Training courses and workshops
NOW DELIVERED ONLINE via ZOOM
I have many years experience designing and delivering a range of training courses and workshops. My areas of interest are safeguarding, working with loss and change, attachment and trauma-informed practice. I am passionate about working with pacing and movement in the therapeutic context and offer reflective workshops on movement for mental health.
All training sessions are currently offered via Zoom. I hope to resume face to face sessions when social distancing allows. Please get in touch with any bespoke requirements and for prices. I can adapt any of my courses for your group.
Safeguarding Awareness for Counsellors and therapists (2 hours).
Disclosure of non-recent abuse and the LADO process (BITE SIZE 1 hour)
Awareness & understanding of contextual safeguarding (1.5 hours).
Signs and indicators of abuse and harm in children, adults and family networks (1.5 hours)
Working with Loss and Change:
Working with Care Experienced Adults and Young People (2 hours)
Open courses are advertised below and booking is via Eventbrite
Training Courses: Safeguarding Awareness for Counsellors and Therapists (2 hours)
What is it about? The workshop will increase your knowledge and confidence about making safeguarding decisions about children and adults in the therapeutic context. We focus on joined up thinking across families and networks.
Is it for me? It is for therapists working with either adults or young people. Many adult clients have contact with children in some capacity, and all children are cared for by adults. You can be in private practice or employed by an organisation.
What will I learn? The session covers:
Legislative and statutory framework which promotes and safeguards a child’s welfare, including understanding terminology and comparisons with safeguarding vulnerable adults (joined up thinking).
An overview of types of harm and abuse
The role of the therapist within this framework, exploring issues of confidentiality and contracting in the counselling context, with consideration to GDPR.
Making sense of your concerns and threshold dilemmas
Guidance on recording and reporting concerns
Signposting - what next.
How is it delivered? This is currently via Zoom, with information sharing, whole group discussion, and opportunities for questions and personal reflection.
Please get in touch if I can help. Open courses are booked via Eventbrite and are listed above, and the session can be purchased direct for your organisation or associate group. The training can be tailored direct to your learning needs.
Loss and Change: Working with Care Experienced Adults and Young People
What is it about? There are almost 100,000 children and young people in the UK care system, placed into the care of the local authority because they were unsafe at home or parents were unable to look after them. These children become care experienced adults. The aim of this workshop is to provide an understanding of the issues and the system experienced by adults and young people who have lived in care in the UK.
What will I learn? The session covers:
Understanding the legislative background of the care system from the 1960s to the present day.
The current care system and leaving care: what does it mean to live in care, the types of care and to leave care and be care experienced.
Abuse, trauma, identity, and family belonging across the life cycle
Abuse in care and reporting non-recent abuse
Issues in the therapy room for adults and young people: safer caring and safer counselling
Is this course for me?
This workshop is for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the care system and the experiences of young people growing up in and leaving this system. It is for therapists working with both adult clients and young people. There is a systemic and lifespan approach to the knowledge so it can be applied to clients of all ages. You will gain an understanding of early life events and the impact of a protective system on growing up and through into early and later adulthood. Clients may specifically access therapy to explore experiences from this part of their lives or hold the awareness of their background on new life events.
*This workshop gives a brief overview of the adoption process as one aspect of leaving care, but does not cover adoption issues*
Safeguarding BITE SIZE: Monthly one hour workshops each covering a different aspect of safeguarding practice.
Disclosure of non-recent abuse and the LADO process:
Are you aware how to manage a disclosure of non recent abuse in the therapeutic relationship?
How to maintain a duty of care and when to refer on to children's social care?
What is the process if the allegation is against a professional or practitioner working with children?
The role and responsibilities of yourself as therapist as "first disclosure witness" in pre-trial guidance?
Movement for Mental Health Workshops
Perfect Pacing: The relationship between running and therapy (1.5 hours)
This event presents an overview of the research, knowledge, and impact of running as therapy.
Last year I researched the relationship between running and therapy, which combined my passion for running with my practice in counselling and psychotherapy. I was intrigued by clickbait headlines which promoted running as a panacea for mental health alongside the divisive ‘running: cheaper than therapy’ quotes. I was interested how running for therapeutic purpose integrates with talking therapies.
Delivered by Zoom, in presentation format with opportunities for Q&A, the event shares the findings from the research and what can be applied in practice. It is for runners, therapists and anyone with an interest in movement for mental health and wellbeing.
The presentation covers:
1. Shared connections between running and therapy: societal, scientific and theoretical.
2. The history of running as therapy alongside the growth of outdoor and movement therapies.
3. Research findings: themes, quotes and connections.
4. Application and integration: taking the findings into practice.
5. Signposting .