Presentation: A Clean Space Exploration

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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.

Presentation: An Autumn Retreat In Mind

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As the seasons change it’s time to turn our attention yet again to the opportunities and gifts of Autumn ahead. Where has 2019 gone? It’s been such a busy year! Does it feel like there’s been no time to stop and catch your breath. What with juggling family, home, business & work demands pulling us in different directions, stress just seems to finds a way to take hold and get a grip before we know it!

Time to down tools & retreat in mind. The Retreat People are back at Change Camp to help get things back on track with a mini retreat in mind so you can just relax and fully enjoy the fruits of the Autumn season. Allowing yourself time to pause and be still is priceless in managing that unhelpful or overwhelming stress which so easily takes root in these hectic & challenging times.

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Presentation: Exploring the Dynamics of Attachment in Adult Life

The McCluskey Model

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:

  1. how we seek care
  2. how we give care
  3. our sexuality
  4. how we interact with others
  5. how we psychologically defend ourselves
  6. how we support ourselvers (or not) in our inner life
  7. 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.

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Presentation: The Listening Space

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This experiential session will introduce you to The Listening Space – a structured process in which one person facilitates another to explore an issue that is on their mind, using a combination of repeating back their words and a specific set of Clean questions. This could be anything from a problem they would like to gain clarity on to a creative idea they want to develop. ​ 

Clean questions can be used to focus on the metaphors that people use to express themselves. When this happens people experience being listened to at a very deep level and can be facilitated to make transformative and long-lasting changes.

Presentation: Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution focused therapy

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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.