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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!

Friday, 28 July 2017

New Opportunity - Watch the World's Experts in Recorded Seminars

We are delighted to announce our NEW and exciting partnership with PESI Inc. a cutting edge educational provider offering digital recordings of the world’s leading experts in Psychology & Psychotherapy. You can watch their most recent training events, learn from the masters, and receive your CPD Certificates!

PESI have the most robust continuing educational library available anywhere in the world. Chances are, the author of the latest psychology book you read, has continuing education offerings through PESI. You can access these from anywhere and at any time you need further information to assist with your clients. Now through our special partnership we can offer them to you!

You are no doubt interested in the work of Dr Bessel van der Kolk, MD. highly acclaimed for his research in the area of post-traumatic stress since the 1970s. He has published well over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on various aspects of trauma. In which case you will definitely be interested in this opportunity to view this special one day seminar:
Trauma, Attachment & Neuroscience: Brain, Mind & Body in the Healing of Trauma.

The seminar outlines current research findings about how people's brains, minds and bodies are affected by traumatic experiences and illustrate the principles of post-traumatic therapy. Join Dr Bessel van der Kolk, the world's leading expert in the field of traumatic stress, to explore specific techniques that address such issues as Complex Trauma, Developmental Trauma Disorder, Overcoming Helplessness, Memory Processing, Affect Regulation, The Integration of Dissociated Aspects of Experience, The Re-integration of Human Connections and Disturbances in Sensorimotor Integration and much more.

Or perhaps you want to gain powerful techniques for your clients who struggle with treatment resistant anxiety, worry and panic? Learn how to assess anxious habits, symptoms and behaviours using effective cutting-edge, evidence-based strategies… even with your toughest clients!
Anxiety, Worry & Panic: Effective Strategies to Calm the Anxious Mind, with Dianne Taylor Dougherty, MS, CAGS, LPCS.

Dianne has over 20 years in private psychotherapy practice with a concentration in anxiety and depression. She embraces an asset-based philosophy to treatment which incorporates CBT, Rational Emotive, Mindfulness, and Expressive Arts Therapies to promote individual healing. This training will show you how to stop the anxiety spiral early to significantly reduce the habit of worry and panic using self-controlled desensitisation. Experience how evidence-based treatments can help your clients problem solve, reduce tension, and increase energy. Learn unique, effective approaches to Mindfulness, Cognitive Therapy, and exposure, including Thought-labelling, Interoceptive Exposure, and better-but-believable thoughts.
Case studies, role plays, demonstrations and interactive discussions are all utilised in this cutting-edge seminar.

Take a look at the full list of what we have on offer by following the link below. We are certain that you will find many things of interest!

Don’t forget, you will still qualify for those important CPD hours!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

SDS Online Courses are increasing in price - Book Now at the Low Prices!

If you haven’t already done some of our online courses now is the time to take a look.

From the 1st September our online courses will be increasing in price to match similar one day courses. They are currently incredibly cheap and excellent educational value, including video recordings of the full course, additional reading and materials, tests and quizzes. The beauty is you can do all of this at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home. Take advantage now – before the price increase and earn those valuable CPD points!

There are several online courses to choose from, but one of the most popular ones is Case Formulation

Generation of case formulations is a key skill for any therapist and is highlighted within a range of therapeutic modalities from CBT to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

They form the basis of both collaboration and the direction for therapy, without which therapy can become formulaic or misguided.

This recommended one day course explores the key components of CBT Case Formulation, along with options and areas of controversy. It emphasises on the practical application of case formulation to both case studies and/or your own cases.

You will find your practice invigorated and enhanced by this training and will discover the quality and outcome of your work with clients improves as a result. Take a look at the details by following this link.

Other online courses to choose from include, but are not limited to:

Behavioural Experiments
Interpreting Research in CBT
Working with Health Anxieties
Working with Eating Disorders
Running CBT Groups
Problem Solving Techniques
Using CBT Supervision – CBT for Supervisees

Book them now to take advantage of the lower price!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

DVD Summer Sale Starts Today – up to 50% discount

We are very pleased  to let you know that our VIP SUMMER SALE starts today!

