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 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 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.