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  • ‘Highly relevant to my management role and 
    will help me have more facilitative discussions with my staff’.
  • ‘Excellent workshop, space for thinking, 
    reflecting and participating’.
  • ‘Excellent training! Trainer very 
    knowledgable, enthusiastic & passionate.’
  • ‘Interaction between trainer and group 
    excellent and great examples given’
  • ‘These courses change people's lives not just their work!’
  • ‘Highly relevant to my 
    management role and will help
    me have more facilitative
    discussions with my staff’.
  • ‘Excellent workshop, space for 
    thinking, reflecting and
    participating’.
  • ‘Excellent training! Trainer very 
    knowledgable, enthusiastic
    & passionate.’
  • ‘Interaction between trainer and group excellent and great 
    examples given’
  • ‘These courses change people's 
    lives not just their work!’
  • Two Day Foundation Course a fortnight apart. The course is an introduction to Strengths-Based Approaches in working with your clients. This course develops your clinical skills so that you can immediately apply learning to your client work.

    Day 1 is followed two weeks later by Day 2 to facilitate practitioners apply the model and tools in practice with clients and receive group coaching on Day 2 to further enhance skill. Designed for all health, social care & education practitioners who work with clients & wish to develop clinical skill in strengths-based practice.

    Evaluation:

    A one year follow-up pre and post evaluation was undertaken on this course in 2013 delivered to 3 teams of Health Visitors. Here are some of the key points from this evaluation. The teams reported: 

    • better team morale and energy
    • greater sharing of information and ideas between team members
    • more confidence in day to day work with families
    • greater awareness of own character trengths and how they are expressed at work
    • supported reflective practice
    • playing to, and appreciating each others strengths in the team leading to better team relationships
    • builds resilience – feel different about the work, not getting so down about challenges of the work
    • difficult to engage clients responding better
    • GPs and Social Services commented that the quality of family assessment reports improved
  • Two-Day Course to support Health, Social Care, Education, Voluntary Sector Team Leaders to implement and sustain Strengths-Based working in their team. 

    If delegates have previously attended the Foundation course in strengths-based clinical practice then a follow-up short Team Leaders course is arranged. 

  • Would you like to have better engagement from your staff, less stress and better outcomes in your organisation? This tailored course based on scientific evidence is for you. Understand how you can use your own strengths to develop a strengths-based culture in your services; have strengths-based meetings; annual performance reviews and much much more. For managers in health, social services, voluntary sector and business.

  • Team building day and follow up, exploring the strengths in the team using VIA. For teams in health, social services, education, voluntary sector and business.

    What are the benefits of using this approach? 

    Research shows that at any one time in organisations there is a huge waste of human potential:

    • 15% of employees are actively disengaged
    • 60% of employees are actively not engaged
    • 30% of employees are engaged  

    (Gallup 2008: Towers Perrin Global Workforce Study 2008)

    When there is a disconnect between who we are, and the job we are doing, we become disengaged and no longer function well in a team. Teams with higher levels of engagement are high performing and successful teams. Changes at work, restructuring, re-organisation, all contribute to low morale and increase in disengagement. Using the VIA and exploring how individual strengths contribute to the team, re-energises teams, and builds appreciation of each others strengths.

    A key outcome of this training enables you as manager, to align team strengths with team functions to get best outcomes for clients. This is consistently one of the aspects of the course managers and team leaders highly value in their feedback.

  • A 4 day course run over 8 weeks that supports professionals to enhance their observational skills of parent-infant interaction in practice, and consider in depth the emotional life of the infant. The aim of the course is to increase confidence in the use of observations within assessment and report writing and how to evidence the emotional experiences of infants. The course has been designed specifically for all professionals who work with infants or young children and their families and who may need to assess the quality of interaction or provide reports of supervised contact and parenting assessments. e.g. social workers, social work assistants, health visitors, early years workers, child care staff etc.  

    This course has been successfully run for 5 years in a local authority Social Services department.

    Evaluation of the course:

    • increased confidence in observing parent/child interactions
    • better assessment reports
    • able to keep focus on the child and make sense of their experience
    • understanding of infant cues
    • more detailed reflective written accounts of contact
    • better able to give other professionals a clear understanding of the observation of supervised contact 
    • prior to the course focus was on the parent/carer, after the course the focus was on the child and their experience, therefore better able to articulate child’s needs 
    • more purposeful observations
    • understanding of the importance of carer/child interaction and its impact

     

  • One day course on understanding baby communication cues.  The seminar is designed for all professionals who work with babies and parents or for those who care for young babies.  The first 3 months of life is a period of rapid developmental transition for the newborn as the infant engages with the world around.  Babies are social from the moment of birth.  Understanding their communication cues supports a secure attachment.  This seminar gives you up to date scientific knowledge about infant communications and how it can help you in your work with families of newborns.

    Clinical discussion of participants casework is an integral part of this day. 

  • This highly interactive workshop demonstrates tools and resources in action!

