A Solution Focused Approach To Severe Trauma & Stress Recovery with John Henden

Dannevirke - Wednesday, 25 October 2023

9.00am - 1.30pm

IMPORTANT - Spaces are limited to 40 attendees.

You must register to attend this training.

This practical introductory workshop on understanding severe trauma & stress and vicarious trauma explores prevention techniques and the use of brief interventions to assist the practitioner as well as the client, using a solution focused approach.

It will provide participants with some easy-to-learn-and-apply solution focused tools and techniques to support themselves and those they work with who have been exposed to severe trauma and stress. 

A selection of specialised SF tools and techniques are taught and practised at this workshop, which can be implemented immediately into participants’ daily lives – to keep them and their clients safe.

This training focuses on delivering practical tools that will make a real difference in the lives of service users. It is suitable for experienced and new practitioners.

One research study found that as many as 90% of mental health service clients have some sort of unresolved trauma background to their emotional distress.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of the 3-hour workshop attendees will be able to:

•Demonstrate an increased understanding of severe trauma and/or stress

•Define vicarious trauma and list the common signs

•Have a clear personal strategy for dealing with vicarious traumatisation

•Recognise how the techniques learned can be applied to all types of trauma

•Highlight the most helpful and useful questions to ask

•Understand the key ways to look after yourself in order to do this important work

Who Should Attend

This training is designed to be relevant for any public facing role that regularly finds itself dealing with service users in distress.

Groups that have found this training very helpful include: telephone crisis line staff, psychotherapists, mental health nurses, Fire & Rescue, Ambulance crews, art therapists, veterans’ welfare agencies, civil defence teams, Police, counsellors, psychiatrists, psychologists, military personnel, clinicians, criminal justice professionals, social and youth workers.

It is for those who are new, or fairly new to the Solution Focused Approach, but will also provide those more experienced with a range of practical tools that are easy to implement into their practice.

IMPORTANT - Spaces are limited. You must register to attend this training.

This FREE training is being co-hosted by Te Tahua o Rangitāne and Te Kete Hauora o Rangitāne with the support of the Department of Internal Affairs.

What others have said about this workshop

Such a valuable learning/sharing experience and confidence booster in terms of supporting people working through trauma and high stress. John was highly knowledgeable and an engaging speaker who clearly is super passionate about his area of expertise. Even more of a legend staying up until some ungodly hour (as he is in the UK)!!  I love, love, love the spirit behind making the resources freely available - so generous and fantastic. The regular "comfort breaks" worked really well for me too- the content was high interest and well-paced, and, for me, having those regular breaks I'm sure was also integral in ensuring I was still engaged and enthusiastic right to the very end. Faye was great in support.
Thank you :-)"   Lisa, Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust

"This was an excellent workshop. I gained real skills from this webinar that I will be able to apply straight away. It was generous in getting to the real stuff and not just giving a "taster" or general overview."    Sharon Blythe, Grief Support

"I rated this workshop a 10 out of 10 as my knowledge and confidence to undertake work in this area increased significantly as a result of this training. I would definitely recommend it to others - to reassure them that they can undertake this work and not refer it on to others."    Alisdair Macleod, Phoenix Futures

"This would be one of the best workshops that I have attended, hugely informative"

"John was an excellent communicator and the practice exercises really reinforced the learning"

"Trainings on this topic are certainly a much needed resource in NZ at the moment and I am thankful that you are facilitating access to trainings to upskill people in this area. I hope that you will continue to strive to provide the most up to date and evidence-based presentations available in the future. Thank you"

About The Presenter

JOHN HENDEN is an international trainer, author, therapist and performance coach. For over 20 years, he worked within UK NHS mental health services firstly as a practitioner, then as a manager, during a time of rapid change. He delivers training courses from a broad portfolio; and also provides organisations with personal coaching and mentoring services. In addition to working with GROW (NZ), his client list includes UK NHS and SSAFA Trusts, Compass Ltd (NZ), CRUSE, HM Forces, Helsinki Psychotherapy Institute, Korzybski Institute (Belgium) Local Authorities, HM Prison Service, Compass Seminars Australia, SF Academy, Singapore and Krotkoterminowej Therapy Centre, Poland and Lviv-Bryukhovychi Seminary, Ukraine.

John has a background in psychology, is a qualified counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). He is also a presenter at both the European Brief Therapy Association (EBTA) and Solutions in Organisations Link-up (SOL), being a founder member of the latter.

John delivers a broad portfolio of intensive solution focused brief therapy workshops to many and various organisations, enabling staff to be more time- and cost-effective. Also, he has developed a special interest in three specialist areas.

The first of these is Solution Focused Recovery from Severe Trauma & Stress. As a SF therapist, he has worked successfully with many survivors of traumatic experiences such as military combat, armed robbery, near-death experiences, rape, road traffic accidents and sudden death. John teaches how both the basic SF techniques and advanced techniques are applied, for successful outcomes with such clients. His two books on the subject are:

  • Henden, J. (2011). Beating Combat Stress: 101 Techniques for Recovery. Wiley-Blackwell; and, 

  • Henden, J. (2017). What it Takes to Thrive; techniques for severe trauma &    stress recovery. World Scientific Publishing

His second specialist subject area is Suicide Prevention, and the book on this subject, which is currently being translated into Japanese and Russian, is:

  • Henden, J. (2017). Preventing Suicide: the Solution Focused Approach. Second edition. Wiley-Blackwell

John's third specialist area is Solution Focused Stress Management and Resilience. (This is also referred to as Solution Focused Healthy Work-Life Balancing.)

As a counsellor and therapist for individual work, unsurprisingly, John’s preferred approach is Solution Focused. He finds this approach applicable to the widest range of mental health issues, including chronic depression, relationship difficulties, schizo-affective states, alcohol dependency; and, of course, acute stress and anxiety, trauma survivors and suicide prevention. Within the last 30 years, John has worked with some 400 individual clients from public, private and voluntary sector organisations.

As a trainer, in adopting an action-learning approach, John has an energetic and captivating teaching style, which enables participants to remain both alert and involved throughout.  His alternating use of short presentations, audio visuals, paired and small group work, ensures not only all learning styles are catered for, but participants find the training both enjoyable and worthwhile.



Wednesday, 25 October 2023

Rangitāne Business Hub
Rangitāne Square
91 High Street

Workshop times:  9am - 1.30 pm, with Registration from 8.30am. Morning tea & lunch provided.

Registration Information

Our registration platform is hosted by Lil Regie, our NZ based booking agent. Upon completing your registration by hitting the blue 'Confirm Booking' button, you will receive an automated email confirming your registration.

If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Faye Johnson on 027 607 3000 or email: faye@grow.co.nz

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For further details, please contact:
Faye Johnson at faye@grow.co.nz or
Phone: 027 607 3000