Single Session Therapy – Prof Windy Dryden


Date: 28th October 2021
Location: Live via Zoom*
Time: 11:30am – 6:30pm GMT (+1) / 6:30am – 1:30pm EDT / 3:30am – 10:30am PDT
CPD/CE credits: 6
Speaker: Prof Windy Dryden
Price: £99 GBP / $135 USD

*This training will be recorded. The link to the recording will be made available for 90 days following the live event.

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The CPD/CE credits awarded can be used towards your declaration to any governing regulatory body in your state or country, provided the content is relevant to your discipline.

Course Description:

Single-session therapy (SST) is an intentional endeavour where the therapist and client meet with the purpose of helping the client deal with a pressing issue in that session while understanding that more help is available if needed. Research shows that when SST is offered promptly over 70% of clients are satisfied with the session and over 50% do not require further help at that point.
Drawing on Windy Dryden’s book The Single-Session Counselling Primer: Principles and Practice, this online workshop describes the mindset that is needed to practise SST and the practice that tends to flow from this mindset. I will thus make the point that SST is NOT an approach to counselling and therapy in the way that person-centred therapy or CBT is, but is a way of delivering therapy services. As such, it can be practised by therapists from a variety of different orientations. I will demonstrate the way I work in SST with a volunteer from the audience who has a pressing concern that they are prepared to discuss with me in front of an online audience. I will give plenty of time to participants to share their doubts, reservations and objections to this way of working. I will also discuss how SST best sits alongside other ways of delivering therapy services and how it might best be integrated into an agency.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the workshop, you should:

  • Be able to articulate the principles that inform the SST mindset and the practice that flows from this way of thinking
  • Be able to respond to common misconceptions of SST
  • Have an understanding of the issues that need to be thought through concerning integrating SST into an agency’s overall delivery of therapy services
  • Understand how it can incorporate concepts from other approaches to therapy

Speaker Information

Windy Dryden is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths University of London and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has authored or edited 235 books. His current interests are in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy and in single-session and very brief interventions within a therapy and coaching context. He has written over ten books on SST including The Single-Session Counselling Primer; Principles and Practice (PCCS, 2020). His book, ‘Very Brief Therapeutic Conversations’ (Routledge, 2018) is focused on work he has done conducting live demonstrations of therapy/coaching in front of an audience that last 30 minutes or less. He has done more than 400 such demonstrations all over the world.

His goal is to disseminate SST with the hope that it might help provide help at the point of need within the NHS, a form of IAPT where the ‘I’ stands for ‘Immediate’.

How to access our trainings?

1. Once you have booked a place for one of our trainings, you will receive a email confirming your order.

2. At least 24hrs prior to the start of training, you will receive an email containing the required details to enter the training. All trainings are held over Zoom.

3. If you are wanting to attend the training live, you then use these details to attend just before the specific start time.

4. However, if you are unable to attend the training live, a link to a recording of it will be emailed to you following the event. The recording is made available for 90 days after the live broadcast.

This means that it is not essential for the attendant to be present for the live training and one can refer back to the training if they wish within 90 days.

5. Within a week of the training, the training materials, including slides and notes, CPD certificate and feedback will be sent to you via Email.

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