    Participants will explore key strength-based principles, skills and questions, as well as the role of creativity in inspiring good practice and preventing burn out. You will leave with a myriad of invigorating ideas and a toolkit of resources you can incorporate immediately into your work, using a range of positive psychology tools and resources published by Innovative Resources.

    The Tools Workshops are:

    • highly interactive
    • ‘hands-on’ in their use of conversation-building materials
    • informed by strengths-based and solution-focused practice, Appreciative Inquiry, positive psychology, narrative approaches, motivational interviewing and other practice frameworks.
    • filled with readily-useable skills, ideas and resources
    • designed to balance playfulness and soulfulness
    • built around active learning techniques and different learning styles.

    If you are interested in any of the following:

    • working with children, families, boys, girls, women and men
    • are and educator, trainer or  facilitator
    • counselling and therapy
    • community building
    • group work, team building and supervision
    • coaching and mentoring
    • social justice including gender fairness, cultural competence and ecological sustainability
    • building a strengths-based  organisational culture, managing change, goal-setting and planning
    • navigating emotions and feelings
    • scaling, feedback and evaluation
    • separation, transitions and major life changes
    • building relationships and preventing bullying
    • self-care
    • creative writing, storytelling and journalling.

    Come along to a workshop to find out more! Book now or contact me to find out more.

  • ‘Mindfulness offers a lens for seeing oneself and others with clarity. Character Strengths presents a language for understanding one’s potential and the good that can be expressed to others.’ Ryan M. Niemiec (creator of MBSP and author of Mindfulness and Character Strengths: A Practical Guide to Flourishing).

    Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP) Part I is a new program that can be applied to groups or individuals in a variety of settings – counselling, coaching, education, healthcare, or business. MBSP brings together the latest science of mindfulness and character strengths into a practical program to help people flourish. This 8-week program is grounded in a blending of experiential exercises, mindful living meditations, and dyad and group discussions.

    The practice of mindfulness can help people improve their skill of strengths-spotting, facilitate a grounded strengths-based approach, break through strengths blindness, and find the “golden mean of strengths” (i.e., strengths expression that balances overuse and underuse and is sensitive to context). Character strengths, in turn, can be used to overcome common obstacles that emerge when developing mindfulness and serve to “supercharge” both mindful living and formal mindfulness meditation.

  • What Next? – Life After School/College or Life After Uni Life

    A 1 day course that focusses on how to navigate through life transitions and is tailored to suit the following two phases of life: 1. leaving school or college for work or other plans; 2. leaving university for work or other plans.

    The emphasis is placed on the use of character strengths to support and provide balance and perspective throughout the transition process. The purpose is intended for personal growth and future planning.

    This course is organized around four phases of transitions. Giving attention to each phase can help you bring the best of yourself to life challenges. The four phases that are explored on the day are:

    1.)    Gathering Wisdom: learning from the past.

    2.)    Facing the In-Between Space: facing the tensions and challenges of the present moment.

    3.)    Envisioning Your Future Self: looking to the future to explore what “might” or “could” be for you.

    4.)    Beginning Anew: attending to self-care, including the four pillars of health.

    If you would like one of these courses organised for your school/college or university contact me to discuss further.

     

  • Two Day Foundation Course a fortnight apart. The course is an introduction to Strengths-Based Approaches in working with your clients. This course develops your clinical skills so that you can immediately apply learning to your client work.

    Day 1 is followed two weeks later by Day 2 to facilitate practitioners apply the model and tools in practice with clients and receive group coaching on Day 2 to further enhance skill. Designed for all health, social care & education practitioners who work with clients & wish to develop clinical skill in strengths-based practice.

    Evaluation:

    A one year follow-up pre and post evaluation was undertaken on this course in 2013 delivered to 3 teams of Health Visitors. Here are some of the key points from this evaluation. The teams reported: 

    • better team morale and energy
    • greater sharing of information and ideas between team members
    • more confidence in day to day work with families
    • greater awareness of own character trengths and how they are expressed at work
    • supported reflective practice
    • playing to, and appreciating each others strengths in the team leading to better team relationships
    • builds resilience – feel different about the work, not getting so down about challenges of the work
    • difficult to engage clients responding better
    • GPs and Social Services commented that the quality of family assessment reports improved
  • Two-Day Course to support Health, Social Care, Education, Voluntary Sector Team Leaders to implement and sustain Strengths-Based working in their team. 

    If delegates have previously attended the Foundation course in strengths-based clinical practice then a follow-up short Team Leaders course is arranged. 

  • Would you like to have better engagement from your staff, less stress and better outcomes in your organisation? This tailored course based on scientific evidence is for you. Understand how you can use your own strengths to develop a strengths-based culture in your services; have strengths-based meetings; annual performance reviews and much much more. For managers in health, social services, voluntary sector and business.

  • Team building day and follow up, exploring the strengths in the team using VIA. For teams in health, social services, education, voluntary sector and business.

    What are the benefits of using this approach? 

