Certified Practitioner of Conversations Inviting Change (CIC). CIC is a narrative-based approach to encounters in health and social care. CIC is based on narrative studies, communication theory and systems thinking. CIC is effective in helping people to move on when they feel stuck and is ideal for complex or challenging encounters. It is especially effective when professionals must balance attentiveness to the client’s story with safety considerations, quality of care, best evidence, or statutory roles. John Launer, Physiotherapy Pain Association, UK (February 22-March 29, 2023).
Freedom from Chronic Pain. Covering Neural Circuit Disorders, Mind Body Syndrome, Tension Myositis/Myoneural Syndrome, Pain reprocessing therapy, Graded exposure and desensitisation, Mindfulness and somatic tracking, Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy. Trainers: Howard Schubiner USA and Hal Greenham, Australia https://www.freedomfromchronicpain.com/training/ (October-November 2022)
2022 SIRPA (Stress Illness Recovery Practitioners Association) Conference, London, UK. Theme: Chronic pain: cutting-edge research and its clinical applications. Faculty: Howard Schubiner, David A. Hanscom, Silje Endresen Reme, David D Clarke, Tor D Wager, Leo Russell, Penny George (September 24, 2022)
A Fresh Perspective on Wellbeing, Foundational and In-depth Courses. Covering the three “formless” principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought explains the entire range of human behaviour and feeling states. They are responsible for the creation of all human experience. Trainer: Giles P Croft, UK https://www.wellbeingwednesdays.org (October 2022)
Motivational interviewing – Brief Interventions in Health Care, Psychwire. Modules on Mindset, The Importance of Language, The Four Processes, Engaging, Focusing, Evoking, Planning, Core Skills, Asking Skills, Listening Skills, Affirming, Summarizing, Giving Information and Advice, Time Pressures and Brief Consultations, Difficult Consultations, Putting MI into Practice, Demonstrations. Trainers: Stephen Rollnick (Co-founder of Motivational Interviewing), Dr Eugenia Lee, Dr David Rosengren, Dr Damara Gutnick, Dr Chris Butler, Dr Nina Gobat, Tristan Griffiths, Orla Adams, Dr Maura Porricolo (May 2022)
Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP). It is an intervention referred to as ‘Risk-Targeted Behavioural Activation’. Behavioural Activation is supplemented by risk-targeted techniques such as education, guided disclosure, validation, goal setting, thought monitoring and re-appraisal, belief challenge and structured activity planning. PGAP combines behavioural activation, cognitive behavioural and acceptance and commitment therapy techniques within an activity re-integration framework that aims to: Reduce psychosocial barriers to rehabilitation progress and recovery, Increase quality of life, and Facilitate return to work. Trainer: Michael Sullivan, Canada, Developer of PGAP (June 6-7, 2022).
Mindfulness for Managing Long Covid, Breathworks, UK, a 7-week course. Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. Trainer: Vidyamala Burch, UK (March 2022).
Mindfulness Practitioner Diploma (Level I, II, III & Master), Udemy. Trainer: Kain Ramsay, UK, The Academy of Modern Applied Psychology (2022).
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Accredited Practitioner Certification, Udemy. REBT is an active-directive, philosophically and empirically based psychotherapy, the aim of which is to resolve emotional and behavioral problems and disturbances and to help people to lead happier and more fulfilling lives. Trainer: Graham Nicholls (2022).
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) – Accredited Certificate Course, Udemy. DBT is a counselling approach to help people who experience very intense, negative emotions. Trainer: Elmira Strange, UK (2022).
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practitioner Course, Udemy. CBT focuses on changing the automatic negative thoughts that can contribute to and worsen emotional difficulties, depression, and anxiety. Trainer: Kain Ramsay, UK, The Academy of Modern Applied Psychology (2022).
Positive Psychology: Work Life-Balance, Live Well-Work Well, Udemy. Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living, focusing on both individual and societal well-being. It studies positive subjective experience, positive individual traits, and positive institutions…it aims to improve quality of life. Trainer: Braco Pobric, USA (2022).
Hygge for the 2020s: positive psychology, Udemy. Hygge, a Danish philosophy, is about being in the moment, feeling completely relaxed and centred, letting go of the hectic world around oneself, either alone or with loved ones. Trainer: Chris Sivewright, UK (2022).
Certified Flow State Practitioner – Fully accredited diploma, Udemy. A flow state, or being in the zone, is the mental state in which a person performing some activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. Trainer: Matthew Barnett, HeadgearLabs™ Personal & Professional Development (2022).
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Udemy. MBSR offers secular, intensive mindfulness training to assist people with stress, anxiety, depression and pain. Trainer: Paul Newham, Human Science UK (2022).
The Complete Resilience Course – Master Emotional Resiliency, Udemy. Resilience or toughness refers to the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Trainer: TJ Walker, USA, Media Training Worldwide Digital (2022).
The Complete Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Course – Accredited Certification, Udemy. EMDR is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories (Shapiro, 1989). Trainer: KN Sharma (2022).
Fully Accredited Professional Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping Certification, Udemy. EFT is a form of counseling intervention that stimulates acupressure points by pressuring, tapping, or rubbing these points while focusing on situations that represent personal fear or traumata. Trainer: KN Sharma (2022).
Emotional Intelligence (EI) Life Coach Certification (Accredited), Udemy. EI refers to the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Trainer: Joeel & Natalie Rivera, Transformation Services, International Academy of Life Coaching & Entrepreneurship (2022).
