Our CPD workshops are facilitated by experienced practicing specialists in their fields. We have a range of courses that are aimed at qualified counsellors who wish to develop their practice, as well as students of counselling. Each day is certified with 6 hours of CPD.

Timing of day: 10am-4.30pm (arrival from 9.30am for hot drinks)

Open to qualified therapists, Heartwood diploma students and students from other counselling training colleges.

Cost per day is £95 (or £45 for current Heartwood students) which includes hot drinks and biscuits (lunch not provided).

Working with Trauma

Tutors: Jane and James Schindler-Ord

Tuesday 31st Mar

***This date is now fully booked, to register your interest in the next course dates without obligation, please click here***

Many clients come to counselling because they have experienced some kind of trauma, whether this is because of abuse in childhood or adulthood, war, terrorism, accidents, illness, surgery, a difficult birth or a difficult or humiliating experience.  In this workshop you will learn about the impact of trauma on the nervous system, and how to use this understanding in your client work.

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Working with Clients who have experienced Sexual Abuse

Tutors: Jane and James Schindler-Ord

Tuesday 7th April

As therapists, at some point in our career it is inevitable that we will encounter adult clients who have been through the trauma of childhood sexual abuse. This gentle workshop encourages the exploration of sensitive yet powerful ways of helping the client to move safely though the resulting trauma, into a space of healing and release.

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Sand Tray Therapy

Tutor: Frazer Reid

Sunday 5th April

Sand Tray is a creative therapy through which the contents of the client’s inner world are made real and visible.  This workshop will provide counsellors with an introduction to the techniques involved in Sand Tray therapy in an experiential and creative way, thus allowing counsellors to incorporate the techniques into their practice.

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Somatic Resourcing

Tutor: Monica Khosla

Saturday 4th April

Developing resources could be said to be the cornerstone of all effective therapeutic work. Somatic resources (‘somatic’ meaning of, or relating to, the body) include techniques, experiential understandings and capabilities (including being able to access things like a sense of safety, strength, energy, ease, response-ability or calmness) that arise in relation to our physical bodies.

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Drama Therapy

Tutor: Rachel Perry

Thursday 2nd April

Advantages of using Dramatherapy in counselling practice. Using arts psychotherapies as an interactive and reflective practice tool, offers a way of working that is dynamic; the ideas, methods and practices are essentially creative, and complimentary to the cognitive approach to therapy.

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Developing Time Limited Therapy Skills

Tutor: Carol Hazelton Dip. Couns.  Registered member MBACP. (Accred) Cert. Prof Supervision Cert.Ed.

Monday 6th April

This workshop is designed to introduce skills for time limited or brief therapy. It would be useful for practitioners who work within a brief contract, such as; Counsellors working in GP practices, Counsellors affiliated to Employment Assistant Programmes (EAP) or those who intend to work within a primary health care setting.

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Nature Therapy

Tutor: Chris Smith

Friday 29th May

This experiential workshop aims to provide counsellors with some powerful techniques which can be used both inside and outside the therapy room.  The natural world can act both as a catalyst and vessel from which clients can process inner conflicts.  This workshop will be beneficial to therapists who want to learn more about the effects of our natural world on our client’s wellbeing.

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Working with Young People

Tutors: Jane and James Schindler-Ord

Next dates to be confirmed

  • Considerations and issues specific to this client group
  • Assessments, confidentiality and safeguarding
  • Gentle exploration of participants personal experience of adolescence
  • Hands on, experiential look at tools and creative methods of working


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Working with Grief and Loss

Tutor: Joyce McGrath

Next dates to be confirmed

Life’s journey can bring experiences of great joy and of great sorrow. As therapists we may meet with those for whom the expression of sorrow is difficult and needs our support. Using a wealth of experience and techniques, working creatively and deeply, Joyce provides an opportunity to feel at ease with sorrow and to find the natural joy within. A peaceful and heartfelt day.

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