ABOUT




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My Mission, never called WORK, since I left factory life at age 26, 
is to reach out to the hard to reach - full time.
I have a passion to reach out to:: 
Those on the fringe of a group, the loudest teenage gangs, the hard surfaced 
(who ALL have beautiful souls) 
and
facilitating learning experiences for workers on urban frontiers who are working to support young humans who are often seen as disposable by systems and government policies.
• I work experientially - not training people but sharing my own experiences and creating learning experiences in the sessions. My challenge is to encourage all to feel those experiences and to transpose them into their own lives/work.
• I do this using Blob Tree Materials, mini film clips, visuals, stories from my work/life and exercises which engage all in active interactions. I use large group activities and triads so there is always movement - ‘motion changes emotion’ - and feedback - always with fun in the mix to both stretch and relax.
• I always start easy and, depending on the group response, move on to more stretching experiences which raise awareness and develop skill. I  don’t have a set presentation but design a day with several standby options which I divert to depending on how the group respond/engage.
• The work/reflections in the triads is great because everyone is learning from one another.
• I have facilitated many training days with psychotherapists and counsellors. I have conducted a week of workshops for the Adlerian Summer School. A county council  300 ‘Family Workforce Team’ who deal with troubled families + 300 Teachers/Assistants + many smaller and larger events.


Specialising in Experiential Learning, Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Literacy, Managing emotions and managing my own behaviour to be able to assist others to manage their own, often vitally critical, behaviour.
Creating and using Blob Tree Materials to facilitate humans on their self determined life journey.


FEEDBACK FROM A RECENT TRAINING EXPERIENCE 


This Training Day gave it 5 out of 5 !!


Pip Wilson

• Inspirational x 3
• Excellent lots of information!!
• Amazing so much energy, inspirational.  Felt the magic
• Brilliant – really fantastic to hear the story behind the Blobs.  Loved the interaction
• Totally inspiring & FUN!
• Excellent – just a tad too long but very good still
• Inspiring and ‘different’  Really good to hear sound theory presented in such a real way
• Very useful to keep momentum
• Fabulously unexpectedly interactive session.  Alot of techniques to think about in therapeutic work
• Insightful, inspirational and I feel I have taken away messages and tools to support children
• Energising & uplifting
• What amazing energy! Wow!
• Life affirming
• Brilliant and inspiring
• Love the interaction
• Beyond comment!  So engaging & honest & able to get full participation
• Such inspiration and fun
• Absolutely brilliant!
• Inspirational & very useful!







"I never teach my pupils; 

I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn." 

- Albert Einstein


'Dig the well before you are thirsty'I can suggest titles for courses
when we start the process of hiring me.

I like::   "When the Cheese .........."





Train your brain 

Awareness always precedes skill 

Emotional Intelligence first 

Leading all communication development 



"The only kind of learning which significantly influences behaviour is 

self-discovered or self-appropriated learning 

- truth that has been assimilated in experience." 
- Carl Rogers 



Trainer 

LifeCoach 

Facilitator 

Group Worker 
Informal Educator 


I am often asked 'what do you do' ......... and it is not simple to explain experiences of learning.
They are all different - unique because each individual is and the group are.
This is something in a way of introduction.


I am good at conducting starter sessions at conferences and any gathering of humans, large or small. 
I am used to large numbers - and love small groups of course.






I have facilitated sessions for Qualitative researchers, School staff, Prison staff, Youth Workers, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, Clergy, business teams, CEO's, Chairs CEO's and the young people they serve - together.
I can get all sorts of humans into a climate of trust and therefore willing to take risks for their own development.
I find that I can share things from my own work, without knowing much about other professions present, 
and participants can take the principles and transpose them quite easily to their own work and challenges.

I do verbal input all the time, in an Informal Education style, but usually have all present on their feet and moving about::
- motion changes emotion 
- being active 
- having fun 
- opening up beautifully ...... 
and usually they find this refreshing and energising. 

Also I use Blob Tree Materials
and other methods which engage humans and draw them into each other and out ....
Once I am there with you and objectives agreed -  
I will facilitate as many sessions and inputs - dialogues as requested ...... 

I like to work hard and relax hard!

I would need to see your objectives. 
I will need to become aware of context and issues around and within the group I will work with.

They are some opening thoughts as I listen to Sigur Ros - an Icelandic group ...... so beautiful ......

