Are you a dramatherapist?
Have you had a yearning to set up a private practice but have been nervous about taking the plunge?
Or perhaps you’ve set up a practice but found it just too hard to attract clients to your work?
Have you had enough of poor pay and working conditions working as a dramatherapist in institutional settings?
Would you love to....
.. be part of a team of professionals doing highly rewarding work transforming the lives of quieter people – and at the same time have clients flocking to your door?
Click here if you’re not a dramatherapist.
The Sunflower Effect Courses
Over 22 years, I developed the Sunflower Effect, a pioneering confidence system based in dramatherapy – and built a highly successful practice for myself, earning far more than I would have done working in institutions, or as a freelancer.
On top of this, it has been the reward of seeing the power and effectiveness of dramatherapy in changing lives.
The Sunflower Effect Courses are recognised and validated by participants reporting life-changing results after completing the courses. They outstrip the results of other confidence-building approaches by a long way.
I can teach you how to achieve the same, without all the heartache and expensive mistakes that I went through.
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 “How to stop shyness from ruining your life”, BBC World Services “Why am I shy?”, Sat 7 TV, Marie Claire (Malaysia) “Hold your Head Up High”.
It is time for me to train others to deliver the Sunflower Effect Courses to those who feel inspired to join me in my vision and to make dramatherapy more available to people nationwide.
I will be launching the first Foundation Training in May 2020, 6 weekends and 10 online sessions – scroll below for dates.
Please watch the video above, read this whole page, take a look around this website, so you can get more of a sense of what I am offering, and to see if it feels the right thing for you.
I particularly welcome regional dramatherapists as there is a need all over the country for the courses, particularly in big cities.
5 Reasons for training to join my team of Sunflower Effect Confidence Specialists
1. You will have a wonderful working life running the Sunflower Effect Confidence Courses, helping hundreds of quiet, shy and introverted people to change their lives and prospects. They will never forget you.
2. You are your own boss – and you will be overseeing the quality of the courses you run. You are in charge of how and when your offer your courses, whether you want to work with adults, develop the courses for children or adolescents, or offer the courses in organisations.
3. You will be part of a team of Sunflower Effect confidence specialists working together to deliver magical and transformational courses, supporting each other to deliver an outstanding service, changing lives.
4. Over time you can run the full complement of courses, typically 12 hours per week of contact time plus admin, develop your own courses, offer individual sessions, making a good income doing work you really love
5. If you join my marketing programme, you won’t have to build a website, learn complex technology, know anything about marketing and attracting clients to your work, or about what it takes to run a succesful practice. I have done the donkey work and invested thousands in discovering the best way to attract and retain clients.
Why this is a unique opportunity for dramatherapists
It is my first choice to train dramatherapists because you have the depth and experience in dramatherapy, to hold the space for anxious people, most of whom are terrified of doing drama. You will be able to get up and running the quickest to start delivering the courses.
It is important that you have some understanding of what it is like to be shy, self-conscious and lacking in confidence, so you have direct experience of how effective drama is in building confidence.
The training is very short and will equip you with the specialised knowledge you will need to start running the courses during, or soon after, completing the training.
After you have trained, and have met the requirements for delivering the courses (which for dramatherapists will be no time at all), you will become a licensed Sunflower Effect Specialist alongside your other qualifications.
You will then have the opportunity to:
- Join my team of Sunflower Effect Confidence Specialists who will become like a family to you, helping to grow, develop and thrive.
- Offer the Sunflower Effect Confidence Courses in parallel with your own practice, permanent or freelance work.
- The option to join the Sunflower Effect Marketing Programme giving you the know-how, tools and business support to build, in time, a highly successful practice and the opportunity to market your courses on my website. (My website comes top on google in searches, and this is how tripled my income and client base.)
- The opportunity to train further and offer the full range of Sunflower Effect Confidence Courses.
- Be part of the larger vision for the Sunflower Effect Confidence System, creating courses for children and teenagers.
- Offer your own groups, workshops and individual sessions in addition to the Sunflower Effect Confidence Courses.
On completing the Foundation Course, you can decide what work pattern suits you best. Whether running evening or daytime courses, targeting particular client groups and expanding the range of the courses.
You may want to offer the Sunflower Effect within the organisations you work for, or to set up your private practice – and gradually build a following in your geographical area.
By joining my team at an early stage, you will have the advantage of low fees and preferential rates, the option of ongoing marketing support and business advice to create a flourishing practice.
How are the Sunflower Effect Courses different from a Dramatherapy group
The Sunflower Effect Courses are first of all courses, not therapy groups.
They are designed to get results quickly and effectively for people who would hesitate to join a dramatherapy group.
Most are 12 weeks.
I have combined dramatherapy structures with tools that really work for building confidence – including personal development tools, Keith Johnstone’s original Impro structures, mindfulness.
The main principles and strategies of the Sunflower Effect shifts the mindset of people, who are hampered by negative programming and psychological blocks, very fast.
This is why you need the training to fully absorb these principles, the ethos of the courses and their practical application.
See this video which was recorded at the launch of my book From Wallflower to Sunflower:
Courses versus Therapy
Running courses, as opposed to therapy, makes a huge difference in the mindset of quieter people. Most feel shame that they lack confidence and that they should be “more like other people.”
Therapy implies there is something wrong with them and that they may be in for a long process. A course is much more socially acceptable and suggests they are doing something constructive to improve their lives.
