Inspire CPD For Therapists

Specialist Training and CPD for Counsellors & Psychotherapists

We offer mainly online training now - but it's still small size, interactive, informative & engaging!

How about this great feedback we received recently .... This was the best Zoom course I have ever done. It was full of content, not a minute was wasted and it felt like I was respected fully as a participant. The tutors were both absolutely fantastic and so knowledgeable and clear. Overall, it was all you would want and more in a Zoom CPD.

We are trauma specialist therapists so that's the main focus but we also cover related topics such as attachment & the wounds of parental relationships.


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Upcoming courses - Autumn/Winter 2022

7th October - Trauma: Working with complex PTS & Dissociation
The impact of childhood abuse or neglect and of living in dysfunctional environments has long lasting effects on our clients. We need to understand the impact of long-term abuse, the role of shame and how dissociation presents in the therapy room to work effectively and safely with this client group. See here for more details.

10th October, 18th November, 28th November (limited spaces)
New Pre Trial Therapy Guidelines - in depth

5th December - Working with Trauma: What about us?
This course is part of our trauma series. It works as part of the series but also as a standalone workshop. We consider the impact and risks of burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma on therapists. This isn't just about self-care! We look at the mechanisms and effects.

See course listing page for more details on all of our courses.

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


***FINALLY PUBLISHED*** New Pre Trial Therapy Guidelines ***

Well we've been waiting a long time... but finally the new guidelines have been published - on 26th May. You can find them on the CPS website.

We've been through it in detail and writen our new course which is a full day in-depth consideration of the new guidance and the implications for therapy & therapists. We've put on several dates for this crucial training, see click here.

There are significant changes from the original 2020 draft - in some ways more complicated, and in others possibly simpler!
At first glance these are important factors:

  • there is an expectation that you will have a good working knowledge of GDPR principles so that you are able to identify a clear legal basis upon which you will disclose therapy notes, including understanding 'special category data' and 'criminal offence data'.
  • There will be an expectation that you discuss in detail with your client the potential parties to whom their data could be disclosed
  • There is an expectation that therapists will liaise directly with the police to assist in the identification of relevant material
  • Therapists will be expected to be aware of the 'data minimisation principle' which means editing of material not relevant to the police is not disclosed.

    We will be running a full day zoom workshop 'Pre Trial Therapy In Depth' where we will take you step by step through the new provisions and what you need to know going forwards. click here for dates.


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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.

    Discounts:
    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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