Most of our events are open to anyone interested. Contact the office for further details and in order to book.

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 February 10th:   10am-4pm day (6 hours of CPD)

Mindful Mothering: a Buddhist perspective on attachment.

Over the past 15 years a third wave of cognitive behavioural therapies have taken ‘mind training’ techniques from eastern thought, secularising meditation, one of the most ancient of techniques for dealing with suffering, and developing what have become the most recent psychological approaches for treating acute depression and other conditions. These therapies all share the core aim of helping people to become aware of their thoughts and treat them in a non-judgemental way. The therapies differ from traditional CBT techniques in that their focus is on the process of thought, rather than engaging with its content.

This workshop asks how the basis of third wave therapies relates to the broader philosophy behind them, and how this might provide a bridge to more psycho-dynamically informed approaches such as that we find in attachment theory. It focuses particularly on the more relational view of mental disturbance which has come to the fore, with actions such as suicide being seen as a ‘social’ act. With a case study approach it looks at how different parenting styles have impacted upon the adult, and how taking a Buddhist perspective upon treatment we might assist further in the process of understanding and recovery.

Workshop presenter Jennifer French is a group analyst and psychodynamic psychotherapist who has been a Buddhist practitioner for over 30 years. She worked for over 12 years in NHS secondary care and has contributed to the development of mindfulness training in both fellow professionals and the community. 

Saturday April 14th:   10am-4pm day (6 hours of CPD)

Working Well in the Shadow of Trauma

As professional helpers, we all carry a risk of potential harm to our own psychological well-being. When working with traumatised individuals, being empathically present can be a challenging, and at times painful experience.

This workshop:

  • Explores the overlaps and differences between conceptualisations such as Vicarious Traumatisation, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue and Professional Burnout.
  • Offers guidance in identifying signs of potential burnout to help practitioners consider their own responses to working with traumatised clients.
  • Suggests a range of approaches to working in awareness in order to reduce the risks of burnout and ensure safe and grounded practice.

The workshop presenter Dr Sarah Halliday is a Clinical Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and  accredited with the Health & Social Care Professions Council. She was a Registered General Nurse specializing in Accident & Emergency prior to her career in Clinical Psychology. She has been assessing and treating people with of a broad range of psychological trauma conditions for over twenty years. Alongside her clinical work, she provides training and clinical supervision on both trauma and other mental health issues. She has completed post-doctoral training in the assessment and treatment of both simple and complex trauma presentations.

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 9th December: 10 til 12

Parenting & Personality Dysfunction: Therapeutic Interventions

Following the training day in October, we consider:

  • Screening tools and the reliance we can place on these
  • Psychological therapies that focus on repairing relational skills
  • Interventions that promote parental mentalizing and self-reflective functions
  • Generalized interventions that address metacognitive function

Saturday January 13th 2018:  10 – 12

‘The world feels safe in here’- the Place2Be model of child counselling and its relevance to adult work.

Because children are at different developmental levels, and their ability to communicate their thoughts and emotions differ from adults, there is an established tradition to have separate trainings for adult and child psychotherapy. However, the aims and objectives are similar, as are the therapeutic processes involved. In ‘Playing and Reality’ (1971), D.W. Winnicott described these processes: ‘Psychotherapy takes place in the overlap of two areas of playing, that of the patient and that of the therapist. Psychotherapy has to do with two people playing together’. Join me for a discussion of how the Place2Be model of child counselling (including some anonymous case studies), might be used to inform and enrich our therapeutic ‘play’ with our adult clients.

Saturday 10th March 2018: 10 til 12

Attachment update

Further information to follow

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