Bridie Mackenzie & Tom Frank

Approaches to Counselling People Struggling with Substance Use
Bridie Mackenzie & Tom Frank

This one-day workshop is for generic counsellors interested in enhancing existing counselling practice, skills and knowledge in counselling people who might be considering behaviour change.

The aim of the workshop will be to have an opportunity to explore, discuss and experience the subtle differences between generic counselling and the approaches used when counselling people who are considering changes in their lives such as use of substances.

The day will be facilitated by Bridie MacKenzieand Tom Frank who have worked in the field of mental health and substance use as counsellors, supervisors and trainers for donkeys’ years. Tom and Bridie with two other colleagues devised and wrote a six Day COSCA validated Module for Counselling People Towards Behaviour Change.  This day will include exercises, theories and approaches from the Module and our own experiences as substance use counsellors. We have integrated our person-centred counselling practice with a number of models and approaches developed to counsel  people considering changing their behaviour 

These models and approaches include the following:

  • Motivational Interviewing ( Miller and Rollnick) 
  • Theories and Concepts of Dependencies 
  • The Trans theoretical Model  (Prochaska & Di Clemente )
  • Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviours (Bowen, Chawla & Marlatt )  
  • Attachment theories 
  • Developments in Neuroscience 
  • Compassion Focused, Evolutionary Model  (Professor Paul Gilbert)
  • Trauma Informed Practice influenced Stephen Levine, Bessel Van der Kolk & Stephen Porges )
  • Non Violence Communication ( Dr Marshal Rosenberg)
  • Addiction, Attachments & Trauma and Attachment Biopsychosocial, Model (Dr Gabor Mate) 

This is an experiential day where theory will be applied to learning key skills of motivational interviewing, mindfulness-based relapse prevention for Addictive Behaviours.  We see the workshop as a day of mutual exchange, learning and sharing together in the company of peers who will leave with a ‘doggie bag’ of exercises and approaches to add to your existing practice as counsellors. 

Tom  Frank  trained in Gestalt  and Bridie  MacKenzie in Person-Centred Approach to Counselling and have a thirst for ongoing learning and development,  working creatively and ethically in counselling , training and supervising

Date: Saturday 5th October 2019
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Venue: Wallace House
3 Boswell Road
Cost: Early bird £80 if paid by 24th August, thereafter £90

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Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams
A practical workshop exploring the effective elements of psychotherapy for counsellors and therapists of all orientations.

What makes therapy work?
Drawing on over 75 years of research we will be setting out to clarify the common factors of effective psychotherapy.

In particular we will reflect on the role of relationship, collaboration, consensus on goals and ways to achieve them, confidence and humility, expectation and hope, and especially responsiveness.

We shall consider the place of creativity - what it actually is - and what we can learn from creativity research and the improvisatory arts.

An Experiential and Reflective Workshop
In addition to taught sessions, guided reflections, inquiry and dialogue, it is hoped that there will be one or two opportunities to demonstrate the principles of a common factors approach live.

Referring in particular to the work of Jerome Frank, Arthur Bohart, Joel Weinberger, Bruce Wanpold, and Michael Lambert, we will also consider Carl Rogers’ person-centred therapy as a common factors approach.

We shall play with the idea that theories are maps, remembering that although maps can be useful, they are not the territory itself. If we hold on to our maps too tightly we risk missing the actual client him or herself.

Exploration and Discovery
Above all, it is our wish for the day that it proves to be a safe, supportive space for all - a space in which we can explore together and enjoy the process of collaborative discovery and learning.

Gareth Williams 
The workshop leader, Gareth Williams has been working as a counsellor for 20 years. Originally trained in Person-Centred Counselling, Gareth has studied Emotion Focused Therapy, Process Work, Compassion Focused Therapy, ACT and mindfulness.

As well as counselling, Gareth works as a mindfulness tutor, a supervisor for the Mindfulness Association, and teaches on the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Manchester University. He is also a musician with an enthusiasm for creativity. 

