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New courses in 2020/21

  • Exploring the Mother Wound - 19th March
  • Adult Attachment & Relationships: What does it mean for Therapy on 19th October 2020
    See full list of workshops and dates below.

  • How to book a place

    Complete the online booking form on the bookings page. You'll receive an automatic email confirmation, which includes instructions on how to pay.
    We send joining instructions about a week before each course.

    Workshop location - online & on Zoom

    In normal circumstances all courses take place at (unless otherwise stipulated)

    Castle Cavendish Works
    Dorking Road (Just off Radford Boulevard)
    NG7 5PN

    As at 9th September, we are currently delivering all workshops online via Zoom. Please be assured that they are just as interactive and practical as when we deliver in the room. We've really great feedback from those we've done so far!

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    Adult Attachment & Relationship: What does it mean for therapy?

    Monday 19th October 2020

    In this new course moving on from Bowlby, we look at the latest in adult attachment theory and how it impacts on client, therapist and the therapy as a whole. We will look at the links between trauma and attachment and the latest neuroscience developments. As with all our workshops we'll take a practical look at how we can utilise current knowledge in our work with clients and what it adds to our understanding of how we work with our clients. Inevitably with this course we'll look at our own attachment styles and ways of being in relationship with others.

    Polyvagal theory and right and left brain attunement

    Attachment through a somatic lens

  • The theory of adult attachment, primary and secondary systems, and where does it ‘fit’ in terms of emotional resilience?
  • Polyvagal theory and right and left brain attunement
  • Attachment through a somatic lens
  • How does a client’s attachment history affect therapy?
  • Why is it important to have an understanding of attachment when working with traumatised clients?
  • How does therapist attachment style impact the therapeutic relationship?
  • What’s the latest neuroscience around attachment? What does it mean for therapy?

    Numbers restricted to maximum of 20

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    How to Achieve Safety & Stabilisation in Phase 1 Trauma Therapy: a practical workshop

    DATE: 2nd November 2020
    This one day course looks at how to try achieve the safety and stabilisation that is needed to be able to work safely with trauma memories. The course looks at a whole range of practical interventions, including:
    -Understanding the window of tolerance
    -Safe place visualisations
    -Managing triggers and flashbacks

    Numbers restricted to maximum of 20

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    Understanding Your Obligations to Survivors of Sexual Abuse: Pre-Trial Therapy, Disclosure & Safeguarding

    DATE: 25th January 2021
    10 am to 4 pm

    This course will take place on Zoom - but will have all the usual elements of discussion & interactive elements including small groups. This course is a MUST DO for anyone who works with survivors of abuse or sexual violence.

    The course covers:

  • How to handle disclosures of abuse both recent and non-recent.
  • Using a mixture of case studies and discussion we will explore:
  • The potential conflicts between confidentiality and safeguarding
  • What action you should take
  • Understanding the importance of the context within which you work

  • understanding your obligations

    Pre-Trial Therapy Protocol
  • Why is a protocol necessary?
  • How might therapy impact on a criminal trial?
  • Understanding the need for new contracting
  • How does this impact on note taking?
  • How long should notes be retained?
  • What should I do if I get a request to disclose my notes?
  • How can I best support my client through the criminal justice process?

    COST: Only £65

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    Working Practically with Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse : An Introduction

    22nd February 2021

  • Exploring what we mean by ‘abuse’ and its prevalence
  • Looking at the myths surrounding abuse and abusers
  • Explaining psychological reactions to traumatic experiences
  • Exploring the purpose of anger and how to work with it
  • Exploring the impact of shame
  • What is the therapist’s role in managing coping strategies?

    This course uses a mixture of didactic and experiential learning. It offers you lots of opportunity to try new and creative methods of working including for example using Russian Dolls, buttons and shells, writing exercises and body maps.

    A comprehensive resource pack is also included.

    Numbers restricted to maximum of 20

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    Working With Dissociative Clients: A Practical workshop

    DATE: 8th March 2021

    The aims of this workshop are:-
    To provide a greater depth of understanding about what dissociation is
    To explore ways of working with dissociative clients
    To look at the boundary challenges often posed by this client group


  • What is it?
  • What causes it?
  • How to spot it in session with a client
  • How to work with it
  • Different types of dissociation
  • DID

    What's the impact of trauma & dissociation on boundaries? What are the challenges and difficulties?
  • how might a childhood of abuse impact the client's understanding and use of personal boundaries,
  • and how you can work with clients so that boundaries can be safely developed.
  • What boundaries are particularly important or challenging with this client group
  • How flexible should we be?
  • How can we ethically flex boundaries?
  • An opportunity to explore the edges of your own therapeutic boundaries

    We also provide plenty of opportunity for your questions, as well as practical activities.

