Even in adults, a great deal can be done to cultivate better outcomes, and our training provides essential knowledge and practical tools to help equip the workforce who
support them through social care, health & wellbeing, employment, housing,
family support and offending services.
From nurturing behaviour change at a neurological level to building cognitive strength in the ageing brain, our sessions help explain how to most effectively support individuals, groups; or even whole communities; who are somehow considered 'vulnerable'.
From 2 hour sessions to longer-term programmes, we design and adapt our training according to the unique needs of your individual organisation, but the below ‘menu’
gives you an idea of what you can expect to learn about.
Whether you know exactly what you want or need, are just interested in more info or
have any questions, we’d love to hear from you. Call us for a chat or send us a message.
"I work as both a refuge project worker and
an outreach support worker and can’t recommend
the course enough.I thought it was fascinating and that Jo was amazing. I will certainly sing
its praises and suggest that we, as a workforce,
would benefit greatly from attending this."
('Hope for the Helpless Brain' Trainee,
West Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Service)
Training Sessions for Those Supporting Vulnerable Adults & Families
"I'll be a lot more mindful about the way someone's brain is working...
About the importance of the
relationship and empathy when tailoring my support."
(Lincolnshire Employment and Accommodation Project)
Hope for ‘Helplessness'; The Neurology of Behaviour Change
This session explores why some adults learn to become ‘helpless’; unmotivated, resistant to change, with the expectation that nothing can or will ever be different. These apathetic attitudes can keep individuals, groups-or even whole communities-powerless; resigned to situations like worklessness or offending etc.; often for life. So how do you help the disempowered to believe that change is possible, let alone instigate it?
This session lifts the lid of the actual neurology of ‘Learned Helplessness’; helping you to facilitate neurological change 'from the inside' that then translates into more positive attitudes, self-supporting behaviours and optimistic mindsets. In essence, you'll learn about what you can-and can’t-do to transform the ‘hopeless and helpless’ into the ‘helped, helpful and hopeful'.
"This knowledge has completely
changed the way I view my practice."
(Mental Health Support Worker)
The Fragile Self; Strengthening Self-Esteem from the Inside Out
Poor self-esteem is often discussed as a childhood issue but this is far from the truth. Without adequate input, fragile self-image will manifest itself in the adults that these children become; at best, compromising their ability to navigate life's challenges effectively and leaving a great many of them very vulnerable.
Many of us instinctively know that a fragile sense of self is at the heart of our service-user's difficulties, but just how do you nurture positive self-image in adults?
The starting point is to articulate what we actually mean by self-esteem and; by introducing a specific model and theory of self-esteem; this session does just that. We will explore what it is, where it comes from, and how to recognise low and improved self-esteem in adults; enabling you to confidently cultivate and maintain its growth 'from the inside out' in the individuals and groups that you support.
“Fantastic insight into why
what we do works.
I understand when we're likely to be less effective, and when our service-users
are more likely to respond.”
(NEET Project Worker)
The ‘Cultural Hangover'; The Contagion of Attitudes and Beliefs
Many communities; in areas of deprivation and industrial decline etc.; are often affected by social issues, sometimes many years after the ‘end’ of the problem. Decades of investment haven’t achieved their desired ambitions for deep and lasting change; improved health, employment and aspirations, etc.
So why is it often so difficult to change the outcomes of a community or town?
The phenomenon of ‘Learned Helplessness’ can help us to understand how limiting beliefs and attitudes can become deeply ingrained in communities over generations, and why elevating motivation and inspiration is so challenging.
There are no quick wins, but there is much to understand about how; at a completely unconscious level; our nervous systems respond-positively and negatively-to the communities to which they belong.
Once equipped with this knowledge, we can start finding ways of harnessing the extraordinary power of ‘human connectivity’ to realistically facilitate lasting, meaningful change.
"An enlightening, insightful
and formative introduction to
what can only be described as
an invaluable subject."
(Adult Education Tutor)
Risk and Reward; The Reckless Brain
A common misconception about those who risk-take is that they 'think they're invincible', but reckless and impulsive behaviour is much more complex than this. The truth about risk-takers is that many aren’t 'thinking' at all. Their actions are driven by sensations, not thoughts.
Particularly during adolescence-which neurologically lasts until the late twenties-huge changes take place in the brain which vastly alter a person's perception to novelty, and what is usually more potent for these individuals is not the ‘behaviour’ itself, but the feelings of excitation that accompany it.
This session explores the neural wiring and biochemistry of this very fragile brain and explains what can-and must-be done to provide support; helping risk-takers to break the cycle of emotionally charged, self-defeating and often destructive behaviours.
"Easily the most thought-provoking
and accessible training session
I've ever attended."
(Music in Healthcare Practitioner)
The Power of 'Heart-Based' Emotion; Connecting Through ‘Presence' (As Well As Practice)
If asked to describe ourselves as human beings, most likely we describe ourselves as ‘humans doing’.
The essence of our ‘being’ is not easy to define, and yet it is often this aspect of ‘the self’ that makes our practice so effective, especially for those of us who support ‘vulnerable’ people. We frequently describe our approach as ‘intuitive’-but instinct can be difficult to decode and even more difficult to trust.
However, this ‘sixth sense’ has a scientific component and this session introduces a growing body of research which will help you to understand;
The fascinating interplay between our 'thinking' brain and 'intuitive' heart
How your nervous system's electro-magnetic energy field is primed to unconsciously connect and attune with everyone in your environment
How to tap into and magnify this innate power; the magic of 'presence' as well as your practice...
"I really enjoyed the course,
I was inspired..."
(Older Person's Care Worker)
Incline or Decline? Creativity and the Ageing Brain
We equate our very sense of self with our ability to think, yet a great truth about brains is that if we don't use them, we lose them. Neuroscientific research is showing how we can stimulate the brain at a stage typically associated with deterioration, and this workshop explores one of the most important findings; that we can influence and improve brain function by up to 70%, just through the activities we participate in, and that creativity is, in fact, one of the most powerful ways to do this.
With growing pressure to respond to the ageing process through non-clinical means, the arts are increasingly being used to alleviate dementia, and the associated stress and anxiety it can cause.
Covering both theoretical & practical approaches-and with an additional hands-on creative workshop available-this session will help all practitioners; in housing, health and social care-with or without artistic experience-to creatively tap into the extraordinary strengths that still exist within the Ageing Brain.
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How Much Does Our Training Cost?
Our prices vary according to session length, planning time, resources required, travel etc., but the below offers a transparent guide to what and how we charge.
We offer discounts for multiple bookings and do our best to be flexible according to your needs, resources and group size, so please contact us to chat this through with us.
All prices include electronic copies of your presentation and any other resources used as part of your session. VAT does not apply.
Half day training (2.5-3 hours) £425-£550
Full day training (up to 7 hours) £800-£1200
Workshops, presentation and keynotes (up to 2 hours) £300-£500