trainingWith many years’ experience training people of varied experience and level of knowledge in all aspects of rehabilitation I can offer tailor made training for a variety of health care providers, service users and support groups.

I specialise in building a good rapport with clients, understanding the powerful effect of state of mind on how we move, and the way sensory feedback influences movement.

My training teaches understanding of these key influences on the way we move and function in an engaging, innovative way to create lasting change to our practice and the client’s abilities.

Key outcomes from training

  • understanding the mind/body mechanism for movement, bringing the central nervous system together with the musculoskeletal system for a full knowledge of movement
  • building confidence and making lasting change
  • building rapport and empowering service users
  • effects of neurological disease and key areas of good practise for understanding of individual’s needs and potential
  • promoting positive neuroplasticity to fight the effects of disease or old age
  • introducing some good physiotherapy practises into everyday activities
  • hands on training for therapists of key interventions I use successfully to gain lasting physical change with patients

Training is provided for:

  • physiotherapists, occupational therapists, osteopaths and therapy assistants
  • nurses and carers within care homes
  • family members and support groups

I also offer peer support to other therapists, including one to one treatment guidance.

More details on the training I offer:

All training can be set at a level which can be understood and (more importantly) implemented by a variety of health care workers, at differing levels of expertise and training. All are based around human movement and what happens following illness and the ageing process, as well as the effects of different mental states (such as fear of falling, low confidence, depression), plus how we can elicit lasting positive change and empowerment of individuals in their recovery.

I base the course around your own staff needs, and with your own care users at the centre, making it relevant and useful to your particular team. Training length can be 90 minutes, to 3 hours. The list of potential titles of training are not exclusive and can be tailored as appropriate to you:

Maintenance and progression of physical abilities: covering falls prevention, helping others to feel confident in movement (reduction of fear) and setting an atmosphere where people can safely and gently broaden their boundaries and increase their quality of life.

Effect of state of mind on movement:  covering effects of fear, effects of lowered confidence, how to build more useful states of mind and how to empower individuals to regain control of how they move.

Building good, healthy rapport with service users to build trust and better understanding of THEIR needs and THEIR goals: covering basic Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques, effect our language has on others, and how to use ‘clean’ language and questioning which does not impose our beliefs or will over others. These techniques are very useful in building positive and effective relationships between care givers and clients, quickly building confidences and understanding, reduces conflict and aids appropriate joint goal setting and achievement, both in every day life or in the treatment of specific disabilities.

Understanding human movement: how we move when we are moving at our best and most efficiently, what happens when we learn new skills, what happens after illness, and how best to get back to as good as possible. Understanding how we learn and what how to change negative neuro plasticity (bad habits/learned compensations) into positive. How we can maintain (and expand) our abilities as we age.

Understanding the effects of the sensory pathways and state of mind on how we move, and how we can focus clients’ attention to make lasting positive change to ability: An introductory session for therapists to encourage thinking about their patient’s system as a whole. Covering balance, sensation, visual, vestibular apparatus (inner ear), fear and role of attention in making change.

Stimulating lasting global movement changes in your patients by using techniques which communicate with their central nervous system: A partly practical training session for physiotherapists and occupational therapists covering some of the treatment interventions I use to promote good movement patterns and create positive neuroplastic changes in people with a wide range of conditions (not just those with neurological deficit). Including: maximising useful sensory feedback, dampening of unwanted sensory feedback, focussing the client’s attention to gain most effective muscle control, setting of ongoing attention and movement programmes with the client to use between treatments.

Feedback the CPD company Autumn osteopath conference:

“Alyson and xxx were particularly good”. “Alyson very good!” “Alyson was Good.”“Very good and thought provoking/stimulating lectures.” “Interesting talks. Alyson’s session were very engaging and I felt I gained a lot.” “Good speaker, interesting different perspective.”

Feedback from my last training session given at a care home:

“I have not had any training into the effects of fear associated with falling before. This was invaluable. Thank you.” “This has helped me to understand how people are feeling when I ask them to get up and walk around”