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.

Feedback from our latest CPD event “As has been the case with every CPD event I have attended with GCS it was excellent and I found it both interesting and helpful. Thank you.”

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Not another trauma training! I’m traumatised out!

Dr Valerie Sinason


 

Saturday 6th November 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. 

Details

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

Book Tickets

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

GCS Trainee or Staff: £40

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Working therapeutically with Suicide and Suicidal Ideation

Dr Antonia Murphy

 

Saturday 29th January 2022, 13:00 – 17:30

The workshop aims to enable us to think about suicide and increase our understanding of this complex subject while exploring the meaning behind this powerful act. It intends to help us to understand its individual nature.  It also examines the destructive aspects and the unconscious intentions and fantasy behind the act, both as an act for and against the self.  The aim of the workshop is to engage thinking about suicide so that clinical  practitioners can gain greater awareness and understanding of suicide in order that they can assess and work more confidently with suicidal patients where clinically indicated and face the fears associated with suicide. As such the work focusses on the therapeutic aims of working with suicidality with an emphasis both on the need for thorough risk assessment and also the possibility of doing effective therapy with those who are suicidal. Participants will increase their understanding of the subject, challenge concepts of mental illness and suicidality, but most importantly address the understandable fear we all have about suicide and its power to render us impotent. 

Who is this event for? 

Counsellors, trainee counsellors and mental health professionals.

This workshop focusses on examining and understanding suicide so that psychotherapists, counsellors and other relevant practitioners can be more knowledgeable and therefore more confident about their own effectiveness in working therapeutically, where indicated, with patients who express suicidal ideation. 

About the Speaker

Antonia Murphy is a UKCP registered psychotherapist with over 25 years of clinical experience in the NHS, the third sector and private practice.  

Antonia managed the primary care counselling service in Derbyshire , UK, from 1998 – 2006. She was a founding director, responsible for professional and training standards, of Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Primary Care (CPC). Her training portfolio includes design and delivery of CPC’s multi modality supervision training programme and training on The Therapeutic Frame: Working at the Coal Face and Working with Envy.  More recently she has developed her long term clinical interest in working with suicide into a training which has been delivered to over 40 universities and other psychotherapeutic trainings and settings.  

She is the author of several papers on clinical aspects of psychotherapeutic practice in organisations. She is the former editor of the Journal for the Foundation of Psychotherapy and Counselling and an editorial board member of the Journal of Psychodynamic Practice.  She is co author of Psychological Therapies in Primary Care : Setting up a Managed Service (Karnac 2004) and author of Out of This World : Suicide Examined ( Karnac 2017).

Antonia works in private practice as a psychotherapist and supervisor in Nottingham, United Kingdom.  . 

Details

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

Book Tickets

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Standard rate: £55 (please choose External from the options below)

GCS Trainee or Staff: £40

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Working with the Male Psyche

Dr John Paradise

 

Saturday 12th February 2022, 10:00 – 17:00

  • How do you think about the male psyche in your work?
  • What does your countertransference tell you with a male client?
  • How do you think about your countertransference to a man in your work?
  • Do you feel differently working with a man to a woman?

 

These are just some of the areas we will explore together. Working within a Transactional Analysis framework, with some psychoanalytical influence the workshop will be experiential.

During this workshop ‘Working with the Male Psyche’ John will present a model of the male psyche viewed through a cultural lens.  Often associated in working therapeutically with men are anger, aggression, overthinking and a perception of lack of feelings or emotion. John will be drawing upon his years of experience of working almost exclusively with men, often in long term therapy. 

Time will also be given for plenary discussion on the topic of working psychotherapeutically with men.

About the Speaker

John Paradise is a Certified Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy), Provisional Teaching & Supervising Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy). John Paradise works almost exclusively with men in long term therapy. 

Details

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: £70 (please choose External from the options below)

GCS Trainee or Staff: £45

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Exploring Transgender Identities: A Psychoanalytic View

Dr Allessandra Lemma

 

Thursday 10th March 2022, 19:15 – 20:45

This seminar will provide an overview of some of the clinical and ethical challenges facing clinicians working with individuals who identify as transgender. It will cover some of the research findings as well as the way that psychoanalysis approaches transgender identities. There will be time for discussion of how to best support individuals exploring their gender identity. 

It will provide an up-to-date overview of the clinical and ethical challenges for clinicians supporting individuals who identify as transgender. 

Who should attend?

It will provide an up-to-date overview of the clinical and ethical challenges for clinicians supporting individuals who identify as transgender. 

It is suitable for trainee and qualified psychotherapists and counsellors. 

About the Speaker

Alessandra Lemma is a Consultant, Clinical Psychologist at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families as well as being Co-Director of the Young Persons’ Consultation and Therapy Centre at the Queen Anne St Practice. Since 2010 he has been Visiting Professor, Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London. Up until 2016, he worked for 14 years at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust where he was Head of Psychology and Professor of Psychological Therapies (in conjunction with Essex University).  

Alessandra’s forthcoming book is: Transgender Identities: a Contemporary Introduction 

Details

This workshop will take place on Zoom. The zoom link will be sent via email.

Book Tickets

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Standard rate: £25 (please choose External from the options below)

GCS Trainee or Staff: £20

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Guilt and Shame

 

Saturday 7th May 2022, 10:00 – 16:00

Clinicians in the field of psychotherapy and counselling know a great deal about guilt and shame. Many people coming for help are weighed down and oppressed by these feelings, which spoil their lives but from which they cannot seem to escape. 

Clinicians too are not exempt from burdensome and exhausting feelings of guilt and shame which can impact on their ability to work effectively and enjoyably.  

About the Speaker

Dr Jan McGregor Hepburn has a background in Social Work management and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She has presented papers at conferences and devised and facilitated both seminars and workshops on a variety of subjects related to both management dynamics and clinical topics. She is the author of a book chapter and journal articles. She is a registrant of the British Psychoanalytic Council and a trainer for the North of England Association for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She was the Registrar of the British Psychoanalytic Council from 2005 to 2020, and now chairs the Professional Standards Committee. She is on the reading panel of the British Journal of Psychotherapy and also reviews books for them. She has a professional doctorate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the University of Northumbria.

Details

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

Book Tickets

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Standard rate: £70 (please choose External from the options below)

GCS Trainee or Staff: £45

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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 www.dwightturnercounselling.co.uk and can be followed on Twitter at @dturner300

Details

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

Book Tickets

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Standard rate: £40 (please choose External from the options below)

GCS Trainee or Staff: £30

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