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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

More DVD offers – Especially for You!

This week’s DVD offers have been carefully selected and include something a little different. Take a look!

HARNESSING THE POWER OF GENOGRAMS IN PSYCHOTHERAPY Includes - 2 CPD Hours - £10.00 OFF for 24 hours only!

A rare opportunity to watch the therapist who developed and popularized genograms, demonstrate how to actually create and utilize them in a therapy session. You will see Monica McGoldrick in action as she masterfully conducts an initial interview with a new client, demonstrating the step-by-step process of gathering historical information, creating the genogram, and contextualizing the client’s presenting problem within a multigenerational family systems framework.

John is a 39-year-old African-American graphic designer who is having marital problems. Mystified and distressed by his pattern of distancing from his wife who is six months pregnant, he desperately wants to understand why he is pulling away. McGoldrick’s focused interest in John’s family story gently guides him in a thorough investigation of the social and historical context of his current struggles. With McGoldrick as an ally, John makes fascinating discoveries as he uncovers surprising coincidences, poignant tragedies and inspiring sources of resilience.

Watching McGoldrick engage a client in exploring the connection between his presenting problem and his family-of-origin issues is a treat in and of itself, but a bonus feature of this video is following McGoldrick’s step-by-step creation of John’s genogram on the spot. It makes for a compelling and highly educational experience.

Learn how to:
- Utilize the genogram to place clients’ presenting problems in a historical and social context.
- Respond when a client resists exploring family issues.
- Explain to clients why exploring family background is relevant.

Take a look at the full details by following the link below:

Our second choice for this week is DEVELOPMENTAL TRAUMA DISORDER – Includes 2 CPD Hours -  £10.00 OFF for 24 hours only!

Bessel van der Kolk has revolutionized the way we understand trauma. Join him live from his office as he discusses the latest updates on Developmental Trauma Disorder and what it will mean for the future of trauma treatment. The current version of the DSM does not adequately address complex trauma, leaving you with limited options. In this seminar recording, learn the proposed changes to the DSM-5 and how it will better equip you to accurately diagnosis the complexities associated with these challenging situations.

- Behavioural and neurobiological implications of complex trauma.
- Trauma resulting from child abuse, women in abusive relationships and other multi-trauma situations.
- Understand why a PTSD diagnosis will not adequately address the issues of many of your trauma clients.
- Interventions and their roles: Talking, trauma processing, EMDR, yoga, neurofeedback.
- Better treat trauma in the context of intimate relationships.
- The problem of multiple co-morbidities for traumatized clients.
- Learn why it is important to look at co-existing problems as a coherent set of symptoms.
- Affect and impulse dysregulation.
- Somatization and biological dysregulation.

These two special offers expire at midday tomorrow, but don’t forget too that:

ALL OF PAUL GRANTHAM’S DVDS ARE A HUGE 30% OFF FOR THE WHOLE OF JANUARY! Log in to see the discounted prices – but don’t miss them!

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Happy New Year. Your Training Calendar is here!

Happy New Year!

We hope you’ve managed to take some well-deserved time off over the holiday season and are now ready to kick off 2018 with some more fantastic BPS Approved training courses!

Here’s a brief look at what we are bringing you in the first two months of 2018.

Commencing 18th–19th January we have Essential Supervision Skills - a must do course for those who ever need to supervise the case work of others.
It’s fully booked in London but it’s not too late to book the Live Interactive Webcast, so you needn’t miss out.

30th–31st January we are running the 2 day BPS Approved course,  Working with Generalised Anxiety Disorder, which is not only part of our Master Practitioner Diploma in CBT but is also a valuable module to do as a standalone course. Anxiety Disorders are all too common so take a look at how we can help you to help your clients. This course is taking place at the BPS in London. There’s only a limited number of spaces left so don’t delay if you need this training.

Heading swiftly into February on the 6th-7th we have Essential Supervision Skills again but this time in Manchester. This popular and highly demanded course always sells out so please book early, we hate to disappoint you when the course is fully booked. Book by Monday 8th January and also benefit from the early bird price!

On the 22nd–23rd February we are starting our 2018 BPS Approved Certificate in Third Wave CBT, commencing with Compassion Focused Therapy with Clinical Psychologist, Dr Chris Irons.

CFT is a research-based therapy founded on a combination of principles from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Evolutionary Psychology and Attachment Theory. It was developed to work specifically with clients who had high levels of shame and self-criticism and who had early experiences of poor attachment, affiliation and affection. By developing care and affiliative focused motivation, attention, emotion, behaviour and thinking CFT addresses these problems. Key skills with CFT include the use of compassion focused imagery, the development of a compassionate self and the use of a sense of a compassionate self to engage with areas of personal difficulty.

This highly regarded CFT training can be taken as an individual two-day course or as a part of the popular CERTIFICATE IN THIRD WAVE CBT, Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development.

Third Wave Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has become one of the most powerful therapeutic developments within the last 15 years. Our modular Certificate Course is designed to provide both an up-to-date theoretical overview of a selection of Third Wave CBT approaches along with their practical application within a range of practice environments. The full Certificate focuses on four separate 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 approaches. There is a particular focus on practical issues, problems and dilemmas within each Third Wave approach and how they can be successfully addressed.

