Confidence Facilitator Training Course

 train as a facilitator of the Sunflower Effect Confidence Building Courses


I will be launching the Sunflower Effect Confidence Course Leader Training in 2020

I am looking to train individuals to join my team running the Sunflower Effect  Confidence Courses in different parts of the UK – so these courses are more more available to adults and children nationally. You will be self-employed running your own small business, but will have access to affordable marketing and business support from me.

I am inviting applications from people with drama experience who’s lives have been transformed by drama (particulalrly in the area of confidence). You may be an actor, drama teacher, therapist of any kind or someone who just loves drama.

In the run up to the course start date, I am offering Free Q&A Online Sessions and an Introductory Training Workshop.

For more details see Sunflower Effect Confidence Course Leader Training

Or if you are dramatherapist, please click here.

If you have an interest in training in this approach, please get in touch and tell me about your experience and background and what you are seeking to achieve.

Below are details of the Making Moves Practitioner Training in Creative Expression  that I have offered previously.

 Making Moves Practitioner Training in Creative Expression

Are you passionate about using drama as a powerful took for building confidence, and have you been looking for a  training course that will nurture your talents and support you in making your dream a reality?

You may be, too, a therapist, counselor, coach, drama or holistic practitioner.

Or have you been participating in Making Moves workshops/courses and would love to offer this approach for yourself?

Or, are you a dramatherapist who want to take this work out into the world?

This is an unique and unusual creative arts practitioner training and a far cry from most academic courses. It is a path to leadership and people who participate receive far more than from traditional training courses on both a personal and professional level. You will have an opportunity to identify and peel away the layers that stop many from fulfilling their potential as well as learn valuable marketing techniques that will help you to build a successful practice over time.

I am 100% in support of you achieving your goal and discovering what is the unique flavour of work you are here to offer.


Drama is a powerful medium. To work safely and supportively with drama requires the practitioner to “hold the space”, in order to avoid the pitfalls and potential dangers that the unaware can fall into, and to provide a safe container through which people can liberate themselves from their inner restrictions through self expression and creativity.

The One Year’s Practitioners Training  is  a unique course that is designed to train and support you in structuring, holding the space and running short-term personal development groups and workshops.

The training was designed in response to the enthusiasm of Making Moves participants who were so inspired by the work and wanted to be able to offer it themselves. The course would be right for you, for any of these reasons:

  • If you who have participated in a body of Making Moves groups and workshops and wish to offer this work yourself.
  • If you are a qualified therapist, coach and/or practitioner and want to include this or expand what you offer your clients
  • You are a qualified drama therapist and want to move into private practice or want to develop your private practice.
  • You feel passionate about working creatively and know for yourself how powerful it is and you feel inspired to take this out to others. Maybe you feel this is the “work you were born to do”.
  • You have a background in drama and feel strongly drawn to work to empower and liberate the creative spirit in people. You have participated in considerable personal development/therapeutic work and feel “ready” to work with others.
  • You have qualified in a related field but you haven’t yet “got out there” and are looking for a structure to support you in taking your work out into the world.
  • You are considering participating in a dramatherapy training in the future and see this as a way of getting started working with groups.

You will learn

  • How to create a safe space for participants of your groups and workshops.
  • How to structure sessions and create safe boundaries for drama.
  •  How to hold the space so that your participants can liberate what is inside them.
  •  The principles that underlie the effectiveness of the Making Moves approach.
  •  Tools and techniques for facilitating potent change through working with creativity, mythology, archetype and metaphor.
  • Tools in developing your intuition and following gut instincts which is one of the distinctive features of the Making Moves approach.

The training will include

  • 5 weekends
  • 12 conference call telephone sessions
  • OPTIONAL You are recommended to participate in at least 3 one to one sessions (either in person or on the telephone) to support you in your practice and/or to participate in my groups/courses/workshops during the training year (particularly if you have not participated in previous groups/courses/workshops).
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The five training weekends will be practical and experiential in and in which you will have an opportunity to hone and develop your facilitating skills and receive supportive feedback.

