Inspire CPD For Therapists

Courses Autumn/Winter 2021

1/11/21 – Exploring the Mother Wound – back again by popular demand 😊 last few places remaining
Every time we've run this course it's been full and the delegates have given fabulous feedback both on it's relevance to client work but also the personal insights it's provided.

8/11/21 – How to Set Up a Successful Counselling Business. A must do for anyone new to private practice or considering venturing into private work. We take you through everything you need to consider.

6/12/21 – Exploring the Father Wound – the impact of the Absent Father NEW COURSE Our Mother Wound course has been so popular we thought we would take a look at Fathers too! Fathers are so often absent in our lives – through divorce/separation, work, or most often simply emotionally absent. We explore the personal impact and ways of working with clients to address their wounds. It's completely different to the Mother Wound course!

18/10/21 – Safe & Effective Trauma Therapy Essentials PLEASE NOTE THIS DATE IS NOW FULL. New date added:- 17th January 2022. This course is aimed at students/newly qualified therapists or any therapist who didn’t adequately cover trauma in their training. It will look at the impact and mechanisms of trauma, and will include up to date theory and neuroscience. As with all our courses it will also take a practical approach of how to work in this field.Course 1 in our new series of 4 workshops looking at Trauma.

22/11/21 – Achieving Safety & Stabilisation in Stage 1 Trauma Therapy Newly updated & Course 2 in our new series of workshops on Trauma. Lots of practical examples and ways of working with clients.

See full list of workshops and dates below. If you have a query or anything isn't clear please contact us via the email link.

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. Your place is not confirmed until we receive payment.
We send joining instructions about a week before each course.

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Workshop location - we remain on zoom for now

We've decided due to the success of our delivery of workshops on zoom we will remain on that format for the time-being. Please be assured that they are just as interactive and practical as when we deliver in the room. We've really great feedback and 99.9% saying they'd do a zoom workshop with us again.

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Exploring the Mother Wound

New date - 1st November 2021
10 am to 4 pm on Zoom

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.

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    Setting Up A Successful Counselling Business: A Practical Workshop

    8th November 2021
    10 am to 4 pm on Zoom

    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

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    Achieving Safety & Stabilisation in Phase 1 Trauma Therapy

    Date: 22nd November 2021
    Time: 10 am - 4 pm on Zoom
    Course 2 in our new Trauma series

    Safe trauma therapy needs to be paced and the trauma left unexplored until the client has sufficient skills to feel more in control of trauma symptoms. This enables clients to manage primary symptoms such as hyper-arousal, flashbacks and dissociation and learn vital skills to reduce negative coping strategies such as self-harm and self-medication. However, this is often easier said than done as clients can find this incredibly hard.

    Research (Herman 1992, Rothschild 2010) has shown that safe and effective trauma therapy is best conducted in 3 stages and that this can be successfully adapted whatever the therapist’s primary modality. This course looks at the first stage of phased trauma treatment where the primary aims are to establish safety and stabilisation.
    There is no one method that works for all clients so in our practical workshop the learning (including experiential activities) will include:

  • The importance of assessment – including trauma history, current symptoms and looking at current lifestyle
  • How a client’s ability to stabilise is impacted by lack of sleep, poor diet, and other ‘inflammatory’ factors
  • Assessing a client’s level of arousal to better pace therapy
  • Management of panic attacks & flashbacks
  • Creation of safety plans
  • A variety of grounding and stabilisation methods
  • Creating and utilising a ‘felt sense’
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Different ways to use Journaling

    This is course 2 in our new series of 4 workshops looking at the essentials of Trauma work. It is a revised version of a course we delivered previously.

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    Exploring the Father Wound - the impact of the absent father

    6th December 2021
    10 am to 4 pm on Zoom

    NEW COURSE Our Mother Wound course has been so popular we thought we would take a look at Fathers too!

    Fathers are so often absent in our lives – through divorce/separation, work, or most often simply emotionally absent. We explore the personal impact and ways of working with clients to address their wounds.

    This workshop combines some didactic theoretical learning with experiential exercises to help you explore your own relationship with your father, and ways of exploring this with clients.

