All Training Courses

  • Come and enjoy our innovative, dynamic and colourful training courses - increasing your counselling knowledge, while fulfilling CPD requirements!
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Team Weekend

In-house workshops, fellowship and fun for Regional Training Group members.

  • Friday – 2pm – 9pm (dinner included)
  • Saturday 9am – 9pm (lunch & dinner included)
  • Sunday 9am – 3.30pm (lunch included)

Accommodation (shared bathrooms) is available at the venue for £40 per person per night. Breakfast is included the following morning.

Brentwood, Sion Community
09/02/2018 to 11/02/2018
£89.00
Gestalt Creative Weekend

Gestalt encourages us to explore all the different aspects of who we are. Many of us have had less than perfect group experiences and this is a chance to share your thoughts and feelings in a safe and supportive setting as we use creative interventions to work within the group.

About the weekend:

  • 3 days of experiential learning to benefit both you and your client work
  • Small, safe group (max 12 people) with qualified counsellors (entry level is diploma minimum)
  • Main meals included (accommodation at venue available at extra cost. See below)
  • Deposit, bursary and instalment options available

Benefit from:

  • 17 hours CPD (certificate issued)
  • An accepting and encouraging environment
  • The opportunity to work on any issue you want to bring into the group
  • Experience the power of creative interventions to work with aspects of self at relational depth.

Previous Feedback:

  • “The most meaningful part was the safety in the group for each person wanting to work and the bravery of everyone. And the skills of the facilitator in keeping the space safe.” 
  • “Challenging, moving, inspiring, all captured in such an incredibly warm and nurturing experience.
  • “It has given me a deep sense of peace and calm, a feeling of freedom to really know that it is "okay" to be me, have my own feelings and to ultimately feel part of something, whatever that is.“

Friday – 2pm – 9.30pm (dinner included)
Saturday 9.30am – 9.30pm (lunch & dinner included)
Sunday 9.30am – 4pm (lunch included)

Accommodation (shared bathrooms) is available at the venue for £40 per person per night. Breakfast is included the following morning.

Brentwood, Sion Community
09/03/2018 to 11/03/2018
£225.00
Integrating Art Work in Counselling

Art work in counselling has the power to lift the lid on unconscious processes, helping clients to articulate what sometimes can’t easily be put into words. This is an interactive training day with demonstrations and opportunities to practise. No artistic ability necessary.

You will learn how to:

  • facilitate several artistic interventions which can release unconscious dynamics within the client
  • ‘step into the picture’, to deepen the process
  • work with fairy tales and archetypes
  • be aware of potential pitfalls and to assess the suitability of clients for this kind of work
  • understand the impact this can have on the therapeutic alliance

Please bring your own lunch, refreshments included

Brentwood, Sion Community 20/03/2018 £70.00
Integrating Sand Tray Work in Counselling

Today is a practical day working with sand trays to show the power of this creative intervention in helping clients explore their self-concept, relationships and view of life.

The day will include:

  • the origins of Sand Tray work and supporting theory
  • practical demonstrations of how to work with a Sand Tray and the chance to have a go at your own!

You will learn how to:

  • introduce Sand Tray work to clients
  • facilitate a client making a Sand Tray using objects and miniatures
  • create a fairy tale in a Sand Tray
  • understand the impact this can have on the therapeutic alliance

Please bring your own lunch, refreshments included.

Participants will need to bring a suitable large tray (details will be sent on booking). Sand will be provided.

Brentwood, Sion Community 21/03/2018 £70.00
Integrating Dream Work in Counselling

Today’s course takes a look at the fascinating world of our dream life and includes a variety of ways we can work with the stories that clients have written during the night.  Freud described dreams as the ‘Royal Road to Consciousness’, and we will look at his theories, plus input from Carl Jung and Fritz Perls, but it will essentially be a day of practical exercises and some psychodrama.  When you book this training day we will remind you to keep a dream diary in the weeks leading up to the course, and also to write down some of your recurring dreams that you have had throughout life.

The day will include:

  • theories about dreams
  • dream symbols
  • how to work creatively with dreams

You will learn how to:

  • help your client to explore and process the   dream story
  • draw the dream
  • act out your dream in psychodrama
  • work with the critical moment in a dream
  • help your client continue the story

Please bring your own lunch, refreshments included

Brentwood, Sion Community 22/03/2018 £70.00
GUEST SPEAKER: Dissociation in the Counselling Room

If you work with clients who have significant trauma the chances are you will be working with clients who dissociate – an ingenious and creative way of managing overwhelming emotions.

