Workshop: The Gentle Art of Compassionate Communication

Are you fed up with feeling that people just don’t “get” you?

Tired of repeating yourself over and over and feeling like nobody really hears what you are trying to say?

Are you longing to authentically show up, stand up and be counted?  But struggle with a fear of offending others?  

Have you experienced relationships or friendships that have simply drifted apart leaving you wondering why?   

Take a breath. Now take an even deeper one.  

Do you dream of living in a world where you can communicate clearly and compassionately no matter how challenging the situation is?  

Where you get to speak from your authentic heart?  

A world where you build relationships with colleagues, friends or family built on mutual trust and respect for each other?  

If you feel ready to transform your relationships and are curious to know where to begin, read on…  

Change Your Words, Change Your World

If you are seeking a path that leads you to resolve conflict with compassion, communicate more clearly and effectively and experience deeper connection then this two and a half hour introductory workshop with point you in the right direction with practical tools to support you in handling challenging situations with friends, family or colleagues with respect and understanding. 

The workshop will explore:

  • The Powerful Role of Empathy – what it is, what it isn’t and how to put it to best use towards ourselves and towards others.
  • The framework of Non-Violent Communication Framework developed by Marshall Rosenberg based on the work of Carl Rodgers including the skills of observation, feelings, needs and making requests
  • How our habitual thought patterns or “stories” impact our lives and our communication with others
  • How to navigate your inner dialogue and transform blame, shame or self-criticism into compassionate self -understanding and develop a new level of conscious awareness  

This workshop can be run on demand when a minimum of 6 people express interest. Maximum 8 participants due to COVID-19 precautions.

Venue: 38a Seah Street, SG 188594 – in person

Financial Commitment: $150 per person

Click the link below to express interest

https://forms.gle/mnDtEPkBcasPnPyi9

The Gentle Art of Parenting Teens

Looking for a magic wand?

12 Hour Practical Workshop (3 hours per week for four mornings a week) : May 2021

I don’t claim that I have the magic wand – but if you are looking to brush up your skills and find some fresh strategies to use with your teenager, this could be the course for you.

Parenting is a skill we develop along the way and not something we are taught before the kids arrive. Becoming a parent might be the biggest personal development project you’ve ever undertaken – and one that you had no idea would push you to your limits on a regular basis! The Gentle Art of Parenting Teens course is a blend of personal and parenting development in a small setting, taught in person allowing for the crafting of personal strategies and insights that you can try out at home after each workshop.

The course draws on a multitude of resources and books, as well as courses and trainings that I’ve attended over the many years of being a parent, a school counselor and a therapist. It will give you practical skills as well as understanding of what works best and how to implement changes. It will challenge you to consider who you are as a parent and how to bring out the best in yourself so that you can parent as the highest version of yourself as often as possible. It provides practical skills and simple one-liners to manage conflict and disagreements gracefully. It focuses on building relationships using empathetic connection and firm boundaries and helps you to build the language needed to keep them in place.

Delivered in a small group setting (8 parents max) it will connect you to others seeking to build their parenting skills. It is a 12-hour course that runs over 4 weeks on Tuesday mornings. Participants need to commit to attendance at all four workshops.

Dates are as follows:

Tuesday 18th May 2021
Tuesday 25th May 2021
Tuesday 1st June 2021
Tuesday 8th June 2021

Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm

Venue: Anam Cara, 38a Seah Street, S.188493

Course designed and facilitated by Paula Huggins

Course Overview

Week 1: What’s Your Style?

  • What is discipline? And what are your parenting goals?
  • Identify your parenting style – this is more that just helicopter, big softie or authoritarian. Who are YOU and how does that influence your parenting style? And how does that style meet your child’s style of being?
  • Develop your approach based on self-knowledge and some simple strategies.
  • Understanding empathy and the impact of modelling firm but fair boundaries.

Week 2: The Developing Brain

  • Insights from the world of neuroscience to help understand the impact of discipline on the developing brain.
  • How empathic connection and active listening improve relationships, cooperation and have a positive impact on the brain.
  • Practice strategies to implement in the “real world”.

