Ellesmere Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Newsletter

May 2022

A word from the editor

Hope you’re having a great month so far. Here at ECPT, we have been very busy. We are approaching the end of the academic year for most of our students. I will be sending end of year emails round very soon about how to complete your year and what you need to do to join us again next year – please look out for them.

This month, we have confirmed the details of our October conference, and have had wind of this year’s UKCP bursary application date. There’s an interesting job opening at Space2BHeard which is bound to suit someone in our community, and we are asking you to save the date for the annual Celebration Event, We also have an interesting piece from of our ED&I committee about “hidden diversity” – read on!

As ever, if you have anything you’d like to share with us, please do. You know where we are.

Joanne – Admin and Business Support

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

At Holderness Road, 16th & 17th July 2022, 10am – 4.30pm both days.
£185 per place

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

Book your place now at:


Celebration Day

The venue – the lovely garden of Kathie on Holderness Road, Hull.

This is for all of our students, members and graduates who have completed something (a diploma, the
Foundation Certificate, a whole year of advanced study, or accreditation) since September.

Invites will go out in due course, as will timings. With 20 graduates having achieved accreditation this past year as well as the growth in student numbers, this may well need to be split into two sessions in a similar way to last year but once we know numbers, we can firm up times. Please look out for an invite coming your way soon and please put us in your diary for now.

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.

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

UKCP Bursaries

Hi all,
I hope you are staying well and enjoying some very welcome Spring sunshine. As we all face current escalating living costs, some of you may be concerned around continued funding for your training. I wanted to remind you that UKCP are committed to supporting the training of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors and do offer bursaries to eligible students and trainees. Each bursary has a value of £750 but the number of bursaries is limited.

Applications for bursaries is open from 7th June. If you are interested and would like more information, please visit the UKCP website. https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/join-us/ukcp-bursary/

We recommend an early application as this can be a slow process. You will also need to be a member of UKCP as you will need a members number to apply. If you are not already a member of UKCP as a student or a trainee and wish to think about applying for a bursary, we recommend that you undergo the process as soon as possible. Visit the UKCP website for more information.

Best wishes
Cherry, Accreditation Lead

Hidden Diversity – An Update From The ED&I Committee

Hi everyone,
I am Shantelle, a First-Year Advanced Student and Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee member. I joined the EDI committee during my Foundation Year as I wanted to be a voice representing Racial Diversity, and I am fascinated with the concept of intersectionality… this remains true.

However, in a recent conversation with my good friend and fellow EDI committee member Chris , I was introduced to the phrase “Hidden Diversity”. This coupling of words excited me and piqued my curiosity with the question – What do I know about Hidden Diversity?

The word Diversity is synonymous with different; the subject and concept can often indicate “othering”,
particularly for those who are visibly diverse. Nevertheless, “diversity is multifaceted with complex
interconnected strands, intersecting and converging” (Prosper, 2021). We are all familiar with the Equalities Act 2010 and the nine protected characteristics. We see those characteristics all around us, but what if those characteristics are invisible or indiscernible. How often do we consider characteristics we cannot see, and how many are hidden from us by our clients?

I have fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition and a Hidden Disability. I have often begrudgingly disclosed
personal medical details to justify why I have a disability pass or use the disabled parking bays. Most of us maybe familiar with the term ‘Hidden Disability, which describes people whose disabilities do not confine them to a wheelchair, have them using a white cane or with large visible hearing aids.
But what about Sexual Orientation (LBGTQ+), Gender Identity, Mental Health, Faith, and or Religious Beliefs?

These are all hidden diversity and outside of our awareness.

I want to take these last few lines to invite you to look at Luft and Ingham’s “Johari Window model” and
discover what hidden diversity lies within you. As a therapist/trainee therapist, be curious about what hidden diversity lies within your client.


If you want us to explore the topic of “Hidden Diversity” further, please send us an email
edi@ellesmerecentre.uk or start a dialogue within this newsletter. You can also join us on the EDI committee.

We talk about all facets of diversity, and we must engage with you – after all, Equality and Diversity are
nothing without Inclusion and, therefore, nothing without you.

Accreditation Update

Online client hours guidance update – We have now received an update from HIPC regarding remote working client hours that may be counted towards totals for qualification/accreditation.

Due to the extraordinary circumstances of the last two years and the necessity of working remotely with
clients due to covid restrictions, you may have accumulated mostly online client hours which may be counted towards your final total. However, as we have previously mentioned, we feel that it is important for our trainees to have some experience of in person working with clients as this is a different experience to remote working.

As such we would like to offer the following guidelines for client hours:
– Psychotherapeutic Counselling Diploma 150 Client hours – trainees to have seen at least 1 long term
client in person (min 6 months)
– Psychotherapy Diploma 250 client hours – trainees to have seen at least 2 long term clients in person

We would recommend more face to face client work than this if possible, but this is the minimum requirement for qualification.

If you have any questions or difficulties around this please speak with your trainer, student support members, your supervisor or myself
Cherry, Accreditation Lead – cherryrobson@ellesmerecentre.co.uk

Conference News

*** TOOTS HORN ***
We can now confirm that the date for our inaugural counselling and psychotherapy conference will definitely be the 22nd October 2022

It will be held at the Humber View Hotel, close to the A63
We have a new website at:
https://humbertherapyconference.co.uk/ and we have announced the first of our amazing speaker line-up in the last few days – Leilani Mitchell of The Link Centre.

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

Tickets will be on sale from later in May. In the meantime, we will announce more speakers and there’s some more exciting names still to come.

Job Vacancy

An exciting position has become available within a new contract service which sits in Space2Bheard CIC. We have secured a contract to offer group and individual psycho-education and therapy to
individuals who have experienced complex and/or multiple trauma.

This service will be offered in the East Riding of Yorkshire (location still to be determined) to people over a year.

There is more information at: https://www.space2bheard.org/2022/04/25/complex-trauma-service-clinician-vacancy-details/
Please apply directly to S2BH as per the job advert on their website

NCS Newsletter

The latest edition of Counselling Matters, the monthly publication from the National Counselling Society is available to read at http://cm.nationalcounsellingsociety.org/books/utdd/#p=1

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