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Fusion: A model, a system and a toolbox

I'm pleased to say I'm having enquiries every day now from practitioners about training with Fusion.


Some are coaches who want to deepen their therapeutic skills, or counsellors who want to integrate coaching into their working practise.


Some are hypnotherapists who are using powerful techniques and want to access a theoretical model to safely underpin their work. Sometimes it's teachers who want a better way to work alongside troubles young people, or doctors who want to expand their understanding of mental health in a way which empowers their patients to take responsibility for their own emotional wellbeing.


More recently, many are professionals who want to become trainers. The courses are filling steadily and the £100 early booking discount for the Diploma in September will end on 1st March.


What's the USP?


Some of those who have contacted me have asked for a clear idea of what Fusion represents and what makes it unique.


In short, Fusion is a helpful and hopeful lens through which to view mental health and resilience. It is a mindfulness-based system that promotes emotional intelligence and a toolbox of mind management skills which are both easy to learn and easy to teach.


For practitioners, it is a practical, holistic, solution-focused, working model which integrates core counselling skills and advanced coaching tools, with fast track training and a helpful session by session post completion manual.


Fusion: The Model


As we learn and grow as children, we begin to develop beliefs about the world, based on our background, culture and life experiences.


From this, we construct our personal philosophy or ‘model of reality’. It becomes the belief system from which we draw up an ‘internal map’ we then use to navigate the world in which we find ourselves. It also becomes the lens through which we ‘see’ people and events.


To be helpful, our model of reality needs to be positive, empowering and hopeful.


The Fusion model is based on the idea that human beings have physical and emotional needs; that our emotions, instincts and behaviours have evolved to push us towards getting those needs met; and that with mindful awareness, we will make good choices, so that we can flourish and become our 'best selves'.


Fusion: The System


In addition to our personal model of reality, we develop systems.


They become the habits of behaviour we repeat every day which, once learned, become 'automatic'. Things like brushing our teeth or driving to work. Once established, we do not think about them or challenge them and they become our habitual way of 'being'.


But often these habitual patterns are not serving us well. They are negative or based on an outdated or unhelpful model of reality. It's like we are running the wrong software and wondering why our lives are not working well.


The mindfulness-based STOP System™ helps us make good choices and helps us respond to life’s triggers with emotional intelligence rather than react mindlessly. In this way, we are more likely to get our needs met, experience greater wellbeing and live our best lives.


Fusion: The Toolbox


Neuroscience is providing an ever-increasing understanding about our amazing human brain.


With that knowledge, comes practical skills and tools we can all use to help regulate our emotions; to better manage our minds, our lives and our relationships.


Fusion promotes the kind of self help, mind management tips, tools and techniques that anyone can learn.


For practitioners, it provides a range of innovative and effective coaching and psychotherapeutic interventions, to accelerate client progress and improve clinical outcomes.


Fusion: The Manual


The 5 session practitioners’ manual, integrates key counselling skills with advanced coaching tools, based on the Fusion model, the system and the toolbox.


The manual has been test-bedded for over 5 years with great success in the therapeutic coaching charity I founded, with others, in 2009. It is made available to all who successfully complete the NCFE accredited Fusion Therapeutic Coaching Diploma.


Making the model fit the client


Fusion is all about making the work ‘bespoke’ for our clients. We need to make our model fit the client, not the client fit the model. The more tools we have as practitioners, the better the chance of offering something which is ‘a good fit’ for them wherever they are on 'the continuum of wellbeing'.


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