CPD for Essex Counsellors & Psychotherapists: Therapy Learning Salon
Are you always on the lookout for helpful CPD for counsellors and psychotherapists in Essex? Then this Therapy Learning Salon might just interest you.
I’m a bit of a therapy geek. I love reading the books, going on the trainings, watching the online stuff, and working on my own ‘stuff’ in my personal therapy. (As well as working with my clients, of course!)
I love learning more things about what therapists do, and how I’d like to develop my work and myself.
And the thing that helps me learn best? Trying to explain something I’ve been studying, to someone else. And of course, listening to other points of view and thoughts on the subject, from interested and experienced others.
Maybe that’s where you come in…
Does one of the following apply to you?
- You have a really busy life and don’t have the time or energy to read therapy books or go on trainings.
- Reading books just doesn’t fit with your best learning style.
- You feel that although your counselling training was good (or at least adequate), there’s stuff you probably should know (even though you’re not necessarily sure what it is!)
- You feel a bit daunted and overwhelmed when you hear things about neuroscience and the brain.
- You can’t afford to set aside over £100 plus the peak-time rail fare into London and back – not to mention cancelling a day’s clients – to attend a CPD day.
- You’re a therapy geek and love to talk with other professionals about aspects of the work (while respecting client confidentiality, of course).
- You might be up for reading the occasional recently-published therapy book, but you don’t know which to choose.
- You would love to meet other counsellors and psychotherapists from around Colchester, Ipswich, Chelmsford and north Essex.
If so, this Essex Counsellors & Psychotherapists’ CPD Therapy Learning Salon might appeal to you.
Every few weeks, I’ll be hosting a small, friendly group of therapists in an informal, comfortable setting. For the first 30 minutes we’ll chat and get to know one another. Then we’ll transition into the more formal learning part of the evening.
I’ll share (in an accessible way, I hope) about a therapy-related topic that I’ve been deepening my knowledge about. On occasion I might show a video in which an expert therapist explains a subject, and then I might lead a discussion centred around the theme.
Because we’ll be such a small group (maximum of 7 participants) it should hopefully be easy for you to ask questions, get me to slow down if I’m going too fast, and most importantly, contribute some of your own thoughts, knowledge and experience. Nibbles, teas and soft drinks will be provided.
Frequently Asked Questions about Therapy Learning Salon
Where will the Therapy Learning Salon be held?
In Wivenhoe, which is just outside Colchester in north-east Essex. (If you’re driving, that’s around half an hour from Ipswich, 40 minutes from Chelmsford, or 90 minutes from Cambridge).
Who can attend?
Only qualified counsellors, psychotherapists and Arts Therapists are eligible to attend. (When you book, I’ll want to see evidence that you’re qualified, such as your professional profile on Counselling Directory, etc.)
When are the sessions?
Thursday sessions 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Saturday sessions 10.30am – 12.30pm
(Note that sessions are occasional, not every week – see dates below)
Can I get a CPD certificate?
Yes, each participant will receive a certificate for 2 hours’ CPD. An easy and cost-effective way of adding hours to your CPD log.
Can I come to only one, or do I have to sign up for a series?
They can be booked individually, so as long as there are places available you can come to as many as you wish.
How much does it cost?
One session is £20. You will receive a certificate for 2 hours’ CPD.
What You’ll Get… and What You Won’t
I hope you’ll get a stimulating, interesting introduction and discussion about the evening’s therapy-related topic. I want to relate theory and concepts to what can happen when you’re actually sitting in your therapy room with your client.
But I want to be clear: I’m a learner, just like you! You won’t be getting taught by a recognised big-name expert in the field. You’ll be learning along with me: a normal, imperfect, good-enough therapist. I’ll be doing my best to convey something of what I’ve been gleaning from eight-years-and-counting of learning from books, trainings, and of course experience.
Sometimes, of course, there’ll be things you already know. And sometimes, I hope, you’ll pick up (or be reminded of) some idea, concept or intervention that the very next day you find yourself using in session with a client.
And remember: of course, many topics would require a whole weekend (or more likely, several years!) of training to really do them justice. Best to think in terms of getting an introduction or taster, rather than learning all there is to know about something.
Thursday 14th February 2019: Friendly Introduction to Polyvagal Theory, with practical examples of how you can use it creatively in sessions with your clients. Ideal if you’ve been feeling a bit boggled by the science-y stuff and just want explanations that are simple, useable and approachable.
Saturday 2nd March 2019: Sandtray Yay! A chance to try out sandtray, get ideas for how to use it with clients, and some practical tips on things you can say and do (and avoid) when you’re in session.
Thursday 14th March 2019: Essentials of Online Counselling: The 6 things you most need to know about working with clients online. Great if you’d like to feel better prepared for working regularly online, or even if you only want to work online occasionally (e.g. if an existing client is travelling or is temporarily housebound).
Thursday 2nd May 2019: The Change Triangle: What is it, and how can ‘working the Change Triangle’ help our clients (and ourselves) connect better with emotions?
Thursday 6th June 2019: Trauma-Informed: Get up-to-date with recent trauma therapy recommendations, and a relaxed chance to flick through and compare some of the best trauma books of the last couple of years.
Thursday 5th September 2019: Using Postcards in Therapy: Five ways that you can use postcards and art cards in sessions with your clients. Because we’re a small group, you’ll get a chance to try these out for yourself, too!
Thursday 24th October 2019: Puppets and Play-Doh for Grown-Ups! Why might we use playful creative techniques like puppets and play-doh with our adult clients? With practical tips on how to get your clients engaged and benefitting from the process without feeling silly 😉
Thursday 28th November 2019: Using Guided Imagery, Visualisation and Imagination to help your clients with anxiety and affect regulation. The five crucial things you need to know so you can keep the work safe and make it helpful for your clients.
My qualifications and background
The short version: I’m registered and accredited with UKCP, BAAT, HCPC and ACTO.
The longer version: I have an M.A. (with Distinction) in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma and Advanced Diploma. I also have a Diploma (with Distinction) in Online Therapy. I’ve completed my Level 1 training in AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) and am currently working towards Level 2 in that model. I’m an external marker and assessor on the M.A. in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy at IATE in London. Oh, and I have a PGCE and plenty of teaching experience with students of all ages.
Keen to book your place? I’m still sorting out the practicalities of online payments, so in the meantime you are welcome to email me so I can make sure to save you a place. My email address is espcameron[at]me[dot]com
I look forward to connecting with you!