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 Young People

Tutors: Jane and James Schindler-Ord

Sunday 1st Dec

  • 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

Wednesday 19th Feb

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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Working with Body Process

Tutor: Stephen Tame

Thursday 20th Feb

We have always known in our guts, that feelings, thoughts, stories and wounds are held in minds and bodies together…. that body movements, sensations, impulses and posture have meaning, power and resonance.
This workshop is a chance to start to explore how we can work with this knowledge – how we can support our clients to use body sensations and experiences as vehicles for growth and healing.
The workshop will combine experiential exercises with theoretical input, and the possibility of supervision on client material.

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Introduction to Mindfulness

Tutor: Shahin Popple

Friday 21st Feb

The cultivation of mindful awareness has been central to the Buddha’s teachings on the liberation of the heart and mind from suffering for 2600 years. Recent innovations in the field of Mindfulness-based applications have harnessed these teachings and practices with remarkable results, notably in the treatment of depression and stress reduction. Guided by very experienced practitioners, this workshop will give participants the opportunity to experience mindfulness for themselves.  Please bring a blanket – cushions supplied.

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Working with Trauma

Tutors: Jane and James Schindler-Ord

Tuesday 31st Mar

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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