Continual Professional Development

Our one day Studio Events are CPD (Continual Professional Development) events that are open to professional counsellors and students who are in training at Diploma level.

Continual or continuing professional development refers to the process of tracking and documenting skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work. Learning beyond your initial training.

Keeping a record of what you experience, learn, and apply in your development as a professional demonstrates your commitment to your work.


Please note:

  • Our maximum number of participants is generally 12 per studio event.
  • Bookings must be made at least two weeks prior to the start date as cancellation will be decided at that time.
  • Places are not secured without payment.
  • Refunds for studio events cancelled by Dunamis will be made in full.
  • Participant cancellation will be paid in full if cancellation is made at least two weeks before the studio day.
  • Book early to avoid disappointment.

Supervision – Spring 2021

12 Saturdays – Dates to be confirmed.

Course entry requirements – 3 years post Diploma with a minimum practice of 400 hrs. Part of the training will require you to offer voluntary practice Supervision for a minimum of 24 hours.
Contact us for more information

Fee: £1,650
Time: 9:30am – 4pm

Please download, complete and return the event booking form. We require dietary needs information and acceptance of the event terms and conditions.

Students at a CPD Studio event 2019
Students at a CPD Studio event 2019

Spring / Summer 2021 Studio Events


Polyvagal Theory

An Introduction to Polyvagal Theory, combined with practical experiential practices, delivering therapists practical applications, in allowing clients to maintain safety & regulation.

This workshop will cover the Autonomic nervous system and its functions. Understanding the hierarchy & origins of the Parasympathetic Nervous System & Sympathetic Nervous System, when observed through the lens of Polyvagal Theory. As a structure of Safety & Connection, Mobilization & Immobilization.

Presenter: Niall Crawley Moore

Event Date: 13th March 2021

 Cost: £65

Please download, complete and return the event booking form. We require dietary needs information and acceptance of the event terms and conditions.


Private Practice

If you are thinking of taking the next step into private practice, then this Dunamis Studio Day is for you.

The day will cover issues including ethical, legal and self-care and practicalities such as note taking and making administration work easy and effective for your business.

The day will provide a confidential and supportive environment for participants to discuss their hopes and fears about moving into practice with others in the same position. There will be ample opportunity for a question-and-answer session, and Rachel will help shed light on the good, bad, and potentially ugly aspects of private practice using examples from her own experiences.

There will be opportunities for experiential work throughout the day, which will enable participants to look more deeply into their motivation for starting in private practice and explore their own ideas about how they want their private practice to look and feel.

The day will be fun, informative, and enlightening, and will we hope, encourage you to confidently step into your own private practice, at the heart of our therapeutic business.

Presenter: Rachel Cutler

Event Date: 19th April 2021

Cost: £65

Please download, complete and return the event booking form. We require dietary needs information and acceptance of the event terms and conditions.


ADVANCED SKILLS STUDIO DAY

This day will be a day to enrich the practice of seasoned therapists.

To have an opportunity to share strategies and a variety of interventions that may be new to your repertoire or to cement their usage in your every day practice. 

We will also consider relational depth, deep process and the tricky sticky bits of the therapeutic endeavour.  

Presenters: Sally Valentine and Sara Bishop

Event Date: 10th July 2021

Cost: £65

Please download, complete and return the event booking form. We require dietary needs information and acceptance of the event terms and conditions.


Winter 2020 Studio Events



Disappointment, Entitlement, Grievance – An Introduction to Narcissism

Misplaced feelings of disappointment and an inflated or excessive sense of entitlement are among the most challenging presenting problems that we are likely to face in practice. We delude ourselves into believing that if we offer a safe, caring and therapeutic space, the client will resolve their sense of injustice, but instead the client’s problems begin to deepen, and in time, this includes a growing sense of disappointment, with us!

Normal or healthy entitlement involves giving and receiving – rights are balanced with responsibilities. In contrast, excessive entitlement is associated with a lack of empathy or appreciation of the others point of view – arrogance and a pervasive sense that one has been wronged begin to dominate when life’s realities conflict with unrealistic, polarised or magical thinking. When confronted, underlying feelings of fragility give rise to a sense that one has been mortally wounded. These are all narcissistic traits, and when it comes to working with these clients, we find that their defenses are often rooted in disappointing, un-boundaried, or overly permissive early relationships.   This studio day will look at the spectrum of psychological difficulties associated with feelings of disappointment, entitlement and grievance and introduce participants to the continuum of narcissistic difficulties ranging from mild to the more severe, narcissistic personality disorder.