The telephone conference calls will cover the theory that underpins practice along with supervision of practice groups and workshops and support in all aspects of running sessions for normal adults. Marketing techniques and resources to assist with building a successful practice

Advertise your groups/workshops through the Making Moves Website and newsletter (free during the course and for a small annual fee when the course is completed) and receive referrals.

Structure of the Course

Training Weekends

Weekend 1 – Holding the Space (Friday Eve 7.30-9.30 pm Sat/Sun 10am-5pm )

Holding the Space is perhaps the most important aspect of Making Moves groups and workshops, in providing a safe container through which people can liberate themselves from their inner restrictions through self expression and creativity.

This will be a theme that will run throughout the one year training and is this first weekend will lay the foundations, out of which participants can start setting up their practice groups. The weekend will be practical and experiential, which will be a feature throughout the course, using creative tools.

There will be an opportunity too to explore your deeper purpose in training and to uncover your unique focus and qualities as a practitioner. During this weekend you will have an opportunity to run a short exercise and receive feedback.

Weekend 2 – Freeing up Creativity and Play (Friday Eve 7.30-9.30 pm Sat/Sun 10am-5pm)   Legs up in the air

Making Moves works with the premise we all are creative beings and all have huge capacity for expressing ourselves creatively. It’s just in the process of growing up and in particular with the left brain focus of our educational system means that we have lost touch with this innate intelligence.

Keith Johnstone pioneered powerful techniques for accessing creativity through the body and over the weekend we will be working extensively with his approach, because in finding that freedom for yourself as a practitioner you will also be able to convey that to others.

For most people this is incredibly freeing enabling them to move their bodies, interact with each other, express themselves vocally, in addition to giving them a new language through which to express and transform their inner dilemmas.

It is also the secret of working intuitively and how to read the energy of a “room” which will enable you to work in a potent way with your groups.

Weekend 3 – The Magic of Myth (Feb 2014  Friday Eve 7.30-9.30 pm Sat/Sun 10am-5pm)

Myths are powerful. Jungian Psychology and authors such as Joseph Campbell have established the capacity of myth and to connect us with our deeper selves, the collective unconscious and fundamental truths about human nature.

Enacting a myth takes this to another level enabling the individual to embody the powerful archetypes in the story, to play out the lives of gods and goddesses, and the explore too the darker aspects of human nature (i.e. the shadow). In this weekend we will be exploring the transformative power of myth and its healing magic.

The structure of the myth acts as a container and a gateway for transformation – a magical process that happens all by itself. It will be an opportunity to consider what is the healing process in myth and to learn how to work with shadow material safely.

What happens if the process triggers uncomfortable material or trauma in participants? What are safe myths to work with in relationship to your level of expertise? How do you work with myth to use the bring about resolution?

Knowing how to handle these situation is what makes you a safe practitioner, allowing your participants to have their own experience and find their own way through.

Weekend 4 – Working with Personal Ritual and Ceremony (April/May 2014  Friday Eve 7.30-9.30 pm Sat/Sun 10am-5pm) solstice

In the Dagara tribe in Burkina Faso, there is no need for therapy. They have ritual. They do rituals for everything: for the important stepping stones of life, for emotional difficulties, relationship problems, as well as minor irritations.

In this final weekend we will be exploring how personal ritual can be used to bring about change, transform trauma, release old patterns, affirm a new direction and set powerful new energies in motion.

Ritual achieves magical and outstanding results. You will learn how to set up personal rituals and ceremonies and how to use ritual to bring closure and resolution to “unfinished business” enabling your participants to process and integrate what they have experienced in a safe way. Over the weekend you will also learn how to guide individual participants through a specialised transformational ritual based on playback theatre, have opportunity to practice and receive feedback.

Venue for most weekends: Helios Centre 116 Judd Street WC1

Weekend 5 – Assessment (July 2014  Friday Eve 7.30-9.30 pm Sat/Sun 10am-5pm)

Over the final weekend you will plan and deliver a 30-40 minute session and receive feedback on . This will serve as part of your assessment

Tuition/Supervision telephone conference calls

The conference call sessions is “the river” that runs through your training journey and a key learning structure which will enable you to stay connected with your training experience and your peers whatever your geographical location.

