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SDS Delegates Speak:

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

"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
Counsellor
Ealing (London)
Attended: Brief Solution Focused Therapy

"I found the flexible CBT course offered by skillsdevelopment.co.uk. interesting, pertinent, relevant, concise and informative as well as enjoyable to engage with and complete."

Sally Silvers
Psychotherapist
Aberdeen
Attended: Distance Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

"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 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)

"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


Winner of November 2010 Draw:
Milka Witkowska
Counsellor (Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling
from Thames Valley University), Ealing (London)



Q: How did you first come across the SDS training?
A: I found out about your training through Therapy Today which I receive regularly as a BACP member. I found your leaflet there. At that time I was delivering short-term individual counselling (6 sessions) and preparing to facilitate a group, also 6-weeks long. I was looking for a course that would enable me to make it highly effective.

There is a Chinese proverb which says: Give a beggar a fishing rod instead of a fish. In the same way I want to give my clients the tools and coping strategies so then they can find solutions for themselves when they are in need.

Q: Which of our courses have you attended?
A: I attended All New Brief Solution Focused Therapy in March 2010.

Q: What are the most useful practical ideas you’ve taken from our courses that help you in your everyday work?
A: There were many wonderful ideas.
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.

Q: What topics you would like to see on our portfolio in the future?
A: I would appreciate a training on group work and on addictions.
People with substance abuse are particularly resistant to taking responsibility for themselves and their motivation doesn’t seem to last very long. It would be very helpful to have some extra tools to work with this client group.

Q: How are you going to use your free place voucher?
I haven’t booked the free course yet but my choice is:
«How to be more effective: Therapy applications of translational research».

Thank YOU!

10 second interviews with our previous winners

Runner up in October 2010 Draw:
Victoria Copperwaite
Trainee Counsellor

Q: How did you first come across the SDS training?
I first heard about SDS from my Therapy Today publication from the BACP.

Q: Which of our courses have you attended?
Anger, Hatred & Hostility.

Q: What are the most useful practical ideas you’ve taken from our courses that help you in your everyday work?
A more in depth knowledge of anger and how to motivate clients to explore their anger when they don’t think their anger is a problem for them.
The worksheets which I can use with my clients from children to adults are extremely valuable and being able to use the worksheets with a broad spectrum of clients makes it both value for money and more accessible for my clients.

Q: What topics you would like to see on our portfolio in the future?
I have a keen interest in working with offenders, both youth and adult so topics around offending behaviour, motivating to change and substance misuse would be of interest to me.

Winner of September 2010 Draw:
Kate Smith

Ooh, goody, thanks.

Q: How did you first come across the SDS training?
I came across the training through a colleague who had attended before.

Q: Which of our courses have you attended?
Working with Personality Disorders.

Q: What are the most useful practical ideas you’ve taken from our courses that help you in your everyday work?
I quite appreciate the e mails I receive from SDS.

Q: What topics you would like to see on our portfolio in the future?
Unfortunately my organisation do not provide training as readily as has been the case in the past — which makes my win even more special!

Runner up in June 2010 Draw:
Emma Moreton

Wow, thanks very much!

Q: How did you first come across the SDS training?
I came across SDS with the flyer advertising the Beyond Anger management course in DDN.

Q: Which of our courses have you attended?
I have attended that very course, in Nottingham.

Q: What are the most useful practical ideas you’ve taken from our courses that help you in your everyday work?
Paul’s simple ideas for anger management and the «caffeine unit» system!

Q: What topics you would like to see on our portfolio in the future?
I’m looking forward to completing the positive therapies certificate.

Winner of April 2010 Draw:
H V Sherborne

This is great news to hear!

I believe I came across SDS training via a flier in Therapy Today — does this sound likely?
I am booked on to the ’Anger’ course in London on 15th June, my first course with SDS.
I am a part-time secondary school teacher as well as a counsellor, and my deputy head agreed to fund me on the Anger course, as the materials refer to it being useful for ’teachers’. I am interested in a wide range of topics for courses, but it is particularly useful for me if you can choose things where there is a potential cross-over for teachers. Thanks!

Runner up in April 2010 Draw:
Steve Reynolds

Q: How did you first come across the SDS training?
It was sometime ago and i think it was an ad in The Psychologist.

Q: Which of our courses have you attended?
Three in total, brief solution focused therapy was one of them, which i found helpful.

Q: What are the most useful practical ideas you’ve taken from our courses that help you in your everyday work?
Motivational interviewing and working with resistance.

Q: What topics you would like to see on our portfolio in the future?
Not sure, perhaps more on P.D. and severs and enduring MH?

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