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

Up and coming courses

Liz Pearce – Working with Children

Monday 8th May – Friday 12th May 2017, 9.30-4.30pm

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.

Course Objectives

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 vs 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 our last Working with Children Course

“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, real life examples which has led to me feeling well equipped to launch out and work in a child-led was. 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.”


REF code: WWC17

Cost: £500

Please note: Any cancellations made less than 4 weeks from the start date will be entitled to a 50% refund, cancellations made less than 2 weeks before the start date will not be refunded.

Chris Willoughby: Working Effectively with Shame

Friday 19th May 2017, 9.30-4.30pm

Phil Mollen says shame is ‘in the terrible hopeless absence when human connection fails’. In this workshop we will consider:

  • What is shame?
  • How does it affect the therapeutic relationship?
  • Is shame ever helpful?, and
  • How can we work so we do not further shame our clients or ourselves?

Chris Willoughby is a counsellor and supervisor in general and forensic practice, where he specialises in working with adults with a history of sexually harmful behaviour. His approach to training is to value therapeutic diversity and empower us to work authentically and confidently regardless of model of theory and practice.

REF code: CWM17

Cost: £85 

Liz Hall: Trauma and the Body

Friday 30th June 2017, 9.30-4.30pm

This workshop will explore how the body keeps the score in trauma, and how the new understanding of the body and neurobiology of trauma can be brought into clinical work.

The recent research into the neurobiology of trauma will be presented before exploring how to work with the body in a talking therapy. Specific skills and a framework will be taught using experiential and didactic approaches. We will explore somatic resourcing, the communications of the body and how traumatic experiences cause levels of dysregulation.

Dr Liz Hall gained a BA in Psychology in 1969 and a Ph.D from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1973. She qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 1974 and as a psychotherapist in 1985. She is a Charted Clinical Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is now a Certified Advanced Practitioner in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and the UK organiser for this training.

REF code: LHJ17

Cost: Early bird £75 (£85 after 31st May)