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Convergence Psychotherapy - Experiential Training College
Convergence Psychotherapy - Experiential Training College
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We also offer over 30 One Day CPD Seminars and full yearly evening ourses in a warm learning environment where you will develop experiential counselling skills to help others.
These are very popular seminar courses for College and Uni students, Also placements for students studying for Diploma, Msc, or Bsc, at the NewStart Drop-In Service run by Charitable agency 'BUS-STOP Drop-In & Counselling Service Limited Co.
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If You want experiential & engaging training and you care about people, Then convergence is YOUR place. Many other courses offer counselling and psychology, BUT are too academic with, a clinical - Tick box approach.
Our engaging experiential courses in Coaching, Counselling or Psychotherapy and Supervision, are unique in nature. We offer a very different style, a more creative, personal, human, (non-medical model) approach in the many courses we currently run. Convergence is very experiential, and our training level is truly, second to none.
Other courses, although quite serious, nevertheless devote very little peer counselling time, sometimes only ten minutes a month. We also utilise a lot of case study material, and experiential interactions including the written classroom work, to further enhance the hands-on, supervised, face-to-face client time with student peers.
We also UNIQUELY offer our own placement supervision facility and an opportunity to build your own practice under the umbrella of our Convergence / NEWSTART private practice, once you have graduated at Convergence.
We therefore major in helping students understand and engage, fully and effectively, with clients. We obviously cover all the major theories in the classic theories in Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Existential and Transpersonal streams and also introduce the all NEW biopsychosociospiritual model (or the CPSM for short) to encompass and integrate most, if not all, major modern therapy methods.
This is complete psychotherapy training equipping our students with a full tool box for client work. We also include the Somatic (sound & breath work, Primal Scream) Gestalt - Psycho-Drama, ARTs-in-therapy - drawing/clay modelling/sand play, Dream work, Chacras, Meditation, visualisation-Induction, reframing, also further training in brief solution therapy, trauma care, complex issues and disorders. We also train for supervision and offer tutor training.
We offer student/client care by following the ethical guidelines of the CPFI/BACP/UKCP, our courses are regulated by the CPFI and tutors are Resitered Members of the BACP &/or Accredited CPFI members. All tutors are practising psychotherapists. We also offer a private practice, you may join after graduation and accreditation with the CPFI, as an umbrella organisation to advise and cover you as you build your own business, when required.
"It really changed my life for good" ~ a Foundation student, Milton Keynes.
Start at the beginning. Ultra Low Fees to make it easy for you to start and learn first hand Counselling Skills and basic theory. Only one evening per week course 7pm - 8.30pm for only 12 weeks. +1 Day seminar.
This qualifies you to begin the Improvers course for the more serious students. CPFI TEC Level-1.
These courses are approximately equivalent to the NVQ levels.
The Intermediate Counselling (Improvers) course over 6 Calender months, For experiential skills in Counselling. Easy to fit in with normal life. Course just 2 terms. One evening per week. 7pm - 8.30pm. +2 Day Seminars.
Students may then apply for CPFI student membership on completion of the course requirements. CPFI TEC Level-2. These courses are approximately equivalent to NVQ levels.
Counselling & Psychotherapy Certificated and Accredited Course. Qualify by attending one evening per week for 1 year only. A must for serious minded students of Counselling. 7pm - 9.45pm. + 4 One Day Seminars in the year.
Students will desire CPFI Registration for credibility, which is guaranteed on graduation. CPFI TEC Level-3. These courses are approximately equivalent to NVQ levels.
This Diploma will qualify you to become a Basic Counsellor, so that you may gain public liability insurance and work as a Counsellor. The Diploma is fully Accredited by the CPFI as a CPFI TEC certification and equivalent to the prior NVQ levels. We will help you to gain experience as a counsellor on this very experiential course with our in house placement facility in Milton Keynes. We also run a private practice for graduates. Come and achieve Counsellor status and recognition with the CPFI. Wednesday eve course - 7pm-10pm.
