£25.00 for registered members
£35.00 for non members
(members should sign in first and use the link in the members area to receive the members discount rate).

If you require information reguarding any of these events please feel free to contact our Seminar organisor here

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All personal data, both electronic and hard copy held by Sussex Counselling and Psychotherapy is kept confidential and secure and is not shared with any person or organisation. If seminar tutors need your email address to send you handouts, your permission will be sought beforehand. it will not be an automatic practice to hand over your details to tutors.

 

03
Apr
2020

SCAP Social Event

03/04/2020 7:00 pm -10:00 pm
Free

 

POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

A new date is to be arranged

 

All paid-up SCAP members are cordially invited to come along from 7pm on Friday 3rd April for a free drink and buffet meal and spend time meeting with other members, networking and chatting to the committee. The venue for the social will be the upstairs room at the Brunswick Pub at 1-3 Holland Road, Hove BN3 1JF. 


This is a good opportunity for you to tell us how we can serve you in future and to give feedback on our activities/CPD. We very much look forward to meeting you!

18
Apr
2020

Depression - A Way Forward

18/04/2020 10:00 am -1:00 pm
£35.00

POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

A new date is to be arranged

 

For counsellors Depression is a subject we hear much about.

Many 'celebrities' in the public eye are "coming out" about their struggles with it, why now?

As this is a workshop we hope you will participate in a case study and the scenarios presented. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own personal or client experience of depression.

We will explore the Samaritan ethos of listening and non-interventive support...does this have a place in our client work?   Talking about depression with Samaritan callers is a major part of their work and there is a strong link between this and suicidal behaviour

We will look at depression and how it starts and continues to affect our clients.   Not all depression has the same elements and we can explore whether this a reaction to events or a return of unresolved issues from the past.   Many of our clients will be puzzled about how seemingly random events can trigger a period of depression.

So how do we move clients and counsellors who are "stuck" with depression and can we accept that some clients are unable or unwilling to change?  We will look at  the conventional route and some other options 

 

16
May
2020

How Sex and Intimacy are Affected by Common Relationship Problems.

16/05/2020 10:00 am -1:00 pm
£35.00

POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

A new date is to be arranged

 

When couples or individuals come for counselling they frequently talk about general relationship problems. Often a lot of time is spent trying to unpick the underlying causes of disagreement and conflict and trying to cut through layers of resentment, accusation and blame. When the relationship is volatile sex and intimacy may appear to be the last thing we should be talking about. However, where there is a lot of conflict there is often very little intimacy and where there is little intimacy there is likely to be conflict.

Sometimes we only see one half of a couple, this makes it difficult to work out exactly what is going on in the relationship. We will look at ways to keep the “other” in mind to avoid being drawn into a possibly damaging collusion with our individual client.

When we have both partners in the room, it is easier to get the bigger picture, but how do we get a true picture of the whole relationship? Often couples come wanting to talk about the issues that are causing the arguments, but they don’t appear to link the rows with loss of intimacy and the resulting anguish this can cause. This can be because at least one partner is so angry or upset that they do not feel able or willing to be emotionally or physically close to the other.

Sometimes there is a moment of reconciliation in the cycle often referred to as “Making up sex.” However for many couples it’s more of a truce, or a way of avoiding looking further into the cause of the falling out. What tends to happen is a period of calm followed by a return to a cycle of rows, making up and then more rows. Eventually the couple may get tired of this cycle and it fizzles out, but what happens to intimacy and sex?

In some cases couples are using sex as a reward or punishment. Driven by anger and resentment this pattern of behaviour can be seen as a low level version of the abuse cycle. We will look at these patterns of behaviour and ways of helping couples to find more constructive ways to express their negative emotions.

This training day will explore the cycles to find out how to tell when lack of intimacy is fuelling rows and resentment and when rows and resentment are being caused by lack of intimacy. Which came first ….?


RuthHazelton (MSc Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy, MBACP (Reg) CORST (Accred) Dip Integrative Supervision

Ruth has been in practice as a relationship therapist for 19 years and as a psychosexual therapist for 13 years. She is currently has a private practice in Brighton and also works at the Macmillan Horizon Centre facilitating groups and counselling for the Sussex Cancer Trust.

