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Monday, 20 November 2017

New video on Extended 3 day BPS Approved CBT Introductory course

One of our most popular courses, the 3 day BPS Approved CBT Introductory course is being extended for a one-off special event taking place 11th-14th December.

We are running it for one time only as a LIVE INTERACTIVE WEBCAST and I’ve made a short video to give you all the details and explain why we would give you four days of top quality training for the price of three!

Attendance in person is strictly limited to a small number, but there is just 1 space left if you are quick! Otherwise, join us from the comfort of your own armchair, from anywhere in the world via Live Interactive Webcast.

If you haven’t ever attended our CBT Introductory course let me tell you why you shouldn’t miss out on this comprehensive and highly regarded training. Please follow the link below and watch the video. It won’t take much of your time I promise!

I really hope you can join me on the day.

Best wishes


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

This week’s DVD offer! CBT for Couples – with Dr Frank M Dattilio Ph.D

This week our colleagues at SDS Seminars are running a BPS Approved training seminar on CBT for Couples. It’s a popular course so we thought that you might be interested in learning more on this subject.
Our DVD offer this week is a 5 disc set. Comprehensive CBT for Couples - Frank M Dattilio, Ph.D., ABPP.

This 6-hour seminar will provide you with all the essential strategies and techniques of Cognitive -Behavioural Therapy in your work with couples.

Dr. Dattilio describes the most effective ways of integrating a CBT approach into your clinical practice. Relevant for a wide range of counselling professionals. Recorded live from the seminar these DVDs will let you feel part of the audience.

Key Learning Points:

  • Effective cognitive-behavioural techniques for working with challenging couples.
  • Core schemas and the cognitive distortions that affect relationship dysfunction.
  • When to use cognitive vs. behavioural techniques.
  • Effective methods of clinical assessment and ways to formulate a plan of intervention.
  • When cognitive-behavioural techniques are inappropriate.
  • How to maintain cultural sensitivity.
  • How to deal with roadblocks and resistance to change.
  • How to address the potential for relapse.

Brief Outline:

  • Historical Development of CBT with Couples
  • Cognitive-Behavioural strategies with couples. Cognition, affect, and behaviour.
  • Combined perspectives within a systems framework.
  • Role of attachment and issues of vulnerability. Role of core beliefs & schemas.
  • Assessment Techniques and Case Conceptualization.
  • Conjoint and individual interviews. Use of various assessment measures.
  • Development of case conceptualization. Dysfunctional automatic thoughts.
  • Assessing personality and other disorders.
  • Cognitive & Behavioural Techniques and Procedures for Couples.

As well as 6 CPD hours. This DVD is especially discounted for you. £20 off the regular price if you order within the next 24 hours!

Don’t forget to order online by noon on the 15th November to get the discount. Follow the link below.

Kind regards

Monday, 13 November 2017

BPS Approved Course on Running Groups - Still Time to Book!

A quick reminder that we are running our one day BPS Approved training course: The Essential Toolkit for Running Groups, on Thursday the 16th November.

Even though it’s this week, it’s not too late to book this highly recommended training day. You can choose to either attend in person at the BPS in London, or via Live Interactive Webcast.

If you are too busy to take the time off on Thursday, then why not sign up to the webcast and watch it later? All webcast delegates are given 28 days to view the training via a recording at no extra cost. You can watch it all at once or hour by hour, it’s that simple to do in your own time. You can still qualify for your CPD certificate once you have viewed it all. How simple is that?!

Follow the link for more details and to book.

This course is not being run again any time soon, so don’t miss this opportunity to attend!

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Feedback on SDS ACT Webcast (from Facebook)

I attended the 2 day ACT training in the comfort of my own home. This came with 3 main benefits for me - no travel costs, no travel time and the additional access to the webcast after the course. I was a bit concerned that I’d feel disconnected from the training, but there was always a chance for those attending via webcast to comment and ask questions. I’d definitely recommend SDS training and will be signing up for the compassion focussed therapy for early next year.
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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Exposure & Response Prevention for OCD - 50% off for 24 hours only!

We have another fantastic saving for you this week with a huge 50% off Exposure & Response Prevention for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, with Dr Fiona Kennedy & Paul Grantham.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is one of the most disabling mental health problems. However, there is also an excellent research base supporting the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in enabling clients to overcome this. Treatment consists of the identification of triggers to the obsessive thoughts (typically thoughts of a specified or unspecified disaster) and exposure to them. This is combined with “response prevention” i.e. resistance to engaging in the compulsive behaviour that such obsessive thoughts typically trigger. Detailed guidance illustrated with a particular case demonstrates how this technique can be effectively used.

