Understanding what's going on in our heads – how our brains work – can help us become better practitioners and help our clients make sense of their experiences in ways that reduce self-blame and self-criticism. Although the human brain is probably one of the most complex structures around, some of the principles on which it works are easily explained. You don't have to be a neuroscientist to get a better understanding of the brain and nervous system!
This workshop will provide you with ways to make sense of the responses of the nervous system to threat and safety, and to explain them in ways that are easy to understand for both you and your clients. Psychoeducation can be enormously useful for clients to help them make sense of what's happening to them, although this resource can be resisted in some therapeutic approaches that value the practitioner not taking an 'expert stance' in relation to the client. I like to think of it as 'information sharing', and doing this in the context of the therapeutic relationship can be a way for the therapist and client to explore the clients' experiences together to make sense and meaning. I find that doing this can allow the client to make connections between their current experiences and past events in a way that is less likely to result in blame – for self or others.
In the workshop, we will look at threat and safety, responses to acute and chronic stress, using the body as an ally, and practical ways to work with anxiety, panic and stress that are backed up by sound, up-to-date, scientific research. There will be opportunities to try out some of these practical tools, as well as informational input and time for discussion.
This workshop is usually presented over 2 days, however, we feel that it will be more accessible in an online environment to split the workshop into 4 parts of two and a half hours each. We would love to have you with us for all 4 parts of the workshop, please dont worry if you can't manage all the four dates advertised here as we plan to run this workshop again and you will be able to register for the parts you missed.
The registration for each part of this workshop is on a different eventbrite booking page, you can see the dates for each part and the link to register below.
This workshop is the beginning of a brand new programme from onlinevents which will offer CPD Group Training Workshops completely online. We are acutely aware that for many colleagues in the helping professions, travel is extremely difficult due to time, money, and health constraints. We are developing this programme so that the workshops offered by experienced trainers from all over the world can also be accessed by you from the comfort of your own home.
This workshop will be hosted in the Zoom meeting platform which has all the resources we need to create an experiential group learning environment. The workshops will have access to an online group room, breakout rooms for small groups, whiteboards for creating and sharing resources, and the capacity to communicate with voice and text.
One week before the date of the workshop, you will receive an email which will include a clickable link to join the workshop. About 10 minutes before the workshop is about to begin, please go to this email and click on the link. This will open the Zoom meeting on your computer or mobile device.
When you register for the workshop, you will receive an email with an invitation to meet a colleague from the onlinevents team in Zoom who will help you orientate to the Zoom environment. Because the workshop will require the use of the camera and microphone on your computer or mobile device, we want to help you feel confident using your technology.
Please note that we are requiring that all workshop participants meet with a colleague from the onlinevents team before participating in the onlinevents workshop programme so that the workshop can begin and run smoothly. Any colleagues who do not respond to the invitation for the pre-workshop meeting will not be able to join the workshop. This pre-workshop meeting will prepare you to attend this workshop and any other onlinevents workshop that you choose to register for. You won't need to attend one meeting per workshop.
We are offering a reduced number of low cost places to this workshop on a first come first serve basis. The tickets will be visible until they are sold out and then the full cost places will be visible on the ticket form.
Workshop places can be cancelled with a full refund up to 7 days before the workshop start date. No refunds will be given for places cancelled less than 7 days before the workshop start date. Please note that this also applies to anyone who has not engaged with a pre-workshop meeting and no refund will be given if there is less than 7 days to the workshop start date.