Inspire CPD For Therapists

Courses in 2025

On this page you'll find a listing for all courses we're likely to be running in 2025.

We tend to set dates approximately 4 - 6 months ahead.

You can expect to see dates appearing for 2025 in September/October 2024.

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Safe & Effective Trauma Therapy Essentials

9.30 am to 3.30 pm

This is course 1 in a 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. This first workshop is particularly helpful for therapists new to trauma work, whether in training, or because you haven't worked in this area.

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.

2025. stones

Achieving Safety & Stabilisation in Phase 1 Trauma Therapy

Date: TBC - Will run again in 2025
Time: 9.30 am - 3.30 pm on Zoom
Cost: £85

Course 2 in our new Trauma series

Feedback from SB 22.11.21 "I found it really interesting, inspirational and informative. Hope to be able to join you on another course soon".

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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    Working with complex PTSD & Dissociation

    2025 - TBC
    9.30 am - 3.30 pm on zoom
    Cost £85

    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

    This course was full of so many little gems - I can't possibly pick out one thing - thank you!

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    Using Couple's Therapy Skills for Individual Clients

    Date TBC
    9.30 – 3.30
    Where: on zoom
    Cost: £85

  • Is the focus of your client’s work often their struggle with their romantic or sexual relationships?
  • Do you feel frustrated that you’re working with one half of the couple?

    When we work with individuals the focus will often be their personal relationships, and the interpersonal dynamic with their partner that we’ve never met. If you’ve not had any couples training, then sometimes it can feel like you’re not sure where to focus? How best to encourage better communication? You can feel a bit out of your depth, or in the dark, uncertain of how to aid the client in making significant & lasting change.

    In this brand new workshop we’re going to look at some of the ways you can help clients – even when you’re only working with one half of the couple.

    We will look at:
  • How people get their needs met in relationships, and how to ask for what you need
  • Consider how individuals communicate in relationship and how this can be improved
  • Developmental stages and couple dynamics
  • Lack of sex or intimacy & what this means?
  • Explored the links between our earliest relationships & our significant other
  • Considered why conflicts occur in relationships

    This workshop will give you confidence when working with individuals around relationships and introduce you to some of the concepts & theories utilised in couples therapy that you can put to excellent use when just working with a single client.
    As with all our courses there will be both experiential elements and direct links to practical ways of working with clients. We will provide practical examples and there will be lots of opportunity for you to explore, ask questions and discuss issues with other therapists.

  • 2025. burnoutbed

    What about us? Considering Burnout, Compassion Fatigue & Vicarious Trauma

    Vicarious trauma, Compassion Fatigue or Burnout

    Date TBC for 2025
    9.30 am - 3.30 pm on zoom
    Cost: £85

    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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    Exploring the Father Wound

    Date: TBC for 2025
    Time: 9.30 - 3.30
    Where: zoom
    Cost: £85

    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

  • 2025. Russiandolls

    Working with Nesting Dolls & other objects

    Date for 2025 TBC
    9.30 am TO 3.30 pm
    On ZOOM
    COST: £85

    Would you like to work creatively with clients using nesting dolls or other objects?

    Do you worry about how to introduce these methods?

    Have you used them yourself and found it enlightening but lack confidence to do it with your clients?

    If so this workshop will help to give you the confidence you need to expand your therapeutic repertoire in a way that will help clients to explore the different aspects of self, or relationship dynamics

    On this practical AND experiential workshop we will cover:

  • General principles when working creatively
  • What, when & how
  • Safety considerations
  • Practical examples of how to use these methods
  • Demonstrations using nesting dolls
  • Using dolls to unpack layers of life/aspects of self/parts work
  • Using dolls to work with shame, anger or grief
  • Opportunities for experiential practice
  • Using creative methods remotely
  • Questions & Answers

    This course is suitable for anyone who would like to bring more creativity into their therapy or supervision practice. It’s suitable for qualified counsellors, psychotherapists, supervisors, coaches as well as therapists in training.

  • 2025. butterflyblossom

    The Self-compassion Struggle

    Date TBC 2025
    9.30 - 3.30
    On zoom

    Self Compassion can have a massive impact on our clients, helping them to understand their inner critic, find ways to counter it and gain better ways of coping with emotional dysregulation. But, how do you or your clients respond to the notion of self-compassion?
    Do you embrace it – or struggle with it? Our experience has been that many clients, especially trauma survivors, really struggle with self-compassion as a concept – albeit they usually have lots for other people!

    In this new workshop we will explore the concept of compassion and provide a practical guide for introducing compassion into your practice. We will:

  • delve into what compassion really is
  • consider why our society makes it hard to embrace as a concept
  • provide a practical guide for introducing compassion into your practice.

    Compassion is a bit of a buzzword at the moment – and for good reason – because there is a wealth of evidence to suggest that it is really effective in bringing about positive change. So if it's that simple and so effective why aren't we all using this more?
    We will consider:
  • the very human struggle of rejecting something we don’t feel we deserve
  • explore the link with society's obsession with self esteem and rejection of vulnerability
  • your own barriers to self-compassion, and to also experience a number of self-compassion exercises that you can use in your client work. So not only is it useful for your work but can provide you with some self-exploration and self-care!

    We will:
  • Look at what self-compassion really is and more importantly is not
  • Explore the benefits of self compassion
  • Explore why the language you use might be a barrier to a client’s acceptance of compassion
  • Explore the barriers to self-criticism and why it’s hard to be self-compassionate, including society's obsession with self esteem and the pursuit of happiness which makes life's struggles seem like we are failing
  • Understand the links to brain systems of threat, drive and soothe
  • Undertake a range of compassion exercises including compassionate imagery, body scans, breathwork, and letter writing
  • Work with compassionate imagery
  • Learn how to encourage self-compassionate thinking and behaviours in our clients

  • Pricing & Cancellation policy

    Just a word on pricing....
    From 1st March 2023 we will charge £85 for Zoom courses, and £95 for any "in the room".

    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. Whilst we fully appreciate that life often happens last minute, we need time to be able to try and sell your space to another delegate, so we cannot simply transfer you to another course. If you cancel late we do offer you the option to re-book another course within the next 12 months at half price.

    Running training courses is administratively hard work. We know that for most training organisations if you cancel you simply lose your fee completely, and many also charge a fee for amending bookings. We take the view that our policy 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.

    How to book a place

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

    If you have any specific needs around accessibility, suitability of courses or questions regarding this please do email us.

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

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