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THE ESSENCE OF PSYCHOTHERAPY
Developing Expertise, Better Outcomes and the Narrative Approach in Psychotherapy

“As I celebrate my 80's and after 55 years of clinical research, practice seeing patients, consultation and supervision, I have decided to put together a LEGACY COURSE of all the clinical wisdom and experiences that I have acquired. Please enjoy!”

THE ESSENCE OF PSYCHOTHERAPY

55 Years of Psychotherapy wisdom from Dr Donald Meichenbaum

I would like to share my knowledge and expertise with others to ensure that the level of therapists is high and that all who complete my course are able to really understand why some therapists are more effective than others, how to spot hype in the field of psychotherapy as well as really understand what the transtheoretical behaviour change principles are to all forms of therapy and be able to bolster resilience across the entire life span. This, in turn, will lead to better results and outcomes.”
– Don Meichenbaum

Donald Meichenbaum PhD
Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo Canada,
Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention, Miami

The programme is made up of three courses, as outlined below:

This course brings together 55 years of Dr Donald Meichenbaum's expertise in clinical research, practice, consultation and supervision. This psychotherapy course focuses on how to develop expertise, treating specific disorders and developing resilience across the life span.

Getting Better Results: Core Tasks and
Skills of Expert Psychotherapists

Course 1
In Essence of Psychotherapy

Treating Specific Disorders and the
Secret of Strengths- Based Narrative Approaches

Course 2
In Essence of Psychotherapy

Ordinary Magic:
Building Resilience
and Strengths Across
the Life Span

Course 3
In Essence of Psychotherapy

You do not need to do every unit and you also do not need to do units in a consecutive order.

COURSE 1
Getting Better Results: Core Tasks and Skills of Expert Psychotherapists

Course 1 In Essence of Psychotherapy

Dr Donald Meichenbaum PhD

”Therapists get paid to listen to their patient’s stories in a compassionate and trust-engendering manner.The first thing every therapist should do is establish a warm and non-judgmental Therapeutic Alliance and use empathy to help a client to tell their story. Establishing, maintaining, and monitoring the quality of the Therapeutic Alliance is the single greatest predictor of treatment outcomes, and from which therapists enable the client to tell the ‘rest of their story’.”

About Dr Donald Meichenbaum PhD

    Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D is Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada from which he took early retirement 25 years ago. He is presently Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention in Miami, Florida (please visit www.melissainstitute.org). He is one of the founders of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and in a survey of clinicians reported in the American Psychologist, he was voted “one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century.”
    He was the Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association and he has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association. His article with Scott Lilienfeld on How to Spot Hype in Psychotherapy: A 19 Item Checklist won was awarded “Best Contribution to the Field of Psychotherapy” by the Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. (Available here: https://melissainstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Don.HOW-TO-SPOTacceptedversionnovember13.pdf)
    He has presented in all 50 U.S. States and internationally.
    He has published extensively and his latest books include Roadmap to Resilience (roadmaptoresilience.wordpress.com), Treatment of Individuals with Addictive Disorders, and Evolution of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – in addition to his classics: Stress Inoculation Training and Cognitive Behavioural Modification: An Integrative Approach – and many more.
    Dr Meichenbaum is literally one of the founders who put the C in CBT nearly 40 years ago. His contributions to the field of coping with stress and resilience are legendary.
    Dr Meichenbaum's presentations are noted for the blending of critical scholarship, clinical practicality and humour. He is extremely generous in sharing his materials and knowledge.
    You can read more about Donald Meichenbaum here. And he has incredible set of resources on the Melissa Institute website here: https://melissainstitute.org/scientific-articles-by-author/
Learning Overview
    • It begins this Diploma by discussing the nature of expertise and Core Tasks of psychotherapy.
 
