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. Cost for the day, at present is £50 to include a light lunch and refreshments. Venue for these two days is the Friends Meeting House, King Street, Hereford.
Somatisation and Dissociation
Saturday 15th February 2020, 10am-4pm. Cost £50 (£40 for MCS members) includes lunch
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?
While looking at the relationship of somatization and dissociation with attachment styles, emotional regulation and personality disorders, we will be asking whether for some, what has been traditionally seen as psychopathology might, from a different perspective, be re-purposed as life skills. We will look at changing attitudes to diagnosis, evidenced by the British Psychological Society’s Power, Threat, Meaning Framework, and ICD 11’s references to degrees of disorder. Exploring what ‘meaning’ somatization and dissociation might have for our clients, we will consider how alienation and uncertainty can be transformed into a ‘safer place’ of interconnectedness.
Using discussion and experiential exercises, this workshop explores how it is possible to be both happy and sad, confident and anxious, without assuming that somehow there is something wrong with us. Some of the messages around mental health in the media today seem to be saying that we should be happy all of the time. This puts additional pressure on already challenging lives. Accepting and exploring our sense of self and the conflicts we experience can help both us and our clients feel more comfortable in our own skins.
The workshop is led by Jen French, a psychodynamic psychotherapist and group analyst, For over twenty years, working mostly in secondary and tertiary mental health services, she has experienced many people with various dissociative and somatic disorders. Her group training has been particularly helpful in recognising that being aware of various aspects of self, rather than being pathological, can be both normal and creative for most of us as human beings.
Climate Change, Climate Anxiety
Saturday 18th April 2020 10.00-4.00. Cost £50 (£40 for MCS members) includes lunch
Whether or not you share the growing concerns, as a therapist you will be aware that for some people the sense of crisis creates additional stress in an already sensitised psyche. This is particularly so for young people who may not yet have developed the capacity to regulate their emotions in creative and constructive ways.
This workshop is a space to explore the processes around anxiety at work for clients, and the manifestations and meanings of climate anxiety in our work with them. In this context we will consider our relationship with the ‘more-than-human’ and what this can embody. There will be the opportunity to discuss a range of relevant theoretical positions and how they speak to us, both personally and professionally. We will consider ways in which some in our professional community are already working with this issue, and reflect on the implications for our own professional practice.
It will be helpful if participants have considered two short readings prior to attending:
The facilitator, Nigel Rayment, is an integrative psychodynamic counsellor. His PhD (1988) examined how natural history and ecological literature has contributed to a sense of place in the West. He has worked in learning for sustainability for many years as a researcher, author and development advisor, working with learners, practitioners and agencies across all phases of formal and informal education.
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.
Somatisation & EMDR, Saturday 14th March 10.00 – 12.00 – Pam Jones
In this CPD we will look at how EMDR, (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), is used to help clients to deal with traumatic, painful and distressing memories. Such memories may give rise to somatic symptoms, such as fibromyalgia, IBS, and migraines.
There will be an opportunity to explore and discuss how EMDR’s 8 phase protocol has some similarities as well as differences to other approaches used in the alleviation of pain, be it psychological or physical.
This is a mandatory session for MCS staff that provides the opportunity to consider the implications of the legal requirements to protect vulnerable adults & safeguard children, as detailed in the MCS policy. We will reference the newly revised policy & related procedures to process & think about the implications for our client work. We will draw on individual casework & use case examples to explore how risks can be worked with as well as consider some of the dilemmas that may arise.
A policy is important to the extent that it informs our professionalism & provides a necessary context for ethical & safe practice. It is our expectation that all MCS practitioners are familiar with the vulnerable adults & safeguarding policy & therefore we ask you to attend this session if you have not attended a safeguarding training within the last 3 years.