In fact, there is nothing “wrong with them”. It is just that our world is not set up for quieter people. And most have adapted by withdrawing into their shell as a result of a lifetime of being bombarded with negative messages.
See this video:
More about 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, as it has countless quiet, shy and introverted people. 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 a nurse, actress, playwright and drama school teacher. I have been running Making Moves for the last 22 years offering dramatherapy based personal development courses and workshops in the UK, California, Greece and Portugal. In the last eight years, I diversified into confidence-building courses developing the Sunflower Effect, and at the same time tripled my income and client base.
I now run six courses a week along with a range of other offerings: individual sessions, workshops, a weekend course, and introductory evenings. In effect, I “work” three evenings a week with the occasional weekend, plus individual sessions to fit in with my availability.
Most of my clients are office workers (some are funded by their companies). I have a wide ethnic range of people attending. But they are also people from all walks of life who know they need to do something about their confidence levels. They are teachers, therapists, taxi-drivers, mums, unemployed etc.
Routledge International Handbook of Dramatherapy
From Wallflower to Sunflower
About the same time, my self-help book From Wallflower to Sunflower, the quiet person’s guide to natural confidence was published.
New York Times best selling author, Raymond Aaron, wrote the foreword. He describes the Sunflower Effect as “filling in the gaps where assertiveness training and other techniques leave off.”
You will find more about it on the book’s website. Along with bonuses and online resources to supplement the reading of the book.
You can also download 3 chapters from the book on this website
Find out more about this opportunity and if it's right for you?
Join me in the next free live online Q&A Session where you can hear more about the course and how I will be supporting you to build a successful practice running the Sunflower Effect Courses.
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 via the contact form below – and I will answer them during the Q&A.
LIVE ONLINE Q&A SESSION
Date: Monday, 20th Jan 2020
Times: 7- 8.30pm approx
Venue: Online through Zoom
You will need to sign up for the session in order to be sent the Zoom link and joining instructions.
Next Q&A on Monday, 16th March.
Get in touch with me through the contact form at the bottom of this page to express interest, or to request a recording of the session if you are unable to attend.
Look out for the one day BADth CPD workshop on 8th March.
I also recommend signing up for the Introductory Training Workshop below, a pre-requisite for joining the course. This will give you more idea of the differences from standard dramatherapy practice, and provide you with tools that you can start using with your existing clients.
Sunflower Effect Introductory Training Workshop
The Introductory Training Workshop is a more practical way to find out more about the Foundation Course Leader Training.
In this, you will be learning how to deliver the Introductory Evening, a very powerful way of attracting participants to your work. I offer introductory evenings regularly. Between half to two-thirds of participants go on to join one of courses after attending.
On completion of 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 join the Sunflower Effect Foundation Training starting in May 2020 .
Introductory Training Workshop
Dates: 4th-5th April
Times: 10-30-5.30pm approx
Venue: Helios Centre, 116 Judd Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9NS
Tube: Kings Cross / Russell Square / Euston
FOUNDATION TRAINING OVERVIEW
The course will consist of:
- 6-weekend training workshops in Central London
- Ten recorded online training sessions (10 two hour sessions probably on a Monday evening)
- Training to run the core components of the Sunflower Effect Confidence Building System.
- Training in Business Basics for when you are ready to promote and run your courses.
The course is a foundation for training so that you can start running courses and building your practice immediately upon completing the training.
- Introductory Evenings (an essential tool for enrolling participants on your courses) This is covered in the pre-training Introductory Training Workshop (see above).
- The Express Yourself one day workshop
- The Breakthrough Confidence Building Course
- Other courses as time allows. Most likely the Finding Your Voice Course
This training course is supported by:
Prof. Sue Emmy Jennings PhD, anthropologist, Dramatherapy, Playtherapy and Neuro Dramatic Play pioneer (UK and Europe), performer, and author of 30 books on dramatherapy.
Mary Smail, Director and Trainer of the Sesame Institute, Trainer with Revision and “Psyche and Soma”.
Foundation Course Leader Training Dates
Weekend Training Dates:
- Weekend 1: 29th-31st May, Friday evening: 7.30-9.30pm, Weekend 10.30-5.30pm
- Weekend 2: 19th-21st June, Friday evening: 7.30-9.30pm, Weekend 10.30-5.30pm
- Weekend 3: 17th-19th July, Friday evening: 7.30-9.30pm, Weekend 10.30-5.30pm
- Weekend 4: 18th-20th Sept, Friday evening: 7.30-9.30pm, Weekend 10.30-5.30pm *
- Weekend 5 30th Oct – 1st Nov, Friday evening: 7.30-9.30pm, Weekend 10.30-5.30pm
- Weekend 6 27th-29th Nov, Friday evening: 7.30-9.30pm, Weekend 10.30-5.30pm
Venues: Helios Centre, 116 Judd Street, London, Kings Cross
* Grove Neighbourhood Centre, London, Ravenscourt Park
Online Training Session:
Ten monthly sessions on a Monday evening 7.30-9.30 which will extend till March 2021.
Designed to support you in offering the courses or setting up your practice groups.
Launch Price: £1875 (pay in full and receive a further £75 discount)
Or pay £500 (deposit) and balance of £1375 by April 15th 2020.
Pay by instalments: Deposit: £500 deposit and 8 instalments of £180.
Please be aware that there may be other costs i.e. supervision, shadowing (observing courses), the Sunflower Effect Marketing Programme (optional), and extra coaching as needed.