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 2021

For 2021 we were looking at Wellbeing and Resilience, with the title : 

Beliefs, Boundaries and Buffers  

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

In outline, it covered:

  • 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 last date when this online Workshop took place was 20 November 2021 - with all participants attending on camera, using Zoom, instead of travelling to a venue. 

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 Feb, March, April 2021 Workshops (using Zoom)

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

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

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

 Feedback from 15 May 2021 Workshop (using Zoom)

 "The information that came out beforehand was excellent" 

"One of the most useful events I’ve attended over the past 12 months"

 "It was my first CMCS workshop - found it useful and supportive"

Feedback from 16 October 2021 Workshop (using Zoom)

"Immersion for the whole day, but spaces to breathe & refuel"

"Clear information provided about how the workshop would run online"

"Well prepared and delivered in a way that was refreshing and easy to understand"

"Good balance of teaching, interaction and being part of a small group.… Looking forward to the next one"