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CPD: A Systemic Model of Practice

This workshop will share Hugh Palmer’s ‘Fourfold Vision’ model of practice that is based upon the principles that humanist, scientist, artist and theoretician are all needed to form a unity of healing.

This approach has been recently published in Imelda McCarthy & Gail Simon’s book, Systemic Therapy as Transformative Practice, and this workshop will provide opportunities to explore Hugh’s model with him.

CPD: Hurting Hearts: Working with angry couples

Anger often seems to be a more acceptable emotion than pain or vulnerability for many people, even when this is what underlies the terrible discord some couples experience.

This training day will help you to manage conflict in the counselling room, calm the couple and provide a safe space for couples to explore less damaging ways of being together, with plenty of strategies to help you make that work.

CPD: Practical Interviewing skills for Working Systemically with Families, Couples and Individuals

in this workshop the emphasis will be on presenting a range of practical skills developed by Barry and link these to theoretical ideas and the clinician’s use of self.  Detailed transcripts from his work will be used to show how he purs his interviewing ideas into practice.  he will also do a “live” interview with some people attending the workshop.  Another strand will address how clinicians can be better at taking relational risks within the therapeutic relationship and how clients can also be helped to become better relational risk-takers.  The workshop will give plenty of time for practice, exercises and discussion.

CPD: Solution Focused Therapy

Solution focused therapy (SFT) has not only become one of the leading schools of brief therapy, it has become a major influence in such diverse fields as business, social policy, education, and criminal justice services, child welfare, domestic violence offenders treatment.

Described as a practical, goal-driven model, a hallmark of SFT is its emphasis on clear, concise, realistic goal negotiations. The SFT approach assumes that all clients have some knowledge of what would make their life better, even though they may need some (at times, considerable) help describing the details of their better life and that everyone who seeks help already possesses at least the minimal skills necessary to create solutions.

Aim: This one day workshop will equip participants with the skills and knowledge to work in a solution focused way, including goal setting, the use of scaling techniques and of course, miracle questions.

CPD: Trans*Awareness: Observations for Clinical Practice

Tools to support Trans* Service Users

  • Understanding terminology
  • Gender beyond a binary
  • Equality Act & gender Recognition Act
  • Gendernormativity – what is it and why does it matter?
  • Mental Health: Risk and Vulnerability
  • Good practice for providing safe spaces for Trans*service users

CPD: Unconscious Processes in Supervision

Unconscious processes are at least as relevant in supervision as they are in counselling, offering considerable insight in what’s going on for your clients, your supervisee — and yourself.

Understand and recognise unconscious processes:

  • Transference and countertransference
  • Parallel process and projective identification
  • Spotting unconscious processes and how to work productively with them

CPD: Unconscious Processes in Supervision

Unconscious processes are at least as relevant in supervision as they are in counselling, offering considerable insight in what’s going on for your clients, your supervisee — and yourself.

Understand and recognise unconscious processes:

  • Transference and countertransference
  • Parallel process and projective identification
  • Spotting unconscious processes and how to work productively with them

CPD: Understanding Sexual Addiction

Understanding Sexual and Internet Addiction

  • What is a sex addict?
  • Why does sexual addiction and compulsion develop?
  • What are its effects?
  • Who is affected?
  • How can addicts get help?

CPD: Unresolved Grief and Trauma

The pain of attachment injuries, chronic and acute trauma can stay alive indefinitely, causing and exacerbating depression, anxiety and relationship problems. This study day will cover:

  • Definitions of trauma and its presentation
  • Types of trauma
  • The effects of trauma and grief
  • Recognising PTSD and when to refer
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Self-care and competency

CPD: Working Confidently with Sexual and Gender Diversity

Tools to support LGBT and Clients.

  • Understanding terminology
  • Equality Act & legal positioning
  • Gender/Heteronormativity – what is it and why does it matter?
  • Identity and pathology: observations for clinical practice
  • Mental Health: Risk and Vulnerability
  • Avoiding ‘foot in mouth’ – cultural competency
  • Good practice for providing safe spaces for LGBT & service users

CPD: Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence and Abuse

There is little therapeutic support for perpetrators of domestic abuse, with most counselling organisations and therapists fearful of making matters worse. Yet lack of training leaves therapists vulnerable to working unknowingly with this group – who consequently find it hard to get help when they want to change. This training will enable you to:

  • Understand the aetiology of abuse
  • Learn how to assess clients
  • Use evidence-based interventions safely
  • Consider self-care and competency

Short Business Workshops

We offer a range of short business workshops which take place over 2 evenings per subject. These are great for small businesses and sole traders looking to improve knowledge of finance, cash flow, and budgeting for business.