Ellesmere Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Newsletter

December 2022

A word from the editor

Hello! Last newsletter of the year time, and it’s that time of the year where we say goodbye to some of our midweek students who are leaving us this month. And a huge Congratulations to those midweek students who have now done their three years and graduated with the Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. Well done!

This month has been a busy one for the ECPT community. We have been putting together Christmas Trees, updating the website with more information, discussing the possibility of a second Humber Counselling and Psychotherapy Conference, and working to open up more placements for students both north and south of the Humber.

In this newsletter, we also have information about mental health familiarisation for Year 3 Advanced students, news of TA101 and CPD courses, and a reminder of how to access important information and resources.

We look forward to seeing you in 2023, and in the meantime, you know where we are. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at ECPT.

Joanne – Admin and Business Support

Conference News

We have decided we will be doing the Humber Counselling and Psychotherapy Conference again in 2023. Hurrah! But we need your help.

We need a couple more members for the committee and we would particularly welcome people with sales/customer relationship experience to work with sponsors, and also someone who is able to provide support for the website and graphic design. If you have these skills and can commit some time leading up to and including the day of the conference, please get in touch with Gemma on gemma@ellesmerecentre.co.uk

We will also be looking for sponsors for the conference so if you know a company that would like to support the conference, please do get in touch on info@humbertherapyconference.co.uk

The ECPT blog

Did you know that we have a blog?

This month, we’ve been busy. First, we talked to our friends at Life Skills Hub about what they do. You can read more about them at: https://ellesmerecentre.co.uk/in-focus-life-skills-hub/

Then we welcomed Rachel Cunningham to talk to us about grief and what it means from a therapeutic perspective in time for Grief Awareness Week – you can read her piece here >> https://ellesmerecentre.co.uk/grief-and-loss-what-is-it/

Have you got a project you’re involved with that can be shared on our blog? Maybe you have an interesting or unusual job alongside studying or working as a counsellor you’d like to talk about?

If you would like to write for us, get in touch with Joanne on joanne@ellesmerecentre.co.uk

Accessing resources

We have been getting a lot of questions this month about accessing journals and other training resources. Please can we remind you of the members website, in particular the Training Resources Page and the Video Training Tutorials page.

The Training Resources page ( https://ellesmerecentre.uk/training-resources/ ) is where you can find out how to access free and paid-for (by ECPT) journals, and also copies of selected past assignments.

The Video Training Tutorials page ( https://ellesmerecentre.uk/video-training-tutorials/ ) is where you can find video content including the welcome talk from Joanne, and the recent essay writing workshops done by Emma Pooley.

Please do familiarise (and re-familiarise) yourself with the members website as there is a host of useful information on there. If you are not registered on the members website and you think you should be, contact the office on admin@ellesmerecentre.co.uk


We also have an FAQs section on both the members website and the main (public-facing) ECPT website. These get updated as we get new queries. We welcome suggestions for these sections for questions and answers that will help new and current students and members. If you can suggest anything to add, please email joanne@ellesmerecentre.co.uk. As always, your feedback is deeply appreciated.

CPD and workshops

TA101 – we have announced three more TA101s on our website. We have two 2-day courses with Anita Holland at our Holderness Road centre, and an online one running over four evenings with Kathie Hostick in the summer. More information at: https://ellesmerecentre.co.uk/ta101-ellesmere-centre/

Creative Skills Workshop – Friday 17th March – with CYP Practioner Helen Rowe

This workshop will look at how, as therapists, we can effectively use the arts and play in our client work.

You will get the opportunity to practise your skills in a safe and supportive environment. And you will be able to take home your very own sand tray!

Find out more at: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theellesmerecentre/786631

Working with Traumatic Stress – 10th Feb 2023

A day of looking at trauma and the impact on mental health, with Dr Jennie Ormerod, Consultant Clinical Psychologist.

Early bird rates available.

More information at: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theellesmerecentre/775949

Compassion Fatigue – for those who work with stress – 12th May 2023

This workshop with Dr Jennie Ormerod will look at fatigue and how it impacts on the therapist and on therapeutic work. There are early bird rates available on this one too.

