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“I have now finished the second module and wanted to pass on my feedback: One of the best two days I've ever done. Evidence based and up to date. Many thanks.”

Dr Sione Marshall
C.Psychol AFBPsS
Chartered Psychologist (BPS)
Registered Clinical Psychologist (HCPC)
Attended: BPS Approved Certificate in Trauma Treatments

Anthony Burton
Attended: SDS Online Training on Case Formulation

"Paul Grantham delivers engaging and professional courses which are both theoretical and demonstrate immense practical applications. SDS’ CBT Introductory Course is an essential if you are planning on delivering this type of approach. The course offers a solid grounding in CBT methods, a host of practical examples, the opportunity to improve your skill set and is excellent value for money. I have gained valuable knowledge through my attendance and been able to utilise everything I learned on this course."

Amanda Webbon
BA(Hons) Counsellor/Psychotherapist in Private Practice
MBACP (Snr. Accred)
Attended: CBT: Introductory Course (3 Days)

I would like to let you know a serendipitous outcome of attending the webcast on ‘Working with Suicidal Behaviour’.
The following morning, I had a phone call from a company who refer employees to me.
They had a XX-year old man who had slit his wrists in the bath but was ‘woken’ from his state by a phone call. The company had past experience of addressing employee suicide and were quick to take alarm and action. Even so, the OH nurse was very grateful for the clear advice I was able to pass on from the course about contact and company for the young man, who lives alone, over the weekend. It is the clarity of specific risk factors and commensurate goals that helped them the most. All down to your course!
When I saw the client with suicidal behaviour I behaved differently. As well as hearing his narrative, we focussed explicitly on how to keep him safe. I had purchased luminescent cards and a laminator for the purpose! He engaged with the clear process and really seemed to appreciate the practical advice and purpose. For me it felt comfortably clear and uncluttered dealing with the obvious priority in an open and congruent manner.
Furthermore (!) on the next day a trainee counsellor supervisee with only 9 hours of practice presented with a suicidal client. Whilst the trainee, her placement manager and the client’s Key Worker all apparently acted appropriately, it was again very helpful in supervision to reflect and identify the key principles so clearly offered on the course.
I have decades of experience in the NHS, working for EAP’s and in Private Practice as Counsellor and Supervisor. I currently work with Papyrus - prevention of young suicide. In one respect I learnt nothing new from the course. Yet I learned a great deal in clarity, structure, and confidence in the application of data into a step by step strategy.
I am delighted and amazed the benefit has been called upon so immediately.
Praise needs to be given not only for the course content but especially as usual to its delivery by Paul.
Thank you all!
By the way I recommend SDS to my supervisees too. 

Penelope Noall
Head Directions
Personal Consultant
for Life Management,
Resilience & Wellbeing 
Specialist: Person Centred & Solution Focus Coaching, Therapy & Supervision
Attended: Working with Suicidal Behaviour

Victoria Valiente

Attended: BPS Approved Certificate in Third Wave CBT

"I really enjoyed doing this course!
I have always preferred to go on a live study day, believing I would get more out of it, however, the combination of handouts, video presentations and evidence-based articles really added to the whole experience, and I would certainly consider doing this again.
Thank you so much."

Linda McKenna
Counsellor & Hypnotherapist
Attended: SDS Online Training on Working with Health Anxieties

Dr Yvonne Waft

Attended: Solution Focused Brief Therapy (2 days)

"Thank you for the great courses in resource-based therapies this year. The subject matter was very relevant to my life and work, while the opportunity to attend the seminars online was an added bonus, given my distance from London and commitments at home.
As suggested in the positive therapy course, I went away and tried doing something different. I have a great interest in coaching, so I booked myself some personal coaching with a TA therapist and went along with some ideas and challenges, but no burning questions or "problems" to focus on. Over the course of six weeks I came up with some interesting personal priorities, a greater sense of autonomy and boundaries to help me deliver on them, and a personal action plan for the next year with timescales attached. I had no idea I was going to do this but it was brilliant! I'm happy to say that my plan includes the SDS course in compassion-focused therapy [link to the course], so I will be back for another webinar in 2017.
The other, completely unexpected bonus was your final offering on the importance of savannahs and green spaces. Having lived in Africa in the past, and still loving English parkland, this made perfect sense to me intuitively, even though I love and live by the coast. So when a friend moved away to the midlands and missed the sea, I passed on your evidence to her and told her to go find herself a savannah! She soon found herself a large leafy park with a lake in, and is now very happy pursuing a personal mission to save the water-birds there from malnutrition and deformities, by ensuring they get some appropriate food and not just the bread usually thrown to them. So the word has spread already and will doubtless continue. Out of such little acorns do mighty oaks - or acacias?! - grow. These are just two examples of the positive results of the course and I am so glad that I took it. Thank you once again and please pass on my thanks and best wishes to all the team. "

