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]

 On-line training with GCS

Feedback from on-line CPD Event, ‘Working with Suicide & Risk’ by Kirsten Amis:
“I thought that the technical support and guidance was clear and helpful – doing the training over Zoom could have been challenging and tedious, but it felt engaging and comfortable.  The training was competently and thoughtfully delivered, whilst working remotely I still felt present and engaged with the material, which was was insightful, useful and thought provoking.”

Take this opportunity to continue developing your practise during this period of lock-down and to connect with others in a meaningful way. Given the lack of physical contact, GCS will encourage participants to network and connect between sessions (where courses are run over multiple sessions) and the training channel will remain open during tea breaks to allow for informal conversation.
You need a strong internet connection – sit as close to your router as you can and if possible ensure you are the only person using the connection.
GCS will use Zoom so participants need to download this free app – ideally onto a laptop or computer but most smart phones will support Zoom.
Full instructions will be given after booking, prior to the event, about what you need to do.
Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns about training on-line.
Please note we are only converting CPD events on-line that will translate well into this medium to ensure you have a positive training experience. We have also reduced our fees for all on-line CPD training events.

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. Under normal circumstances workshops are held in Stroud on Saturdays from 10 am – 4 pm but currently training events are being delivered in shorter sessions on-line. 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.


Men’s Issues in Psychotherapy & Counselling On-Line Event (All genders welcome) by Professor Andrew Samuels on July 4th & July 11th – FULLY BOOKED

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?

These workshops are 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
9.45 – 1 pm July 4th & July 11th On-Line

Fees
Please note we are now able to accept international payments.

External Qualified Therapist: £70
Group Rate: £65 per delegate
GCS Staff: £45
Trainee/Volunteer*: £40

*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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Awareness of Trauma & Dissociation with Dr Anna Preston: Now on-line running 19th & 26th September 2020

Why study this course?

This two-part event 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
September 19th & 26th on Zoom 9.45 am – 1 pm (with breaks).

Fees
External Qualified Therapist: £70
Group Rate: £65 per delegate
GCS Staff: £45
Trainee/Volunteer*: £40

*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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Energy Psychology & The Therapeutic Relationship by Alistair Appleton on November 21st

Why study this course?

‘Cognitive Somatic’ therapy is NICE’s description of energy psychology and
is recommended for treatment of PTSD by the NHS. Understanding the history, context, uses and limitations of EP (tapping, EFT, TAT, AIT) will be essential for future treatment plans.

Who is this course for?

Any therapist, counsellor or coach interested in this crucial new form of therapy.

What to expect

This workshop looks at the background, roots, and history of EP; some of the research around it and its successes and limitations. There will be exploration of at least 2 forms of EP; discussion of how they are best integrated into our clinical practice; some case studies.

Time & Location
10 am – 5 pm at GCS, Alma House, 52-53 High Street, Stroud, GL5 1AP
Please note we will convert this training on-line if lock-down/social distancing prevents a face-to-face event.

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: Starting Jan 2021

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 usually runs at GCS, Alma House, 52/53 High Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AP. Day and time tbc.
During lock-down the group will run on-line – contact us to join.
There will be the usual breaks for Christmas, Easter, summer and half-terms.

Fees
£15 weekly

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