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Keep yourself up to date with regular news and events which take place at GCS. In this section you will find details of workshops, updates and 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. Workshops are usually held in Stroud on Saturdays from 10 am - 4 pm. 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.

The Tavistock & Portman - GCS Open Day April 28th 10 am - 2 pm at Stroud Subscription Rooms, GL5 1AE

A FREE event for anyone wanting to find out more about: The Postgraduate Certificate in Child, Adolescent & Family Mental Well-being: Multidisciplinary Practice. This is a valuable opportunity to meet the tutors and ask questions before applying to study on this award-winning multi-disciplinary course.  You will have the chance to see the space where the course will be held and get a feel how special it is to train here at GCS.  Although the event is free of charge we encourage you to book a space, contact us: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it tel: 01453 766 310

Certificate in Supervision 2017-18 (1,2,3rd December 2,3,4th March 29,30th June & 1st July 28,29,30 September)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 has been running supervision training and 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



 

Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy 17th February, 17th March, 14th April & 19th May 2018 presented by Suzanna Mackenzie & Madeleine Woof 10 am - 4 pm

This short four-day course will aim to develop and integrate the use of fundamental couple therapy theories into practice, working with couples and families. The main approach will be psychoanalytic couple psychotherapy but will incorporate other approaches and theoretical bases including neuropsychoanalysis, systemic thinking, behavioural approaches and attachment theory.

Suzanna Mackenzie is a BACP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist and holds an MSc. in psychosexual therapy. She is a visiting clinician at Tavistock Relations, London and a supervisor as well as a trainer for couples' counsellors at GCS.

Madaleine Woof has a private practice working with individuals, couples and families and for the past 25 years has worked as a therapist at the Bridge Foundation for Psychotherapy in Bristol. She is a visiting clinician and trainer for Tavistock Relations and holds a number of therapeutic roles for a variety o organisations.

Fees: Trainee/Volunteer*: £300 GCS Staff: £350 External Qualified Therapist: £400 Group Rate: £300 per delegate

*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 Body Keeps the Score: Working with Survivors of Complex Trauma 10th & 24th March 2018 presented by Christiane Sanderson 10 am - 4 pm

This workshop will introduce cutting edge research in neuroscience of how trauma shapes the brain and how this impacts on the psychological and physical well-being of survivors. the training will help health professionals and practitioners to make sense of trauma reactions and how to link these to underlying trauma, so that they are able to respond more effectively to survivors of complex trauma.

Christiane Sanderson BSc., MSc. is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton. With 30 years’ experience working with survivors of child sexual abuse, sexual violence, complex trauma and domestic abuse she has delivered consultancy, CPD and professional training for a wide range of organisations and groups. In her capacity as a sexual violence and child sexual abuse consultant she has contributed to news coverage on TV and Radio, as well as being featured in documentaries involving sexual violence. Christiane is the author of a number of books including Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma

Fees: Trainee/Volunteer*: £120 GCS Staff: £150 External qualified Therapist: £220 Group Rate: £180 per delegate

*We require proof of your volunteer work & role at application stage & respectfully ask for you to apply for the reduced Volunteer rate with integrity.

Oedipus is Alive and Well in Living in Gloucestershire 28th April 2018 presented by Michael Jacobs 10 am - 4.30 pm

Freud's Oedipus Complex is one of four cornerstones of psychoanalytic theory. But is Freud's interpretation of the original Sophocles play the only one? Is the complex really a universal phenomenon or was it his own problem? The day, based on Michael's book Illusion (2000) starts with the background to the play itself that includes a film-viewing, followed by a discussion drawing out different possibilities exploring how Freud's initial theory has changed over the years. In asking whether the complex has not outlived its usefulness, Michael examines the continuing relevance of the oedipal triangle in our work, inviting participants to see how important the symbol of the triangle is for their understanding of personal and couple dynamics.

