One-day workshops

Throughout the year we offer a number of CPD events for professionals. Details of these events and how to book will be uploaded here as they become available. Alternatively you can join our CPD mailing list by emailing us at to be the first to hear about new events.

CPD is one of the ways that we raise the funds needed to continue working with clients so  by coming along to our CPD events you are helping clients access the counselling they need.

Unless otherwise stated all of our one day CPD workshops are held at Friendship Hall, High Street, Weston-super-Mare (opposite our premises at Emmanuel Church). The workshops will run from 9:30-17:00 and cost £50 each or £85 when you book two workships together. For more information or to book your place please email Claire at

Wednesday 6th September 2017

"Supporting Male Victims of Domestic Abuse" provided by Mankind.

One in six men suffer domestic abuse in their lifetime and one in every three domestic abuse victims are male. There is a growing need to ensure men and their children receive the support they need in their local community.

This training course is aimed at individuals in organisations and voluntary groups who have a some knowledge of domestic abuse and want to or already work with male victims of domestic abuse. The course explains the unique pressures and problems male victims face and how to make services and approaches male victim-friendly.  We also cover how to structure your service to better communicate with the underrepresented male victims and encourage them to access help.

The basic one-day domestic abuse training course qualifies for  7 CPD points and we fully support the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Domestic Violence and Abuse Quality Standard (QS116): Quality Standard

Training has been developed and is delivered by Lori Busch IDVA who has over 30 years experience in supporting victims (15 years specifically with male victims including running the charity’s helpline), and,  Mark Brooks MCIPR, a public policy, marketing and communications specialist.

Saturday 2nd December 2017

"The Biological and Psychological Components of Gender - a Developmental Approach" provided by Peter Flowerdew

The day will be split into two sessions. The first will look at physiological elements of gender The second session will examine the psychological elements, especially the early childhood experiences. This workshop is particularly relevant to client work with people who have non-binary gender or non-binary gender identity and the implications for ethical therapeutic engagement.

Peter was trained by Richard Erskine, was one of the first TA practitioners; he took his doctorate under Carl Rogers, and his therapist  was Fritz Perles. He has, in lifetime of study, produced an integration of the three approaches.