Courses spring/summer 2021
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 - all on Zoom until June (after that please check individual courses)
Castle Cavendish Works
Dorking Road (Just off Radford Boulevard)
Until June all courses are delivered 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 and 99.9% saying they'd do again.
Grieving & Loss: with the pandemic in mind
26th April 2021
10 am to 4 pm
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
17th May 2021
10 am to 4 pm
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.
Exploring the Mother Wound
New date - 19th July 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
21st June 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:
Creating Transformative Relationships in Supervision - a course for Supervisors
9th July 2021
9.30 am to 4 pm
"In the room"
Maximum 12 delegates
In this new workshop we will be offering 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:
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.
Polyvagal theory and right and left brain attunement
Attachment through a somatic lens
Understanding Your Obligations to Survivors of Sexual Abuse: Pre-Trial Therapy, Disclosure & Safeguarding
DATE: On Zoom 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
How to Achieve Safety & Stabilisation in Phase 1 Trauma Therapy: a practical workshop
Date: 22nd November
Time: 10 am - 4 pm on Zoom
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:
-How to work safely with traumatised clients
-Understanding the window of tolerance
-Safe place visualisations
-Managing triggers and flashbacks
Understanding & Working Practically with Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse
Date to be confirmed
This course uses a mixture of didactic and experiential learning. As well as looking at the impact of childhood abuse and the neuroscience of trauma we also offer you opportunities 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.
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!
To be confirmed
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 in these unusual times....
From 1st April 2021 we will charge between £75 & £85 depending on the course, location, numbers attending. Please see individual courses for pricing.
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 this many 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!