    Research shows that at any one time in organisations there is a huge waste of human potential:

    • 15% of employees are actively disengaged
    • 60% of employees are actively not engaged
    • 30% of employees are engaged  

    (Gallup 2008: Towers Perrin Global Workforce Study 2008)

    When there is a disconnect between who we are, and the job we are doing, we become disengaged and no longer function well in a team. Teams with higher levels of engagement are high performing and successful teams. Changes at work, restructuring, re-organisation, all contribute to low morale and increase in disengagement. Using the VIA and exploring how individual strengths contribute to the team, re-energises teams, and builds appreciation of each others strengths.

    A key outcome of this training enables you as manager, to align team strengths with team functions to get best outcomes for clients. This is consistently one of the aspects of the course managers and team leaders highly value in their feedback.

  • A 4 day course run over 8 weeks that supports professionals to enhance their observational skills of parent-infant interaction in practice, and consider in depth the emotional life of the infant. The aim of the course is to increase confidence in the use of observations within assessment and report writing and how to evidence the emotional experiences of infants. The course has been designed specifically for all professionals who work with infants or young children and their families and who may need to assess the quality of interaction or provide reports of supervised contact and parenting assessments. e.g. social workers, social work assistants, health visitors, early years workers, child care staff etc.  

    This course has been successfully run for 5 years in a local authority Social Services department.

    Evaluation of the course to follow:

  • One day course on understanding baby communication cues.  The seminar is designed for all professionals who work with babies and parents or for those who care for young babies.  The first 3 months of life is a period of rapid developmental transition for the newborn as the infant engages with the world around.  Babies are social from the moment of birth.  Understanding their communication cues supports a secure attachment.  This seminar gives you up to date scientific knowledge about infant communications and how it can help you in your work with families of newborns.

    Clinical discussion of participants casework is an integral part of this day. 

  • This highly interactive workshop demonstrates tools and resources in action!

    Participants will explore key strength-based principles, skills and questions, as well as the role of creativity in inspiring good practice and preventing burn out. You will leave with a myriad of invigorating ideas and a toolkit of resources you can incorporate immediately into your work, using a range of positive psychology tools and resources published by Innovative Resources.

    The Tools Workshops are:

    • highly interactive
    • ‘hands-on’ in their use of conversation-building materials
    • informed by strengths-based and solution-focused practice, Appreciative Inquiry, positive psychology, narrative approaches, motivational interviewing and other practice frameworks.
    • filled with readily-useable skills, ideas and resources
    • designed to balance playfulness and soulfulness
    • built around active learning techniques and different learning styles.

    If you are interested in any of the following:

    • working with children, families, boys, girls, women and men
    • are and educator, trainer or  facilitator
    • counselling and therapy
    • community building
    • group work, team building and supervision
    • coaching and mentoring
    • social justice including gender fairness, cultural competence and ecological sustainability
    • building a strengths-based  organisational culture, managing change, goal-setting and planning
    • navigating emotions and feelings
    • scaling, feedback and evaluation
    • separation, transitions and major life changes
    • building relationships and preventing bullying
    • self-care
    • creative writing, storytelling and journalling.

    Come along to a workshop to find out more! Book now or contact me to find out more.

  • ‘Mindfulness offers a lens for seeing oneself and others with clarity. Character Strengths presents a language for understanding one’s potential and the good that can be expressed to others.’ Ryan M. Niemiec (creator of MBSP and author of Mindfulness and Character Strengths: A Practical Guide to Flourishing).

    Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP) Part I is a new program that can be applied to groups or individuals in a variety of settings – counselling, coaching, education, healthcare, or business. MBSP brings together the latest science of mindfulness and character strengths into a practical program to help people flourish. This 8-week program is grounded in a blending of experiential exercises, mindful living meditations, and dyad and group discussions.

    The practice of mindfulness can help people improve their skill of strengths-spotting, facilitate a grounded strengths-based approach, break through strengths blindness, and find the “golden mean of strengths” (i.e., strengths expression that balances overuse and underuse and is sensitive to context). Character strengths, in turn, can be used to overcome common obstacles that emerge when developing mindfulness and serve to “supercharge” both mindful living and formal mindfulness meditation.

  • What Next? – Life After School/College or Life After Uni Life

    A 1 day course that focusses on how to navigate through life transitions and is tailored to suit the following two phases of life: 1. leaving school or college for work or other plans; 2. leaving university for work or other plans.

    The emphasis is placed on the use of character strengths to support and provide balance and perspective throughout the transition process. The purpose is intended for personal growth and future planning.

    This course is organized around four phases of transitions. Giving attention to each phase can help you bring the best of yourself to life challenges. The four phases that are explored on the day are:

    1.)    Gathering Wisdom: learning from the past.

    2.)    Facing the In-Between Space: facing the tensions and challenges of the present moment.

    3.)    Envisioning Your Future Self: looking to the future to explore what “might” or “could” be for you.

    4.)    Beginning Anew: attending to self-care, including the four pillars of health.

    If you would like one of these courses organised for your school/college or university contact me to discuss further.