Students may also desire Registration Membership with BACP, as well as the CPFI, in any event, examinations need to be arranged on completion. This is the student's responsibility.
CTEC, CPFI-TEC Certification is not to be confused with BTEC or Cambridge Tec. These levels represent the approximate equivalency of previous NVQ's
This Diploma will qualify you for 'Psychotherapeutic Counsellor' status at CTEC Level-5 once you are accredited by the CPFI. Requirements: Students will have a 1st degree or equivalent life experience, also must have completed their Level-4.
One evening per week 7pm - 10.15, plus 2 Saturday Seminars 10.30am - 5pm. Specialisation available - please ask for details. Students may desire CPFI / BACP Registration, therefore examination is arranged after graduation. CPFI TEC Level-5 approximately equivalent to prior NVQ Levels..
This Diploma in Brief Therapies, Part 2, will give you Therapist status once you are accredited by the CPFI. Diploma in 3 Parts. Includes 22 (from 30+) One Day Seminars + Two week intensive course.
This is a more expensive but much faster route to Level-4 as a Therapist. Please book an appointment for assessment.
No equivalent level can be shown for this individual experiential workshop based course although we offer a Level-4 Cert
450 + Hours, 650 client hours, 150 therapy hrs
You will work at a post graduate level to attain this 'Professional' Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy.
This will give you FULL Psychotherapist status, with the CPFI, once you are accredited. Requirements: Foundation course at Level 3, or 1st degree, or the equivalent life experience. One evening per week 7pm-10.15pm. Also 2 x Seminars per year. Students may desire CPFI / BACP Membership and Registration, therefore examination arranged after graduation only. Appointment for examination will need to be booked for assessment after graduation. All CPFI TEC certifications are approximately equivalent to prior NVQ levels.
Build Your Own Business - within our own CCSL umbrella agency, either in London or Milton Keynes or elsewhere.
You may also learn TRAUMA TRAINING: Courses in Trauma therapy. Various courses to include EMDR, tf CBT, BPT, CET, Optipsychetraumatherapy Occularcardialtherapy, Convergence Eye Therapy. In depth Trauma Courses for those who are experienced Psychotherapists. Member graduates may be asked to join our Trauma Therapy Team in London & areas Nationwide.
Requirements: This Diploma is at an advanced level and students will need to have completed the 4 Year Professional Diploma above in Counselling & Psychotherapist. This is CPFI Tec certification and is accredited by CPFI equivalent to prior NVQ levels. Course is only on Day release - Thursdays.
This is a separate part of our training syllabus which offers training to those who are unable to attend the Campus regularly for evening courses. You will only need to attend on 50% of the course curriculum - your attendance will be based mainly on monthly One Day Saturday Seminars and 20% of the regular classes running in evening sessions. There are other courses available to enhance job prospects and give life skills for those who wish to invest in themselves. We offer Accredited Counselling Training online, with excellent Tutors and You may also work with face to face counselling experience under supervision (with your peers) Friendship & encouragement will still be possible in this way of distance learning. NOTE: OUR Psychotherapy courses are also available, but will only work fully by offering face to face attendance (see details Above).
There is also a 1 year course in Counselling Supervision. 5.30pm-6.45pm Saturday Evenings + 4 One DAY SEMINARS / Workshops. Trainee supervisors Also need to be working In PLACEMENT with a small group as a trainee supervisor under supervision. Applicants need to have completed minimum of a professional (Higher National Advanced) Diploma at CTEC Level-5+. All CPFI Tec certification is approximately equivalent to prior NVQ levels.
SPEAK A 2ND LANGUAGE IN RECORD TIME?
Because of great results obtained in Countries such as the U.S.A, ARGENTINA, AUSTRALIA and COLOMBIA, during our 17 YEARS of experience, This Certifies our higher expertise and techniques, to assure and help you to make your dream real and keep in touch with the World.
