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Certificate In Resource Based Therapies (3 modules/5 days)

Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The Certificate in Resource Based Therapies (RBT) Course consists of 3 modules / 5 training days that can be booked together or separately.

3 Modules of the Certificate in Resource Based Therapies:

The order, in which delegates attend the courses, is flexible.

Delegates who attend one or more days will be awarded at the end with a Certificate of Attendance.

The structure of the 5 days is as follows:

Motivational Interviewing & Beyond (Module 1)

A two day training course designed to empower you to motivate your clients and patients. You’ll be taken through a range of issues, strategies and tips designed to improve your motivational strategies whatever your client group – from treatment non-compliance through offending behaviour to working with those with severe mental health problems.

This evidence-based seminar will address the following issues:

  • Practical ideas developed from Motivational Interviewing (M.I.), environmental psychology and learning theory
  • Effective evidence-based strategies for all practitioners - whether working in long term therapeutic relationships or with brief 5 minute contacts
  • Learn to motivate clients who do not want to talk to you or even be in the same room as you!
  • Learn how doing LESS can motivate your clients MORE
  • Discover the research on how what your client SAYS increases what they DO afterwards… and how to get them to say it!
  • Prevent and manage resistance more effectively
  • Learn how to make goal setting work and feedback more effective as motivating factors
  • How do we currently try to motivate clients
    • Outline of common styles
    • Strengths and limitations of such styles
    • Discussion
  • Arousal & Motivation
    • Yerkes-Dodson & the 21st century
    • Why are ‘low energy’ clients unmotivated and what can be done about it?
    • Force-Field Analysis: A powerful tool for assessing & increasing motivation
  • Stages of change model & implications for motivational strategies
  • The MI process of Engage, Focusing, Evoking & Planning
  • Pre-Contemplators: The forgotten client group
    • Why do we have totally unmotivated clients
    • General principles for motivating "unmotivated clients"
    • "Depressed", "Inactive" & "Low Energy" clients
    • "Rebellious", "Compulsory Attendance" clients…..or ones who simply hate you
  • The use of OARS (Open Questions, Affirmations, Reflections & Summary)
  • Working with uncertain or ambivalent clients
    • Key principles and attitudes on information giving and handling resistance
    • The role of change statements and how to elicit them
    • Working with clients with variable motivation. Video illustration
  • Goal setting & Feedback For Increasing Motivation
    • Powerful tools for good and bad
    • Making goal setting more effective
    • Increasing the effectiveness of feedback
  • Understanding Maintenance of Change and ensuring that your work with clients is not simply a pattern of repeated change followed by repeated relapse
    • The role of practice, routines and rituals
    • Social support as a key success factor
    • Handling relapse

Solution Focused Brief Therapy – SFBT (Module 2)

Solution Focused Brief Therapy offers at least an enhancement to existing therapeutic approaches and at best an alternative to other evidence based therapies. It utilises process techniques that predate CBT but which the latter has begun to embrace, whilst sharing a great deal with both Systemic and Client Centred approaches. This course gives you an in-depth introduction to this effective approach.

This evidence-based two-day course is designed to provide you with the highest possible standard of training, a solid grounding in Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and enable you to make immediate use of your learning on return to your workplace. It is invaluable in a range of health care and social services environments across the age span.

What you will take away from the course:

  • An understanding of the principles and techniques contained within Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • A toolbox of simple but effective strategies and tips for working more successfully with your clients, no matter how difficult or stuck they are
  • An approach for dealing with increasing work pressures more productively
  • Discover how “brief” doesn’t have to mean “superficial” or “second rate”, but can mean “better and more effective”
  • New insights into your clients and into solutions to their problems. Understand what “client centred” really means
  • Techniques to prevent client dependency
  • Increased confidence for working with your most complex and difficult clients

Why you cannot afford to miss this course:

  • Learn how complex multiple problems don’t need lengthy complex solutions
  • Effect change in behaviour, thoughts and feelings with only 1-4 contacts… even with very “stuck” clients
  • Identify your most challenging clients’ personal strengths and resources
  • Discover how to be optimistic and motivated with your most difficult clients
  • Learn how to be brief when you were trained to be deep and spot complex causes and needs
  • Extensive real case illustrations
  • Video demonstrations of techniques
  • Case consultation with lots of opportunities to address delegates’ difficulties with clients

FAQ about this course:

Do I need prior knowledge of Solution Focused Brief Therapy? 
No prior knowledge is required. However, a background in a "helping profession" working within a defined model of practice is desirable but not essential.

