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 the 2023 Workshops:  
Our facilitator was Anne Power and the title was Transitions – how our attachment stories shape our Hellos and Goodbyes

 "Pointers which might be helpful for bringing work to a close
with my final clients before retiring in July" 

"This was my first one and I really enjoyed the chance to meet others on the CMCS group of counsellors" 

"The presenter was both very knowledgeable & a good communicator"

"Learning about the application of attachment theory in just the right 
amount of detail for it to be a helpful additional lens to apply in my work" 

"Exploring ideas to enable the client to move from a safe and familiar place
to a place of possibility and learning"

"Hearing experience and suggestions from other participants
was really valuable"