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Core Diploma subjectEffective brief psychotherapy
– make a difference today!

This course is now Online only
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What you will gain from attending:

  • The chance to see skilled brief therapy in action – with moving and riveting case histories
  • New treatments for anxiety, panic attacks, depression, anger,
    obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, addictions, relationship/marital/family problems, and to help survivors of abusive relationships more effectively
  • A clear understanding of why psychobiology (the mind/body system) should determine how therapy is structured
  • 47 vital tips that will make you more effective
  • How to communicate with the emotional brain
  • Ways to develop rapport quickly and gather good quality information from your clients
  • Knowledge of the APET™ model and why this improves outcomes
  • Novel ways to overcome resistance and move people on
  • A better understanding of how emotions affect thought
  • How to use a client's own language therapeutically
  • A richer knowledge of why so many people have mental and emotional problems and what you can to do help them
  • Why brief psychotherapeutic approaches work so well
  • How to establish clear outcomes and realistic goals
  • The best ways to rehearse success and improve outcomes
  • The importance of metaphor
  • Examples of how to incorporate these strategies into your own practice and the opportunity to discuss how to do this with the tutor, a highly experienced practising psychotherapist
  • Increased confidence when working with difficult cases
  • and more

Who should attend?

  • Anyone who wishes to know more about the best ways to combine brief therapeutic techniques to powerful effect
  • If you are a counsellor, psychotherapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse, midwife, doctor, health visitor, social or youth worker and wish to be more effective in what you do, you should attend
  • If you wish to improve your practical counselling or psychotherapy skills with individuals or families, you should attend
  • If you are curious about why some people get better results than others when counselling people with depression, anxiety etc., this course will show you



Course Programme

Discover how to make a positive difference, whatever the problem, using the key concepts and the essential skills of human givens therapy.

This lively training day distills the essence of the more successful psychotherapy models, including cognitive behavourial therapy (CBT), solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) and interpersonal therapy, by working through the APET™ which reflects the way our brains work.

Anyone working in the caring professions can safely introduce these strategies into their work with patients or clients. You will leave with a richer knowledge of why so many people have mental and emotional problems, and how, using the givens of human nature, you can help them more effectively.

The 'Effective brief psychotherapy' course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.

The course programme

Registration: 8.30am to 9.30am (Tea or coffee served until 9.25am)

9.30am – Why brief therapy approaches work so well

  • How modern brief psychotherapy evolved. Why doing effective counselling or psychotherapy is easy to learn – if you have the aptitude (Why you know more than you think you know)
  • The underlying principles – the human givens – that all mental health workers need to understand to be effective
  • The main reasons people have difficulties
  • The seven skills you need to ‘do something different to make a difference today’. Case histories

11.00am — Discussion over tea/coffee

11.30am – How to apply these strategies with your patients/clients

  • How to quickly develop rapport – verbally and non-verbally
  • How to get good quality information from clients
  • Using the client’s language therapeutically
  • Emotion and thought
  • Why cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can never live up to its promise
  • How to establish clear outcomes and realistic goals
  • How to know which approach to take
  • Separating the core identity of the person from the problem (with OCD filmed example)
  • The importance of timing
  • Harnessing the powerful healing abilities of the metaphorical brain
  • Rehearsing success
  • How to make sure the client feels better at the end of each session

1.00pm — Lunch (included)

1.45pm – Putting it all into practice: seeing it happen

  • The single most important skill for helping people suffering mental or physical distress
  • Focusing on the present and the future
  • Communicating with the emotional brain
  • How to use natural abilities and the power of the imagination to change behaviour and provoke insight
  • An enlightening film of a brief therapy session for clinical depression

2.45pm — Discussion over tea/coffee

3.00pm – The six steps of effective brief therapy

  • The human mind/body system – perhaps the most complex information network in the universe – is designed to keep us alive and well as long as possible
  • Tuning in to what it’s doing is essential for all forms of therapy – you will discover why
  • The stories people tell themselves
  • The use of metaphor in treating depression, anxiety, addictive behaviour, sexual difficulties and trauma
  • How to structure an effective therapy session

4.00pm — Day ends


This course is now online only

Effective brief psychotherapy

>> Online version available