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
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, perseverance, gratitude and forgiveness: 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
“There are rare occasions when the conceptualisation of your work is fundamentally challenged 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
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE THE COURSE
IMPORTANT! THIS IS A BPS APPROVED COURSE AND ALL THE TRAINING HOURS OF THIS COURSE SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR THE BPS APPROVED CERTIFICATE.
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.
• 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 and perseverance
• Techniques for developing key strengths in order to overcome obstacles and set backs.
• Developing gratitude and forgiveness : its impact on motivation and mood
• Their value and impact on both mood and the ability to “let go”
• Plenary and final questions
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 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. Paul is the Chair of the BABCP Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Special Interest Group.
Paul is the founder and Director of The Skills Development Service Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.