Thrive Consultant Training

Thrive Consultant Training

rob-kelly-300x199The Thrive Consultant training programme has recently been completely updated, and you can now study the whole programme online via our – purpose-built – online classroom portal. The cost of the course is £2995.

To qualify for the Thrive training programme, you will ideally come from a psychotherapy, counseling, psychology or medical training background (although we will consider applications from individuals from any background) OR  will have been through the Thrive Programme (as a client/student/trainee) yourself.

The Thrive Programme Training Course is highly interactive and involved, ensuring that Thrive Consultants gain all the skills and resources they need to practice effectively. It takes a minimum of 6 months to complete. The course involves:

Online Training

The online training course contains videos of all the training lectures and workshops that Rob Kelly has delivered on the subject of The Thrive Programme (over 100 hours), as well as supporting written study modules. Throughout the written modules you are encouraged to complete exercises and questions and to reflect upon your learning. You also have access to our online support forum, where you can speak directly with other Thrive Consultants, and have access to our advanced training materials. The content delivered within the online course is described at the bottom of this page.

Personal Thrive Sessions

If you have not already been through the Thrive Programme as a client, you will also be required to complete a minimum of six face-to-face or Skype sessions with one of the Thrive Consultant Trainers. The minimum six sessions are NOT included within cost of the course, but are subsidised  to ‘consultants in training’, and are capped at a maximum of £60 per session. Completing the Thrive Programme enables you to gain self-insight, develop the skills you need to thrive yourself and helps you to place yourself in your future clients’ shoes.

‘Hands on’ Training Sessions

Trainee Consultants also need to undertake a minimum of four hours of ‘hands on’ training with a Thrive Consultant Trainer (either face-to-face or via Skype) covering how to effectively practise as a Thrive Consultant. The cost of these four hours is included within the price of the course. Any further training sessions beyond these four hours will, however, need to be paid for by the trainee Consultant at an additional rate of £60 per session. In these sessions you will have the opportunity to ask any questions about practising as a Thrive Consultant. Your Thrive Consultant Trainer will help you to develop all the skills and resources you need to successfully deliver the Thrive Programme, including how best to run Thrive sessions, how to effectively communicate the core principles of Thrive and how to conduct the quizzes and exercises, amongst others. Once you have completed these four sessions, and with the agreement of your Thrive Consultant Trainer, you will be allowed to start practising.

There is also a one-year probationary period when you first start practising as a Thrive Consultant, during which time you will be mentored and supervised by one of the Thrive Consultant Trainers, who will help to support you. Such support could include Skype chats, phone conversations or email exchanges. Additionally, you will be required to complete a minimum of two face-to-face or Skype sessions with your Thrive Consultant Trainer over the course of the year (which you will be required to pay for, at a rate of £60 per session).

To enrol on the course, please contact Rob Kelly on 07971006747 or Rob will then arrange an informal interview with you, so that he can discuss your suitability for becoming a Thrive Consultant and you can ask any questions about the training.

Content covered within the online Thrive Programme Training Course:

Module: Psychology in Theory and Practice

This module explores the theoretical and practical basics of psychology. Biological, cognitive, social and developmental perspectives are covered. The basic principles of clinical and applied psychology are also discussed including the significance of particular treatments. The module concludes with an overview of psychological research methods and methodologies.

Topics covered within the module include:

The Biological Basis of Mind and Behaviour
Cognitive Psychology: thinking, attention, perception, memory and     emotion
Social Psychology: obedience and authority, influence and persuasion, the individual and groups, aggression, altruism, prejudice, discrimination and injustice
Developmental Psychology: early infantile experience, the development of mind, personality and character. Language, thought, and learning
Clinical Psychology, Therapy and Treatment
Psychopathology, Abnormality and Normality
Psychoanalysis, Analytical Psychology, and the Humanists
Psychotherapy, Counselling, Coaching and Change-Work
Mentoring and Coaching
CBT, Positive Psychology and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy
Educational and Occupational Applications
Research Methods in Psychology

Module: The Thrive Programme: Principles and Theory

This module covers the underlying principles and theory of the Thrive Programme in depth. You will gain a through understanding of exactly why the Thrive Programme is so effective.

