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
1st May to 26th June (half term break 29th May)
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 April 13th: 10am-4pm day (6 hours of CPD)
A Sense of the Sacred: spirituality, therapy and meaning.
What are we referring to when we use the term spirituality? How might a sense of spirituality, or its absence, impact upon someone’s mental health? What meaning do our lives have, with or without a sense of the spiritual?
This workshop explores the different understandings there have been about the spiritual and how its foundations have been seen to be neurochemical, psychological and metaphysical. We will look at the differing positions and attitudes of many influential thinkers in the field of psychology and therapy and examine our own assumptions and beliefs.
We will question the similarities and differences between psycho-pathology and peak experiences, and seek to put into perspective emotional states with which clients can present.
Throughout there will be the opportunity to debate and share our own meanings, becoming more aware of the impact they can have on our clients – and indeed the impact that our clients’ mind space can have on us. We will also ask what might be ‘sacred’ about our work as therapists.
The workshop is facilitated by Jennifer French, whose training as a psychodynamic psychotherapist and group analyst interwove with a growing interest in Buddhist philosophy and psychology. The grand-daughter of Christian missionaries, she has studied the impact of religion and spirituality upon the human psyche through her own family.
Saturday June 15th 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 pathologizing 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.
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 January 12th 2019: 10 – 12
CORE as a Therapy Tool
Saturday March 9th 2019: 10 – 12
The Snowflake Generation
Saturday May 11th 2019: 10 – 12
Art therapy & Emotional Expression