WORKSHOPS & TRAINING…

” You can make yourself miserable… or make yourself stronger… the effort it takes for either is the same! ”

Please find below a list of workshops & training programmes that can be delivered as standard, modified or bespoke to meet the required needs of you or your service.

Duration of sessions vary dependent on which workshop is being delivered. Whilst some can be 1 hour, ½ a day or a full day stand alone… others can run over several sessions; e.g. six 1 hour sessions run once or twice a week over a 3 or 6 week period respectively.

What ever your needs they can be discussed during your FREE consultation and agreed upon subsequently.

“The content was appealing… this was the best attended workshop.”

MASTER YOUR MIND©

This programme gives rudimentary insight into how habits are formed in relation to thoughts and behaviours with emphasis on the inextricable role of the mind in this developmental process.This illuminating programme provides fundamental understanding aimed at empowering all who attend by giving a refreshing, enhancing, life-changing approach to their thought and behavioural processes.

 

“Fantastic course… would love to do more sessions… the trainer was excellent.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed the course… it was very well delivered… the trainer was really informative and engaging.”

MINDFULNESS & MOTIVATION©

Do you find yourself racing around mentally & physically but not always sure why?

Do you sometimes or often feel irritated, frustrated, deflated, fatigued, uncertain, unfocused & demotivated?

Do you want to discover the importance of your emotions & the powerful role they play in governing your life…both in helpful & unhelpful ways?

Do you want to gain power to change ‘your world’… & given the opportunity would you take it?

If you answer yes to one or more of these then this workshop is definitely for you. You will be introduced to basic mindfulness & motivational techniques that will enable you to start taking control of your life & your future. This is your first step to becoming ‘Master of your Mind & Navigator of your own Destiny’.

This workshop comes as a 1 hour introductory session with a follow-up of 6 1 hourly sessions run over 6 weeks.

FOOD & THE BRAIN©

This workshop explores the role of food on the brain and its significance in developing and maintaining good mental health as well as physical health. Participants will learn about the foods that are essential for the brain… why they are essential… and their contribution to brain structure and function.

At the end of the session participants will gain a good understanding of the foods that are important to eat as part of a nutritional diet in maintaining a holistic healthy lifestyle. In essence this workshop truly highlights… “We are what we eat”… well our brain certainly is!

“Excellent presentation and inspiring information… very good speaker… we need more.”

“Brilliant presentation by Helen… so inspirational and educational… an exceptionally good motivational talk”

HEALING THE ENSLAVED MIND©

This presentation was commissioned and written specially to honour black history as part of a Black History Month celebratory event.

“Healing the Enslaved Mind” centres on the psychological and emotional link of chattel slavery throughout the last 600 years on today’s contemporary Afro-Caribbean race with the aim of given enlightenment on healing the wounded enslaved mind. There is a large body of data that highlights a high incidence of mental illness amongst this population; this workshop focuses on building esteem, confidence and a strong sense of identity that maybe considered damaged due to the generational effects of what Dr DeGruy termed as PTSS… Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome!

MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING (MI)

MI is highly effective for preparing people for change. It is a brief therapeutic intervention that is goal-directed, person-centred and encourages intrinsic change (the individuals own reason for change) by exploring and resolving ambivalence in their behaviour; in other words identifying the mismatch between their current experiences and the goals, desires and/or values they wish to attain, with the aim of creating the change. The Cycle of Change model will be introduced; this highlights the six different stages individuals move through when experiencing change.

MI can be incorporated into any behavioural change including: smoking cessation, career change, commencing exercise, changing diet, abstaining from addictive substances or reducing alcohol consumption etc. All the skills learnt on the course encourage self-motivation and the ability to call upon the techniques long after the course has been completed.

The programme consists of four full day sessions delivered once a week over a 4 week period. This allows for the learning, development and practice of skills as well as the completion & assessment of homework.

“Helen’s in depth knowledge about psychology, psychotherapy and the various disciplines used to treat addiction and help people in crisis is second to none. However, it is her application of this knowledge to each individual’s circumstances that makes it powerfully enlightening and unique.”

