Most of our events are open to anyone interested. Contact the office for further details and in order to book.
MINDFULNESS AT THE MARCHES
DROP-IN TASTER / REFRESHER SESSIONS
2nd THURSDAYs from 2.00 to 3.30 pm
at 57 St Owen Street, Hereford
£5 per session
open to anyone interested in finding out about mindfulness as well as those who have attended a course(either with us or elsewhere) and wish to refresh their practice.
STRESS REDUCTION 8 WEEK COURSE
please contact us for date of next course
Wednesdays 3.00 – 5.00 pm
venue: Friends Meeting House, Hereford
cost: £105 (£25 deposit)
open to anyone wishing to find new ways of managing difficult thoughts and feelings about themselves and their life – you may not be able to remove stress from your life, but you can change how you experience it
Training for Therapists
Whether or not you are a member of MCS, if you have a professional interest in any of the following training days, you are welcome to join us. Contact the office for further details and in order to book.
Saturday November 30th 2019: 10am-4pm day (6 hours of CPD)
“Emotions are what make us human, make us real. The word emotion stands for energy in motion. Be truthful about your emotions and use your mind and emotions in your favour, not against yourself” Robert T. Kiyosaki
Feeling a wide range of emotions is a fundamental and universal human experience. Without them life would be a flat and colourless landscape, devoid of meaning and depth. Even difficult emotions can have positive functions, such as bringing the motivation and energy to change and grow. But we can be at the mercy of them. Feeling fear or anger is not a problem of itself, but our inability to recognise these feelings, accept them and find ways to live with them skilfully, can cause great suffering.
How can we learn ways to cope effectively with the ’emotional storms’ which may arise in ourselves as therapists, and are often present in those with whom we work? Learning ways in which to cope with them is a core aspect of the therapeutic process, and indeed the process of living a more skilful and balanced life.
In this workshop we will explore conceptualisations of Emotional Regulation and underlying theoretical models. We will think about the function of emotional dysregulation as a psychological survival mechanism, rather than pathologising or medicalising this important human experience. We will also look at a range of therapeutic approaches that can help bring more balance and equanimity to adverse and overwhelming emotional states.
This will be a space in which we can share ideas and work through some of the challenges we face within ourselves and with our clients when we contemplate this complex area.
The workshop is facilitated by Dr Sarah Halliday.
Venue: Friends Meeting House – 21 King St, Hereford HR4 9BX
Saturday February 15th 2020: 10am-4pm day (6 hours of CPD)
Somatisation and Dissociation:
the unconscious manifestation of psychological distress by the presentation of physical symptoms
the action of disconnecting or separating or the state of being disconnected
How do we understand our capacity as human beings to step in to and out of the body through the mind? What are our beliefs and thoughts about the mind – body connection?
In this workshop we will begin to explore the relationship of somatisation and dissociation with attachment styles, emotional regulation and personality disorder. We will be asking whether what has been traditionally been seen as psychopathology might, with greater awareness, be re-purposed as life skills.
Building on changes in perspective evidenced by the British Psychological Society’s Power, Threat, Meaning Framework, and the new ICD 11’s focus upon degree of disorders, we look at what ‘meaning’ somatisation and dissociation might have for our clients, and how to transform insecurity’s ‘scary place’ to a ‘safe place’ of interconnectedness.
Peer Group CPD
These sessions are held bi monthly, on the second Saturday. They are led by and open to members of MCS. If you are a counsellor interested in attending then you can become an associate member. See our 'Get Involved' section of this website.
Saturday October 12th 2019: 10 – 12 Self Care – facilitated by Charlotte Lake
How often in our current world do we have the opportunity to share collective conversations about what gives our life meaning and what makes us unique. Our work at MCS needs us to honour our clients in this way, but where is the space to do so for ourselves?
This CPD session invites you to share with colleagues some of your own personal journey and what you have learnt along the way. We will be considering what goes to make a ‘self’ and how each of us enriches the experience of simply being alive.
Can we create an antidote to that which is painful, by rejuvenating each other in our common (and perhaps not so common) humanity?
Join us in an opportunity to reflect on what it is that we all share, and honour what makes us different.
Saturday January 11th 2020 – The Power, Threat, Meaning Framework (PTMF) – Jnanamati Williams
In 2017 a team associated with the British Psychological Society published the PTMF to offer a more holistic way of understanding why people experience “a whole range of forms of distress, fear & despair”, typically referred to as ‘mental illness’. It provides evidence that exploring peoples’ relationships, social situations, life stories, and the struggles they have faced or are still facing, is often the best way of helping them make sense of their experiences and responses. It moves away from the focus upon individual physiology and responsibility to set healing within a broader based context, including the environmental, social & cultural.
The PTMF provides a timely challenge to the medical model without seeking to replace it completely. It offers a way of thinking more in keeping with a contemporary psychotherapeutic approach (one particularly in tune with recent developments in the field of treating trauma) & the culture we attempt to create in our therapeutic work. This CPD session will provide an opportunity to look at the Framework in some depth & consider not only what speaks to us in the language used, but also to explore as a group how it can inform us, individually & as a counselling service, to develop our ways of working with clients.