The System we use is a psycholinguistic system and it will give you the opportunity to live the Language you are interested in. Teaching you to LISTEN, SPEAK, READ, WRITE and THINK in the Language without needing to translate it. You may come and choose the Language you wish to study with us.
WE ALSO HAVE A CONVERSATIONAL CLUB, WHERE THE STUDENTS CAN START PRACTISING FROM THE FIRST LEVEL.
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Yoly Booty is our ENGLISH Professor. Yoly can help you with Language training, to assist you to gain a pass for the higher TOFL examinations, or the simple IETLS basic English Speaking & Listening Levels at A1 - B1, This is a new department of the Convergence College known as the Convergence Languages Institute,
LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT COORDINATOR & DIRECTOR - YOLY BOOTY has taught Languages for 17 years and has experience of many different testing types in languages from IETLS and Cambridge to TOFL, etc, She has worked with, and for, many Institutions and has acted as Interpreter for Ambassadors, Church Leaders, and Dignatories from around the globe. Her results are amazing and fast too. She is also interested in meeting and networking with other Langauge teachers with a view to work with our College here and to build up this College resource of the many varieties of languages that we may offer in teaching skills.
Day and evening courses are open for Student Registration by emailing us at:-
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CONVERGENCE STUDENTS - The Full One Day Certificated Seminars below, are also part of the various courses.
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01 ). RECOVERY FROM DEPRESSION # Change Stinking Thinking - How to Reframe Negativity in Depression# - Positive Change is key. Convergence Induction used in BPT (By-Pass Therapy). Convergence Psychotherapy techniques to resolve many issues, May be taught for deep relaxation to combat stress and depression. Using imagination to help destress and to build confidence in business and personal life, Goal setting. Finding direction - also used in both Waking Dream and Sub-Personality work with the unconscious mind, Positive imagination in re-framing. Please simply email us for more details. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.
02 ). MANAGING STRESS # Stress management. The difference between ‘Stretched’ and ‘Stressed’. Keeping healthily ‘Stretched’ is so important. Find the anti-dotes to stress. How stress forms Anger and Depression. Convergence Induction technique to alleviate anxiety and stress situations. Helping family members to de-stress safely. Destroying the Myths around Stress control. Please simply email us for more details. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.00.
03 ). OVERCOMING ANGER FAST # Causes of Anger, Destroying the Myths. Early frustrations, Self-Esteem issues, Managing Anger now, Right brain emotional thinking, stupid behaviour. Identifying triggers, The Left brain, heading it off. Learning how to get back in control for good. Autistic / Aspergers difficulties. . Finding peace. Please simply email us for more details. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.00.
04). CO-DEPENDENCY- RELATIONSHIPS - 1 # Treating and Healing co-dependency issues specifically around substance misuse, Narcissism, Various Disorders. Communications, Dealing with the fall-out of a mentally ill parent, or abnormal and abusive relationships. Taking care of yourself. Building Stronger relationships. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.00.
05). CO-DEPENDENCY – 2 - LOVE ADDICTIONS # Love Addiction Vs Co-dependency? Love Avoidant Addict or Love Seeker Addict, Attachment issues? Also Co-Dependency issues around substance abuse and Narcissism, co-dependency issues and the mentally ill Parent. How to address co-dependence and-or attachment issues. Identifying unhealthy relationships and knowing the cause. Changing your relationship dynamics. Boundary Issues. The Tango. Finding a healthy relationship. Please simply email us for more details. Those whom are interested in this Love addiction Co-dependency - 2 Seminar may also be interested in Co-dependency1 and Co-dependency - 3. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.00.
06 ). CO-DEPENDENCY – 3 - FINDING YOUR IDEAL PARTNER - Love Issues, Communications, Reframing your partners traits, Learning how to Love, How to really see your partner for the first time spiritually, Clearing Conflict in Relationships, The language of Love, Sexuality/intimacy, Identifying your ideal relationship. Building Stronger relationships. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.00.
