Subjects and skills covered

The subjects and skills you learn on Part 1 of the Diploma are consolidated, added to and expanded upon during the intensive Part 2 training through a stimulating variety of lectures, discussions, extensive course manual, practical exercises and the observation of therapy sessions given by HG tutors with real clients.

You will learn the following:

  • Constructing effective psychological interventions using RIGAAR™
  • Quick rapport building skills – verbal and non-verbal
  • Fast, effective information gathering
  • How to avoid getting sucked into the patient’s subjective world
  • Listening skills, observing verbal and non-verbal cues
  • Reflective reframing (active listening with a twist)
  • Using language to build expectation and initiate change
  • How to establish clear goals with patients and agree strategies for achieving them
  • How to discover the client’s psychological and behavioural resources
  • Working with the ‘The Observing Self’ concept
  • Anxiety management, including how to deal with panic attacks, PTSD, agoraphobia and OCD
  • The role of timing in therapy
  • Understanding and using the body’s natural relaxation response
  • The beneficial effects of relaxation on all forms of harmful emotional arousal
  • How to teach patients deep relaxation – a variety of techniques
  • Neutralising sub-threshold traumas and ‘molar memories’
  • Separating the patient’s core identity from their problem
  • Releasing locked-in patterns of trauma and dealing with abreaction
  • Further practise in the rewind technique for treating trauma and phobias
  • Dissociation and the freeze response – less common reactions to trauma
  • Pattern matching: how unconscious processes work
  • Key insights from neuroscience – and their practical therapeutic applications
  • How to avoid creating false memories
  • Stimulating mental and physical healing – the power of attention, information and laughter
  • How to teach missing social skills
  • The importance of volition, clients have a need to take control of their lives
  • How to separate belief and opinion from fact and look directly at people and their situations
  • Understanding perception – why most therapy models unwittingly bias how patients are viewed
  • Stress and the mind/body system – an holistic view of physical health
  • How to stimulate the immune system – language, physiology and healing
  • Orienting questions and pattern interventions
  • Suicide: assessing the risks and the next steps to take
  • Analysis of live demonstrations of psychotherapy
  • Transforming the intensity of a patient’s experience
  • Depathologising and changing labels
  • Using direct and indirect language for therapeutic change
  • The metaphorical mind: Why the brain evolved to work with stories – the search for analogy

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  • How to create and tell healing stories
  • The role of suggestibility in mind/body healing
  • Guided imagery to rehearse new behaviours
  • Sleep disorders
  • Why people get depressed – the cycle of depression
  • How to lift depression quickly and encourage permanent change
  • Working with people who self-harm
  • Psychological techniques for pain management
  • Useful cognitive behavioural (CBT) approaches made even more effective with the APET™ model
  • Dealing with difficult relationships and sexual problems
  • How to help those who have been physically, sexually or emotionally abused
  • Interpersonal relationships – what can go wrong between colleagues, friends and family members and how best to help
  • Understanding why we evolved to dream, and the implications for our mental health
  • The relationship between dreaming and psychosis
  • Creativity, problem solving and brain function
  • Treating alcoholism, drug abuse, eating disorders and other compulsive behaviours
  • Addiction and the stages of quitting: mobilising motivation – how to free yourself and others from addictive behaviour
  • Counter conditioning
  • Identifying and working with Asperger’s syndrome
  • Left- and right-brained caetextia – what to look out for, the problems it can cause and how best to help
  • The importance of empowering clients through psycho-education and teaching missing life skills
  • Ethics and professional conduct, including: sexual/relationship issues – discernment; the sick and dying; intractable illness
  • Finding the spare capacity in yourself to be effective
  • Using outcome measurement as part of effective practice
  • The importance of regular supervision


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