Carolyn Angwin-Thomson
Mental Health Worker at Devon County Council &
Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Attended: SDS Webcast on RBT

Michael Opoku-Forfieh

Attended: Solution Focused Brief Therapy (2 days)

"…the training yesterday with Paul was excellent. The colleagues I managed to speak to really enjoyed the day and how it was delivered, and took away a lot to practise. One of them wrote to me: “I was very impressed with the course. The tutor was excellent & had a thorough grasp of his subject. I found the subject fascinating & took away much that I will use when dealing with clients.” Many thanks."

Amy Franklin
Home Straight Employment Programme Manager
Walking With The Wounded
Attended: In-house Training on Motivational Interviewing

Shelly Clubb

Attended: SDS Live Interactive Webcast

"I loved the course and am using the techniques in my practice. I find all your courses (I have completed 6 to date) are of a high standard and relevant to the work that I do so I look forward to attending many more in the future."

Susan Ritson
Clinical Hypnotherapist
Attended: SDS Webcast on Motivational Interviewing & Beyond


Dr Tim Mahy
BSc (Hons), MSc, DPsych, CPsychol, Cert.Hyp;
Chartered Psychologist;
Health Psychologist (HCPC and Guernsey Registered)
Attended: SDS Live Interactive Webcast

"A massive thank you to SDS team for assisting our service in organising such a useful training delivered last week. It fuelled much debate and discussion and has inspired the participants to embed their learning into practice. I hope Paul wasn’t too exhausted from it all – he is superb. Many thanks again for all your support from start to finish with this project."

Mav Ghalley
Clinical Team Lead, Paediatric Speech & Language Therapy
Children's Services, Edgware Community Hospital
In-House course on: Essential Supervision Skills

"The last two days webcast, was my first experience of using this method and I must say it was a revelation. I felt like I was having a personal lecture and there were no distractions from other candidates, noise, paper shuffling and overtalking etc. The material was easy to access and visible alongside the lecture or in a separate window and [SDS staff] were quick to respond and very supportive."

AnnMarie Campbell-Smith
Counsellor, BA (Hons), DipHE, MBACP
Attended: SDS Live Interactive Webcast

"I found this webcast presentation both excellent and stimulating and I was immediately able to apply what I had learned. I found that I participated more in the group webcast discussion than I usually do when attending a course. I attribute my increased participation to feeling more relaxed and therefore I was able to fully immerse myself in the course content. There is also the huge financial advantage to consider, of not having to pay for accommodation, travel expenses or the loss of practice fees on the days of travel."

Rachel Hudson CPsychol CSci AFBPsS
BPS Chartered Psychologist & Chartered Scientist
HCPC Practitioner Psychologist BABCP CBT Psychotherapist
EMDR level III Practitioner
Attended: SDS Live Interactive Webcast

"Just wanted to thank you all for such a positive and efficient service. I have wanted to attend your training for ages now but the logistics of coming over to London from Jersey on the dates is sometimes challenging and expensive.
This was an amazing and surprisingly interactive experience and I really learnt a great deal and enjoyed the process very much. Even a techno phob like me managed it.
Thank you so much - brilliant!"

Tina Chatterley
Director, Psychotherapist and Professional Life Coach
Attended: SDS Live Webcast: Essential Supervision Skills

"I am thoroughly enjoying the Diploma course - and my knowledge of CBT has grown exponentially over the past year. I had taken a number of short courses in CBT before starting the Diploma, but with each module I complete my knowledge of CBT theory and practice grows deeper and my skillset expands. Paul is an excellent trainer, as are all the other tutors, and I can’t recommend this course highly enough."

Dan Roberts
Highgate, North London
Website: http://www.danroberts.com
Attended: Master Practitioner Diploma in CBT

"I would like to thank Paul Grantham and the other SDS trainers for their patience, clarity and incredible knowledge. To be able to talk so articulately, and to such a wide number of professionals/experts in their field cannot be underestimated. It requires the ability to manage a room with conviction and confidence. Paul has always answered questions calmly, respectfully and knowledgeably even when dealing with opposing views and opinions. And, whilst he might sometimes have wondered if his teaching was being absorbed, I can assure him that it was! It's inevitable once you are learning about CBT, that you then apply it to yourself as part of the learning process. You begin moderating your own behaviour, beliefs and judgements. You see the world differently and you understand the potential and opportunities you have to help others do the same.
As to the Master diploma, sure, there are practicalities around the frequency, timing and access of various modules. The digital age brings both challenges and new ways of connecting and sharing which can be explored. Looking at forums, supervision and different configurations are in the mix. It will get there.
I can't speak for any of the other students, but for me, whatever qualification I come away with, there is no price on knowledge. Thank you so much Paul and the other SDS trainers."

