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Friday, 4 March 2011

A message from Paul Grantham

Hello all!

Just wanted to share with you a few things that had been on my mind over the last couple of weeks:

- I was applying some finishing touches to the presentation for my new course “HOW TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE: THERAPY APPLICATIONS OF TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH (CETS - MODULE 2)” that goes ahead this week in London (Wednesday) and then rolls around the country during March. Again and again, while working on this topic, I felt astonished by the vast number of extremely useful research studies in the fields of social psychology, anthropology, management & development, that can be directly applied to therapeutic settings, to everyday work that all of us involved in, but that in the overwhelming majority of cases remain totally unknown and unused by our profession. The interventions and changes that can produce remarkable results and change clients’ response to therapy are incredibly simple and sometimes seem surprisingly obvious, (after you read about them that is), and they often left me wondering – why – WHY? – I haven’t thought of this before and why these approaches are not used every day in everyone’s practice?

I am pleased with the way the course is now shaping up and look forward to working on it with you – it promises to be stimulating and exciting, hopefully for you as well as myself.

You still can book with the online discount here

I am very grateful for all the replies we’ve received from our delegates to our latest delegate debate. I was particularly interested in comments made by L.A. on the situation regarding psychological support for stroke patients. She writes: “…the recent CQC review highlights that only about 40% of stroke survivors receive any psychological support at all and what that consists of is anyone’s guess due to the shortage of Clinical Psychology positions within the NHS.” I cannot agree more – as you know SDS runs a unique training course for a wide range of health professionals working with stroke patients “PSYCHOLOGICAL COPING STRATEGIES POST STROKE (CERTIFICATE COURSE)” ( ) designed specifically to address this issue. We’ve run this course as in-house training around the UK as well as the open course (completed recently) and the response to this training has been extremely positive. If you want to know more about various options of this training – check out the website of get in touch with our training co-ordinator Peter Musham ( ).

In her comment C.C. makes very valid point about similarities between this situation with Mental Health and current policies in Education. P.H. takes the argument further presenting us all with extremely difficult questions about choice and priorities that the NHS will inevitably have to face in the not too distant future.

Thank you!

I am personally particularly grateful for the comment by L.V. who, apart from adding interesting points to our discussion, shared with me her first experiences of using the Miracle Question with her clients, following her participation in our Brief Solution Focused Therapy workshop. She says about her clients that after the use of the Miracle Question “…their attitude, animation and level of involvement in the session changed dramatically”. These sort of comments are so rewarding for me and all of us here at SDS – we feel that our work makes real difference to delegates’ practice and it is what we are here for! Please keep sharing with us your triumphs and achievements no matter how great or small.

You can read all the comments on this topic at: "No Health Without Mental Health"

And finally – we’ve completed a new training DVD in series “Training with Experts Series” – “New Approaches to Grief & Loss Work (with me!) - 3 DVD Set”

You can find it here.

My colleagues at tell me that currently it is on special offer. You can save £10 off the set and receive CPD certificate for 3 hours. Have a look.

Looking forward to seeing you at our training events again soon!


  1. Fab! Training which worth learning and forwarding!

    S.E., Psychotherapist, speaker & author

  2. Today has taken me out of my comfort zone, but in a good way. I would never have thought of using this kind of research to help my clients but there is so much to choose from!

    M.C., Counsellor

  3. Excellent day - many thanks!

    I.W., Counsellor

  4. Very interesting and useful course, especially provision of the reaser base for the ideas.

    J.G.S., Social Worker

  5. Interesting & prectical stuff. Refreshing.

    P.C., Psychologist

  6. Fascinating, wish had more time to discuss. Very applicable & intereting. Love it! It was more than "Very Good" in every way!

    K.H., Psychologist

  7. Thoroughly interesting & challenging.

    P.M., OT

  8. Thank you. I found this experience challenging & stimulating. Ill take much away with me.

    D.G., Counsellor

  9. It was excellent. Many new things which I am going to incorporate in my practice.

    M.W., Counsellor

  10. I will certainly use what I have learned today in my practice and will adapt it to my way of working. Thank you for today!

    A.A., Psychotherapist

  11. Well presented with practical application of research evidence & improving clinical practice. Very much liked the questionnaire and provision of the CD with research evidence.

    S.K., Social Worker & Nutritional Therapist.

  12. Great workshop today about running groups, thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking. Counsellor


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