1-day workshop

Brief therapy for stopping addictions

Discover the highly effective psychological techniques that are helping people overcome all kinds of addictive and compulsive behaviours…

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Brief therapy for stopping addictions

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  • Length 1 day (9.30am - 4.00pm)

  • Tutor: Emily Gajewski

  • CPD Certificate 6 hours

  • Price: £192 per person

Price includes lunch, refreshments and course notes


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Hugely informative - one of the best days training I’ve ever had

Addictions Counsellor

NEXT DATE: Wednesday 12th October 2022, London – book online now or call our friendly team on 01323 811690 for further details.

When combined with new insights into the addictive process and what drives it, the techniques you will see demonstrated and try for yourself prove immensely effective at helping people overcome a wide range of addictions, as well as reducing relapses and withdrawal symptoms…

Why take this course

As the number of people affected by addiction and substance abuse continues to rise, the mental, physical and financial suffering this causes to individuals, their families and colleagues, can be immense.

Thankfully it is possible to help most addicts transform their lives in a small number of sessions – as you will discover on this highly practical, skills-based day.

New ideas and techniques from various schools of brief, solution-focused therapy are showing that it is possible to help most addicts transform their lives in a small number of sessions.

At this practical training day – which complements the online course Tackling addiction: Understanding how to stop all types of addictive behaviour – you will learn and practise the powerful skills derived from the human givens approach (which organically integrates the best brief therapy techniques) that are helping people overcome a wide range of addictions, including: alcoholism, heroin, smoking, gambling addiction, shopping, social media addiction, sex, substance abuse, self-harm and eating disorders.

These skills are essential if you wish to improve your effectiveness when working with any addiction.

A total revelation – very uplifting

Mental Health Worker

What will you learn

  • Demonstrations – by a leading expert in addiction counselling – of the powerful skills that help to quickly break the patterns of addictive behaviour
  • Guidance and practise in using these yourself
  • New insights into the addictive process and why people become addicted
  • Essential motivational interviewing techniques (and how to incorporate them into the stages of change)
  • Common traps to avoid when treating addictions
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the most useful ways to beat a wide variety of addictions – and prevent relapse
  • Ways to overcome resistance
  • How to develop a treatment plan and deepen a client’s commitment to change
  • Increased understanding of the addictive trance and its false promises
  • How to use narrative and harm reduction techniques
  • An understanding of the importance of guided imagery in overcoming addictions and substance abuse – and the opportunity to use and experience it for yourself
  • Co-morbid conditions – the link with addiction and how to deal with them as effectively and quickly as possible
  • A new confidence that comes from knowing how much can be done – when you know how
  • Course notes, CPD Certificate and more…

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Please note

Please note

Guided imagery and visualisation skills are essential skills for implementing the strategies taught on this workshop.

This workshop complements our online course Tackling Addiction and what you will learn on it will also be very useful if you support or work with people who self-harm.

Course Programme

The ‘Brief therapy for stopping addictions – a practical skills-based day’ course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.

Who is this course suitable for?

All members of the caring professions, including:  drug workers,  youth workers,  doctors,  nurses, psychotherapists,  counsellors,  clinical psychologists,  occupational therapists,  psychiatrists, cognitive behavioural therapists,  teachers,  social workers,  physiotherapists, support workers and anyone wishing to improve their understanding of addictive behaviour and how to treat it.

Reviews for this course

4.8/5 (53 Reviews)
  1. Amy Holland, Director, Project Development

    Very good – excellent trainer. Learned a lot.

  2. Behaviour Management Support (Dementia)

    Emily excelled my expectations. Very well explained, use of simple language and making it easy to translate into practise.

  3. Ingrid Steele, Coach/Facilitator

    Excellent course, delivered brilliantly with courses notes perfectly matched to the day’s process.

  4. Sarah Houldsworth, Geologist, Eco-Therapist in training

    A beautifully paced day with excellent notes and practise that built on the talks. Emily had lots of practical examples and tips for making this therapy very effective.

  5. Daniel Cooper, Neuroscientist and Psychoeducator

    Interesting and engaging. Emily presented and demonstrated the course material in a very accessible way. Felt I learned a lot from this.

  6. Susan Lakhan, Optometrist

    Emily was a brilliant teacher. Loved this course. The teaching was so easy to follow. Brilliant use of examples and I loved the introduction when we could vocalise what areas we would like to cover today. Great notes also as they were clear and easy to follow when we went and worked in small groups.

  7. Iakovos Flaskis, Psychotherapist - Company Owner

    A beautiful experience that makes sense on so many levels. Emily is a very communicative and empathetic instructor. Fantastic!

  8. Support Worker

    Brilliant and insightful.

  9. Software Architect

    Gave me a good overview of addiction, how it manifests and how to help people.

  10. Kitchen Manager/Pedagogy

    Very powerful and useful.

  11. Counsellor

    Very useful content and insights into working with addiction.

