Inspire CPD For Therapists

Specialist Training and CPD for Counsellors & Psychotherapists

"Thank you for such fantastic training! Not just one of the best of your courses, but one of the best in my whole therapy career"

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Upcoming courses

***NEW COURSE***THE SELF-COMPASSIONATE STRUGGLE – a practical guide to introducing compassion into your therapeutic work.
When: 13th June 2022
Where: Zoom (so anywhere!)
Cost: £80

Compassion is a bit of a buzz word at the moment – and for good reason – because there is a wealth of evidence base to suggest that it is really effective in bringing about positive change. Research has shown that people who are more self-compassionate experience less depression, anxiety, stress and shame – and more life satisfaction, confidence, and better physical health.

But how do you or your clients respond to the notion of self-compassion? Do you embrace it – or struggle with it? Our experience has been that many of us and our clients, especially trauma survivors, really struggle with self-compassion as a concept – albeit they usually have lots for other people!

In this brand-new workshop, we will explore this very human struggle of rejecting something we don’t feel we deserve. As always this means that the workshop will be experiential as we ask you to look at your own barriers to self-compassion, and to also experience a number of self-compassion exercises that you can use in your client work.

Working with Trauma: What about Us?
When: 27th June 2022
Where: Zoom (so anywhere!) All our zoom courses are interactive, participative & engaging
Cost: £80

In this course we look at burnout, compassion fatigue & vicarious trauma. We consider the impacts, the neuroscience and look at ways to manage and minimise the impact on us of working with trauma.

Exploring the Father Wound - the impact of the absent father
When: 11th July 2022
Where: Zoom (so anywhere!) All our zoom training is interactive & participative
Cost: £80

In this course we consider the many ways in which fathers can be absent from their childrens lives and what the impact of that is on our adult clients. There's a mixture of didactic and theoretical as well as opportunties for questions and some experiential exercises.

To book please complete booking form. You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card.
If you have any queries please do email us - link at top or right of page.

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Who Are Inspire CPD?

Inspire CPD is an East Midlands based specialist counsellor & psychotherapy training venture run by Lynsey Lowe & Sally French. Since June 2020 we've regularly delivered our specialist workshops online, these have received such excellent feedback that we are continuing to deliver in this format.

We are both psychotherapists, supervisors and trainers based in Nottinghamshire. We both have an extensive background as trainers and working with abuse and sexual violence – Lynsey worked for many years for Rape Crisis Nottingham, and Sally was a sexual offences specialist prosecuting solicitor. Please see our individual pages for more detail about us, our backgrounds, and our therapy and supervision services.

At Inspire:CPD for therapists we provide specialist training CPD workshops for counsellors and psychotherapists in Leicester, Nottingham & Derby, and online via zoom. Our main area of expertise is training on working with adult survivors of childhood abuse and trauma. However, as a result of our work in this area we've developed extensive knowledge and skills around many related topics. These include but are not limited to;

  • trauma
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • disclosure
  • safeguarding
  • the criminal justice process
  • Pre-trial Therapy
  • self-esteem
  • shame
  • suicidality & self-harm
  • coping strategies
  • mental health
  • sexual violence
  • attachment
  • supervision

    Our main focus is working with counsellors & therapists from across the East Midlands: Nottingham and Nottinghamshire as well as Derby / Derbyshire, Lincoln / Lincolnshire and Leicester / Leicestershire.
    However, since 2020 we have delivered workshops on Zoom to delegates around the country so this is now an option we will continue with.

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    New Trauma series of 4 online workshops

    Sadly, if you work as a therapist, you will inevitably work with traumatised people. Whether that be childhood abuse and/or neglect, others who’ve experienced domestic or sexual violence in adulthood or maybe members of the armed forces, or others like police or ambulance workers who suffer trauma during their working lives. Therefore, it is important that you understand trauma, the impact on individuals and an understanding of how to work safely & effectively with traumatised clients. Lynsey and Sally both specialise in this field of work, and we wanted to put together a series of new workshops to cover this important area which is sometimes missing from initial therapy training but so important once we’re practicing as qualified therapists.

    Each is a one-day course on zoom. They can be taken as a course of four, or each is valuable as a standalone workshop.

  • Trauma 1: the basics of safe & effective trauma therapy.
  • Trauma 2: how to achieve Safety & Stabilisation.
  • Trauma 3: Dissociation & Complex PTSD.
  • Trauma 4: the impact of trauma work on therapists; burnout, vicarious trauma and self-care.

    If you book 3 or more trauma workshops, we will give you a £25 discount.
    If you book all 4 trauma workshops, we will discount you £40

    See course listing for more workshop details or to book see our booking form

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    Still hesitant about Zoom training?

    We moved to zoom delivery during the pandemic and it's been quite a revelation. Whether via zoom or in the room all our courses offer informative, interactive & inspirational training at a great price. We've 99.9% positive feedback on our zoom courses. We know how to make it work!

  • Great content
  • Inspiring ideas
  • Meet up with other therapists
  • Practical experiential learning
  • Small group work

    “I was worried it’d be a whole day of Powerpoint and I’d get bored and lose interest. But the way you did it using breakout rooms and different activities it was so interesting and enjoyable – it was great!”

