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News & Events

Keep yourself up to date with regular news and events which take place at GCS. In this section you will find details of updates we may think are relevant and new events in the coming months.

Continuing Professional Development and Short Course Programme

For many years GCS has offered Continuing Professional Development events and forums for therapists, people in the helping professions and trainees. The programme is usually held in Stroud on Saturdays from 10-4. They are interactive, stimulating and a great opportunity to meet fellow practitioners and to explore new and challenging ideas.

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 3rd parties. Please refer to our full Payment Terms and Conditions for details of booking, payment and cancellations.


Robin Shohet

Friday 7th July from 6.30pm


In association with CSTD, GCS is delighted to offer a once-off talk by Robin Shohet and an opportunity to hear about the GCS supervision training programme. To book, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Saturday 17th June   A one day workshop on Grief presented by Dr Liz Rolls  10am - 4pm - ***FULL***

In his 1917 article 'Mourning and Melancholia', Freud was the first to describe the tug of war between the fact of death and continuing attachment to the deceased that lies at the heart of the painful struggle for those who have been bereaved. This workshop will explore bereavement and loss through experiential activities, group discussion, case studies, lecture and clinical material from participants' work with clients to enhance our understanding of how we, as practitioners, can best support and enable clients facing bereavement and loss.

Dr Liz Rolls is a GCS trained psychodynamic counsellor with a particular interest in bereavement and trauma. She is also involved in aspects of training at GCS and holds an Honorary Reserach Fellowship at The University of Gloucestershire.  She has undertaken a number of end-of-life and bereavement studies exploring the impact of practical support on UK parents and partners bereaved through military death. She has made conference presentations both in the UK and Europe, and written a number of papers and chapters on childhood bereavement services and wider bereavement related issues.

Fees: £70 external, Group rate £65 for groups of 3 or more

Saturday 1st July 2017   Self Harm, Self Care and The Way Between presented by Maggie Turp 10.30am - 4.30pm **FULL**

In this workshop the relationship between self-harm and suicidal behaviour will be explored. Drawing on DVD footage and service user testimony, we will consider hw individuals who self-harm conceptualise their experience, attending both the aetiology and function of self-harming behaviour.

Dr Maggie Turp is a psychodynamic psychotherapist , supervisor in practice and chartered psychologist. Her academic career has included lectureships at The University of Reading and Birkbeck College, London. For the past decade, Maggie's educational work has included the provision of CPD training workshops for regionally based associations of counsellors and psychotherapists.

Fees: £95 external, Group Rate £85 for groups of 3 or more

Couples Counselling       20th, 21st and 22nd July 2017    presented by Marion Gillett        10am - 4pm

This training provides counsellors with experience of individual work the opportunity to broaden their counselling skills and experience and learn about the different approach and way of working required for successfil couple work. To benefit from this training, participants must have completed, or be close to completing, a Diploma Level training in counselling or an equivalent.

Marion Gillett is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, is Relate trained and has many years' experience working with couples. She has taught counselling skills on the GCS Certificate in Counselling Skills course in Herefordshire and has run courses for Relate and other organisations.

Fees: Counsellors and Therapists in training: £300   External £400   Groups of 3 or more: £350 per delegate

Time Limited Therapy   23rd and 30th Sept and 14th October 2017     presented by Val and John Potter   10am -4pm

During this 3 day course, you will be introduced to a model of time-limited therapy incorporating mainly psychodynamic and solution-focused ideas and techniques. The course will provide opportunities to practise the model using scenarios relevant to the settings in which course participants work.

The course is designed for qualified and experienced counsellors who wish to adapt their techniques to time-limited work.

Val Potter has worked as counsellor, trainer, supervisor and in counselling management and consultancy for 30 years. John Potter is an education consultant and trainer.

Fees: Counsellors and Therapists in training: £300     £400 external         Group Rate £350 for groups of 3 or more

Certificate in Supervision    6,7,8th October     1,2,3rd December    2,3,4th March   29,30th June & 1st July     9.30am-4.30pm

In association with the Centre for Supervision and Team Development (CSTD) and led by Robin Shohet and Joan Wilmot, this course trains and supports supervisors to provide supervision in the work place - on an individual, group, team, organisational and societal basis. The course is for anyone who supervises or intends to do so in the near future.

Robin Shohet has been running supervision groups since 1978. He is probably best known as co-author with Peter Hawkins of the seminal text Supervision in the Helping Professions (first published in 2000, now in its fourth edition).