DUAL DIAGNOSIS TRAINING

Dual Diagnosis is the co-existence of substance misuse and mental health disorders. It is a highly complex syndrome in most individuals that are affected. Over approximately 50 – 70 % of substance misusers and 30 – 50% of mental health sufferers experience dual diagnosis issues.

This programme will:

  • explore issues and concerns related to working with people with dual diagnosis;
  • identify reasons why people with mental illness use drugs/alcohol;
  • enable you to gain awareness of the nature and effects of commonly used substances;
  • give a better understanding of risk in relation to dual diagnosis;
  • enable an awareness of the interactions between prescribed medication and drugs/alcohol;
  • give an understanding of the inter-relationship between mental illness and substance use;
  • enable assessment of current & past substance use as an integral aspect of mental health assessment;
  • identify barriers and aids to engagement enabling an assessment of motivation to change;
  • give an understanding of the principles of matching treatment interventions to the person’s stage of change;
  • utilise motivational interviewing techniques;
  • enable you to set realistic and achievable goals in collaboration with client;
  • identify factors which precipitate relapse and factors which help maintain change;
  • and give reasons & responsibility for homework and role play (more effectively referred to as skills practice).

Due to the copious amount of material covered and the need for homework and skills practice this is a 5-day course delivered over a 2 – 3 week period.

“Helen is an exceptional teacher and educator.”

SUBSTANCE MISUSE AWARENESS

This programme primarily offers trainees a basic understanding of substances of misuse including classification and class, how to assess for substance misuse and the treatments used in substance misuse disorders.

You will come away from the training with a more empathic understanding of the reasons why people misuse substances and a more effective way of supporting them.

This is delivered as a 1-day programme; a ½ day programme is possible in an abridged format.

“Helen covered the CBT and related topics thoroughly and professionally with a depth of understanding that made the learning experience fun and effective.”

UNDERSTANDING ANXIETY

Some people may believe that anxiety is an unhealthy emotion classifying it as a mental health disorder. In fact anxiety, in the right context, is healthy. It is the body’s natural way of responding to danger or fear and so is therefore considered the body’s alarm and survival mechanism.

When faced with actual danger brain signals are automatically activated sending messages to the body called in laymen’s term ‘the flight or fight response’. These responses, which include increased heart rate, deep breathing, tremors, tingling sensation in the stomach, sweating and dry mouth, prepare the body to do one of two things: 1. Fight whatever has signalled the danger or 2. Run away from the stimuli signalling the danger. There can also be a third response: to simply just freeze. However anxiety disorder, which is a mental illness, relates to a person having all or most of these responses without the presence of actual danger, on a regular basis, over a long period of time. This can be of a mild to severe form and is problematic on an emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual level. It is predominantly habitual with irrational thinking patterns that lead to the body’s misinterpretation of danger. Safety behaviours are those that people use to deal with unhealthy anxiety; these include destructive coping strategies such as misuse of alcohol, drugs and medication, fidgeting, smoking, isolation, use of avoidance tactics and escape plans.

This stand-alone session will explore the links between thinking, feeling and behaviour that contribute to anxiety and related issues using the CBT 5-Areas Model. You will quickly understand that irrational thinking primarily triggers the symptoms of anxiety disorder and that a healthy, rational change in thinking will lead to comfortable feelings and healthier, helpful behaviours.

“I have tremendous respect for Helen’ s ability to manage and motivate groups in an effective and well disciplined way.”

UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION

Depression affects 1 in 4 people during our lifetime… that is 25% of our population. The different factors involved in making it likely to happen include; our biological make-up, our up bringing and our reaction to life events. Depression can occur in mild to severe form affecting our day-to-day lives in terms of mood and outlook for the future. In its severity it is extremely debilitating and can lead to serious (even fatal) consequences.

In this session we will explore the basic understanding of depression: causality, symptoms, maintenance as well as treatment and management options.

“Helen was highly competent in balancing the needs of the individuals with the need to cover the topics and progress clients’  understanding and learning.”

MANAGING ANGER

We get angry for lots of different reasons related to events, experiences, our thoughts, feelings, attitudes and behaviour. The question is, “why do we get angry in the first place?” Well the simple answer is…because we are human. Anger is a normal, human emotion. However it is the response to our anger that often gets us in to trouble…when they are irrational, inappropriate and unjustified.

