2-day workshop

The Therapeutic Power of Language

a practical brief therapy masterclass

The language we use affects those around us – this inspiring course shows you how to use this subtle, yet powerful therapeutic tool to maximum effect

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The Therapeutic Power of Language

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  • Price: £384 per person

Includes lunch, refreshments and course notes


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Weekend dates:   Sat 16th–Sun 17th November, in Bristol

I feel very excited and energised. I can't wait to start using these techniques in my work.

Occupational Therapist

This essential 2-day course gives you a powerful toolkit of precisely-targeted, creative therapeutic language skills and strategies for successfully helping people resolve emotional turmoil as quickly as possible. They are also very effective for motivating people, overcoming resistance and much more…

Why take this course

Despite more and more effort and resources being put into helping people in distress, the numbers of people suffering mental health problems continues to rise. In addition, the continuing cost constraints put upon the medical and caring professions and the increasing realisation of the risks associated with drug treatments, mean there is an ever increasing demand for better outcomes from brief, psychological treatments for emotional problems.

But the good news is – as more and more people are discovering – by distilling the essence of proven brief therapy approaches and working with the givens of human nature through the APET™ model, outcomes can be dramatically improved and suffering successfully reduced.

This lively two-day workshop shows you how to do this and gives you a solid foundation in the most effective brief solution-focused strategies and language skills – these are essential if you want to be able to help people as quickly as possible.

It also shows you how any team of professional healthcare workers can safely incorporate brief therapy techniques into their work with patients suffering from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, anger, OCD, eating disorders, addiction and relationship/marital/family problems, thereby improving outcomes and reducing suffering on an even wider scale.

So many practical ways of engaging and drawing out even the most recalcitrant client – thanks for a great two days

Counsellor / Volunteer

What will you learn

  • The essential skills needed for successful brief therapy
  • New information about the APET™ model – why it is so important to construct therapy that is in tune with our how brains work (our emotional reactions come first) – this speeds up therapy and explains why purely cognitive and behavioural approaches can take so long
  • An ability to get to the root of the matter quickly by establishing which innate needs are not being met and why (the essence of effective brief therapy)
  • Quick rapport building skills
  • How to use the RIGAAR™ structure to improve therapy outcomes
  • Reflective listening and reflective reframing
  • How to use therapeutic language skills directly and indirectly to initiate change
  • Ways to use solution-focused questioning to create a framework for change
  • How to identify and use your client’s own life resources
  • An understanding of why the human givens approach dramatically increases the likelihood of therapy being brief, regardless of the presenting problem
  • A range of psychological interventions to use with common psychiatric problems: anxiety, panic attacks, depression, intrusive thoughts, relationship difficulties and so on
  • Promoting cooperation by developing realistic and achievable goals
  • How to identify exceptions (when the problem doesn’t occur) and get the patient to take credit for them
  • How to generate motivation for change in your patients
  • Separating the patient’s core identity from their problem
  • How to minimise or overcome resistance
  • How not to be drawn in to a client’s negative self-view
  • Great use of case histories to illustrate the skills covered
  • How to use the psychological laws of positive expectancy and concentrated attention
  • An understanding of why taking this collaborative human givens stance, reduces stress and pressure on you
  • Plenty of opportunity to consolidate what you are learning by practising the skills yourself


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How is the course structured?

Held over two consecutive days, this skills-based practical workshop combines a blend of talks, demonstrations and exercises.  Each day starts at 9.30pm and finishes at 4.00pm, with 2 breaks for networking and refreshment and 45 minutes for lunch.

Course notes, refreshments and lunch are included on both days.

Who is this course suitable for?

You and your patients will benefit enormously from you attending these two days. If you are a counsellor, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, mental health nurse, GP, doctor, nurse, OT, physiotherapist, youth worker, social worker, health visitor, support worker or any other caring professional, and wish to be more effective in what you do, this course gives you the perfect opportunity to discover new, subtle but highly effective skills with plenty of time to practise to help you assimilate them into your own work.

Many other professions – such as educational and business professionals – also find the skills and information covered highly applicable to and beneficial for their own work.

It is also suitable for anyone who is thinking of a career in this field as these are core skills needed for successful brief, solution-focused psychotherapy.


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Reviews for this course

4.7/5 (15 Reviews)
  1. Reflexologist

    I loved the fact that the course was so interactive and that people were able to ask questions and make comments as we went along. Hearing all the case studies was really useful and interesting too.

  2. Student / Retail Worker

    All the information is useful and was relevant. The conversational techniques and language skills were helpful, especially suggestions in deep relaxation.

  3. SEN Teaching Assistant

    It has given me a further and better understanding of how to use language in a therapeutic manner.

  4. Housewife (training to be a counsellor)

    The course is very ‘human’ in its approach – and I’ve learnt so many new skills.

  5. Teacher

    `It was all very useful, but I particularly enjoyed the practical sessions where we were able to translate theory into practise.

  6. Operations Manager

    A real confidence builder in preparation to starting the journey towards becoming a therapist. Thoroughly enlightening, both personally and in terms of understanding others.

  7. Counsellor

    Very natural approach which was refreshing as it utilises everyday skills.

  8. Business Coach and Facilitator

    The examples given are rich and very helpful to the learning process. Some of the stories were phenomenal.

  9. Arts Education Consultant

    It was fantastic. Very helpful to know these fundamental brief therapy skills and particularly the language skills – very impressive and encouraging.

  10. GP / Health Team Leader for charity

    A really encouraging and confidence-building course. Lots of great tips which will be useful in practice.

  11. Teacher

    Thank you for a very informative two days, they will stay with me for a long time.

  12. Family Worker

    Véronique combined all the elements of good therapy in an easy-to-understand way – an extremely useful course, so much to take away.

  13. Business Consultant

    One of the most valuable courses I have attended. Some excellent, practical guidance to support therapy sessions. And I am leaving with a clear idea of how I can meaningfully incorporate presuppositions, truism-linked suggestions into my client consultations.

  14. University Lecturer

    Relevant and truthful – both to life and work.

  15. Support Worker – Women’s Refuge

    So many brilliant tips and techniques that I can use to explore ‘positively’ my client’s problems (eg solution-focused and reframing). I really enjoyed the time we have spent practising these skills.

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