As always – just visit our VIP Zone by clicking on the top banner or following this direct link:

Log in and enjoy the special offers that we arranged for you this summer. Every DVD is discounted – all you need to it is to log in and all the prices will change to the discounted ones.


Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Conference - 12 DVDs - 24 CPD Hours

The Couples Conference - 12 DVD Set - 21 CPD Hours

Somatic Psychotherapy - 1 CPD Hour

The Power of Emotion - 3 CPD Hours

Trauma and the DSM-5® - 2 CPD Hours

With many more great offers in THE VIP ZONE!

Log in and choose – remember – all DVDs come with a CPD certificate.


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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

New! Future View: Charting Psychotherapy’s New Horizon - Save Today

Today’s new release features three addresses on critical questions shaping psychotherapy’s future. You’ll get a high energy snapshot of the latest developments in three critical frontiers of psychotherapy – trauma treatment, love research, and brain science, in back-to-back, 20-minute presentations from leaders in the field.

Bessel van der Kolk, M.D: The Frontiers of Trauma Treatment

In this Future View Address, Van der Kolk will explore the most recent treatment advances in using yoga and somatic practices to help trauma survivors transform their disconnected relationship with their bodies and learn to feel safe, powerful, and effective.

Barbara Frederickson, Ph.D: What if Everything You Know about Love Is Wrong?

In this Future View Address, Fredrickson will discuss the implications of her findings about love as well as practical, straightforward ways for bringing these insights into psychotherapy.

Daniel Siegel, M.D: Brainstorm: Lessons Adults Can Learn from the Teenage Brain

In this Future View Address, Siegel will challenge many of the myths commonly held about the teenage brain and highlight how understanding it can make all of us more creative and self-aware.


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

This DVD comes with a certificate for 2 CPD hours

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Training Update for September 2017

At this time of year many of you will be looking forward to winding down for your well-deserved summer holidays.

You might not necessarily be thinking about the start of autumn right now, but we thought you would like to know about the exciting training courses we have coming up in September.

ESSENTIAL SUPERVISION SKILLS on the 7th-8th September in Manchester is already sold out but we still have a VERY LIMITED availability on the 5th-6th October in Birmingham.
It’s such a popular course and if you ever need to supervise the case work of others, it is a must do!

September sees the start of our BRAND NEW British Psychological Society Approved CERTIFICATE IN TRAUMA TREATMENTS. Have a look at the details by following the link below.

The first module of the new full certificate, which incidentally can also be taken as a stand-alone training course, is TRAUMA: PSYCHOPATHOLOGY & TREATMENT 12th – 13th September.
You can choose to attend the Open course in London or, to avoid the hassle and additional cost of travelling, you also have the option to join via LIVE INTERACTIVE WEBCAST.

        This new two day module provides a broad overview of current approaches to treating trauma from a range of therapeutic perspectives. As outlined below:

        The Somatic Therapies are explored through the work of Levine, Rothschild & Van Der Kolk. Focusing on biological explanations and expressions of trauma; the concept of body and limbic system storage of trauma including body memories and "flashbacks"

        The key role of Porges' Polyvagal Theory along with its implications for trauma treatment. Explanations and demonstrations of effective somatic techniques are provided, which are designed to eliminate and reduce client's body memories.

        The differences between Developmental Trauma Disorder, Simple Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

        Shapiro’s Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), its underlying theory of Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model and its eight phase approach. Issues of controversy such as whether the novel eye movement element is a crucial part of outcome and whether, in practice, it differs in its treatment mechanism from CBT is explored.

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

Always popular, and already fully booked for July, is our BPS approved 3 DAY CBT INTRODUCTORY COURSE in London on 18th-20th September. If you wish to work in CBT you need to attend this one – without a doubt!

This intensive training 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. It will introduce 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. A MUST HAVE.

Last but definitely not least, we have WORKING WITH ANGER PROBLEMS 27th – 28th September, London.
This BPS approved 2 day training course can be taken individually or as part of our Master Practitioner Diploma in CBT.

