Ellesmere Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Newsletter

November 2022

A word from the editor

Well, summer didn’t hang around long, did it?

Did you come to the conference? Thank you if you did. It was very well attended, and we have been
blown away by the support. We are currently lying down in a darkened room, but we hope to have
some news for you soon about the 2023 conference.

This month, we are excited to welcome 14 new students to our new Newcastle centre in partnership
with our friends at Peel Psychological Consultancy. A huge welcome to the ECPT family to Nicole and
her team and her new students. We wish you all the very best.

In this newsletter, we have news of CPD courses, some interesting placement opportunities, more
students offering free supervision, and a plea from our newly formed Christmas Tree team. Can you
provide a bauble?

If you have anything to share with us, have questions, or would like to know anything more about
anything on here, you know where we are.

Joanne – Admin and Business Support

New Training Portfolio – A Reminder

For those that missed this last month!

We are replacing the End of Year record forms with a new Training Portfolio. Cherry Robson,
accreditation and APL lead, and Joanne Brady, Admin Manager, have created this document
between them. It is designed to help you track all of your training, essays, clinical hours, therapy
hours, and approved APL in one big document. You can use this throughout your journey with us,
record your milestones, and keep all your information in one handy place.

Please visit https://ellesmerecentre.uk/handbook/ and scroll to the bottom of the page where you
can download a Training Portfolio document. Please start from now. It will be easier if you do this as
you go along. If you’re an advanced student and would like to transfer the information from
previous years into this document, then please do. You will need to submit this at the end of every
year once the information for that year is all in place. We will send information about how to do this
in due course.

We hope that this will make the collection and storage of essential information easier for you, our
admin team, and your trainers.

Conference News

The first Humber Counselling and Psychotherapy Conference went alright then? We are worn out
now and having a well-earned breather, but we would like to say a massive thank you to the
speakers and delegates for their attendance and their enthusiasm for the day. It has been hard work
but knowing the conference was so well received by so many people has made it worth it.
Thank you to our sponsors, Space2BHeard, Chris Mitchell Coaching, Talking Works, Isosconnect, and
TherapyRecord.online for their ongoing support. Thank you also to companies that provided items
for the goody bags.

Thank you also to everyone who provided feedback on the conference. We are loving your positivity
and also your suggestions for improvement. Look out for news of the 2023 conference in the new

If anyone has any photos they would be happy for us to share and use, please do send them our

UKATA Conference – Road Trip!

The National UKATA Conference takes place 21st – 23rd April 2023 in Cardiff.

This calls for a Road Trip!

CPD and Workshops

Creative Skills Workshop at ECPT

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

Mental Health Familiarisation workshops – Postponed
This workshop has been postponed and will now run in the spring of 2023. Please keep an eye on
this newsletter and our social media feeds for more information.

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:

Compassion Fatigue Workshop

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

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:


Further placement opportunities are now available for students wanting to either begin or progress
their clinical work. Please contact Hayley Jackson – hayleyjackson@ellesmerecentre.co.uk to discuss
any individual specifics and to ensure that you are fully prepared to begin a placement prior to
finalising any arrangements. All Students must have a 4-Way Agreement in place to ensure that
any clinical hours accrued are counted towards qualification.

Midweek Programme

The midweek group in Hull is coming to end of another year. This year will see the first three
students of this intake graduate with the Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.


This group is a mixed group of Core Theory students, Year 1 advanced, and Year 2 advanced which
creates a different experience to those studying on weekends. We are proud of the way the students
work well together and share experiences of their individual journeys.

The next round starts in February 2023 and we are taking applications now to join us. We have
limited spaces, so an early application is encouraged. If you know anyone who wants to start training
with us in the midweek group, then the time to point them in our direction is now.

Update from Newcastle

The last weekend of October saw our new students start their ECPT adventures in Newcastle with Nicole
A huge welcome to 14 new students, We look forward to hearing more from you over the next year and beyond.

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

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
-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

Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh, Christmas Tree!

The Hull centre have been invited to participate in the Kingston Wesley Methodist Church – Christmas Tree Festival! This will take place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th December 2022.

The idea is that all local businesses in the area will have space for their tree and we are excited for such a chance to represent ECPT and all that we do here.

To do that we need your participation! We are looking for any of our students or alumni, in touch with their creative self, to help design baubles for our tree.

The theme will be Counselling and Psychotherapy and you have full autonomy of how and what you create. Someone has already snapped up the idea of a Frog and a Princess bauble. It would be great to have lots of discussion points around the

We will have individual baubles available to collect from the Holderness Road Office or you are welcome to create your own from scratch.
Heck! We can even put on a festive Cuppa and Craft morning if you fancy a get together for it!
The Newly Founded Christmas Tree Team!

Free Supervision

We have a few students who are offering free supervision. Some of these are students undertaking
our Diploma in Supervision course, and some are looking to extend their supervision hours. You may
not be able to count all of these hours towards your diploma as they will not all have the
accreditation that they need, but it could be a good way of getting extra support and supervision for
yourself and for any clinical work on top of accredited supervision.

Don’t forget – you can check out our growing therapists directory at
www.ellesmerecentre.uk/therapists-directory We are hoping to be able to share a supervisors
directory with you in time.

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