Sometimes clients may numb or zone out when they are with us in the counselling room – so what do we do then…?

Join guest speaker Tanya Orr as she looks at how and why dissociation happens, how clients can be helped to manage this and how to respond in the counselling room. The day will also explore the counsellor's own process, including attachment styles, and how this impacts on us as counsellors working with dissociative clients, as well as how to build adequate support through supervision, peer support, training and reading. The course will be a mixture of teaching, group work, role plays, experiential and sharing resources.

Please bring your own lunch, refreshments included.

 

 

TANYA ORR is a qualified and accredited counsellor, supervisor and trainer who holds a particular interest in trauma, attachment and dissociation.

Curiosous about the impact that trauma has on the body, she decided to train in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.  She has since integrated this approach into her counselling model and has found that this provides profound hope for those struggling with trauma. Previously Tanya lived in Northern Ireland with her family, where she co-established an agency, Restore Counselling, which was based in Belfast.  Working primarily in the voluntary sector she gained experience in developing policy and training and went on to do research and training for a project funded by the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

Tanya is the Executive Director of The Willows Counselling Service in Swindon and also currently supervises a number counsellors who are working with Dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorder.

To date Tanya has served on a number of various Boards and is currently a Trustee of the Swindon Counselling and Psychotherapy Network and Trauma & Abuse Group (TAG).

 

Brentwood, Sion Community 09/04/2018 £80.00
Childhood Sexual Abuse and its Effects into Adulthood

This important day sensitively explores the issue of childhood sexual abuse and the repercussions frequently experienced by survivors in adulthood. Material may be triggering

The day will include:

  • current statistics relating to sexual abuse
  • indicators of abuse in childhood
  • common issues in adulthood, including: anger, self- harm, suicidal ideation, sexual dysfunction and body image
  • trauma bonds, dissociation and survival strategies
  • how the brain and body deals with trauma
  • considerations for working safely with clients
  • the importance of the therapeutic relationship

Please bring your own lunch, refreshments included

Brentwood, Sion Community 10/04/2018 £70.00
GUEST SPEAKER: Bereavement, Grief & Loss

Bereavement is an issue counsellors are almost certain to encounter in the counselling room. Sue Pullen shares from her extensive experience of working alongside the bereaved in both community and hospice settings:

I am passionate about this subject and believe this is one of the last taboos. If we can talk about death, something that will surely happen to us all, and have some understanding of the natural process of grief and mourning, then maybe we can be alongside the bereaved in a meaningful way. I believe that bereavement is a process to be supported not a problem to be solved. “

Due to the experiential nature of this course, it is not recommended for those who have had a significant bereavement in the last year. Please contact the office if you are unsure of the suitability of the course for you.

The day will include:

  • an introduction to bereavement
  • theories and myths

You will learn how to:

  • Listen to and work with clients who have been bereaved

Please bring your own lunch, refreshments included.

 

SUE PULLEN is a trainer, counsellor and supervisor. She spent five years setting up a community bereavement service in Essex, and before that she worked in an adult and children’s hospice for 14 years, both on the care floor and in the family support team.  Sue volunteers with the Macmillan team based at Southend Hospital.  She has a Diploma in Bereavement Counselling, a Level 5 Diploma in Supervision and is trained in Creative Therapy.

 

Brentwood, Sion Community 18/04/2018 £80.00
Roles Played in Families 1

Roles Played in Families 1: Roles in Childhood & Learned Behaviour

Learn how the roles we took on or were given in childhood can still affect us today.

The day will include:

  • A theoretical understanding of roles and power dynamics, including insights from Transactional Analysis and Gestalt
  • The significance of sibling order
  • Unconscious messages in the roles
  • The Drama Triangle and the Winner’s Triangle

You will learn how to:

  • Practise using the Roles Played in Families cards, working in pairs or small groups in an encouraging environment
  • Identify when the cards may be useful in client work
  • Help clients understand their family of origin and also their present day family dynamics

Please bring your own lunch, refreshments included

Brentwood, Sion Community 25/04/2018 £70.00
Roles Played in Families 2

Roles Played in Families 2: Core Needs & Changing Patterns

A chance to work with the new Core Needs in Families cards and see how childhood roles are often continued in adult relationships.

