Ellesmere Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Newsletter

February 2022

A word from the editor

We all ok today?

It’s February and it’s often cited as the most depressing month of the whole year. I can see why, but here at ECPT it’s an exciting time as we get to say a huge WELCOME to our new midweek students. The midweek programme is now fully established, and we have our biggest class yet. 2022 will also see the first of the midweek students achieve their psychotherapeutic counselling diplomas, which is fabulous. So, a massive welcome to the newbies, and a welcome back to advanced training for the rest.

It’s been a busy old month for me, and the training team have kept me occupied with helping to sort new
courses, CPD, and events. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

This month we have news about therapeutic skills practice sessions, more details about whether you need to be a member of UKCP, and we have set a date for our Autumn conference. If you’re looking for a more permanent place to call home for your therapy practice, we also have news about exclusive room hire, so read on.

Finally, a massive thank you to all of you and your flexibility this last few weeks. We look forward to a return to the classroom for all of our year groups this month and are crossing our fingers that this will be the case for the foreseeable. We hope you are all keeping well, but if you need anything, you know where we are.

Joanne – Admin and Business Support

2022 Conference

SAVE THE DATE!!!! – Saturday 22nd October 2022

We are pleased to be able to announce the date of our one-day conference. Please pop Saturday 22nd October in your diary if you’d like to come along. It will be at a local venue and the exact schedule will be announced in due course. There will be early bird ticket rates available, and we will be announcing ticket sales to our students first before we announce it to the wider community.

We have one or two workshop slots available so if you’re keen to present in your area of expertise to our
students, and other psychotherapists and TA fans from across the region, please do get in touch with Gemma. gemma@ellesmerecentre.co.uk

The theme of the day will be Mind, Body & Spirituality. We are looking forward to putting the programme
together and being able to share more details with you over the spring.

An Update From The Equalities, Diversities, and Inclusion Committee

You’ll all no doubt be aware that ECPT’s ethos is centred around embracing and engaging with difference of all kinds. This is why the organisation is so keen to ensure that the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee exists to champion difference. It is made up of students past and present and seeks the involvement of external members too. Our chair is Kay Durrant, who is supported by Shantelle, Chris, Stephen and Jo. We meet quarterly, and we now have our own email address. We felt this was important so that any students with issues have a direct route to our assistance if they feel there is a matter pertaining to EDI.

Contact us at : edi@ellesmerecentre.uk

Elsewhere in the EDI world, as I write this, we are thinking ahead to two important dates in the March calendar.

1st March is Zero Discrimination Day. This is a day that celebrates the right of everyone to live a full and
productive life—and to live it with dignity. Zero Discrimination Day highlights how people can become informed about and promote inclusion, compassion, peace and, above all, a movement for change. In fact, it stands for just about everything our EDI Committee does!

31st March is International Trans Day of Visibility. This day is dedicated to recognising the resilience and
accomplishments of the transgender community. On this day, we celebrate the trans people amongst us, raise awareness about the struggles that they face, and advocate for more rights for them across the world.

We hope you all have a great March, and we’ll be back to update you soon.
Chris Colcomb, Advanced Year 2 student

Group Therapy

Gemma Cormican is looking at running a group therapy session regularly on an evening at one of our centres.

It will run fortnightly one evening from 6.30pm to 9pm.

Exact dates to be confirmed depending on numbers.

Don’t forget, we also have a group therapy marathon running at Beverley Road on the weekend of the 23rd & 24th April – more details above.

Psychotherapeutic Tools In Mental Health

Thank you to all those that came to one or more sessions of the year-long Psychotherapeutic Tools in Mental Health. I’m sure you will agree that it was a useful course with our own trainers and some wonderful guest lecturers. I have sent all participants certificates to cover the modules joined in or watched back.

If you haven’t received yours yet, please get in touch – Joanne

For More Information 2022 Conference

SAVE THE DATE!!!! – Saturday 22nd October 2022

This week, the conference committee met up to discuss plans for our 2022 conference and it sounds very
exciting. Discussions were had around the venue, the title, and the all-important speakers and workshop

We have one or two workshop slots available so if you’re keen to present in your area of expertise to our
students, and other psychotherapists and TA fans from across the region, please do get in touch with Gemma.


The theme of the day will be Mind, Body & Spirituality. We are looking forward to putting the programme
together and being able to share more details with you over the spring.

Therapeutic Skills Sessions

In response to feedback from students, we have set up some Therapeutic Skills Practice sessions one Sunday a month at our Beverley Road centre. These are coming up very soon. They are a good opportunity for you to practice your therapy skills with other students at all levels with peer support on tap.

If you need to increase your skills practice hours, then please do take a look at these sessions. If they are well supported, then we can continue these on an ongoing basis.

The dates so far are: Sunday 27th February (book a place at: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theellesmerecentre/634635 ) and Sunday 27th March (book a place at:
https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theellesmerecentre/635668 )

See you there?

Level 7 Writing Workshops

This is the last call for the online writing support sessions with Barbara. If you’re seeking accreditation and
need support in getting your writing to the required standard, then please take a look at this. We have TWO places left.