    • It is designed to help psychotherapists to understand the nature of expertise in psychotherapy and the Core Tasks of expert psychotherapists. This will enable them to implement these principles and to apply professional self-doubt and deliberate practice whilst eliciting feedback, to become part of the 25% of psychotherapists who get 50% of the positive outcomes with their patients and clients.
 
    The complete list of topics and Modules covered includes:
    The purpose is to increase the likelihood you will fall into the “expert" group of psychotherapists. This Module will begin to examine what it is that experts do and demonstrate, when compared to experienced and novice psychotherapists.
  • Module 1: By way of introduction, nature of expertise
  • Module 2: State of the art of psychotherapy and how to spot Hype: The challenges psychotherapists face
  • Module 3: Use of a case conceptualisation model
  • Module 4: Ways to develop, maintain and monitor the quality of the therapeutic alliance
  • Module 5: The art of questioning and guided discovery procedures
  • Module 6: Collaborative goal setting that nurtures hope
  • Module 7: Psychoeducation and collaborative engagement
  • Module 8: Individual and group skills training programmes
  • Module 9: Skills training and generalisation guidelines
  • Module 10: Consumer guidelines. Putting it all together
    • By the end you will be able to:
  • Self-evaluate their current level of expertise in the Core Tasks of Psychotherapy, spot Hype and understand the state of the art of Psychotherapy and explain the nature of expertise to others.
  • Use a Case Conceptualization Model to facilitate collaborative decision making which encompasses the three timelines approach – drawing not only on past experiences, risk factors and current challenges but also highlighting protective factors, evidence of strengths and signs of resilience.
  • Engage and support their clients/patients in telling their story through motivational interviewing and guided discovery, collaborative goal setting and psychoeducation, and through encouraging feedback, in order to develop, maintain, and monitor the quality of the Therapeutic Alliance.
  • iv. Implement and share the Clock Face metaphor as a means of collaborative conceptualization for any issue or challenge with which the patient/client presents in therapy.
  • Develop a training programme for inter-personal and intra-personal skills training for individual and group therapy, and to enable generalization of the skills developed.
  • Identify their own needs for further training and development and commit to a training plan to develop further skills in the Core Tasks of psychotherapy.
  • Module 1:

    Tuesday 26th March 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Thursday 28th March 2024 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 2:

    Tuesday 9th April 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Friday 12th April 2024 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 3:

    Tuesday 16th April 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Friday 19th April 2024 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 4:

    Tuesday 23rd April 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Friday 26th April 2024 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 5:

    Tuesday 30th April 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Friday 3rd May 2024 4.30-6pm: Review

    Module 6:

    Tuesday 7th May 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Friday 10th May 2024 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 7:

    Tuesday 14th May 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Friday 17th May 2024 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 8:

    Tuesday 21st May 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Friday 24th May 2024 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 9:

    Tuesday 28th May 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Friday 31st May 2024 4.30 pm-6pm: Review

    Module 10:

    Tuesday 4th June 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Friday 7th June 2024 4.30pm-6pm: Review

      Dr Donald Meichenbaum PhD has recorded a series of videos for the UK College of Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy, outlining his knowledge and expertise. These recordings, along with comprehensive handouts, form the core materials and framework for the course.You will have access to all video recordings and handouts when you sign up to the Live Webcast course or the Self-led course.
      Live Webcast Course Fee: £495
      Live Webcast Course Includes:
    • Access to all pre-recorded videos and lectures (lectures are available in the online learning platform. You will have access for 12 months from the start date of the course.)
    • 10 modules and 10 comprehensive handouts
    • Weekly facilitated sessions to watch the recorded lecture – join your facilitators and fellow students to watch each lecture and engage in a post lecture discussions and participate and practice the interventions and To Do tasks
    • Weekly review session – join your fellow students to reflect, review and share your deliberate practise, experiences and challenges through peer support. The additional structure provided through these discussions and reviews is designed to help students stay accountable to their deliberate practice and development goals.
    • All discussion and review sessions can be accessed for the duration of the course for revision and catch-up if a particular session cannot be attended live.
    • Access to the dedicated discussion forum on Hypno-CBT connect for existing subscribers.

