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.

Presentation: Understanding and Developing Your Emotional Intelligence

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Are you working on your Emotional Intelligence (EI) skills? No! Then this workshop could be for you. Research has shown that people with high levels of emotional intelligence enjoy more satisfying wellbeing, careers and relationships. If you wish to enhance your ability to perceive emotions, access and generate emotions to assist thought and emotional knowledge, the workshop is for you.

EI is separate to IQ (Intelligent Quotient). IQ measures human intelligence from standard tests. Psychologists argue IQ does not take in other forms of intelligence, for example, EI.

The public became conscious of EI in 1995 when journalist scientist Daniel Goleman published a book entitled Emotional Intelligence, although psychologists have been studying behaviours, feelings and motives of other people for many years.

Goleman set out five emotional skill areas:

  1. Self-awareness.
  2. Self-regulation.
  3. Social skills.
  4. Empathy.
  5. Motivation.

These five skills will be covered throughout the workshop. Oh! And laughter and humour improves your emotional intelligence! Just in case you want to join my Laughter Yoga Workshop at the end of the day”.

Presentation: Discovering Our Secret Selves

We are all multi-layered and bring all of our selves into every relationship, whether we mean to or not!

We all have secret or hidden parts of our personalities representing many different aspects of ourselves, some of which we know and choose to keep secret from other people, others keep themselves hidden for much of the time, even from us. All of these hidden and secret selves are positive aspects of us; they exist for good reason.

Most of us are familiar with our Future or Ideal Self for example, whether as an ally inspiring us to stretch towards achieving our goals or a “monkey on our back” cajoling that we never will. And most of us will be aware of other aspects of ourselves who perhaps we’re used to keeping hidden for fear of exposing our vulnerability, or perhaps for their ability to hurt others – we call these “triggered selves”.

If we can bring all of our selves intentionally and positively into our daily repertoire, then we increase the depth of our self-awareness and by extension, the depth of our relationships with those around us. It’s usually in relationship with others that our secret, hidden and triggered selves come to light – sometimes helpfully and sometimes less so.

In this session you will be invited to find the courage to meet your secret selves face to face through a guided visualisation in order to welcome and appreciate them, learn from them, integrate their wisdom and knowledge about you, and move forward with a whole team of allies inside.

Presentation: Taming The Tiger Within

Harnessing and Managing Anger

As an accredited and experienced workplace and civil mediator, I come across a lot of angry people. Understanding why we revert to tiger mode when threatened or offended is the first step towards harnessing and managing anger. After explaining the process, I will teach some techniques that I use to calm myself as well as others and give a framework that is useful for these situations. 

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Autumn ChangeCamp 2019

Although Autumn may seem like a long way off, the preparations for Autumn ChangeCamp 2019 have started: stay tuned to find out more.

Autumn ChangeCamp – 12th October 2019 – Newcastle Upon Tyne

ChangeCamp is a day packed full of interesting and valuable seminars, presentations and workshops on all types of psychological change work. It is a great opportunity to try out new things and meet new people who are interested in the fascinating world of self-development and change.

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The standard fee is £17.50, or if you are retired, a student, on low income or unwaged the discretionary fee is just £12.50.