07 ). CO-DEPENDENCY – LOVE ISSUES - 4 . SHADOW - RELATIONSHIPS, ALCHEMY & SHADOW # Wrong decision in partner choice? The process of positive relationships, Understanding your Process in Relationship for change. Finding your Shadow in Relationship. Repetition Compulsion. Core Beliefs and your Lifescript in Relationships. Identify relationship problems ahead of time. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.00.
08 ). CO-DEPENDENCY – LOVE ISSUES – 5. SEX & SEXUALITY IN THE MODERN WORLD. Counselling couples in sexual matters. Sex Therapy. What the Doctors did? Finding Sexual satisfaction. The Road Less may travel? Sexual Addictions. Making Love or having sex? Love and attachment in sexual relationships. Finding your sexual drive. Sex and the greatest guilt trip of all time. Sex and marriage religion and spiritual perspective. Tantra Sex. Dealing with sexual frustrations. Getting in touch with your sexuality. Sexual wilderness. Sex and Dating. Sexual promiscuity. The sexual affair and infatuation. Alternate Sexuality and choices. Knowing Brain Sex differences. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.00.
09 ). COUPLES COUNSELLING – LOVE ISSUES - 6 - Workshop. The interpersonal dialogue when it goes wrong. Relationship in crisis. How to counsel for fast results. Archetypes and roles forgotten. Saving a relationship. Ending a relationship. well. Drawing on positives and reframing. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.00.
10 ). HEALING FROM ABUSE # Identifying abusive relationships. Healing from child abuse, Boundaries, Taking control of abusive relationships, Counselling abuse cases, How to overcome Trauma, Flashbacks / Night terrors. Non-intrusive therapies. Workshop for counsellor and sufferers alike, Counsellors on site for therapy. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.00
11 ). COPING WITH SELF HARM # Finding relief from the roots of original pain, Sufferers- help to find ways through self- harm, Sublimating other forms of Expression, Causes of self-harm, How to help self-harmers, Counselling Self-harm on the day. Helping Carers to understand. Helping Doctors and Nurses to deal with the patients of Self-Injury without judgement. Destroying the Myths and personal testimonies. Please simply email us for more details. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.00.
12 ). OVERCOMING ANXIETY, FEARS & PHOBIAS # What is Anxiety? Panic Attacks, Controlling the Fear aspect, Fears and Phobias. Emotional Right Brain thinking, Higher functioning Autism. Learning to change and use the logic (left brain thinking), Positive reframe and rehearsals. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.00.
13 ). TRAUMA – 2 - PTSD - HOW TO WORK WITH TRAUMA # - SATURDAY 2016. How to identify types of Trauma, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Different therapies, The Trauma Tools, Dealing with Flashbacks, Nightmares, Sweats, Myths, BPT Safe Therapy. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.
14 ). FIGHTING EATING DISORDERS Obesity, Comfort eating, Oral fixations, Angry eating, Anorexia, Bulimia, Little known Effects of Dieting and Mental health. Eating signs of depression , Disguising sexuality due to abuse. Co-dependency and unconscious introjections from childhood. Control and power issues. Latest research discussed and new techniques taught for empowerment and success. Saturday . £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.
15 ). LIFE CRISIS # . An opportunity for breakthrough. Spiritual Awakening usually is caused by a life crisis that threatens to break us emotionally, physically and mentally. Mid-life ‘Crisis’ and the Shadow? Who am I? £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.
16 ). FACILITATING SPIRITUAL GROWTH # . Identifying Spiritual Crisis, Finding positive spiritual empowerment, Intuition, Spiritual counselling, Transpersonal / Convergence perspective, spiritual By-Pass, awakening. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.