    If you'd be interested in some training "in the room" in Nottingham/shire then do let us know. At present we remain largely on zoom as most people find it convenient for a variety of reasons. However, we are keen to hear from anyone who would be interested in a return to some of our courses being in the room.

  • “You know that I don't believe that anyone has ever taught anything to anyone. I question that efficacy of teaching. The only thing that I know is that anyone who wants to learn will learn. And maybe a teacher is a facilitator, a person who puts things down and shows people how exciting and wonderful it is and asks them to eat.”
    Carl R. Rogers

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    Isn't it great to get such fabulous feedback!

    "How do you get such lovely therapists on your workshops? The breakout rooms were so warm & refreshing!" Motherwound, May 2022

    "The best course I’ve been on. Often zoom course can leave you feeling bored and tired but I was buzzing when I finished!" Anon, 9/6/21

    Feedback from JJ from 1.11.21 - "Thank you for such a fantastic training. One of the best I think for me not only with you but in my whole entire life of counselling. Thank you."

    "As usual the delivery of both trainers is great. Both warm, friendly and relaxed which I love. Comfort from own home is also great. The format of breakout discussion is also great. I will be back again in the future. Thank you so much." Anonymous, 27/4/21

    "Thoroughly enjoyed the day and can't wait to take my learning out to apply to my work." PB, 28/4/21

    "It was a difficult and emotive subject but you both held the space really well. There was plenty of information and food for thought and the breakout rooms and activities really helped cement those." JG, 13/3/21

    "I can honestly say your training is some of the most helpful I’ve been on over the years, each one has given me food for thought and practical ideas – it has reinforced and reminded me of some of my training course in the dim and distant past and given me renewed confidence!" LM, 2/11/20

    "Thank you so much for an informative and fun day on the dissociation course. I was absolutely amazed by your dedication, organisation, friendliness and warmth. I have never experienced a training experience like it!"

    "I feel I now really understand my obligations to survivors and what I need to do when a client has reported an offence to the police. I no longer feel scared about Pre-trial Therapy and the Protocol."

    How to book

    If you would like to book onto one of our courses please complete the online booking form on the bookings page.

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    What are the values of Inspire CPD?

    We want to provide CPD workshops for counsellors and psychotherapists which are:

  • Good quality
  • Reasonably priced
  • Relaxed and informal
  • Practical and informative
  • Small group size - Maximum of 25 online delegates
  • Interactive with opportunity for questions
  • Supports both students going into placement & more experienced therapists

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    How did Inspire CPD come into being?

    We are both enthusiastic attenders of CPD workshops, much of it around specialist trauma psychotherapy training, but were aware that so little of it is available in the East Midlands, meaning that therapists usually have to travel long distances and/or stay overnight which can make events too expensive. Often the courses we attended had over 50 delegates - so they didn't feel very personal or offer much opportunity for questions or discussion with the trainers.

    We are also very aware how often issues to do with child abuse, trauma and sexual violence crop up in almost every setting. Student counsellors just starting in placement were telling us this and that they often didn't feel confident about how to work with survivors. Most of them had no specialist training on working with trauma, or of what even the Pre-Trial Therapy Protocol is.

    So, these two factors made us decide to collaborate and form our own training venture where we could ideally meet both of those needs.

    What specialist Counselling & Psychotherapy CPD Courses does Inspire CPD run?

    We've been delivering specialist counsellor & therapist courses since 2017 and online training from 2020 and have a wide range of workshops we can deliver, plus we always try to introduce one or two new ones each year. Recent new course include:

  • Adult Attachment: what does it mean for therapy?
  • New trauma series of 4 workshops
  • Exploring the Mother Wound
  • Exploring the Father Wound - the impact of the absent father

    For a full list & dates please click on the link to visit our course listing page.

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    Who do Inspire CPD deliver training to?

    We deliver our specialist online training to counsellors and psychotherapists - both experienced and in training. However we will also deliver training for organisations at a suitable venue of your choice or online via zoom.

    Since 2020 we have been delivering workshops on Zoom and we are very confident that this is a viable alternative - we've 99.9% positive response rate! This means we can deliver training to any area of the country.

    We have delivered specialist training in Nottingham, Derby & Leicester (our child abuse survivor workshops) for the Leicester Counselling Service among others. We've delivered our specialist Legal Responsibilities training - including Pre-Trial Therapy for Rutland House Counselling & Psychotherapy (RHCP) Nottingham Women's Centre and Notts Sexual Violence Support Services.

    We can also create bespoke training packages upon request.

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    Where in the East Midlands do Inspire deliver specialist training?

    We deliver independently organised training usually from a convenient Nottingham location. This is currently Edwinstowe in North Nottingham (NG21 9PR). The venue has good transport links and free car parking.

    However we will also deliver training across the East Midlands if there is a suitable venue of your choice. We are happy to travel to Leicestershire, Derbyshire & Lincolnshire.

    As mentioned above we now also deliver remotely via Zoom so can deliver to any area of the country.

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