Please use the CONTACT on my website. 
A few minutes chat may help.

Pip Wilson.

"You cannot teach a humans anything. 
You can only help them discover it within themselves." 
- Galileo Galilei

SOME COMMENTS FROM PARTICIPANTS
Pip is one of the most energetic and engaging trainers I have ever seen. 

Great day and great people - very well organised. 
Should bring Pip back for another CPD session.


To be honest, everything that Pip had to offer was valuable. 
There was sound holding of the group and the depth to which we had gone was fully acknowledged.

Just watching Pip, his simple effectiveness.

The Blob Tree people exercises for 'school' and 'home' experiences were incredibly moving and powerful - accessing some profound vulnerabilities and the breadth of individual experience (feelings, memories and background).



Here is some feedback
from a school teacher to me
about one of her students
following one of my sessions::

'She left rather like an angry lion 
- and whilst it would be untrue to describe her later return as a 'lamb' 
- she entered the room in a wholly appropriate manner 
- mild but confident. 
And joined in immediately with our activity.
I spoke with her quietly before she left. 
She told me she had thoroughly enjoyed your sessions 
and fully and positively acknowledged her change in thinking/approach.
Something had impacted significantly upon her.
She explained that the session had allowed her 
to examine and express her feelings - 
she has said before that is what she needs to be able to do - and we have previously talked about appropriate ways to do that. 
However she has admitted she often struggles to do that.'

This young woman had been through a facilitated group process with her peers and me.
Simple non-threatening exercises with Blob Tree materials, mini film clips & interaction.


The Pip Wilson I know 
is an Author but doesn't write -
Just reflects on life.
But mainly and mostly - I want you to know that  ..
..you are beautiful.

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Sessions I facilitate are active - involving - engaging - 
no lectures 
( I never take 'SPEAKING' engagements - 
they are always interactive)



"The only kind of learning which significantly influences behaviour is self-discovered or self-appropriated learning - truth that has been assimilated in experience." 
- Carl Rogers 

"Retention is best when the learner is involved."   -  Scannell










CANADA




I am asked lots of questions about what I do and methodology.
Here I have outlined a few of what I can offer.




Ideas of some, only a few, of what I can do to meet training needs, getting teams working together, buzzing with ideas and moving on dynamically.
I have used these methods with Staff from the Corporate sector, with a £4b turnover, YMCA Teams and Boards, Young Humans, Prison Staff, Residents in Homeless Hostels - and more.
All sessions are conducted in a relaxed and active way.
'Motion changes emotion'
is a key - the aim is to keep everyone participating, stretched in a gentle sense and engaged::


1   Reality Mapping.
An exercise which involves all in an easy and relaxed way.
Inclusive and interactive.
Good for starting off a conference/session.
Helps to define the reality of the work situation
"The task of a leader is to help to define reality". Max Du Pree
Reality is a good place to start.
Getting the team to relax and open up is also a great place to start.

2   Needs Analysis Mapping.

Active, interactive activity that starts the process of identifying needs of staff and the target group the work with.
Opens up needs in the team.
Other staff and wider organisation.
It is based on the model created my Abraham Maslow and is great to help in approaching any issue 'Starting from the point of human needs'.

3   Transactional Analysis.
Training input and discussion relating to understanding communication between humans.
Awareness and skill in dealing with feelings and being able to have options in responding and managing a relationship.
This gives tools to add to the 'Life Toolbox'.
This is about raising awareness but also developing real skills.
Relevant to the workplace and the whole of life.
(Only this week - people working prison, and homeless hostels,
have told me that this tool has given them a sense of peace)
and an ability to manage relationships with competence.
The session includes watching clips from East Enders and Big Brother - all to aid the develop awareness of a deeper need to communicate with freshness. It is especially good as a toll for the 'Life-toolbox' when dealing with humans with special needs, difficult behaviour and your Line Manager!


4   Key Areas and Key Targets.
This is a work session to activate the team as individuals and feeding back to the team.
Each works as an individual and presents back to the group.
First it is a methodology of dividing the persons job into Key Areas.
Then a process of setting strategic objectives for each key area of that individuals job.
Good for stimulating all to think deeper about their job and focusing on priorities.
Presenting to the group creates a climate of 'stretch' and mutual support and understanding.
Can be a great method which can be followed up in Line Management.
S.M.A.R.T. Targets are often used in our sort of work (Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Targets)  = Smarties!
I have a method which is about 'M & M's' (not Smarties!) - a fun way of setting targets - and has lots of motivating factors.
It has some direct links with item above, but both can stand alone.