Anger problems are a central emotional difficulty both alone and in a wide range of other emotional problems. From grief and anxiety to self-harm and Post Traumatic Stress, to bullying and offending. This detailed two day course addresses this difficult area both in terms of understanding and assessment as well as motivational issues and treatment. This course is only run once a year so don’t miss it this time around!

We look forward to working with you on these excellent training modules later on this year, but in the meantime enjoy your summer!

Rare DVD Set: Hoarding Disorder: Diagnosis, Assessment and Effective Treatment Strategies

This week’s new release is a one-of-its-kind, in-depth DVD set on a topic that is very rarely addressed – Hoarding Disorders.

Hoarding is a complex disorder that isn’t resolved with a forced cleanout, but with customised treatment strategies for each individual. Join hoarding expert, Jennifer Sampson PhD LMFT, as they teach you how to get inside the mind of someone with this compulsive and complicated disorder. In the DSM-5®, hoarding is now recognised as a separate disorder, and you will learn the criteria you need to make an accurate diagnosis.

Discover the potential health risks and emotional challenges associated with hoarding, and those in the community you can contact for additional help. This special recording is designed to give you the treatment strategies you need to help your client move forward and live a healthy, uncluttered life.

Dr. Sampson will use case studies, client stories, and respectful humour that provide an outlet for this difficult topic.


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

This DVD comes with a certificate for 3 CPD hours.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Internal Family Systems Therapy - save on this new DVD set

Hailed by one of the world’s experts in trauma, Dr Bessel van der Kolk, as the method that all clinicians should know to treat clients effectively, Dr. Schwartz’s presentation will provide a foundation in the Internal Family Systems (IFS) method and its use with attachment and trauma. IFS and its clinical applications are demonstrated in this DVD through a lively combination of lecture, videos and case examples.

Developed over the past two decades, the IFS model is one of the fastest growing approaches to psychotherapy today. IFS offers both a conceptual umbrella under which a variety of practices and different approaches can be grounded and guided, and a set of original techniques for creating safety and fostering self-to-self connection in couples and families. Take home skills and tools that you can use in your practice and improve client outcomes.


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

This DVD comes with a certificate for 4 CPD hours

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Brief Strategic Treatment of the Anxiety Disorders - 4 DVD Set - 6 CPD Hours

Join internationally recognized expert and author in the treatment of anxiety disorders, Reid Wilson, Ph.D., for this cutting-edge seminar. You will learn how to become a strategic therapist when working with worry, GAD, fear, panic, social anxiety, phobias and OCD by implementing cognitive strategies, paradox, pattern disruption, exposure and interoceptive exposure. Learn effective treatments that will confront your client’s anxiety and challenge their beliefs and attitudes.

Dr. Wilson has over 20 years of full time experience as a specialist in anxiety disorder treatment. He has a dynamic teaching style, interspersed with humour, and utilizes fresh case examples to maximize your learning and to illustrate interventions and the process of change.
This DVD comes with a certificate for 6 CPD hours, the equivalent of a full days training for a fraction of the price!


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

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

CBT for Substance Misuse – Why You Should Attend

Substance Misuse may not be your client’s main problem, but you know that all too often it makes psychological difficulties even worse!

The anxious client who drinks too much, the client whose relationship is suffering and who uses cocaine, the depressed client who tries to raise their mood with cannabis. There are numerous examples.

You probably hear phrases like “I can handle it”, “it’s not really a problem” or even, “I’ll never be able to stop it’s who I am”.

So how do you help clients who are using misusing drugs or alcohol?

Unhelpful beliefs are the cornerstone of substance misuse problems and CBT has a long history of successfully addressing them. The use of CBT with Substance Misuse problems has become one of the fastest growing areas over the last few years. The field has been dominated by Motivational Interviewing alone for a period of 30 years and more recently has been looking for additional direction.

To help you with this we are running a two day course WORKING WITH SUBSTANCE MISUSE, at the British Psychological Society in London, on the 13th-14th June

This BPS approved course looks specifically at the adaption of CBT to working with clients with substance misuse problems.

As always places are very limited and this course will not be run again this year, so take this opportunity now.

You'll struggle to find approved training on this topic anywhere else!

I look forward to seeing you there.

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