Ellesmere Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Newsletter

August 2022

A word from the editor

Hello! How are you?
With the start of the next academic year looming, we are as busy as ever here at ECPT towers. We are looking forward to welcoming a whole host of new people – our Core Theory Year (was the Foundation year) has only a couple of places left. If you know anyone who wants to apply, then they will need to be fast.

Other excitements at the centre this month include the much-awaited celebration event which saw record
numbers in Kathie’s lovely garden, and the rather less welcome incident of a van meeting up with our car park wall. Thank you to all those who have adapted to the new normal of a lack of wall and reduced parking capacity. Any recommendations for local builders are most welcome!

This month, we are looking back at the celebration event (we have photos), announcing another speaker for the upcoming conference, and a reminder to check out our therapist directory, for all your therapy and supervision needs!

A quick reminder that I’m on holiday later in August, so I’ll be nagging those who haven’t returned their start of year paperwork to do so ASAP. See you on the other side (September, that is)

Joanne – Admin and Business Support

Celebration Day

Well, wasn’t the celebration day glorious? A huge thank you to everyone involved and congratulations again to all those achieving their milestones.

Introduction To Counselling Children and Young People

Are you interested in working with children and young people OR about to start your placement working with children and young people?

Then this introductory course may be a good place to start.
The course content has been developed from BACP’s children and young people training curriculum. The next course starts
September 2022 and John has a couple of places left but be quick!

Sat 3rd and Sun 4th September
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October

Unit 1:
We will look at:
– Child and adolescent development and transitions
– Communication with young people
– Mental health and young people
– Risk assessment

Unit 2:
We will look at:
– Ethics and the Rights of the child
– Child protection and safeguarding
– Context: Voluntary / Community settings
– Context: School Counselling
– Beginnings and endings with children and young people

Any questions about the course, please get in contact with John Bradley, Child and Young People Trainer –

UKCP Accreditation Update

We have made some changes to both accreditation routes and the updated handbooks will be available on the member’s website in the next couple of weeks. One of the main changes is that we are now moving to two submission dates per year – the last working days of October and April. This decision is based on a review of the number of applicants coming through. If you are in the process of working towards accreditation or hoping to begin the process, please do familiarise yourself with the updated handbooks. As ever if you have any questions, please do get in touch with Sara or myself.

Cherry – Accreditation Lead – cherryrobson@ellesmerecentre.co.uk

Diploma in Counselling Supervision

The Diploma in Counselling Supervision with Barbara Clarkson is now FULL! Thank you to all those joining us for this one. We now have an official waiting list and if you want to be on it, or get ahead for next year’s course, please apply at: https://ellesmerecentre.co.uk/diploma-in-counselling-supervision/

Conference News

You can learn more about the conference at: https://humbertherapyconference.co.uk/

The BIG news on the conference this month is that we are one month closer to the conference and also that we have TEN tickets left. If you haven’t bought a ticket yet and you plan to then please do ASAP – you can buy one at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theellesmerecentre/702044

We also have a brand-new Facebook group for delegates – visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/585240509910316 to request to join the group and join in the pre-conference excitement

This week, we announced our final workshop speaker, Frances Townsend of The Berne Institute. You can learn more about her workshop at: https://humbertherapyconference.co.uk/speaker-frances-townsend/
We will be sending a link around soon so you can book your workshop places.

We are looking for sponsorship of the event from businesses who would like to be under the noses of 80
(maybe more!) practising and trainee psychotherapists and counsellors. Our email is
info@humbertherapyconference.co.uk – get in touch if you’d like more information about sponsorship.

Therapist directory
We also have an opportunity for individual therapists who offer therapy, supervision, or coaching to have a listing in the official conference handbook’s therapist directory and to be able to have business cards or
leaflets on the table in the welcome area. This will be £20 + vat. Please email us ASAP on
info@humbertherapyconference.co.uk to be included.

CPD and Workshops

Setting Up In Private Practice

running your own private psychotherapy or counselling practice is an option for you, then you need this one-day workshop with Emma Pooley.

It’s on the 24th September at the centre. We have FOUR places left and the Early Bird ticket rate is available until the end of August.

Book a place at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theellesmerecentre/720791

TA101 – September 29th & 30th. This will be the last one of 2022 and the best one for those thinking of joining us midweek in February 2023. This is in-class on a Thursday and Friday with Anita.
You can book a place at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theellesmerecentre/617274

Essay Writing Workshop

Emma Pooley is running an essay writing workshop for all new students on the 27th September from 6pm to 8pm. While this is primarily for Core Theory Year students, there may be space for Advanced Year 1 students to also attend. The session will also be recorded and uploaded to the website.

Thank you to Emma for running this. We are sure it will be very useful, particularly for those unfamiliar with writing essays. We will send out the invite to Core Theory Year students as soon as possible and communicate any spaces we may have available for others as soon as we can.

Living and Working with Neurodivergence: Mental Health and Wellbeing – A Conference for Trainers, Practitioners, Students and Academics

Living and Working with Neurodivergence: Mental health and Wellbeing – A Conference for Trainers,
Practitioners, Students and Academics. – October 7th, 10am to 4pm, online

Therapists, Therapy Groups, Peer Support Groups, and Supervisors

We have a host of therapists who can do personal therapy, group therapy, peer support, or provide
supervision. Details of some of these are below. Please note that it is your own responsibility to make sure that any therapy hours you do and any therapist you use fits the criteria for counting hours towards your
qualification. If you’re not sure, please ask. Therapists and supervisors work independently of ECPT.

Cherry Robson – UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist
Are you ready to begin personal therapy or looking for supervision of your client work? I am a UKCP
Accredited Psychotherapist and have some capacity to offer personal therapy or supervision. I am an
integrative psychotherapist with a specialism in Transactional Analysis and I currently work in private practice and for Space2BHeard. I can offer 1:1 or group sessions.

All hours can be counted towards your diploma in
Psychotherapeutic Counselling or Psychotherapy. If you would like to find out more, please get in touch via
email cherryrobson@ellesmerecentre.co.uk or call/text on 07812983008.

Emma Pooley – UKCP Accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
Emma Pooley runs a Private Practice Peer Group for therapists who are either established in, or setting up,
private practice. The October meeting will be a New Members meeting, and is open to anyone who is an
Advanced Trainee or recently qualified and would like to connect with other therapists and get support with their private practice. For more information, please contact Emma directly
on emma@emmapooleytherapy.com or text: 07387 715005.

Caroline Smith
Caroline recently graduated from our Diploma in Supervision. She is a CTA and offers individual and group supervision from the Lightwell Practice in Skipton. Contact her on caroline@lightwellpractice.co.uk, call 07708173666 or visit www.carolinesmithpsychotherapy.co.uk

Don’t forget – you can check out our growing therapists directory at www.ellesmerecentre.uk/therapists-directory


Space2BHeard still have placement opportunities with Valued Minds for students looking to begin or expand their clinical work as a student therapist. Interviews will be undertaken during August with a welcome session in September.

For more information on this opportunity or to discuss a placement please contact our Student Placement Co-ordinator – hayleyjackson@ellesmerecentre.co.uk

A Final Note

The dates for the training weekends for 2022/23 are available at https://ellesmerecentre.co.uk/trainingcourse-dates-2022-2023/
Please please please make sure that you can access the members website at www.ellesmerecentre.uk and let us know ASAP if you can’t.
Lastly, if you’re coming back next year and have not yet confirmed to the admin team or returned your finance agreement, please do so as a matter of urgency. Holidays are looming for the team and we would like to get as many people with the right information as soon as we can.
Thank you!

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