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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 workshops, updates and 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. Workshops are usually held in Stroud on Saturdays from 10 am - 4 pm. 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.

Supervision Training

We are offering a Reflective Supervision Group in May with Dr.Anna Harvey, see details below. We are currently reviewing our offer for Clinical Supervision Training and are keen to hear from anyone interested in training with us, contact us regarding your specific needs and areas of interest: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Reflective Supervision Practice Group 24th May, 14th June, 5th July & 19th July 10 am - 1 pm by Dr. Anna Harvey

This group is a valuable opportunity to discuss your working issues within a supportive group setting - as well as to learn theory to enable to think more broadly and effectively. You will develop new skills for your own work as well as to take back into your workplace.

Although individual dilemmas and practice issues will be the main focus of the Reflective Supervision Practice Group, we will also develop the supervision and reflection skills of the participants so that they may take the process into their work place.  The group will draw on both psychoanalytic and systemic theory to inform understanding and practice.
Each group will be followed by a theory seminar where articles about supervision and reflection processes will illuminate and enhance our learning from experience.

This group is for you if you manage or supervise others, you may be a: Counsellor, Therapist, Teacher, Head Teacher, Social Worker, Manager, Nurse, Care worker, GP, Health Professional, Midwife, Care Worker or working in another role in the helping professions.

Dr Anna Harvey has worked at the Tavistock and Portman Clinic leading seminars for advanced practitioners in reflective supervision and advanced practice for many years. She also provides coaching and reflective supervision for professionals in highly demanding jobs. Anna is the course development lead for the Supervision Practice Development Programme at the Tavistock & Portman. She is also a highly experienced children and families’ social worker and now senior clinical lecturer in social work and social care.

Fees: £200

Couples Counselling 3-Day Training 18 & 19th May & 22nd June 10 am - 4 pm by Marian Gillet

This is an excellent course if you keen to move into couples work and want the opportunity to study with a highly experienced and well regarded trainer. By the end of the course you should have a clear sense of whether couple work is for you, an understanding of what couple work involves and the different approaches to it and you will have begun to develop couples counselling skills.

This course is for trained counsellors who are considering extending their practice to work with couples. It provides an over-view of couple work, examining the main differences between individual and couple counselling and the extra skills needed to work effectively with couples.

There will be input on different approaches to couple work, on how to work with sexual problems and on additional ethical issues that need to be considered when working with couples. It is also a highly practical course, with trainer demonstrations and role-plays designed to develop couple work skills.

Marian Gillett, M.Ed, M.A. Psychotherapy, Dip. Psychotherapy, UKCP reg.Cert. Couple Counselling (Relate) is a UKCP registered psychotherapist.  Marian is Relate-trained and has many years’ experience working with couples. She has taught counselling skills on the GCS Certificate in Counselling Skills course run in Herefordshire and has run courses for Relate as well as for numerous other organisations.  Marian has worked as a psychotherapist for 18 years.

Fees:
External Qualified Therapist: £330
Groups of three or more: £285 per delegate
GCS Staff: £210

Let’s Talk Groups: A Group-Analytic Approach 22nd June 10 am - 4 pm by Nick Barwick



This one-day course aims to explore some of the ways that group life affects individuals and individuals affect group life.  A better understanding of this psychological interplay (group processes) can help us become more adept at working with and within groups whether as members, leaders or consultants. A group perspective can help expand our ways of seeing and thinking and so better harness group resources in the service of creative rather than destructive ends.

This course will focus mainly, though not entirely, on a group-analytic perspective (a perspective that draws upon psychoanalytic, systemic, gestalt and sociological thinking) to explore the following:

  • Hopes and fears about groups
  • The principle of interconnectedness
  • The modification of psychoanalytic principles in groups (transference, free association and the unconscious)
  • Group specific phenomena
  • The question of leadership
  • An opportunity to explore individual and group processes through experience and case material.

The day will be of interest to anyone who wishes to develop their thinking and skills in working with and within groups or who may be in a position to refer others to a group as a way of enabling their personal/psychological development.  You may be a Counsellor, Therapist, Social Worker, Teacher or Head Teacher, Manager, Consultant, Supervisor, Nurse, Care Worker or any other role with an interest in groups.

