CPD & Workshops

Our highly regarded Continued Professional Development (CPD) programme is delivered by leading trainers and clinicians across a range of therapeutic specialisms. Our courses offer rich and varied opportunities to deepen your expertise and maintain your CPD requirement. Workshops are usually held in Stroud on Saturdays from 10 am – 4 pm. Expect an interactive and stimulating learning experience that will give you a great opportunity to meet fellow practitioners and to explore new and challenging ideas to support your practice.

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 third parties. Please refer to our full Payment Terms and Conditions for details of booking, payment and cancellations.


Working with Gender Diverse Children by Philippa Beale on October 12th

Why study this course?

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

Who is this course for?

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

What to expect

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 Jaxon Oliver, 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.

Time & Location
10am – 4pm  GCS, Alma House, 52/53 High Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AP

Fees
External Qualified Therapist: £110
Group Rate: £95 per delegate
GCS Staff: £70
Trainee/Volunteer*: £60

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


Attachment Theory: Closeness, Comfort, Self-Control & Social Comprehension by Robin Balbernie on November 23rd

Why study this course?

The day 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.

Who is this course for?

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
  • An early years worker or volunteer

What to expect

This training event 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.

Robin Balbernie is an infant mental health specialist and was the Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in Gloucestershire CAMHS. 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.

Time & Location
10am – 4pm. GCS, Alma House, 52/53 High Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AP

Fees
External Qualified Therapist: £110
Group Rate: £95 per delegate
GCS Staff: £70
Trainee/Volunteer*: £60

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


The Art of Working with Anxious, Antagonistic Adolescents by Nick Luxmoore on November 30th

Why study this course?

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.

Who is this course for?

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.

What to expect

This workshop 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.

The day will be an opportunity to explore individual and group processes through experience and case material.

Time & Location
10am – 4pm. GCS, Alma House, 52/53 High Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AP

Fees
External Qualified Therapist: £110
Group Rate: £95 per delegate
GCS Staff: £70
Trainee/Volunteer*: £60

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


How do we recognise the unconscious? Exploring Lacan with Conor McCormack on January 18th 2020

Why study this course?

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.

Who is this course for?

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.

What to expect

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.

Time & Location
10am – 4pm. GCS, Alma House, 52/53 High Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AP

Fees
External Qualified Therapist: £110
Group Rate: £95 per delegate
GCS Staff: £70
Trainee/Volunteer*: £60

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


Awareness of Trauma & Dissociation with Dr Anna Preston March 28th

Why study this course?

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.

Who is this course 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.

What to expect

This workshop will be 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

 

Time & Location
10am – 4pm. GCS, Alma House, 52/53 High Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AP

Fees
External Qualified Therapist: £110
Group Rate: £95 per delegate
GCS Staff: £70
Trainee/Volunteer*: £60

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


Men’s Issues in Psychotherapy & Counselling (All genders welcome) by Professor Andrew Samuels on July 4th

Why study this course?

Are there different stories to tell about men and therapy, a man as a therapist and a man as a client?
Why do men become therapists and why do they become clients? Are their patterns, aims and goals different from those of women and, if so, have we really recognised this in how we think about and organise our clinical work?
Or, just as so many aspects of culture take the male as the norm, could it be that for contemporary therapy it is the female model that prevails?
Perceptions of men are deeply split in Western-style cultures. There are the idealised, sanitised and non-threatening versions used in advertising, in which the man is cuddly and boyish.
But there are also a whole series of moral panics in which all men (not just some) get seen as rapists, abusers and emotionally inexpressive. These cultural and public themes find their way into the intimate therapy space.

Who is this course for?

This workshop is suitable for psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, teachers, and the informed general public.
NB. This Masterclass is open to all genders.

What to expect

Andrew Samuels will explore three pervasive topics which are also of general interest because of the heat they generate:

  • The role of the father;
  • The issue of promiscuity;
  • Sexual misconduct on the part of male psychotherapists and counsellors.

 

Time & Location
10am – 4pm. GCS, Alma House, 52/53 High Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AP

Fees
External Qualified Therapist: £110
Group Rate: £95 per delegate
GCS Staff: £70
Trainee/Volunteer*: £60

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


Weekly Self Development Group with GCS

Who is it for?

This is a weekly  group that is not connected to any training course and open to anyone post GCS Diploma year one and to people outside of GCS with relevant experience of therapy. This group is for you if you are interested in working in a group setting, keen to explore your personal development, how you relate with others and you want to think about the groups you are in at work or in your private life.

What is the value of this group?

Although the group is not connected to any training course it is an excellent adjunct to any current training or to develop further experience of working in a group setting or as a bridge to postponed training.

The group is held by a highly experienced facilitator who is a Group Analyst and Psychotherapist.

Time & Location
The group will run on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30 pm – 3 pm at GCS, Alma House, 52/53 High Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AP. 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.

Fees
£15 weekly

Booking
For more information or to register your interest, contact Isabel Lewis: [email protected] or call 01453 766310