Consultant Clinical Psychologist Paul Grantham interviews Dr Fiona Kennedy on her perspective of helping clients struggling with OCD by using Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy. Dr Kennedy shares the theoretical background, research evidence and her own views and ideas on application of ERP to work with this group of clients.

This is then followed by an expert demonstration of the use of the principles discussed in the interview by Dr Kennedy in TWO LIVE client sessions. The sessions start, unfold and finish in front of the viewer.

Client: Carl (27) presents with OCD problems. These manifest themselves as a desire for symmetry regarding any books, magazines or paperwork. Any piles of papers on a table have to be straightened, any piles of magazines have to be in piles of multiples of four. Any “extras” have to be in their own pile. Books on shelves need to be in groups of four as well and any “extras” here need to be turned on their sides on the book case. He has an unspecified fear of something “bad” or “catastrophic” happening if he doesn’t check these items in a room or if he doesn’t order them as he wants.

Don’t miss out on this great saving. Order it today and get 50% off the regular price.
This great offer expires at noon tomorrow, 2nd November, so don’t miss it!

This DVD also comes with a certificate for 2 CPD hours

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The Stanford Prison Experiment - New DVD Offer!!

This week’s new DVD is something a little bit different!

Phil Zimbardo on the Stanford Prison Experiment, Evil and Heroism - 2 Hour DVD

Dr. Philip Zimbardo led the notorious Stanford Prison Experiment in order to answer the question, “What happens when you put good people in an evil place?” This question served as a through line over the course of Zimbardo’s long career; in this interview with Victor Yalom, the Stanford emeritus professor of psychology speaks in-depth on the study, its lessons, and its relationship to the Abu Ghraib trials decades later.

As clinicians, we seek to support individual change. But to what extent are we influenced by the institutions that surround us? Can we ignore the role of systems in our work with clients, or does treatment involve addressing one’s environment as well? In this video, Dr Philip Zimbardo illuminates the longstanding nature vs. nurture debate in a deep discussion about evil, heroism, and the psychological conditions that impact which way we turn. Here, the former APA president and leader of the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment goes back decades to tell us the story of its participants, the ways in which we internalise the roles given to us, and the compelling ways these factors are still playing out today.

Over the course of his long career, Dr Zimbardo has tackled the question of morality, seeking to understand the power of situations over individuals that lead to corruption and compliance. The 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment was the most notorious of his studies, and here Zimbardo describes its methodology, goals, unravelling, and abrupt cancellation after only six days of its planned two-week run. You’ll watch him reflect on the harsh conditions leading a college-aged group of “otherwise good people” to turn against each other, and hear about his ongoing regrets commingled with important lessons about human nature.

Discussing issues such as compliance (what causes us to look the other way), learned helplessness (through the gradual acclimation to fearful situations), and “the illusion of personal invulnerability”—the idea that we would make better choices in similar situations. He goes on to discuss his work as an analyst during the Abu Ghraib trials, bringing his expertise to bear on the psychological processes at work among the guards.

Ultimately, though, Zimbardo’s objective is hopeful: to uncover what inspires heroic acts and promote the development of our collective moral compass. If you’re interested in understanding how psychological and systemic forces create good or evil, you won’t want to miss this compelling interview.

Take a look at the full details by following the link below. We are sure you will find it extremely interesting.

As usual we are offering our valued customers a discount on this DVD if you order within the next 24 hours - £10 off plus a CPD certificate for two hours.

We hope you enjoy it.

Kind regards

Monday, 9 October 2017

Training update for October-November

Here’s a brief overview of the British Psychological Society Approved courses we have coming up over the next few weeks. Be sure not to miss out on the training you want and need!

Commencing in London tomorrow the 10th October with POSITIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY: SUPERCHARGE YOUR PRACTICE. Discover an evidence based approach to positive therapy - invaluable in a range of therapeutic, social care and educational environments across the age span. There are still a few places available so it’s not too late to book it if you are quick and do it today!

On the 11th – 12th October WORKING WITH PANIC DISORDER, covering issues of definition and the relationship with agoraphobia, theories of Panic Disorder and a range of CBT interventions as they apply to this common debilitating problem. There is limited availability if you wish to attend.