    In particular we will explore:

  • The many ways that a father can be absent from our lives
  • The historical development and societal impact that has led to Father’s having an emotional disconnect
  • The ‘rules’ men live by to avoid emotional intimacy and the impact of these
  • The myths around the importance of Fatherhood – for example that girls need Mothers more than fathers during adolescence
  • The different wounds experienced by girls and boys
  • The impact of a loss of relational needs
  • How your relationship with your father has impacted your relationships
  • How understanding neural plasticity and attachment is improving the way we look at a father’s relationship with his children

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    Safe & Effective Trauma Therapy Essentials

    DATE: 18th October 2021 ***FULL***
    new date for 2022 - 17th January 2022
    10 am to 4 pm

    Sadly, if you work as a therapist you will inevitably work with traumatised people. Whether that be individuals who experienced 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 in the course of their working lives.

    It may have been taught on your initial therapy training, but often not in great depth or with an understanding of the frequency within which it appears in the therapy room. If you trained 10 or more years ago then it may not even have been covered at all as this is a fast developing area of research and understanding within the fields of mental health and neuroscience.

    To work safely and effectively with trauma you will need to know about, and understand, how to work with:

  • The three-stage model of trauma therapy
  • The impact of trauma, both in the short-term and over time
  • The difference between trauma, PTSD, complex PTSD, and other psychological diagnosis and what that means for clients and us
  • The inherent challenges of working with this client group

    In this new course we’ll guide you through
  • Understanding the neurobiological impact of trauma and the latest concepts from neuroscience & psychotherapy including the concepts of latent vulnerability, stress susceptibility and social thinning
  • The brain’s systems of threat, reward, and memory
  • How trauma is stored in the body and implicit memory
  • The key concepts for successful therapy including psychoeducation, window of tolerance, the importance of pacing and understanding how boundaries are impacted because of trauma and how to help clients reinstate them

    This course is aimed at students/newly qualified therapists or any therapist who didn’t adequately cover trauma in their training. It will look at the impact and mechanisms of trauma, and will include up to date theory and neuroscience. As with all our courses it will also take a practical approach of how to work in this field.

    This is course 1 in a new series of 4 looking at Trauma. Each of the courses can be taken as a standalone but form part of this series on the essentials of trauma work.

  • Trauma: Working with complex PTSD & Dissociation

    24th January 2022
    10 am - 4 pm on zoom
    £80 (£75 if booked in 2021)

    Course 3 in our new series on working with Trauma. Discounts available if you book 3 or 4 of the series.

    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. In this new workshop we’ll consider

  • The role of dissociation in CSA
  • Complex PTSD and dissociative disorders
  • Parts of self
  • Understanding why shame is so important to appreciate when working with traumatised clients
  • Treatment strategies based on body therapies, internal family systems parts work, mindfulness techniques, and polyvagal theory
  • The challenges of working with this client group and understanding your own limits

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    Creating Transformative Relationships in Supervision - a course for Supervisors

    Date TBC - provisionally 7th February 2022 (TBC)
    9.30 am to 4 pm
    "In the room"
    Maximum 12 delegates

    We ran our first workshop for supervisors in July 2021 and we loved and so did the delegates.... so we'll be running another approximately six months on from the first.

    It will provide a space for supervisors to think and reflect on their relationships with supervisees and the process of supervision. This will be an experiential course but based on well understood & researched theories of supervision. We'll utilise theories of integrative & person-centred supervision as well as other models such as Appreciative Inquiry and the 7 Eyed Model of Supervision devised by Robin Shohet & Peter Hawkins.

    We don't see many courses for supervisors so we wanted to offer something which we'd want to attend! Something that gives you time and space with other supervisors to think & reflect on the work.

    It's our intention to deliver this "in the room" in Nottingham. However, we will be guided by the latest government guidance at the time.

    We will offer:

  • Time & space to think, reflect & simply be present
  • Activities to promote reflection, to bring about insights and to explore with like-minded others the therapeutic and supervisory relationship
  • Space for sharing. At a time when we’ve had limited interaction with others this workshop will create opportunities for us all to be heard and discover our own understanding of where we are

  • Working with Trauma: What about Us?

    Vicarious trauma, Compassion Fatigue or Burnout

    7th March 2022
    10 am - 4 pm on zoom
    £80 (£75 if booked in 2021)

    Course 4 in our new series on working with Trauma. Discounts available if you book 3 or 4 of the series.

    What if we’re not just tired?

