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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.


Workshops in 2021


For 2021 we are looking at Wellbeing and Resilience : Beliefs, Boundaries and Buffers  

The facilitator is Tricia McIlroy who served as a member of the Steering Group of CMCS for 10 years and we are delighted that she has agreed to provide this training for us.

In outline, it will cover: The tension between calling/vocation and self care/wellbeing/resilience; How resilience and vocation impact/influence each other; Church leaders’ beliefs about their role and how this might impact/influence wellbeing; What resilience looks like in practice, specifically for ministers and pastors; How counsellors can support the wellbeing of ministers and pastors, in the context of therapeutic relationships.


Online Workshops are planned for the following dates, all Saturdays:


13 February 2021

13 March 2021

17 April 2021

15 May 2021

16 October 2021


with participants attending on camera, using Zoom, instead of travelling to venues.  

Counsellors on the CMCS Register have been given priority through a link in the CMCS autumn/winter Bulletin.

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Feedback from Spring 2020 Workshops (at venues) on Recognising Spiritual Abuse


“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 (on Zoom)


"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


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.