18th - 20th October is our ever popular and highly recommended 3 day CBT INTRODUCTORY COURSE. It’s being held in Manchester this time and there are only a couple of spaces left. Don’t miss it because we won’t run it again in Manchester any time soon!

19th - 20th October is also when we are running CBT FOR WORKING WITH POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER in London with Dr Fiona Kennedy. This course can be taken as a stand-alone module or as part of our BPS Approved Certificate in Trauma Treatments, plus it’s also an integral part of our Master Practitioner Diploma in CBT. There are not many spaces left so book it now if you ever have a need to identify PTSD, make sense of it and most importantly learn how to treat it. This recommended training course is also being made available via Live Interactive Webcast. Join us without the hassle and additional cost of travelling. It’s a really popular way of training!

Heading into November on the 8th - 9th we have NEW APPROACHES TO TRAUMATIC GRIEF & LOSS, again part of our full certificate in Trauma treatments. Discover how to understand the nature of Traumatic Grief, work effectively with Traumatic Grief problems and Therapeutic Interventions including the dos and don’ts of grief work. Also available via webcast. Take a look at the full details by following the link below.

14th - 15th November CBT FOR COUPLES. This course will teach you how to identify an introductory structure for assessment, formulation and treatment of couples relationship problems as well as common difficult to manage therapeutic obstacles such as sexual unfaithfulness, including an unwillingness to disclose, deciding on a therapeutic focus and how to sequence interventions.

THE ESSENTIAL TOOLKIT FOR RUNNING GROUPS is on the 16th November. A one day BPS approved training course being held in London and also via Live Interactive Webcast.
There is currently not a single service that is not under pressure to deliver more client contacts and more effective interventions. This is the case whatever field we work in; from mental health to changing health behaviours working with young people, from dietetics to psychotherapy. Unfortunately however, our primary training is often in one-to-one models of change. Equally, more specialist training in group work often requires commitment to expensive and time consuming long courses for which funding is often not available. This can be particularly pressing because dynamics within groups often mean that what works in one-to-one work does not always transfer to working with multiple clients and that problems in group work are often more common as a result. Run by Consultant Clinical Psychologist Paul Grantham this course provides the necessary basic toolkit to address these issues successfully and prepare and refresh professionals in their group work. Whether you are new to running groups or are simply looking for a refresher to provide new ideas and strategies, this course is invaluable.

Join us in London for this course or from the comfort of your own home via webcast plus get 28 days to catch up via a recorded version if you are too busy on the day! THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT IS STILL AVAILABLE BUT IT EXPIRES ON MONDAY! DON’T DELAY!

Last in November but definitely not the least, on the 21st – 23rd the comprehensive 3 day CBT INTRODUCTORY COURSE comes to Birmingham, it won’t be run there again for a while so book it whilst you can!

Don’t forget. All of these courses come with a BPS Approved Certificate of Attendance and include those valuable CPD hours.

We look forward to working with you.

Kind regards

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

New DVD Offer! - Hardwiring Happiness, the New Brain Science

Our DVD offer this week features Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence.

This 3 DVD set features Neuropsychologist, international speaker, and bestselling author of Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and his newest book, Hardwiring Happiness, Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Based on his latest book, Hardwiring Happiness, this workshop presents the four simple HEAL steps of taking in the good, which turn passing experiences into lasting neural resources.

It explores how to use these methods to lower anxiety and stress, lift mood, grow confidence, calm, and contentment, and fundamentally, hardwire happiness into the brain.

The mind shapes the brain. Neurons that fire together, wire together.

Positive experiences are the main source of the neural structures underlying positive mood, resilience, feeling loved, the executive functions, and other inner strengths. Unfortunately, most positive experiences are wasted on the brain because it evolved a negativity bias to help our ancestors survive. It’s like Velcro for bad experiences but Teflon for good ones.

You will learn many practical ways to help your clients overcome this negative bias; which is disheartening, flattens learning curves, undermines compliance and progress in treatment, and fosters drop outs or relapsing. And instead draw upon the positive experiences available in both treatment and everyday life to weave strength and happiness into the fabric of their brain and their life.

In addition to teaching general-purpose methods for deliberately internalising positive experiences – taking in the good – the workshop will explore how to identify and use key resource experiences to soothe and even heal clinical issues related to the three fundamental systems of the brain:
Avoiding Harms, Approaching Rewards, & Attaching to others.

These methods include how to skilfully hold both positive and negative material in awareness so that, “as neurons fire together, they wire together”. The positive factors connect with, dampen, and gradually replace the negative ones.

