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Positive Psychotherapy: Supercharge Your Practice

Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Can be taken as an individual one-day course or as a part of a Certificate in Resource Based Therapies (3 modules/5 days training) approved by the BPS.

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Positive Psychotherapy: Supercharge Your Practice
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3 Modules of the BPS Approved Certificate in Resource Based Therapies:

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During this course you will discover an evidence based approach to positive therapy - invaluable in a range of therapeutic, social care and educational environments across the age span.

This course covers all essential components of effective use of positive psychology approach in helping clients. In brief it will explore:

  • The history and evidence base of positive psychology and its practical application.
  • The limitations of pathology-based therapies.
  • The ways to enhance “client wellbeing” through “Teaching Happiness” with a wide range of client groups from children to offenders.
  • Identifying and enhancing client strengths. “Signature Strengths” and how they might be identified and used in working with clients. The relationship between strengths and problematic behaviour. Techniques for developing key strengths in order to overcome obstacles and set backs.
  • Environmental interventions and their impact on pro-social behaviour and positive mood. Practical implications and uses.
  • The development of resilience and gratitude: their impact on motivation and mood
  • The relationship between altruistic behaviour and psychological wellbeing.

During this course you will learn:

  • How to become optimistic and resource led with your clients even if you were trained to be needs led or pathology focused.
  • How to overcome client resistance to change by bypassing deficits
  • Discuss how to incorporate positive therapy into your existing practice to make it more effective

Course outline:

  • Introduction
  • The history and evidence base of positive psychology and its practical application. Similarities and differences between positive therapy (PT) and other resource based therapies (RBT), i.e. BSFT & MI as well as other therapeutic techniques (CBT, Rogerian approaches etc). The limitations of pathology-based therapies.
  • Enhancing “client wellbeing”
  • “Teaching happiness” and its use with a range of client groups from children to offenders. The relationship between well-being and the reduction in “problematic behaviour”
  • Identifying and enhancing client strengths
  • “Signature Strengths” and how they might be identified and used in working with clients. The relationship with strengths and problematic behaviour. Video and Exercise
  • Non-verbal interventions
  • Environmental interventions and their impact on pro-social behaviour and positive mood. Practical implications and uses. Exercise
  • The development of resilience
  • Techniques for developing key strengths in order to overcome obstacles and set backs.
  • Developing client gratitude – even in those who have experienced extreme trauma

This course is available for in-house training.
For further details on in-house training visit: http://www.sdsinhouse.co.uk

“There are rare occasions when the conceptualisation of your work is fundamentally changed for the better. This course is one of those occasions. Brilliant!”
J.S., Counsellor
“In a 100 yrs I’m sure ALL therapies will be like this – strengths rather than deficits focused.”
D.R.T. , Substance Misuse Worker

Course Price:

Early Bird Price: £140 + VAT (£168) per delegate to include refreshments and course materials. This discount is available on bookings made more than 1 month prior the course date event.
Regular Price: £160 + VAT (£192).

Course Fees for Block Booking of all 3 courses/5 days on RBT – save over £100 from booking courses individually: Click here for details

Certificate of Attendance:
You receive a Certificate of Attendance for 7 CPD training hours on the day.

Recommended Viewing:

Working with Character Strengths - 4 DVD Set - 5 CPD Hours

This DVD series is an attempt to present practitioners with a clear overview of Positive Psychology principles, its methods and processes and to give them guidance about its everyday use with a variety of clients.
The series consists of 4 DVDs that primarily concentrate on identifying and developing clients’ signature strengths. In his exclusive interviews Paul Grantham, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, with a vast experience in teaching and applying positive psychology in practice, outlines in detail the use of the VIA Survey for the assessment of client’s character strengths, and the way of exercising the signature strength in everyday life. He also answers the most common questions that are asked by practitioners who are working in the positive psychology field and explores ways of dealing with the common problems and difficulties that they might be facing in their work. Each interview is followed by a live session with a client. You will see how to introduce positive psychology concepts to the client step by step, including those that are not always easy to explore. The sessions are followed by a reflective discussion with further practical recommendations and the client’s feedback and reflections on the experience. The fourth DVD is a seminar led by Paul Grantham on building clients’ well-being and resilience.

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Recommended Viewing:

Positive Psychology and Psychotherapy - 2 CPD Hours

The founder of Positive Psychology, Martin Seligman, PhD, introduces Positive Psychotherapy.
In this landmark interview by Randall C. Wyatt, Seligman emphasizes that happiness is not just the absence of disorder, as psychology as usual might contend. Rather, happiness derives from an execution of our signature strengths. Seligman demonstrates a new set of rigorously tested interventions that lastingly increase happiness while decreasing depression.
Dr. Seligman discusses his predecessors Maslow, Rogers, and Beck, what he took from them, and what he changed. He proposes new questions like, What was the best experience you ever had? And he explains how easy, enormously fun and important techniques can be grafted on to therapy with all clients to help them live a more engaged, meaningful, and thus happier life.

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Recommended Listening:

Positive Psychology: Therapeutic Applications for Adults & Adolescents - 7 Audio CD - 8 CPD Hours

Positive Psychology is the study of human happiness and life satisfaction – what works in life as demonstrated through research. It is not always obvious how to translate this research into clinical work. This 2 day workshop offers a solid research base and methods of doing therapy that derive from positive psychology and fit with this research.

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Course Outline:


Please make sure that you arrive in time for 9.30 AM start (sharp!). Your late arrival might result in you not been eligible for the BPS Approved Certificate.
The same applies to the finish times. Make sure that your travel arrangements enable you to be present until 4.30 PM every day of the course.
We very much appreciate your co-operation on this matter.

Every day consists of the morning session (starting at 9.30 AM sharp!) and afternoon session (finishing at 4.30 PM strictly).
Refreshments provided during your morning (11.15) and afternoon (14.45) break.
Lunch break (1 hour) – lunch by own arrangements (12.30 – 13.30).

Due to the INTENSIVE NATURE of this training we advise you to have extra drinks of water with you and layers of clothing to adjust effectively to the temperature in the room.

Course Leader:

Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. With degrees from Oxford University and the University of Sussex, Paul trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist within a wide variety of services and headed one of the first UK research projects designed to help clients withdraw from benzodiapine addiction. He has subsequently worked in primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health as both a clinician and manager. He has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Over 90,000 professionals have worked directly with him. Paul has also designed and facilitated clinical supervision systems across a number of UK services. He has a wide range of current interests including: client resistance, resource based therapies and personality disorders. He has also presented and written on a range of psychological issues - from psychological interventions post-stroke to the application of solution focused work with complex clients.

Paul is the founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training. Paul is the author or editor of over 34 training films within the psychotherapy training field over the last decade and both commissions and provides training in a range of contemporary psychotherapy fields. Paul commissioned SDS Seminars’ BPS Approved Introduction to CBT – a course which has recently (June 2015) seen its 1000th student successfully complete. The BPS Approved Essential Clinical Supervision Skills devised and delivered by Paul is one of the very few non-university based Supervision courses which confers eligibility to the BPS’ Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.

Paul is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and is an Accredited CBT Therapist. An extremely informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work.

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