Fegans values its staff and appreciates the value of continually updating and developing their professional skills and knowledge. Fegans offers regular CPD training to all their staff and to other qualified counsellors and like-minded professionals outside of Fegans.
Fegans are also passionate about enabling more counsellors to be able to work with children. To find out more about Fegans’ ‘Working with Children‘ training course please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Up and coming courses
Esther Green: Prevent – Safeguarding
Friday 8th December, 9.30am-4.30pm
- Recognise how their own personal knowledge and feelings may affect their approach to child abuse;
Meet their own, and their agencies legal responsibilities for safeguarding children;
Describe the four types of abuse, recognise the signs, symptoms and indicators of abuse and neglect;
Respond effectively when children want to disclose;
Record and refer child protection concerns.
REF code: SGD17
Cost: Early bird £75 (£85 after 7th November)
Liz Pearce: Working with Children
19th – 23rd February 2018, 9.30am-4.30pm
Who is this course for?
This is a course designed to provide an appropriate level of training for qualified counsellors to develop the necessary competencies to work with children aged 4 -11. The course also benefits other professionals working with children, including SENCOs and Learning Support Assistants.
The course is a 5 day modular course using a three-fold basis of training:
- Development of theoretical understanding – this will focus on attachment theory, theory of childhood and the value of play using developments in neuroscience, which can be mapped onto theoretical positions.
- An experiential process – the course will include a series of hands on activities using materials and equipment most suited to working with children. The course will also feature group discussions at the end of each day, designed to promote reflection and the ongoing adoption of reflective practice. Some group interactions will take a format similar to that which may be experienced during supervision of casework with children.
- A skills induction – The course will introduce participants to a range of specific skills which can be used with children including art and play therapy, sand tray, puppets, story-telling and metaphors, establishing boundaries and a therapeutic relationship and making endings.
It will also consider solutions-focused working methods, directive versus non-directive work and the skills underpinning the development of a therapeutic alliance with children.
The course aims to provide qualified counsellors with the skills needed to work with children with social or emotional difficulties. It is specifically designed to support school based, one to one counselling, but will support work with primary aged children in any setting.
The course welcomes counsellors who have trained in different modalities and will encourage participants to share their own experience and theoretical bias, methodologies and insights.
The content tends towards integrative, person-centred and psychodynamic principles; however there is no expectation of prior knowledge or understanding of any one of these modalities.
Feedback from previous Working with Children courses
“The training was a good mix of teaching styles, theory and practice. It has completely over-turned my expectations of working with children which has been very liberating and enabling and confidence-boosting. This course has been an excellent mix of theory, practice, interaction, andreal life examples which has led to me feeling well equipped to launch out and work in a child-led way. Also excellent and very detailed notes were provided.”
“The mix of theory and experiential has given me the confidence to work with any age range. Information included within the course folder was comprehensive and the trainer was engaging and enthusiastic.”
“The combination of theory and opportunity to experience role play and practice for me was very helpful. Open discussion within the group and time to process was also really helpful. There was plenty of time and it was not rushed.”
This course counts as 30 hours of CPD, and you will receive an attendance certificate in support of this.
*Please note cancellations occuring after 22nd January will not be refunded.
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Adrian Hemmings: CBT with Heart
Friday 29th September, 9.30am – 4.30pm
This course aims to teach relevant skills of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in a way that respects the thinking and practice of other therapeutic orientations. We will cover the following topics:
- History and philosophy of CBT;
- The current situation with IAPT;
- Specific CBT skills in working with Young People who present with anxiety and depression.
We will examine not only the differences but the similarities between CBT and other models of therapy and explore ways of integrating CBT into current practice. Many non CBT therapists are already doing CBT without knowing it!
REF code: AHS17
Cost: Early bird £75 (£85 after 28th August)
Gérard Chevalier, David Delapalme and Sarah Chevalier: Addiction as an Attachment Disorder
Friday 17th November, 9.30am-4.30pm
Attachment theory holds to the position that substance misuse is both a solution to and an unhelpful consequence of a person’s impaired ability in developing healthy attachments. Addiction can be viewed as reliance on substances as a means to compensate for early life dysfunctional patterns, and it is suggested that the extent to which individuals are able to control their emotions and stress is dependent upon the strength of their early attachment experiences. The workshop will enable participants to:
- Develop awareness of substance dependence / addiction issues;
- Examine the links between unsecured attachment difficulties in early childhood /adolescence and substance dependence;
- Consider the nature of substance dependence as a disease and the consequences both for affected individuals and wider society;
- Use case examples and current research to consider appropriate intervention strategies.
Gérard and David practice in London and Paris. Sarah practices primarily in London. All three presenters are experienced Psychotherapists, authors and trainers specialising in supporting clients affected by substance dependence disorders and comorbidity difficulties (Dual Diagnosis).
REF code: GCN17
Cost: Early bird £75 (£85 after 16th October)