Courses Autumn/Winter 2021
20/9/21 – Disclosure, Safeguarding & Pre Trial therapy (covering the new Pre-trial Therapy Protocol)
18/10/21 – Safe & Effective Trauma Therapy Essentials NEW COURSE 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.
1/11/21 – Exploring the Mother Wound – back again by popular demand 😊
8/11/21 – How to Set Up a Successful Counselling Business
22/11/21 – Achieving Safety & Stabilisation in Stage 1 Trauma Therapy Newly updated & Course 2 in our new series of workshops on Trauma
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.
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.
We send joining instructions about a week before each course.
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.
Adult Attachment & Relationship: What does it mean for therapy?
13th September 2021
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.
Understanding Your Obligations to Survivors of Sexual Abuse: Pre-Trial Therapy, Disclosure & Safeguarding
DATE: 20th September 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:
Pre-Trial Therapy Protocol
Safe & Effective Trauma Therapy Essentials
DATE: 18th October 2021
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:
In this new course we’ll guide you through
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.
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:
We will explore ways of working with clients that can both help to identify the mother wound and take steps towards its healing.
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:
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:
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.
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.
Trauma: Working with complex PTSD & Dissociation
24th January 2022
10 am - 4 pm on zoom
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
Working with Trauma: the impact on therapists
7th March 2022
10 am - 4 pm on zoom
Course 4 in our new series on working with Trauma. Discounts available if you book 3 or 4 of the series.
When we work with traumatised clients there is an inevitable impact on us as therapists but also on us as fellow human beings. In this very personal course, we’ll look at this emotive topic and help you think through what it means for you as a therapist. We'll consider...
Creating Transformative Relationships in Supervision - a course for Supervisors
Date TBC - likely January 2022
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:
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.
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:
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:
A good range of resources are provided to compliment the workshop learning.
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's the impact of trauma & dissociation on boundaries? What are the challenges and difficulties?
We also provide plenty of opportunity for your questions, as well as practical activities.
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?
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:
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
Numbers: maximum 20 delegates
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.
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!