It is the classroom of the training course so that the training weekends can remain experiential and practical. Each session will last approximately 2 hours and will take place on a weekday evening (day to be negotiated between trainees) and is designed to support you as you start working with your practice groups and workshops, learn from one another, and also to be a conduit of the theory that underlies practice.

There will be an element of flexibility and spontaneity in each call which will enable us to go with the flow of your interests, following a question and answer format so that learning arises in response to need. Examples of topics that might be covered are:

  • Setting up a practice group/workshop
  • Marketing practice groups/workshops to potential participants
  • Working with archetypes
  •  How do I maintain my boundaries as a practitioner
  • What is a suitable venue for creative healing
  • Dealing with difficult participants

Call will be recorded (wherever possible) so you will have the ability to refer back to what was said and also can stay connected with course material if you are unable to be on the call.  You will be given a dial up number and conference room number that will enable for everyone to speak to each other at the same time (you will pay for a local call). There will 12 calls over the 12 month period (1 call per month).

Individual Tutorial Sessions

These hour long sessions (usually fact to face but occasionally on the phone) are designed to monitor your progress, support you with any challenges you are facing and be a confidential resource for you through the course and enable you to make the best of the training experience. Ideally these will be scheduled at regular intervals through the course

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There is fuller description of my training/background/ experience on the about claire page, but in a nutshell I founded Making Moves in 1997, and developed  a unique approach combining dramatherapy, theatre, tribal healing, and a wide spectrum of personal development approaches.

I have made all the mistakes it is possible to make in learning how to market this work, wasted enormous amounts of money on promotion/advertising and finally discovered a formula that works in building a successful practice, and I want to pass that onto you.

My approach is informal and compassionate. I will support you in negotiating the challenges/personal blockages you encounter through the course and after it, and inspire you to move into your highest potential.

Practical Matters

  • The cost will be £1440 which can be paid in 12 monthly installments of £120  or 4 quarterly installments of £360 (inclusive of 5 training weekends, 12 supervision/tuition sessions).
  • On completion of the training and having met the requirements for practicing (you will be required to run a number of supervised practice groups/workshops)  you will receive a certificate and be licensed as a Making Moves Practitioner in Creative Expression to offer personal development short term groups and workshops under the Making Moves name (if you so wish), or set up your own freelance practice and develop you own style of work, or offer it as an extension to an existing practice i.e. psychotherapy, counselling, arts therapist, coach.
  • The practitioner training does not provide any form of formal accreditation or qualification. This training is not in place of a dramatherapy training, although a number of dramatherapy structures will be taught, and could be an extension of a dramatherapy training since it fills a gap in training i.e. all structures have been adapted and developed for normal adults who are wishing to liberate themselves from inner restrictions through self expression and creativity. Successful graduates on completing the course and practice groups will be awarded a Making Moves Certificate in Creative Expression.  This does not allow you to call yourself a Dramatherapist but does allow you to:
    • name in any literature that you are trained in creative expression as a personal development tool through the Making Moves Approach
    • refer to yourself as a Creative Expression Practitioner
  • It is an Earn Whilst You Learn Training – you can charge for your services as appropriate for your skills and background.
  • You can also choose to run your practice groups and workshops alone or collaborate with others on the Training. You will not be pressurised into when you run your practice groups/workshops although you are advised to do so before the course ends if you wish to receive your certificate.
  • The emphasis will be on creating peer support and learning between participants, and you will be encouraged to share skills, resources and experiences.
  • The training is vocational rather than academic. The focus will be on the development of your skills as a facilitator and of gaining the confidence to lead a group of people through a process that is meaningful and empowering for them. More importance is placed on life experience, your ability to work intuitively and to resonate with another’s challenges with compassion.
  • There will be recommended books and resources to assist you in your practice but you will be encouraged to follow your own interests and read around where your enthusiasms take you. You will be evaluated by the participants of your groups and workshops as means of honing and developing your skills, as well as receiving feedback from your peers, rather than being graded or marked. There will be written assignments but these will not take the form of formal essays unless you choose to. They could take the form of a journal, diary or notes of what you are discovering and learning and how you will communicate that to potential participants. You will be encouraged to get as much practice as possible in working with groups in order to gain experience and confidence.
  • You will not be required to participate in therapy since it is assumed that you cannot even begin to work with the general public unless you have done sufficient “work” on yourself, but you will be strongly encourage to explore different personal development avenues, if there are gaps in your experience or if issues come up for you in relation to your practice. You also may be guided towards participating in drama based workshops to expand your repertoire of exercises and games. You will not by any means be required to be “Healed Perfection”!

