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News & Events

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 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  

Working with Gender Diverse Children & Young People 12th October 10 am - 4 pm by Philippa Beale


This workshop will provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills to work successfully with gender diverse children and young people. 

The workshop will enable you to develop an understanding of the range of ways that young people identify their gender; information about how gender develops; and an opportunity to explore the dilemmas and difficulties facing young people identifying in gender variant ways. Practitioners will come away feeling more confident about their skills in working with these children and young people and their families, and with knowledge about other services that exist to support their work.
Philippa will be joined for part of the afternoon by a young adult who will share his story of navigating his journey through child and adult gender services and share his reflections on what has helped and hindered along the way.

The workshop will be relevant for counsellors, social workers, teachers, psychotherapists, and anyone likely to work with gender diverse children and young people.

Philippa Beale (MA, CQSW, Dip Family Therapy) is a UKCP registered Family and Systemic Psychotherapist and former Social Worker with over 25 years of experience of working with children and families in both statutory and voluntary agencies. She has been working with the Tavistock and Portman NHS trust Gender Identity Development Service since January 2018, and brings her experience of working with the young people and their families attending this service to this training day.

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.

 

 

Attachment Theory: Closeness, Comfort, Self-Control & Social Comprehension 23rd November 2019 10 am - 4 pm by Robin Balbernie

 

 


This training event will give you a broad understanding of attachment behaviour in both children and adults and will cover some of the major research findings behind attachment theory and its application in clinical work with children and families.

The day will look at the development of attachment behaviour in the baby and toddler and how this is influenced by the family emotional environment and parental responsiveness. The different categories of attachment and how these are measured will be explored, including how the child may be affected by childhood adversity within the family. This will cover the concept of internal working models and how these differ depending on experience. Adult attachment categories, and the pattern of relationships they associate with, are assessed in a different way from those of childhood and these will also be briefly considered.

This training will be highly relevant for you if you are a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist, in counselling or therapeutic training, a social worker, a health visitor or pediatrician or an early years worker or volunteer.


Robin Balbernie is an infant mental health specialist. He worked with the Children’s Centres in the county as clinical lead of ‘Secure Start’. He became the Clinical Director of PIP UK, setting up and supporting specialised infant mental health teams across the country. He is an advisor to the Association of Infant Mental Health and was a member of the Young Minds’ Policy and Strategy Advisory Group. He has published papers in many journals, including the Infant Mental Health Journal, The British Journal of Psychotherapy, Family Law, Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Attachment & Human Development, Young Minds, Nursery World and the Journal of Child Psychotherapy.

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.


How do we recognise the unconscious? Exploring Lacan with Conor McCormack 18th January 2020 10 am - 4 pm by Nick Luxmoore

Lacanian thought is on the rise in the humanities - these are ideas that seem well equipped to grapple with the deepening complexities of the 21st century. The Lacanian psychoanalytic clinic can also make an offer for our time – cutting a fresh path through the field of ‘mental health’ – reframing medical diagnoses as questions of subjectivity.

The focus of the workshop will be the fundamental concept of Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis – the unconscious. For Lacan the unconscious comes from the ‘outside’ and appears in the disruptions of glitches of language.

This workshop is an opportunity to find a way into a Lacan for our moment in time. This course should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in psychoanalysis, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training.


For the past 8 years Conor McCormack has been a psychoanalyst in training with the Lacanian orientated Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. He works in Bristol in private practice as well as for a National Health Service talking therapy clinic.
Conor is also a director and writer known for his powerful, socially engaged filmmaking, including the BIFA nominated documentary Christmas with Dad and the acclaimed voice-hearing documentary In the Real: www.inthereal.org

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.

Awareness of Trauma and Dissociation 28th March 10 am - 4 pm by Dr Anna Preston

The day will help attendees develop an understanding and awareness of trauma and dissociation in order for their counselling/ therapeutic practice to assist people with such experiences, exploring:

  • The link between trauma, attachment and dissociation
  • Understanding the spectrum of dissociation and dissociative disorders (including Dissociative Identity Disorder)
  • Identifying and responding to dissociation when it happens in the room
  • Working with trauma related-dissociation
  • Understanding the perspective of someone who experiences dissociation/DID
  • How we can help in counselling.

This event is for counsellors/therapists and other mental health practitioners who want to develop their understanding of trauma and dissociation (including DID), and how to work most effectively with people affected by it.

Dr. Anna Preston BSc Psychology (Hons); Clinical Psychology Doctorate, BPS and HCPC accredited, started working with people with mental health difficulties in 2000 in various settings including inpatient, community and secure forensic settings. She qualified as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Surrey in 2009. Since then, she has completed further training and subsequently specialised in working with adults with complex difficulties. Anna is currently working as the lead psychologist for our NHS acute psychiatric services in Surrey. She also work independently as an expert witness for the criminal, family and immigration courts.


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.