Continuing Professional Development 2019-20

Non Violent Resistance (NVR) Principles & Practice

Saturday 20th June 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19: new date to be arranged

NVR has a developing evidence base regarding its success when working with trauma, child-parent violence, anxiety and other mental health difficulties.

The workshop will aim to offer practitioners an introduction to the key ideas around NVR as an intervention when working alongside parents who are experiencing controlling or challenging behaviours from children and young people. Practitioners will gain knowledge of the principles of NVR as well as an overview of how to apply the ideas to practice when working with parents.

Please click here for more details.




We are also taking advance bookings for the following training which will take place in 2020-21:

Non-Directive Play Therapy: Principles and Practice

Friday 16th – Saturday 17th October 2020

This two day workshop introduces students to the principles of Non-Directive Play Therapy through an intensive, interactive workshop. It is suitable for anyone working in a supportive role with children and young people, as well as counsellors and therapists who are interested in developing their skills in working with creative materials.

More details of this training event are here.

Our Play Therapy training is always well received, and recent participant feedback included the following comments:

“Informative, interactive, imaginative and powerful!”
“I found the presentation and practical a good balance. Content was directly applicable and accessible. Very relaxed, pleasant atmosphere.”
“Encouraged me to think about ways to include play / sensory and be comfortable with ‘being with’ clients.”
“I would definitely recommend to a friend.  It brings out the child play in you, it’s a great feeling!”


Certificate in Creative Counselling for Young People

September 2020 – March 2021

We are currently intending to run this course as planned, and will offer some modules online if necessary. If we reach a point where we are no longer able to offer enough face-to-face input to address the practical and experiential elements adequately, we will inform all participants immediately and offer a full refund. In the meantime, we continue to welcome new applications and enquiries for this training.

This course is designed for qualified counsellors and therapists who have trained to work with adults or with younger children, and who wish to specialise in therapeutic work with adolescents. The contents meet BACP Stage Two curriculum requirements for work with young people aged 11 and upwards.

The course provides a total of 60 hours of face-to-face training. It is open to counsellors of all disciplines who have a reasonable understanding of adolescent development and want to develop their skills in working with this age group.

Full details of this course can be found here.


Previous students have provided the following feedback:

“Great experiential training. Warm, approachable trainers.”
“Fun, interesting, informative – confidence has definitely increased as a result.”
“I feel more confident offering my clients a greater range of ways to engage with therapy.”
“A wonderful in-depth course designed to meet both BACP criteria and introduce key creative therapeutic approaches. Kind, passionate and experienced trainers with a wide breadth of knowledge and expertise.”



Past events:

Working with Gender Diversity with Young People

Saturday 29th February 2020

An interactive workshop to increase participants’ confidence in working supportively and therapeutically with gender diversity in young people. This training event is open to anyone working in a supportive or therapeutic role with young people, including counsellors, therapists, teachers, social workers, support workers and community group leaders.

Please click here for more details.

Some participant feedback from our most recent Gender Diversity training:

“I appreciated how accessible and inclusive the training has been.”
“Enjoyed the opportunity to be creative around the concept of gender.”
“I feel more confident exploring this area with my clients and more able to signpost them to useful information.”
“I’ve clarified to myself where I am in terms of relating to my gender and the assumptions I might make.”