CPD & Workshops

In this uncertain time of the Corona Virus pandemic, we are adapting our training courses for on-line delivery until the threat of infection has passed, enabling us to continue offering high quality and engaging training and development. If you have any questions please do get in touch with us: [email protected]

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.


Awareness of Trauma & Dissociation with Dr Anna Preston: POSTPONED

Most of our CPD programme will continue in an on-line format but we are postponing this event as it does not lend itself to this medium. As soon as we have a new date for Autumn/Winter we will post it on the site.

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.

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Working with Suicide & Risk with Kirsten Amis April 25th

Why study this course?

A thorough and thoughtful exploration of the issues surrounding suicide and risk. 
The workshop is designed to raise awareness of our working practices, decision-making around risk, suicide as well as addressing our own fears.

Who is this course for?

This training day is suitable for all counsellors, whether in training, just entering counselling or reflecting on extensive experience.

What to expect

The day begins with exploring the personal and professional experiences of suicide within the room before focusing on the assessment of risk and suicide in relation to our clients and our self. This will be achieved by highlighting possible dilemmas and the potential impact that these may have on our practice.

The day will include discussion around the organisation’s relevant policies and procedures. We will use recorded case studies to consider the impact of suicide and risk on our relationship and contracting with clients before we update our own practice with regard to language, law, ethics and confidentiality. We end the day reflecting on how our own risk assessment process could be developed to build confidence in this area.

Time & Location
10am – 4pm. On-Line.

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.

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Working with Couples: concepts & practice in contemporary couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy by Perrine Moran & Martha Doniach on June 20th

Why study this course?

This workshop will develop your understanding of the couple dynamic and of the skills required for clinical work with couples.

Who is this course for?

This training day is suitable for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.

What to expect

During the day we will explore fundamental concepts and elements of practice, including:

  • The development of a couple state of mind
  • The couple’s projective system
  • Shared unconscious phantasies
  • Working with highly charged conflict.

 

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* & GCS Associate: £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.

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Under the Skin: The Psychodynamics of Body Modification by Professor Alessandra Lemma on June 27th

Why attend this lecture?

The lecture will help you to have a more in depth understanding of what drives people
to modify their bodies.  The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.

Who is this course for?

This event is suitable for all counsellors, therapists, mental health professionals.

What to expect

The lecture will introduce key psychoanalytic concepts about the body and the experience of embodiment through an application to body modification practices. It will examine the unconscious phantasies that drive people to compulsively modify their bodies through cosmetic surgery, piercings, tattoos and scarification.

 

Time & Location
10am – 12pm On-Line.

Fees
External Qualified Therapist: £35
Group Rate: £32 per delegate
GCS Staff: £25
Trainee/Volunteer*: £20

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

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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 On-Line

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.

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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