      Self-Led Diploma Fees: £175
      Self Led Diploma Includes:
    • Access to all pre-recorded videos and lectures (12 months access from the start date of the course)
    • 10 modules and 10 comprehensive handouts
    • Watch all videos and read the handouts at your own pace.

    COURSE 2
    Treating Specific Disorders and the Power of Transdiagnostic Strengths-Based Narrative Approaches

    Course 2 In Essence of Psychotherapy

    Dr Donald Meichenbaum PhD

    “As psychotherapists we are privileged to listen to other people’s stories. We are all Homo Narrans or storytellers. In order to be an expert psychotherapist, you need to be an exquisite listener, compassionate and empathic. But listening alone is insufficient; Language structures reality and the questions we ask and the feedback we provide to clients and patients alters the stories they tell themselves and others as well as the beliefs that they hold. It is our job to bring out the good, not just the bad.”

    About Dr Donald Meichenbaum PhD

      Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D is Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada from which he took early retirement 25 years ago. He is presently Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention in Miami, Florida (please visit www.melissainstitute.org). He is one of the founders of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and in a survey of clinicians reported in the American Psychologist, he was voted “one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century.”
      He was the Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association and he has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association. His article with Scott Lilienfeld on How to Spot Hype in Psychotherapy: A 19 Item Checklist won was awarded “Best Contribution to the Field of Psychotherapy” by the Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. (Available here: https://melissainstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Don.HOW-TO-SPOTacceptedversionnovember13.pdf)
      He has presented in all 50 U.S. States and internationally.
      He has published extensively and his latest books include Roadmap to Resilience (roadmaptoresilience.wordpress.com), Treatment of Individuals with Addictive Disorders, and Evolution of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – in addition to his classics: Stress Inoculation Training and Cognitive Behavioural Modification: An Integrative Approach – and many more.
      Dr Meichenbaum is literally one of the founders who put the C in CBT nearly 40 years ago. His contributions to the field of coping with stress and resilience are legendary.
      Dr Meichenbaum's presentations are noted for the blending of critical scholarship, clinical practicality and humour. He is extremely generous in sharing his materials and knowledge.
      You can read more about Donald Meichenbaum here. And he has incredible set of resources on the Melissa Institute website here: https://melissainstitute.org/scientific-articles-by-author/

    Learning Overview:

    It is designed to help psychotherapists to understand the nature of specific disorders, and to apply evidence-based interventions for those disorders using a person-centered and strengths-based, Constructive Narrative approach. It draws on, and continues to emphasize, the principles, skills and Core Tasks of psychotherapy that were introduced in Course 1 (although these courses do not need to be taken in that order). It will therefore focus on engendering strengths and signs of resilience, collaboration, and establishing, monitoring and maintaining the Therapeutic Alliance as key factors in successful treatment outcomes throughout this course.

      The complete list of topics and Modules covered includes:
    • Module 11: How to develop chronic PTSD and co-occuring disorders; Treatment implications
    • Module 12: Treatment of individuals with anxiety and depression
    • Module 13: Treatment of individuals with PTSD
    • Module 14: Treatment of individuals with prolonged and complicated grief and traumatic bereavement
    • Module 15: Treatment of individuals with substance abuse disorders
    • Module 16: Treatment of suicidal patients
    • Module 17: Treating patients with co-occuring disorders
    • Module 18: Treating patients with anger-control problems and aggressive behaviours
    • Module 19: Integration of spirituality and psychotherapy in clinical practice
    • Module 20: Putting it all together: Assessing your level of "expertise"
    By the end you will be able to:
  • Understand the types and variations of different disorders and be able to individualize treatment accordingly.
  • Explain the emotional, cognitive, behavioural, developmental and experiential factors that may contribute to the development of these specific disorders and understand the implications for treatment planning.
  • Explain the therapeutic implications of a Constructive Narrative Perspective, and establish and implement a treatment plan based on this approach.
  • Understand and apply and variety of evidence-based interventions including emotional regulation, behavioural activation and cognitive restructuring skills.
  • Critically evaluate the use of various therapeutic treatment approaches and spot the presence of Hype.
  • Establish monitor and maintain the Therapeutic Alliance and implement the Core Tasks of Psychotherapy, including: the use of the case conceptualization model, psycho-education, collaborative goal-setting, skills training including generalization, relapse-prevention and feedback-informed treatment on both an individual and group basis.
  • Implement safety planning and for clients/patients at risk of harm, suicide and relapse.
  • Integrate discussions about spirituality into the therapeutic assessment and treatment.
  • Self-evaluate their declarative and conditional knowledge as applied to specific disorders and clinical cases.
  • Module 1:

