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Core Diploma subjectThe Therapeutic Power
of Language

– a practical brief therapy masterclass


A two-day course with tutor: Véronique Chown or Denise Winn

This invigorating course – previously called: 'Effective brief therapy and language skills' – will arm you with a powerful toolkit of precisely-targeted therapeutic skills and strategies for successfully helping people resolve emotional turmoil, mood disorders and psychological trauma, as quickly as possible.

What you will gain from attending the two days:

  • The essential skills needed for successful brief therapy
  • New information about the APET™ model – why it is so important to construct therapy that is in tune with our how brains work (our emotional reactions come first) – this speeds up therapy and explains why purely cognitive and behavioural approaches can take so long
  • An ability to get to the root of the matter quickly by establishing which innate needs are not being met and why (the essence of effective brief therapy)
  • Quick rapport building skills
  • How to use the RIGAAR™ structure to improve therapy outcomes
  • Reflective listening and reflective reframing
  • Demonstration of guided imagery using therapeutic language skills to initiate change
  • Ways to use solution-focused questioning to create a framework for change
  • How to identify and use your client's own life resources
  • An understanding of why the human givens approach dramatically increases the likelihood of therapy being brief, regardless of the presenting problem
  • A range of psychological interventions to use with common psychiatric problems: anxiety, panic attacks, depression, intrusive thoughts, relationship difficulties and so on
  • How to put together a therapy plan for a suicidal patient
  • Promoting cooperation by developing realistic and achievable goals
  • How to identify exceptions (when the problem doesn’t occur) and get the patient to take credit for them
  • How to generate motivation for change in your patients
  • Separating the patient’s core identity from their problem
  • How to minimise or overcome resistance
  • How to separate process from content
  • Great use of case histories to illustrate the skills covered
  • How to use the psychological laws of positive expectancy and concentrated attention
  • Plenty of opportunity to consolidate what you are learning by practising the skills yourself
  • An understanding of why taking this collaborative human givens stance, reduces stress and pressure on you


Why this course is important

Despite more and more effort and resources being put into helping people in distress, the numbers of people suffering mental health problems continues to rise.

In addition, the continuing cost constraints put upon the medical and caring professions and the increasing realisation of the risks associated with drug treatments, mean there is an ever increasing demand for better outcomes from brief, psychological treatments for emotional problems.

But – as more and more people are discovering – by distilling the essence of proven brief therapy approaches and working with the givens of human nature through the APET™ model, outcomes can be dramatically improved and suffering successfully reduced.

This lively two-day workshop shows you how to do this and gives you a solid foundation in the most effective brief solution-focused strategies and language skills – these are essential if you want to be able to help people as quickly as possible.

It also shows you how any team of professional healthcare workers can safely incorporate brief therapy techniques into their work with patients suffering from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, anger, OCD, eating disorders, addiction and relationship/marital/family problems, thereby improving outcomes and reducing suffering on an even wider scale.


Who should attend?

You and your patients will benefit enormously from you attending these two days. If you are a counsellor, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, mental health nurse, GP, doctor, nurse, OT, physiotherapist, youth worker, social worker, health visitor, support worker or any other caring professional, and wish to be more effective in what you do, this course gives you the perfect opportunity to discover new, subtle but highly effective skills with plenty of time to practise to help you assimilate them into your own work.

Many other professions – such as educational and business professionals – also find the skills and information covered highly applicable to and beneficial for their own work.

It is also suitable for anyone who is thinking of a career in this field as these are core skills needed for successful brief, solution-focused psychotherapy.


How is the course structured?

Held over two consecutive days, it is a blend of talks, demonstrations and exercises with breaks for networking and refreshment.

Each day starts at 9.30pm and finishes at 4.00pm with two breaks and 45 minutes for lunch.

Course notes, refreshments and lunch are included on both days.

Book your place on this popular course now:

The Therapeutic Power of Language
– a brief therapy masterclass

Wed 13th & Thurs 14th March 2018                    London

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Tues 5th & Wed 6th June 2018                            Bristol

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Wed 25th & Thurs 26th September 2018              London

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Tues 5th & Wed 6th December 2018                     Bristol

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NB. This course was previously entitled:
Effective brief therapy strategies and language skills

To book by phone call 01323 811690.
Alternatively, you can download an application form and post or fax it to:
Human Givens College, Chalvington, East Sussex, BN27 3TD.
 00 44 (0)1323 811486

Also see, How to Book