Ellesmere Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Newsletter

October 2022

A word from the editor

Hello, how are we all today?

We are excited to announce that our Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling is now running in
Newcastle 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.

The Humber Counselling and Psychotherapy conference is ever closer and we are on the very final
arrangements. It’s going to be EPIC! A massive thank you to everyone working hard right now and on
the day. Have you got your ticket?

This month, we have news of some new CPD courses, an update from the CYP team, and information
about the new Training Portfolio. We also have some students offering free supervision, and a hello
from the Student Support Team.

We hope you find this round up as useful and enlightening as ever.

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

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.

An email will be sent round to all students about this shortly. Please look out for it.

Conference News

Less than a week to go! Have you got your ticket? If you haven’t booked your workshops yet, please
do. One of them at least is now full. If you still need to do this, check your emails for an email from
the conference team and follow the link to complete your choices.

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

Are you coming to the conference? We have a Facebook group for delegates – visit
https://www.facebook.com/groups/585240509910316 to request to join the group and join in the
pre-conference excitement.

Thank you to our sponsors, Space2BHeard, Chris Mitchell Coaching, Talking Works, Isosconnect, and
TherapyRecord.online. You can learn more about each of them over on our website.

Clinical Placements

Students, Trainers & Supervisors…….please familiarise yourselves with the new policies below:

Student Clinical Placement Policy >> https://ellesmerecentre.uk/placements/
Clinical Supervision Policy >> https://ellesmerecentre.uk/clinical-supervision-policy/

The policies set out the requirements for students undertaking a clinical placement, taking into
consideration both practice and supervision needs to ensure that UKCP requirements are met.

Additionally, we are providing clarification regarding supervision requirements and the need for all
student clinical supervisors to be registered with ECPT. We hope our Supervisors Register will
provide easier access to supervisors with the added assurance that supervision hours will meet the
UKCP Supervision standards. The Supervision Register will be available shortly, in the meantime if
you have any questions or need to check this out you can contact us as usual.

CPD and Workshops

TA101 – we are running a TA101 across four evenings online with Kathie Hostick. This is ideal for any
midweek students who need to do this before the end of the Core Theory Year, and for new
students joining us in Newcastle this month. If you need to do it, please book on now at

Mental Health Familiarisation workshops – Thursday 10th November
This is an afternoon and evening of mental health familiarisation workshops with Dr Doug Ma, Karolina Kur, and Angela Broadley.

If you need to further understand mental health to support your therapeutic work, or to fulfil a mental health familiarisation for your training, then this could be ideal.

More info at:

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 2023

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:

Essay writing workshop 

The Essay Writing Workshop with Emma Pooley was on the 27th September. Thank you to all those
who attended and asked some very good questions. We hope you found the session helpful, and we
look forward to reading all of your top-class essays.

If you were not able to make it, the videos and slides of the session are available on our website at:

We recommend that all new students in particular take the time to watch this.

Working with children and young people

Introduction to working with Children and Young People with John Bradley – the new round has
been announced over on our website. Dates to be confirmed.

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.

Here’s some news from John Bradley from the course that has just completed

At the start of each training day, we have used creative methods as ways of checking in. On day 4, we
used masks as our creative method. These wonderful masks were made by students on the latest

Talking therapies may be challenging for some children and young people to express themselves.
Masks are a great way of working to enable difficult emotions to be safely expressed. You can also
see 2 excellent textbooks to work with this client group!

John Bradley – Course Facilitator

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!

A hello from the student support team

We would like to welcome all new and continuing students back to ECPT and to introduce you to your
student support team. Student welfare is a key priority for ECPT and we are here to support you
throughout your student journey. Counselling and psychotherapy training can be a challenging and
daunting experience both personally and academically and we are on hand to help you with this
journey. We have all studied at ECPT so have first-hand experience of the process and the challenges
that you may face during your training.

We are here to help you with this journey and anything that you feel you need support with. This
could be from an academic perspective or personally. This is a unique training experience and
talking things through with someone who has “been there” can really help. No question is “stupid”
or issue too “trivial”. These can be technical issues relating to the course, essays, paperwork etc, or
relationships with peers, trainers, supervisors or on more personal issues.

Whatever it is we are all here to help and support you throughout your training whenever you need
it, please look out for us at the centre and we look forward to being part of your journey and if you
require support, please email us and one of us will contact you.

Jo, Mary, and Kate

A message from the NCS

We’re looking for contributions to our January edition of Student Counsellor Magazine!

We’d love to hear from you, our student members, on your experiences. We ask that any articles submitted be around 500-1000 words in length and are sent in by the 1st of January.

Please send your submissions to: comms@nationalcounsellingsociety.org

You can read our latest edition of Student Counsellor Magazine at

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.

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