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Continual Professional Development (CPD)

Learning beyond your initial training

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.

Diploma in Supervision

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.
For more information click here  Diploma in Supervision

Studio Events

Please scroll down the page to check each event for the upcoming dates

Create your own Resilience Tool kit

We need resilience to survive the emotional, mental, and physical stress, and distress, we naturally experience in our lives.

Resilience is a distinctive pursuit for each of us, we have unique life experiences, and we have different personalities; these will impact on how we build our resilience.

Building and maintaining our resilience is important work, and our personal toolkit needs to be continually improved, audited, and assessed; it is an everyday task.

Resilience is not

  • a magic ingredient that some have, and others do not; it is something we build.
  • about keeping dry in the rain – it is about coping when we inevitably get wet.
  • the answer to the problem – it is the foundation from which we address the issue.

What is in my resilience toolkit?

The toolkit is unique to each person – but based on a combination of the following:

  • Self-care how you keep yourself safe, and physically and mentally well.
  • Self-belief how much trust you have in your ability.
  • Experience how you have responded to your life experiences.
  • Tolerance how much pain and discomfort you can withstand.

Presenter: Rachel Cutler MA, Dip. Coaching, PG Dip. Counselling, PG Dip. Psychology, MAC, MBACP (Accred.)

Event Dates: Saturday 12 November 2022

Cost: £70

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

Please Note

Courses below this point have no up coming dates.
They will be re-run at some point in the future but for now are referrence only.

Flying Solo – Starting out in 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: Annabel Giles – Annabel is a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Annabel maintains a thriving private practice.

Event Date: TBC

Time: 9.30am – 4pm

Cost: £70 

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

Come Fly With Me – Certificate in Couples Work

This course is open to those who have qualified or are in training at Diploma level.

The aims of this course are to enrich practical skills and knowledge of how to work with couples. There will be an emphasis on experiential learning to equip you for this exhilarating work.

On the course you will consider how to work with stuck couples, soothing yourself when working with an angry couple, creating a couples contract and the pitfalls. Creating your own resources and more.

Presenter: Paul Lewis – Paul has over 8 years of professional training and experience working in various fields including alcohol and addiction issues, depression and anxiety, and sexual health and identity issues. BACP (accred)

Event Dates: TBC

Time: 9.30am – 4pm

Cost: £625

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

What’s the drag? Working Effectively with Resistance and Ambivalence

Resistance and Ambivalence are commonly present in the counselling room, even when clients are keen to make changes. Acknowledging this and understanding better ways to address these concepts improves outcomes for clients.

This Studio Day will consider how to work with resistance by using effective, evidence-based approaches to overcome ambivalence which keeps people from making changes in their lives.

The day will include theory from the well-known Procheska and Diclemente’s Cycle of Change, as well as the much-evidenced Motivational Interviewing techniques of Miller and Rollnick. The day will be interactive, a good combination of theory and practical exercises to put the techniques into practice.

At the end of this Studio Day you will feel confident and equipped to work more effectively with resistance in all its forms.

Presenters: Ness Chapman – Ness is an accredited Integrative Psychotherapist with 20+ years’ experience working in the therapy field doing counselling, psychotherapy, supervision and training. Her specialisms include trauma, anxiety and addiction.

Event Date: TBC

Time: 9.30am – 4pm

Cost: £70

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

Mental Health Awareness  – (This studio day is open for general participation)

This facilitated Study Day on Mental health will provide opportunities to explore our understanding of and responses to mental health in the context of therapy. Thorough the lens of mental health awareness, it will enable a safe space to think about how we and our clients are affected by mental health. Hopefully it will give individual and collective insights into how mental health affects our ways of being and practice as therapist.

Presenter: Dennis Murray – is a Therapist, Clinical supervisor and trainer who is in private practice and has over 35 years of working professional in primary and secondary statutory mental health services and in third sector organisations with a wide range of adults in community settings as well as supporting mental health service users design and deliver their own mental health services. Dennis has also been involved in designing and delivering a range of mental health related training events throughout his career.

Event Date: TBC

Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm

Cost: £70

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

Using Sand Tray – A Creative Approach

High Flying Free Fall  ‘Lose your mind and come to your senses’ Fritz Perls

An experiential day exploring the uses of sand tray work both as a therapist and a client. We will be looking at a brief history of Sand tray therapy, the subtle difference between Sand play and Sand tray work and the rest of the day will be working experientially.

Presenters: Sara Bishop and Sally Valentine 

Event Date: TBC

Time: 9.30am – 4pm

Cost: £75

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 Days

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: TBC

Cost:

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

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: TBC

Cost:

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

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: Sara Bishop and Sally Valentine

Event Date: TBC

Cost:

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

What’s the Schema

An Introduction to Schema Therapy

Dr Jeffrey Young developed Schema Therapy in the 1980’s. Schema Therapy draws upon attachment, cognitive-behavioural, gestalt, object relations, constructivist and psychoanalytic approaches and blends these into a unifying conceptual and emotionally focussed treatment model.

Schema therapy places emphasis on relationships and affect, including transference. It links these with childhood development by using brief psychometrics and emotionally focussed exercises that raise awareness of our schemas and coping styles. Schema Therapy is truly eclectic and yet its unifying framework does not overlap with any existing approach.

Studio Day aims:

  • Introduction to the Schema and Mode models
  • Raise awareness of personal schemas through experiential work.
  • Acts as a taster for those that may wish to train in Schema Therapy
  • Enhance your assessment skills by thinking “What’s the Schema?”

Who is the workshop for?

All mental health professionals. Participants will be asked to complete some psychometric questionnaires prior to the start of the workshop. Numbers are limited to 10 persons due to the experiential nature of the day. Important: The workshop is not suitable for individuals in crisis or in need of therapy

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: TBC

Cost:

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

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:

 

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

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: TBC

Cost:

 

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

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:

 

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

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.

These can be found on this page https://www.dunamistherapyhub.co.uk/multi-day-cpd-events/