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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.

Supervision Training

We are currently reviewing our offer for Supervision Training and are keen to hear from anyone interested in training with us, contact us regarding your specific needs and areas of interest: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
We are  in the process of setting up a Reflective Supervision Practice Group this is likely to start Feb/March next year and run monthly over a 5 or 6 month period. Full details coming soon.

 

 

How Attachment & Adaptation to Danger Shape our Adult Relationships

24th & 25th November 10 am - 4 pm by Madeleine Woof

The understanding of Adult Attachment strategies can often be overlooked when working therapeutically with adults.  This 2-day workshop offers a rich exploration of Adult Attachment strategies to enable a deeper understanding of crucial aspects of the adult’s life, couple relationships and family relationships as well as the relationship between client/s and therapist. Expect a diverse training experience including direct teaching, case examples, group discussion, film clips and experiential exercises.

This training is for you if you are a psychotherapist, counsellor, social worker, family support worker, health visitor, midwife, psychologist, family therapist or a couple therapist.

Madeleine Woof is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working in private practice with both individuals and couples.  For the last 25 years she has also worked in various clinical roles within the Bridge Foundation for Psychotherapy in Bristol, in addition to working for the last 8 years within Social Care systems as a consultant, therapist and trainer.  Having held a clinical lecturer faculty post at Tavistock Relations in London she is currently a visiting clinician and trainer for TR.

Fees:
External Qualified Therapist: £220
Groups of three or more: £190 per delegate
GCS Staff: £140
Counsellors & Therapists in training or Volunteer* in a listening role: £120 (confirmation of trainee status is required on booking)

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

Stories you shared with me: An experiential workshop on the place of narrative and story-telling in psychotherapy

1st December 10 am - 4 pm by Christina Moutsou

After exploring the place of narrative and story-telling in psychotherapy as well as the links between psychotherapy and literary fiction, the workshop will focus on the experiential nature of story-telling. Participants will be divided in three groups where they will discuss three short stories from the above book which bring to the forefront important issues which come up often as part of the therapy process, such as trauma, loss and the erotic.

The course is suitable for psychotherapists and counsellors of all orientations as well as for students of psychotherapy. The focus of the workshop though will be on a psychoanalytic and relational understanding of story-telling and narrative

Christina Moutsou is a UKCP registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a writer. She is the co-editor of three books and the author of a novel, Layers. Her latest book, which is a collection of short stories in adolescence and the consulting room has been published by Routledge in September 2018. She is a visiting lecturer at Regent’s University and a psychotherapist in private practice.

Fees:
External Qualified Therapist: £110
Groups of three or more: £95 per delegate
GCS Staff: £70
Counsellors & Therapists in training or Volunteer* in a listening role: £60 (confirmation of trainee status is required on booking)

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

Freud Reading Group Dec 1st &  Feb 2nd 2019 , April 27th & June 15th 10 am - 1 pm with Elizabeth O'Loughlin

This reading group offers a rich opportunity to delve deeply into the work and ideas of Freud, sharing thoughts with a wider group and with Elizabeth O’Loughlin who has considerable experience and standing within the therapeutic community.
Members of the group read the material before each session and arrange to meet to discuss together before each session – ready to bring challenges, questions and comments.  GCS will circulate the reading material before each session.
This will be a closed group and is for anyone with a keen interest in Freud’s work.

Elizabeth O'Loughlin is 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.
She also teaches Freud and Lacan for SIP training.

Fees: £100

Introduction to Jungian Theory and Practice 26th January 2019 10 am - 4 pm by Hugh Gee

This is a valuable opportunity to explore a Jungian perspective with Hugh Gee who extremely experienced both as a training analyst and psychotherapist.  This course is for you if you are a counsellor, psychotherapist or in training, interested in exploring a Jungian perspective.

C. G. Jung introduced us to many aspects of the deep unconscious.  He used the term, ‘archetypes’ which Hugh would define as innate potentials which are activated by the environment.  These innate potentials have a strong influence on our behaviour without our being conscious of them.  This workshop will explore and describe a few of these potentials.

Hugh Gee M.A., D.M.H., D.P.S.A.(Oxon)  has been in practice for 43 years.  He is a Training Analyst and Supervisor for the Society of Analytical Psychology, the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy and the British Psychotherapy Foundation.  Hugh is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and a Member of the Wessex Counselling Service and Registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council.

Fees:
External Qualified Therapist: £110
Groups of three or more: £95 per delegate
GCS Staff: £70
Counsellors & Therapists in training or Volunteer* in a listening role: £60 (confirmation of trainee status is required on booking)

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

Working Therapeutically with Disordered Eating & Eating Disorders 9th March 2019 10 am - 4 pm by Julia Buckroyd

This workshop offers a general introduction to working with clients in the area of disordered eating. It aims to offer a conceptual framework for understanding the misuse of food, using attachment theory, and then to offer a wide range of strategies for working with clients.