The workshop also covers applications to particular populations and needs, notably trauma, children, plus addiction & recovery. Follow the link below for much more information.

Order this 3 disc DVD set today to save a huge £30 off the regular price.
Offer expires tomorrow at midday!

You will also receive a certificate for 6 CPD Hours

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

New Developments in the Treatment of PTSD, Complex PTSD & Comorbid Disorders - New DVD Offer!

This week’s exciting new DVD release is by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. who has been voted by clinicians in an American Psychology survey as one of the most influential psychotherapists of the century.

This is your opportunity to learn the latest developments in the treatment of PTSD, complex PTSD and co-morbid disorders from one of the world's leading psychotherapists. Dr. Donald Meichenbaum, co-founder of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. He recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the clinical division of the American Psychological Association and was Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association.

In this program you will learn the assessment and treatment implications of neuroscience from a life-span perspective and learn ways to provide integrated treatments in a culturally and gender-sensitive manner. You will learn how to conduct evidence-based trauma-focused treatment and how to incorporate spiritually-oriented interventions. Dr Meichenbaum utilises his vast clinical and research experience, irreverent style, along with video case presentations to make this a must-see event. In addition, you will receive a comprehensive set of handouts with tools to be used in your practice.

You will learn:
Evidence-based, trauma-focused treatment informed by neuroscience Treatment for co-morbid issues including depression, suicide, substance abuse and TBI A strengths-based approach that bolsters resilience Integrated treatment that is culturally and gender sensitive

Critique the concept of PTSD and critically assess the “state-of-the-art” treatment of PTSD and Complex PTSD.
Utilize a Case Conceptualization Model (CCM) that informs assessment and treatment decision-making.
Implement the “Core Tasks” of psychotherapy in an integrated fashion.
Conduct trauma-focused interventions in an integrative fashion, treating PTSD and co-morbid psychiatric disorders together.
Incorporate culturally- and gender-sensitive and spiritually-oriented treatments.
Address the needs of health care providers, namely vicarious traumatization and burnout.

Take a look at the full details of this comprehensive training by following this link

This programme is also available via our partners at PESI by digital stream by following this link

Order this DVD today to save a huge £50 off.
Offer expires tomorrow at midday!

You will also receive a CPD certificate for 5 hours.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Important! 2018 Training Calendar is Ready for Bookings

2018 might seem a bit of a way off but here at SDS we have been busy arranging our training calendar for next year.

All course dates are now available for booking and as you know many of our courses get fully booked up quickly, so make sure not to miss out! Take a look at the calendar by following the link below:

Due to high demand we are once again running the popular BPS APPROVED CERTIFICATE IN THIRD WAVE CBT. You can choose to attend any of the modules either in London or via Live Interactive Webcast.
The full Certificate focuses on modules relating to Mindfulness, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. These different Third Wave approaches are integrated via an additional online presentation exploring the meaning and contradictions within these modalities. Over and above this there is a particular focus on practical issues, problems and dilemmas within each Third Wave approach and how they can be successfully addressed. The full Certificate is made up of 5 modules over 8.5 training days see further details below.

In addition the equally popular BPS APPROVED CERTIFICATE IN RESOURCE BASED THERAPIES is also taking place again in London and via Live Interactive Webcast.
The BPS APPROVED Full Certificate course is made up of 3 modules over 5 training days and includes an introduction to the three modalities,  similarities and differences between Positive Psychology, Solution Focused Brief Therapy & Motivational interviewing. Full details are available by following this link.

I WANT TO STOP PROCRASTINATING NOW! Is also back due to popular demand.
Life is busy and we are all guilty of “putting things off”. So this two day programme is specifically designed for delegates to apply to themselves rather than their clients, with a strong outcome focus to help participants change their lives in this important area. Often seen as a time management issue, procrastination is typically initiated and maintained through a number of well researched and established psychological processes. These same processes are equally amenable to a range of effective psychological techniques and strategies that reduce the degree of procrastination that sufferers experience and in some instances totally eliminate it.

SDS training courses have been fully booked regularly during 2017 including Working with Anger Problems next week – now sold out! It’s only run once a year and spaces are always limited. Book next year’s dates so as not to miss out again.

Booking early not only ensures you get the date and training you want and need, but also qualifies you for our Early Bird Discount. You need to book more than one calendar month in advance of the training to qualify for the price reduction, however some of our courses sell out way before that, so take a look and book soon!

Warmest regards

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