Ellesmere Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Newsletter

February 2023

A word from the editor

Hello, how are you?
After a little lull in the new year, we are starting to get busy again here at ECPT. A delightful job this month has been registering new students who will be joining us in February. The midweek course goes from strength to strength with numbers building all the time. Two students this year will be working on the Diploma in Psychotherapy, marking the fourth year of the midweek programme, which is amazing. Well done to all continuing, and a huge welcome to the new students joining them very soon.

In this month’s newsletter, we have an article from the ED&I committee about LGBT+ History Month, news from UKCP around accreditation, links to a couple of new posts on our blog, and information about two counselling jobs. If you have any jobs you’d like to share with our students and members, please let us know.

Conference – it’s coming. We have reserved a local venue. Put the date of the 21st October 2023 in your diary and wait for news. Tickets will be on sale very soon.

In the meantime, you know where we are if you need anything

Joanne – Admin and Business Support


  • 10th Feb – CPD – Working with Traumatic Stress (at Holderness Road)
  • 17th March – CPD – Creative Skills Workshop (at Beverley Road) – SOLD OUT
  • 12th May – CPD – Compassion Fatigue for Those Who Work with Stress (at Holderness Road)
  • 8th & 9th June – TA101 (at Holderness Road)
  • 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th July – TA101 (online)
  • 15th July 2023 – Celebration Day (venue TBC)

Committee News

The Ethics Committee is looking for new members and would particularly welcome a volunteer from the wider community to complement their team. If you know of a qualified psychotherapist, ECPT qualified or otherwise, who would be able to give some time and expertise to us on the subject of Ethics, please ask them to get in touch with the committee chair Caroline Wood. There is more about the work of the Ethics committee at: https://ellesmerecentre.uk/ethics-committee-terms-of-reference/ – you can email

You can see our committee set up and learn more about the work of each of the committees at

A Study Space – A Thank You

Thank you to those that responded to the questionnaire about study space. We have looked at the responses and have decided that the best solution is to encourage you to make use of the first-floor kitchen at the Beverley Road centre. This can be used for social study as well as for note taking between therapy sessions, or just to sit and have lunch and meet other students and therapists. If you do not have access to the Beverley Road centre already and would like to use it more regularly, please email admin@ellesmerecentre.co.uk for more information.
We have also updated our training resources page to include some suggestions for study space outside of the centre, including details on using the University of Hull library, or a local library in Hull or the East Riding. If you have found any gems yourself for personal study locally, we would love to hear more about it.

CYP Training

Are you looking to expand your skills and specialise in working with children and young people (CYP) and grow your practice?
Our specialised CYP Diploma programme certifies your expertise providing comprehensive training and hands-on experience in the unique needs, benefits, and challenges of working with CYP. The demand for therapists who specialise in working with CYP is growing, and completing this training could open up new career opportunities.
Attending specialised training in working therapeutically with children and young people (CYP) is beneficial for several reasons:
-Improved knowledge and skills: you will be equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, and
understanding to effectively work with CYP and support their mental health and well-being.
-Better outcomes: you are better equipped to identify and address the unique needs of CYP, leading to
improved outcomes in therapy which can have a significant impact on the lives of the young people
you work with.
-Professional growth: can enhance your professional development and increase your credibility as a
therapist. It demonstrates your commitment to working with CYP and your dedication to providing
the best possible care.

Email Sara@ellesmerecentre.co.uk for more information

CPD and Workshops

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 at Holderness
More information at:

Compassion Fatigue for those who work with distress – with Dr Jennie
Ormerod – on the 12th May. Early bird tickets available until the end of
This workshop is about creating a space for workers to reflect on themselves and develop strategies to be able to continue their work as effectively as possible in the future.
Find out more and book your place at:

Compassion Fatigue Workshop

TA101 – The next in class TA101 is on the 8th & 9th June
with Anita Holland at Holderness Road.
Our next online one is scheduled for July 2023. If you need to do TA101 and can’t get to Hull, then book onto this one. If we can squeeze in one earlier, then we will give
you the option to move to that one instead. Early booking is advised as spaces are limited, even in virtual classrooms!

To book either of these, please visit https://ellesmerecentre.co.uk/ta101-ellesmere-centre/

The ECPT Blog  

We have two new pieces of content for you on our blog this month.

Firstly, we have a post from Carl Jones about working as a male therapist and why it’s important to have a
more equal gender balance in the therapy industry – you can read this at https://ellesmerecentre.co.uk/meet-the-therapist-working-as-a-male-therapist/

Then, we have a look at Hull’s Rewilding Youth, an outdoor play-based therapy scheme for children and young people. You can learn more about them and what they do at https://ellesmerecentre.co.uk/in-focus-rewilding-youth

External events and classes

Accreditation and UKCP News

The HIPC assessment board are looking for new assessors to join them in carrying out Organisational Member Reviews. You would need to be an accredited psychotherapist to join the assessment board. If you are interested, please contact Yvonne Pritchard Yvonne.pritchard@ukcp.org.uk for further information.
The UKCP EDI Committee are seeking new members from within the full UKCP membership, including
students, trainee and full clinical practitioners. If you are interested, please contact UKCP directly for further information https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/contact-us/

A word from the Equalities, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

February is LGBT+ History Month, and every year there is a different theme.

The LGBT+ History Month 2023 #BehindTheLens celebrates LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to cinema and film from behind the lens. Directors, cinematographers, screen writers, producers, animators, costume designers, special effects, make-up artists, lighting directors, musicians, choreographers and beyond.

I wanted to talk about a film that really influenced me. It was the first ‘gay’ film I had ever seen and was the 1996 Channel 4 Film called “Beautiful Thing”. This was a love story written by Jonathan Harvey, which charted a budding relationship between teenagers Jamie and Ste. Jamie was a shy lad, bullied at school by his peers. Ste was a popular guy having a tough time at home – beaten by his brother and his father. They found more than friendship through their adversity. The characters in the film are really strong South East London portrayals. You’ll see many of the actors in Eastenders today as this film was quite early in many of their careers!

This was the first time I had seen a gay relationship like this at the cinema. It was so validating for me, but also made me feel sad that I could not have experienced such a relationship at their young age because of my shame. As someone with a BE STRONG driver, this film was one of the few things that would make me cry. I felt myself transported via empathy into their lives. I knew how hard it was to come out and be myself at a time when gay people were demonised.

At ECPT, we celebrate Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and place it at the heart of all we do. At a time when LGBT+ lives are in the media, we also encourage you to look ‘Behind the Lens’ and listen to LGBT+ peoples’ lived experiences.

Chris Colcomb, Advanced Year 3 Student
Deputy Chair EDI Committee

Jobs Board

-Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Counsellor – ERYC, Bridlington (Part-time)
More info: https://www.eastridingcouncil.jobs/job-search/?entry=cysp000522

– Rough Sleeper Service Clinician – Space2BHeard, Bridlington (Part-time)
Contact shell@s2bh.org

If you have any jobs you’d like to share with our students, please do get in touch.

Accessing 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.

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