Human Toolbox™ Practitioner Training

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Troston Village Hall

The Street


IP31 1EW

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The Human Toolbox™ Practitioners Course provides the foundation for using The Human Toolbox™ Programme as a psycho-educational and holistic framework for working with young people and adults. This visual and systemic model raises awareness, lowers anxiety, builds confidence and provides a platform for positive change and improved wellbeing.

The course is designed for counsellors, teachers, teaching assistants, health professionals, youth workers and anyone who works with those suffering from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, dependency, weight issues, sleeplessness, inability to form or sustain relationships, lack of direction, low motivation or poor physical health. The Human Toolbox™ Programme is effective in promoting positive change in adults, young people and children.

Course Entitlement

A CPD certificate verifying 21 hours of work will be provided at the end of the course, along with a Human Toolbox™ Practitioners Certificate for those who successfully complete the course. Delegates will receive the Practitioner Handbook which includes hard copies of all the slides together with photocopyable worksheets and supporting exercises for personal use and for use with clients in a one to one and small group setting.

On satisfactory completion of the course delegates will be invited to license the programme for an annual fee of £120 (this can be paid monthly). Licensed practitioners will have access to the Practitioners area of the Human Toolbox website where they will be able to download the slideshows, resources and worksheets. Licensed Practitioners will also have access to the Practitioners Forum where they can chat with other practitioners and have access to ongoing support, advice and guidance.

Previous delegates say...

"As the head of PHSE in my school the Human Toolbox Programme ticks all the boxes for a whole school approach to both student and staff wellbeing. It also provides a platform for helping parents to understand how best to support themselves and their children. We love it as a school - it makes such good sense!"

"I use the materials daily in my 1:1 client work and in small nuture groups, I work with KS3 and KS4 children and the impact is powerful and immediate. The course is informative and engaging and Lindy delivers it in a way that is easy to understand and entertaining. Our group of 11 shared a great deal, and laughed a lot."

"Discussion opportunities were great and well facilitated. I have lots of thoughts about how to integrate this into my health practice. The Human Toolbox is a wonderful idea and much needed. The concept and the stepped programme is just brilliant. I would like regular development days and as many resources as you can create."

"I attended because I was interested in self development. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression for most of my adult life I was interested in learning more about the programme. I have shared the content with my entire family including my children, and anyone else who will listen. It has brought relief and understanding and has improved my wellbeing beyond belief. I wish all humans knew this stuff -the world would be a happier place"

What does the course cover?

Day 1

Introduction to developmental delay and interruption?

  • What is developmental delay and why does it occur?
  • McLean's Triune Brain model
  • The developmental stages and the building blocks - Ilsley-Clarke and Dawson
  • Nature and nurture - the affect of parenting style on neural development
  • Identifying developmental delay
  • The impact of trauma on the developing brain
  • Overcoming developmental delay and interruption
  • Growing ourselves up!
  • Discussion and case studies

Day 2

Introduction to The Human Toolbox™ Programme:

What Humans Do…

This powerful, visual 'story' underpins The Human Toolbox Programme and provides immediate relief and recognition enabling clients to engage from the very first session. What humans do... explains why humans:

  • have feelings, sensations and emotions
  • become overwhelmed with difficult feelings
  • explode with rage and hurt others
  • implode with anxiety or depression and hurt themselves
  • turn to harmful distraction or dependency
  • find it difficult to sleep peacefully
  • feel exhausted and demotivated
  • suffer with physical stress related illness
  • use defensive behaviours to protect themselves
  • often feel lonely, disconnected and worthless

The Control Tool

The Human Brain controls everything we do, say, think and feel. From the moment we're born to the moment we die the brain is tasked with ensuring our survival, both as an individual and as a species.

Understanding how the brain works removes the ‘mystery’ surrounding behaviour, and provides a platform for positive change.

This module:

  • Explains MacLeans ‘Triune Brain’ model
  • Explores the effect of parenting styles on the developing brain
  • Explains the powerful Amygdala and its role in survival
  • Explains mirror neurons and their role in emotional contagion
  • Explores developmental ‘stages’ and the effect of change or trauma
  • Explores working with clients who are emotionally developmentally ‘delayed’
  • Provides useful strategies for helping clients find emotional/rational ‘balance’

The Input Tools

The brain needs a constant flow of good information for it to work efficiently. Information about the ‘outside world’ is provided through the five senses, and information about the ‘inside world’ is provided by the highly intelligent gut and heart. When we don’t pay attention to this vital ‘input’ our safety is compromised along with our emotional and physical wellbeing.

This module focuses on:

  • The five major senses and their role in our survival
  • The intelligent gut and heart and the vital information they provide
  • The stress response and the powerful physical effect of adrenaline and cortisol
  • The power of meditation and mindfulness
  • Useful mindfulness strategies and exercises
  • Explains the vital role of the Vagus nerve and the 'data highway''
  • Stimulating the Vagus and developing good vagal tone

The Back-up Tool

Understanding the vital role human emotion plays in our survival is essential for good health and wellbeing. Human emotion comes to make us take notice, and where possible to take action, to keep ourselves safe and well. When we fail to understand this or we try to ignore difficult or important feelings they ‘back-up’ making us angry and explosive, or anxious and withdrawn.

