General recovery

Understanding Adolescents | One Day Workshop

Saturday 13th May 2017 | 10am – 4pm
The Counselling Foundation Training Centre – St Albans

With guest speaker: Diana Samuels, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist and Counsellor from Young Herts Minds

Would you like to explore and understand the mind of an adolescent?

This course has been developed to help parents, therapists and anyone working with adolescents to navigate and explore inside the mind of teenagers.  The pressures of modern day life can affect a child’s mental wellbeing, from struggling in class to falling out with friends.  It is estimated that 50 per cent of all mental health problems are established by the age of 14 and 75% by the age of 24.

The course will look at how we can protect our children’s mental health as they spend ever more time on social media, with studies showing some for more than three hours a day.  We look at current research into this and explore practical ways we can support them.

Diana is a qualified and experienced child and adolescent psychotherapist and play therapist. She has a background in social work and has provided consultative support to other professionals, parents and carers.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discussion around what is adolescence?
  • Explore and understand different Attachment Theories and how it relates to adolescence.
  • Look at the influence of social media on teenage mental health.
  • Introduction to theory stages through the life cycle and how adolescence fits in
  • Developments in Neuroscience – what we know about changes in the adolescent brain and how we can support teenagers in the changing world
  • Discover practical ways to listen and communicate effectively
  • Helpful books and resources


The workshop will use a combination of experiential, group discussion and more traditional learning methods.

Suitable for

This course is suitable for parents, therapists and anyone working with adolescents; teachers, police, nursing, mentors, youth workers or pastoral areas.



Cost £85

A discounted rate of £75 applies to all staff, counsellors and existing trainees.

Eventbrite booking fees apply.



Exploring the Trauma of Love | One Day Workshop

Saturday 24 June 2017 – 10am – 4pm
The Counselling Foundation Training Centre – St Albans

With guest speaker: Ruth Culver, an integrative clinical hypnotherapist.Do you want a more loving, healthy relationship with yourself and others?This experiential one day workshop will reveal the hidden dynamics in a family and how early bonding and childhood experiences leave imprints on mind, body and personality.  This affects our ability to trust ourselves, and impacts all our later relationships with partners, children, siblings, colleagues and friends as well as our health and choices in life.

Based on the work of psychotherapist, Bert Hellinger Constellation work which is an effective therapeutic process that helps to break destructive family patterns of unhappiness, with many of us unconsciously “taking on” destructive family patterns of anxiety, depression, anger, guilt, aloneness, alcoholism and even illness as a way of “belonging” in our families.

Through Identity Constellations we begin to recognise the ‘survival strategies’ that have been running us and holding us back. Through this workshop we will learn how to break these patterns so that you can live healthier, happier, more fulfilled lives. This approach draws from a number of other modalities, including Gestalt therapy, psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapy, hyponotherapy and systemic family therapy

The explorations allow us to access and integrate our unconscious feelings and our real needs.  We begin to know and trust ourselves more deeply, enabling us to build our ‘healthy self’, gradually becoming more self sufficient and creating healthier relationships.

What to expect

  • Explore your own personal Identity Constellation ‘What makes you, you?’.
  • Discover what you want from relationships, create your own sentence of intention.
  • Discuss what is a ‘healthy relationship’.
  • Resolve family issues, feel connected and supported
  • Learn to know, trust and build a ‘healthy self’ and become self sufficient.
  • Improve loving and healthy relationships with yourself and others.
  • Recognise ‘survival strategies’ that run us through Identity Therapy Constellations.


The workshop will involve a combination of experiential exercises and group discussion.

Suitable for

This course is suitable for anyone, particularly those interested in self discovery or looking to improve relationships.





Cost £85 (Eventbrite booking fees apply)

A discounted rate of £75 applies to all staff, counsellors and current trainees.



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