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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

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

New DVD offer! Brainstorm: The Power & Purpose of the Teenage Brain

This week’s new DVD is Brainstorm: The Power & Purpose of the Teenage Brain

Featuring Daniel Siegel, M.D., The world’s leading expert and best-selling author on the confluence of neuroscience, mindfulness and psychotherapy.

As any parent with a teenager can tell you, their child’s adolescent years can be intimidating, confusing and anxiety-ridden. The behavioural changes that take place during this period strain even the strongest parent and child relationships, leaving both sides frustrated and begging a fundamental question—why do teens act this way?

World-renowned neuropsychiatrist, Dr Dan Siegel, helps you crack this code with ground-breaking research in interpersonal neurobiology for this two hour lecture based on his newest book, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain. Dr Siegel explores how brain development affects teenage behaviour and relationships and helps promote understanding between parents and their teens. This DVD offers insights into hyper-rational thinking, impulsivity, changes in the dopamine drive for reward, and increases in the emotional reactivity of the brain to illuminate many of the potential risk factors during these transformative years of life. Rather than seeing adolescence as a period of immaturity or dysfunction, Dr Siegel’s view suggests that the essence of adolescence, the emotional spark, social engagement, novelty-seeking, and creative explorations—can best be harnessed by supporting these important aspects of our human development.
This DVD also comes with a certificate for 2 CPD Hours

Order today to save a £10 off this DVD
Offer expires tomorrow at midday!

Also available from Dr Siegel is The Whole-Brain Child Approach: Develop Kids' Minds and Integrate Their Brains for Better Outcomes. Available as a digital stream from our Training Partners at PESI.

In this seminar, bestselling authors of The Whole Brain Child, Dr Daniel Siegel and Dr Tina Payne Bryson, present the latest scientific research, with a special emphasis on neuroplasticity and the changing brain in a way that’s clear, interesting, and immediately practical. The focus is on better understanding the role of experience and focused attention on the ever-developing brain. This workshop focuses on five different types of integration that can lead to health and wholeness. Each section highlights a type of integration and provides numerous case examples demonstrating practical strategies to treat anxiety, affective disorders, executive function, and disruptive behaviour disorders.

In addition – don’t forget our 20% discount on all Trauma DVDs expires at Midday today! Just enter the code 20TRAUMA to get your 20% any of our Trauma DVDs.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Training update for September-October

As we head ever swiftly into Autumn here’s a brief overview of the BPS approved training courses we are bringing you throughout the remainder of September & October. We are sure you will find something of interest to add to your ever growing skill set!

We are holding Working with Anger Problems in London on 27th – 28th of this month. This important 2 day training course covers issues of definitions of anger, how anger problems develop, a multi-pathway model of anger, along with a range of CBT interventions as they apply to Anger problems. It’s a common issue with people leading such stressful lives so take a look at the details to see how you can learn how to be equipped to help your clients.  This course is part of our Master Practitioner Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or you can simply take it as a stand- alone module.

5th - 6th October is Essential Supervision Skills in Birmingham. This course has been fully booked for several weeks now so if you ever need to supervise the casework of others please do take a look at our other available dates by following the link below. It’s a really popular, must do course and meets the training standards required to confer eligibility to the British Psychological Society’s Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS). Book early for the next available dates, so as not to miss out!

Tuesday the 10th October is our one day Positive Psychotherapy: Supercharge your practice training course in London. This course can be taken as an individual one-day module or as a part of a Certificate in Resource Based Therapies  which is 3 modules over 5 days of training, approved by the BPS.
During this training day, you will discover an evidence based approach to positive psychotherapy which is invaluable in a range of therapeutic, social care and educational environments across the age span. It covers all essential components of the effective use of a positive psychology approach in helping clients.

11th - 12th October: Working with Panic Disorder, London. The 2 days cover issues of definition and relationship with agoraphobia, theories of Panic Disorder and a range of CBT interventions as they apply to this common debilitating problem which has produced success rates of between 80 and 90%. Details include the Definition of Panic Disorder, Goldstein & Chambless classical conditioning model and Clark’s cognitive theory of panic disorder. Learn about corrective breathing exercises, the role of graded exposure, and of behavioural experiments in challenging safety behaviours.

The ever popular 3 day CBT Introductory course which takes place again on the 18th - 20th October in Manchester is already fully booked for London in September. So if you haven’t ever done this fantastic, highly recommended course make sure you don’t miss it! You will leave with a solid grounding in CBT that you can put into practice straight away. It covers the history and meaning of CBT, conceptualising cases in CBT terms, the format of a standard CBT session, and the most important CBT techniques over three intensive days of training.