17 ). COUNSELLING FOR GRIEF & LOSS Kublar Ross Techniques. Convergence model of Spirituality. Understanding the Soul journey. Images, and client illusions, delusions and emotional responses. Client dialogue with relatives past and How Mediumship can be a form of spiritual abuse. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.00.
18 ). DEALING WITH PAIN & SUFFERING Dealing with Trauma around Pain. How to Manage pain with psychotherapy techniques. The Negative self talk. Cognitive Brain work. Reframing, Mindfulness, Other pain controlling methods. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.00.
19 ). DEALING SUCCESSFULLY WITH ADDICTIONS # The root of Addiction, Boundaries required in addiction counselling, Counselling training myths, Substance misuse facts, co-dependency, Sublimation and reframing. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.00.
20 ). WORKING WITH TEENAGERS # Learning to communicate, Black & White thinking, and the Autistic brain, Emotional responses, Reasons for Anger outbursts. Fear of death, Payback time. Hormonal imbalances. Drug culture. Building Rapport. Gaining Young Person's Confidence. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low priceonly £49.00.
21 ). DREAM INTERPRETATION / COUNSELLING / WORKSHOPS # Find out how the experts do it. The Dreaming brain. Dreamwork essentials, What is a dream? How to interpret dreams. How to remember your dreams, The waking dream concept, How to access/recall your dreams. Dreamwork in Counselling. Spiritual and prophetic aspects of dreams. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.00.
22 ). WORKING THE UNCONSCIOUS SHADOW. ArtPlay in our CONVERGENCE THERAPY Seminar - We will take a look at different forms of Art used in Therapy today which will include Painting, Drawing, Clay, Drama, Music/Sound, etc. This will be an experiential workshop for your interest and pleasure; to study how you may use this to help clients and self to become aware of unconscious issues and to open up dialogue. Please wear suitable relaxed clothing. Note: £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.00
23 ). HEALING WITH BREATH & SOUND # Energy and Sound in Science, Sound Waves in Singing Bowls, Chakra Points Resonating, Using the Client's Voice in Healing. Conjoining Therapist and Client Voices to Identify Primal Scream Work. Benson Technique, Various Breathing Techniques used in Healing, Music in Healing. £99.00. 'Early Bird Low price only £49.00.
24 ). CONVERGENCE EXPERIENTIAL COUNSELLING FOUNDATIONS – 1. (Infant) #. This was the original ‘Chaotic Client & Self’ Course How to work Experientially, in Counselling & Psychotherapy. Originally a 6 week course, but now you may complete these two experiential training Seminars fast, in two days only. Seminars 24/25. Recommended for student placements. Gain Accelerated Experiential Counselling Skills. Defining Classic Counselling & Psychotherapy, Integrative therapies, including and utilising, calming techniques that really work. With unconditional positive regard, Modern Brief Therapies, Integrating and getting in touch with our Spirituality, Convergence Induction Re-framing, CBT, Fast relief from Depression, understanding Trauma, Brief look at Personality Disorders. For qualifying (Level-3 Cert - Intermediate and above) students only. Please simply email us for more details. £99.00. This Seminar 'Early Bird' 50% Discount now only £49. Register online above ASAP to Book be certain of your place on the course.
25 ). CONVERGENCE EFFECTIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY FOUNDATIONS - 2 (Child) # An Overview - What makes Psychotherapy different? Freedom from Addictions in Abuse. How to effect faster results by integrating Brief Therapies. Development of Lifescripts, Core Beliefs, Basic Transactional Analysis. Understanding the False Self, Dealing with your Shadow, Interventions, Mirroring, Dealing with Trauma, envy Jealousy and Greed, Attachment Theories, Ethics and Boundaries, Legalities, Contracts, Client Assessments. Starter Pack for Psychotherapy. £99.00. Early Bird £49.
