Online 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. Previously we have held our workshops in person but we have embraced the opportunity to adapt to an online format and engage with a global audience. 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.

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Privilege and Otherness: Developing a Language for Practitioners

Dr Dwight Turner


Saturday 11th June 2022, 10.00 – 13.00

Developing a Language for Practitioners Abstract The 2012 Olympics were seen as a watershed moment in British culture. Basking in the glow of a postracial society, we all assumed that issues of difference, race, gender, sexuality, etc were issues of the past. What we have seen since then, with the divisions highlighted through Brexit and the continuing political movement towards the right, is that these same issues, these same dilemmas of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and such, are as prevalent and as widespread within our society as they ever have been. The world of psychotherapy and counselling have perhaps been slow in using the talents that we have to actually look at and consider how we might assist in working with this material for our clients and ourselves. This three hour workshop is therefore designed to give practitioners, psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists and other mental healthcare professionals, an insight and the beginnings of the language that they might use when working with clients and others with these sorts of issues.

This workshop will cover first of all a presentation for an hour around issues of difference, diversity, privilege and otherness, all through an intersectional lens, before encouraging ourselves to look at our own issues of privilege and otherness through the language of dreams, creativity and drawing, and also helping us to look at our own experience of privilege and otherness.

About the Speaker

Dr Dwight Turner is Senior Lecturer within the School of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Brighton, lecturing on their PG Dip and MSc courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a PhD Supervisor at their Doctoral College, a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice. His latest book Intersections of Privilege and Otherness in Counselling and Psychotherapy was released in February 2021 and is published by Routledge. An activist, writer and public speaker on issues of race, difference and intersectionality in counselling and psychotherapy,

Dr Turner can be contacted via his website and can be followed on Twitter at @dturner300


This workshop will take place on Zoom, the link will be sent via email.

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GCS Trainee or Staff: £30


Not another trauma training! I’m traumatised out!

Dr Valerie Sinason


Saturday 2nd July 2021, 10:00 – 14:00

What is happening to mental health services right now? In addition to the impact of world instability and national inequality we face the impact of Covid. We no longer have the luxury of living in a different space to our clients. We all face the fear of death of loved ones or ourselves and the fear of separation through isolation and hospital. There is no end in sight.

  • Who helps the helpers?
  • What helps us?  


Sometimes helping others allows us respite from our own pain. Sometimes it exacerbates it. Take time to invest in a reflection moment.  

Who should attend?

Counsellors, trainee counsellors and mental health professionals. 

About the Speaker

Dr Valerie Sinason was Consultant Child Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic from 1987 to 1999; Consultant Psychotherapist at both the Anna Freud and Portman Clinics from 1994 to 1997 and Consultant Research Psychotherapist/Psychoanalyst at St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London, from 1994 to 2006. Valerie founded the Clinic for Dissociative Studies in 1998. 

Having given ten years’ notice of her intended retirement on her 60th birthday, Dr Sinason retired as Clinic Director on her 70th birthday in December 2016 and Dr Rachel Thomas was appointed as her successor. On her 72nd birthday in December 2018 CDS UK (Clinic for Dissociative Studies) became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with Dr Rachel Thomas appointed as CEO, and an experienced Board of Trustees was duly appointed for the Charity. 

Dr Sinason currently retains a Consultant post at the CDS UK (Clinic for Dissociative Studies) which focuses on course development. She is Honorary Consultant Psychotherapist to the University of Cape Town’s Child Guidance Clinic. Dr Sinason is also president of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability, patron of the Dorchester Trust and the Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse, acting chair of trustees of the Nieu Bethesda Arts Foundation and a council member for Norwood. 

In April 2016, Dr Sinason was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the ISSTD (International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation). In 2017, she was made a Fellow of the ISSTD and in January 2019 she was elected to their Board of Directors. 

Dr Sinason’s extensive writing includes over 100 published, peer-reviewed papers. She has written over 20 books and lectures nationally and internationally. 


This workshop will take place on Zoom, the link will be sent via email.

Book Tickets

To book your space, please choose an option from the drop down box below and click register.

Standard rate: £50 (please choose External from the options below)

GCS Trainee or Staff: £40