    Tuesday 2nd July 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Tuesday 9th July 2024 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 2:

    Tuesday 16th July 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Tuesday 23rd July 2024 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 3:

    Tuesday 23rd July 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Tuesday 30th July 2024 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 4:

    Tuesday 6th August 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Tuesday 13th August 2024 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 5:

    Tuesday 20th August 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Tuesday 27th August 2024 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 6:

    Tuesday 3rd September 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Tuesday 10th September 2024 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 7:

    Tuesday 17th September 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Tuesday 24th September 2024 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 8:

    Tuesday 1st October 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Tuesday 8th October 2024 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 9:

    Tuesday 15th October 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Tuesday 22nd October 2024 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 10:

    Tuesday 29th October 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Tuesday 5th November 2024 4.30pm-6pm: Review

      Dr Donald Meichenbaum PhD has recorded a series of videos for the UK College of Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy, outlining his knowledge and expertise. These recordings, along with comprehensive handouts, form the core materials and framework for the course. You will have access to all video recordings and handouts when you sign up to the Live Webcast course or the Self-led course.
      Live Webcast Course Fee: £495
      Live Webcast Course includes:
    • Access to all pre-recorded videos and lectures (lectures are available in the online learning platform. You will have access for 12 months from the start date of the course.)
    • 10 modules and 10 comprehensive handouts
    • Weekly facilitated sessions to watch the recorded lecture – join your facilitators and fellow students to watch each lecture and engage in a post lecture discussions and participate and practice the interventions and To Do tasks.
    • Weekly review session – join your fellow students to reflect, review and share your deliberate practise, experiences and challenges through peer support. The additional structure provided through these discussions and reviews is designed to help students stay accountable to their deliberate practice and development goals.
    • All discussion and review sessions can be accessed for the duration of the course for revision and catch-up if a particular session cannot be attended live.
    • Access to the dedicated discussion forum on Hypno-CBT connect for existing subscribers.

      Self-Led Diploma Fees: £175
      Self-Led Diploma Includes:
  • Access to all pre-recorded videos and lectures (12 months access from the start date of the course)
  • 10 modules and 10 comprehensive handouts
  • Watch all videos and read the handouts at your own pace.
  • COURSE 3
    Ordinary Magic: Building Resilience and Strengths Across the Life Span

    Course 3 In Essence of Psychotherapy

    Dr Donald Meichenbaum PhD

    "As we start the journey into Course 3 of this series, we are going to look at resilience across the entire lifespan. We'll start off with the nature of resilience itself, and my observation that while trauma is everywhere, so is resilience. And in fact, as you'll come to see, the good stuff is more critical than the bad stuff, in predicting how people will respond to difficult and challenging events. It's our task in these Modules to see how these kinds of foundational building blocks and resilience engendering behaviours that we will explore, can be applied across the entire lifespan, and across different populations and groups, including, importantly, for yourselves as psychotherapists."

