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Training for UWaT: finding a working Me

Are you wanting a new way to help people get back into ‘work’? Have they lost their confidence in being a person that can work or ‘do’ something?  They are unmotivated and low in mood; want to make changes and don’t know how?

 

 

 NB: Next 6 day training  starts MONDAYS from November 2nd 2015 - Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent.

 

 

Using Writing as Therapy can help!

 

Training for this new, innovative, manualised course

using writing to help people find a sense of ‘working’ self and identity, is offered over six sessions, through experiential learning, based on feedback from previous training.

 

 

Important: This training course has been accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists www.cot.co.uk

 

What is Using Writing as Therapy: finding a working Me...?

 

This six session course is a parallel version of Using Writing as Therapy: finding identity.

(UWaT): finding out how ‘Me’ works has been developed for those searching for a new sense of being a working person, whatever that means to the client: from getting up in the morning and having to wash/eat, to doing household chores, being a carer, a volunteer, a student, or in paid employment. This course helps people regain a sense of ability, value, confidence and respect, improving the mindset to return to appropriate work of some kind.

 

 

Training aims:

To teach the clinician to deliver the Using Writing as Therapy (UWaT): finding a working ‘Me’  six session course exploring a work or occupational identity, to adults.

 

Learning outcomes:

Clinicians will be able to:

  1. recognise the writing as a transitional object where inner thought meets outer reality (Winnicott 1971).
  2. participate in the UWaT course as individuals: experiencing the process and content of the group firsthand.
  3. reflect upon, and discuss application of the course to caseload, with other clinicians, to understand fully the risks and benefits to clients in their care.
  4. appreciate the constantly changing role of the therapist within the group process.

 

Practice outcomes:

Clinicians will be able to:

  1. consider risk and safety issues for themselves and the clients on their caseload.
  2. deliver the course safely to a group or individual in a healthcare setting.
  3. understand the importance of a safe group space in a writing context.
  4. select appropriate clients for the course.

 

Support in Practice:

All trainees will be expected to be having regular professional supervision within the context of their employment as health professionals.

 

Teaching arrangements:

  1. Groups of clinicians will be taught over six days; usually one per week for six weeks or as negotiated with the trainer.
  2. Each participant will receive a training pack containing the official UWaT: finding out how ‘Me’ works Manual, and resources relevant to successful delivery of UWaT in a healthcare setting.
  3. Trainees will work in groups of five or less, with facilitator leadership.
  4. Reflective log of each UWaT session of training, to be discussed and explored at the subsequent session. On the final day of training the reflections will be integral to the programme as a self/peer assessment.
  5. Final day discussion with self and peer assessment with summative conclusions.
  6. NB: Participants must attend every day of training for each course session, with their manual. Participants being absent from any of the sessions or not finishing the course will not be presented with a certificate of completion and should not subsequently deliver UWaT to clients, until fully trained.

Note:

  1. Clinicians are expected to adhere to their professional code of conduct at all times.
  2. Competency in delivery will take time and professional clinical supervision is essential to develop competency and safe practice.
  3. Completion of the course does not constitute competency or fidelity in delivery of UWaT.
  4. Completion of the training does not constitute competency to train other clinicians.
  5. Training to take place at Oxleas site or venue, alternatively: details and plan to be discussed and negotiated separately.

 

Learning outcomes for sessions:

 

Day 1: By the end of the session students will be able to:

  • Recognise the use of writing as a transitional object: writing as a personal and intimate sharing of occupational story and work experience
  • Understand the importance of safe group space and the role of the therapist
  • Deliver Session 1 with personal experience of the session

 

Day 2:

By the end of the session students will be able to:

  • Begin to appreciate the changing role of the therapist
  • Understand the benefits and risks of Session 1 through discussion and reflection with peers and personal experience of the sessions.
  • Appreciate benefits and drawbacks to keeping a variety of journal/diary models
  • Deliver Session 2 with personal experience of the session
  • Understand the importance and value of creating hope

 

Day 3:

By the end of the session students will be able to:

  • Understand the benefits and risks of Session 2 through discussion and reflection with peers and personal experience of the sessions
  • Deliver Session 3 with personal experience of the session
  • Modify their role as therapist to assist in the process of exploring plot, narrative, and personal truth in a work or occupational context.

 

Day 4:

By the end of the session students will be able to:

  • Understand the benefits and risks of Session 3 through discussion and reflection with peers and personal experience of the sessions
  • Have experienced the challenge to perspective and alternative view
  • Deliver Session 4 with personal experience of the session

 

Day 5:

By the end of the session students will be able to:

  • Understand the benefits and risks of Session 4 through discussion and reflection with peers and personal experience of the sessions
  • Create and apply a number of personal flow charts, focussing on problem-solving and SMART goals, using different methods
  • Deliver Session 5 with personal experience of the session
  • Identify negative perspective and apply, and promote positive viewpoint, to increase hope and motivation 
  • Improve their knowledge and application of activity analysis and goal-setting in a practical way

 

Day 6:

By the end of the session students will be able to:

  • Understand the benefits and risks of Session 5 through discussion and reflection with peers and personal experience of the sessions.
  • Deliver Session 6 with personal experience of the session
  • Understand the benefits and risks of Session 6 through discussion and reflection with peers and personal experience of the sessions.
  • Experience how exploration and adaptation of story can alter perspective, increase motivation, and improve the sense of working or occupational self/identity
  • Appreciate how the emergence of hope can transform future outcomes
  • Understand how the course ‘works’ as a whole, considering the benefits, risks and application to practice through discussion with peers, with the advantage of personal experience.

 

Final assessment

Discussion about the sessions, during training, will take place using trainee reflections written out of session, and include peer assessment and mutual feedback between participants.

The final assessment will be as self assessment and through peer discussion and reflection on the final day of the training.

 

Expected study time out of session

Reflections on the session – one hour

Recommended reading – this will depend on personal reading choices of each trainee.

 

Please note that any the final certificate is for completion of the course only and does not guarantee fidelity in delivery of UWaT in practice.

 

Post course Support

Professional clinical supervision should be accessed as usual through the employing trust or purchased separately from the Thought Laundry qualified UWaT Therapists.

  • Clinical Responsibility for any work carried out implementing UWaT with their clients remains the delegates’ responsibiliy or that of their employer/Trust. One hour of support to each participant will be given as advice on the techniques implemented in using UWaT that will be negotiated with each clinician or as a peer group. This may be by telephone, or as negotiated in one block or in separate time slots. Support must be accessed within 6 months of completion of UWaT training.

 

  • Each trainee must have line manager support or equivalent to enable participants to complete training, access post-group support provision (given as advice on the techniques implemented in using UWaT) and deliver at least one UWaT group to service users on his/her caseload within six months of completing the course (this does not guarantee fidelity as a facilitator or ability to train others in UWaT.

 

For more information about research and evaluation into UWaT click Publications here...

 

Cost: £1450 for 6 days of training, the manual, tea/coffee and light refreshments, and one hour of support post-course training. 

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Note : Trainees completing UWaT: finding a working 'Me' can access the one day training for UWaT: finding identity.

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Dr. Cooper is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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