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Effective brief psychotherapy

Discover how to make a positive difference – whatever the problem – using the key concepts and skills encompassed in human givens therapy.

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Effective brief psychotherapy

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  • Price: £159 £135.15 per person

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With mental health problems affecting ever-increasing numbers of people, there is an economic and moral need for psychotherapy to improve.

What an inspirational, motivating course!


Why take this course

Brief solution-focused therapy has been found (in a meta-analysis of hundreds of efficacy studies) to be far more effective in treating anxiety disorders, depression, phobias, trauma and addiction, than any form of therapy that assumes treatment needs to be long-term.

But not all brief psychotherapeutic approaches are the same – some are more effective than others.

On his hugely informative course, Ivan Tyrrell distils the essential components you need to make your psychotherapeutic interventions as quick, reliably effective and long-lasting as possible. He clearly demonstrates how, by combining proven psychotherapeutic skills with new insights and techniques derived from the human givens approach (such as how to work more in tune with the brain by using the APET™ model), we can help distressed individuals and families even more effectively.

The result is a powerful integrative, bio-psycho-social approach that allows you to work flexibly with each client’s situation – helping them to recover their lives as quickly as possible – and empowering them with new knowledge and skills that will build resilience against future setbacks.

Anyone working in the welfare and caring professions can safely introduce these new strategies and concepts into their work – you will also gain a richer knowledge of why so many people have mental and emotional problems.

It's impressive how much can be achieved in one session.

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What will you learn

  • A clear understanding of why a bio-psycho-social approach should determine how psychological interventions are structured
  • Novel ways to overcome resistance and motivate people
  • The chance to see skilled brief therapy in action (filmed examples) – with moving and riveting case histories
  • How to make a difference fast, even with ‘stuck’ clients
  • New treatments for anxiety, panic attacks, depression, anger, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, addictions, relationship/marital/family problems, and to help survivors of abusive relationships more effectively
  • 47 vital tips that will make you more effective
  • How to communicate with the emotional brain
  • Ways to develop rapport quickly and gather good quality information from your clients
  • Knowledge of the APET™ model and why this improves outcomes
  • A better understanding of how emotions affect thought
  • How to use a client’s own language therapeutically
  • A richer knowledge of why so many people have mental and emotional problems and what you can to do help them
  • Why brief psychotherapeutic approaches work so well
  • How to establish clear outcomes and realistic goals
  • The best ways to rehearse success and improve outcomes
  • The importance of metaphor
  • Examples of how to incorporate these strategies into your own practice
  • Increased confidence when working with difficult cases
  • Course notes
  • CPD certificate, that also counts towards the Human Givens Diploma
  • and much more…

Course Programme

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Anyone wishing to know more about the best ways to combine brief therapeutic techniques to powerful effect so that individuals can be helped to move on as quickly as possible
  • All health and welfare professionals, including: counsellors, psychotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, midwifes, doctors, health visitors, social or youth workers
  • Anyone who’d like to be able work effectively with each individual they see, in a truly integrated bio-psycho-social way
  • If you’d like to improve your practical counselling or psychotherapy skills so that you can help individuals and families as quickly as possible, this course is for you
  • Anyone curious about why some people get better results than others when working with depression, anxiety disorders and more…

Meet your tutor

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Ivan Tyrrell

Ivan Tyrrell worked for many years as a psychotherapist and now spends most of his time lecturing and writing.

What's included?

  • Videos
    11 Videos
  • 19 Quizzes
  • PDF Course notes
  • Lifetime access
    Life-long access
  • CPD Certificate
    CPD Certificate

Course format

‘Effective Brief Psychotherapy’ is based on our one-day seminar of the same name. This online course is split into 4 modules, each of which are broken down further into different sections containing filmed lectures given in English by the tutor, Ivan Tyrrell.

Each film clip is followed by a short series of multiple choice questions. These are designed to help you think about and absorb the course content and to check that you have understood the main points of that section before proceeding to the next.

There are also course notes for you to download, plus additional reading information and helpful links.

You can take as long as you like to work your way through the course and can view it as many times as you like.

Once you have completed the course, you will receive a CPD certificate, which counts towards the Human Givens Diploma.

Reviews for this course

4.8/5 (14 Reviews)
  1. Rhys, Welfare & Well-Being Officer

    I enjoyed this course and found myself eager to progress through the sections! The HG approach makes sense in addressing our emotional health and instinctual nature, which I have found has been a missing context in previous study. The method of the approach — referring to innate human needs and drawing on innate resources — is very encouraging compared to the lengthy processes (after lengthier waiting lists) I am used to hearing of, and the skills and techniques shared in the course seem to demonstrate that well. It has been useful and interesting food-for-thought in considering how to more effectively support my further education learners! The structure and delivery of the course has been useful, via a recorded seminar in multiple parts, split further into various topics, making it easy to follow at my own pace, alongside my duties and calendar. This was welcome compared to other recent training elsewhere, which locks you into particular sections before you can progress, even without pause functions. A short quiz at the end of each section helps to recall information in detail. A few more brief interactive parts may help as more dynamic suggested alternative to videos clips, but overall I enjoyed the freedom of the course.

  2. Raul Clifton

    This is quite an informative course. It has opened my mind to the new possibilities within psychotherapy.

  3. Marta, Mindfulness Based Clinical-Hypnotherapy Practitioner

    I have enjoyed the course. It’s very informative, well presented and inspiring. Thank you for the ideas presented in the course.

  4. Caroline, Clinical Hypnotherapist

    Excellent Course. Informative and engaging.

  5. Rhonda Dow, Counsellor

    Really inspiring lots of new ideas.

  6. Dawn

    This was a real delight. Mr Tyrell is such a good storyteller and such a wit! He had me in stitches most of the time. This was not your normal everyday studying. This was real fun with loads of learning along the way. Excellent. Brilliance without effort.

  7. Felicity

    Very useful, helpful and inspiring training. It complimented the How to Make Counselling More Effective course very well, going over some of the same material but in a different way which added to the richness and greater completeness of the overall learning . Looking forward to going on to the next one now!

  8. Elaine

    My first course with Ivan…. he has a great sense of humour, and delivers his content with ease making learning enjoyable. The course content is incredibly useful, insightful and easy to understand.

  9. Sarah

    Excellent online course. Really helps the way it is structured – broken down into sections with multiple choice questions after each one. The clips with real patients really help bring it to life and helps you make sense of, and retain, the different HG’s strategies. It’s also so useful that you can revisit the online courses and get to grips fully with the material.

  10. Jane

    I had experience HG therapy before making the decision to go this route. I had experienced other therapies over my life and this course was a gift in the sense that all of the perspectives i held are summed up in this one day. Ivan is a good presenter and interesting to listen to, demonstrating a humility and authenticity to the subject.

  11. Doreen

    Loads of interesting and useful content. Well presented.

  12. Joanna


  13. Lisa

    Good to learn about a method that is so positive. And how to achieve appropriate results in a short space of time.

  14. Ellen

    I appreciated the honesty and simplicity of the methods used. I gained a lot

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