Ruth’s particular areas of interest are in raising awareness of the needs of those with disability and long term or terminal illness in relation to their intimate relationships. She is passionate about en- couraging therapists to talk to their clients about their intimate sexual selves in order to ensure that this side of life is not neglected. Ruth has recognised over the years that sexual problems are re- sponsible for many resentments and feelings of isolation and sadness in the couple relationship and that resentments that build up over the years stifle the desire to be intimate.

Ruth has lived in Brighton with her husband for 9 years. She has a large and expanding family and step family.

 

13
Jun
2020

Annual General Meeting

13/06/2020 10:00 am -1:00 am
Free

Sussex Counselling & Psychotherapy Annual General Meeting 2020

AGM followed by a free workshop

 

Extinction rebellion: How civil disobedience can impact your professional registration

The most urgent existential issue of our time is our care for the environment. We will consider whether negative political responses to direct action such as Extinction Rebellion (XR) are reflected in the responses or silence of psychotherapy’s regulatory bodies towards the climate emergency. The climate emergency, civil disobedience and professional conduct procedures represent the point where the social, political and personal intersect, and the point where we can unpack issues of power in psychotherapy.

The space will support us to explore how practitioners are increasingly asking ‘what happens to my career if I am arrested for civil disobedience’ such as during peaceful protest at an XR event? ‘Will I be accused of bringing my profession into disrepute?’ We are facing difficult truths. Philosophically, perhaps how we care for our planet reflects how we care for our clients and selves. We need to explore the forces at work in us, in our professions and in society as a whole when social, political, professional, personal and environmental relationships break down.

Dr Philip Cox (D.Psych, CPsychol, EuroPsy)
HCPC reg, BACP (Snr Accred)
BPS Psychotherapy Section Chair
BPS Psychotherapy Section e-letter editor & Facebook co-editor
BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS)
Psychotherapy & Counselling Union adviser for professional complaints

 

25
Jul
2020

Body & Mind

25/07/2020 10:00 am -1:00 pm
£35.00

 

Details coming soon 

05
Sep
2020

Choice Theory

05/09/2020 10:00 am -1:00 pm
£35.00

Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom

‘....The new psychology must be easy to understand, so that it can be taught to anyone who wants to learn it, and it must be easy to use once we understand it. Our present psychology [External Control Psychology] has failed. We do not know how to get along with each other any better now than we ever have. Indeed the psychology we have embraced tends to drive us apart...’   (Dr William Glasser 1988)

The seminar is an overview of William Glasser's Choice Theory which maintains that we are internally motivated (to try and fulfil our 'wants' and 'needs') and that our behaviour is 'total' and made up of interconnecting 'components' that are always present as part of that behaviour. (click Details below for more...)

10
Oct
2020

Advanced Practical Counselling Skills

10/10/2020 10:00 am -1:00 pm
£35.00

As someone who is a non-directive counsellor with Rogerian skills and nonjudgmental positive regard, you can now add to your toolbox some practical directive skills. By putting the various 'theories into practice' we can work on a variety of issues, using NLP, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, CBT, or any other theoretical approach which seems appropriate when working with your client.

It will be an actively involved workshop offering you an opportunity to practice in a supportive group.

14
Nov
2020

The shadow of Therapeutic Work

14/11/2020 10:00 am -1:00 pm
£35.00

This interactive workshop is based upon a real complaint procedure experienced by a Psychotherapy and Counselling Union (PCU) member, which raised many issues and dilemmas. To explore these dilemmas, we will each be tied together with coloured twine to create a living network and experience how each person in the system, clients, therapists, supervisors, professional bodies, insurers, solicitors and so forth impact each other. As each person moves in the network (or workshop room), each crosses the string and pulls on others.

The workshop will be a lot of fun. This highly interactive process will help us look at all the stakeholders involved in a complaint and how they interact in ways that may or may not be useful. During the debrief, we may consider how complaints contain a transformative seed. People don’t generally complain about something they don’t care about. We and the professional registration bodies could treat complaints as a doorway to deeper commitments with clients and ourselves. The language of complaints tells us what we can’t stand (Shohet, 2017). The language of commitment tells us what we stand for (Kegan & Lahey, 2009). PCU is committed to change how complaints are worked with. The philosophy underpinning this workshop is that by supporting therapists we support clients.

Dr Philip Cox (D.Psych, CPsychol, EuroPsy)
HCPC reg, BACP (Snr Accred)
BPS Psychotherapy Section Chair
BPS Psychotherapy Section e-letter editor & Facebook co-editor
BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS)
Psychotherapy & Counselling Union adviser for professional complaints