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Introduction to CBT is essential to anyone wishing to build strong foundations in understanding themselves and being there for others. The workshop includes lunch and 2 coffee/tea breaks with snacks. The workshop is a mixture of theory, open discussions and packed full of practical exercises designed to reinforce learning. The workshop is in English.

Students + General Public.

Active Listening & Socratic Questioning is an essential skill for all students in psychology. It is also a very good skill to have as a doctor or  health / mental health professional working in the medical field. It equally benefits professionals who work with the public, e.g. police, crisis hotlines, etc... An invaluable skill to have in your private life: spouse, kids, other family members and co-workers, as most of us have no idea how to truly listen to one another. Learning to really listen and what questions to ask, helps people to connect and thus reduce stressful clashes. The workshop includes lunch and 2 coffee/tea breaks with snacks. All workshops are a mixture of theory, open discussions and packed full of practical exercises designed to reinforce learning. All workshops are in English.

Students + General Public.

The Internal Balance & Wellbeing series is written to help all individuals, psychology student or not, to learn about their internal world and how to manage it. It offers essential components in Emotional Intelligence. Everything you learn here is applicable to your life and to any career you engage in, especially in medical and mental health professions. Workshops include lunch and 2 coffee/tea breaks with snacks. All workshops are a mixture of theory, open discussions and packed full of practical exercises designed to reinforce learning. All workshops are in English. All workshops in this series are built in a sequential manner and your understanding will benefit from sticking to the sequence.

Students & Trauma Workers &/or Survivors 

Introduction to Trauma is a more advanced and specialized workshop. It caters to students in psychology and to those who themselves have suffered severe trauma &/or deal through their work with severe trauma, and wish to better understand PTSD and Complex PTSD. A must for anybody working in therapy or coaching, to help understand the different ways in which trauma can be healed and when and who to refer to. The workshop includes lunch and 2 coffee/tea breaks with snacks. This workshop has quite a lot of necessary theory to it and less practical exercises than other workshops. Nevertheless, it still offers open discussions and practical exercises designed to reinforce learning. All workshops are in English. 

Graduate students only or those in the last year of a Masters

You will need to be finishing or have a Masters in psychology to be able to participate in these workshops. Please refer within the Menu tab to the segment on Schema Therapy for more information. Kindly Note: this Certification Program does not in itself confer you the right to practice as a psychotherapist. Only the legal requirements your country of residence sets out may allow you to do so. The Certification Program, provided ALL requirements are fulfilled, may allow you to register with the International Schema Therapy guiding body and become a recognized Schema Therapist. As a graduate student you may wish to purely participate in various Schema Therapy workshops without taking things further. This is absolutely possible. However, unless ALL requirements are fulfilled, you will not be eligible to become or be called a Schema Therapist.

Counselling Series
Internal Balance & Wellbeing Series
Trauma Series
Schema Therapy

The Basics of CBT & REBT 

  • 1 day workshop from 9am to 4.30pm.
  • This workshop is a foundation module and a prerequisite to most other workshops.
  • You will be introduced to Aaron Beck's CBT model, as well as Albert Ellis' REBT model.
  • We will talk about some of the differences between the two models. 
  • You will learn about the typical errors people make in their thinking.
  • You will learn about your emotions and why they are so important.
  • You will learn to name upsetting emotions and work on these.
  • You will learn to identify specific things that trigger you.
  • You will learn to construct new healthy ways of thinking. 
Counselling Series

Active Listening & Socratic Questioning in Counselling 

  • 1 day workshop 9 to 4.30pm. 
  • Learn what is Active Listening.
  • Learn what is Socratic Questioning.
  • Learn the basic techniques to these and practice them.
Internal Balance & Wellbeing Series

Dealing with Stress 

  • A 1 day workshop from 9am to 4.30pm.
  • Learn to properly define stress and shed light on some of the most common stress related triggers.
  • Learn to identify sources of stress in your own life.
  • Learn how you perpetuate stress and how you can improve on it.
  • Learn what is Somatization and what is Conversion Disorder. 
  • Develop a toolbox of resources to help you out.
  • Please come prepared with a mild to medium problem that is stressing you. In the afternoon you will be working on this.

Compassion Training 

  • 1 day workshop 9am to 4.30pm.
  • Learn what is a judgment.
  • What do various psychological theories have to say about judgments?
  • What is Mindfulness?
  • Learn what is the Persona & it's Shadow.
  • Learn about self & other acceptance.
  • Learn about the concept of self-worth & how it differs from self-esteem.
  • Learn what is and isn't compassion.

Assertiveness & Effective Communication in Relationships

  • 2 day workshop 9am to 4.30pm.
  • Learn all about your communication style.
  • Which styles clash and which are complimentary?
  • What are hidden messages?
  • Learn what are principles of respecting others.
  • Learn what is abuse and manipulation.
  • Get tools of effective communication.

Self-Confidence Development 

  • 2 day workshop from 9am to 4.30pm.
  • Where does self-confidence come from?
  • Learn about childhood issues and how these impact self-confidence.
  • Learn about control and how to recognize when you or others are being controlling.
  • Learn how abuse impacts self-confidence.
  • Find out how to build your own confidence up.
Trauma Series

Understanding & Treating Trauma 

  • Prerequisite: Dealing with Stress workshop. 
  • 1 day workshop 9am to 4.30pm.
  • How does trauma manifest itself. 
  • What are the implications for survivors. 
  • The neuroscience behind PTSD (the workshop has a large neurobiology component to it, that has been simplified for easy understanding).
  • A detailed look at the 3 brains. 
  • A detailed look at the 4 different ways in which we can respond to trauma. 
  • A look at how to properly treat and heal trauma depending on the coping response. 
Schema Therapy

Schema Therapy Workshop 1

  • Introduction to the basic theory, looking at schemas and modes. 
  • A look at outcome research in Schema Therapy.
  • The therapy relationship.
  • Introduction to the basic treatment approaches. 
  • Learn about schema & mode assessment and education.
  • Learn about schema change strategies. 

Schema Therapy Workshop 2

  • Prerequisite: Workshop 1.
  • A look at emotion focused strategies for change. 
  • Revisiting in greater depth the therapy relationship.
  • Behavioural pattern breaking. 
  • Learn about Empathic Confrontation.
  • Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder using Schema Therapy.
  • Introduction to using Schema Therapy for Narcissistic Personality Disorder. 

Schema Therapy Workshop 3

  • Prerequisite: Workshop 2. 
  • Treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disorder using Schema Therapy.
  • A look at our own modes and schemas when triggered by patients. 
  • Introduction to couples therapy using Schema Therapy.
  • A look at what has been added over time. 
  • Mode configurations in most of the DSM 5 listed personality disorders. 
  • A look at ISST membership and accredititation requirements. 

Supervision with Carla Shehfe

  • Face to face or via Skype.
  • Part of requirement for Individual Certification in Schema Therapy.
  • For more information, please see the Menu tab, under the Schema Therapy section.