January 30th, 2014

It’s an exciting time on the Certificate in Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People’s course. This is the first time that the course has run and we are now half way through! So far we have covered beginnings and contracting, safeguarding and legal issues/ethics, creative interventions and...

Update 

We are half way through the academic training year and things are really motoring. As ever, this training experience is a challenging and stimulating process for all involved. It is especially wonderful for me as a trainer to observe the exciting, although not always easy transition I see the tra...

New training Calender

Hi there and welcome back to The Ellesmere Centre and our new training calendar. We are all relaxed and rested after our summer holidays and back with energy and passion for  what we believe will be an interesting and stimulating year ahead. We have had our first foundation year training weekend...

Ellesmere Summer

As we are approaching the end of the training year I can see the trainees managing the balance between the weariness of completing all their outstanding feedback sheets and final interviews and the buzz and excitement of completion and anticipation for the summer break. Although it’s a busy tim...

May update

We have just received some really good feedback on the most recent courses at the Ellesmere Centre. The CBT with OCD workshop facilitated by Andy Williams was attended by a number of individuals with very varied backgrounds. One attendee appreciated the style of the trainer which she felt contrib...

Self harm

We have just had a days training on working with self-harm which was extremely well attended and it was nice to see some new faces along with the more familiar. A large group obviously meant many stimulating discussions and sharing of experiences. We covered many diverse aspects of self harm incl...

Ben’s post

Having a fab time with my fellow trainees. I do believe that I am the only person here that has managed to get sunburn though !!?? We have decided to run some alternative workshops next year which involve cider and a bench if anyone is interested? I love TA and all my buddies and of… Continue Rea...

Conference update

The dinner and exam celebrations were great, it’s a good feeling to be part of such a connected group, all keen to share in each others success, and to get inspiration from each other. I’ve found the conference process so consuming that it’s hard to switch focus and write and I suspect it’s the s...

Conference Update

The hotel’s lovely, I’m sat in the grounds now, writing this in the sunshine next to the lake – it’s a hard life here at the TA conference. The key note speech by Chris Samsa was great, very energetic which was needed after our long journey and buffet lunch. Chris is a Positive Psychologist and… ...

Thoughts from the National TA Conference

Hi,  I’m really looking forward to it, especially the dancing!  Like Trish I had such a good experience last year I’m a little worried it won’t live up to expectations, though as it’s the TA world I’m sure it will.  I’ll be blogging through the weekend… I’m going to work on it being a kind… Co...

Ellesmere Centre is using Eventbrite

We are now promoting our events using Eventbright!Click on the image to take a look. It is a very nice website and app for finding and promoting events. Let us know what you think and how you get on with it if you decide to give it a go?

Working with Abuse

  We held the “Working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse” workshop at the Ellesmere centre today. This was an intimate group which lent itself to the sensitive content of the workshop. There was a variety of experience and backgrounds of group members which made for some interesting and in...

March

We have a lot of things going on at the Ellesmere Centre this month. It has been lovely to see some sun in the early part of this month and hear how positively this impacts on our therapists, clients and trainees here at the centre. I have just facilitated a TA2 which is a two… Continue Reading M...

Who becomes a Psychotherapist?

Where do psychotherapists come from? I think most people who train to become psychotherapists have probably worked in the helping professions as nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers etc. but this is not always the case. It is a vocation that people arrive at via many dif...

Newsletter

  I’m pretty excited about the new newsletter software we are using. Since 2005 we have had regular contact with over 500 people. These are people who have attended training, used our rooms, worked in partnership with us or provided us with services. The new list software (I’ll plug it as it is f...

Online Learning Community

Has anyone been part of an online learning community? I have been thinking about ways of extending the availability of our training and one idea I came up with was the formation of a TA or psychotherapy learning community. This would be a membership group that comes together online to share ideas...