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Certificate In Resource Based Therapies (3 modules/5 days)

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

The Certificate in Resource Based Therapies (RBT) Course consists of 3 modules / 5 training days that can be booked together or separately.

3 Modules of the Certificate in Resource Based Therapies:

The order, in which delegates attend the courses, is flexible.

Delegates who attend one or more days will be awarded with a Certificate of Attendance (on the day).

As an additional option delegates can take an assessment (comprising of additional reading and an online test) – successful completion of which will result in obtaining a Certificate of Assessed Academic Competence with 30 CPD hours.

The structure of the 5 days is as follows:

An introduction to the three modalities – similarities and differences between Positive Psychology, Solution Focused Brief Therapy & Motivational interviewing.
The limitations of pathology-based therapies.

Motivational Interviewing & Beyond (Module 1)

A two day training course designed to empower you to motivate your clients and patients. You’ll be taken through a range of issues, strategies and tips designed to improve your motivational strategies whatever your client group –from treatment non-compliance through offending behaviour to working with those with severe mental health problems. This evidence-based seminar will address the following issues:

  • Practical ideas developed from Motivational Interviewing (M.I.), environmental psychology and learning theory
  • Effective evidence-based strategies for all practitioners - whether working in long term therapeutic relationships or with brief 5 minute contacts
  • Learn to motivate clients who do not want to talk to you or even be in the same room as you!
  • Learn how doing LESS can motivate your clients MORE
  • Discover the research on how what your client SAYS increases what they DO afterwards… and how to get them to say it!
  • Prevent and manage resistance more effectively
  • Learn how to make goal setting work and feedback more effective as motivating factors
  • How do we currently try to motivate clients
    • Outline of common styles
    • Strengths and limitations of such styles
    • Discussion
  • Arousal & Motivation
    • Yerkes-Dodson & the 21st century
    • Why are ‘low energy’ clients unmotivated and what can be done about it?
    • Force-Field Analysis: A powerful tool for assessing & increasing motivation
  • Stages of change model & implications for motivational strategies
  • The MI process of Engage, Focusing, Evoking & Planning
  • Pre-Contemplators: The forgotten client group
    • Why do we have totally unmotivated clients
    • General principles for motivating "unmotivated clients"
    • "Depressed", "Inactive" & "Low Energy" clients
    • "Rebellious", "Compulsory Attendance" clients…..or ones who simply hate you
  • The use of OARS (Open Questions, Affirmations, Reflections & Summary)
  • Working with uncertain or ambivalent clients
    • Key principles and attitudes on information giving and handling resistance
    • The role of change statements and how to elicit them
    • Working with clients with variable motivation. Video illustration
  • Goal setting & Feedback For Increasing Motivation
    • Powerful tools for good and bad
    • Making goal setting more effective
    • Increasing the effectiveness of feedback
  • Understanding Maintenance of Change and ensuring that your work with clients is not simply a pattern of repeated change followed by repeated relapse
    • The role of practice, routines and rituals
    • Social support as a key success factor
    • Handling relapse

Solution Focused Brief Therapy – SFT (Module 2)

  • Introduction to Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT): Evidence base and applicability to different client and staff groups. 
  • Understanding the trap of the CLEPPER approach in traditional models of helping.
  • Key underlying principles of SFT and its implications for practice. How brief is brief? Single five minute meetings through to longer term work. 
  • Initial Engagement: Laying the groundwork for change. Rapport building (with a difference!).
  • Changing your own and your clients’ attitudes to problems through language change. 
  • Creating “psychological distance” between the client and their problems whilst increasing a sense of “personal agency”. Helping the client let go of unhelpful attitudes towards their problems.
  • “Doing the problem”.
  • Creating a sense of hope and “possibility” and “goal direction” for stuck clients.
  • Moving out of stuck behaviour and repetitive negative cycles.
  • Techniques to help clients re-evaluate and change old negative patterns. The role of “experimental behaviour” and how to use it with clients.
  • Focusing on solutions. Helping clients to discover their own internal resources for problem resolution.
  • ”Why aren’t things worse” ”Doing the solution optimally”, “Competency transfer”. 
  • The idea of “faking” new responses. 
  • Paradoxical interventions & their use with clients.
  • The use of the Miracle Question.
  • Working with unhealthy or `unrealistic client goals – an issue revisited. Strategies for enhancing and adapting the “Miracle Question”.
  • Techniques for working with a “preferred futures” with specialist client groups including those with ASD, cognitive impairment and those with serious mental health problems
  • A Solution Focused approach to “involuntary and unmotivated clients”. Brief solution techniques for motivating clients who hate you and don’t want to work with you.
  • Turning poor motivation into client led optimism and solutions.
  • The use of the prediction task.

Positive Psychotherapy: Supercharge Your Practice (Module 3)

The history and evidence base of positive psychology and its practical application. 

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: VIA "Signature Strengths" and how they might be identified and used in therapy. Developing gratitude and its impact on motivation and mood.

The development of Optimism in pessimistic clients

Environmental interventions and their impact on pro-social behaviour and positive mood. Practical implications and uses.

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

Course Price:

Regular Price: £540 + VAT (£648) per delegate to include refreshments and course materials.

Certificate of Attendance:
You receive a Certificate of Attendance for 7 CPD training hours on each course (14 Hours for 2-day course).

Certificate of Completion:
You can obtain a Certificate of Completion for 35 CPD training hours as soon as you provide us copies of your attendance certificates and complete the online test (please email us for further details).


Solution Focused Therapy - BPS London
Motivational Interviewing Online course
Positive Psychotherapy - BPS London

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Solution Focused Therapy - WEBCAST
Motivational Interviewing Online course
Positive Psychotherapy - WEBCAST

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Booking Conditions
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Working with Depression.
12 September 2019, London —
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Working with Phobias.
13 September, London —
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CBT: Introductory Course.
17-19 September 2019, London
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Working with Substance Misuse.
24-25 September, London —
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Behavioural Activation for Depression.
26-27 September 2019, London —
or via WEBCAST.

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Course Leader:

Prof. 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. 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 founder of the DBT Special Interest Group of the BABCP, 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.

Delegates' Feedback

Carolyn Angwin-Thomson
Mental Health Worker at Devon County Council & Devon Partnership NHS Trust

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