Story telling is part of what it means to be human. We are natural story tellers, passing on important lessons through folklore and story since ancient times. In modern times, the best novels and films are narratives that reveal meaning to us that shifts our perspective. In our organisations and cultures, the most inspirational leaders communicate a vision that is a compelling story of how the future can be.
Our life stories are constructed as we remember and connect events in a way that makes sense of our experiences. Inwardly, this emerging narrative becomes our sense of self. Outwardly, we present ourselves to the world in narrative too, acting in ways that fit the story.
In narrative coaching, we are seeking not to understand the facts of events, but the unique way in which each individual experiences them. Everyone brings their own individual story and narrative coaching is a respectful, person-centred approach that can help people uncover and understand their own narrative. Through doing so, we can recognise that there can be alternative stories. Both for ourselves and for our organisations. We can re-construct our narratives and realise that we have the power to be the authors of our own life story.
Join this practical workshop to explore the use of narrative in support of change.
An opportunity to explore the practical use of Havening Techniques
Join this workshop and learn how to use Havening to empower yourself and others in practical, effective and comfortable ways. Our focus will be on exploring how we can change our perspective and emotional responses more easily and pleasantly than we might imagine; and in increasing our wellbeing, through accessing pleasant memories, sharing our experiences and utilising Havening Touch and several Havening Techniques.
About Havening: a better way of living through neuroscience
Through research and development, Drs Ronald and Steven Ruden were able to share a new system grounded in neuroscience and clinical observation. They called this system ‘Havening’, meaning ‘to put one in a safe place’, a safe haven.People who have experienced the techniques say that they are ‘effective’ and ‘easy and pleasant to use’. A study at King’s College London showed that after just one session of Havening nearly all of the participants were able to concentrate better, let go of disturbing thoughts and eliminate worry, and were able to boost their self-esteem. The results also showed that most of the participants were still benefiting from those changes two months after the single session of Havening.
About Carol Robertson PhD
This Havening Power Circle will be led by Carol who has developed this particular way of using Havening. She was one of the first five practitioners and Havening trainers in the world. Carol is also an artist, the author of two books published by Thames & Hudson, an inventor, and a specialist in sensory acuity, learning and change methods. She has found that studying Havening has transformed her understanding of learning, unlearning and how to generate effective and profound change in comfortable ways.
In this workshop you will experience the fundamentals of David Grove’s ‘Clean Space’ methodology, Clean Space is based on the idea that spatial relationships can have psychological and symbolic meaning.
We will be using only a few simple instructions and some key questions in order that you will be able to explore and experience a change to a current issue you’d like to work on. Whilst also learning about the interplay and importance of our inner and outer perspectives of our perceptual space by creating a developing network of physical spaces using only a pen and paper.
This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in change work.
The McCluskey model seeks to address the fact that while we work in jobs that require us to respond to the needs of others, too often we don’t create the conditions to support our own personal and psychological development.
Our childhood experiences of careseeking and caregiving: our experience of attachment, shape our approach to careseeking and caregiving in adult life.
Our experience of attachment affects:
how we seek care
how we give care
how we interact with others
how we psychologically defend ourselves
how we support ourselvers (or not) in our inner life
how we support ourselves (or not) in our outer lives
The McCluskey model offers a novel way of understanding and working with the self from an attachment perspective. It enables us to see how our needs are met (or not) and the impact this has on the self by looking at the dynamics of human behaviour through the lens of those 7 systems.
When they are working well these 7 systems work together to maintain our wellbeing. This model helps us understand what happens when there is a problem with one or more of those system.