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PCE-CfD CPD Workshops

To be able to book on to these workshops you must have completed Part 1 of the PCE-CfD Practitioner training.

Do not apply if you have not attained the above.


Please find below for new workshop contents and dates for your information. These are all held online.

Now accepting bookings.


Friday 1st March 2024 (10:00-17:00) – Promoting understanding of PCE-CfD in our NHS contexts with Stephen Keen and Lorraine Munro

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Talking Therapy colleagues working in other disciplines are often a little bemused by what exactly we 'do' in working within this model. We are often being asked to present the way we work to our teams, and this can be challenging when working in a predominantly CBT context. It is equally important to find ways to give potential clients a sense of the approach to support an informed and consensual entry into the therapy. 

In this workshop, we will offer you an opportunity to develop your confidence and skill in articulating the way you work in this model and the rationale underpinning it. It would be intended that you will go away from the workshop having developed an accessible client leaflet, and also a presentation on the approach, helpful for educating assessors and other team members. 


Friday 8th March 2024 (10:00-17:00) – Working with Configurations of Self with Glen Grace-Bloomfield and Michael Mulkerrin

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If you are in two minds over whether to sign up for this workshop, you are experiencing ‘configurations of self.’

In the workshop we will focus on how to bring our client’s awareness to these internal conflicts. We will learn how to help them differentiate the different aspects of self. How to facilitate them in giving voice to these conflicted parts.

These may be relatively benign and superficial differences: “I want to apply for that new job, but I don’t want to risk being turned down”.  However, they often harbour more fundamental splits in our experience of ourselves: “I’m deeply unhappy in my current job but it’s pointless trying to do anything about it because I am basically useless.”

We all have aspects of ourselves that we are not comfortable with, that we choose to minimise, ignore, deny and hide away. When we do this with a part of ourselves, we are denying it the chance to grow and develop along with the rest of our being.

So, while our acceptable public persona becomes older and hopefully wiser, the shadow side of us is stuck in the dark and festers – can’t you smell it?

We will discover how to bring the parts that are hidden away out into plain sight. Shame shrivels in the light and air of awareness.


Wednesday 17th April 2024 (10:00-17:00) – Working with Trauma - a PCE-CfD perspective with Andrew Reagan and Lorraine Munro

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Much has been written about in terms of how relevant the PCE approach is when working with trauma, due in particular to the fact that it is client led and a very 'gentle' way of working, and with client autonomy being a central tenet. We will be looking at the key principles and practice of working in this way with clients presenting with trauma within the Talking Therapies services, and including consideration of specific types of trauma including abuse. These considerations will be set within the context of the new risk guidance set by NICE.


Wednesday 15th May 2024 (10:00-17:00) – Group Supervision with Catherine Cox and Sarah Boles 

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This workshop is for anyone working or expecting to work as a group supervisor with PCE CfD counsellors. Together, we’ll be exploring what makes group supervision a positive experience and, conversely, what you may have found difficult, either as a supervisor or supervisee in a group setting. We’ll be considering the different skills and qualities needed from a group supervisor, as distinct from one-to-one supervision. Finally, we’ll be unpacking some of the specific challenges that may arise in group supervision and how to address those. The workshop will be predominantly experiential, with some reference to theory and models of supervision interwoven into our shared reflections.


Thursday 27th June 2024 (10:00-17:00) – Working with emotions and Emotion Regulation with Michael Mulkerrin and Kim Murray 

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We will begin with a little theory to place emotions in context and understand the rationale behind moving beyond the purely rational.

Then we will explore ideas about how we move towards emotional experience, poignancy and affect. How do we help somebody to turn and face the rich and colourful tapestry of emotions that underpin their existence? What do we do to avoid distancing and encourage immediacy? What strategies will enable us to stay alongside a person as they get a real felt sense of their emotions.

Finally, we will roll up our sleeves and get to grips with emotion focused practice. There will be live demonstrations and triad work to explore the ideas and techniques discussed. There will be the opportunity to familiarise yourself with ways to guide a person towards experiential specificity, to help them to reach down and touch their emotions, to hold them in a safe empathic space as together we explore fundamental emotional experiences.


Thursday 18th July 2024 (10:00-17:00) – Theory into practice with Geraldine Thomson and Catherine Cox

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Participants will be invited to revisit core PCE-CfD ideas, and to reflect on how effectively they are using these ideas to support and develop their PCE-CfD practice: both 'in action' and later 'on action' in their supervision and note keeping. 

While there will certainly be input and reference to relevant philosophy and theory, the learning style for the day will be collaborative and experiential in nature. Essentially, plenty of small group and pairs work to really dig into the ideas we can use to make better sense of practice.

Intellectual confusion and any doubts about the thinking that informs the PCE-CfD modality will be warmly welcomed and hopefully lead to greater understanding and more confidence in practice!


Friday 20th September 2024 (10:00-17:00) – Working Creatively Within the PCE-CfD Approach with Carin Shine and and Lorraine Munro

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This CPD workshop is designed to explore how the use of creative materials and working in metaphor can offer an additional way for clients to express themselves, potentially enabling a deeper level of understanding and self-awareness.  Using creative materials is another form of communication with clients and can offer an opportunity for them to tell their 'story' in a less inhibited or non-verbal way.

This will be an experiential workshop with an opportunity to use some of the online therapeutic creative materials that currently exist and also explore your own ideas and materials.  We will also consider your own personal responses to the creative materials and your willingness or barriers to engaging with them.

We will consider how the concept of working creatively with clients can be held within the PCE-CfD approach.


Friday 18th October 2024 (10:00-17:00) – Working with the impasse / stuck process with Kieran McCrystal

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This workshop focusses on what we might mean by ‘stuckness’ in the counselling process and explores PCE theory and responses relevant to this when it occurs in the therapy.


Thursday 14 November 2024 (10:00-17:00) – The Nature and Quality of my Professional Self Care with Geraldine Thomson and Sarah Boles

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This CPD training for PCE-CFD practitioners will provide an opportunity for participants to focus on the nature and quality of their professional self-care. Themes that will be addressed and explored are:

  •  The phenomenon of self-forgetfulness in relation to counsellor self-care.
  •  The roots that feed your frame of reference about your self-care.
  •  The organisational context in which you are working – how rich is your soil?
  •  Aspects of person-centred theory that can inform your approach to self-care.
  •  The purpose and role of supervision as a space for supporting counsellor self-care.

While there will be reference to Rogerian and more contemporary person-centred thinking, the day will be largely experiential in nature.

One’s ideal professional self-concept

Fuller-functioning at work and ‘living the good working life’

While there will be reference to Rogerian and more contemporary person-centred thinking, the day will be largely experiential in nature.