Central areas for consideration during the day will include, emotional language, attachment history, self -esteem, body esteem and identity, relationships and self -soothing. The workshop is designed to be active and interactive; participants should be willing to reflect on their own eating behaviour and attachment history as well as that of their clients.

This course is for Counsellors, psychotherapists and those in training interested in exploring issues around eating.

Julia Buckroyd is Emeritus Professor of Counselling at the University of Hertfordshire and a therapist in private practice, specialising in working with people with all sorts of problems with food, weight, shape and size. She is particularly interested in the meaning and function of the manipulation of food and looks for triggers to episodes of food misuse. She believes that clients are unlikely to abandon their eating habits unless they learn alternative means of life management and so focuses on helping clients develop better means of emotional regulation. She has written widely in this area. Her most recent book is 'Understanding your Eating' McGraw Hill, 2011.

Fees:
External Qualified Therapist: £110
Groups of three or more: £95 per delegate
GCS Staff: £70
Counsellors & Therapists in training or Volunteer* in a listening role: £60 (confirmation of trainee status is required on booking)

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

Understanding & Working with Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Counselling  27th April 2019 10 am - 4 pm by Dr Anna Preston

This training day is designed to help you develop an understanding and awareness of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in order for your counselling practice to be sensitive and adaptable to the needs of people with ASD.

The workshop will help you develop an understanding and awareness of ASD; the challenges of working with ASD in counselling and how to work most effectively with people who have/may have ASD.

This course is for you if you are a counsellor or therapists who want to develop your understanding of ASD and how to work most effectively with people affected by it.

Dr. Anna Preston BSc(Hons), D.ClinPsych, AFBPsS, Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist has over 15 years’ experience working with adults and families in clinical, NHS and private settings. She is currently the Trust wide Lead Psychologist for Acute Psychiatric Care Services and also works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in NHS adult community services and has worked in learning disability, secure forensic, and rehabilitation and recovery services. She has experience of working with offenders including those with learning disabilities and developmental disorders in both low and medium security settings.  Anna is also a lecturer for the Department of Psychology, University of Surrey for doctoral-level Clinical and Counselling Psychology Trainees.

Fees:
External Qualified Therapist: £110
Groups of three or more: £95 per delegate
GCS Staff: £70
Counsellors & Therapists in training or Volunteer* in a listening role: £60 (confirmation of trainee status is required on booking)

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

Adolescence 11th May 2019 10 am - 4 pm by Margot Waddell

This master class offers an opportunity to learn about the struggles and complexities of adolescent development from a psychodynamic perspective with the highly respected Margot Waddell, who has a huge standing within the therapeutic community. The training day will explore the development of adolescent states of mind from puberty towards ‘adulthood’.

This workshop is for you if you are interested in the struggles and complexities of adolescent development from a psychodynamic perspective.  The day is relevant for and open to anyone interested in adolescence including counsellors, therapists, teachers, social worker, parents, even young people themselves.

Margot Waddell Margot Waddell is a Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis where she is currently the Chair of Publications.  She has a background in Classics and literature and took a PhD at Cambridge on George Eliot’s novels.   She is a Child Analyst and worked for many years as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, London. She co-edits the Tavistock Clinic Book series and has published widely. Her book Inside Lives: Psychoanalysis and the Growth of the Personality was published by Karnac in 2002. In 1994 her Understanding  Twelve to Fourteen Year Olds was published (reprinted in 2005 by Jessica Kingsley). Most recently, in 2018, she published On Adolescence: Inside Stories.

Fees:
External Qualified Therapist: £110
Groups of three or more: £95 per delegate
GCS Staff: £70
Counsellors & Therapists in training or Volunteer* in a listening role: £60 (confirmation of trainee status is required on booking)

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

Working with the Body in Counselling & Psychotherapy 29th June 2019 10 am - 4 pm by Margaret Landale

This master class offers an opportunity for clinical inquiry into how to work safely and effectively with the body in counselling and psychotherapy. This will be especially relevant to counselors/psychotherapists with no formal training in a body-oriented approach or those who would like to deepen their clinical practice.

There is growing recognition especially through advances in interpersonal neurobiology, attachment and trauma research that many of the issues that clients bring into therapy are somatically embedded. As therapists we therefore need to be able to engage with the non-verbal and embodied aspects of the client’s experience and help raise somatic awareness within the client.

The day will have a practical focus exploring clinical dilemmas and situations especially in areas such as complex trauma and somatization disorders. There will also be opportunities for participants to bring their own clinical material and challenges.

Margaret Landale is an experienced psychotherapist and supervisor. She has been a training director at the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy in London and delivers workshops and talks nationwide. Having been a meditator for many years, she has become increasingly interested in the integration of mindfulness in psychotherapy and has taught on the ‘mindfulness in individual psychotherapy’ module at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University.

Fees:
External Qualified Therapist: £110
Groups of three or more: £95 per delegate
GCS Staff: £70
Counsellors & Therapists in training or Volunteer* in a listening role: £60 (confirmation of trainee status is required on booking)

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