpose.

You’ll leave with a much clearer concept of your “why” and a set of daily practices to keep you on track, living a life aligned with your purpose.

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: An Autumn Mini Relaxation Retreat

Image courtesy of Joel Bedfor

Image courtesy of Joel Bedfor

Hurray! Autumn Change Camp is here again and we all know it will be a fantastic day brimming with new and interesting ideas and opportunities to explore and be curious throughout the day. As ever it will have your brain cells buzzing!

The Retreat People believe that the ability to relax, let go & just experience living in the moment – even for a short while, is one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourself.

Time to stop and be still is priceless as we manage unhelpful stress in these hectic and challenging times.

The Retreat People, Chris and Sue are Clinical Hypnotherapists who specialise in managing unwanted stress and anxiety utilising Mindfulness Meditation, Relaxation and Breathing techniques.

This workshop is perfectly timed at the close of the day to give you time to simply relax, take a breath and retrieve that all important peace.

Our Autumn Mini Retreat is your chance to just let go as you enjoy some simply powerful relaxation and stress management mindfulness techniques designed to recover that all important balance and peace of mind.

As ever The Retreat People look forward to relaxing to revive with you at Autumn Change Camp.

To Enjoy Your Relaxation Retreat Please Bring:

  • Comfortable clothing so that you can experience easy relaxation exercises.
  • Lightweight cosy blanket or cover – some people like to lie on the floor although chairs will also be available (We always say, Teddy Bears & Slippers are optional! )
  • Your desire to relax, chill out & just enjoy yourself.

Presentation: Change Your Mindset

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Image courtesy of Zer0-81

See the world from a better place

A Person with a Fixed Mindset:

On Intelligence: They may hold the belief that “I am the way I am.”

That doesn’t mean that they have less of a desire for a positive self-image than anyone else. Definitely not, they want to perform well and look good however they simply think in an unhelpful way.

To achieve their personal goals they currently:

  • Avoid Challenges
  • Give up easily
  • Ignore any criticism seeing it as an insult
  • Feel threatened by the success of other people

The Result is:

They don’t reach their full potential and feel down on themselves frequently. Their beliefs feed on themselves. These beliefs don’t change or improve with time and confirm “They are who they say they are.”

If this sounds familiar then read on…… This workshop is designed to help you. You will learn about how you can use a better way of thinking to positively impact on your life in many ways.

A Person with a Growth Mindset:

On intelligence: They believe that intelligence can be developed, that their brain is like a muscle that can be trained.

This means when they seek to achieve their goals they:

  • Have a desire to keep improving
  • They are not discouraged by setbacks
  • Failure is seen an opportunity to learn.
  • Criticism and negative feedback are sources of information for them.
  • They look at the success of others as a source of inspiration.

The Result is: They reach ever higher levels of achievement and well-being. They also feel that they have a greater sense of free-will.

Using techniques associated with Psychology and NLP this fun and interactive workshop will give you the opportunity to understand the importance of how your mindset can impact on your health and well-being.


Presentation: Beginning Clean Language

Image courtesy of Lars Thomsen

Image courtesy of Lars Thomsen

Are you . . .
Hitting a brick wall?
Drawing a blank?
Overcoming hurdles?
Buzzing with excitement?

We think and express ourselves in metaphor in practically every conversation and because it happens so naturally, we rarely realise it.

By exploring your internal metaphors you can find it much easier to truly understand and motivate yourself. By connecting with other people’s metaphors you can enrich your communication.

This technique is successfully used by psychotherapists, business people, coaches, educators, parents, health professionals and many others.

It opens a door to a new way of thinking about how people’s minds actually work.

Holly ran a Clean Language workshop at the last Change Camp, and found that people need a much more basic introduction which she is going to facilitate this time. The workshop will help attendees start to understand how powerful metaphors are in our thinking and how we can use them to help us communicate and develop.

Note: In the Change Camp main hall you can see Holly’s display of Clean Language case studies, with pictures and stories of people’s metaphoric and real changes.

Presentation: The Science And Psychology Of Laughter

Laughter Playshop

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“In observing children we notice that they play with their problems. They set up scenarios and, in a very creative way, they play with different possibilities. In adult terms this kind of play is called creativity. Einstein said, ‘I play with ideas’ – and he came up with some humdingers”. Dr Annette Goodheart Ph.D

Laughter is a great thing – that’s why we’ve all heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” There is strong evidence that laughter can actually improve health and help fight disease.

In this workshop, we’ll have some fun looking at laughter – what it is, what happens in our brains when we laugh, what makes us laugh and how it can make us healthier and happier, and how laughter encourages positive thinking and creativity.

All Change Campers – please join me for our traditional end of conference Laughter Yoga at 5pm.

Presentation: Solution Focused Brief Therapy

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Image courtesy of o5com

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

Presentation: Mind Over Matter – The Placebo And You

Image courtesy of Fabian

Image courtesy of Fabian

Our thoughts are very powerful and we are all open to suggestion.

Clinical research uses a placebo as part of the controlled experiment to check how well a new drug or clinical intervention works.

Over the years there has been more and more evidence that many of those taking the placebo also make improvements in health outcomes.

This ‘placebo’ effect can also work when participants know it’s a placebo.

Anne, who uses nlp and hypnosis to help her clients, will be drawing upon research on placebo and other evidence to explore the possibility that we can train ourselves to use our own powers of suggestion to help resolve issues.

Anne says “I don’t know if we can but if we could just imagine the possibilities”