More information at: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theellesmerecentre/775957

Mental Health Familiarisation – advanced psychotherapy students

All Psychotherapy Diploma students are required to fulfil the UKCP Guidelines for Mental Health Familiarisation 2017. The guidelines set out the headlines for assessment as:

  • Awareness of Diagnosis & Treatment
  • A Range of Models of Assessment
  • Working within a social responsibility framework
  • Working within a wider system of care

To fulfil the guidelines, students are required to evidence supervised clinical practice in a placement setting and/or demonstrate that you have observed, practiced, or volunteered in an approved mental health setting. Evidence attendance at relevant CPD events and submit a written reflective piece to be included in your year 4 portfolio, that supports your learning, knowledge and understanding of the UKCP guidelines.

ECPT can support students by assisting in organising a placement, consideration of any APL and provision of mental health familiarisation CPD/Workshops/Tutorials.

The next Mental Health Familiarisation CPD event will be held on March 2nd 2023 1.00pm – 8.00pm and will include 3 presenters Dr. Doug Ma, Consultant Psychiatrist, Humber NHS Foundation Trust,  Karoline Kur-Magee Clinical Lead, Primary Care Network & Angela Broadley Community Mental Health Nurse, Primary Care Network. Tickets for this event will be available shortly.

If you have any questions regarding the Mental Health Familiarisation Guidelines, please contact Hayleyjackson@ellesmere.co.uk


This is just a reminder to Trainers and Students to familiarise yourself with our updated Clinical Supervision Policy (https://ellesmerecentre.uk/clinical-supervision-policy/) and Clinical Placement Policies (https://ellesmerecentre.uk/ecpt-clinical-placements/).

Additionally, a revised 4 – Way Agreement for Clinical Placement has been sent out to all students eligible to be on placement. It is essential for every student to make sure they have an agreement in place between their provider, supervisor, ECPT and themselves so that all accrued clinical hours are counted each academic year. Unfortunately, any hours accrued without ECPT having receipt of a signed agreement may mean those hours for the current academic year cannot be included.

Please get in touch with Hayley – hayleyjackson@ellesmerecentre.co.uk if you want to check anything out about this

Hayley Jackson  – Student Placement Co-ordinator


There have been some new placement opportunities added to the members website placement page. Please take a look!

Christmas Tree Festival

Last weekend was the Kingston Wesley Christmas Tree Festival and we were invited to submit a tree, so we did! We put together a psychotherapy themed tree with Eric Berne sitting in for the Christmas angel. The tree looked fabulous and we extend our thanks to students Hayley, Wendy and Kailey for their valuable contributions. The tree is now home and in our lobby at Holderness Road.

What do you think?

Working with Children and Young People

Introduction to working with Children and Young People

Led by John Bradley – the new round has been announced over on our website. Dates to be confirmed. Learn more about this popular four day course at: https://ellesmerecentre.co.uk/introduction-to-counselling-children-and-young-people/ and get in touch with us if you’d like to express your interest in this one.

CYP Specialism Post-Qualifying Diploma

Our Post-qualifying diploma in CYP for qualified adult therapists is starting again in January. If you’re a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist currently working with adults or children and young people and you’d like to undergo the training required to be able to register as a child counsellor or psychotherapist, then take a look at: https://ellesmerecentre.co.uk/cyp-specialism-post-qualifying-diploma/ 

Sara would love to hear from you! Her email is Sara@ellesmerecentre.co.uk

Infant Observation

Infant observations have become essential features of pre-clinical training in child and adult psychotherapy and related fields. The infant observation involves observing an infant and mother weekly over a two-year period beginning soon after birth until the child’s second birthday. As well as been a requirement of ECPT’s post-qualifying Diploma in TA & Integrative Child Psychotherapy course we are pleased to provide the opportunity to complete the infant observation as a standalone course. 

This course provides the following benefits for professionals working with Children, Young People and/or Adults:

  • The experience provides insight into early explicit mental processes for both therapists and clients, an invaluable experience for those who work with complex presentations.
  • Provides a unique opportunity for therapists to sharpen and extend observational skills and analytic capacity.
  • Learn first-hand how a relationship develops between babies, carers and other family members/friends.
  • An opportunity to observe how babies grow physically, mentally and emotionally providing insight into early years.

The course runs from January to December.  Course content meets UKCP requirements.  As well as attending weekly observation study with mum and baby, you will join a group online, once a month over 11mths to discuss each member of the group’s observations. Completion of a written assignment based on your overall experience completes the requirements. On satisfactory completion of all requirements participants are awarded a Certificate. 

For further information and/or to submit an application to join the group in January please email sara@ellesmerecentre.co.uk