1990 April – University of Kent at Canterbury
Counselling – 2 day course 12 hrs
Basic counselling skills and information on the person centred model looking at Carl Rogers.
1990 June – University of Kent at Canterbury
Counselling – 3 day course 24 hrs
Working the model looking at counselling boundaries and assessment interviews. Children’s developmental stages and possible affects of trauma. Info on Fraud.
1991 July – University of Kent at Canterbury
Counselling – 6 day course 48 hrs
Couples skills. How to work with more than one person. Self awareness skills and personal development. Supervision accountability. Info on Marriage Fit, Family Therapy, Sculpting techniques and use of visual aids. Work with children as a specialist field.
1992 March – University of Kent at Canterbury
Issues of Sexual Abuse – 2 day course 12 hrs
Training on the various issues surrounding and connected to sexual abuse. Looking at definitions of sexual abuse and also looking at stranger abuse and interfamily abuse. The issues of grooming and what is a paedophile.
1992 April – University of Kent at Canterbury
Treatment Issues of Sexual Abuse – 2 day course 12 hrs
Training and sharing of a multidisciplinary view to treatment issues of sexual abuse. Looking at group work offender units and direct work with children. Also issues of family therapy and interfamily abuse. Touching on the child protection needs and the video process, lack of therapy.
1995 May – SOBS Training
Specialist Skills – 1 day course 6 hrs
Training on the unique issues that face those who are left to pick up the pieces after someone has committed suicide. Looking at issues of guilt, anger and depression. Also looking at the complications of the police, coroner etc.
1995 June – Barnabus Training Consortium Counselling Accreditation
Open College Network Course. Bilston College – 6 day 6 nights 50 hrs
Counselling skills, looking at directive and non directive models. Information and role-play using both models. Information on behavioural models and brief therapy. Information on theory looking at gender disability difference. The affects of trauma at various stages of life. Information on life crisis’s and stress levels. Covering aspects of mental ill health. Depression and clinical depression working with doctors and other professionals.
1995 October – PCCA Training
Specialist C.P. – 1 day course 6 hrs
Information from Christian Social Workers on the issues facing churches today if they do not have a child protection co-ordinator and have a clear child protection policy for its workers. This course also gives clear information to the average churchgoer about what not to do in the case of sexual, physical and emotional abuse.
1996 March – Critical Incident Training
Specialist Skills Post Traumatic Stress – 1 day course 6 hrs
Training on the importance of critical incident counselling and how this alleviates the likelihood of people suffering post traumatic stress. This is a basic course designed to interest those who feel they could or would want to develop skills in this kind of frontline work.
1997 May – International Conference
Specialist Skills Issues of Gender & Sexuality – 4 day course 38 hrs
This course looks at issues facing men and women alike. How and who to talk to about these issues when you are not clear and are still confused. This course took a difficult look at the discrimination that was felt by this group. It also looked at the malpractice that has gone on around very vulnerable people when they needed help most. Sexual abuse and issues of sexual experimentation and what this might mean to people with gender confusion was discussed in workshops with great openness and frank exchanges of experience. The main part of the Conference was taken up with Dr Dan Allender speaking on the strength of commitment and integrity of the worker that was needed to enable this client group to find their own way.
1997 October – Barnabus Training Consortium
Supervision Course Bilston College – 1 day 2 night 12 hrs
Basic course on the meaning and components of supervision. Looking at the various settings and types of supervision. Information and theory about stress/anxiety management, transference, the role of challenge and the need for respect.
1998 December – Kent County Council
Making Assessment and Plans – 2 day course 14 hrs
Looking at issues of neglect, emotional, physical and sexual abuse. A model of assessment and plans. Also looking at risk assessment models.
1999 January – Kent County Council
Shared Concern – 1 day course 7 hrs
A multidisciplinary course looking at neglect and how this may be presented and interpreted by various agencies. Also looking at issues of referral and process.
1999 February – Kent County Council
Court Skills – 2 day course 14 hrs
How the court works. Information for court reports and how to respond when in court. Who is in the courtroom. How to present your case in writing and verbally.
1999 March – Kent County Council
Working With Neglect – 1 day course 6 hrs
How to work with issues of neglect. How to work with other agencies while facing issues of neglect.
1999 May – Kent County Council
Child Protection Conference Skills – 1 day course 6 hrs
Issues of preparing for conference. Issues of the abuse of process. The need to balance child protection concerns with continued work with the client. How to view core groups in a positive way. What is the Chairman’s role. The conference process as a change agent.
1999 June – Kent County Council
In Touch With Children – 6 day course 60 hrs
An in-depth look at children’s development and the stages at which children may get stuck and the affects this could have. How to work with children with integrity and empathy. Looking at the things that have been important to us in our own childhood to enable a more imaginative view of the child’s world. Use of various techniques to enable direct work to take place. Looking at materials to use and how various children at differing developmental stages may feel about using them. Looking at issues of difference and disability. Understanding that each child’s story is unique and requires a unique response.
2000 January – Kent County Council
Attachment Theory and Loss – 3 day course 21 hrs
An in-depth look at attachment theory and the affects of developmental delay and children being stuck emotionally at younger ages. Also looking at the internal working model that a child comes to develop as a direct result of the attachment behaviour they have experienced from their main carer. Also understanding the process that is at work in the first 7-8 months of life that is not attachment but bonding and development and the affects of interruptions in this. We also had some training on how to work with various attachment disorders. Pointers on the various models of working with children who have severe attachment issues and the current trends in this work.