5   Priority Mapping
An exercise of using small groups to think deeply about issues in the workplace.
That work is then mapped out on a wall-chart in a very quick and visual way.
All participating and involved with inclusion and equality in expression.
Outcome is a clear list of priorities issues - identified by the team.
Lots of individual and team satisfaction. Helps to define priority issues to work on.


6   Facilitating Debate, Dialogue and discussion.
I can facilitate discussion using buzz groups and plenary
to enable the team leader, and line managers, to be part of the discussion,
and give input, rather than them leading  the process themselves.

7   Training in Conflict Management/People Skills.
Session one:: 'Love  A', is a workshop to Train Staff in working with humans - equipping them in self awareness and skills.
Session two::  'Love B', is about Preventative strategies and, if we have to, how to better Managing Conflict, Aggression and Violent Incidents with increased competence.
Reaching the Hard to Reach.
Participation or Paternalism. Developmental work through real Involvement and Participation.

8   'Level Five' Communication.
This is a session to introduce the communication model of L5.
It is simple and yet can be liberating in terms of understanding relationships and improving communication. It is relevant to the workplace and personal relationships. It is an experiential session which takes humans outside their comfort zones, in a gentle safe way. It gives satisfaction because humans have a new way of understanding and managing complex relationship in ever context.

9   Team Building.


We have - Team Building and Team Working.

video

The former needs the latter to be effective in any team. 
The latter needs the former to enable the Team to jump the current groove before it turns into a rut. 
My facilitation will work the team to consider the reality of the team and team work. 
Then to move on to consider options for you, the Team Leader, and the Team - to consider change.
The session will work the team creatively hard to achieve a satisfying outcome because the experience of the team will be stretched to it's imaginative boundaries.


10  Gangs.
video
Understanding Gangs and working with them. This session will raise awareness, which always proceeds skills, which will demystify the culture and behaviour delivered by anti-social groups/gangs. It will raise confidence, awareness and skills.






11   Group Dynamics.
How groups work and how we can use the natural processes of all groups, to aid the development of individuals, groups, teams and into a wider community. The outcomes will include an increased level of awareness and skills which will feed the confidence to enable Developmental Group Work to be used as part of a programme.

12   Involvement and Participation of Young Humans.
I specialise in working with young humans with special needs. These will include resident members of hostels, youth groups, young workers and volunteers of all ages. I also with Boards of Management and Professional Staff, often together with young humans to assist in the development of confidence, awareness, skills and creating fertile ground fit for future planting.

13   Large Event Facilitation.
A large event often needs outside assistance to take the pressure from workers who are stretched in the day to day operations.
I am able to facilitate the preparation of Young Humans in such occasions to enable them to make impressive contributions. The preparation, and the event, can be a major motivational factor which includes building up emerging leadership from the grass roots.
Involving large numbers of humans is what I am able to do to meet your own objectives - which would include a memorable community experience for all.

14   Emotional Literacy.
How do we encourage a freedom to talk, do the verbal thing, rather than explode with emotions?
What separates us, humans from the animals, is a possibility to chose how to behave and not be controlled by spurts of emotion.
We have prefrontal cortex, which is the thinking part of our brain that was added as an extra to humans.
The cortex allows us to think, believe, hope, create and dream....to feel these precious feelings and also transpose them into positive, creative words, music, getting to grips with our life, ability to work with homeless humans, do poetry and enjoy play - and more.
Developing the skills of emotional literacy brings our emotions into balance. Then through a simple but challenging process of feeling them and translating them into words so that they can be reflected upon inwardly and outwardly. This is what allows us to become emotionally balanced humans. We are then able to use emotions consciously to fuel passion, communication and understanding.
This is such a massive issue amongst young humans with behavioural problems - and staff who work with them.

15   The iPod Show.
I have facilitated these in Bars, Festivals, YMCA's at home and abroad.
I is about everyone who wishes playing three of their chosen music tracks in an interview with me.
It is about the person, their lives and meaningful music.
It is powerful for participants and audience alike.

16   Your Objectives.
I am always start with your objectives, always-always, and then design sessions to meet them, and the needs of all humans involved.

These are just a few ideas to stimulate.
Please feel free to contact me