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At Cathy McQuaid Therapy and Training Consultancy we offer a range of training opportunities consisting of one or two day continuing professional development workshops.

 





CPD Training Group and Workshops

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a requirement for all counsellors and psychotherapists. It is usually requirement for most professionals. At Cathy McQuaid Therapy and Training Consultancy we offer a number of opportunities to gain CPD locally at an affordable cost. 

If you are looking for a CPD workshop on a specific topic please do let us know.

Evaluating Your Private Practice - 2-day workshop

How do you know that what you offer your clients actually works? This two-day workshop will introduce you to some basic techniques which will help you to evaluate you private practice. Cost £195. 

Please enquire for dates and locations.

Exam / Accreditation Preparation Group

This monthly group is for trainees post core training seeking exam preparation and for Diploma qualified colleagues seeking accreditation and professional development as a counsellor or psychotherapist. Cost £65 per session. The length of the group will depend upon the number of participants e.g. 4 participants will meet for 4 hours.

 

Please enquire for dates and locations.

Professional Development Group

This monthly group is for anyone interested in their professional development as a counsellor or psychotherapist. The groups will be participant led with a mixture of training and supervision with themes for each workshop as chosen by the members. Cost £65 per session.

Please enquire for dates and locations.

Training for Trainers Group - Starting on 8th September 2017

This quarterly group is for PTSTAs or CTAs who are thinking of completing the TEW, the group will focus on developing the necessary knowledge and skills to be an effective trainer and supervisor. Cost £100 per session. 

Friday 8th Sep 2017 - Friday 27th Jul 2018, 10:00 - 16:00

Liverpool

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Joint Supervision and Examination Preparation Group

This monthly group is for TA trainees who have completed their core 4-year training programme and wish to join a group for supervision as well as exam preparation. You may be at any stage of exam prep e.g. from not yet fully read the handbook to having a first draft already written. Each session will be contracted for each time so the participants have a tailored menu to meet their needs and requirements. The group meets for a day (10am-4pm) and the cost is £80. If you'd like to join the group contact Cathy.

Friday 3rd Nov 2017 - Friday 27th Jul 2018, 10:00 - 16:00

The Women's Organisation, 54 St James St, , Liverpool, L1 0AB

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One Day Seminars

Thinking of Training as a Counsellor or Psychotherapist?

*** Workshop with Free Book ***

Thinking of Training as a Counsellor or Psychotherapist?

Before you sign up for any course come to this workshop and find out if counselling and psychotherapy training really is for you and if it is how to find the most suitable course. 

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Dr Cathy McQuaid

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The Women's Organisation, 54 St James St, Liverpool, L1 0AB

Becoming a counsellor or psychotherapist can be a rewarding, life enhancing and transformational experience for some whereas others may feel disappointed, disillusioned or even betrayed.

This workshop is for anyone who is thinkng of undertaking training in counselling or psychotherapy. Come and find out the highs and lows of training, whether it really is the most appropriate training for you taking into account what you are hoping to achieve and your circumstances.

Discover what Cathy has found makes an effective and robust training programme.

During the workshop Cathy will share some of the findings from her research into trainees' experience of their training, use extracts from her book to illustrate her conclusions and be available to answer questions about the key elements of becoming a counsellor or psychotherapist.

At the conclusion of the workshop Cathy will be offering all participants a free copy of her book, What You Really Need to Know About Counselling and Psychotherapy Training.

“If you are seriously considering training for a career in counselling or psychotherapy... then Cathy McQuaid’s book should be your first port of call.”   Ian Stewart, PhD, Co-Director of The Berne Institute, Nottingham and co-author of TA Today.

“This book stands as an honest, reflective, accessible and essential consumer’s guide to therapy training.” Keith Tudor Associate Professor at AUT University, Auckland (from the foreword).

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Training Workshops for Trainers in Manchester

Becoming an Inspirational Trainer

A series of 2-day training workshops in Manchester with Dr Cathy McQuaid TSTA(P) 

This is a series of workshops is for trainers of counselling and psychotherapy, and for PTSTAs or those thinking of becoming a PTSTA, who really want to know more about what it means to be a trainer of counsellors and psychotherapists. We will explore the essential requirements and attributes of an effective trainer, consider learning theory, presentation skills, setting and marking assignments, managing group processes and dealing with challenging students, developing your own personal style and philosophy of training.

The workshops are for anyone who is at any stage of their development as a trainer. You may be a beginner or already have a few hundred hours of training experience.