    Numbers restricted to maximum of 20

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    Exploring the Mother Wound

    19th March 2021
    Mothers seem to occupy a special place in the therapy room. There is seldom a client whose story is not impacted in some way by their relationship with their mother. For so many clients the ‘good enough mother’ was not a concept they experienced - often leading to a profound ‘mother wound’. In this workshop we look at the impact of mothers who are:

  • Narcissistic
  • Emotionally unavailable/Abandoning
  • Controlling or smothering
  • Abusive

    We will explore ways of working with clients that can both help to identify the mother wound and take steps towards its healing.

    Maximum 20 delegates

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    Understanding Low Self Esteem: A practical & experiential workshop

    Low self-esteem is something that often affects our clients – and ourselves! Clients often want us to “cure” their low self-esteem – but how easy is that?

    In this experiential workshop we will explore many aspects of self-esteem:

  • How negative emotional conditioning drives low self-esteem
  • Different ways, both cognitive and relational, to explore and work on our sense of self-esteem (& how to use with clients)

    A good range of resources are provided to compliment the workshop learning.

    Numbers restricted to maximum of 20

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    Let's Talk About Sex!

    Will run again in 2021 - please let us know if you're interested.
    Whether we work with individuals or couples we can be sure that we are often working with clients around personal relationships; and a big part of intimate relationships is sex. But how comfortable are we in discussing sex with our clients? How many initial training courses covered this important topic?
    Will we welcome a client who talks about these topics?

  • Lack of sex or intimacy?
  • Sexual addiction?
  • Sexual dysfunction?

    You don’t need to be a specialist for sex to be relevant to your client work. This course will give you the confidence to engage with clients effectively & sensitively to help them explore what’s going on. Covering:
  • Feeling comfortable talking about sex with clients
  • Understanding sexual terminology & practices
  • Common sexual problems or difficulties
  • Knowing when to refer on
  • Sexuality & the life cycle

    Numbers restricted to maximum of 20

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    Setting Up A Successful Counselling Business: A Practical Workshop

    DATES: 2021 to be confirmed. Let us know if you're interested.

    This one day workshop addresses the questions and practicalities for therapists wanting to start out in private practice. This course will take place on Zoom - but will have all the usual elements of discussion & interactive elements including small groups.

    The course covers:

  • Is private practice the right choice for me?
  • The advantages/disadvantages of working from home or an office space
  • How should I charge
  • How much should I charge?
  • How should I take payments?
  • Should I have a cancellation fee?
  • What insurances do I need?
  • Does GDPR affect me?
  • What business expenses can I claim?
  • What directories should I use?
  • What other marketing should I consider or avoid?
  • Brand awareness
  • Do I need a website and how to get one
  • Working for organisations/EAP programmes
  • Professional wills

    Numbers restricted to maximum of 20

    COST: Only £65

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    Grieving & Loss: A Practical Workshop

    Including a focus on survivors of abuse and the inherent losses associated with having been abused
    Will run again in 2021 - if you're interested let us know

    The course includes:

  • What are the common losses faced by adults and what is the impact?
  • Consideration of the process of grieving and how we can help our clients navigate the challenges
  • Understanding & locating grief and loss in survivors of abuse
  • An opportunity for delegates to participate in activities to assist the processing of grieving

    Numbers restricted to maximum of 20

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    Utilising Mindfulness with Clients: A practical workshop

    Would you like to know more about mindfulness?
    Would you like more confidence in how to use mindfulness with your clients?
    Would you like to know more about how & why mindfulness can help anxious or traumatised clients?
    Would you like to incorporate mindfulness in your practice safely… In this course you will

  • Learn about mindfulness and the neuroscience that tells us it works
  • Practice many different mindfulness techniques
  • Learn how to safely incorporate into client work

    Numbers: maximum 20 delegates
    COST: Only £65

  • Pricing policy

    Just a word on pricing in these unusual times....
    In normal circumstances our pricing is £75 for students and early bird bookings and general price of £85. We offer a special offer price of £65 if people book more than 6 places (eg for a group or organisation). We also occasionally have a promotion when we reduce the price to £60 or £65 depending on bookings.

    During the Covid pandemic there have been very many challenges and we've had to make changes frequently. This has meant us making changes to pricing as well. From September 2020 we have made the decision to charge £65 across the board for all courses irrespective of whether they are run on Zoom or "in the room". We wanted to make it simple and also to reflect that at present we can't have very much certainty as to whether a particular course will run face to face or if it'll be on Zoom. We wanted people to be able to book with confidence knowing the price won't change and we'll run it as long as we have sufficient numbers. We'll keep this policy in place for as long as we can and will review in 2021.

    Running this many courses is quite administratively hard work at the best of times and even more so at present. We know some other organisations who charge a fee for amending bookings for example. We take the view this is the fairest way of doing things, and whilst we realise not everyone will agree with us we have to have a plan & policy in place, which we hope people will understand and accept.

    Booking Information

    To book onto any of our courses please complete the online booking form on the bookings page.
    You'll be sent confirmation of your booking once you've made payment.

    We look forward to seeing you on one of our courses!

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