Week 3: Tantrums to Tranquility

  • Pro-active parenting – getting ahead of the wave
  • Language – learning that less is more when it comes to words
  • Boundaries – how to set them (and hold firm!)
  • More Practice

Week 4: Wrap It Up and Take It Home!

  • Self Care and Mindful Parenting: Our ability to care for others depends on our ability to care for ourselves.
  • Tailoring the strategies to fit your family
  • Even MORE practice

Investment

$475 per person for the 12 hour in-person course.

On successful registration of interest and invoice will be issued, payable by bank transfer or PayNow! Places will only be held once payment has been made.

The Gentle Art of Parenting

12 Hour Practical Workshop (3 hours per week for four mornings a week) : May 2021

Parenting is a skill we develop along the way and not something we are taught before the kids arrive. Becoming a parent might be the biggest personal development project you’ve ever undertaken – and one that you had no idea would push you to your limits on a regular basis! The Gentle Art of Parenting course is a blend of personal and parenting development in a small setting, taught in person allowing for the development of personal strategies and insights that you can try out at home after each workshop.

The course draws on a multitude of resources and books, as well as courses and trainings that I’ve attended over the many years of being a parent, a school counselor and a therapist. It will give you practical skills as well as understanding of what works best and how to implement changes. It will challenge you to consider who you are as a parent and how to bring out the best in yourself so that you can parent as the highest version of yourself as often as possible. It provides practical skills and simple one-liners to manage conflict and disagreements gracefully. It focuses on building relationships using empathetic connection and firm boundaries and helps you to build the language needed to keep them in place. Delivered in a small group setting (8 parents max) it will connect you to others seeking to build their parenting skills.

It is a 12-hour course that runs over 4 weeks on Friday mornings. Participants need to commit to attendance at all four workshops.

Dates TBC



Venue: Anam Cara, 38a Seah Street, S.188493

Course designed and facilitated by Paula Huggins

Course Overview

Week 1: What’s Your Style?

  • What is discipline? And what are your parenting goals?
  • Identify your parenting style – this is more that just helicopter, big softie or authoritarian. Who are YOU and how does that influence your parenting style? And how does that style meet your child’s style of being?
  • Develop your approach based on self-knowledge and some simple strategies.
  • Understanding empathy and the impact of modelling firm but fair boundaries.

Week 2: The Developing Brain

  • Insights from the world of neuroscience to help understand the impact of discipline on the developing brain.
  • How empathic connection and active listening improve relationships, cooperation and have a positive impact on the brain.
  • Practice strategies to implement in the “real world”.

Week 3: Tantrums to Tranquility

  • Pro-active parenting – getting ahead of the wave
  • Language – learning that less is more when it comes to words
  • Boundaries – how to set them (and hold firm!)
  • More Practice

Week 4: Wrap It Up and Take It Home!

  • Self Care and Mindful Parenting: Our ability to care for others depends on our ability to care for ourselves.
  • Tailoring the strategies to fit your family
  • Even MORE practice

Investment

$475 per person for the 12 hour in-person course.

On successful registration of interest and invoice will be issued, payable by bank transfer or PayNow! Places will only be held once payment has been made.

Intake Cancelled for Oct 2021 Sandplay and Symbol Work Certificate

Certificate in Expressive Sandplay and Symbol Work

with children, adolescents and adults

12-Day Training Course
in-person in Singapore

Facilitator: Paula Huggins

Limited Number of Spaces Due to COVID-19 Regulations

Maximum 8 participants

2021 Course Dates
(updated on 28/9/2021)

Sadly, due to the prevailing Covid-19 restrictions in operation, this intake has been cancelled.

Please message me if you would like to be kept updated once new dates are set for 2022.

Attendance at all 12 days in the correct order is mandatory

Workshop One: Foundation Skills

Workshop Two: From Theory to Practice

Workshop Three: Jungian Influences, Dream Work & Symbolic Expression

Workshop Four: Trans-personal Contexts and Supervision

To Register Your Interest Click Here

Venue
38a Seah Street
(S)188394

This ETIA course was created by Dr Mark Pearson and Dr Helen Wilson, authors of Sandplay and Symbol Work (ACER Press, 2001). It has been continuously taught around Australia for over 28 years, in S.E. Asia since 2006 as well as in the Czech Republic.

