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Keep yourself up to date with regular news and events which take place at GCS. In this section you will find details of updates we may think are relevant and new events in the coming months.

Continuing Professional Development and Short Course Programme

For many years GCS has offered Continuing Professional Development events and forums for therapists, people in the helping professions and trainees. The programme is usually held in Stroud on Saturdays from 10-4. They are interactive, stimulating and a great opportunity to meet fellow practitioners and to explore new and challenging ideas.

Booking and Cancellation:

Bookings are provisional on receipt of a booking form and the correct fee. Where a deposit is payable to secure your place, this is non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by GCS. Any balance owing is payable no later than 14 days prior to the training.

We do not store credit card details, nor do we any share financial information with 3rd parties. Please refer to our full Payment Terms and Conditions for details of booking, payment and cancellations.

Saturdays 25th Feb, Mar 18th and Apr 29th     Creating a Couple State of Mind presented by Madeleine Woof and Suzanna Mackenzie     10am - 4pm

A 3-day interlinking course, each day building on the previous, designed to develop and substantiate couple therapy theories and practice. The capacity to develop and occupy the couple state of mid is vital to the success and integrity of the work offered by the couple and therapist. This short course will aim to develop and integrate use of fundamental couple therapy theories such as:

Unconscious couple fit

Shared fantasy

Projective identification

Oedipal dynamics, from the dyad to the triad

The course best taken as a whole but modules can stand alone.

Suzanna Mackenzie is a BAPC accredited counsellor and psychotherapist and holds an MSc. in psychosexual therapy, with a private practice near Stroud for individuals, couples and families.

Madeleine Woof has a private practice working with individuals, couples and families. For the last 25 years she has also worked as a therapist at The Bridge Foundation for Psychotherapy in Bristol. Having held a clinical lecturer faculty post at Tavistock relations in London, she is currently a visiting clinician and trainer for TR.

Fees (Full course): £400 external, Group Rate £330 for groups of 3 or more. £300 Therapists/Counsellors in Training

Please get in touch for fee details if you would like to attend for one/two days only.

Date TBC     Using Supervision - presented by Robin Shohet - 10am - 4pm

Presented by Robin Shohet, one of the leading experts in Supervision Training, this workshop will explore the skill of making the best possible use of supervision, the supervision group and your supervisor. The workshop will be of particular interest to trainee counsellors and therapists.

Fees: External £100, group rate £90 for groups of 3 or more.

Fridays 21st April, 5th May, 29th May and 2nd June      Families and Beyond: An Introduction to Systemic Thinking presented by Gwyn Daniel 9.30am - 4.30pm

In collaboration with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, GCS is delighted to offer this four day short course on systemic thinking and its application within therapeutic work. Through a combination of seminars and work discussion groups, you will learn new ways of thinking about and negotiating personal and work relationships as well as many other applications of systemic ideas.

The course is open to all those who work with people whether in a counselling/therapeutic capacity or other contexts. It is for carers, managers, teachers, health and social care professionals and all those who would like to find out more about systemic thinking and practice; whether for career purposes or out of general interest.

Fees: £370 trainees, Qualified Therapists £420, Group rate £380 for groups of 3 or more

Saturday 6th May 2017      Endings: How Much Time is Enough? presented by Ally Kessler       10am - 1pm

The subject of endings gives rise to fundamental questions about what psychotherapy is for and how we know when it is finished. It is often a time of anxiety for both patient and therapist and is particularly prey to the pressures of idealisation, theoretical beliefs and the demands of patients and organisations. In this workshop, participants will think together about their clinical experiences of endings; we will explore the question: how much time is enough?

It is suitable for therapists at all levels of experience who would like to explore this subject further.

Ally Kessler is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and a training therapist and supervisor at The Severnside Institute of Psychotherapy in Bristol. She has also led workshops and study days on working with people affected by life-threatening illness. She is Chair of the Psychodynamic Training at SIP.

Fees: External £35, Group Rate £30 for groups of 3 or more

Saturday 17th June   A one day workshop on Grief presented by Dr Liz Rolls  10am - 4pm

In his 1917 article 'Mourning and Melancholia', Freud was the first to describe the tug of war between the fact of death and continuing attachment to the deceased that lies at the heart of the painful struggle for those who have been bereaved. This workshop will explore bereavement and loss through experiential activities, group discussion, case studies, lecture and clinical material from participants' work with clients to enhance our understanding of how we, as practitioners, can best support and enable clients facing bereavement and loss.

Dr Liz Rolls is a GCS trained psychodynamic counsellor with a particular interest in bereavement and trauma. She is also involved in aspects of training at GCS and holds an Honorary Reserach Fellowship at The University of Gloucestershire.  She has undertaken a number of end-of-life and bereavement studies exploring the impact of practical support on UK parents and partners bereaved through military death. She has made conference presentations both in the UK and Europe, and written a number of papers and chapters on childhood bereavement services and wider bereavement related issues.

Fees: £70 external, Group rate £65 for groups of 3 or more

Saturday 1st July 2017   Self Harm, Self Care and The Way Between presented by Maggie Turp 10.30am - 4.30pm

In this workshop the relationship between self-harm and suicidal behaviour will be explored. Drawing on DVD footage and service user testimony, we will consider hw individuals who self-harm conceptualise their experience, attending both the aetiology and function of self-harming behaviour.

Dr Maggie Turp is a psychodynamic psychotherapist , supervisor in practice and chartered psychologist. Her academic career has included lectureships at The University of Reading and Birkbeck College, London. For the past decade, Maggie's educational work has included the provision of CPD training workshops for regionally based associations of counsellors and psychotherapists.

Fees: £95 external, Group Rate £85 for groups of 3 or more

Experiential Group Work with The Gloucestershire Counselling Service

Essential self-awareness and group experience for anyone working, training or considering training in the therapeutic professions.

GCS is offering a once-weekly self-awareness/experiential group which will begin in November 2016.

The group is suitable for:

  • People who are interested in training as counsellors or therapists and who would like to develop their self-awareness in a group setting
  • Counsellors or other therapists in training who are interested in furthering their own self-awareness in a group setting (the group is not limited to GCS trainees - applications are welcomed from people on other training courses)
  • People who are interested in group work and who would like to do more

The Group Conductor, Di King is an Individual and Group Analytic Psychotherapist. She is a member of Group Analysis International and Group Analysis South West which is based in Bristol. Her interest is in groups in general and as a model for both personal development and clinical work.

Fee: £15 weekly

The group will run on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30pm-3pm at Alma House in Stroud. There will be the usual breaks for Christmas, Easter, Summer and half-terms. If you are interested in this work, but unable to attend on Wednesday afternoons, please let us know.

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Accessibility - Unfortunately there are a number of stairs at our Stroud venue so therefore is not accessible to everyone. Training materials can be made available in Large print if required.

British Psychoanalytic Council

GCS specialises in providing counselling and training of counsellors to professional standards. GCS was established in 1980 and has over 60 counsellors offering high quality affordable, counselling to the community of Gloucestershire in venues across the county including Stroud, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Cirencester. All our counsellors are supervised and managed within GCS and work within the BACP ethical framework. Some of our counsellors are counsellors in training; they work to the same standards as our qualified counsellors.

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