  12. Probation Officer

    So many other things are under the surface. Dealing with this can cause the addiction to fall away.

  13. Performance Coach/Flying Instructor

    Emily’s ability to present, listen to the audience and reframe questions really brought the subject to life.

  14. Pedagogue/Probation/Hospitality Manager

    Vast amount of practical knowledge that can be used when dealing with addiction. Very practical and well explained.

  15. Teacher

    It was an excellent course.

  16. Local Government Officer

    An excellent day. Really enjoyable and thought-provoking. So much to think about.

  17. Neuro-therapist

    Brilliant way of thinking about addiction, also very practical to help people.

  18. Psychologist

    Useful learning, particularly a clear understanding abut why addictions happen and perpetuate.

  19. Retired Housing Advisor/HG Student

    Excellent. My objectives have been met and I really enjoyed today.

  20. Trainee Sport & Exercise Psychologist

    This course has really propelled my understanding of the processes underlying addiction and relapse and really clearly outlined how the therapist can utilise the client to subconsciously discover their own solutions, and how the therapist can use psycho-education and reframing to help clients overcome addiction

  21. Wellbeing Manager

    Amazing as always! I always leave excited to put what I have learnt into practise.

  22. Counsellor/Operations Manager

    Engaging – I learnt so much.

  23. Business Psychologist

    Good opportunity to practise which was very useful

  24. Therapist in private practice

    Thank you very much – an enjoyable course

  25. Retired Teacher

    Very good teaching and resources used.

  26. Hypnotherapist

    Very experienced and lovely teacher. Lots of practical insights.

  27. Clinical Hypnotherapist

    Well informed, clear teaching. Lovely lecturer.

  28. Flood risk consultant

    Really excellent review of the process of addictions and how it can be approached through guided imagery

  29. School Counsellor

    Superb! Great information that makes stopping addictions quickly if possible.

  30. Key Worker

    Really interesting course – feel I have a lot of knowledge and understanding gained from Emily. It was a safe, supportive space to practise new skills. Fantastic day – thank you!

  31. Teacher/NLP Practitioner

    Emily set such a wonderful tone that helped me understand the complex nature of addictions. The personal demonstrations with my partner were real light bulb moments.

  32. Safeguarding Manager

    This course was the best yet. The trainer was fantastic from the get go and came across professional, knowledgeable and created an open and engaging atmosphere!

  33. Methodist Minister

    Brilliant as always!

  34. Senior Parent Support Advisor

    I found it really interesting that all addictions, not just chemical ones, can be helped by this approach. Fantastic training.

  35. GP

    RIGAAR is a really useful framework to add to my consultation skills, along with motivational interviewing.

  36. Volunteer Counsellor

    Very practical and informative. Useful on a professional and personal level.

  37. Medical Herbalist

    Excellent. Covered lots of aspects of the addiction process. Well delivered and well paced. Can’t fault it.

  38. Teacher

    A positive structure with clear principles which can be used to help clients change patterns of behaviour – very helpful.

  39. Student Development Officer/PCA Counsellor

    Really enjoyed the day. The best day course I’ve been on in a while!

  40. Support Worker

    I found the day mesmorising – truly enlightening and I hung onto every word.

  41. Senior Parent Advisor

    This was the most thought provoking workshop experienced so far. It has given me a whole new perspective on addictive behaviour which I feel is based on a sound knowledge base rather than myth.

  42. Weight Management Practitioner

    Another inspiring, interesting and practical day of ‘human givens’ training – I will be back again for more.

  43. Occupational Health

    Essential skills for dealing with addictions – just what I came for.

  44. Special Educational Needs Caseworker

    …I am tackling my own addiction and now I am filled with hope and even more determination.

  45. Psychiatrist

    Lovely insights into addiction which are quite refreshing compared to the traditional teaching.

  46. Behaviour Consultant (Psychologist)

    Brought real clarity to the question of how to treat addictions in a cohesive, structured way that is eminently transferrable to my work.

  47. Addiction Doctor

    Where do I start? What a fantastic course – inspiring and encouraging – a brilliant day.

  48. Resettlement Worker

    Brain mechanisms involved in addiction were fabulously clearly explained and a sensible plan for treatment. Can’t wait to try it out.

  49. Deputy Service Manager

    A very rewarding day – I will be able to implement what I’ve learnt both professionally and personally – thank you.

  50. Volunteer Alcohol Project Worker

    Enlightening and useful – with a lot of evidence-based knowledge.

  51. Mental Health Nurse

    Practical, easy-to-understand, well taught and immensely informative. An excellent, wonderfully experienced trainer who is great to learn from.

  52. Counsellor

    Having the opportunity to put the theory into practice is wonderful. Has helped to build confidence in myself for future work with clients.

  53. Addictions Counsellor

    Hugely informative – the skills I learnt today will be immensely helpful in my work.

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