Michael Jacobs
is a psychodynamic and integrative psychotherapist and visiting Professor at Bournemouth University and the University of Leeds. His seminal books are key texts on many training programmes and include; The Presenting Past (2012, 4th edition, Open University Press) and Psychodynamic Counselling In Action (2017, 5th edition Sage). January 2018 sees the launch of his professional autobiography, Fifty Years of Counselling: My Presenting Past (Open University Press).

Fees: Trainee/Volunteer*: £60 GCS Staff: £70 external Qualified Therapist: £110 Group Rate: £90 per delegate

*We require proof of your volunteer work & role at application stage & respectfully ask for you to apply for the reduced Volunteer rate with integrity.

Counselling, Psychotherapy, Ethics and The Law 12 May 2018 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: Trainee/Volunteer*: £60 GCS Staff: £80 External Qualified Therapist: £110 Group Rate: £90 per delegate

*We require proof of your volunteer work & role at application stage & respectfully ask for you to apply for the reduced Volunteer rate with integrity.

Body Talk 23rd June 2018 presented by Suzanna Mackenzie & Madeleine Woof 10 am - 4 pm

The workshop will explore the sexual relationship in couples. The sexual relationship will be considered as an expression of conscious and unconscious processes within the couple relationship; 'body talk' could be seen as enactments of the repressed/denied. Key areas of exploration will include: Intimacy and the fear it can provoke, attachment development in conjunction with sexual development, the place of desire/lack of desire in individuals and within relationships, is desire the same as arousal? The day will explore ways of working with a couple's sexual relationship, bringing theories together, case studies and how to talk about sex.

Suzanna Mackenzie is a BACP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist and holds an MSc. in psychosexual therapy. She is a visiting clinician at Tavistock Relations, London and a supervisor as well as a trainer for couples' counsellors at GCS.

Madeleine Woof has a private practice working with individuals, couples and families and has for the past 25 years worked as a therapist at the Bridge Foundation for Psychotherapy in Bristol. She is a visiting clinician and trainer for Tavistock Relations and holds a number of therapeutic roles for a variety of organisations.

Fees: Trainee/Volunteer*: £60 GCS Staff: £70 External Qualified Therapist: £110 Group Rate: £90 per delegate

*We require proof of your volunteer work & role at application stage & respectfully ask for you to apply for the reduced Volunteer rate with integrity.

Attachment Theory & The Internal Working Models of Children 2nd & 23rd June 2018 presented by Niki Reeves 10 am - 4 pm

A theory-based workshop looking at attachment theory with children in detail, including film clips to understand Mary Ainswoth's 'Strange Situation Test' that brought the theory to life. There will be explanation of the theory of 'Internal Working Models' that forms the structures for all our expectations of the behaviour of ourselves and others.

Fees: Trainee/Volunteer*: £120 GCS Staff: £150 External qualified Therapist: £220 Group Rate: £180 per delegate

*We require proof of your volunteer work & role at application stage & respectfully ask for you to apply for the reduced Volunteer rate with integrity.

Understanding the Effects of Attachment Style on the Teenage Years 7th July 2018 presented by by Niki Reeves 10 am - 4 pm

The day will involve exploration of how infant and child attachment style contributes to the adolescent stage in life that straddles care seeking behaviours and personal exploration in the adult world. We consider peer relationships and relationships with parents, looking at how our attachment style contributes to our understanding of behaviours such as alcohol misuse, drug taking and self-harm.

Niki Reeves UKCP (CPJA) MBACP Accred. trained as a Psychodynamic Counsellor in the early 1990's and then as an attachment Based Pyschoanalytic Psychotherapist and has worked with the Bowlby Centre in London. A member of the UKCP Ethics Committee, a qualified Supervisor and tutor, Head of Counselling in a previous role and is now taking time to write, teach and run her own practice.

Fees: Trainee/Volunteer*: £60 GCS Staff: £70 External Qualified Therapist: £110 Group Rate: £90 per delegate

*Special Offer* book both courses by Niki Reeves & get a £50 discount

*We require proof of your volunteer work & role at application stage & respectfully ask for you to apply for the reduced Volunteer rate with integrity.

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.

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 1.30 pm - 3 pm 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.

 
BACP
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.

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