How will I know if Brief Solution Therapy will work with my clients? They are very unmotivated/ damaged/cognitively impaired. 
The evidence base for Brief Solution Therapy is now very extensive and one of its key strengths is that it does not require the client to even agree they have a problem in order for the approach to be used. The only requirement is that the client is able and willing to communicate with you in some way. The approach has been used with those identified as offenders, those with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and those with severe enduring mental health problems – amongst many others

I’m not a Brief Solution Focused Therapist. I’m a CBT Therapist/Client Centred Therapist/ Exploratory Psychotherapist/Group Therapist. Is this course any use to me? 
Yes! There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, Brief Solution has often been described as a non-theoretical approach. Without going into further detail here, you are likely to find that many of its components “bolt onto” your existing therapeutic modality. It does not require you to “give up” your current approach in order to use it. Secondly, it has a strong evidence base regarding its outcome effectiveness. It is also supported by a great deal of work within general psychology (especially neuropsychology). Thirdly, although providing new and different tools, you will find much that is already familiar and similar to the approach you use.

Actually I’m not a psychotherapist/counsellor at all! Is this course any use to me?
Yes… as long as you are involved in the field of helping people to change their behaviour and attitudes! For instance, it has been used in a variety of health behaviour change fields (including smoking cessation and weight loss) and with client groups as diverse as the unemployed and those with learning difficulties. One of the major UK books in the field is written by a Speech and Language therapist and it is also used as a management, supervision and team building approach.

Course outline:

  • Introduction to Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Evidence base and applicability to different client and staff groups. Understanding the trap of the CLEPPER approach in traditional models of helping.
  • Softening Things Up
  • Rapport building (with a difference!).
  • Introducing problem variation and change perception
  • Scaling to identify client resources and solutions
  • The role of Exceptions and how focusing on how things could be worse makes them better
  • Why don’t people solve their problems
  • The role of “experimental behaviour” Doing The problem in detail and pattern intervention
  • What constitutes a complex case?
  • Future causality and social constructionism as a way of viewing complex cases differently
  • Involuntary/mandated clients and ASD diagnoses
  • An introduction to the Miracle Question (MQ)
  • Outline and purpose of the MQ
  • Video / live demonstrations of the MQ
  • The Miracle Question Continued
  • MQ practice
  • Where does the MQ fit into therapy and where do you go afterwards ?
  • Dealing with unhealthy and unrealistic Miracles
  • What to do if your client’s preferred future is one you can not support ?
  • Pretence and treating weaknesses as strengths
  • Treating deficits as resources and the therapeutic value of faking
  • Case consultancy

Positive Psychotherapy for Client's Empowerment (Module 3)

During this course you will discover an evidence based approach to positive therapy - invaluable in a range of therapeutic, social care and educational environments across the age span.

This course covers all essential components of effective use of positive psychology approach in helping clients. In brief it will explore:

  • The history and evidence base of positive psychology and its practical application.
  • The limitations of pathology-based therapies.
  • The ways to enhance “client wellbeing” through “Teaching Happiness” with a wide range of client groups from children to offenders.
  • Identifying and enhancing client strengths. “Signature Strengths” and how they might be identified and used in working with clients. The relationship between strengths and problematic behaviour. Techniques for developing key strengths in order to overcome obstacles and set backs.
  • Environmental interventions and their impact on pro-social behaviour and positive mood. Practical implications and uses.
  • The development of resilience, perseverance, gratitude and forgiveness: their impact on motivation and mood
  • The relationship between altruistic behaviour and psychological wellbeing.

During this course you will learn:

  • How to become optimistic and resource led with your clients even if you were trained to be needs led or pathology focused.
  • How to overcome client resistance to change by bypassing deficits
  • Discuss how to incorporate positive therapy into your existing practice to make it more effective


  • Introduction
  • The history and evidence base of positive psychology and its practical application. Similarities and differences between positive therapy (PT) and other resource based therapies (RBT), i.e. BSFT & MI as well as other therapeutic techniques (CBT, Rogerian approaches etc). The limitations of pathology-based therapies.
  • Enhancing “client wellbeing”
  • “Teaching happiness” and its use with a range of client groups from children to offenders. The relationship between well-being and the reduction in “problematic behaviour”
  • Identifying and enhancing client strengths
  • “Signature Strengths” and how they might be identified and used in working with clients. The relationship with strengths and problematic behaviour. Video and Exercise
  • Non-verbal interventions
  • Environmental interventions and their impact on pro-social behaviour and positive mood. Practical implications and uses. Exercise 
  • The development of resilience and perseverance
  • Techniques for developing key strengths in order to overcome obstacles and set backs.
  • Developing gratitude and forgiveness: its impact on motivation and mood
  • Their value and impact on both mood and the ability to “let go”
  • Plenary and final questions

Course Leader:

Paul Grantham
B.A. (Oxon), M.Sc, M.Clin.Psychol., BABCP (Accred)

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. Having originally taken a degree in history at Oxford University, Paul chose to make Psychology his professional career and took an MSc degree in Psychology at Sussex University followed by training as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist including primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health and has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Paul has a particular interest in people motivation for change, resistance and reasons of why people do NOT change and currently focuses on practical applications of resource based therapies. He has presented and written on a range of psychological issues with particular emphasis on working with clients’ inner resources for overcoming problems.

Paul is registered with the HPC, an Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and is an Accredited CBT Therapist. An extremely informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work.

Paul is a founder and Director of SDS Training Company and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.

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