26 ). SELF CONFIDENCE – 1 - INTERPERSONAL SKILLS # Human Relations. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. How to win friends and influence people. How to gain favour and cooperation. Memory techniques - remember names and faces/ telephone numbers. The 3 C's. Ideal for HR staff / Managers, etc, Everyone can surely use this interactive training - Therapists / Assistant Teacher / Managers / Sales People / Directors / Trainers / Executives / Entrepreneurs. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.00.
27 ). SELF CONFIDENCE – 2 - PUBLIC SPEAKING SEMINAR Keys to success. Life-script and Core Issue barriers. Building Self-Confidence. Technique to speak confidently in public, Finding untapped internalresources, Building Self-Confidence. Dealing with the internal Saboteur, Self-esteem issues. Keys to control nerves. Rehearsal that works. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.00.
28 ). CREATIVE CONVERGENCE INDUCTIONS - WORKSHOP We use the Convergence methods. BPT. The use of Deep relaxation with Imagination and visualisation skills. Advanced Therapy used to reframe or to help anxiety, depression or social skills. For methods to de-stress and many other useful techniques. £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.00.
29 ). HOW TO BUILD YOUR COUNSELLING PRACTICE Get more clients - Self employment, Insurances, Tax, Web site. Advertising, Offices, Records, Secretarial, Corporate image, Volunteer help, Joining a Co-operative, Further Training (CPD). . £99.00. 'Early Bird' Low price only £49.00.
30). COUNSELLING FOR CHILDREN - Counselling young children safely and seeing issues in play and how to draw out issues for chidren to express themselves. Overcoming Narcisistic attitudes and building self-confidence. £99.00. Early Bird Low price only £49.00.
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31). DSVM WORKSHOPS-1 (Clinical Workshops) Necessary Training for anyone undertaking the 4 Year Professional Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy to become a Psychotherapist. The DSVM workshops are a requirement for CPFI and the UKCP registration. Please Note - It is not a Diploma requirement. The workshops are open to Convergence Diploma students1st 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students and anyone undertaking an
32). DSVM WORKSHOPS-2 (Clinical Workshops) Necessary Training for anyone undertaking the 4 Year Professional Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy to become a Psychotherapist. The DSVM workshops are a requirement for CPFI and the UKCP registration. Please Note - It is not a Diploma requirement.
33). DSVM WORKSHOPS-3 (Clinical Workshops) Necessary Training for anyone undertaking the 4 Year Professional Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy to become a Psychotherapist. The DSVM workshops are a requirement for CPFI and the UKCP registration. Please Note - It is not a Diploma requirement.
34). DSVM WORKSHOPS-4 (Clinical Workshops) Necessary Training for anyone undertaking the 4 Year Professional Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy to become a Psychotherapist. The DSVM workshops are a requirement for CPFI and the UKCP registration. Please Note - It is not a Diploma requirement.
35). DSVM WORKSHOPS-5 (Clinical Workshops) Necessary Training for anyone undertaking the 4 Year Professional Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy to become a Psychotherapist. The DSVM workshops are a requirement for CPFI and the UKCP registration. Please Note - It is not a Diploma requirement.
36). DSVM WORKSHOPS-6 (Clinical Workshops) Necessary Training for anyone undertaking the 4 Year Professional Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy to become a Psychotherapist. The DSVM workshops are a requirement for CPFI and the UKCP registration. Please Note - It is not a Diploma requirement.
Visiting student comments...
"Great balance of presentation. discussion, activities, Perfect." also
"The training was exceptional - to the highest quality, and the subject is so relevant to my life and relationship. Big thank you."
~ Leon, Maths Teacher - London. Also distance students have said, it is "Well worth travelling for.".
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The Lifescript Clinic of Harley Street - Treatment Centre for Trauma & Psychotherapy
Trauma – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This is a High Intensity Therapy (HIT)
It is often associated with combat stress or child abuse and is effective with all types of trauma and for such things as major accidents, rape, violence and all kinds of extremely shocking events.
