Facing the Storm with Dr Ray Owen

FREE workshop recording

Access is for 6 months
3 hours (3 CE credits)
Beginners' Level
Practitioners supporting individuals going through major life crises

Course Description

Bad things can happen to any of us. And sometimes, no matter how much we might try, there’s nothing we can do to stop them.

But that doesn’t mean you have to be helpless; no matter how bad the situation you’re about to deal with, there are things you can do to cope better – to make sense of it, adjust to the changes, make the best decisions, deal with other people, cope with the emotions. Things you can do to help you face the storm that’s coming.

People with life-threatening illnesses do this all the time: the rest of us can learn from them.

This is a practical skills focused half-day workshop to help people skilfully manage the storms of life such as sudden changes, loss of health and death. It is  based on the new, revised edition of the popular and acclaimed self-help book “Facing the Storm” in which Clinical Psychologist Dr Ray Owen shows how lessons learned in the field of Palliative Care – where people are faced with one of the worst prospects of all  – can help people to deal with major crises in their life. Or to support someone else who’s facing a crisis of their own.

This workshop is suitable for:

  • Anyone who supports individuals going through major life crises – including health and social care professionals, community support workers, spiritual care specialists
  • It doesn’t assume previous knowledge of specific psychological approaches (e.g. CBT, ACT, Mindfulness)

This half-day workshop will:

  • Show how the perspectives and approaches that help in palliative care can help in other major life crises too – drawing on CBT, ACT and Mindfulness traditions
  • Illustrate the metaphor of Facing the Storm as a way of helping people make sense of their situation and take action that makes a difference
  • Demonstrate some simple techniques that can help
  • Discuss ways of using the book Facing the Storm as ‘guided self-help’

When there’s a storm coming towards you, and you can’t escape it, then you have to prepare to face it. Here’s how.


Please note – the e-copy of the book was only available to participants who registered for the live event. 


Reviews of Facing the Storm (2nd edition)

When peaceful seas are not the full story, this wise book shows you what to do: learn, care, plan, choose, do what’s possible, adjust. You may not control the storm, but you control how you relate to it. Highly recommended.

Steven C. Hayes, Ph.DOriginator of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Just what I know to expect from Dr Ray Owen, a beautifully crafted, deep dive into the extraordinary traumas we humans face and how to deal with them; wise psychological strategies, ‘simple by design’, that work, even when you feel completely overwhelmed

Lesley Howells, Lead Psychologist for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres

This book is like a conversation with a wise helper. In life’s inevitable storms, this book is a life-jacket of practical ideas and compassionate wisdom.

Kathryn MannixPalliative Care Consultant, CBT Therapist, Author of “With the End in Mind” & “Listen”

A brilliantly wise book on such a tough topic. A goldmine of practical ideas – which focus on the harder aspects to change when we are deep in loss – our thoughts. Ray is a totally trusted thinking partner who makes complex psychological issues totally accessible. This edition has such thoughtful and timely additions as we all try and navigate such a tsunami of loss and many new beginnings. Reading this book will significantly reduce the risk of complicated grief and promotes self-growth.

Julie Stokes OBE Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Executive Coach, Founder of Winston’s Wish, author of “You’ll Be OK”


If you have disability and require adjustments or accommodation, please email us at to discuss your needs and we will do our best to help you.

APA psychologists: This program is sponsored by Contextual Consulting and is approved for 3 CE credits for psychologists. 

Behaviour analysts: This workshop is available for 3 BACB Learning CEUs. Contextual Consulting is an approved BACB ACE Provider # OP-20-3415.

Nationally certified counselors: This workshop is available for 3 credit hours. Contextual Consulting Ltd. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7578. 

To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

Facing the Storm with Dr Ray Owen

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