Topics covered within the module include:

The history and development of the Thrive Programme
The basic principles of the Thrive Programme
How does Thrive differ from other similar sounding treatments (such as CBT, NLP etc.)
Discussion of the concepts within Thrive and why they are important, including relevant research support (Beliefs systems, LoC, SE, SA, personality types, thinking styles, etc.)
Understanding specific symptoms

Module: Practising as a Thrive Consultant

This module teaches you how to put the Thrive Programme into practice with clients. You will learn how to run your sessions and how you can really enhance the information given in the workbook, enabling clients to get the most out of the programme.

Topics covered within the module include:

Thrive consultant guidelines and regulations for practice
When should Thrive be used with clients?
The initial consultation: Deciding upon a person’s suitability for Thrive; explaining Thrive to clients
The structure of the sessions and the purpose of the Thrive book
Why should you use the workbook?
Questionnaires, actions and exercises within the book
How does the therapist improve the Thrive Programme for the client? The impact of personality; why therapists HAVE to be thriving themselves, why they have to be calm, confident and relaxed throughout the sessions
Supporting and encouraging the client
Bringing the book to life and offering alternative explanations and examples
Overcoming resistance
The importance of research and examples within the Thrive Programme

Module: Emotional Intelligence and Self-Awareness

Have you ever wondered why some people despite being academically successful and appearing to have everything they need in financial terms can struggle to achieve their full potential while others, despite their apparent lack of formal education and lack of apparent wealth can be incredibly happy, fulfilled, and living life to the full?  Why is it that some people can be so dissatisfied with life despite there being no apparent reason for their discontent while others can be ebullient, optimistic and determined to succeed?  The answer to these questions is Emotional Intelligence – the ability to understand and manage emotions, not only our own but those of the people around us. This module introduces emotional intelligence and explores the importance of having a high degree of self-awareness and self-management, not only for our own emotional and psychological growth and development but for the emotional and psychological growth and development of those we come into contact with day in day out.

Topics covered within the module include:

Defining Emotional intelligence
Understanding EI in relation to a number of related psychological theories including multiple intelligences, attribution theory, mind-set, expectancy theory, flow, and self-efficacy.
The history of emotional intelligence
Applying EI effectively in life generally, both personally and professionally
The role of emotional intelligence in building and maintaining self-esteem, self-efficacy and resilience

Module: Applying The Thrive Programme to Yourself

Following on from the module in emotional intelligence, this module demonstrates the importance of therapists understanding and applying Thrive to themselves.

Topics covered within the module include:

Common difficulties and problems encountered by Thrive Consultants
How a therapist’s limiting beliefs and thinking styles can affect the therapeutic relationship
How personal experience of the programme enables increased understanding of how it works, along with greater empathy with clients
The need for the Consultant to be believable
How will your clients view you? How would you feel if you consulted you?
Reflecting upon your personal experience of undertaking the Thrive Programme
The benefits of continuing to apply Thrive to yourself as a Thrive Consultant
Demonstrating to your trainees how you are thriving

Module: Ethics in Therapy and Determining the Suitably of Clients for Treatment

This module will provide you with an understanding of how to run an ethical therapeutic practice, and help you in considering the impact of the decisions you make upon your clients, the wider public, your professional organisations and yourself. The module also details how to assess clients and determine whether or not they are suitable for the treatment(s) you offer. The assessment of clients is linked back throughout to the ethical considerations and guidelines highlighted earlier in the module.

Topics covered within the module include:

Why are ethics important?
Different ethical guidelines: BPS, APA
Our ethical guidelines
Common ethical dilemmas in therapy and treatment
Assessing clients: The I/C, discussion of mental states examination, tools that can be used in assessing clients (scales, I/C form etc.)
Deciding upon a treatment (Is the client suitable, stable, capable, motivated enough for whatever treatment(s) you offer?
Deciding between different treatments, coming to an agreement with the client)
Referring clients on to other practitioners

Module: Managing The Therapeutic Relationship

This module explores how to manage the therapeutic relationship effectively. The therapeutic relationship refers to the relationship between a therapist or practitioner and his or her client. Most individuals working within a therapeutic profession would agree that the relationship between themselves and their clients impacts upon the success of any therapy, treatment or training undertaken. So, what can you, as a practitioner, do to help develop a constructive relationship? Throughout this module you will be studying how to create and maintain a positive alliance with your clients/trainees, one that enhances their therapy or training.

