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.
If you have read Ian McEwan’s ‘The Children Act’ or seen the recent film with Emma Thompson you will already have met a number of the issues presented in the next two study days. In addition to the moral questions raised there is the challenge which as professionals we all face: how to maintain our professionalism in the face of personal tragedy and its resonance in the clients we meet.
Saturday October13th: 10am-4pm day (6 hours of CPD)
A Melancholy Muse
As therapists we can meet clients who bring us into contact with fundamental questions about life. If we have not explored what these questions mean for us personally it can be difficult to meet their concerns with authenticity and equanimity.
This study day provides an opportunity to explore our feelings about the will to death in three groups of people who may seek therapy:
- those who contemplate suicide
- those who are considering or who have experienced abortion
- and those who feel that either for themselves or someone close to them euthanasia may be an appropriate action.
The workshop will examine past and present attitudes in society and ask how they may be reflected in ourselves. To come closer to the emotional reality of life and death choices, we will consider the poetic voice, bringing case study material to open up the ethical debate.
The facilitator, Jennifer French, is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and group analyst whose years of experience in the NHS and Buddhist background have given her a particular interest in our relationship with death. The value of poetry as a means of expression for strong emotions has been part of her personal and professional journey which she shares in this thought provoking workshop.
February 9th 2019: 10am-4pm day (6 hours of CPD)
Working with grief: an attachment perspective
This study day views and discusses the video of a presentation given by Phyllis Kosminsky & John Jordan on grief therapy. We shall be looking at the relationship between people’s adaptation to loss and their attachment style:
- how the experiences of childhood effect our engagement with others,
- how we interpret behaviour,
- how we respond to both short and long term separation.
Central to this will be an awareness of how we control and regulate our emotional states, an arena where neuroscience is adding to our understandings.
The day will close with an exploration of what we need to become good grief therapists.
“Grief therapy is a concentrated form of empathically attuned and skilfully applied social support, in which the therapist helps the bereaved person to re-regulate themselves after a significant loss by serving as a transitional attachment figure.”
The workshop is facilitated by Jennifer French as a practise oriented follow-up to her previous study day looking at difficult deaths.
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 November 10th 2018: 10 – 12
This is a valuable opportunity to learn more about what it means to live with a diagnosis of autism. We will be visiting a young man who struggled through his early years to understand the minds of those around him. We are invited to see him in his work environment – a creative arts workshop which as a registered charity helps others find a meaningful role in a society which can feel alien. We met with James a few years ago and counsellors found his lively and straightforward talk gave them a real insight into his experience and how we might best support others like him.
Saturday March 9th 2019: 10 – 12
Art Therapy and the Expression of Emotion.
Saturday May 11th 2019: 10 – 12
The Snowflake Generation