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Building Clients’ Self-Esteem (2 days)

A practical two-day course on new, effective and evidence-based  approaches to building clients’ self-esteem. This highly popular course, presented by Paul Grantham, will cover (amongst other things) issues from present definition of self-esteem and its role a causal factor for clients’ problems to unhelpful high self-esteem, cultural attitudes towards self-esteem and numerous evidence-based ways to developing healthy self-esteem various groups of clients, including very damaged clients with complex problems.

What will the delegates take away from the course?

  • Up-to-date definitions of self-esteem and problems related to it
  • Understanding which problems develop due to clients’ self-esteem being too low OR high!
  • A demonstration of specific cognitive techniques to build self-esteem
  • Ways to build self-esteem using non-verbal interventions
  • Making the goal setting work with clients more effective
  • Why positive feedback does not always build self-esteem and how to change it
  • Skills to help clients to build and use their social support networks to build their self-esteem
  • Video demonstrations
  • Numerous worksheets and checklists to use with your clients to build their self-esteem

How would you deal with the following cases?

  • Craig (24) has been caught thieving yet again. You know that one of his problems is his poor self-esteem that makes it difficult for him to say “no” to his peer group. How would you address this?
  • Joanne (47) has a long history of contact with services involving numerous different diagnoses. Whenever she is worked with she makes good progress. Every time you point this out to her however, she just shrugs it off and says “ So what?”. Why hasn’t her self-esteem been affected by her progress and what would you do about it?
  • Mary (86) suffers from early stages Alzheimer’s disease. What key issues would you assess in ensuring you are as effective as possible in maintaining her self-esteem?

This course will give you fresh ideas on how to approach these and many other difficult cases in new and constructive ways.

Issues covered include:

  • What exactly is self-esteem and what role does it play in people’s problems.
  • The evidence base for low self-esteem as a causal factor.
  • How addressing low self-esteem can have an impact on underlying problems.
  • Unhelpful high self-esteem. Areas where Its contributes to problem formation.
  • Cultural attitudes towards self-esteem.
  • Gender differences on self-esteem and its implications for self-esteem building work.
  • The efficacy/self-worth distinction and its practical implications.
  • How we sometimes try to build clients’ self-esteem in the wrong way.
  • What leads people to develop ‘healthy’ self-esteem and how can we use it to help our clients.
  • Five key sources of self-esteem and how to decide on which you need to focus on with your clients:
    • Self-Efficacy,
    • Positive Cognitions,
    • Self-Nurturing,
    • Support & Help,
    • Use Of Feedback.
  • Developing Clients’ Self Efficacy:
    • The use of positive role models in helping clients.
    • Problem solving skills as a protective technique for clients.
    • Goal setting and self-esteem. Why goal setting often doesn’t work and how it can be made more effective.
    • Increasing clients’ ability to influence and the role of assertiveness training.
  • Positive Cognitions:
    • The role of negative thinking in low self-esteem.
    • The role of CBT in raising self-esteem.
    • A protocol for assessing your clients’ negative beliefs and thinking.
    • Demonstration of three simple cognitive techniques for raising clients’ self-esteem.
  • Raising Self-esteem Through Self Nurturing:
    • Body maintenance vs. body enhancement as methods of raising self-esteem. Case examples.
    • The role of raising activity levels to enhance self-esteem.
  • Social Support & Self-esteem:
    • The role of the accepting relationships.
    • Techniques for enlarging clients’ social networks.
    • How low self-esteem prevents clients perceiving current sources of social support and how to address this.
    • Techniques to enable clients to use their existing social networks more effectively.
  • The use of feedback to enhance clients self-esteem:
    • Feedback and unhelpful high self-esteem. A case example.
    • Understanding what feedback really is and how to make it more effective with clients as a result. 

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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