All Third Wave Certificate modules are available to attend either in person or via Live Interactive Webcast, so take a look at the full details by following the link below:

27th February – Working with Deliberate Self-Harm - London

28th February – Working with Suicidal Behaviour - London

These two Master Practitioner Diploma modules are extremely valuable as stand-alone courses but to take them together is even better. Our esteemed trainer, Clinical Psychologist Paul Grantham, has made a short video outlining how CBT can help your clients who are at risk of self-harm or suicide. Quite simply it’s training that anyone who works with troubled clients can’t afford to miss. Follow the link below to hear Paul explain why.

We very much look forward to working with you in the forthcoming weeks.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Training Update for December 2017

Although 2017 is fast disappearing we still have some fantastic training opportunities for you coming up in December.

On the 5th – 6th of December we are running the final module of our full BPS Approved Certificate in Trauma Treatments which can also be taken as a stand-alone course.
Resilience: Prevention and Recovery from Traumatic Damage

This two day BPS Approved training course provides a research based understanding of the role of resilience plus key practical skills for both prevention and recovery from traumatic damage.
It draws on early work by Werner which explored how and why around a third of children don’t develop problems despite growing up in traumatic and abusive environments right through to Frederickson’s work on the protective role of positive emotions in developing resilience.

Take a look at the full details of the training by following the link below. We’re sure it will be of interest to you.

We still have a few places left in London or to save you the hassle of travelling, you can also participate via Live Interactive Webcast. Either way this course is vital for those helping clients suffering from Trauma. Don’t miss it.

Last but definitely not least we are running the ever popular BPS Approved CBT Introductory course on the 11th-14th December. For the first and only time we are also running it via webcast so you can join us from anywhere in the world. This opportunity won’t be repeated so now is the time to attend if you haven’t already.

Our trainer, Paul Grantham, receives considerable acclaim for this course in particular and it’s always fully booked. We have delegates travel from the other side of the world to attend this training, which is why this time we are offering everyone the opportunity to attend via Live Interactive Webcast. Four days of training for the price of three and you can avoid those travel costs too. We couldn’t recommend this course enough!

The four days of training introduces you to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy within a context of other therapeutic methods using a wide range of learning techniques. You will leave this course with a solid grounding in CBT that you can put into practice straight away. The course 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. At every stage of your learning theory will be constantly applied to practical examples.

The full details of the four days can be found by following this link

Webcasts are a great way to learn and earn CPD hours without travelling. This is a one-time opportunity to attend the CBT Introductory course in this way, so book today and be part of it.

We know you will benefit from this fantastic training opportunity.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Difficult Kids - £20 discount for 24 hours only

Bad behaviour from children is all too common for a number of reasons. So how can it be dealt with effectively? How can you help the long suffering parents?

This week’s DVD offer is 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Difficult Kids, a 4 DVD set from highly regarded child behavioural expert Thomas Phelan, Ph.D.

Stress from badly behaved children or dealing with problems like Attention Deficit Disorder can aggravate depression, anxiety, impulse control disorders, marital discord, substance abuse and a host of other psychological problems in parents. Research shows that the 1-2-3 Magic parenting program can not only improve children’s cooperation and reduce misbehaviour, but it can also reduce parental stress, hostility and depression.

Join Thomas Phelan, Ph.D., and learn how to teach America’s number one child discipline program, 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children aged 2 - 12. This evidence-based, easy-to-learn method will help you promote effective parenting in a way that engages both moms and dads and that also allows family members to enjoy one another’s company again. Use 1-2-3 Magic to increase the effectiveness of your parenting outreach, simplify service delivery and assist with differential diagnosis.

The formula for this success is straightforward: The plan is simple, it’s easy to learn, and it works. Help the families you work with to enjoy one another’s company again. Your clients will thank you!

Take a look at the full details of this proven technique by following this link.

Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D., is the author of numerous books, DVDs and audios, some of which include: 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12; 1-2-3 Magic for Teachers: Effective Classroom Discipline Pre-K through Grade 8; Surviving Your Adolescents: How to Manage and Let Go Of Your 13-18 Year Olds, and several others.

In addition to writing and producing, Dr. Phelan maintains an active schedule of international lectures, and he is a frequent guest on radio and television. His articles appear in numerous regional and national publications.

A registered clinical psychologist, Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D. has worked with children, adults and families for over 35 years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Illinois Psychological Association. Dr. Phelan received his Doctorate from Loyola University, Chicago, after completing his internship at the Loyola Child Guidance Centre. He worked at the DuPage County Mental Health Centre prior to entering into private practice. Dr. Phelan has also served on the boards of directors for both AODA and CHADD, two national organizations for the parents of children with ADD. He was inducted into the CHADD Hall of Fame in 1997.

For 24 hours only we are offering a £20 discount on this recommended 4 DVD set. Order by midday on the 22nd November to qualify.

You will also receive a CPD certificate for 6 CPD hours. Order now – it’s a fantastic deal!

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

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