Workshop, 6th December, 2023, 10.00 to 12.30 GMT
Back to Basics in 2023: Using relaxation techniques in rational emotive and cognitive behavioural counselling, psychotherapy and coaching practice.
Prof Stephen Palmer PhD CPsychol FAREBT & Dr Siobhain O’Riordan PhD CPsychol MAREBT (Acad)
The British Psychological Society has highlighted concerns about psychologists and other practitioners using techniques such as mindfulness without adequate training as part of an advanced course or continuing professional development. Relaxation techniques are generally more straight forward to use and research highlights the effectiveness of relaxation techniques to reduce stress and anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate. However, how often do practitioners receive any training in using relaxation techniques for their coaching or therapeutic practice? Did you?
In 2023, with the ongoing impact of long COVID-19, war in Ukraine, global financial uncertainty, increased mortgage, rental and food costs, it is not surprising that people are going to feel more stressed about day-to-day living and survival. Although the rational emotive and cognitive behavioural approach to practice is effective at reducing stress and anxiety, relaxation technques can also help clients.
This skills-based workshop will provide the opportunity to practise ‘RE-LAX’ and other relaxation techniques. Participants who have access to a pulse oximeter or other instruments/technology to measure blood pressure and heart rate will be able to monitor the effectiveness of the relaxation techniques practised within the skills-based session. Participants may wish to use smartphones with alarms to ensure they wake up if they are prone to fall asleep when relaxed.
The workshop is suitable for practitioners who are inexperienced in using relaxation techniques in their coaching sessions either in face-to-face sessions or on online platforms such as Zoom or Skype.
Professor Stephen Palmer PhD CBiol CPsychol CSci CPsychol FRSB FIHPE (Hon) FISMA (Hon) FInstLM is a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Biologist, Chartered Coaching Psychologist, Registered Health Psychologist and APECS Accredited Executive Coach and Supervisor.
He is President and Fellow of the International Society for Coaching Psychology, Vice President and Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Health Promotion and Education, former President and Honorary Fellow of both the the International Stress Management Association (UK) and Association for Coaching. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and Royal Society of Biology. He is former Co-Editor of International Coaching Psychology Review, former editor and now Consulting Editor of the International Journal of Health Promotion & Education. He has written/edited 60 books including How to Deal with Stress (with Cooper), and Handbook of Coaching Psychology (with Whybrow). His academic posts include being Professor of Practice at the Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Research, University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), and Adjunct Professor of Coaching Psychology, Aalborg University, Denmark. Previously he has been a Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit, City University London; Honorary Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil, and BABCP London Branch Co-chair. He is a Director of Studies and supervisor of PhD students at UWTSD.
Dr Siobhain O’Riordan PhD CSci CPsychol FISCP MAREBT (Acad) is Chartered Scientist and Chartered Coaching Psychologist. She has full divisional membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DARTP) and is a member of the BPS Psychobiology Section. She is Course Co-Director on the stress management and coaching programmes and a trainer at the Centre for Coaching. She is an Honorary Member of the Institute for Health Promotion and Education, Fellow of the International Society for Coaching Psychology and Accredited Coaching Psychologist and Supervisor. From 2013-2015 she was Editor of the International Journal of Health Promotion & Education. Currently, she is Founder Chair of the International Society for Coaching Psychology, Editor of the International Journal of Coaching Psychology, Consulting Editor of The Coaching Psychologist and Editor of Coaching Psychology International. Her other roles include supervising doctorate students at the Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Research, University of Wales Trinity Saint David where she is a Research Fellow. She is also a Director of the International Academy for Professional Development Ltd. She has published research and practice papers and her latest book is Introduction to Coaching Psychology (2021, with Palmer).
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AREBT Members can obtain a free place by using the promotion code: AREBT2023