This module focuses on:

  • The purpose and power of emotion
  • The four component parts of emotion
  • Recognising ‘old’ recycled emotion
  • Recognising defensive and protective behaviour
  • The impact of early years on our EI (Emotional Intelligence)
  • Strategies and techniques for processing and managing difficult feelings
  • The ‘feelings continuum’
  • The amygdala and the 'chemistry' of stress

Day 3

The Release Tools

Humans have in-built tools for relieving stress, anxiety and depression, and for promoting energy flow, good health and happiness. Before we can tap into these powerful tools we first need to understand the stress cycle and the biochemistry which drives it.

This module focuses on:

  • The four ‘happy hormones’ The six powerful Release Tools and how they ‘rebalance’ and regulate our chemical, emotional and physical state
    • Oxytocin
    • Seratonin
    • Dopamine
    • Endorphin
  • Explores the 6 Release Tools and explains how they are the 'antidote' to stress
  • Provides strategies, worksheets and exercises for incorporating the Release Tools to promote improved sleep quality, energy levels, happiness and wellbeing.

The Fuel Tools

Humans need a constant supply of ‘fuel’ to stay fit, healthy and vibrant. We know when we need 'topping-up' because we become tired, irritable, unfocused, demotivated and discontent. Learning how to 'refuel' efficiently is an essential life skill.

This module focuses on:

The six major Human Fuels:

  • Air - the brain and the body are chemically dependent on oxygen, yet we are never taught routinely how to breath properly. Learning how to breath efficiently and restoratively is the focus of this section.
  • Light - humans need regular exposure to sunlight and nature to produce essential Vitamin D.
  • Sleep – understanding how to achieve good quality sleep is essential for brain and body health
  • Nutrition - understanding the effect of blood sugar on mood, weight, renewal and growth is an essential first step to making good food choices. The Human Toolbox focuses on intelligent eating rather than dieting or cutting out food groups.
  • Hydration – the brain is approximately 75% water and needs constant re-hydration to maintain focus, direction and retention. The body also needs good hydration for growth, cleansing and lubrication.
  • Purpose - without it we become detached, lethargic and life feels pointless and unrewarding. This human fuel is as essential as food and water. The module explores how we find a sense of purpose - and how we recover it when it's been lost.

The Connect Tools

Humans are social animals and our physical and emotional wellbeing is greatly enhanced through warm, safe, loving and enduring relationships. Without ‘good connection’ we feel lonely, isolated and anxious.

This module focuses on:

  • Optimism and the chemistry of positive thinking
  • The power of kindness and compassion and its role in protecting the heart
  • Developing empathy and the capacity to reach out to others
  • Gratitude and its ability to restore emotional balance
  • Love in all its forms, including self love ….and tough love.
  • Useful self awareness strategies and exercises to promote healthy connection


The 3-day Human Toolbox™ Practitioner Course will provide delegates with a clear understanding of the programme and how to use it in a 1:1 and nurture group setting. All those who successfully complete the course will receive hard copy of the worksheets and resources. Those who want to have the Human Toolbox Programme electronic slides, worksheets, workbooks and other resources together with access to the Practitioners Forum will be invited to license the programme upon successful completion of the course.

Note: The Human Toolbox Authorised Practitioner Course does not entitle delegates to train or teach others how to use the programme. Those wishing to use the Human Toolbox™ in a training environment will need to complete the Human Toolbox™ Authorised Facilitator Training Course. On successful completion a Human Toolbox™ Authorised Facilitator's will be qualified to deliver the programme under licence.


About the venue

Troston Village Hall was built in 1871 and functioned as the village school until 1945. It was adopted by the Parish Council as the village hall in 1986 and underwent complete refurbishment in 2003 with the aid of a Lottery grant. This beautiful building is a perfect setting for The Human Toolbox Practitioner Course. There is ample space for individual tables, comfortable seating, separate male/female toilets and separate disabled facilities. The hall has a fully equipped kitchen, a separate walled garden and is surrounded by lovely walks.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Troston Village Hall has plenty of parking and is on a bus route from Bury St Edmunds. For those arriving by train pick-ups from the station can be arranged.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact Lindy Wheeler at info@humantoolbox.com or on 07980 272386

Disabled access

Troston Village Hall has ramped access to the front of the building together with fully wheelchair accessible toilet facilities.


Tea, coffee, biscuits and fruit will be provided throughout the day together with bottled water and fruit juice. A light lunch will be provided on all three days and dietary considerations will be catered for. Refrigeration is available for those who wish to bring a packed lunch.

Dress code

The course includes some posture and body work so comfortable loose, layered clothing is advised.

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