The Presenter: Steve Sharkey, is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and Consultant Adult Psychotherapist at Kent and Medway Partnership NHS Trust. Steve combines NHS work with a small private practice. He has a special interest in personality disorder – he completed a post graduate training in forensic psychotherapy in the NHS and managed a Department of Health sponsored residential community for clients with severe and dangerous personality disorder. Steve is a former executive council member of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy.

Event Date: 28th November 2020 – 9.30 am – 3.30 pm

Cost: £70 including sandwich lunch

Please download, complete and return the event booking form. We require dietary needs information and acceptance of the event terms and conditions.

Charlie Sheen - Famously narcissistic
Charlie Sheen – Famously narcissistic

Inner Child

What is an inner child?

How can this concept help our clients move forward?

Different theorist use the idea of an inner child in different ways.
We will be considering at our own take on the inner child using thoughts of several theorists to create a new imagery of the phenomenon. We will also be spending time using experiential exercises to enrich our own understanding and work.

The Presenters: Sally and Sara

Event Date: 16th January 2021 – 9.30 am – 3.30 pm

POSTPONED

Cost: £65

Please download, complete and return the event booking form. We require dietary needs information and acceptance of the event terms and conditions.

Inner Child - Discover what an inner child is at our CPD Studio Day.
Inner Child – Discover what an inner child is at our CPD Studio Day.

A Queer World

an introduction and exploration of contemporary LGBT+ issues, concerns and lives for counsellors and psychotherapists. 

If you are working with,  or likely to work with clients who  identify with one of these labels,  or who are themselves questioning sexuality, gender, gender expression or with family members affected by these issues this Studio Day will provide you with an insight into contemporary issues relating to clients who are not sure, gay, bi, lesbian, trans or questioning.  How do the constructs of gender identity, attraction, gender and sexual expression, and sex relate to each other?  From the language that is useful, to exploring current issues and concepts together with a clear model that you can take away to use in your work, this promises to be an interesting and even fun day.   Be prepared to confront prejudices and explore issues that may be challenging.    Please note that this one-day event does not and cannot equip therapists who are looking at working with clients who may be wanting to undertake gender reassignment – this is an area requiring further in depth knowledge and training. 

The Presenter: Robert, is a therapist in private practice who has worked developmentally with people since the early 1990’s and as a qualified counsellor since 2000.    He lives with his husband and cat in Eastbourne and has direct experience both personally and professionally of the issues we will cover. 

Event Date: TBC

Cost: £65 including a sandwich lunch

Please download, complete and return the event booking form. We require dietary needs information and acceptance of the event terms and conditions.

CPD Studio Day - An introduction and exploration of contemporary LGBT+ issues, concerns and lives for counsellors and psychotherapists
CPD Studio Day – An introduction and exploration of contemporary LGBT+ issues, concerns and lives for counsellors and psychotherapists

Active Addictions: Dilemmas and Decisions 

Working with currently manifesting addictions and compulsive behaviour can be difficult for client and therapist, both together and individually.  As a counsellor, when I’m facing a tricky and isolating situation, I look to helpful experience and insights (my own and others’) to guide me, and this is what I hope to share during this Studio Day.

I will offer perspectives and practical tools that both ground me and build upon 12 step and non-12 step models of addiction. Drawing on different modes of psychotherapy, neuroscience, forensic practice and existential philosophy, I will present my mind-body-spirit approach to addressing the dilemmas and decisions often required with this work.

Participants are encouraged to contribute their own experience and practice, and no one model of working with addictions is favoured.  

The Presenter: Chris Willoughby, is a psychotherapist in private practice in London.  Since initially qualifying in 2001, Chris has also worked extensively in a drug and alcohol rehab and a therapy-focused residential forensic service.  The thesis for his Masters in Counselling (2009) was on the compulsive use of extreme pornography and he has presented widely on addictions and compulsive sexual behaviour, individually and also on behalf of NOTA and StopSO (two leading organisations for the treatment of sexually harmful behaviour).

Event Date: TBC

Cost: £65 including a sandwich lunch

Please download, complete and return the event booking form. We require dietary needs information and acceptance of the event terms and conditions.

Studio Days CPD - Addictions and compulsive behaviour can be difficult for client and therapist
Studio Days CPD – Addictions and compulsive behaviour can be difficult for client and therapist

Multi-Day CPD Events

In order for us to cover some topics in greater depth we have a number of CPD events that take place over multiple days, such as our Couples Work studio days running in October 2020. These can be found on this page https://www.dunamistherapyhub.co.uk/multi-day-cpd-events/