Client Readiness & Safety Protocols:
1). If trauma is related to: crime, a victim or a police officer and there has been a critical incident that will need a legal deposition, or a trial testimony, that maybe required, because under trauma therapy the image of the event may fade or blur or even disappear completely. Although a patient may be able to tell what has occurred they may not be able to offer a vivid or detailed account of the event.
2). Trauma disturbances in therapy: Patients should realise and hold onto the knowledge that an uncomfortable disturbance in session or between sessions, is when the trauma material is being ‘released’ and then be able to feel comfortable in experiencing a high level of vulnerability, or a lack of control and any physical sensations from the event/s that may well be part of the historical trauma. It means that the patient must be willing to tell the clinician the truth regarding what they are experiencing. Although patients do not need to disclose details of their trauma, it is imperative that they are willing to experience the emotions in front of their clinician and reveal whatever emotions emerge and to report accurately the nature and intensity of these emotions.
3). Feeling Raw between sessions: When the patient withholds they are more likely to experience higher abreaction–level material, in session or between sessions, without the appropriate clinical support. Therefore suicide ideation or suicide attempts are more likely when the patient withholds information from the clinician, about the intensity of emotions. Patient’s need to know they should call on the clinician if difficulties are experienced between any trauma sessions and therefore may need to be prepared for additional urgent sessions to reduce disturbances. There is a need to maintain a strong therapeutic alliance with clinician due to the potential for additional between sessions disturbance.
4). Dissociative Disorders – Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) also previously termed as a Multiple Personality Disorder, also Mutism, or other disorders occurring. Please ensure patient fills in the Dissociation Questionaire form, particularly if experiencing major disturbances, like combat stress.
5). Debriefing: It is important to have enough time to debrief a patient at the end of each session regarding the individual trauma and experiences, if not then the client could continue the processing between sessions at a higher level of disturbance. In extreme cases where client is experiencing major disturbances there may be a need to take double sessions while abreactions come into normalised processing and to readjust session bookings in light of this information.
6). Patient Log: Please keep a log of any memories, dreams, thoughts, and situations that are in any way disturbing. Keeping a journal helps the clinician to target obvious needs that should be treated. It will also point out to your clinician any dysfunctional patterns of behaviour that may need attention. Patients should realise it is important not to proceed too quickly and yet to understand that further disturbances are a natural part of trauma processing. And it is important for patients to “let whatever happens, happen” as it’s all part of the healing process, so if there is disturbance, or if none, its ok.
7). Medications: If patient is already being stabilised by GP / Psychiatrist/ CPN, on medications such as benzodiazepines, or alternative SRI’s, etc. although meds do not appear to completely block the trauma therapies, nevertheless, traumas need to be reprocessed after patient comes off meds as Clinicians have reported that if a patient is asked to reaccess the treated memory after meds have been discontinued, trauma can return with approximately50% of its original associated disturbance. Therefore a combat stress with a SUDS (Subjective Units of Disturbance) level of ‘10’ after reducing to ‘0’, when patient came off meds it could return back to a ‘5’ on the SUDS scale. Therefore Patient’s and GP’s especially need to know that prescribing meds for trauma will often increase the overall time scale of psychological trauma treatment.
8). Patient support check: It is important that the patient has support (family or friends) to be around, to check on patient over the time of extreme trauma work being done, to monitor the SUDS level of disturbance with patient and continue to support and to particularly remind patient that the necessary reprocessing continues to release trauma and therefore there may be some disturbing material brought to surface which should be released naturally, in-between therapy work sessions. This is usually discharged through sleep in the dream state. My saying is ‘The Dreaming Brain keeps you sane’. Good sleep therefore is imperative. Ensure you have our sleep tips ‘Annex A’ handout. The clinician will deal with informed disturbance in the following session.
