Prepare for joining the Sunflower Effect Foundation Course Leader Training  or as a stand-alone CPD training for therapeutic professionals to support what you are currently offering your clients.

In this training, you will learn  the core principles of the Sunflower Effect Confidence Building System (based in dramatherapy), and how to deliver an ‘Introductory Confidence Building Session.’

This is a powerful way of introducing quiet, shy and socially anxious clients to this highly effective way of building confidence through drama.

What is the Sunflower Effect?

A pioneering new confidence-building system based in dramatherapy that is specifically designed to improve the lifestyle and prospects of quiet, shy and socially anxious people.

It is different from most confidence-building and therapy techniques such as assertiveness training, CBT, and talking therapy because it achieves outstanding lasting results very quickly.

And more than anything else, it is fun and it works, which is what makes it so popular with participants.

This training is being offered in response to a growing demand for the courses in different parts of the UK, Europe and internationally. It’s part of a wider initiative called the Sunflower Project which aims to train talented professionals to run the Sunflower Effect Courses in major cities across the UK.

The Sunflower Effect Confidence Courses have been featured on Sky TV, BBC World Services, Sat 7 TV, Marie Claire.

Why learn about ‘Introductory Evenings/Sessions’?

Participants attend an ‘Introductory Evening’ because it gives them a taste of what to expect from the 12-week Sunflower Effect Confidence Courses.  It is designed specifically for quiet, shy, self-conscious, socially anxious people who feel nervous about joining one of the Sunflower Effect Confidence Courses, but want to get a feel of the approach before they commit to the course.

The session is designed to help them to naturally break down some of their barriers and inhibitions and will enable them to take that first step to building their confidence.

Often participants have money challenges or don’t want to invest time in participating in another course/group that’s not going to work.

Some have already made up their mind that they want to join a confidence course – but just want that extra assurance that it will work for them.

Many participants  will come to you feeling:

  • Nervous and anxious about attending the session.
  • Extremely shy and self-conscious. At the same time, they really do want to do something about their confidence levels.
  • Paralysed with fear – and acutely ashamed that they have to reach out for help for their problems.

This places a lot of pressure on the leader to run a session that meets the needs of a variety of different attendees. The right balance between challenge and safety is needed, ensuring there is trust in the leader’s abilities to provide the support that each participant needs.

As a leader, you are effectively being auditioned by the participants who will decide at the end of the session whether or not they are attracted to working with you.

You also may be extremely nervous yourself about delivering the event, particularly if you’re not experienced or confident working with groups.

It is therefore important that the session is delivered in a way that will enable your participants to make that next step – and take the plunge to join one of your future offerings, whether it’s offering one of the Sunflower Effect Confidence Courses privately or to your existing clients

I offer Introductory Evenings on a regular basis to my potential participants. Between half to two-thirds of participants go on to join one of my courses after attending.

What you will learn:

  • The deep understanding and skills you need to work with quiet, shy, socially anxious and self-conscious people.
  • A step by step guide to run the Introductory Evening/Session.
  • How to work safely and supportively with the adapted form of drama (based in dramatherapy) used in the Sunflower Effect Confidence Courses.
  • How to provide a safe system through which people can liberate themselves from their inner restrictions through self-expression and creativity.
  • How to avoid the pitfalls and potential dangers of working with drama that the unaware can fall into.
  • How to deal with your own anxiety when running the session.

Please note: The Training Workshop is highly recommended for joining the Sunflower Effect Foundation Course Leader Training, but does not commit you to the full 10-month course if you decide it’s not for you. It is the start of your training experience if you go on to join the course, and includes training in running an Introductory Evening. Download an Information Pack to learn more about the Foundation Course.

Why should you attend the Introductory Training Workshop?

  • You are looking for a rewarding career helping to transform the lives of others that will, in time, enable you to build a successful practice running the courses.
  • You are a drama professional (arts therapist, performer, teacher) who is looking for a new direction. Or you have a professional interest in the power of drama to change lives.
  • You are inspired by the Sunflower Effect Confidences Course and know already you would like to train to join my team of Sunflower Effect Confidence Specialists delivering the courses in different parts of the UK
  • You’re curious about the Foundation Training but not sure yet if you want to commit to the full training.
  • You are a therapist, coach, counsellor and would like to learn more about the Sunflower Effect and how it can benefit your clients.
  • Interested in learning how to offer confidence-building sessions within your organisation.

This workshop is the start of your training process towards completing the 6-month Foundation Course to become a Sunflower Effect Confidence Course Leader

Find out more

Download an Information Pack for more information about the Foundation Course

Book the Introductory Sunflower Effect Training Workshop

Dates: May 22nd-23rd 2021
Times: 10-30-5.30pm approx
Venue: Helios Centre, 116 Judd Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9NS
Tube: Kings Cross / Russell Square / Euston
Cost: £200

The workshop will be running again in connection with the next Confidence Course Leader Training

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More about Claire Schrader

Claire Schrader

I started out in life as a shy introvert and proverbial wallflower.  That is until I found a way at age 22, to break out of my shell, through the power of drama.

It changed my life, and I have never looked back.

I write about my journey in my book, From Wallflower to Sunflower, the quiet person’s guide to natural confidence.

In the last 8 years, I diversified into confidence-building and developed the Sunflower Effect which resulted in me  tripling my income and client base.

As well as founding Making Moves in 1997 and developing the Sunflower Effect, I’m an author, self-confidence specialist and dramatherapist. I’m a member of the British Association for Drama Therapists (BADth) and am registered as an Arts Therapist with the HCPC.

I have been featured in Marie-Claire (Malaysia),  Kindred Spirit, Positive Health, and Counselling News, on Sky TV, BBC World Services and Radio 4.

I also edited Ritual Theatre, The Power of Dramatic Ritual in Personal Development Groups and Clinical Practice published by Jessica Kingsley.

And I contributed the chapter “Breaking Through the Walls of Shyness:  Overcoming Shyness, Self-Consciousness and Social Anxiety Through Dramatherapy” to the Routledge International Handbook of Dramatherapy.

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