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Core Diploma subjectBrief therapy for stopping addictions – a practical skills-based day

A one-day course with tutor: Sue Saunders
CPD Certificate (6 hours)

What you will gain from attending:

  • Demonstrations – by a leading expert in addiction counselling – of the powerful skills that help to quickly break the patterns of addictive behaviour
  • Guidance and practise in using these yourself
  • New insights into the addictive process and why people become addicted
  • Essential motivational interviewing techniques
    (and how to incorporate them into the stages of change)
  • Common traps to avoid when treating addictions
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the most useful ways to beat a wide variety of addictions – and prevent relapse
  • Ways to overcome resistance
  • How to develop a treatment plan and deepen a client's commitment
    to change
  • Increased understanding of the addictive trance and its false promises
  • How to use narrative and harm reduction techniques
  • An understanding of the importance of guided imagery in overcoming addictions, and the opportunity to use and experience it for yourself
  • Co-morbid conditions – the link with addiction and how to deal with them as effectively and quickly as possible
  • A new confidence that comes from knowing how much can be done
    – when you know how
  • Course notes, CPD Certificate and more...

About the course:

As the number of people affected by addiction continues to rise, its treatment is undergoing a revolution.

New ideas and techniques from various schools of brief, solution-focused therapy are showing that it is possible to help most addicts transform their lives in a small number of sessions.

At this practical training day – which complements the online course Tackling addiction: Understanding how to stop all types of addictive behaviour – you will learn and practise the powerful skills derived from the human givens approach (which organically integrates the best brief therapy techniques) that are helping people overcome a wide range of addictions, including: alcoholism, heroin, smoking, gambling, sex and eating disorders.

These skills are essential if you wish to improve your effectiveness when working with any addiction.

Who should attend?

All members of the caring professions, including:  drug workers,  youth workers,  doctors,  nurses,  psychotherapists,  counsellors,  clinical psychologists,  occupational therapists,  psychiatrists,  cognitive behavioural therapists,  teachers,  social workers,  physiotherapists, support workers and anyone wishing to improve their understanding of addictive behaviour and how to treat it.


Course Programme

The 'Brief therapy for stopping addictions – a practical skills-based day' course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.

The day's programme

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

9.30am – How people become addicted

  • How and why people develop addictions
  • The addictive trance and its false promises
  • Why the human givens approach makes treating addictions easier
  • The five basic skills of motivational interviewing
  • How to incorporate them within the stages of change
  • The traps to avoid
  • Demonstrations and exercises

11.00am — Discussion over tea/coffee

11.30am – Dealing with resistance

  • We explore a variety of ways clients may resist change and develop a range of strategies to help them move beyond resistance
  • How to develop a treatment plan
  • How to deepen the client’s commitment to change
  • Relapse prevention strategies
  • The use of narrative techniques to foster self-efficacy
  • The use of harm reduction techniques

1.00pm — Lunch (included)

1.45pm – How to use guided imagery

  • The skilled use of our imagination is one of the most powerful tools nature has given us for problem solving – beating addiction is demonstrated
  • Live demonstration, with a volunteer workshop participant, on the use of guided imagery to increase motivation, reduce withdrawal symptoms and rehearse patterns of healthy behaviour
  • Group exercise in the use of guided imagery for treating addictions

2.45pm — Discussion over tea/coffee

3.00pm – Dealing with co-morbid conditions

  • Many addictions are triggered off and maintained by co-morbid conditions
  • Discussion of the effective brief therapy strategies for dealing with depression, post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorders
  • How to apply the techniques taught on the workshop to eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia

4.00pm — Day ends

Book your place on this popular course now:

Brief therapy for stopping addictions
– a practical skills-based day


Sunday 7th April 2019                                   Bristol


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To book by phone call 01323 811690.
Alternatively, you can download an application form and email or post it to:
Email: info@hgcollege.net
Post: Human Givens College, Chalvington, East Sussex, BN27 3TD.

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