Brain Health Breakthrough puts people who are ‘Experts with Lived Experience’ at the heart of service design. We are leaders in peer-led support and have navigated through the pandemic, being up and running with all our services online, providing support for several groups since April 2020, and trail-blazing a long-COVID peer support group in July 2020.
In response to many enquiries from other organisations about our expert by experience with running long covid peer support groups we put together training that we delivered to Blackburn with Darwen Council, who are now running a long-COVID peer support group and recently featured on Look North West News.
We have put together this delivery as a simple framework to pass on my experience, using a peer support model, to others. I have developed this to support individuals using my combined knowledge as someone who has experienced long-COVID, plus 30 years’ experience training in various therapies and coaching, adult education, and health and social care.
This training will be delivered using teaching methods of experiential learning, modelling to others, and learning from each other, using question and answer sessions and bespoke presentations.
I have broken this down into three sessions that can be run over three weeks or fast-tracked into one week. The sessions will be delivered for 1 hour and 15 minutes each within Microsoft Teams. You may find you need further training, which can be delivered if required.
Week 1: Introduction to long-COVID.
Week 2: Effectively running a peer support group.
Karen Haworth is qualified in adult education and has combined her experience from three comprehensive therapy trainings, to create a unique effective style and Brain Health Breakthrough's coaching services. This method is a way to easily and effortlessly guide clients through trauma and current issues. Combining neuroscience, practical strategies and other methodologies, Karen delivers extraordinary, permanent change from physical, emotional, and psychological pain by reframing your core beliefs, values, habits, and emotions that are deep in the subconscious.
Debra Parry is an NCP Accredited Performance Coach with NLP Level 5 Diploma, who trained with Derby based company Simply Changing Ltd. She is a Member of the National Council of Psychotherapists (MNCP). Debra is also the Founder of online-based Womb Cancer Info (WCI), and is a Co-Founder of Leeds-based Action on Womb Cancer (AWC) which she runs in collaboration with Dr Nic Orsi, Dr Michele Cummings & Mr Richard Hutson (Leeds University & St.James University Hospital, Leeds). Debra is a womb / uterine / endometrial cancer survivor and thriver since diagnosis in 2010.
Debra recently retired from education supporting students with Special Educational Needs in schools. Debra also spent over 16 years with the Employment Service helping older clients to get back into employment.
Jane is a long-COVID survivor and co-facilitator for the Brain Health Breakthrough long-COVID support groups and professional training. She is also an events producer, performance poet, and freelance writer on science, nature & culture. She has past experience in complementary therapies, care work and tuition.
Blackburn with Darwen Carers Service:
We ran specialised wellbeing and
self-care programmes, for 31 unpaid carers. Feedback from staff included:
“The programme was appropriate
to the very diverse needs of our
groups including older people,
Asian carers and single parents.
Their approach has been authentic
and really makes people feel at
I’d rather work with someone who
has real experience like Karen – she
has real understanding, empathy
We are a
Hyndburn COVID-19 Community
Champion. This is a Hyndburn
Borough Council initiative, to deliver a
range of initiatives to
enhance communications and
develop networks which will
support those disproportionally
affected by Covid.
Feedback included: “It is wonderful
to see this 12 week program
supporting those with long-COVID
helping those most in need in
Hyndburn. We are really happy to
support this work and collaborate
with BHB as their knowledge and
expert services are exactly what
our communities need at this
Blackburn with Darwen Council:
We ran a long-COVID peer-support group ‘Train the Trainer’ course. Feedback from management included:
"I think it might be useful for us to provide feedback on how the sessions go in BWD, which would provide you with examples of how Train the Trainer supports organisations to set up their own"
Feedback from participants:
"The course has really helped raise my awareness of the impact of long covid on individuals and also the challenges they face, the help that is needed & how to effectively provide support."
"The impact of long-COVID from people who have lived experience, this has enriched the course."
"Really enjoyed the sessions."
Karen Haworth: Head of Programme Development BA ( Hons) degree and Cert Ed to teach and deliver programmes to adults. In addition to qualifications in:
Rapid Transformational Therapist
Peak State Therapy Practitioner
Diploma in Rebirthing.
Debra Parry: Director of Coaching and Mentoring Level 5 Diploma in NCP Accredited Performance Coach with NLP. A Member of the National Council of Psychotherapists (MNCP).
Debra and Karen have an up to date enhanced DBS.
. Hannah Beko: Coach and Trainer
Certified leadership coach and trainer. She is also a qualified property lawyer.
Jane Colbourne: Online Co-Facilitator
BSC (Hons) degree in Herbal medicine and formerly worked as a consultant medical herbalist
Brain Health Breakthrough CIC is insured by Markel Direct for public liability, employers liability and professional indemnity.
Brain Health Breakthrough has specialist insurance for delivering coaching and therapy. (See google drive below for Insurance and Certificates)
Please note that Brain Health Breakthrough does not offer clinical guidance, you can read our full disclaimer here:
We can offer alternative approaches for practitioners delivering therapies to their clients spread over three modules delivered live by zoom.
1) An overview of the holistic model
2) Successfully connecting with your clients
3) Creating a road map of the way forward with your practice
Module One Learning more about ‘Holistic methods in counselling’.
This session will help counsellors and practitioners learn some simple techniques to help clients self-soothe and self-regulate.
These include developing an increased awareness of the 11 body systems with particular reference to the nervous system.
An overview of how to implement these in your work will also be addressed.
Module two Learning more about ‘Connecting with clients’.
This session will be centred around developing a relationship with your clients, so they feel safe. This is crucial to their own recovery and healing process.
You will be introduced to some simple tools and techniques to use with clients to help gain their trust.
You will also develop your awareness and understanding of trauma and how this relates to the body systems.
Module three Learning more about ‘Creating a road map of the way forward in your practice’.
This session will address the importance of looking after your health and wellbeing.
You will gain insights into how best to manage and regulate your own emotions whilst working alongside your clients.
This will include how you could be using mindfulness as a way to have confidence in your individual practice. If customers can’t find it, it doesn’t exist. Clearly list and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.
By encompassing a wider health and wellbeing concept, using an innovative approach through lived in experience, we have developed an alternative model which can be effectively used to enable practitioners to reimagine their individual practice and services..
Hi, my name is Karen, CEO of Brain Health Breakthrough and director of Breakthrough Coaching services. I have been a therapist and group facilitator for over 20 years. I am dedicated to helping my clients in the easiest way using practical strategies combined with my individual coaching style to create an impactful combination. Over the years I have I used my extensive rich experience, training, and intuitive skills to develop my own coaching style. This approach facilitates clients through events and feelings within their lives that are holding them back, helping 100's of clients reclaim their lives.
Contact Karen Haworth by email to express your interest.
Learn some simple techniques to help clients self-soothe and self-regulate.
This session will be centred around developing a relationship with your clients, so they feel safe.
This will include how you could be using mindfulness as a way to have confidence in your individual practice.