Each two-day block will offer a mix of theory, practice and experiential work. In each workshop Cathy will be drawing on the findings from her research and her experience as a trainer with over 20 years experience to enable you to become the trainer you want to be.

All the workshops will be tailored to meet the specific needs of participants.

Cathy has over 20 years experience as a trainer, 12 of which has been training counsellors and psychotherapists. She was the EATA English and Other languages CTA exam coordinator for 5 years and in 2010 was presented with a Silver Medal by EATA for her work. In 2010 she was awarded a Doctorate in Psychotherapy for her research into TA psychotherapy training. She is a member of the UKATA Training Standards Committee and EATA COC and author of 'What You Really Need to Know About Counselling and Psychotherapy Training: An Essential Guide' published by Routledge. in 2014.

Explore Theories of Education and Training a 2-day workshop

This 2-day workshop will assist trainers or those thinking of becoming trainers of counselling and psychotherapy to explore some of the theories used in education and training.

Aim: To introduce trainers to a range of training and learning theories and attitudes including the humanistic theories of Rogers, Kolb and Knowles, Mezirow’s Transformational Learning and the fabulous work of Parker J Palmer.

Objectives: By the end of the workshops participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least two theories of learning that influence them as a trainer.
  2. Explain how these theories influence their teaching.
  3. Create a plan for developing their training theory portfolio.

Content: We will begin with what the participants already know and use in their work as a trainer, as applicable, and contract for specific learning outcomes for the workshop. A range of training and learning theories will be introduced and the participants will have an opportunity to consider the theories and decide which may work for them in their role as a trainer. The pros and cons of the methods will be explored and consideration will be given as to how the theories could be used by the participants in their training setting.

Maximum group size: 10

Fees: £195 / €225

Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th September 2018, 10:00 - 17:00

The Affinity Centre, 7a High Street, Cheadle, SK8 1AX

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Experiment with Teaching Methods and Styles a 2-day workshop

This two-day workshop is for trainers or those thinking of becoming trainers of counsellors and psychotherapists to experiment with different teaching methods and styles, to help them find one, or more that suits them. The workshop will be creative and fun!

Aim: To introduce the participants to various teaching methods and styles.

Objectives: By the end of the workshop the participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least two teaching methods that work for them as a trainer.
  2. Describe how they will develop their training methods portfolio.
  3. Understand how they, as an individual, impact on their ability as a trainer.

Content: We will begin with the existing knowledge and expertise of the participants and contract for specific learning outcomes for the workshop. We will use creative methods to explore different teaching methods and the pros and cons of each. The participants will become aware of how they come across as a trainer and create a plan for further professional development.

Maximum group size: 10

Fees: £195 / €225

Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th November 2018, 10:00 - 17:00

The Affinity Centre, 7a High Street, Cheadle, SK8 1AX

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QAA Benchmark / UKCP Professional Occupational Standards

 

This workshop will introduce you to some of the external standards that inform the standards for training in counselling and psychotherapy in the UK. You will have the opportunity to see which of these are currently covered by your training programme and consider which ones you have yet to include.

Aim: to introduce the participants to the QAA subject benchmark statements for counselling and psychotherapy and the UKCP Professional Occupational Standards for Psychotherapy and Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

 Objectives: By the end of the workshop the participants will be able to:

  1. Describe their approach to dealing with QAA/UKCP standards.
  2. Explain how they incorporate the QAA Subject benchmark statements in their training.
  3. Describe how they encompass to the UKCP Professional Occupational Standards for Psychotherapy and Psychotherapeutic Counselling, as necessary.
  4. Identify areas for development in their training programme and how these may be resolved.

Content: We will begin with the existing knowledge and expertise of the participants and contract for specific learning outcomes for the workshop. The participants will be introduced to the QAA Subject Benchmark Statements for Counselling and Psychotherapy. They will be invited to explore and evaluate them in turn and identify which ones may be included in their training and which ones they would like to include and how this could be done. This process will then be continued with the UKCP Professional Occupational Standards for Psychotherapy and Psychotherapeutic Counselling, as necessary. Participants will share their experiences and we will use our creativity to consider how these and other external standards can be assessed and included in training programmes.

Maximum group size: 10

Fees: £195 / €225

Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th March 2019, 10:00 - 17:00

The Affinity Centre, 7a High Street, Cheadle, SK8 1AX

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Marking Assignments and Writing Feedback a 2-day workshop

This two day workshop is for trainers or those thinking of becoming trainers of counselling and psychotherapy to learn the art of marking and how to write feedback for the trainees. Clear marking and unambiguous feedback are key to helping trainees to develop, supporting their developmental edges and celebrate they achievements.