    About Dr Donald Meichenbaum PhD

      Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D is Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada from which he took early retirement 25 years ago. He is presently Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention in Miami, Florida (please visit www.melissainstitute.org). He is one of the founders of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and in a survey of clinicians reported in the American Psychologist, he was voted “one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century.”
      He was the Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association and he has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association. His article with Scott Lilienfeld on How to Spot Hype in Psychotherapy: A 19 Item Checklist won was awarded “Best Contribution to the Field of Psychotherapy” by the Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. (Available here: https://melissainstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Don.HOW-TO-SPOTacceptedversionnovember13.pdf)
      He has presented in all 50 U.S. States and internationally.
      He has published extensively and his latest books include Roadmap to Resilience (roadmaptoresilience.wordpress.com), Treatment of Individuals with Addictive Disorders, and Evolution of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – in addition to his classics: Stress Inoculation Training and Cognitive Behavioural Modification: An Integrative Approach – and many more.
      Dr Meichenbaum is literally one of the founders who put the C in CBT nearly 40 years ago. His contributions to the field of coping with stress and resilience are legendary.
      Dr Meichenbaum's presentations are noted for the blending of critical scholarship, clinical practicality and humour. He is extremely generous in sharing his materials and knowledge.
      You can read more about Donald Meichenbaum here. And he has incredible set of resources on the Melissa Institute website here: https://melissainstitute.org/scientific-articles-by-author/

    Learning Overview

      It is designed to help you continue on your journey towards expertise by focussing ways in which to bolster resilience across different groups and populations, or to put this another way, to assist others (and ourselves) in the ability to bounce back from adversities. As we have discussed in the other courses, whilst trauma is everywhere, so is resilience, and the good news is that the ‘good stuff’ is more important than the ‘bad’ in predicting how our patients will respond.
      The evidence suggests that most of us will be impacted by challenges, stress, anxiety, trauma and other difficulties over the course of our lifetimes, although ~25% of us will get stuck there. Our mission then is to help our patients become part of that 75% group who are able to go on and lead a full life despite those difficulties. The complete list of topics and Modules covered includes:
  • Module 21: Ways to bolster resilience
  • Module 22: Bolstering resilience in high-risk children
  • Module 23: Treatment of children and adolescents who have experienced trauma and victimising experiences
  • Module 24: Ways to bolster resilience in adolescents
  • Module 25: Treatment of adolescent depression and suicidal behaviour
  • Module 26: Ways to bolster resilience in couples, families and communities
  • Module 27: Bolstering resilience in adults
  • Module 28: Ways to bolster resilience in the elderly
  • Module 29: Self-care for trauma psychotherapists and caregivers: Individual, social and organisational interventions
  • Module 30: Summing up and taking stock
  • By the end you will be able to:
  • Identify the physiological benefits of the nature of resilience and identify the neurobiological, cognitive, and emotional changes that occur in response to trauma and consider the impacts and implications on treatment.
  • Understand and explain the range of pressures, issues and adverse experiences facing members of various populations and people across their lifespan – including children, adolescents and their families, couples, the elderly and community, suicidal and depressed patients, psychotherapists and caregivers.
  • Describe the characteristics of resilient members of each of these populations.
  • Evaluate and identify key factors and risks when assessing for depression and suicidal behaviour.
  • Identify the key challenges in conducting psychotherapy with children and adolescents and apply trauma-focussed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to those who have experienced trauma or been victimised.
  • Apply effective resilience-engendering interventions such as emotional and distress tolerance skills, engage in mindfulness and physical exercises, engage in gratitude, compassion and forgiveness exercises, and re-engage in meaning-making activities and cognitively reappraisal to bolster resilience.
  • Provide training, assessments and interventions in a culturally and developmentally-sensitive manner.
  • Reflect, explore and apply ways you can implement these resilience-engendering interventions into your therapeutic approach in order to help develop a flexible and resilient mindset.
  • Self-assess your own level of vicarious PTSD and also to develop your own psychological resilience
  • Module 1

