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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 and half day online seminars for trainers.

 





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.

Training Intensive in Slovenia - Honing skills, applying theory and developing philosophy and style as a Trainer.

The next intensive workshop will be held on 19-21 Jun 2020. This workshop is a 3-day intensive and could help you to define and refine your own philosophy and personal style as a trainer of counsellors and/or psychotherapists. 

There will be opportunities for:

Theory discussions, live supervised teaching, teaching practice, preparation for workshops/exams, one to one tutorials

Plus much more - the workshop will be tailored to the needs of the group participants. 

Participants can be at any stage of their training journey. 

All workshops are interactive, with teaching input from Cathy, small and large group discussions and practical exercises to facilitate learning. 

The proposed residential cost is £540/€615 (includes 3-nights accommodation (Thurs to Sat nights), all taxes, meals and refreshments.) Non-residential the proposed cost is £335/€380 (includes lunch and refreshments on the three days). A £200/€225 deposit is needed to secure your place. The balance can be paid either in full 2 months before the workshop or in 3 instalments. Please state on your booking form if you would like to pay in instalments. 

The hotel has additional facilities free of charge for you should you wish to use them – have a look at their website www.bioterme.si:

- unlimited swimming in the Thermal Park between 8 am and 9 pm,
- possibility of whole-day swimming on the day of departure at no extra charge,
- unlimited access to saunas and fitness,
- bathrobe in the room.

The nearest airports are Zagreb or Graz – the hotel can arrange transport for you from the airport to the hotel – there will probably be an additional cost for this.

If you'd like any more information or would like an informal chat with Cathy beforehand to see how you could benefit from attending this workshop then please use the contact form and Cathy will get back to you. 

Friday 19th - Sunday 21st June 2020, 10:00 - 16:00

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Training Intensive in UK - Honing skills, applying theory and developing philosophy and style as a Trainer.

The next intensive workshop in the UK will be held on 19-21 Jul 2020. This workshop is a 3-day intensive and could help you to define and refine your own philosophy and personal style as a trainer of counsellors and/or psychotherapists. 

There will be opportunities for:

Theory discussions, live supervised teaching, teaching practice, preparation for workshops/exams, one to one tutorials

Plus much more - the workshop will be tailored to the needs of the group participants. 

Participants can be at any stage of their training journey. 

All workshops are interactive, with teaching input from Cathy, small and large group discussions and practical exercises to facilitate learning. 

The proposed residential cost is £510/€570 (includes 3 days training (£75 per day) 2-nights accommodation, all taxes, meals and refreshments, free parking and wifi). Non-residential the proposed cost is £345/€385 (includes 3 days training (£75 per day) and lunch and refreshments on the three days, free parking and wifi).  A £200/€225 deposit is needed to secure your place. The balance can be paid either in full 2 months before the workshop or in 3 instalments. Please state on your booking form if you would like to pay in instalments.

The proposed venue is Woodbrooke Conference Centre and is a Grade II listed Georgian manor house with beautiful grounds in Selly Oak, Birmingham.

If you'd like any more information or would like an informal chat with Cathy beforehand to see how you could benefit from attending this workshop then please use the contact form and Cathy will get back to you. 

Sunday 19th - Tuesday 21st July 2020, 10:00 - 16:00

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Online Training for Trainers Seminars

Becoming an Inspirational Trainer

A series of half-day online seminars Dr Cathy McQuaid TSTA(P)

This is a series of short workshops 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. We will cover the basics such as 'How to Write a Lesson Plan,' 'Using Learning Plans with Students' 'What is Student Centred Learning' 'Introducing Transformational Learning'. We will also cover other topics such as learning theories, 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 seminar will offer a mix of theory, practice and experiential work. In each seminar 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.

Where: Online

When: See the dates below for each seminar

Cost: £50 per session

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.

Using ice-breakers and Group exercises.