2000 February – Kent County Council
Handling Children’s Behaviour NCH – 2 day course 14 hrs
NCH course on how to run parenting skills group. Looking at handling children’s behaviour. Covering the umbrella model looking at boundaries, consistency, unrealistic expectations, childish irresponsibility’s, childhood secrets, the myth of the perfect parent, rewards not bribery. The difficulties of change of adults and how difficult it is for children. What can make it easier.
2000 June – Kent County Council
Solution Focused Brief Therapy – 3 day course 21 hrs
A close look at this model and the application of it in field social work. Looking at the essence of the model and finding how to use it with our case load. Also looking at how this works with core group’s case conferences and most social work processes.
2001 January – Kent and Medway Training
Mental Health and Parents and Children – 2 day course 12 hrs
A multi agency course focusing on the new mental health research and proposals for changes in legislation. This training also looked at the impact on children of their parent’s mental health issues. The course challenged workers to look more closely at the issues relating to children of parents with mental health and to be more active in assessing risk clearly.
2001 February – Medway Training
New Assessment – 2 day course 12 hrs
This was an introduction to the framework and the guidance to enable teams to share their lack of knowledge and also to see that they already have the skills to use this tool.
2001 May – Dartington
Research and Social Policy Countrywide Symposium – 1 day course
This was a very informative day which focused on the research other SSD’s are carrying out. It was an opportunity for social work professionals to hear what has been going on and being developed in other Authorities. It was very informative and encouraging to hear what other people are doing in family support.
2001 June – Kent and Medway Training
New Assessment – 2 day course 12 hrs
This was a more in-depth look at the issues of completing an assessment using the framework and how to bring the information together. It also looked at the analysis of information and how to present this. Evidence based practice was key to this training.
2002 January – Kent Training
Attachment, Loss & Maltreatment – 2 day course 12 hrs
An in-depth look at attachment, child and adult patterns with specific reference to a child’s developmental age and the presenting behaviours. Exploring the affects of the adult’s attachment style on their ability to parent and to develop relationships that are good enough. David Howe himself was the trainer.
2002 April – Kent Training
Research Matters – 2 day course 12 hrs
The importance of relevant and up to date research to inform practice. Looking at what agendas drive research and how this can influence the outcome. Also looking at what makes research accessible to practitioners and how it can be integrated into practice. Learning how to critic research and to analyse the impact of new research on child care practices. Awareness of the affects of other important documents such as inquiries and part 8 reviews i.e. Victoria Cilimbyea.
2002 May – Kent Training
Effective Supervision – 3 day course 19 hrs
The role of supervision in good practice. What makes good supervision. Feedback and how to give it and receive it. Organisational elements and the impact of policy, budgets and varying experience, practices, knowledge and skills.
2002 October – General Social Care Council
Post Qualifying Award in Social Work 1 – 3 months study
Practice requirements of detailed direct work, family assessment, professional boundaries, risk assessment, working with other organisations and outcomes for clients.
2002 October – General Social Care Council
Child Care Award – 18 months study and assignments
Child development, infant observation, attachment disorder, loss and grief, complex family development , direct work with children, mother and infant bonding, mental health, neglect and harm.
2002 December – Kent County Council
Psychological Debriefing – 2 day course
Theory and methodology of the Psychological Debriefing as used at the Dover Counselling Centre. This was developed out of the considerable body of work that came from the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster.
Theory and methodology of the Psychological Debriefing as used at the Dover Counselling Centre. This was developed out of the considerable body of work that came from the Herald of Free enterprise disaster.
2004 February – University of York
Juliet Koprowska – 1 day course
Teacher training module using observation of practice as a form of learning, use of theory and practice modelling of self reflective process for use in supervision and competency observation.
Brief Encounters for Health Professionals by One Plus One
Marriage and Partnership Research – 4 day course
Multi-disciplinary training with Midwives, Health Visitors, Care Workers, Social Workers. How to deal with crisis encounters, develop and offer an effective service in the brief amount of time that is available in each setting. Couples work including coupe fit, sex and sexuality, family scripts and safe practice in difficult environments, self reflection and boundary setting.
2004 December – General Social Care Council
Practice Teaching Award
12 months study and portfolio
2006 May – Middlesex University
2 day course
Introductory Workshop for Person Centred Counselling Degree
Process led weekend looking at self reflection expectations affects on external and internal life, blocks to learning, course requirements.
2006 April – Middlesex University
Year 1 of Person Centred Degree – 1 year course
Comprehensive theory and practical process led training in the Person Centred Approach with a requirement to be in personal therapy.
2007 April – Middlesex University
Year 2 of Person Centred Degree – 1 year course
Comprehensive theory and practical process led training in the Person Centred Approach with placement and person centred supervision hours. Membership of the BACP and acquiring insurance to practice.
2007 June – Middlesex University
Existential Psychotherapy in Practice Workshop – Ernesto Spinelli
What Existential Therapy is and the use of phenomenology and the edge of awareness in the therapeutic relationship.
2008 April – Middlesex University and the Metanoia Institute
Year 3 of Person Centred Degree – 1 year course
Comprehensive theory and practical process led training in the Person Centred Approach with placement and person centred supervision hours. Membership of the BACP and acquiring insurance to practice. Focusing on dissertation and viva assessment.
2009 March – Metanoia Institute
2 Day Workshop Love and Fear – Geraldine Thompson
Exploration of the place of love and fear in the counselling relationship, and society. Attachment relationships and the development of love and fear. What are the affects of brain development of love and fear.
2011 March – Deep Release training counsellors
CPD Disassociation Trauma and Abuse – 1 Day 6 hrs
Training on living and working with DiD for clients partners and counsellors. Trainers Carolyn Spring Hazel Barton and Dr Jane Potts.
2012 July – Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
5 years part time study
2012 July – Bachelor of Arts Upper Class Honours in Person Centred Counselling.
5 years part time study