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Previous Events

Saturday June 1st 2019 - Counselling with a Sexual Focus

For Counsellors and Psychotherapists who are interested in working with a sexual focus with couples – Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask!

This is an interactive day packed with lots of information, which seeks to develop counsellors’ skills in using a sexual focus when working with individuals and couples. As well as explaining the mysteries of psychosexual therapy, the training aims to:

  • Give a clear understanding of sexual functioning
  • Examine some myths and fantasies that influence couples’ functioning
  • Talk about Male and Female Anatomy
  • Give resources and ideas about Working with a Sexual Focus
  • Give guidance about when to refer to a Psychosexual Therapist.

Gail Thorne is a trained Couple Counsellor, Psychosexual Therapist, Family Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor. She currently works for Relate and has a private practice. She also supervises the work of sex therapists and couple counsellors who work across Cheshire and Merseyside. She has a special interest in working with couples and individuals on their relationships and sexual issues.

Gail is also a trainer and facilitator and delivers lectures on Sex Therapy to other professionals as part of their continuous professional development.Her work with groups is safe, fun and filled with insight drawn from her many years of working with couples and their relationships.

Saturday March 23rd 2019 - Counselling Clients on the Autistic Spectrum

Experienced counsellors know that the client on the spectrum finds any relationship a challenge, and relating to the counsellor is no exception. This one day interactive event will alert counsellors to the needs and thought processes of clients on the autistic spectrum and offer tips for improved practice and better outcomes with this group.

Topics will include

  • A real difference - what neuroscience tells us
  • Implications for counselling - aims and methods
  • Links with other medical diagnoses
  • The impact on you, the counsellor

Felicity Rosslyn MBACP (Accred) is a Relate couple and family counsellor, and is an accredited member of the BACP. Felicity’s article, ‘On the Spectrum and in the Room’ appeared in Therapy Today, BACPs magazine for practitioners, June 2018. She has a private practice which works with families affected by ASD, and supports children and teachers in primary schools. Felicity also runs ASD information sharing groups in Derbyshire.

Some of the feedback received from attendees

"Absolutely fantastic day, it was definitely more than I was expecting. Very informative" - AS

"Above expectations. Very engaging and lots of useful information that I will be able to use in practice" - Anon

"Fantastic, insightful, thoughtful and highly recommended day" - CM

"I learned a lot from the training and feel a lot more informed and confident working with clients with Autism. The training was interesting and well balanced" - HN

Friday 19th October 2018 - Solution Focused Therapy

Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) has not only become one of the leading schools of brief therapy, it has become a major influence in such diverse fields as business, social policy, education, and criminal justice services, child welfare, domestic violence offender’s treatment. Described as a practical, goal-driven model, a hallmark of SFT is its emphasis on clear, concise, realistic goal negotiations. The SFT approach assumes that all clients have some knowledge of what would make their life better, even though they may need some help describing the details of their better life and that everyone who seeks help already possesses at least the minimal skills necessary to create solutions.

This one-day workshop will equip you with the skills and knowledge to work in a solution focused way, including goal setting, the use of scaling techniques and of course, miracle questions.

Hugh Palmer is a UKCP Registered Systemic Psychotherapist, based in Pocklington, a market town nestled in the Yorkshire Wolds between York and Hull. He has a long track record in both training and psychotherapy. Hugh was a lecturer at the University of Leeds from 1994-2000, and after two years working in New Zealand, lectured at the University of Hull from 2003-2012. He taught on the Masters in Relationship Therapy for the Relate Institute, and as a tutor (Relationship Counselling and Family Counselling), developed several on-line CPD courses for them. Hugh has previously worked in both outpatient and inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, and has particular interests in bereavement and developing systemic practice. He currently works one day a week in the NHS as a Systemic Psychotherapist (Family Therapist) in an adult service in addition to his own practice providing private therapy, consultation and training.