Introductory Confidence Building Training Workshop

November 9th-10th 2019

In the Introductory Training Workshop you will be learning the basic framework that underpins all of the Sunflower Effect Courses and will prepare you for joining the Foundation Sunflower Effect Course Leader Training starting in April/May 2020.
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We will focusing specifically delivering the Introductory Evening or session, a very powerful way of attracting participants to your work. 

The Training Workshop is also a prerequisite for joining the Foundation Course Leader Training

Reasons for attending:

  • You are looking for a rewarding career helping to transform the lives of others that will, in time, enable you to build a succesful practice running the courses.
  • 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.

Learn how to work with shy, self-conscious and anxious clients

The Introductory Evening is designed for quiet, shy, self conscious, socially anxious people who are too nervous about joining one of the Sunflower Effect Confidence Courses and want to try before they buy.

They may have decided to attend the evening/session for any of these reasons:

  • They’ve invested a lot of time and money in build confidence through a variety of methods i.e. assertiveness training, hypnotherapy, counselling, NLP, CBT but none of them have worked. Therefore they are doubtful that the Sunflower Effect is going to be any different.
  • They’ve given up hope that they’ll ever build the kind of confidence that they dream of having.
  • The thought of doing anything involving drama fills them with terror. They may have had bad experiences with drama in the past.
  • They are terrified of speaking in front of groups and this has blocked them in their career, their social life and effected their overall confidence and belief in themselves.

I offer this evening 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.

The Challenges of running an Introductory Evening/Session

Running an introductory evening is challenging for many reasons. Participants are commonly nervous and anxious about attending the session. Some are extremely shy and self-conscious. At the same time, they really do want to do something about their confidence levels.

Some are paralysed with fear – and acutely ashamed that they have to reach out for help for their problems.

They are more likely to book an Introductory Evening because it gives them a taste of what to expect from the courses at a low cost. Often participants have money challenges or are doing low paid work because of their confidence issues. They don’t want to do another course that’s not going to work.

Some have already made up their mind that they want to do one of the courses – but just want that extra assurance that it will work for them.

This places a lot of pressure on the leader to run a sesssion that meets the needs of a variety of different attendees. It is important that the right balance is struck between challenge and safety, building up 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 session whether or no that 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 confdent working with groups.

It is therefore important that the session is delivered in a way that will enable your particpants to make that next step – and take the plunge to joining one fo your future courses.

What you will be learning

  • 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 to a high level of competency.
  • 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 container through which people can liberate themselves from their inner restrictions through self expression and creativity.
  • How to avoid the pitfalls and potential dangers or working with drama that the unaware can fall into.
  • How to deal with your own anxiety when running the session.

After attending the training, you are encouraged to set up your own introductory evenings and get practice at running these events. This is also a great way to attract clients to your courses, if you choose to go on to participate in the longer Foundation Training. You will be offered the opportunity to receive supervision with Claire after delivering the session, so as to develop your skills as a leader.

This workshop is the start of your training process.

Introductory Sunflower Effect Training Workshop
Dates: November 9th-10th
10-30-5.30pm approx
Helios Centre, 116 Judd Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9NS
Kings Cross / Russell Square / Euston
£200 (You will receive a £75 credit towards the Foundation Training – only for the November Training).

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If you haven’t yet attended the free online Q&A Session,  you will hear more about the Foundation Course Leader Training and the Introductory Training Workshop. I will be talking about all the ways in which I will be supporting you to build a successful practice running the Sunflower Effect Course.

The session will be between 60 and 90 minutes. If you’re not able to attend do sign up for the session and I will send you the recording. If you are unable to join the session, please send me your questions.

Dates: Monday, 30th September
7- 8.30pm approx
Venue: Online through Zoom

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Next session January 20th 2020

More about the Sunflower Effect

The Sunflower Effect is 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 to 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 which is what makes it so popular with participants

The Sunflower Effect is recognised and validated on a regular basis by participants reporting life-changing results after completing the courses. There is a growing demand for the courses in different parts of the UK, Europe and internationally.

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

More about Claire Schrader

Sunflower Effect Confidence Course Leader TrainingI 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.

I qualified as a dramatherapist in 1995, after having a previous career as performer, playwright and drama school teacher. I have been running Making Moves for the last 22 years offering drama therapy based personal development courses and workshops in the UK, California, Greece and Portugal.

In the last 8 years I diversified into confidence building and developed the Sunflower Effect. At the same time, I tripled my income and client base.

There is a growing need for the Sunflower Effect courses in the population at large, and I look forward to handing on my knowledge, expertise and success to those who feel inspired to transform the lives of quieter people.  

Confidence is a core skill that is needed more and more in unstable times. The impact of Brexit is more likely to increase the need for these courses along with growing media interest in the effectiveness of the Sunflower Effect.

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

More recently 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.

Training Enquiry

  • If you are interested in training in this approach please tell me as much as you can about yourself and what skills/aptitudes you have and where and how you see yourself practicicing.
From: Claire Schrader


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Hi there

Want to get started as soon as possible?

The Breakthrough Group is the first step for many people - particularly if you feel shy, self-conscious or experience social anxiety. I've seen some miraculous transformations in my 20 years of running this group.
Courses next start Tues 17th Sept @ 7.45pm  and Tues 24th Sept  @5.30pm

If speaking up in groups, being heard, or any public speaking is your challenge, then the  Finding Your Voice course is a good place to start if anxiety and nerves are the issue. I've had people with very severe symptoms including panic attacks, overcome these issues with relative ease.

Courses start Wed 18th Sept @ 7.45pm  and Thurs 26th Sept @5.30pm

"I don't know what to say" improvisation for social confidence is great for people with average confidence who experience some form of social anxiety or awkwardness but find themselves stumped with knowing what to say. Working through improvisation and will transform your verbal confidence and social skills.

Starts Thursday 19th Sept 7.45-9.45pm

You can book online for all my courses and events.

Book a telephone appointment with me or get in touch by email if you're not sure which course is right for you.

Or see my most recent Facebook Live  Join my page to get daily support on your confidence journey.

Or join my next Introductory Evening is on 10th December.

A great way to get a taste of what to expect before joining one of my courses.

I look forward to hearing from you

Best, Claire