Sue Bell
Transplant Clinical Nurse Specialist
Attended: Master Practitioner Diploma in CBT

"I wanted to pass on my thanks for the course. I felt you [Paul Grantham] really engaged with us all. Despite being at the very beginnings of using MI, I have had the best week at work for a good while that I do put down to quite a change in my approach as a result of the MI course.  I found I had a very strong connection with patients. I can see how developing my skill in this area will bring greater rewards.
Sincere thanks, I really feel this training was essential and will improve clinicians and patients experiences."

Lucy Robinson
Clinical Specialist
Pain Management Solutions Limited
Attended: In-house Training on Motivational Interviewing

"I attended your mindfulness training, and subsequently received an email from you with a mindfulness sketch. I am emailing today to feedback that I use the sketch regularly, as I engage in mindfulness use with my respiratory patients.
Yesterday I visited a dying patient, whom I started seeing a few weeks ago because of his anxiety symptoms (linked to breathlessness). Previously, we had together discussed anxiety and breathlessness, and the use of distraction as well as mindfulness in order to help manage his anxiety symptoms.
Yesterday, this gentleman showed me he had stuck that mindfulness sketch above his bed. It sits there and he takes inspiration from it when he starts feeling anxious and overwhelmed. He reported this being very effective in managing his thoughts, as they arise as a consequence of anxiety linked to acute breathlessness.
I thought I would share this story with you.
Thank you very much for your continued support with mindfulness therapy."

Nathalie Sergeant
Senior Occupational Therapist
Community Respiratory Service, West Bromwich
Attended: Teaching Clients to Use Mindfulness Skills

"I really wanted to leave some feedback for the CBT courses last week. I've done some other CBT days elsewhere and really thought that the SDS courses were the best I've attended. You've really demonstrated the complexities behind it and made what seemed like quite an "easy" or routine modality, seem really, really interesting and I'm quite excited to start using it.
Thank you! Hopefully see you soon on further training."

Runa Dawood
Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Website: www.againstthepain.com
Attended: CBT: Introductory Course (3 day course)

The course was a success and we were all very happy with it.

After the course was delivered, all my colleagues thanked me for inviting you. The materials of the course were very useful for the comprehension of the contents delivered during the course and for future reference. We all are now trying to apply some of the strategies you gave us in our practice.

Here are some examples of individual feedback after the course:
“A breath of inspiration, new strategies and new challenges!”
“Three days with interesting information and content to reflect and apply to our practice.”
“Keep calm and Practice CBT!”

Centro de Desenvolvimento Infantil
Diferenças, Lisbon
Attended: CBT In-House Training

"I really enjoyed doing the online mini study on Client Motivation and I have referred to the information on a regular basis. I have particularly found the use of scaling to increase client motivation (wherein the client rates their ability or confidence to handle the issue as opposed to the issue itself) particularly effective when working with anxiety related issues. The size of the study and the way it was staggered over several weeks meant it was both achievable and consolidating. Thank you again!"

Tracy Nolan
Feedback on: “How to Motivate Your Client When Change is Difficult” 15 Points Learning Programme. Free Download.

"Just wanted to say what a great time was had last week on the Introduction to CBT course. I got a lot out of the 3 days and was mentally exhausted Friday, luckily had a day off.
It was great to meet some new friends as well.
Thanks once again for such a great insight into a possible new career direction"

Claire Purnell
Student Experience Manager
Swindon College
Attended: CBT: Introductory Course (3 day course)

"I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot, The trainer was very engaging. The course is ideal for psychology graduates wanting more knowledge of applied clinical psychology. I recently had an interview & I think the fact that I've done this CBT course definitely helped because everyone else I met at the interview had way more clinical experience than me!"

Lisa J. Walker
Assistant Psychologist, Adult Learning Disabilities
Suffolk Mental Health NHS
Attended: CBT: Introductory Course (3 day course)

"There were many wonderful ideas at Brief Solution Focused Therapy course. My favourite one is asking clients to turn negative statements into positive ones, e.g. a client said that she doesn’t want to be afraid. When asked what she wants instead, she responded that she would like to have more courage in everyday life. That was for her a useful statement and she was going back to it during the following sessions. Instead of focusing on her fears and anxieties she concentrated on the courage."

Milka Witkowska
Ealing (London)
Attended: Brief Solution Focused Therapy

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