Last but most certainly not least, on the 19th – 20th October is the next module of our full certificate in Trauma Treatments.  CBT for working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Not doing the full Certificate in Trauma Treatments? Never mind – you can still book it! But otherwise you should still attend this course as a stand-alone module or as part of the Master Practitioner Diploma in CBT. It’s an outstanding practical two day course for those who work with survivors of trauma, from RTA to childhood abuse. The training combines an overview of the current understanding of PTSD with case discussions, demonstration and treatment.

All of these courses are approved by the British Psychological Society and you will receive a certificate of attendance that includes the relating CPD hours.

Book today to secure your place!

As always, we look forward to working with you.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

DBT with Suicidal Clients - New DVD with an Introductory Offer!

Borderline, suicidal, and self-harming clients are some of the most challenging populations therapists face.

Regardless of our level of clinical expertise, it is crucial to master risk assessment, working with ambivalence, and managing reactivity—all whilst staying centred ourselves!

We can all use support with these issues, and the venerable Dialectical Behaviour Therapy creator Marsha Linehan certainly delivers with this powerful two-video set. In this “grand rounds” offering, Ms Linehan demonstrates key interventions of the approach in the context of a live re-enactment of therapy with a suicidal client. You’ll watch the pair connect, tussle, and ultimately negotiate their way through a high-risk situation.

DBT with Suicidal Clients is vital for anyone who deals with suicidal and self-harming or self- destructive clients.  This new 2 DVD box set comes with 3 CPD hours and today we are offering a huge £10 off the set!

Marsha Linehan, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology and adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Washington. She is Director of the Behavioural Research and Therapy Clinics, a consortium of research projects developing new treatments and evaluating their efficacy for severely disordered and multi-diagnostic and suicidal populations. Her primary research is in the application of behavioural models to suicidal behaviours, drug abuse, and borderline personality disorder. She is also working to develop effective models for transferring science-based treatments to the clinical community.

Marsha is the developer of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, a treatment originally developed for the treatment of suicidal behaviours and since expanded to treatment of borderline personality disorder and other severe and complex mental disorders, particularly those that involve serious emotion dysregulation.

Order today to save a £10 off this DVD
Offer expires tomorrow at midday

Best wishes

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Our DVD Summer Sale Ends Soon – Don’t miss out!

Just a quick reminder that our DVD summer sale is ending soon. The last day to get those bargains is Sunday 3rd September!

Get your special VIP price by visiting our VIP Zone by clicking on the top banner or following this direct link:

Make sure you log in first to enjoy the special offers that we have arranged for you this summer.
Every DVD is discounted, some by as much as 50%! All you need to do is log in and all the prices will reduce even further, especially for you!


Brief Strategic Treatment of the Anxiety Disorders Reid Wilson Ph.D. - International Expert and Author in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
4 DVD Set - 6 CPD Hours

Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems Dr Judith S Beck Ph.D. - World Renowned Cognitive Therapy Educator, Writer & Clinician, President of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy & Research
4 DVDs Set - 6 CPD Hours

Building Clients’ Self Esteem
Paul Grantham, Consultant Clinical Psychologist Founder & Director of SDS Seminars, Paul is one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.
4 DVD) - 6 CPD Hours

Angry & Challenging Youth 2 Day Seminar
Dr R. Brooks Ph.D. Highly Acclaimed Expert & Author, Dr Brooks has received multiple awards for his work with children & families
(8 DVD) - 12 CPD Hours

ADHD: Cutting Edge Understanding and Management Russell Barkley, Ph.D. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr Berkley is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology
8 DVD Set - 10 CPD Hours

Take a look at what else we have on offer by following this link to the VIP Zone
Log in and choose from our vast library, and remember too -  all DVDs come with a CPD certificate.

Happy perusing!

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Excellent Feedback for our Online Case Formulation Course - Book Now before the price increases!

We consistently get great feedback for all our courses. This is particularly so for our online Case Formulation training course. This feedback was so good – we thought we should share it with you!

“A solid educative experience - which also touched upon and looked at case formulations from other theoretical perspectives. It provided a firm foundation to case formulation in CBT - and will act as a springboard for more study and further reading in this area. The substantial foundation of this course will enable myself to go on to further reading in this important area. Excellent course.”

As a reminder we recently wrote to tell you that our prices for all our online training courses are increasing on the 1st September so please take advantage now of the very low prices! By booking it before the end of August you will save £54 off the regular one day training price!

Take a look at the list of available online courses, by following this link:

Book them today and save!

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