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Training

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

For general CPD workshops read more here.

For specific workshops for trainers of counselling and psychotherapy read more here.





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.

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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 £75 per session. 

Friday 8th September 2017

Liverpool

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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. 

with

Dr Cathy McQuaid

at

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

Training Workshops for Counselling and Psychotherapy Trainers with Dr Cathy McQuaid TSTA(P) in Manchester, 2017-19

All the following workshops are for qualified and experienced counsellors and psychotherapists who are now working as trainers of counsellors or psychotherapists in further or higher education, whether this is within a college, university or private training centre. Each two-day block will offer a mix of theory, practice and experiential work. 

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.

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.

Maximum group size: 10

Fees: £195 / €225

Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th November 2017, 10:00 - 17:00

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

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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!

Maximum group size: 10

Fees: £195 / €225

Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th March 2018, 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.

Maximum group size: 10

Fees: £195 / €225

Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th May 2018, 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.

Maximum group size: 10

Fees: £195 / €225

Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd July 2018, 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. 

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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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.

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

QAA Benchmark Statement for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the UKCP Professional Occupational Standards for Psychotherapy and Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapies) a 2-day workshop

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.

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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