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Throughout the year, we offer a series of stand-alone lecture demonstrations that are suitable for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and for general public interest. Many of these lectures are followed up with further training opportunities.

The series of 2 hour lecture demonstrations for 2016 will be offered in both Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich at either Acorn House, 8a Looms Lane, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1HE and  The Hub Business Centre, 2 Civic Drive, Ipswich IP1 2QA.

Tickets are priced at £15 and CPD certificates will be presented on the night. To book your place for any of our lectures, please contact 01284 750096 email: info@mtcic.org.uk or use the booking form on the website or use the link to book and pay online







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Human Toolbox™

Human Toolbox Practitioner Certificate

The Human Toolbox™ Company Limited


COST £260

This is a four day course

Course Profile

The Human Toolbox Certificate Course

Designed for counsellors and psychotherapists and other professionals who wish to use the Human Toolbox Programme with young people and adults in a therapeutic setting. The Human Toolbox Programme is a simple, visual psycho-education programme which was designed originally for working with young people who were struggling to engage in school.

Over the last four years The Human Toolbox has been used in conjunction with talking therapy for adults suffering with depression and anxiety as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme in Suffolk. The outcomes of this powerful combination have been measured using PHQ9 (a multipurpose instrument for screening, diagnosing, monitoring and measuring the severity of depression) and GAD7 (a questionnaire used for screening and measuring the severity of generalized anxiety disorder). The outcomes have been outstanding with on average 62.4% of clients reaching reliable recovery within 6-8 sessions. This compares well to the national average of 40% reliable recovery attained through talking therapy alone.

The Human Toolbox Programme introduces psycho-education into the therapy room gently and sympathetically by providing clear, simple explanations in a warm, visual and engaging format. Clients feel relieved and lighter from the first session and claim they sleep better and feel calmer. The programme awakens curiosity, raises awareness and encourages self-care. Delivered alongside normal talking therapy in a 1:1 or family work setting this powerful programme works well with young people (11yrs and over) and adults.

Course Entitlement

A CPD certificate verifying 24 hours of work will be provided at the end of the course, along with a Human Toolbox Practitioners Certificate for those who successfully complete the course. Delegates will receive a full colour Practitioner Handbook, electronic notes, slide shows, photocopyable worksheets and supporting exercises for use with clients in a one to one or family setting.

Previous delegates say...

"Brilliant course, well presented and enjoyable. Lots of good stuff learnt. Would recommend it to anyone. Thank you."

"Discussion opportunities were great and well facilitated. I have lots of thoughts about how to integrate this into my health practice. The Human Toolbox is a wonderful idea and much needed. The concept and the stepped programme is just brilliant. I would like regular development days and as many resources as you can create."

"I cannot think of any improvements other than I could have done with more time. I have really enjoyed the training and know I will find it extremely useful in my work with adults and children."


What does the course cover?

Weekend 1                9.30am-4.30pm

Day 1

Introduction to The Human Toolbox Programme:

  • How and why the programme was developed
  • The scientific and theoretical framework which underpins the Human Toolbox Programme
  • How and where Human Toolbox Programme is currently being used including case studies
  • Understanding neural development – Macleans Triune Brain theory
  • Understanding developmental delay and interruption
  • The developmental stages and building blocks – Illsley Clarke and Dawson
  • The effect of nurture and nature
  • Understanding parenting styles – Baumrind and Martin
  • Identifying development delay in children and adults
  • Overcoming developmental delay and interruption

What Humans Do…

This powerful, visual 'story' underpins The Human Toolbox Programme and provides immediate relief and recognition enabling clients to engage from the very first session.  ‘What humans do…’ explains why humans:

  • have feelings, sensations and emotions
  • become overwhelmed with difficult feelings
  • explode with rage and hurt others
  • implode with anxiety or depression and hurt themselves
  • turn to harmful distraction or dependency
  • find it difficult to sleep peacefully
  • feel exhausted and demotivated
  • suffer with stress related illness
  • use defensive behaviours to protect themselves
  • often feel lonely, disconnected and worthless

‘What humans do…’ will be provided as a beautifully illustrated slideshow for use with clients – but you will also learn how to manually draw, build and customise the model to fit the individual needs of your client. The process of literally drawing their life story is compelling and at the end of the session they take the picture away with them to reflect on. (Don’t worry – you don’t need to be an artist to do this. Just simple line drawings and gentle humour are all thats needed!)

Day 2

How the World is...

The second  Human Toolbox paradigm is called ‘How the World is…’  This powerful illustration explains the impact of change and loss, and how it can lead to anxiety and depression. The story explains:

  • nothing is static - we live in a constantly changing world
  • change can create strong emotions like loss, sadness and fear
  • ignoring or distracting from strong feeling can lead to anxiety and depression
  • the purpose of grief and the grief cycle
  • letting go is painful and takes time
  • moving on is not linear.... we do it in stages
  • the Human Tools to make change easier to bear
  • depression is a place of respite and learning
  • all things must pass

‘How the world is…’ is supplied as an illustrated slide show, but time will be given on the course for you to learn how to draw, build and personalise the story for your client to take away from the session.

