I write and deliver training nationally and internationally, to both experienced and novice professionals with diverse training backgrounds, including psychologists, therapists, counsellors, carers, social workers, and also to those working with a faith based approach.
Current bookable workshops include:
Endings – Last things First
Endings represent losses, and are more often shrouded in pain than pleasure. Even when they’re twinned with celebration, they can evoke mixed and confusing feelings. In therapy, they have enormous potential for positive gain and development and yet this is sometimes missed or overlooked because we lack understanding or ability to engage with them as practitioners; sometimes our own negative experiences of endings mask the possibilities.
In this workshop we reflect on the nature of endings and consider what we might need in order to approach them healthily. Since endings are part of every client’s process, we also look at how and when to integrate them in the work, and think practically about what to do and say to use them as a positive tool for consolidation and growth.
“Lindsay is an inspiring and engaging trainer who is both very wise and resourcing, and at the same time modest and approachable.
We always learn so much and know we are in for a great day when Lindsay leads our CPD!”
– AH, Counselling and Training Manager
Healthy assertiveness enables clients to consolidate their gains, and to endorse the growth or healing experienced in therapy. It is equally valuable to individuals at different points on the continuum – for example, to those who are passive/meek as in low self-esteem, to those with poor affect control, or to those who demonstrate aggressive behaviours often associated with anger issues. However, assertiveness classes are very hard to find, and the books available only partially meet the need. Equally, practitioners sometimes omit teaching about assertiveness for lack of training, or confidence to do so. When clients make significant progress in therapy, they need skills to support and enhance their growth – skills to help them practically and safely negotiate new ways of being, and to facilitate better relationships.
This is that workshop and is open to all mental health practitioners (counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists et al) and also to life coaches and mentors, since the material is applicable to practitioners from many disciplines and models.
The workshop includes didactic and experiential learning, skills training and a program of material to help practitioners coach clients in assertiveness, including information about healthy assertiveness, unhealthy presentations (including aggressive, passive and passive-aggressive), client assessments, staged skills progression plans, opportunities to practice, and pre-prepared handouts for clients to take away.
– a complete programme for teaching clients,
including assessments and handouts
Compassion Fatigue, What is it and How to Avoid It!
This is a practical – understand my challenges – make sense of what’s going on – and know how to make a difference – workshop. This is a day for you – mental and social health, and caring practitioners – a day for your equipping – and also for reviewing and refilling.
Self care is a requirement of most therapeutic and care industry membership bodies – being fit to practice is a given. It may be fairly easy to decide on our ability to practice when our symptoms or challenges are clear – when we are ill or have experienced a significant negative event. However, Compassion Fatigue (CF) occurs on a continuum and is often unnoticed or unaddressed until its symptoms make life or work particularly difficult, or sometimes impossible.
Do you know what the signs of CF are? What are the indicators of risk? What is the difference between stress, stress management, burnout and compassion fatigue? What symptoms might you overlook in yourself or your colleagues? Do you know how to care for yourself? Do you know how to stall or reverse CF in yourself or in your supervisees?
You can anticipate leaving equipped with an understanding of the risks for, the development of, and precautions against compassion fatigue. You’ll have the opportunity to work on some changes before you leave and have others ready to implement at the end. You’ll also gain tools and/or interventions to help colleagues or supervisees assess their level of risk and have strategies you might suggest to help others avoid or recover from burnout or compassion fatigue.
1- & 2-DAY Workshop
Additional workshops are bookable, including:
- Trauma and Abuse – understanding what it is, how to recognize it, how to work with it and how to heal from it.
- Inner Child Therapy – what is it, why and how to do it
- Working with Beliefs – transforming lives and breaking limiting patterns
- Trauma Resolution – 2-day workshop
- Child Therapy – adapting therapeutic practice – what, when and how
- Counselling Skills – for individuals in caring or pastoral roles
- Listening Skills – listening effectively
- Addressing Mental Health Concerns in the Local Church
– discerning and caring for needs, emotional, physical and spiritual
- Mental Health and Pastoral Care
PICT Training – pause for thought…
I have led and delivered training in Parks Inner Child Therapy, including the PICT Diploma, since 2009. It has been my privilege to see the healing and empowering effects of PICT in the lives of clients, as well as its profound impact on professionals over the years. Appointed Training Lead by Penny Parks, it was my privilege to support her prior to her death in the summer of 2020.
We lost an awesome talent and a remarkable innovator; I lost a great friend, advocate and encourager.
It is my hope that PICT will continue to evolve, to touch lives – personal and professional – and to maintain its standing for resolving the legacies of trauma with empathy and excellence. I regret I am not able to offer information about future courses currently, but will provide further information when possible.
“Lindsay is a really good trainer. She believes wholeheartedly in the PICT therapy model because of the results she consistently achieves using the model with her clients and that easily comes across. She is very thorough and offers detailed explanations, and also uses metaphors and analogies well. She mixes in compassion, understanding for individual challenges, and humour while guiding the whole cohort. She sometimes asks challenging questions of the cohort, either as a whole or as individuals, to encourage growth.
It was a real pleasure doing my training with Lindsay” – BP