    What if we’re not just tired?
    What if it’s our souls that are exhausted?
    The kind of tired that sleep won’t remedy.
    You see, when the world is in crisis (and it is),
    your soul becomes weary with the weight of collective grief….

    Donna Ashworth
    From History Will Remember

    This is one of a number of poems by Donna Ashworth on themes around the pandemic, from her book “History Will Remember”. These words really capture some of the exhaustion that many therapists, frontline workers, and those who support others are feeling. We hear it every day in the therapy room and with our supervisees. Many are exhausted.

    Plus, it’s not just that our jobs are demanding and tiring because we’re supporting others who are finding life and the world difficult, but we’re expected to do this whilst we also deal with the same issues ourselves. Add into that the ever-growing number of people needing support, working from home and working remotely for 18 months or more and you’ve a recipe for exhaustion!

    If you work with trauma, and who doesn’t as a therapist, then you’ll recognise “burnout”, “vicarious trauma”, “compassion fatigue” as key concepts…. You might even be wondering if that’s the path you’re on?

    How can we protect ourselves, or the people that we employ or who volunteer, from what are very real challenges when working with trauma, and traumatised individuals? We’re constantly told to practice self-care…but do we walk the walk? And what if we are and it’s still not enough?

    In this new course we’ll take a practical look at the difficulties and what we can do to help keep ourselves healthy and functioning, so that we enjoy our work more! It will cover:
  • Burnout, compassion fatigue & vicarious trauma
  • Why self-care often isn’t enough
  • The impact of the pandemic and remote working
  • The neurophysiology of empathy
  • Assess your needs and devise your own well-being plan

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

    DATE: New dates TBC in 2022
    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?

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

    new dates TBC in 2022
    10 am to 4 pm - on Zoom

    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?

  • Previously run courses

    The courses listed below are ones we have run previously but we have no set date to run again at present. If you're interested in one of these do let us know as that can inform our decision making around which courses to put on next year. Additionally if you're an organisation looking for bespoke courses you can let us know if you'd like to run one of these for your staff and/or volunteers.

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    Grieving & Loss: with the pandemic in mind

    We have revised this popular course to reflect on loss in the time of Covid.

    Grief and loss are always common themes in client work, but that has taken on a new and more complicated tone because of the pandemic. Many clients will be feeling intense emotions about the situation and not even recognise these stem from grief of the loss of their assumptive world. For others, the source of their grief will be as obvious as it is diverse – for example loss of loved ones, loss of livelihoods and jobs, loss of human contact, and loss of freedoms.

    Being able to identify and name life experiences as losses worthy of grief can be a very important part of healing. Yet all too often we only identify death as being worthy of grief, and other losses get pushed aside as we force ourselves to 'get on with it’ - or ‘over it'.

    In this newly updated workshop we will cover:

  • An overview of loss/grief/bereavement theories and models including stage models, continuing bonds and assumptive world theory.
  • the need to understand that grieving is both lifelong and life changing
  • an exploration of the different ways that clients may choose to grieve
  • the multiple types of loss we may experience other than death, including losses experienced by survivors of childhood abuse
  • grief through the lens of Covid
  • a range of different tools and resources that you can utilise with your clients

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    Understanding Low Self-esteem: a practical & experiential workshop

    Low self-esteem is something that often affects our clients and they can often want us to “cure” their low self-esteem – but how easy is that? We use the latest understandings in psychotherapy & neuroscience to consider self-esteem and how to improve it.

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

  • Where negative self-esteem originates
  • How negative emotional conditioning drives low self-esteem
  • Cognitive and relational methods to explore and work on self-esteem (& how to use with clients)
  • What the RAS is and how it can change our self-esteem

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

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    Working With Dissociative Clients: A Practical workshop

    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.

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    Let's Talk About Sex!
    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

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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

  • Pricing policy

    Just a word on pricing....
    From 1st April 2021 we will charge between £75 & £85 depending on the course, location, numbers attending. Please see individual courses for pricing. In general courses on zoom are £75.

    Fees are non-refundable. However, if you cancel 4 weeks or more prior to a course you can transfer your booking to another of our courses.

    Running training courses is quite administratively hard work at the best of times and even more so during the pandemic. We know some other organisations who charge a fee for amending bookings for this reason. 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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