    Tuesday 3rd December 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Friday 6th December 2024 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 2

    Tuesday 10th December 2024 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Friday 13rd December 2024 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 3

    Tuesday 7th January 2025 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Friday 10th January 2025 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 4

    Tuesday 14th January 2025 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Friday 17th January 2025 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 5

    Tuesday 21st January 2025 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Friday 24th January 2025 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 6

    Tuesday 28th January 2025 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Friday 31st January 2025 4.30pm-6p: Review

    Module 7

    Tuesday 4th February 2025 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Friday 7th February 2025 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 8

    Tuesday 11st February 2025 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Friday 14th February 2025 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 9

    Tuesday 18th February 2025 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Friday 21st February 2025 4.30pm-6pm: Review

    Module 10

    Tuesday 24th February 2025 10am-12pm: Watch and Discuss

    Friday 28th February 2025 4.30pm-6pm: Review

      Dr Donald Meichenbaum PhD has recorded a series of videos for the UK College of Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy, outlining his knowledge and expertise. These recordings, along with comprehensive handouts, form the core materials and framework for the course.You will have access to all video recordings and handouts when you sign up to the Live Webcast course or the Self-led course.
      Live Webcast Course Fee: £495
      Live Webcast Course Includes:
    • Access to all pre-recorded videos and lectures (lectures are available in the online learning platform. You will have access for 12 months from the start date of the course.)
    • 10 modules and 10 comprehensive handouts
    • Weekly facilitated sessions to watch the recorded lecture – join your facilitators and fellow students to watch each lecture and engage in a post lecture discussions and participate and practice the interventions and To Do tasks
    • Weekly review session – join your fellow students to reflect, review and share your deliberate practise, experiences and challenges through peer support. The additional structure provided through these discussions and reviews is designed to help students stay accountable to their deliberate practice and development goals.
    • All discussion and review sessions can be accessed for the duration of the course for revision and catch-up if a particular session cannot be attended live.
    • Access to the dedicated discussion forum on Hypno-CBT connect for existing subscribers.

    FREE Sample of Course Materials

    Dr Meichenbaum's handouts for his lectures and seminars are legendary. Each is a condensed handbook, typically between 30 to 60 pages long, filled with tips, guidance, key points extensively and fully referenced. Complete the form below to get your sample:

    What people have to say about Donald's courses

    Andrea, Hypno-CBT Therapist, Coach and Trainer

    “Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy gives you the tools to help clients with the now and moving forwards and this course gives you the background and more in-depth therapeutic alliance skill set in getting their trust and in moving them forwards…It's broadened my knowledge and skill set on many levels.”

    Elizabeth, Educational Psychologist and Hypno-CBT Therapist

    “Just want to say that this is a brilliant course. I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to learn from Dr. Meichenbaum – he is an incredibly skilled and knowledgeable psychologist and therapist and an inspiring teacher. I would like to think I could learn to use at least a small percentage of what he is offering.
    Thank you Mark for creating the opportunity and thank you Theresa for managing and co-ordinating the process so effectively.”

    Michelle, Counselling Psychologist

    “Prior to the Hypno-CBT training I had watched a recording of him doing a training session and I remember enjoying his style of CBT and thinking “if only it were possible to do a real live workshop with him”.
    So it has been wonderful to discover the links between this college and Donald Meichenbaum. I didn't choose to do the Hypno-CBT training with this college for that reason (as I didn't realise that then) but it has been a wonderful moment of serendipity!.”

    COURSE FACILITATORS

    Theresa Brockway

    Theresa is HCPC accredited Drama Psychotherapist and Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist. Theresa offers Hypnotherapy, Creative Psychotherapy and Public Speaking Coaching to her clients and has a background in performance, touring theatre, Shakespeare and G&C.
    Alongside her private practice, Theresa works as a Mental Health Specialist for the NHS and has facilitated group sessions, training and workshops for over 20 years in diverse settings.

