Ellesmere Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Newsletter

June 2022

A word from the editor

Hello! How are you?

Another end of year creeps ever closer, spring has properly sprung, and it doesn’t seem like a week since
September. Have you had your last training weekend for this year yet? Are you still in mid-flow? (I’m looking at you midweek students) Wherever you are in your training journey, keep journeying and you will get there.

This month, we are assessing more therapists for UKCP accreditation as psychotherapeutic counsellors or
psychotherapists and it’s amazing to see our graduates take that next step in the process and be able to
provide support for student therapists as well as for their clients. We are hoping to be able to also provide
more information about UKCP registered supervisors in due course.

This month, I am talking about the UKCP bursary (get on it!), our already popular inaugural conference, and the work going into revamping our websites. There is also news of a free online event on domestic violence which may be of interest, and Caroline Wood is looking for more people to join the Ethics committee.

Get the celebration event in your diary – invites and timings to follow. Fingers crossed for the same sunshine as last year please. I will see you then if I don’t see you before, and if you need anything in the meantime, you know where we are.

Joanne – Admin and Business Support

Diploma in Counselling Supervision

Due to the successful running of the course this year, we will be running Diploma in Counselling Supervision again from September 2022. If you’re looking to expand your skills into supervising other counsellors, then this could be the course for you. We are in the process of getting it accredited with UKCP so any graduates from this course can join the UKCP register as a supervisor.

Please be quick as we are starting in September and we need to know the numbers as soon as we can.

There is more information at https://ellesmerecentre.co.uk/diploma-in-counselling-supervision/
Provisional dates are available on the page. There will be six days of online training followed by a four-day residential. All led by the always superb Barbara Clarkson.

If you’re interested, please get in touch ASAP or fill in the application form on the website

Free Online Event on Domestic Violence

Here is some information about a free online event shared by Hull City Council.

Tuesday 12th July from 9.30am to 12.45pm via MS Teams

Hear from Luke and Ryan Hart who will be sharing their lived experience of domestic abuse and also the
impact of coercive and controlling behaviour, concluding with a brief overview of the 8 stages of Domestic Homicide. Followed by a performance by Certain Curtain Theatre Company of Mockingbird High which explores the impact of domestic abuse on two teenage children and their mother. There will be the opportunity for Q&A after each presentation.

The Websites

In response to feedback, we are doing some work on the ECPT website. The main change being that the
members area of the ECPT website has been separated from the public content and relocated to
The URL is almost identical to the main site but without the ‘.co’ in the address. If you click the above link and save it as a favourite or bookmark you will easily be able to locate the site in future.

If you do login over the coming days, the site could look very strange and broken as it is undergoing changes and is not yet all in place.

The main, public facing website will stay on the existing domain. We are hopeful that this change will make the public facing site much more targeted, and make both the public site and the members site easier to navigate.

Both websites are undergoing some changes in the coming weeks and we hope this can be done with minimal disruption. However, the task is complex and we may experience some difficulties along the way.

If you experience any problems accessing the members site, please let us know so we can look into it.
Thank you to the students who have provided feedback on our site’s usability to enable us to make
appropriate and positive changes.

UKCP Bursaries

Applications to the 2022 UKCP student bursary are now open at….

Here are the key dates from their website…
– Tuesday, 7 June 2022, 10am – applications open
– Monday, 11 July 2022, noon – applications close
– Friday, 22 July 2022 – panel to make final decisions
– Friday, 29 July 2022 – applicants notified of the outcome (by email)

It can be a slow process and ECPT will need to provide a supporting statement with every application so please do get on this as soon as possible. If you’re not already registered directly with UKCP then you need to do that now as you will need a member number to complete your application.

Last year, two ECPT students were successful in their application and past recipients and applicants are welcome to apply again. This year, the bursary is £750 towards fees which is paid directly to ECPT. UKCP are particularly welcoming applications from students who belong to a group that are typically under-represented in therapy and counselling. Please take a look at their website for more information on how to apply.

Celebration Day

Invites/RSVP will be going out soon so we can ascertain numbers and start thinking about timings. If you’ve not been before, this is our end of year celebration event for all staff and students where we present the end of year certificates to all those who have completed a whole year of study in the last 12 months, and those who have been accredited for UKCP registration. The venue is Kathie’s garden, which is a short walk up Holderness Road. We bring our own food and drinks to share and we also try and bring the sunshine.

Put the date in your diary and watch out for the invite coming your way very soon.

CPD and Workshops

We have a few things going on at the centre in the coming weeks. CPD courses are a good way of making up any lost training time. Ask your trainer if you’re not sure if a particular workshop would meet course

Leading and Facilitating Groups – Gestalt and Body Psychotherapy concepts in action with Carmen Ablack

This is a workshop for practitioners which will focus on ways of working relationally in a group setting by learning about and utilising key concepts from embodied and relational Body Psychotherapy and
contemporary Gestalt Therapy

At Holderness Road, 16th & 17th July 2022, 10am – 4.30pm both days.

Early bird rate available at £170 until 16th June!

Book your place now at: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theellesmerecentre/661284


Ethics Committee

Do you want to play a bigger part in ECPT and its development? Do you have an interest in all things ethical in therapy? Our Ethics Committee is looking for members.

We are looking for both internal members (students) and external members (not connect to the ECPT directly) to sit on the committee. It entails three meetings a year and a small level of work around understanding how ethics relate to us as a training centre and helping to shape our policies and procedures.

The head of the committee is advanced student and if you have the time and inclination, she would love to hear from you

Conference News

So, who hasn’t seen the line-up for our October conference and who hasn’t bought a ticket yet?

Thank you to those who have bought a ticket in the pre-sale for your enthusiasm for our very first conference.

We are sure you will have a great day. We have Barbara Clarkson delivering the keynote speech, which we
know will be amazing.

Did you see we have confirmed Dr Mark Widdowson as a speaker? We know he’s been well received and is only one of many fantastic speakers we have on the bill, which includes two of our own students, Corry
Fawcett and Stephen Morgan.

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

You can follow the news on our……
– Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/HumberTherapyConf
– Twitter – www.twitter.com/humbertherapycf
– Instagram www.Instagram.com/humbertherapyconf

We are looking for sponsorship of the event in whole or in part 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. Please get in touch to learn more about this.

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