The day will include:

  • an introduction to the Core Needs cards and how to work with them
  • insight into how unmet needs in childhood lead to the roles we play throughout life
  • work with the concept of Parent-Adult-Child dynamics to develop further understanding of relationships and exploration of choices

You will learn how to:

  • practise using the Core Needs in Families cards, working in pairs or small groups in an encouraging environment
  • identify when the cards may be useful in client work
  • help clients understand their family of origin and also their present day family dynamics
  • continue to work with the Roles Played in Families cards to gain confidence

Please bring your own lunch, refreshments included

Brentwood, Sion Community 26/04/2018 £70.00
Introduction to Attachment

An overview of John Bowlby’s theory of how early development shapes us giving key insights into behaviour and relationships.

The day will include:

  • a thorough understanding of the principles of Attachment
  • how animal studies influenced Bowlby’s work, including films
  • the film of ‘John’, an example of how this brought home the effects of separation
  • the Strange Situation experiments
  • how Attachment behaviour might look in our personal and professional relationships

Please bring your own lunch, refreshments included

Brentwood, Sion Community 30/04/2018 £70.00
Introduction to Gestalt

Core Gestalt principles are outlined in a colourful and dynamic way.

The day will include:

  • an illustrated explanation of Gestalt principles
  • demonstrations of the Gestalt way of working
  • working with puppets
  • guided imagery and artwork exercise
  • how Gestalt can be integrated into your model of counselling

Please bring your own lunch, refreshments included

Brentwood, Sion Community 01/05/2018 £70.00
When Relationships Break Down 1: The Dynamics of Conflict

 

Please bring your own lunch, refreshments included

Brentwood, Sion Community 15/05/2018 £70.00
When Relationships Break Down 2: Creative Pathways Through

Pauline Andrew offers a variety of creative interventions for working with complex or broken relationships.  The day will be helpful for working with issues clients bring, the therapeutic relationship itself and your own personal journey.

The day will include:

  • working with nesting dolls
  • working with figures
  • working with the Roles Played in Families cards
  • art work
  • assessment tools
  • demonstrations and work in small groups

You will learn how to:

  • explore relationships through the use of creative tools
  • gain confidence in working creatively through practising the interventions

Please bring your own lunch, refreshments included

Brentwood, Sion Community 16/05/2018 £70.00
Working with the Inner Child 1: Discovery

We begin the search for the lost child self, addressing developmental deficits which often underlie low self-worth.

The day will include:

  • an understanding of the concept of the inner child
  • an exploration of your own self-concept
  • an illustrated theoretical basis for inner child work, including Transactional Analysis and Deep Release
  • demonstrations of creative interventions

You will learn how to:

  • identify inner child dynamics in client behaviour
  • use creative interventions by practising in pairs and small groups

Please bring your own lunch, refreshments included

Brentwood, Sion Community 22/05/2018 £70.00
Working with the Inner Child 2: Practical Skills

Following on from Inner Child 1, today is an opportunity to practise the interventions and learn new ways of working with inner child dynamics.

The day will include:

  • a number of different creative interventions for working with the inner child
  • demonstrations and a chance to work in pairs and small groups to gain skills

You will learn how to:

  • work with pictures
  • share psychoeducation tools with clients
  • practise creative interventions, including nesting dolls, stones, Roles Played in Families and Core Needs cards and art work

Please bring your own lunch, refreshments included

Brentwood, Sion Community 23/05/2018 £70.00
Releasing Blocked Anger

Today is a chance to look at what happens when anger is blocked and how we can help clients release angry feelings safely.

The day will include:

  • a theoretical understanding of the effect on body and emotions when anger is blocked
  • reasons why clients feel it is unsafe to release strong feelings
  • spiritual struggles – is anger ok?
  • a number of creative interventions for working with anger in the counselling room

You will learn how to:

  • identify hidden anger in the client
  • work with the body to release anger safely
  • use cushions, symbols, puppets, art work and figures to help clients feel, own and express their anger

Please bring your own lunch, refreshments included

Brentwood, Sion Community 24/05/2018 £70.00