    Slee Parish

    Slee is a CBH therapist and a consultant nurse within the NHS. With the onset on Covid-19 her practice has changed to concentrate on frontline staff and the very particular anxieties, fear, and stressors they face during the pandemic. She is one half of the partnership that created www.nhsinmind.co.uk – a collection of free resources put together for frontline workers during Covid-19.

    Chris People

    Chris launched his practice in 2017 alongside a sister initiative, The Resilience Project Brighton, with the intention of improving access to evidence-based therapy and resilience coaching in Sussex and beyond. His main therapeutic interests are in addressing those mood and motivation sticking points that can sometimes prevent us from our most valued living.
    Chris has a background in environmental science and martial arts.

    Frequently asked questions

    Is there an assessment for this course?

    Yes – this will be a mix of practical to-do tasks and a written assignment (tbc).

    What happens if I miss a day of the training?

    In order to receive the certificate, you will need to show you have made up the face-to-face learning hours.

    How long are the recorded lecture hours for the self-led course?

    • Course 1 – 10 hours
    • Course 2 – 10 hours
    • Course 3 – 7.5 hours

    Will I receive a certificate?

    Yes – you will receive a certificate of completion and the overall certificate is to be confirmed.

    Do I need to be a practicing therapist to attend?

    No – we welcome all attendees however an understanding and interest in therapy will stand you in good stead for taking the course.

     How many attended hours are in the live webcast course?

    For the facilitated/live course – there are 3.5 hours of contact per week or 35 hours per Course.  Each lecture is a slightly different length, but of each ‘Watch and Discuss’ sessions, roughly an hour is the lecture and the rest is discussion.  This discussion element includes check ins, Q&A, deliberate practice, peer support and case discussion.

    Chris People, Course Facilitator and Hypnotherapist.

    I started this journey with the college way back in 2015, mostly out of personal interest and partly to
    try and become a better martial arts and boxing coach. I suppose at that time, I never really
    considered becoming a full-time therapist. I initially enjoyed integrating the methods into what I was
    already doing, and eventually started running a few group sessions and one-to-one therapy sessions
    both from a performance and resilience-building perspective. The more I spoke to people about my
    new skills and interests, the more people I encountered who told me they, or someone they knew,
    would also benefit from some assistance. This started growing slowly and shifted from being a side
    gig for me (or my ‘paid hobby’ as I sometimes called it!) to being a ‘part-time’ venture alongside my
    consultancy business. I also started coaching trainee therapists with the College, which I absolutely
    loved”. SWIPE TO READ MORE

    Passion for Donald Meichenbaum

    “I was of course, already aware of Don’s work and contribution to the field as a father of CBT, when
    the College announced the one-day webinar with Don on Building Resilience during lockdown. However, I remember being
    blown away by not only his knowledge and intelligence but perhaps even more so, by his compassion
    and humour. I realised that whilst I was probably now a pretty effective ‘hypno-coach’, I really wanted
    to be more like Don: More empathetic, compassionate and more able to help client’s tell ‘the rest of
    their story’. I signed up for the Course 1 Essence of Psychotherapy pilot scheme as soon as it was
    announced.”
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    Journey

    In the 18 months or so since we started this, I am a very different therapist to who I was before we
    started. In that time also made the decision to be therapist full-time – to pursue something that I
    thought was meaningful, interesting and demanding. And of course, this is all still a work in progress:
    I still have many ‘To Do Tasks’ yet to practice more, and there is still ‘unfinished business’ to attend to
    in my professional development. Yet as Don would say, I can now more easily ‘love myself as a
    person but doubt myself as a therapist’ – professional self-doubt is a key principle in developing
    expertise. But its not about just taking another course; what’s really important is the commitment to
    improvement that matters, and being guided and accountable to small, incremental change. I am
    however, significantly further down the road now than where I was at the start – and both my clients
    and I are already experiencing the benefits of Don’s amazing approach.