Sunflower Effect Introductory Training Workshop


Learn how to support quiet, shy and anxious people to build confidence the fast, fun and easier way

Learn how to support quiet, shy and anxious people to build confidence the confidence the fast, fun and easier way

In this 2-day training, you will be learning the core principles of the Sunflower Effect Confidence Building System (based in dramatherapy), and how it enables quiet, shy and introverted people to build confidence, even those who believe they are a lost cause.

The Introductory Training Workshop is highly recommended:

  • If you are curious about the Foundation Training, unsure if it’s the right step for you and want to get a taste of the Sunflower Effect® for yourself. It does not commit you to the full 10-month course. 
  • As a stand-alone CPD training for therapeutic/helping professionals to support what you are currently offering your clients.

What you will learn

The deep understanding and skills you need to work with quiet, shy, socially anxious and vulnerable people.
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

What is the Sunflower Effect?

The Sunflower Effect® is a pioneering and proven confidence-building system, based in dramatherapy, that transforms the lifestyle and prospects of quiet, shy and socially anxious people.

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

Most confidence-building and therapy techniques, classically don’t work for shy, self-conscious, socially anxious people or people who have experienced significant trauma. Whilst the above approaches will help to build confidence, they don’t go far enough in building the kind of confidence that makes a difference to the lives of quiet, shy and introverted people.

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Our mission

Our mission is to transform the way that confidence is taught to quiet, shy and socially anxious participants whose confidence has been damaged by adverse life experiences.

Through our courses, we provide a safe space to dissolve the psychological barriers blocking them from realising their potential, empowering them to believe they can create the life they want by uncovering and expressing their unique and authentic selves. See The Sunflower Manifesto.

How to deliver an ‘Introductory Confidence Building Session’

The training will focus on teaching you how to deliver an ‘Introductory Confidence Building Session.

This is a powerful way of introducing quiet, shy and anxious clients to the Sunflower Effect®. It gives them a taste of what to expect before joining one of the courses. 

The session is designed specifically for people who feel nervous about attending but want to get a feel of the approach before they commit to the course.

The session enables participants to break down some of their barriers and inhibitions and take their first step in building their confidence.

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

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

Preparing you for promoting and filling your courses

Offering an Introductory Confidence Building Session is going to be important when it comes to running your own courses. Whether you will be offering them to paying participants or introducing them within your organisation.

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

Many participants  will come to the session 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 courses. And you will feel confident and relaxed in delivering the session.

The Sunflower Effect has changed the lives of many quiet, shy and introverted people

See their stories. Here are just some of the responses from participants:

It’s been six months since I did the course, and I’m still seeing the benefits. I surprise myself sometimes as to where my confidence comes from in relating to people.

Peregine C. Health Practitioner

Excellent value for money. One, it worked, and two so many other therapies are way more expensive and haven’t worked. Making Moves are cheap for what they are.

Jane Timberlake, Customer Service

By the end of the course, I could really tell I’d made a massive shift. I feel like I’m a lot more authentic and accepting of myself with less feelings of being inferior and needing to hide my true self. For me, this course truly was a lifeline.

Elizabeth G. graphic designer

 I’ve done other kinds of work but this had a lightning effect on my psyche. It provided a short cut to the hidden recesses of my unconscious. No one else is offering anything like this.

Rob Buchiski, E-Consultant

Who should attend the Introductory Training Workshop?

  • 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 looking for a rewarding career helping to transform the lives of people who are struggling with confidence.
  • You already know you would like to train to join my team of Sunflower Effect Confidence Specialists delivering the courses in different parts of the UK.
  • You are a therapist, coach or counsellor and would like to learn more about the Sunflower Effect® and how it can benefit your clients.
  • You are curious about the Sunflower Effect® and interested in learning how to offer confidence-building courses and workshops within your organisation or community.

Booking for the Introductory Confidence Training Workshop

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Introductory Sunflower Effect Confidence Training Workshop.
Dates:  13th-14th July 2024
Times: 10-30-5.30pm approx
Venue: The workshop will take place at Claire’s house in North Greenford, with distance participants joining us online – similar to Zoom.
Cost: £250 (normal price) – discounted to £200 for a hybrid training

Next Training: 4th-5th October 2024

Join me the next free Webinar. This is where you can hear more about the Sunflower Effect and how it is unique in building confidence in quiet, shy and vulnerable people.

It is designed for you if you are planning to join the Foundation Training, the Introductory Training Workshop, curious about the training, or unsure if the training is the right step for you.

Dates: June 4th 2024
Times: 7.30-9.30pm
Venue: Online through a platform similar to Zoom
Cost: Free

About Claire Schrader

Sunflower Effect Confidence Course Leader Training

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.

You can read about my journey in my book, From Wallflower to Sunflower, the quiet person’s guide to natural confidence.

I developed Sunflower Effect Courses over a 27 year period. I have been helping people through dramatherapy-based personal development courses and workshops in the UK, America and Europe since 1997. In 2012, I tripled my income and client base running the Sunflower Effect Courses.

My academic work includes editing Ritual Theatre, The Power of Dramatic Ritual in Personal Development Groups and Clinical Practice published by Jessica Kingsley.

You can find one of my chapter’s “Breaking Through the Walls of Shyness:  Overcoming Shyness, Self-Consciousness and Social Anxiety Through Dramatherapy” in the Routledge International Handbook of Dramatherapy.

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

Read more:

How does the Sunflower Effect achieve such significant shifts in people?

What is the theory behind the Sunflower Effect?

My background

Interviews with me about my approach.

Training Enquiry

Please fill in this form if you are interested in training or have a question about training. We suggest that you request an information pack – you should find the link on this page. This will give you much more an idea of the content of the training and if it will be a good fit for you.

  • 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.

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