Date: Saturday 26th October 2019
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Venue: Wallace House
3 Boswell Road
Cost: Early bird £80 if paid by 14th September, thereafter £90

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Linda Hardy

Understanding and Working with Suicidal People
1-day workshop on Saturday 16th November 2019

Aims and Objectives

Working with a client who is presenting with suicidal thoughts and feelings – especially when also expressing intent to carry it out - can feel overwhelming.  It may be difficult to know how to react, and it may leave us holding unwelcome emotions, such as fear, worry or distress. Having an understanding of what is going on for the individual, as well as us having a better understanding of what we could say and do, can leave us feeling less afraid and in a better position to help.

The workshop will cover the following:

Enable a better understanding of suicide and associated thoughts, feelings and behaviour, including:

  • Defining suicide
  • Understanding the reality:  what might lead people to consider suicide as an option for themselves?
  • Risk factors / Assessing risks
Supporting Our Self
  • What particular issues arise for us when working with a suicidal client?
  • How might we work with our organisation to ensure we are best supported? / How can we support our self if we are independent practitioners?
Working with a client presenting as suicidal
  • For example: How might we interact with our client?  What tools and techniques could we use?
  • Case study reviews
Safeguarding and ethical considerations
  • Management of risks and statutory obligations.  For example, when might we need to break confidentiality?  (this would also depend on our organisation’s policy and procedures, or if we work in private practice, etc)
  • What ethical considerations might there be when working with a suicidal client?

The workshop will incorporate a PowerPoint presentation and will also include group work, discussion and videos.   It includes a complimentary workbook, which follows the work of the day.  It is designed to be transferable wherever you may work, and can act as a revision tool in the future.  The day will allow us to share experiences and ideas, and support each other around working with this very difficult situation.

Linda Hardy.   I moved to the SE in my early 20s, mainly living and working in London for a homelessness charity. This included working with street homeless clients and supporting people with acute and chronic mental ill health to live independently. Before living and working in London, I lived in Brighton, graduating from the University of Sussex with a degree in Politics with Development Studies in 1997.

I returned to university later in life, and graduated with a Master’s in Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Albert Ellis’s CBT) from the University of London in 2011.  Then I worked part-time for 4 years as a Senior Counsellor for a Carer's and Bereavement service in South London, as well as being a volunteer counsellor within a drug and alcohol recovery service for 2 years.  Whilst working for the bereavement/Carer’s service, supervision was under a Humanistic framework.

I also continued to work within the homelessness sector, and was a senior specialist worker within a street homelessness outreach service.  During this time, I researched, wrote and presented workshops to a variety of teams, including ‘Helping Clients to utilise CBT tools and techniques in everyday life’ and ‘Working with Suicidal People’.  These have been presented to a variety of groups, including counselling professionals and social support workers.   It is with pleasure that I bring this (newly updated) workshop to you now.

Date: Saturday 16th November 2019
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Venue: Wallace House
3 Boswell Road
Cost: Early bird £80 if paid by 26th October, thereafter £90

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Sally Despenser

for Person-Person, Edinburgh
with Sally Despenser

Our lives are full of endings – good and bad, quick or slow, planned or unplanned.

This workshop will explore

  • Endings with clients (and supervisees)
  • Timing and managing the process
  • What makes a good enough ending?
  • Some difficulties
  • The impact on the counsellor

The workshop is relevant to counsellors and supervisors at all stages of their personal and professional lives, from all modalities, and in all settings.

Sally Despenser currently works in several end of life and bereavement settings, as a counsellor and supervision. She has also written about coming to an end as a counsellor (leaving the profession for whatever reason), managing the process and the feelings.

Date: Saturday 30th November 2019
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Venue: Wallace House
3 Boswell Road
Cost: Early bird £80 if paid by 25th October, thereafter £90

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