Nick Barwick is a qualified teacher, group analyst and UKCP registered psychotherapist (psychoanalytic section). Having lectured for a number of professional therapy bodies and on several university post-graduate courses, he is presently a tutor on psychodynamically-oriented trainings at the University of London, the Institute of Group Analysis and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.  Having helped to establish counselling services in several educational institutions, he now works as a counsellor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and as a small group conductor at the University of London and the Institute of Group Analysis.  Nick is a published author, Managing Editor of the international journal Psychodynamic Practice and a practising musician.

Fees:
External Qualified Therapist: £110
Groups of three or more: £95 per delegate
GCS Staff: £70
Counsellors & Therapists in training or Volunteer* in a listening role: £60 (confirmation of trainee status is required on booking)

*We require proof of your Volunteer work & role at application stage & respectfully ask you to apply for the reduced rate with integrity.

 

 

Working with the Body in Counselling & Psychotherapy 29th June 2019 10 am - 4 pm by Margaret Landale

 

 


This master class offers an opportunity for clinical inquiry i

nto how to work safely and effectively with the body in counselling and psychotherapy. This will be especially relevant to counselors/psychotherapists with no formal training in a body-oriented approach or those who would like to deepen their clinical practice.

There is growing recognition especially through advances in interpersonal neurobiology, attachment and trauma research that many of the issues that clients bring into therapy are somatically embedded. As therapists we therefore need to be able to engage with the non-verbal and embodied aspects of the client’s experience and help raise somatic awareness within the client.

The day will have a practical focus exploring clinical dilemmas and situations especially in areas such as complex trauma and somatization disorders. There will also be opportunities for participants to bring their own clinical material and challenges.

Margaret Landale is an experienced psychotherapist and supervisor. She has been a training director at the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy in London and delivers workshops and talks nationwide. Having been a meditator for many years, she has become increasingly interested in the integration of mindfulness in psychotherapy and has taught on the ‘mindfulness in individual psychotherapy’ module at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University.

Fees:
External Qualified Therapist: £110
Groups of three or more: £95 per delegate
GCS Staff: £70
Counsellors & Therapists in training or Volunteer* in a listening role: £60 (confirmation of trainee status is required on booking)

*We require proof of your Volunteer work & role at application stage & respectfully ask you to apply for the reduced rate with integrity.


Working with Antagonistic, Anxious Adolescents 30th November 10 am - 4 pm by Nick Luxmoore

When young people complain of ‘anxiety’, how should we respond? What makes them anxious and what assuages their anxiety? How much is their antagonism a response to anxiety and how much is anxiety what they feel when their antagonism can’t be expressed?

The workshop will be experiential and practical as well as theoretical. We’ll think about our own experiences as well as the experiences of the young people with whom we’re working. We will practise and learn together. The day will explore the anxiety and the antagonism at the heart of young people’s development. We’ll look at issues such as dependence, separation, death, guilt, sex, failure, aggression, anger, hatred, chaos, ambivalence and disappointment.  It will be an opportunity to explore individual and group processes through experience and case material.

The day will be highly relevant for you if you are a counsellor, therapist or a professional working with young people in education, health, social services or in other contexts.

Nick Luxmoore is a psychotherapist, supervisor, trainer and author. He is the author of eleven books in the field of understanding and working with the issues that young people face, including his most recent: The Art of working With Anxious, Antagonistic Adolescents.  Nick also writes a blog for ‘Psychology Today’, a quarterly column for BACP’s Children, Young People & Families magazine, and he currently works as a freelance trainer, counselling supervisor and writer.
Fees:
External Qualified Therapist: £110
Groups of three or more: £95 per delegate
GCS Staff: £70
Counsellors & Therapists in training or Volunteer* in a listening role: £60 (confirmation of trainee status is required on booking)

*We require proof of your Volunteer work & role at application stage & respectfully ask you to apply for the reduced rate with integrity.

Weekly Therapy Group 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.

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 is held by a highly experienced Group Analyst and Psychotherapist.

Fee: £15 weekly

The group will run on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30 pm - 3 pm 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.

 

 
BACP
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.