All posts by stuartsorensen

Control freaks have no life!

Many people try to control other people because they think it will help to keep them happy and mentally healthy. But actually the opposite is true.

Mental well-being depends upon a variety of experiences but control-freakery, in so far as it’s successful, limits a person’s experience only to what they already understand and can imagine. Most people find that their lives are enriched by the actions of others – even when those actions are surprising.

The more we control other people, the less we experience variety in life, the more frustrated and resentful we become when we fail and greater the risk we run of developing mental health problems.

Meaningful activity & mental health

The problem with distraction

Mental health nurses are encouraged to rely heavily upon distraction to help people manage anxiety, depression or the emotional consequences of past trauma. That’s OK so far as it goes but unfortunately it really doesn’t go very far.

Upcoming online seminars

Do you work in mental health or are you keen to know more for another reason? Are you frustrated at not being able to get on group training without travelling miles and paying through the nose? Look no further.

If you have an hour to spare and access to a pc or mobile ‘phone then you can join our 1 hour seminars with an experienced mental health nurse and trainer. For just £12.50 you can have a PDF booklet and access to an online presentation and question and answer session from the comfort of your own home.

Mental health and disorder made easy

Upcoming sessions include…

Thursday February 23rd 2023  The picture on the box

Thursday March 2nd 2023  Psychosis and schizophrenia

Thursday March 9th 2023 Self harm

All sessions begin at 7pm.

Fill in the contact form below to reserve your place on any or all of the sessions listed.

Selling like hot cakes!

Late last week I delivered training in Kent on schizophrenia and psychosis for a brand new client organisation. The very next day they booked 3 more sessions! Here’s a little sample of the feedback they wrote.

“This has been enlightening, inspiring and thought provoking. I would highly recommend. Really felt my learning was Stuart’s priority.”

“Really informative and interesting mix of practical and background. Thankyou.”

So insightful and enjoyable. Really engaging. Have learnt so much.”

“Thankyou so much. Some of the best and most engaging training that I’ve had in a long time.”

“Memorable and easy to apply”

“High engagement. Willing to answer all questions.”

“Stuart in general. Amazing. The way he explained things to make sure they were understandable for all.”

If you would like to book training for your group of mental health and/or social care workers please get in touch using the form below or visit the ‘Training courses’ page here.

Face to face, online & video training: The picture on the box.

Do you work in mental health services?

Do you find it hard to see how all the different disorders and peoples’ approaches to them fit together?

Do you have difficulty getting other professionals to see things as you do?

Would you like to be more effective in working with the people you care for?

Then this course is for you.

People learn best when they have questions and they remember best when they have a ‘schema’, a ‘picture on the box’ to help make sense of what they’re taught. That’s what this training is all about. Book Stuart for face to face training or access over two and a half hours of video instruction alongside a range of information and exercises in the accompanying workbook. This training will help you to make sense of the seemingly overwhelming field of mental health and disorder.

Click the links below for a taste of what the course entails

The video version of the course is intended for individuals to use, it’s not licensed for groups. Contact us for details using the form below. Make sure you leave your Email address and contact details when you buy and you’ll receive an Email containing the link and password to access the entire course online.

Note: Emails are sent manually and so it may take up to 24 hours (usually much quicker) to receive your link and password.

Enjoy,

Stuart Sorensen 

(Nurse, Trainer and Coach)

Unrealistic deadlines & nurses feeling guilty

We nurses aren’t perfect. We generally spend our time trying to sort out problems that we didn’t cause. That’s more than most people do. It’s more than the majority of our critics.

But no matter how hard we try, sometimes we fail. Sometimes we don’t fail but people place such unrealistic expectations on our practice, make such unrealistic demands of us that we face criticism, insults, even threats of violence for not living up to the demands of others.

People can disregard our efforts, they can slander us on social media and dismiss us as incompetent, callous fools if they like. That’s their right…

But we don’t have to agree with them!

Online video training

“Very thorough and high quality…” Abi, Student nurse

Lifetime access for only £30.00

Do you work in mental health services?

Are you a support worker, student nurse or just an interested person who’d like to know how to make more sense of mental health and disorder?

Do you find it hard to see how all the different disorders and peoples’ approaches to them fit together?

Do you have difficulty getting other professionals to see things as you do?

Would you like to be more effective in working with the people you care for?

Then this online video course is for you.

Picture on the box workbook: title page

People learn best when they have questions and they remember best when they have a ‘schema’, a ‘picture on the box’ to help make sense of what they’re taught. That’s what this training is all about. Over two and a half hours of video instruction alongside a range of information and exercises in the accompanying workbook help you to make sense of the seemingly overwhelming field of mental health and disorder.

And all for much less than the cost of a good night out.

Picture on the box workbook: Sample page (psychosis 1)

You can have all this for less than you’d pay for a take-away meal for two. But unlike a take-away, the benefits of this training will last your entire career.

Click the link below to get full access to the course videos and workbook.

https://www.tamtalking.co.uk/p/onlive-video-training-the-picture-on-the-box/