In this eight hour training session, ran over 4 weeks*, you will explore and understand the root and the triggers to your anger, discover the relationship between brain chemistry & the emotional response and develop techniques to assist in managing and maintaining healthier responses to anger.

“Helen let us know that we can empower ourselves which I admired… thank you.”

MINDFULNESS FOR BEGINNERS

Life is difficult for everyone and all of us experience emotional suffering. As humans we look for all kinds of coping strategies to avoid or alleviate this pain. If these negative emotions are not attended to on a regular basis they become repressed resulting in: inappropriate outbursts, physical illness, emotional distress and destructive behaviour.

Mindfulness holds the promise of alleviating emotional suffering making our lives rich and meaningful; it promises this by attuning us to a here-and-now experience giving us insight into how our minds create unnecessary suffering.

In this session you will be introduced to basic mindfulness and will discover the importance of your emotions & the powerful role they play in governing your life… both in helpful & unhelpful ways. You will be provided with a unique experience and a useful technique that can serve to enhance your health and well-being for the rest of your life.

BUILDING HEALTHY EMOTIONAL BOUNDARIES

Healthy emotional boundaries are necessary for the maintenance of healthy relationships. In order to do this we must be able to identify and respect our needs, feelings, opinions and rights. Those of us brought up in dysfunctional families have probably had little experience in building healthy boundaries. Problems were not dealt with and the opportunities to express emotions were denied. As a result how you deal with emotions such as shame, guilt and fear do not serve you well thereby increasing feelings of anxiety, emptiness, anger, low self-esteem and low self-confidence. This can lead further to the development of resentment and aggression either because people are constantly taking advantage of you or just don’t want to be around you. Therefore learning how to set healthy boundaries should be an important goal towards your personal growth.

This 3-hour session will help you to identify and understand emotional boundaries, learn about the 4 basic styles of communicating, when it is most effective to use each style, the steps involved in establishing healthy boundaries and tips for maintaining them.

“Helen has great all around counselling skills and I was particularly impressed with her knowledge of CBT and addiction related counselling theory and application.”

ENHANCING YOUR SELF-ESTEEM

Self-esteem is best understood as the view we have of our self, what we think about our self and how valuable we believe we are to others. We subsequently go through life evaluating our self and others according to a measure of this worthiness. If we get into the habit of placing a predominantly negative value on our self or define our selves generally in a negative way then it is highly likely we will develop low self-esteem. Low self-esteem usually stems from negative life experiences, particularly in childhood when most vulnerable, through being criticised or negatively judged by significant others such as parents, teachers or school bullies. As adults, low self-esteem can be the result of very stressful life events or abusive relationships.

In this session you will understand how self-esteem affects us, learn about healthy self-esteem and how to make changes to build your self-esteem.

“Helen somehow managed to bring out specific client’ s individual experiences and relate them to the topic as a whole for the group.”

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION©

Good communication skills are important because they help to satisfy basic social and emotional needs. In addition to having these needs met, improving these skills allows you to handle common situations in a way that increases your self-confidence and your self-esteem, maintains your self-dignity and your self-respect and encourages good relationships, both professionally and personally.

Communication can breakdown when we do not send out clear messages; breakdown can happen for several other reasons also. In this programme we’ll discuss things that contribute to communication problems and by exploring methods of improving our ability to send and receive clearer messages we will discover ways of overcoming these difficulties.

HOW TO COMBAT WORRY & STRESS

“People are not disturbed by the things that happen but by the view they take of the things that happen” (Epictetus, 55-135 AD). Worry is defined as a concern regarding particular situations. It is built into daily routines, is linked to success or failure and is easily dealt with.  Stress on the other hand is the process of events occurring in your life, which you fear you are unable to cope with.

This session will give you a comprehensive understanding of the processes behind worry and stress and equip you with the necessary tools to manage them effectively.

RELAXATION TECHNIQUES

What is relaxation and why do many people have difficulty achieving it? In this 1 – 2 hour session we will explore the fundamental understanding of relaxation including tension, the importance of relaxation and its health implications, principles of relaxation, common difficulties and techniques.

You should come away from this training equipped with the necessary basic tools to engage in daily relaxation exercises to enhance your sense of well-being and focus.

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