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Presentations for the Spring 2012 ChangeCamp workshop

Presentation: Submodalites And The Structure Of Experience

Ooops, almost forgot to add this one – Editor

The inimitable Harry Knox will present on the subject of submodalities, a crucial element of our subjective experience.

Being able to recognise and work with submodalities gives us lots of ways to change our experience.

Demonstrating NLP principles and processes Harry will give you an excellent and entertaining introduction to a fundamental but often overlooked part of our inner world.

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Presentation: Time To Relax

Life seems to be getting more hectic & stressful for everyone. Busy work & family lives means that we never seem to have enough time for ourselves, we feel permanently anxious, can’t unwind or enjoy the moment. In this stressful world, the ability to relax , let go & just let life flow is priceless.

What better place than Change Camp to enjoy a relaxation session with The Retreat People.

We will use guided relaxation & meditation techniques to help you retain the learning, sense of community & energy of Change Camp & of course re-energise everyone ready to enjoy the amazing Laughter Yoga session to follow.

To Enjoy Your Session Please Bring:

  • Comfortable clothing you feel relaxed in
  • Lightweight cosy blanket or cover – some people like to lie on floor although chairs will also be available ( Your Teddy Bear & Slippers are optional! )
  • Your desire to relax, chill out & just enjoy yourself

Presentation: Stepping Into Someone Else’s Shoes.

Ever wondered what someone else was feeling in a situation?

Try stepping into their shoes and see how they fit.

By doing this you can get a good feeling of what it is like to be interacting with you as someone else, this can enable change through acceptance of an alternative viewpoint to your own.

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Presentation: Quick Start EFT

This is a short and practical introduction to Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT): a very simple self help process with surprising power.

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.

In this introduction you will learn the basics of the technique and be able to apply on day to day issues.


Presentation: Developing Compassionate Self Acceptance

Compassionate self acceptance is a more robust version of self esteem. Rather than feeling good about ourselves which can be tricky when things aren’t going well we can learn to feel kindly towards ourselves whatever the circumstances.

In this workshop you will learn some simple techniques to develop self-compassion and put it into practice.

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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 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

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Presentation: Mindfulness and Children

In this small group, we will be exploring the following aspects of Mindfulness and Children:

  • Mindfulness skills to enhance our relationships and support of children and young people
  • Mindfulness skills that we might teach our Children
  • Learning about Mindfulness from Children

Who is this workshop for?

  • Teachers
  • Parents
  • Anyone who works with children
  • Anyone who has an interest in learning or broadening their mindfulness experience and practice

You do not need to have attended previous sessions or to know anything about mindfulness or gestalt. This workshop is a nice way to learn about mindfulness / gestalt basics and to explore ways in which you might apply or extend your mindfulness practice.

Mindfulness practice can help you to develop

  • Self awareness and confidence
  • Enhanced relationships (including client work)
  • Stillness and Self nurture
  • Self-acceptance and integration

Benefits: Content

Mindfulness practice is a way of paying close attention to your present moment experience. There are many ways of doing this and in this brief workshop, you will gain practical experience of activities that you can take away with you to use on your own or with others. We will pay particular attention to skills and awareness in our relationships with children and consider what skills we might pass on to our children and what we might learn from them to help us in our practice.

Iain Mackenzie is a qualified and experienced Gestalt Psychotherapist and Trainer. Gestalt activities encourage a mindful way of being and offer us the opportunity to enhance our self awareness on an experiential level. He has taught children and young people for over 20 years and worked as a volunteer working with young school children in the USA and the UK.

The benefits of Mindfulness Practice are well documented and include

  • Stress management
  • Bolstering recovery from depression
  • A sense of being ‘grounded’
  • Enhanced contact with the self and others (Relationship Developmet)

Mindfulness Practice Workshops 2012

Holistic, Gestalt approach to Mindfulness practice for self care,

Personal Development and Experiential Self Awareness

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Presentation: Using Clean Space To Provide Insight

This work shop will allow you to explore and issue/outcome in depth by utilising David Groves Clean space technique.

Be surprised by the effect of spacial shift on your perspective and how easily the most difficult of issues / outcomes can be resolved/attained.

Alan is an experienced Hypnotherapist based in the north east of England who uses a combination of NLP and Hypnotherapy techniques to assist you attain your desired outcomes and goals.

Alan has also studied  with NLP  North East to achieve his Master Practitioner qualification in  Neuro’ Linguistic Programming after further training with Talisman training in London Alan achieved his NLP trainers qualification.

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Presentation: The Pickle Jar – Understanding And Changing Our Labels

From an NLP perspective our identity is at the centre of our feelings, attitude and behaviour,  below our identity lies our values, beliefs, capability, behaviour and environment.

Most items purchased from a shop have a label.  On a logical level, this label lists the contents of the container – its value, what it is capable of doing, how it can affect behaviour (may contain nuts) and what environment it should be kept in – space, time and potential relationships with other foods – would go well with lamb! Many people with deliberately not buy or try food because they don’t like its looks – even though it is very healthy for them.

In our own little world we are contained within our own skin – which in reality is similar to a jar, packet or tin. People are very good at sticking a label on others – without knowing that person’s true content’s – value, capability, behaviour and their preferred environment – space, relationships, time.   As we are in the jar we can’t really read the label stuck on the outside, so we are unaware of how that label describes us.

In this workshop you will learn how our identities work and how to maintain a good identity of our own regardless of the labels other people want to stick on us.

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Presentation: Choosing your Perspective

Have you ever wondered what your life would look like from another view point? What would you do differently if you could see things differently? This creativity workshop from Life Clubs ( will give you the opportunity to explore life through a new perspective and find exciting solutions to problems.

This is one of fifty workshops created by Nina Grunfield, author of The Big Book of Me and Daily Telegraph columnist. All of the workshops are based on the Life Clubs Puzzle of Life and run across the UK with one in Durham, Newcastle and Hexham.

Tracey will be introducing this event at Change Camp. Tracey is described by her friends and colleagues as one of the most positive people they know. Having worked in the public sector all of her career, latterly as a Learning and Development Manager specialising in People Development, she has vast experience of helping people develop and grow in challenging environments.  Currently studying for an MSc in Business Psychology, Tracey now combines her training and experience as a coach to inspire positive change for people and organisations.

‘when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change’