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CPD Workshops for Counsellors

For over fifteen years CMCS has established itself as a prime provider of continuing professional development training which focuses on issues and needs in ministers and their families.


Each year we arrange a Saturday Workshop, repeated on several dates to enable as many as possible to attend.

These Workshops are open to all interested counsellors, but with a priority booking period and reduced fee for those who are members of the CMCS Register of counsellors.


Current Workshops


From November 2019 to the end of 2020 we are looking at Recognising Spiritual Abuse :

What is it, what should you look out for, and what helps with recovery?  

The facilitator is Gillie Jenkinson.


The first three Workshops took place at venues as follows:

30 Nov 2019 – Birmingham - Carrs Lane Church

8 Feb 2020 – Exeter – South Street Baptist Church

7 March 2020 – York – St Bede’s Pastoral Centre


The next two were cancelled due to lockdown:

4 April 2020 – Manchester – Luther King House

9 May 2020 – London - Wesley’s Chapel

Everyone who had paid for places at these two received a refund before the end of March 2020.


Online Workshops are taking place on 10 & 24 October and 21 November 2020, with participants attending on camera instead of travelling to venues.  Counsellors on the CMCS Register were given priority via a link in the CMCS summer Bulletin.  

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Feedback from Spring 2020 Workshops


“A clear and informative presentation on spiritual abuse - really developed my understanding of spiritual abuse and cults. Hearing (Gillie's) personal experience was really helpful.”


“The workshop was very well held with participants feeling enabled to fully contribute.”


“It helped to process my own experience of spiritual abuse. It was both healing and enlightening. Many thanks.”


“It was excellent, delivered by a person who had first-hand experience, plus had researched the subject in great depth.”


Feedback from 10 Oct 2020 Workshop 


"Clear timetable and appropriate breaks ... I have attended many online workshops, seminars and classes now

and most of them haven't been as well planned and orchestrated as this"


"Gained new understanding of how cults operate and what helps survivors to recover - I'll be able to apply this in my work"


"Practical arrangements and pre-Workshop papers were excellent"


"Well presented and paced"

Cost for participating in an online Workshop:

£80 for counsellors on the CMCS Register; £90 for counsellors not on the CMCS Register


Closing dates:                                              

2 weeks before each Workshop, or earlier if all places are filled; booking is now closed for 21 Nov 2020


Refund policy: If there are spaces available on a different date, your booking can be transferred.  If not:

100% if you need to cancel more than a month ahead, 50% if between a month and a fortnight ahead.

If you find yourself unable to attend less than 2 weeks before a Workshop, or on the day, sorry but no refund; however, please do let us know if we need not be waiting for you to join us.