We don’t just teach people knowledge or train them in skills; we develop people. Development occurs in people when there is a shift in how they perceive, experience and understand their world. In essence, we enable people to change their psychology.
Underpinning all our work are three models which are founded in scientific research, built through imagination and applied with humanity. These models are ‘Whole Person Development’, ‘ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Training)’ and ‘Seven Stages of Adult Development’.
Whole Person Development
Development occurs when people change how they think, feel and act. These changes will only be sustained in the long term once people have become consciously aware of their development through their thoughts, emotions and behaviours. We call this the Whole Person Approach to development. Our programmes, workshops and one to one sessions ensure that individuals develop as a whole person, they increase their capacity to self-regulate how they think, feel and act, therefore ensuring that their response is appropriate for the varying situations they face.
ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Training)
The evolution of our psychology has not kept pace with the evolution of our society. To defend ourselves from perceived threats we become psychologically inflexible. The protection we gain from psychological inflexibility results in us not living a full life. Research carried out by Paul Flaxman (City University, London) and Frank Bond (University of London) has found that ACT can make a significant contribution to employees’ psychological health, resilience, and effectiveness.
ACT develops the psychological skills people need to access their psychological flexibility when they need it most. Psychological flexibility enables people to build their resilience, maintain their well-being and take actions towards their goals in a way that gives their life purpose and meaning. These skills can be groups into six core processes.
Seven Stages of Adult Development
Research from adult developmental psychology, cognition, personality, values and motivation has found that adult development tends to occur in stages. People develop through stages as a result of facing and overcoming challenges where their current way of thinking, feeling and acting doesn’t provide a solution. However, they must first be prepared and then supported as they face the challenge. As a person progresses through the stages they gain greater psychological flexibility allowing them to cope with greater levels of complexity in their work.
When a person’s psychological flexibility matches the complexity in their environment they will be able to deliver their best work. When they face greater complexity than they can handle, without being prepared or supported, they will experience psychological distress and a decrease in their performance. We apply the Seven Stages Model to ensure people learn the knowledge, gain the skills, develop the capabilities and face developmental challenges which are appropriate for the next stage in their development.