Workshops

What is a Virtual Workshop?

As you read more about this condition, you will discover that the treatment recommended by clinical psychologists is based on standard techniques of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): to improve self-esteem, to realign your views of reality, and to enable you to start facing your fears in a controlled way using small steps.

We normally use intensive residential weekend workshops taking place within a therapeutic environment in order to achieve this. However, coronavirus has made us look at other ways to help people to access the therapeutic techniques we use.

 

We have now started holding Virtual Workshops remotely via Zoom. Feedback from attendees has been very positive and we are now asking interested individuals to get in contact with us to express an interest. As soon as we have enough participants interested, we will run further Virtual Workshops.

The Virtual Workshops are a condensed version of our regular Beginners Workshops with all the activity taking place within one full day. Just as in our normal workshops we know that that can sound quite scary, and because of that we limit attendance to a small group so that the workshop leaders can give you all individual support.   

We also know that the thought of facing your fears may sound impossible, so we help you to decide your own starting point to be as safe as you want. There is no set target over the day; you will progress at your own pace and at your own comfort level.

In order to attend the Virtual Workshop you will need to;

  • have a good internet connection
  • install Zoom on your smartphone, tablet or laptop (desktop will not work as you need to move it around)
  • have a level of privacy and access to your own private toilet to do virtual de-sensing at home
  • be available for the full day (about 9:00 am to 6:00 pm)

It is important to note that the UKPT does not provide professional treatment; instead, it uses a self-help ethos, where the volunteer leaders are not medically or psychologically qualified, but are recovering from the condition themselves having “graduated” from our workshops. They are passing on what they learnt in a layman’s capacity. Feedback so far is that this approach is helpful to participants. However, it is not the aim of the UKPT to be a replacement for professional therapy; instead, it is providing support, especially where professional resources are not available. 

Note that generally no-one is cured in a workshop, virtual or real – some people need 2 or 3 workshops to make major progress and some require even more, but the majority find the first workshop enables them to make a significant start to gaining control over the condition, helping them to see a way forward and make an action plan. A good way is to see it like training for a marathon: it takes time and perseverance, but it can be done so long as you don't rush it and expect miracles.

Confidentiality is key; you will discuss your progress during the Virtual Workshop only with the workshop leaders in private, not with other participants.

The Virtual Workshop fee is £60. If money is a problem, don't let it be. You can make a contribution instead of paying the full fee. The policy of UKPT is that lack of money should not prevent anyone participating, and there is a small bursary fund available for those who might otherwise struggle to attend.

Feedback from Virtual Workshop attendees has been overwhelmingly positive:

“Very pleased with my progress on the workshop day, better than expected, practising in my home made a big difference”

On the leaders “I could not see how they could be any better. A few words come into mind. Empathy, Caring, Humility and Passionate people.”

“I am amazed by how much progress I made in just 1 day and I can now really see that I may be able to overcome this problem. All the workshop leaders were lovely and I felt very comfortable talking to them. I am excited to get out there and practice different toilet situations. Thank you so much for the help and I would really recommend these workshops, don't suffer in silence”

“The actual desensitisation was carried out within each person’s comfort zone with no pressure and the co-ordinators couldn’t have been more sensitive and supportive.”

For more feedback about the work of UKPT over the years since it was established please visit our most recent evaluation report. You can also read more under Paruresis Stories. Between 2003 and 2020 we ran over 100 workshops, which demonstrates the considerable expertise we have developed in running workshops

Upcoming Workshop Information

We are holding Virtual Workshops as soon as we have sufficient numbers of potential participants. Please email us on admin@ukpt.org.uk to register your interest and we’ll be in touch once we know the date of the next Virtual Workshop.

Download our Workshop Feedback Evaluation Report

An Evaluation of Psychological Desensitisation Workshops Provided by the United Kingdom Paruresis Trust

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