Churches Ministerial Counselling Service

CPD Workshops

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, with the title : 

Beliefs, Boundaries and Buffers  

The facilitator is Tricia McIlroy - who served as a member of the
Steering Group of CMCS for 10 years - 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.

The two remaining options for attending this online Workshop are:

16 October 2021 (all places are now taken)
Extra Date: 20 November 2021 (closing date will be 24 October 2021,
or earlier if all places are taken)

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

To book, please use the link to the automated booking system - this is a shortcut link, not the name of an actual webpage.  Counsellors on the CMCS Register were given priority through a link in the CMCS Bulletin issued in mid-December 2020.  

Cost for participating in an online Workshop:
£80 for counsellors on the CMCS Register; £90 for counsellors who are not on the CMCS Register

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.

 Feedback from 13 February 2021 Workshop (using Zoom)

  "As one of the ‘new kids on the block’ I found this a really useful workshop"

"The chance to feel connected to the wider CMCS group of counsellors"

"A number of ideas and suggestions I will explore further" 

 Feedback from 13 March 2021 Workshop (using Zoom)

 "I have definitely come away with more tools that will help me in my practice, not just with pastors, but with all my clients"

"Communications prior to the (online) workshop were excellent" 

Feedback from 17 April 2021 Workshop (using Zoom)

"Very good powerpoint"

"Breaks at the right time and a good duration"

"I work a lot in secular environments, so appreciate this space"

"I always find the CMCS workshops helpful/stimulating, and this one was no exception"