Positive Psychotherapy: Supercharge Your Practice

Can be taken as an individual course or as a part of:

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

1 day 9:30am – 4:30pm 7 CPD hours

Course Brief

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.

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.

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
  • 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

Accreditation Level 1 (Foundation) is the level of accreditation you obtain by attending any of the modules comprising the above Certificates via live training or live/recorded webcast.

This level of accreditation gives you a Certificate of Attendance, as well as access to the course materials and other resources, and enables you to state in your CV that you have SDS Accreditation in Certificate in Resource Based Therapies Level 1 (Foundation).

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, after which you cannot make the above statements and access course resources.

This level of accreditation is renewable by sitting an online refresher course or attending a live course/webcast. Successful completion of the online refresher, which includes the associated exam, gives you SDS Level 2 Accreditation.

SDS Accreditation, Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) is the level of accreditation you obtain by attending all modules of an SDS Modular course via live training or live/recorded webcast and passing an appropriate online exam after completing the whole course.

This level of accreditation gives you a BPS Approved Certificate in the appropriate subject, as well as access to the course materials and other resources. It also enables you to state in your CV that you have Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) Accreditation as a Practitioner in Certificate in Resource Based Therapies.

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, after which you cannot make the above statements and access course resources.

This level of accreditation is renewable by sitting an online refresher course or attending a live course/webcast listed as a suitable refresher course. Should you renew your accreditation within these 3 years, your access to these refresher courses is discounted by 50%.* Should you let your accreditation lapse, you pay the full price for the refresher training.

SDS Accreditation, Level 3 (Clinical Proficiency) is as Level 2, with the addition of:

  • Submitting a project of an acceptable standard (3,000 words) at the end of your Certificate training. The purpose of the project is to illustrate that you can apply the academic knowledge gained from the course to a clinical situation.
  • Submitting a written statement from your Clinical Supervisor confirming the regularity and duration of your supervision with them and your Competence as a clinician in the chosen topic. Your Clinical Supervisor should meet our qualification criteria.

This level of accreditation gives you a BPS Approved Certificate in the appropriate subject, as well as access to the course materials and other resources. It also enables you to state in your CV that you have Level 3 (Clinical Proficiency) Accreditation as a Practitioner in Certificate in Resource Based Therapies.

You also will be given an option to be listed in the SDS Register of Qualified Practitioners in the appropriate field – our Network of Qualified Practitioners.

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, after which you cannot make the above statements and access course resources.

This level of accreditation is renewable by sitting an online refresher course or attending a live course/webcast listed as a suitable refresher course and by submitting a new written statement from your Supervisor. Should you renew your accreditation within these 3 years, your access to these refresher courses and the written assignment is discounted by 50%.* Should you let your accreditation lapse, you pay the full price for the refresher training.

Course Tutor

Prof Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Clinical Psychology at PSMedUniv, Director of SDS Seminars

Paul Grantham, is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. He 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 clinical lead for over 34 psychotherapy training films, an author of 2 books and, as a Director of SDS Seminars Ltd, he commissions and provides training in a range of contemporary psychotherapy fields. Paul is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and is an Accredited CBT Therapist, and an Honorary Professor of Clinical Psychology. 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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