Aim: To introduce the participants to the art of marking assignments and writing feedback.

Objectives: By the end of the workshop the participants will be able to:

  1. Describe their plan for marking written assignments/coursework.
  2. Write clear feedback for the benefit of the assignment author.
  3. Critique marking and feedback reports.

Content: We will begin with the existing knowledge and expertise of the participants and contract for specific learning outcomes for the workshop. We will use previously written reports to identify the strengths and limitations of each. The participants will then create their own plan for marking assignments based on their own training programme and the developmental needs of their trainees. They will practice writing a feedback report which will be critiqued by themselves and the other workshops participants.

Maximum group size: 10

Fees: £195 / €225

Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th May 2019, 10:00 - 17:00

The Affinity Centre, 7a High Street, Cheadle, SK8 1AX

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Dealing with Challenging Students a 2-day workshop

This two-day workshop is for trainers, or those thinking of becoming trainers, who would like to explore and find ways of dealing with challenging students. We will discover some of the underlying and transferential issues that can arise in training, both for the trainer and the trainee, and consider how these can be managed in a training situation.

Aim: To help trainers to find ways of dealing with challenging students.

Objectives: By the end of the workshop the participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the main causes for disruption in the training room and how these may arise.
  2. Describe 2 ways of dealing with challenging situations in the training room.
  3. Explain what systems they will put in place to support themselves during training.

Content: We will begin with the existing knowledge and expertise of the participants and contract for specific learning outcomes for the workshop. We will then explore various issues that frequently arise in training and identify the probable causes and options for the trainer in terms of how to deal with them. Participants will draw on their own experiences as a trainer and as a trainee/student and these experiences will be used throughout as learning material. Participants will devise a strategy and plan of support to assist them in their career as a trainer.

Maximum group size: 10

Fees: £195 / €225

Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st July 2019, 10:00 - 17:00

The Affinity Centre, 7a High Street, Cheadle, SK8 1AX

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Developing a Personal Style a 2-day workshop

This workshop will focus on helping you to define who you are as a trainer, to discover what is at the heart of your training philosophy and underpins your professional identity. We will explore your personal style as a trainer and what makes you different from other trainers.

 

Aim: To help the participants to identify their own personal style and philosophy of training.

Objectives: By the end of the workshop the participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least 2 key characteristics of their philosophy of training.
  2. Demonstrate their personal style as a trainer which is congruent with their philosophy.
  3. Identify their USP as a trainer.

Content: We will begin with the existing knowledge and expertise of the participants and contract for specific learning outcomes for the workshop. Participants will explore the key features that are important to them as trainers. Through experiential exercises they will identify how these key features are congruent with their personal training style and how this in turn informs their teaching philosophy and practice. Finally the participants will share their experiences of one another and assist in identifying the unique selling point (USP) for each trainer. This workshop will also assist those trainers who want help in identifying their philosophy of training for the teaching segment of the TSTA or CTA Trainer exams.

Maximum group size: 10

Fees: £195 / €225

Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th September 2019, 10:00 - 17:00

The Affinity Centre, 7a High Street, Cheadle, SK8 1AX

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Supervision of Training a 2-day workshop

This workshop will be a space for you to bring all your training issues, conundrums, dilemmas and curiosities for supervision within the group. There will be ample opportunity for helping your peers in the group with their questions and joining in rigorous discussion as we grapple with some of the thorny issues that arise in our roles as trainers.

Aim: This workshop is an open space for trainers to bring their concerns, issues and conundrums to the group for supervision and support.

Objectives: By the end of the workshop the participants will be able to:

  1. Use supervision to assist the participant in dealing with a specific issue or concern that they have brought.
  2. Offer peer supervision and support to the other participants during the workshop.
  3. Identify ongoing sources of help and support for their training practice.

Content: We will begin with contracting for specific outcomes for the workshop. The workshop will consist of a group supervision whereby the participants can bring any topic relating to their training for supervision. No issue is too big or too small, too thorny or too simple. Participants will assist in providing feedback and mutual support to the other group members.

Maximum group size: 10

Fees: £195 / €225

Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th November 2019, 10:00 - 17:00

The Affinity Centre, 7a High Street, Cheadle, SK8 1AX

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