The Control Tool

The Human Brain controls everything we do, say, think and feel. From the moment we're born to the moment we die the brain is tasked with ensuring our survival.

Understanding how the brain works removes the ‘mystery’ surrounding behaviour, and provides a platform for positive change.

This module focuses on:

  • How the brain forms in utero, and the effect of nature vs nurture
  • Explains the ‘Triune Brain’ model and the battle between thoughts and feelings
  • Explores the effect of parenting styles on the developing brain
  • Explains the powerful Amygdala and its role in survival
  • Explains mirror neurons and their role in emotional contagion
  • Explores developmental ‘stages’ and the effect of change or trauma
  • Explores working with clients who are emotionally developmentally ‘delayed’
  • Provides useful strategies for helping clients find emotional/rational ‘balance’

Summary - Questions and Answers

Weekend 2                9.30am-4.30pm

Day 3

Discussion and sharing of experience since the first weekend

The Input Tools

The brain needs a constant flow of good information for it to work efficiently. Information about the ‘outside world’ is provided through the five senses, and information about the ‘inside world’ is provided by the highly intelligent gut and heart.  When we don’t pay attention to this vital ‘input’ our safety is compromised along with our emotional and physical wellbeing.

This module focuses on:

  • The five major senses and their role in our survival
  • The intelligent gut and heart and the vital information they provide
  • The stress response and the powerful physical effect of adrenaline and cortisol
  • The power of meditation and mindfulness
  • Useful mindfulness strategies and exercises
  • The vital role of the Vagus nerve and the 'data highway''
  • Stimulating the Vagus and developing good vagal tone

The Back-up Tool

Understanding the vital role human emotion plays in our survival is essential for good health and wellbeing. Human emotion comes to make us take notice, and where possible to take action, to keep ourselves safe and well. When we fail to understand this or we try to ignore difficult or important feelings they ‘back-up’ making us angry and explosive, or anxious and withdrawn.

This module focuses on:

  • The purpose and power of emotion
  • The 'four parts' of emotion
  • Defensive and protective behaviour
  • The impact of early years on  emotional intelligence
  • Strategies and techniques for processing and managing difficult feelings
  • The ‘feelings continuum'

Day 4

The Release Tools

Humans have in-built tools for relieving stress, anxiety and depression, and for promoting energy flow, good health and happiness.  Before we can tap into these powerful tools we first need to understand the stress cycle and the biochemistry which drives it.

This module focuses on:

  • The amygdala and stress chemistry
  • The four ‘happy hormones’
  • The six powerful Release Tools
  • Rebalance and self-regulate
  • The 'antidote' to stress
  • The 'tipping point'


The Fuel Tools

Humans need a constant supply of ‘fuel’ to stay fit, healthy and vibrant.  We know when we need 'topping-up' because we become tired, irritable, unfocussed, demotivated and discontent. Learning how to 'refuel' efficiently is a primary life skill.

This module focuses on:

The six major Human Fuels:

  • Oxygen is vital and learning how to breath well is the key to relaxation
  • Light - access to nature and daylight are vital for health and wellbeing
  • Sleep – quality as well as quantity. Understanding the sleep cycles and circadian rhythm
  • Nutrition - understanding food, mood and emotional eating.
  • Hydration and wellbeing
  • Purpose - as essential as food and water. The module explores how we find a sense of purpose - and how we recover it when it's been lost.

The Connect Tools

Humans are social animals and our physical and emotional wellbeing is greatly enhanced through warm, safe, loving and enduring relationships. Without ‘good connection’ we feel lonely, isolated and anxious.

This module focuses on:

  • Optimism and the chemistry of positive thinking
  • The power of kindness and compassion and its role in protecting the heart
  • Developing empathy and the capacity to reach out to others
  • Gratitude and its ability to restore emotional balance
  • Love in all its forms, including self love ….and tough love.
  • Useful self awareness strategies and exercises to promote healthy connection


Discussion, Case Studies and Q and A


The 4-day Human Toolbox Certificate Course will provide delegates with a clear understanding of the programme and the skills to use the materials to complement and enhance their current practice.  On completion delegates will be invited to join a support group to provide an ongoing forum for sharing ideas and good practice.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

ASK House has free parking for delegates. The building is a 5-7 minute walk from Bury St. Edmunds railway station and very close to the Bury Central exit from the A14. For those wishing to stay overnight Bury St Edmunds has a range of hotels, guest houses and pubs which offer accommodation and the delightful historic town offers many restaurants, the beautiful Abbey Gardens (free entry) and the ancient Abbey ruins.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact the organisers at MTCIC on 01284 750096 - Sue Jay, or Lindy Wheeler on info@humantoolbox.com or on 07980 272386


Tea, coffee and juice will be provided. Please bring your own packed lunch. There is a Tesco store within walking distance of ASK House.

Disabled Access

Acorn House has wheelchair access via the back of the building and disabled toilets. The course will be held on the ground floor.






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