This workshop will experiment with and explore different ways of using ice-breakers in your training sessions. We will also consider how to create and use experiential exercises in your own training sessions. So bring along a topic and get some ideas. 

All workshops are interactive, with teaching input from Cathy, small and large group discussions and practical exercises to facilitate learning. 

Saturday 14th September 2019, 10:00 - 13:00

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Group Agenda Seminar

During these seminars participants can bring any topic/issue for discussion, supervision or support. There will be opportunities for supervision of teaching and/or supervision, practice teaches, theory discussions and so on. The agenda will be set at the start of the session depending upon the participants' wishes. 

Saturday 12th October 2019, 10:00 - 13:00

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Saturday 7th December 2019, 10:00 - 13:00

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Saturday 15th February 2020, 10:00 - 13:00

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Saturday 4th April 2020, 10:00 - 13:00

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Models of Supervision

During this seminar participants will be introduced to a number of models of supervision. There will be opportunity to compare and contrast the models and see which, if any, suit the participant's style of working. 

All workshops are interactive, with teaching input from Cathy, small and large group discussions and practical exercises to facilitate learning.

Saturday 9th November 2019, 10:00 - 13:00

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Group Agenda Seminar

During these seminars participants can bring any topic/issue for discussion, supervision or support. There will be opportunities for supervision of teaching and/or supervision, practice teaches, theory discussions and so on. The agenda will be set at the start of the session depending upon the participants' wishes. 

Saturday 12th October 2019, 10:00 - 13:00

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Saturday 7th December 2019, 10:00 - 13:00

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Saturday 15th February 2020, 10:00 - 13:00

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Saturday 4th April 2020, 10:00 - 13:00

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TA and Other Modalities

During this seminar we will look at a number of other theories and compare and contrast them with TA. This could be useful for those thinking of taking the Theory, Organisations and Ethics element of the TSTA exam. It would also be useful for anyone running a training program or workshop with colleagues from other modalities. 

The workshop will be interactive, with teaching input, small and large group discussions and practical exercises to facilitate learning.

Saturday 18th January 2020, 10:00 - 13:00

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Group Agenda Seminar

During these seminars participants can bring any topic/issue for discussion, supervision or support. There will be opportunities for supervision of teaching and/or supervision, practice teaches, theory discussions and so on. The agenda will be set at the start of the session depending upon the participants' wishes. 

Saturday 12th October 2019, 10:00 - 13:00

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Saturday 7th December 2019, 10:00 - 13:00

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Saturday 15th February 2020, 10:00 - 13:00

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Saturday 4th April 2020, 10:00 - 13:00

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Marking Assignments/Exams - Part 1

During this seminar we will look at what needs to be considered when marking assignments/exams. There will be a discussion on the role of the marker within the assessment/examination system. Explore the meaning of the criteria for the assignment/exam and what skills markers need to assess the trainee's abilities. 

All workshops are interactive, with teaching input from Cathy, small and large group discussions and practical exercises to facilitate learning.

At the end of the session participants will be given an exam to mark and to then discuss during part 2. 

Saturday 14th March 2020, 10:00 - 13:00

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Group Agenda Seminar

During these seminars participants can bring any topic/issue for discussion, supervision or support. There will be opportunities for supervision of teaching and/or supervision, practice teaches, theory discussions and so on. The agenda will be set at the start of the session depending upon the participants' wishes. 

Saturday 12th October 2019, 10:00 - 13:00

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Saturday 7th December 2019, 10:00 - 13:00

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Saturday 15th February 2020, 10:00 - 13:00

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Saturday 4th April 2020, 10:00 - 13:00

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Marking Assignments/Exams - Part 2

This second part of the seminar will explore the participants' experiences of marking an exam, there will be discussions on how the participant approached the exam, what their thoughts, feelings, concerns were and how they would mark the exam and what they would write as part of the feedback report. 

All workshops are interactive with small and large group discussions to facilitate learning.

 

Saturday 16th May 2020, 10:00 - 13:00

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