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – Accredited Certificate Course, Udemy. Trainer: Elmira Strange, UK (2022)
Internationally Accredited Certificate in Art Therapy, Udemy. Trainer: KN Sharma (2022)
Accredited Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Counselling & Management Certification, Udemy. PTSD is a mental health condition that develops following a traumatic event characterised by intrusive thoughts about the incident, recurrent distress/anxiety, flashback and avoidance of similar situations. Trainer: KN Sharma (2022).
Power of Your Mind – Hypnosis and EFT Reprogramming, Udemy. Trainer: Alan Kirwan, Ireland (2022).
Certification in Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis – Fully Accredited, Udemy. Trainer: KN Sharma (2022).
Clinical Hypnosis, Trust Me Ed. Trainer: Queenie Wu (2021).
Words Matter – how to help and not harm back pain (2021) Online Course Trainer: Oliver Thomson
Clinical Hypnosis Training Program. Hypnosis is a human condition involving focused attention (the selective attention/selective inattention hypothesis, SASI), reduced peripheral awareness, and an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion. Trainer: Lucas Naves Carneiro (2021-2022).
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in the Clinic, online workshop, and course, 23 credit hours. Trainer: Laura Rathbone van Meurs, Physiotherapist and ACT Teacher, Netherlands (August 5-26, 2020).
Cognitive Functional Therapy, Trust Me Ed (2020). Trainers: Peter O’Sullivan, Kjartan Vibe Fersum
Self-Compassion: Building Blocks and Barriers, Contextual Consulting, USA, 2.5 credit hours. Trainer: Russ Harris, Australia (June 2, 2020).
Exposure treatment in chronic pain: Why, when and how? Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower, USA, 1 credit hour (May 11, 2020)
Motivational Interviewing (MI). Trust Me Ed. MI is a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. Trainer: Stephen Rollnick, UK (2020).
Words Matter- choosing words wisely with back pain: how to help and not harm. Trust Me Ed (2020). Trainer: Oliver Thomson
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): Quick and dirty. Trust Me Ed (2020). Trainer: Laura Rathbone
Cognitive Functional Therapy (CFT), Legion of Change, Pain Care Leadership Academy, Modern Pain Care. CFT, a biopsychosocial approach, is used in management of chronic low back pain. It is an individualized, graded, integrated, self-treatment approach that is based on reconceptualizing the concept of pain, specific functional training by retraining the altered movement patterns and modifying the lifestyle. It focuses on the cognitive restructuring, stress reduction, understanding pain beliefs and enhancing body awareness. Trainers: Peter O’Sullivan, developer of CFT, Kjartan Vibe Fersum (2020).
Pain: Translating Neuroscience into Clinical Practice. Trust Me Ed (2020). Trainers: Niamh Moloney, Martin Rabey
Mindfulness in Stress and Pain Management. Trust Me Ed (2020). Trainer: Shrey Vazir
Pain Theories: From Descartes to the Enactive Approach. Trust Me Ed (2020). Trainer: Peter Stilwell
A deep dive into the BioPsychoSocial model. Trust Me Ed (2020). Trainer: Ben Cormack
A Biopsychosocial Approach for Students and New Grads: A critical thinking and principles based approach. Trust Me Ed (2020). Trainer: Zak Gabor
Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET) (August 2019). EAET is a form of psychological therapy that targets the trauma, stress, and relationship problems that are found in many people with chronic pain, especially “centralized” (central sensitization, central augmentation) pain that is seen in Fibromyalgia. Trainer: Dr. Howard Schubiner, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, USA.
Mindfulness Movement. Trust Me Ed (2019). This is an activity and/or exercise performed with awareness. Trainer: Bahram Jam
Cognitive behavioral approaches for manual therapists. Trust Me Ed (2019). Trainer: Alison Sim
Socratic dialogue and motivational interviewing. Trust Me Ed. The Socratic Method has been defined as “a method of guided discovery in which the therapist asks a series of carefully sequenced questions to help define problems, assist in the identification of thoughts and beliefs, examine the meaning of events, or assess the ramifications of particular thoughts or behaviors” (Beck & Dozois, 2011). Trainer: Bronnie Lennox Thompson, NZ (2019)
Certified Practitioner in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Pain, RECOUP, Bengaluru, India. ACT is a form of psychotherapy, as well as a branch of clinical behavior analysis. It is an empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies along with commitment and behavior-change strategies to increase psychological flexibility. Trainer: JoAnne Dahl, Sweden, one of the world’s foremost experts on ACT for chronic pain (January 2-6, 2018).
Certified Practitioner in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Epilepsy, RECOUP, Bengaluru, India. Trainer: JoAnne Dahl, Sweden (December 31, 2017-January 1, 2018).
Certified Practitioner in Pain Related Fear and Graded Exposure in-vivo (GEXP), RECOUP, Bengaluru, India. Pain-related fear is composed of fear of pain, pain-related anxiety, and fear-avoidance beliefs, which are significantly associated with greater pain intensity and disability. GEXP means that patients are facing their feared activities directly rather than using imagination or visualization as with graded motor imagery. Trainer: Johan W.S. Vlaeyen, Belgium and Netherlands, developer of the concept of Pain Related Fear and GEXP (November 20-23, 2017).
Workshop on Understanding Pain: An Experiential Course in Basic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic pain for Healthcare Professionals, at RECOUP, Bengaluru, India. Trainer: Dr. Anand Ramanujapuram, Neuropsychiatrist, India who has worked at RECOUP for several years (July 24-25, 29-30, 2015).
Live your best life.
Join countless others in discovering more about optimal health and well-being
through Dr. Deepak Sharan’s newsletter.