Accreditation follow up sessions – Academic Writing at Level 7 with Barbara Clarkson
Venue: Zoom – online
Dates: 16th Feb and 12th April, 10am to 2pm both dates
Cost: £140 (inc vat) total for both sessions

Session 1 – the foundations of academic writing including structure and referencing, how to produce enough analysis, critique and synthesis in a case study. A look at the marking criteria, and how to apply the terms alongside the competencies

Session 2 – building on session one and including opportunities to get live feedback and support, led by the group agenda and your requests for clarity and feedback

If you would like a place on this, please email admin@ellesmerecentre.co.uk urgently.

Exclusive Therapy Room Hire

We now have available rooms to hire on an exclusive basis. If you’re looking for a more permanent home for your therapy practice, then get in touch. These rooms will be lockable and include all bills, WiFi, parking, and access to the communal facilities. You can use our furniture and décor or bring your own.

Rooms are available on a flexible, rolling basis and we are also open to room shares if you only wanted the room on certain days of the week.

Please get in touch with Joanne to express your interest and to learn more admin@ellesmerecentre.co.uk

UKCP Membership

Hi all,
I hope you are well and enjoying your training year so far. As a trainee of ECPT, you automatically gain
membership of UKCP through your membership with us but there are additional benefits to joining UKCP
individually that you may not be aware of.

Benefits of Student Membership (Free)
• Bursary – Apply for a bursary to help cover training costs
• Increase your visibility and credibility – Be the first to know about exclusive networking
opportunities – including online and regional events, Members’ Forum and special interest
groups – and meet other professionals who could become a great source of referrals in the
• Keep up to date – Stay informed about developments in psychotherapy and mental health
with a free digital subscription of the New Psychotherapist magazine, published three times a
year. Fortnightly emails will keep you fully briefed on news affecting the profession, updates
on campaigns and developments within UKCP. You’ll also gain access to the video archive of
the UKCP webinar series, covering member-recommended topics such as structural racism
and sexual and domestic violence.
• Save money on essentials – Apply for a NUS/TOTUM student discount card and get access to
discounts, student coupons and vouchers to ease the cost of your training expenses. You’ll
gain access to reduced prices on tickets to UKCP events and conferences, and the UKCP book

Benefits of Trainee Membership (once in practice) – £66 a year

All above benefits for Student Membership plus:
• UKCP Logo and Title – Adding the UKCP logo and the UKCP Trainee Therapist title to your CV
or website inspires confidence in prospective employers and clients, showing the effort you’ve
put into your training and your dedication to delivering the highest quality psychotherapeutic
services. It demonstrates your commitment to following ethical and professional codes of

For more information, please visit the UKCP website www.psychotherapy.org.uk

Best wishes,
Cherry, Accreditation Lead

Children and Young People Training

Are you interested in working therapeutically with Children and Young People?

For those of you interested in working with children and young people we would really like to hear from you with regards what training you would like/need to achieve your goals. Do you wish to work with both adults and CYP and wondering which route would be best for you? What information would help make an informed decision? Are you part way through or completed your adult training and wish to diversify? Can we help dispel any myths or clarify what the differences are between Adult or CYP Therapist?

We welcome feedback which could help influence the direction of CYP training at ECPT. Whatever your interest, concerns, queries or questions around CYP training please feel free to contact me to obtain further information or to arrange a chat.

Sara Waldron, CYP Training Development Lead

Open Night

We have our very first open night of the year planned for March 3rd. This one is online and there will be some in-classroom open nights later in the year (though we haven’t got any dates yet!).

The Open Night is a good opportunity to learn more about our courses, meet the trainers, and ask any questions. This is for both the working with adults route and for working with children and young people.
If you know someone who is thinking of studying here with us, then please ask them to book their place at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-career-in-psychotherapy-open-night-the-ecpt-tickets-256757507617

CPD, Workshops, and Events

Here are some of the events and workshops happening at ECPT……

Group Therapy Marathon
for those needing group therapy which will count towards your therapy hours (12 hours) we are running a group therapy marathon with Michelle Shanley on the weekend of the 23rd & 24th April.

There is an early bird rate available on this if you book soon – maximum of 8 places available – see
https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theellesmerecentre/635682 for more information

Fairy Tales Workshop
Once Upon a Time – how to use fairy tales to explore the inner landscape in therapy with Barbara Clarkson. This is an exciting new workshop which will be on the 16th March at our Holderness Road centre. Again, there is an early bird rate on this one if you book within the next couple of weeks.

The workshop will be largely experiential with potential for you to explore your own life story using a fairy tale, and in doing so, discover approaches that could support your work with clients.
More information at: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theellesmerecentre/635689

Here are some of the events happening in the wider community….

Emma Pooley runs a Private Practice Peer Group for therapists who are either established in, or setting up,
private practice. The March 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

Louise Robinson and Jo Young are running a group therapy marathon in South Dalton in May. This is two days (14 hours of therapy) and the cost is £250 per person. Please email mslouiserobinson@hotmail.com for more information.

And Finally…

Shane Bryant, a therapist with Space2BHeard is doing a 100km ultra run on June the 11th in the Lake District, through the mountains and around Windermere. He is doing it in aid of NSPCC and is trying to raise £1000.

If you’d like to donate, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/shanebryant1?utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR0o6oZs-C_Wm9oaW5APQ1WdXhXN1IzQ1r0wqOrzABBbSJycJsrL38q2hM

We wish him the very best of British!

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