Joan Wilmot co-founded CSTD in 1979 and works as a trainer, supervisor, psychotherapist and mediator. She hasbeen running supervision trainings andd working with teams, in particular in the NHS and voluntary sector for over 40 years.

Fees: Self funded £1499 (full payment) or £1589 (staged payment)

Applicants funded by charities £1845       Applicants funded by other organisations £2045

Using Supervision      14th October 2017         presented by Robin Shohet                       10am - 4pm

Robin Shohet has been running supervision groups since 1978. He is probably best known as co-author with Peter Hawkins of the seminal text Supervision in the Helping Professions (first published in 2000, now in it's fourth edition).

Counselling, Psychotherapy, Ethics and The Law       28th October 2017     presented by Peter Jenkins          10am - 4pm

This is a highly participative workshop, designed for students, trainees, qualified counsellors and psychotherapists, tutors and lecturers, supervisors and managers. Participants will gain a better understanding of the impact of law and ethics on professional practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist. It will cover the new BACP ethical Framework (2016), and key legal concepts relating to professional negligence, confidentiality and the public interest.

Peter Jenkins is an experienced counsellor trainer and author of several books on the law, including Counselling, Psychotherapy and the Law (Sage, 2007). He has extensive experience of running training workshops on legal aspects of therapy. He has been a member of both the BACP Professional Conduct Committee and the UKCP Ethics Committee.

Fees: TBC

The Web of Shame in the Therapeutic Space       2 Day Workshop: 4th Nov & 9th Dec 2017   presented by Christiane Sanderson 10am - 4pm

This workshop will explore when healthy shame can become chronic, or toxic and its crippling effect on individuals; in particular those that carry the burden of intergenerational shame and are raised in shame prone families, or who have histories of abandonment, prolonged or systematic emotional, physical or sexual abuse, neglect or exposure to domestic violence. This workshop is beneficial for all professionals within the helping professions and mental health settings.

Christiane Sanderson (BSc, MSc) is an experienced counselling psychologist, lecturer and trainer in psychology counselling. She has a particular interest in child protection, interpersonal abuse and trauma.

Fees: TBC

Quiet Psychosis: Theory and its Implications for Practice   25th November 2017      presented by Elizabeth O'Loughlin  10am- 4pm

During this workshop, the concept of 'Ordinary Psychosis' will be intrioduced and examined with reference to Freud and the first generation of psychoanalysts; the reformulation of diagnosis from Lacan will be looked at and an exploration of the difficulties that occur when attempting to classify symptoms within usual frameworks. The day wil be useful for all professionals interested in adding to their body of knowledge and increasing their ways of thinking about human suffering.

Elizabeth O'Loughlin is a published psychoanalytic psychotherapist/psychoanalyst, a training supervisor and therapist for GCS and Wessex, a training analyst for CFAR, a member of Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy; BPC and The College of Psychoanalysts UK.

Fees: TBC

Experiential Group Work with The Gloucestershire Counselling Service

Essential self-awareness and group experience for anyone working, training or considering training in the therapeutic professions.

GCS is offering a once-weekly self-awareness/experiential group which will begin in November 2016.

The group is suitable for:

  • People who are interested in training as counsellors or therapists and who would like to develop their self-awareness in a group setting
  • Counsellors or other therapists in training who are interested in furthering their own self-awareness in a group setting (the group is not limited to GCS trainees - applications are welcomed from people on other training courses)
  • People who are interested in group work and who would like to do more

The Group Conductor, Di King is an Individual and Group Analytic Psychotherapist. She is a member of Group Analysis International and Group Analysis South West which is based in Bristol. Her interest is in groups in general and as a model for both personal development and clinical work.

Fee: £15 weekly

The group will run on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30pm-3pm at Alma House in Stroud. There will be the usual breaks for Christmas, Easter, Summer and half-terms. If you are interested in this work, but unable to attend on Wednesday afternoons, please let us know.

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Accessibility - Unfortunately there are a number of stairs at our Stroud venue so therefore is not accessible to everyone. Training materials can be made available in Large print if required.

British Psychoanalytic Council

GCS specialises in providing counselling and training of counsellors to professional standards. GCS was established in 1980 and has over 60 counsellors offering high quality affordable, counselling to the community of Gloucestershire in venues across the county including Stroud, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Cirencester. All our counsellors are supervised and managed within GCS and work within the BACP ethical framework. Some of our counsellors are counsellors in training; they work to the same standards as our qualified counsellors.

George Lindemann . source