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.


The GCS Open Day February 1st 2020: A FREE Event

Who is this event for?

This event is for you if you are interested in:

  • Training to be a counsellor
  • The GCS-Tavistock & Portman Child & Family training courses
  • Joining the Associate Programme or becoming a GCS Counsellor
  • Our Listening Skills Courses or CPD Training Events

Where & when will it be?

Come from 10 am – 1 pm on February 1st to The Old Town Hall, The Shambles, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AP

What to expect

The GCS Open Day is a FREE EVENT for anyone interested in finding out how GCS can help you develop personally and professionally.  Come along for an informal, lively event where you can meet tutors and current trainees, ask questions and get a feel of how special it is to train with GCS.

On offer are free:

  • Training & Counselling Careers Sessions
  • Talks & Tours of the GCS Training Rooms
  • Refreshments

 

Although the event is free we are asking people to book. Reserve Your Place: [email protected] or call: 01453 766310

Child & Family Training at GCS

At the event you have the opportunity to find out about the award-winning one-year p/time Postgraduate Certificate course (D24) and the new Two-year MA course in Psychological Therapies with Children, Young People and Families (M34).  Free Taster Sessions & Discussion Groups will be offered. Places are limited & need to be reserved
Contact:  01453 766 310 [email protected] .org.uk


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.


Growing older…and wiser? with Diana Russell on March 14th

Why study this course?

Sketch by Goya

There is increased focus within the counselling and psychotherapy profession concerning the psychological needs and wellbeing of our ageing population.  It is encouraging that there is a willingness to reach out to older couples and individuals who are experiencing difficulties, but it can feel daunting too, especially when you are starting out and maybe at a distance in years from this age group.

When is old age anyway?  This seems to have shifted with ‘new young 70 year olds’.  Is it nearer to 80 now or does it depend on how we are feeling at any given time?  You can feel set in your ways and on a downward path from 50+.  However upbeat attitudes have become, old age and death are inevitable and human beings are all too often beset with levels of distress, loss and deteriorating capacities.

How can we be both sensitive and imaginative in working with older people, when they may feel isolated, stuck, depressed, or lack purpose?     It takes time to unravel their narrative, to stay with the images that unfold, to grapple with the sticking points and help the individual discover a greater sense of meaning to their life and death.   The task can be both challenging and rewarding and often lies in silent spaces beyond words.

Who is this course for?

For anyone in the caring professions interested in reflecting on their therapeutic work with older clients.  The workshop will inevitably touch on our own fears and experiences and those closest to us.

What to expect

This will be an experiential, interactive day.  We will find imaginative ways to help get alongside older clients, touch on some of the archetypes linked to this age group and explore a few dream images that may have emerged in our therapeutic work with this age group.  Please bring these with you.

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.


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. 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.


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.


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.