We are delighted to announce our inaugural Summer School Programme for 2017.
Our programme of five very different but highly relevant workshops has been created to provide contemporary, accessible, CPD to those working in the counselling, psychotherapy and applied psychology fields in Scotland.
Participants may attend a single workshop or combine two or more into a bespoke programme that meets their own development aspirations. Book yourself on to two or more workshops and receive a 5% discount! To get the discount, use the code SUMMERSCHOOL5 in the discount voucher field in the cart when checking out (terms and conditions apply).
Please book early to avoid disappointment! There are only 12 places on each workshop and these will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Where: All workshops will take place at First Psychology Perth, 51 York Place, Perth, PH2 8EH unless otherwise stated. This venue Is located centrally, and around a 10 minute walk from Perth Station. Perth is easily reached from most parts of Scotland, and is around an hour’s journey from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
All workshops commence at 10.30am and finish at 4.30pm, with an hour for lunch. Tea, coffee and biscuits/fruit will be provided throughout the day.
The cost for each workshop is £69. This includes refreshments (participants are invited to make their own arrangements for lunch, with many options available locally) and a CPD Certificate.
This workshop is designed to support those starting to work with, or in the early stages of practice, with children and families. It is intended to build confidence and provide a forum for exploration and reflection on key learning points and issues. The focus of the workshop will be on working with children and families in an independent setting, but the general principles and ideas will be relevant to a wide range of settings including the third sector and primary care.
The workshop will primarily use case studies and experiential exercises to explore ways of understanding and intervening with this client group. A large part of the day will be incorporating and experimenting with different techniques to engage younger children and adolescents, for example, considering how CBT may be tailored for use with younger people. The workshop will also spend some time exploring the role of parents in a therapeutic setting by considering some common dilemmas and issues. The focus of the workshop will be to provide participants with growing confidence and understanding in their ability to work with children and families in an independent setting.
Who should attend: The workshop is designed to support all those in the counselling psychotherapeutic and applied psychology fields who are interested in developing therapeutic skills and experience in working with children and families. It is not suitable for those with extensive experience in child and families work.
This workshop is designed to offer an experiential insight into the potential for integrating nature into effective therapeutic practice. The focus will be on understanding ‘safeness’ from a compassion focused perspective, and exploring interaction with nature as a means of trust building, understanding fears, blocks and resistances to trust, safeness and compassion, and identifying applications of such an approach to practice in terms of particular psychological difficulties and presentations (e.g. trauma depression etc.).
The workshop will involve a morning session in Perth, exploring ideas, theory and experiences around nature and embodiment, and an afternoon session held in the outdoors (in the Kinnoull/Deuchney Hills, a short walk/drive from the Perth venue) designed to provide an experiential insight into the key aspects of an eco-therapy approach. The workshop will finish with a discussion and reflection in the Forestry Commission ‘classroom hut’ at Kinnoull Hill, where shelter will also be provided during the afternoon should the weather be unfriendly!
Who should attend: The workshop is designed for all those in the counselling psychotherapeutic and applied psychology fields with an interest in compassion focused approaches and eco-therapy. No prior experience of these approaches is necessary.
This workshop is designed for participants with some previous experience of CBT and an interest in developing an understanding of how DBT skills may be incorporated into their everyday clinical practice. It will focus on introducing ‘standard DBT’ - its underlying philosophy, adaptations and research base; introduce DBT skills training; and provide a basic outline of general DBT skills particularly chain analysis of a problem behaviour. The workshop will also offer technical and experiential understanding of core mindfulness, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance skills, as well as providing a detailed opportunity to explore how DBT skills can help solve everyday problems.
Who should attend: The workshop is designed for those in the counselling psychotherapeutic and applied psychology fields who have had some prior training and experience in the CBT approach.
This workshop will focus on developing a biopsychosocial understanding of addiction and its relationship to family systems, with a particular emphasis on co-dependency. The workshop will explore a number of key aspects of addictive behaviour, including a focus upon the relationship between progression and addiction ( the effects on the brain - medical model); risk factors in addiction; and detox management/medical referral. It will also look in depth at practical treatment interventions for addictions, briefly reviewing the potential role of motivational interviewing, exploring the 12 step model in terms of misconceptions and therapy applications, as well as considering the implications of relapse. The final part of the workshop will focus upon family therapy and co-dependency, exploring family systems and dependency issues in the context of addictive behaviour. A practical role-play exercise will be used to demonstrate some of the key aspects of a family therapy approach to addictions, and participants will be invited to reflect on the potential applications and opportunities of their learning in relation to their own clinical practice.
Who should attend: The workshop is designed for all those in the counselling psychotherapeutic and applied psychology fields with an interest in developing their skills and understanding of working with addictions.
Facilitator: Tracy Williams, COSCA Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist
This workshop is designed for participants with an interest in couples counselling and the potential role of CBT skills in this setting. It will firstly explore some of the potential ways that CBT may be used in working with couples, identifying some of the common challenges of working with couples and considering the particular ways in which a CBT model may address these. It will then explore the potential application of systems theory approach to couples therapy, and utilise this to consider how to develop a CBT formulation to support a therapeutic intervention. It will finally consider some useful strategies and techniques in undertaking a CBT informed approach to couples counselling, and invite participants to consider the implications of these for their own everyday practice in the field of couples work.
Who should attend: The workshop is designed for all those in the counselling psychotherapeutic and applied psychology fields who have an interest or experience in working with couples, or in integrating a CBT skills approach to couples into their existing practice.
Please note - this event is no longer available to book
Terms and conditions of booking
A. Your booking
Please note your booking is not complete until we have received payment in full from you and issued you with a written confirmation of your booking by email. Please do not assume you have booked a place until you have received this confirmation from us. All payments made using a credit card will incur a 1.5% fee. Bookings using a debit card will not incur such a fee. We do not accept American Express.
B. Cancellation policy
We offer a cooling off period of 48 hours following receipt of the email from us confirming your booking. You must contact us in writing during this period by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us of your wish to cancel your place/s. If such a notification is received, we will refund your payment in full. If no such notification is received during this period, no refund will be possible under any circumstances.
C. Running of the workshops
Please note that each workshop will only run if the minimum number of participants register by the cut off date (7 days prior to the commencement of the event/course). You will be notified as soon as possible if we are unable to run the workshops you have booked and in such circumstances we will make a full refund of your fee. Please note that First Psychology reserves the right to decline an offer of a place at any time, and to make a partial or full refund of your fee.
D. Changes to the programme
Every attempt possible will be made to deliver the programme as advertised, however, where unforeseen circumstances arise, First Psychology Scotland reserves the right to make changes to the workshops without offering a refund. Where change(s) has been made, every attempt will be made to notify you in advance, where possible.
E. Privacy Statement
First Psychology Scotland will use your data to send you information and updates relating to the workshops you are booking. We may also send you information and news about other events/courses and services that may be of interest to you. We will not share your data with any third parties other than those contracted to carry out work on our behalf.
F. Transfer of Registration
You may not transfer your place to another person under any circumstances.
G. Partial refunds due to non-attendance or missed sessions
We do not offer partial refunds under any circumstances.
H. Eligibility for Discount
In order to be eligible for the 5% booking discount, multiple workshops must be booked for a single participant in the same booking session and you must enter the booking code SUMMERSCHOOL5 in the voucher field when paying. If these criteria do not apply, no discount will be applicable.