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Psychologies magazine dedicated two pages to the Pause Button Therapy element of the Gastric Mind Band Treatment and the publication of the PBT book by Hay House in November 2012.
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Daily Mail newspaper features Pause Button Therapy.
The Daily Mail featured a story about Katie Drew, who has lost nearly half her body weight thanks to a 'fat controller' - a mock DVD-style zapper that makes her stop and think about what she is eating.
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Martin & Marion Shirran filming in the UK.
Martin and Marion Shirran flew to the UK in August, working with a team from Vector TV productions; they filmed a number of short promotional films for use by Amazon and Hay House Publishers to promote the new book Pause Button Therapy, which is to be released on 3rd October. You can watch a selection of videos which accompany the book on our YouTube channel.

Gay Jones, PBT’s Education Director invited to Cyprus by Professor Stelios Georgiou.
Gay Jones, Pause Button Therapy’s Education Director was invited by Professor Stelios Georgiou of the University of Cyprus to train a mixed group of Masters, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral psychology students in the theory and practice of PBT. The event was also attended by representatives from the Ministry of Education, Armed Forces and Psychological support services as well as a Professor from a Greek University. A study into the effectiveness of PBT in changing the behaviour of peer aggressive pupils will begin in autumn 2012. The results of this research will be shared with schools across Cyprus and the University is planning to offer practical support as well as evidence of effectiveness.

In partnership with teachers and behavioural specialists, PBT create downloadable resources.
PBT is creating a range of downloadable resources for staff use and is developing these in partnership with teachers, mentors, behavioural specialists and University Psychology departments. We would like as many people as possible to be involved in creating a body of evidence showing how PBT works with children or families as a flexible and effective tool for change. If you are interested in becoming involved in action research, please contact us.

Praise from Professor Windy Dryden of Goldsmiths' College London for new PBT book.
Pause Button Therapy, the book to be published worldwide by Hay House in October, has received amazing pre publication reviews from a wide range of respected authorities, including Professor Windy Dryden of Goldsmiths' College London and Professor Stelios Georgiou, Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Cyprus.

Trials commenced in three Cyprus hospitals.
Pause Button Therapy trials commenced in three Cyprus hospitals to support patients on discharge. Initial feedback has been positive and the full report will be available early in 2013.

PBT at the First International Time Perspective world conference in Portugal.
Pause Button Therapy is the subject of an oral presentation at the First International Time Perspective world conference at the University of Coimbra in Portugal in September. The Conference will showcase cutting edge research in this field and will have Keynote speakers including Professor Philip Zimbardo. The PBT paper was written by PBT’s scientific director Dr Theano Kalavana.

PBT training in Bahrain and Dubai.
Martin & Marion Shirran were invited by Dr Leila Edwards to visit to introduce Pause Button Therapy to a group of therapists with the Transformations Institute in both Bahrain and Dubai. The two day course in each location was attended by fifty four delegates.

Fifty teachers now trialing PBT in UK primary schools.
Over 50 staff are now putting Pause Button Therapy into practice in schools in Birmingham, Bradford, Keighley, Wales, Nottingham and Tower Hamlets. Feedback is very positive and staff and pupils are enthusiastic about using Pause Button Therapy. Staff, parents and children are reporting a noticeable impact on behaviour at school and home within two weeks which is then sustained over time. A pilot group of primary pupils who have used PBT over the course of an academic year have all made significant improvements to their behaviour.

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The view of a parent following her child's introduction to PBT.
He's quite a lot calmer. I can see him thinking before he does something. Even though some things still get to him, he gets over it a lot quicker and he's not hitting out. He stops himself, he says "Pause" out loud and we talk about it afterwards. Life is easier, not perfect, but this works well enough to keep it going! There are bigger and bigger gaps between flare-ups. We've been working hard on calming down and the band has given him that extra bit of a push. It's just a piece of rubber but the effects are really surprising!

Janice W Mum of boy aged 10.
Deputy Head teacher John Taylor said "The changes in behaviour are remarkable. They’ve happened very quickly and are also being sustained. This has resulted in us saving significant amounts of staff time on dealing with challenging behaviour with all of the children using PBT.". One of the pupils’ says "I wear the PBT wristband all the time, at home and at school. If I don’t use it I just lose my temper. If I just try and stop myself sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But with the PBT band it always works!"

What do other staff think?
"I like the fact it’s about children choosing their own solutions, rather than me telling them what they should be doing."

"PBT is a very practical way of putting across both the consequences message and showing children how to choose other options in terms of behaviour. I think it is important to really appreciate that quite a few of our children get stuck in a cycle of unhelpful reactions. This remote idea gives them something very tangible and seems to be easy to use."

"I’ve been really pleased with how little of my time it takes up. We planned to have 2 ten minute sessions a week. I was a bit dubious, but it actually only needs that amount of time for 4 of my group of 5. I spend a little bit longer with the other child, but has a statement for ADHD. But it’s still only an extra five minutes at lunchtime if he needs it."

"I have been surprised that the children easily decide how their band works best for them. They each seem to create their own strategies on top of the ideas we share in sessions. After the initial workshop, they ‘got’ how it works and seemed to just fly with it. I think it helps that it is tactile and they are aware of it on their wrist. I thought I’d have to explain it a lot more, but to them it’s become a part of their thinking very quickly."