Topics covered within the module include:

The Importance of the Therapeutic Relationship
Setting the scene for success: Understanding what clients want from treatment
; the impact of your presentation, appearance, consulting room and website
The importance of communication
Making a ‘contract’ with the client: Ensuring the client understands and agrees to the treatment; boundaries and agreements with the client.
Managing the sessions
Managing challenges and issues within the relationship: Overcoming objections and resistance

Module: Cognitive Processing and Integration

This module covers the theory and practice of an innovative therapeutic intervention, Cognitive Processing and Integration (CPI), which enables people to deal with and move forward from challenging, conflicting or traumatic life events or experiences. CPI allows people to revisit unresolved or unhelpfully processed challenging, conflicting or traumatic experiences, in a safe and non-judgemental atmosphere, and helps them to change their limiting beliefs and ways of thinking about them. CPI is based upon psychological research evidence and established clinical practice. It brings together insights from the Thrive Programme and research into the Cognitive Interview, Critical Incident Debriefing and cognitive behavioural approaches to treating those exposed to trauma. This integrative approach helps people in an effective and rapid manner and can be used in conjunction with or instead of the Thrive Programme.

Topics covered within the module include:

Different responses to trauma and conflicting events
Memory and trauma
Helping to facilitate accurate recall – lessons from the cognitive interview
Benefits and limitations of other interventions for helping people to move on from traumatic and conflicting experiences: EMDR, Critical Incident Debriefing, Trauma-focused CBT
Cognitive Processing and Integration: Theoretical underpinnings; session format; appropriate use

Module: The Theory and History of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

Recently, we have added two hypnotherapy modules to the Thrive Consultant Training Course, having developed a form hypnotherapy which is congruent with the principles of the Thrive Programme. These modules provide optional additional knowledge and tools relating to hypnosis and hypnotherapy, which practitioners may wish to use in their practice. This first module covers the theory and history of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

Topics covered within the module include:

What is hypnosis?
Challenges in defining hypnosis
Different theoretical perspectives on hypnosis – discussion surrounding state vs non-state theories
Suggestibility and hypnotisability
Comparisons with ‘flow,’ meditation and relaxation
The history of hypnosis and hypnotherapy
Important people and perspectives in hypnotherapy (Milton Erickson/Dave Elman/Emile Coue/John Baird etc.)
Different hypnotic inductions
Depth and types of hypnosis
An overview of suggestion
Common types of hypnotherapy – suggestion therapy and clinical hypnosis, hypnoanaethesia, hypnoanalysis
Research into the efficacy of hypnotherapy

Module: Applied Positive Hypnotherapy

This module covers applied positive hypnotherapy, a form of hypnotherapy which is underpinned by the principles of the Thrive Programme and is, therefore, internal and empowering. This form of hypnotherapy is in no way essential to the Thrive Programme, but can be used in conjunction with or as an alternative to Thrive with certain clients.

Topics covered within the module include:

The role of beliefs and thinking styles in common psychological symptoms
The need for a positive, internal, empowering form of hypnotherapy
Understanding why people seek out hypnotherapy
Understanding why hypnotherapy works – placebo, belief change, positive visualisation
Understanding how the external and magical beliefs surrounding hypnosis can be disempowering
Delivering APH hypnotherapy sessions
Understanding which symptoms and problems can be helped using APH – realistic understanding of what APH can do (stress management, targeting specific issues, relaxation, etc.)
Dispelling disempowering myths surrounding hypnosis and explaining hypnosis to clients in an empowering way, getting clients to take responsibility
Internal and empowering hypnotic inductions
Delivering empowering and personalised hypnosis sessions, tailoring suggestions to your clients
Teaching self-hypnosis: enabling clients to help themselves and maintain the benefits of a hypnotherapy session (reset thinking, positive visualisation)
Scripts and programmes for specific symptoms
Session plans

Module: Building a successful therapy practice

This module contains all the information you need in order to locate, establish and build your practice.

Topics covered within the module include:

Locating and negotiating premises
Establishing and building your practice
Advertising rules and regulations
Building your own website, search engine optimisation, google ranking
Social media
The therapist and the law
Keeping accounts


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