Please note that fees are payable whether or not you complete the training course.

What participants have said:

“I think I was very lucky. It has really, really helped me. It’s a very different style of learning from a standard, structured training courses. It was very fluid- I could catch the spirit of it, notice it, grasp it. It was very spiritual, unorthodox and the same time very therapeutic and colourful. I found the marketing side of it very good – thinking how I’m going to sell this, how I’m going  to offer something new and to get a sense of what my speciality is. It has given me the confidence to apply it and has equipped me to share it with others and to start running workshop when I’m in Portugal once I’ve settled. And to continue offering it at yoga conferences and I think yoga students are very good candidates for this.”
Satya Kaur, Karam Kriya Yoga School, Portugal

“I got a lot out of the course. I found the conference calls particularly useful, they kept the momentum going between the four weekends, and helped to keep it fresh. Very often there were things coming up in the weekends, and the conference calls allowed us to go a whole lot deeper. I found that the content of the conference calls helped to put it in a bigger context which gave a grounding to the practical work. The biggest thing for me was the invitation for us to take a lead and I found that partly scary but also an invaluable experience. There’s nothing like doing! We could find what our style might be and what the pitfalls might be It offered a good forum to “give it a go” and learn and enabled me to feel more confident. For me it’s a transferable skill. The skills and knowledge are just as useful in other contexts where I might want to hold a group, such as in a work context and taught me to get away from over planning, and to work with  an overall goal or desire. Exploring that side was very important and a big area for me.”
Tanya Adams, former town planner, Shamanic Reiki Practitioner

Please be aware that the course is not designed for working with people with significant vulnerabilities i.e. mental health issues etc, for which a dramatherapy training is recommended. It is highly recommended that you have had some experience of the Making Moves approach, which has a very distinct flavour and philosophy.

To join or express interest in the course please email me about your interest. Include in your email details of your background and other training you have done, your reasons for wanting to participate in the course and how you think the course might help you achieve your goals.

I will put you on a list of people who have expressed interest in the course – and keep you posted on updates as well as send you information that I feel is relevant to the course and your interest.

I will also set up a time with you when we can speak on the phone and discuss whether this course would be right for you.

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.
    Please confirm that you will honour the confidentiality of participants on the call. I cannot send you the recording unless you agree to this.

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Want to know what’s coming up soon?

My regular courses will return in mid September (with COVID 19 safeguards).

Find out what its like to attend a Sunflower Effect  Course by joining the next  Livestream Introductory Evening on 15th Sept 7.30-9.30.

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

If you’re feeling ready to take the plunge and book for one of my courses – here’s a bit of useful info as to where to get started:

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 course.

My next courses next start:
Wed 23rd Sept @ 7.45pm  and Tues 29th Sept   @5.30pm

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

My next courses start:
Thurs 24th Sept@ 7.45pm  and 1st Oct @5.30pm

For people who can’t get to the London courses, I will be running a daytime course on Zoom. It starts Wednesday, 30th Sept @ 10am

“I don’t know what to say” improvisation for social confidencei s 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.

Next course starts Tuesday 22nd Sept 7.45-9.45pm

See my Covid 19 Safeguards for all live courses.

You can book online for all my courses and events.

If you’re not sure which course is right for you, book a telephone appointment with me or get in touch by email

I look forward to hearing from you

Best, Claire