Inspire CPD For Therapists

Specialist Training and CPD in Nottingham & the East Midlands for Counsellors & Psychotherapists

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Forthcoming courses - September onwards - Online & on Zoom

Since June this year we've moved to delivering all of our training and workshops on Zoom. We've now set dates for the remainder of this year and till March next year and you can find all of those on our course listing page.

So, the great thing is that in an uncertain world you can be certain of what we're providing! We've set our prices across the board and we're charging £65 for them all!

We've now delivered 7 or 8 courses online on Zoom and we are CONFIDENT that what you get is just as good as being in the room. It's different but you still get:

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

    Initially we had doubts, wondered if we could make it as interactive, whether we'd enjoy it, etc. But it has been brilliant! Judging by the feedback our delegates have thoroughly enjoyed the experience - 5 STARS from 99% of delegates - which is amazing! But don't just take our word for it .... this is what a recent delegate said....

    “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!”

  • Courses in 2021

    We're starting to put together a plan for 2021 - not easy in the midst of a pandemic! So we've set dates for next year just up until March. We'll add the remainder of the year sometime in January. All those forthcoming workshops will be delivered online on Zoom.

    First course in the year will be our popular "Understanding your Legal Obligations to Survivors: Pre-trial Therapy Protocol, Disclosures & Safeguarding". It's going to go ahead on Zoom on 25th January & is only £65.

    It's a MUST for anyone who works with people who've experienced sexual violence or childhood abuse. Doesn't that mean most therapists?

    The Departments of Justice & Health have been working on a revised Pre-trial Therapy Protocol for some time and it's currently out for comment and feedback. The current version is more than 20 years old and is more than due a revamp! However, it did somewhat get sidelined by Brexit. When it is formally introduced it will have significant changes so ALL THERAPISTS really need to understand what it means for therapy with clients who've experienced childhood abuse and/or sexual violence.

    If you're interested then book soon as it does get filled quite quickly! And as it's going to be on Zoom on this occasion it doesn't matter where in the country you live! To book complete our booking form.

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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. We are both psychotherapists 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. Our main area of expertise is training on working with adult survivors of childhood abuse, however, we are happy to deliver training on any related topics. These include but are not limited to;

  • trauma
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • disclosure
  • safeguarding
  • the criminal justice process
  • Pre-trail Therapy
  • coping strategies
  • addictions
  • mental health
  • sexual violence
  • addiction

    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.

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    Isn't it great to get such fabulous feedback!

    "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!"

    "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 ( most courses restricted to 16 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 in Nottingham does Inspire CPD run?

    We currently run several specialist counsellor & therapist courses directly linked to working with adult survivors of child abuse. These are:

    Working Practically with Adult Survivors of Child Abuse: An Introductory Workshop
    This course explores what we mean by ‘abuse’ and its prevalence and looks at the myths surrounding abuse and abusers. We explore the purpose of anger and shame and how to work with them. This course provides plenty of practical opportunities to try out creative methods of working with clients.

    Understanding & Working with Dissociation: A Practical Workshop
    This course looks in some depth at dissociation; how to recognise it and work with it. We also look at boundaries and how they are impacted by trauma and dissociation.

    Working with Survivors - Pre-trial Therapy & your Legal Responsibilities
    This course looks at what to do when a client discloses either recent or non recent sexual abuse. We explore in detail the impact on client work when a client has disclosed to the police and is going through the court process.

    Responsible Sex?? – Understanding how societal rape myths impact both client and therapist responses to sexual violence.
    This course has been successfully run country wide as a professional development day for the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. It look at what are societal myths surrounding sexual violence, and why blaming the victim is a common response. It provides an opportunity to explore your own myths and understand how these impact client work

    Achieving Safety & Stabilisation in Phase 1 Trauma Work: a practical workshop
    Most people are aware of the importance of establishing safety and stabilisation prior to moving on to process trauma memories. But how actually can you do that? This course gives lots of practical advice on how to help you to work safely with your clients.

    We also run other practical courses including:

    Setting up a Successful Counselling Business – A practical Workshop
    This is a really practical workshop where we help you to work out whether private would work for you, and go through all the practical details around costs, insurances, contracting, professional wills etc.

    Working with Grief & Loss
    This course looks at how to navigate the challenges & processes of grieving. We take a look at the multiple different types of loss clients may experience and understanding and locating grief & loss in survivors of abuse. We provide a pack of resources and experiential activities to aid understanding and practical application.

    Mindfulness Course for Therapists
    The aim of this workshop is to enable delegates to learn more about Mindfulness and to understand how it can help clients with self-regulation, symptoms of depression & anxiety, and trauma. We will explore and explain the neuroscience behind Mindfulness and the implications of this for client well-being. Utilising several different Mindful practices during the day we will demonstrate how you can help clients to utilise mindfulness and incorporate it into their day.

    Careers Workshop for Counsellors & Psychotherapists
    A workshop specifically designed for counsellors & psychotherapists who have completed, or are near the end of, their training and deciding what path to take now. You'll undertake specific activities to enable you to explore your options, consider your own strengths & weaknesses, and to discover a way to plan & manage your career.

    Please see our course listing for dates & more information.

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    Who do Inspire CPD deliver training to?

    We deliver our specialist training to counsellors and psychotherapists - both experienced and in training. We have a venue in Nottingham we generally use. However we will also deliver training for organisations at a suitable venue of your choice.

    For example we have delivered counsellor specialist training in Leicester (our child abuse survivor workshops) for the Leicester Counselling Service. We've delivered our specialist Legal Responsibilities training - including Pre-Trial Therapy for Rutland House Counselling & Psychotherapy (RHCP) 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 Radford in Nottingham. The venue is easily accessible via car or public transport.

    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.

    We are happy to deliver any of our specialist counselling CPD courses in Derby, Leicester or Lincolnshire.


    “Thank you – all of it so relevant and helpful” “Enjoyed the use of helpful case studies” “I enjoyed all of the learning and loved your laid back approach!” “A really well delivered course with lots of information – I feel much more confident now” “engaging & stimulating”

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