Churches Ministerial Counselling Service

CPD Workshops

Over the last twenty 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 2024

Our facilitator is Gill Harvey and the title is:

Fundamentalist religious childhoods and adult health :
Implications for practice in one-to-one therapeutic encounters

Dr Gill Harvey has BACP Senior Accreditation and Accreditation with the ACC. Gill is a therapeutic counsellor/ psychotherapist, supervisor, and trainer
working mainly in private practice. She is also the group supervision lead for
the Hummingbird Cancer Centre in Bicester and a Trustee of an affordable counselling service in Bedfordshire. Gill completed a research doctorate at the Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University, the title of her thesis being:
‘Both sides of the coin: Counsellors’ stories of the influence of a fundamentalist religious upbringing on mental health and wellbeing in adulthood’

These are Saturdays, all on Zoom:

(10 February 2024)
(16 March 2024) 
(27 April 2024) 
(18 May 2024)
5 October 2024


£90 for counsellors on the CMCS Register; 
£100 for counsellors who are not on the CMCS Register

The online booking process is hosted on the ‘Baptists Together’ website. 
Please follow this shortcut link: 
- not the name of an actual webpage - for more details, or to book in. 
This link was included in the November 2023 Bulletin for counsellors on
the CMCS Register, to launch the priority booking period

Refund policy  
If there are spaces available on a different date,
your booking can be transferred at your request.  

If your booking cannot be transferred to a date that suits you: 
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. 

Feedback from 10 February 2024 Workshop 

"Everything was very well organised in advance and on the day itself.
The breakout rooms were very well managed"

"Gill presented her research in an accessible but rigorous way; …
most importantly the material has a clear application for counselling." 

"Opportunity to explore case studies and how to apply therapeutic
approaches to the presenting problems. Opportunities for reflection from personal experience"

"Good to go away with reading suggestions to continue learning more"

Feedback from 16 March 2024 Workshop 

"The pre-workshop mailings were perfect"

"I thought the whole day really well planned"

"Wonderful working with such an experienced counsellor in this field of work"

"Gill was very clear in her presentation... The workshop well exceeded my expectations... this was the best CMCS course I have attended to date"

Feedback from 27 April 2024 Workshop

"Good having a CMCS person act as chair and provide information about CMCS"

"I just think this is a winning formula!"

"I valued the information, tables and work that had been put into the talk. 
I particularly liked the work on shame and its alternate thinking"

 "It was helpful to hear of the common indicators of Religious trauma on  
adults’ lives.... (and) ways to work with these clients in beneficial ways" 

Feedback from 18 May 2024 Workshop 

"I appreciated the two informative emails with resources in advance"

 "Good mix of presentations and break out rooms"

"Developing my understanding of the potential impact of religious fundamentalism"

 "Brought into focus the client presentations due to fundamentalist religious childhoods and the models and frameworks for recovery"

"Exceeded expectations - a very enjoyable and challenging day"