Sandplay Therapy is a hands-on, expressive counselling and psychotherapeutic modality that has been in use for over 80 years. Research shows it to be effective with children, adolescents and adults, in schools, hospitals, welfare agencies and private counselling practices. This course provides a thorough 12-day training, with practical experience and supervision in the ETIA approach to Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Work. Expressive Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Work bridges verbal therapy and the expressive somatic therapies, combining elements of each to become a powerful intervention for use by trained professionals.

Who Can Benefit?

This professional extension training program is designed for qualified practitioners (or those currently undergoing training) who work with adults, adolescents or children in a mental health or helping professions (such as social workers, counsellors, psychologists, pastoral care workers) and related fields (such as school teachers, learning support teachers, childcare/student care tutors, occupational or speech and language therapists) who wish to integrate sandplay therapy skills into the existing framework of their current practice, be it as a psychotherapist, counselor, social worker, teacher, nurse, artist or psychologist. Participants must already hold a relevant qualification allowing them to practice in their chosen field. This course is for professional and personal development. It does not qualify participants to work with clients without previous training in a professional field of work.

Be aware this course is highly experiential and involves hands-on practical experiences of exercises that will involve personal processing and growth.

The focus will be on the practical experience of sandplay therapy in a group setting suitable for both professional and personal development whilst providing a thorough overview of the approaches and techniques that allow practitioners to work with this modality in a therapeutic way.

Participants can expect to gain awareness of:

  • An overview of the history and development of Sandplay as a pyscho-therapeutic modality, including Jung, Lowenfeld, Kalff and Ammann’s contributions to the field.
  • Hands-on experience of Expressive Sandplay and Symbol Work in the group setting.
  • The tools of the trade: how to set up a Sandplay room and symbol collection.
  • How to facilitate Expressive Sandplay or Symbol Work sessions with respect for their clients’ process and the heritage of sandplay.
  • Integration of Expressive Sandplay therapy as a non-verbal theoretical approach through expressive role-play techniques.
  • The neuroscience that guides understanding of the psychological mechanisms supported by Sandplay.
  • Tracking Sandplay sessions and methods of note-keeping.
  • Research-based understanding of which populations most benefit from sandplay and awareness of contra-indications.
  • Various approaches to the progression of Sandplay sessions that allow client’s journey to be assessed.
  • Understanding transference and co-transference in the Sandplay session.
  • Expressive Sandplay as a support for Transpersonal Psychotherapy and its influences on the psyche.
  • Experience of Sandplay group/peer supervision.

Your Investment:

SG$ 3950 (from 30th July 2021 onwards)

Super Early Bird SG$3700 (until 30th June 2021)
Early Bird SG$3800 (until 29th July 2021)

To Register Interest Click Here

Payment Options: Via Cheque, Bank Transfer or PayNow.

A flexible payment plan ($1000 deposit, followed by monthly installments) is available. 

Included in this price: Workshop manuals, PDF version of the course text: Sandplay and Symbol Work by Mark Pearson and Helen Wilson (currently out of print), electronic Book of Readings, morning and afternoon tea.

Course Assignments

To complete the Certificate, participants are expected to submit three assignments: a short video recording of themselves facilitating a session (with a partner from the course – not an actual client); a 1500-word literature review essay; and a case study presentation in front of the group.

Cancellation Policy

We are unable to offer refunds if you are unable to attend for any reason. We appreciate that unexpected events do occur and so we allow participants to transfer to the next available course if needed – dependent upon availability in that course.

Successful Completion of the Certificate

The Certificate in Expressive Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Work is awarded to participants who:

  • Complete the course assignments in a timely manner to the required standard;
  • Hold a professional qualification that allows them to use the techniques taught on this course with a specific population; and
  • Miss no more than 7 hours of class time across the 12 days.

For those not meeting the above criteria, a Certificate of Participation will be given.

To Register Interest Click Here

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