9). Trauma abreactions - Symptoms to be aware of:
Imagine a field suddenly being ploughed up. The emotions are being stirred up like this and much comes to the surface. Different affects such as physical tiredness, which comes suddenly as the body begins to relax, whereas previous to trauma therapy there was an emotional holding on (even aggressive or controlling behaviour). Now as there is a resurfacing and gradual resolution of trapped emotions, with therapy, other affects may manifest, we call this post traumatic reaction. Affects may be; Irritability, Swings or Low in Mood, Depression, Jumpy, Night (or sleep) Sweats, Shakiness, Low/High level Dissociation, Distracted, Intrusive thoughts, Anger, Denial, Tearful, Sad, Confused, Forgetful, Sleepy. And possibly Grief, Loss and often Guilt and Shame. All this is expected and yet some may experience very little disturbance, only pure relief.
10). Monitoring effects & Concluding Therapy:
Our patient/clinician contract states a need for you to give at least 4 week’s notice, to end therapy treatment, or regular sessions, this covers our duty of patient care and the normal demands of our business flow with patients/client work. There is a need to monitor the withdrawal of our support and to tie up any ends or discharge any emotional issues brought up in or around your therapy. We also have a duty of care to monitor the longer term effects of the trauma work, with follow up appointments, at intervals of 1 month, 3 months and specifically about one year after trauma work.
11). Safe Trauma Containment:
It is crucial for your safety, that you are able to properly relax, with the clinician’s normal help, and be able to hear well (inform us of hearing problems) and be intellectually able to follow and fully submit to clinicians instructions (let us know if you don’t understand). It is very useful to practice your breathing ‘Benson Technique’ between sessions night and morning and to be able to sit still in therapy and be able to use your imagination, before we attempt therapy each session. We use mainly soft Low Intensity Therapy (LIT) and if necessary, we use High Intensity Therapy (HIT).
12). Children & Adolescents:
We will work with Adolescents between 16-18 with parental consent. But we need parents to stay with children (under 16) by watching at a safe distance (we will inform where to observe therapy).
13). Emergency Contact Number: 07799 847720. In case of difficulties between sessions.
Call this number and Give your name and phone number (repeat in case it’s a bad line) and explain briefly the problem and we will try to text you to make another appointment or call you back.
NOTE: We usually leave some space for emergency appointments on Fridays so that clients have extra cover, if required, prior to the weekend where they would have to attend A Walk in centre or emergency surgery facility such as Hospital A & E, for urgent help.
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Q. When may I work as a volunteer student counsellor?
Ans. Once you have completed a course of study at Convergence and graduated at our CTEC Level-2 awarded by CPFI at student counselling status or higher and completed a short induction course, you may become a welcome/befriender at the NEWSTART Minibus placement in CMK. Other agencies may not allow you to work in counselling until CTEC Level-5.
See Coordinator: Yoly Booty for further details about volunteering at NEWSTART.
Q. When will I be QUALIFIED to work as a Qualified Counsellor?
Ans. To work with the general public validly and ethically as a qualified counsellor, you need to
1. First - Graduate from an institution running a proper regulated course of study in counselling at Diploma Level-4 with qualified tutors, who must by law, have passed the proficiency test and be registered with an awarding body (CPFI and/or BACP). Example:-
2. Be covered by personal public liability insurance with a current certificate as proof (All our graduates are insured through the CPFI).
3. Be prepared to follow the ethics of the CPFI/BACP and continue in ‘supervision’, attending for at least 'one and a half hours' per month.
4. Convergence students need to be CRB/DBS Police checked and certificated before placements are engaged.
Q. What does it mean to be QUALIFIED as a ‘Counsellor’?
Ans. This means that you need to be a graduate of a training College organisation which needs to be regulated and recognised by an awarding body (such as the CPFI/BACP/UKCP) and have been examined at the level required, which in our College, is at on Level-3 and above, by the awarding body (CPFI) and taken a proficiency test with our Convergence College, validated by the CPFI. Police Checked and Insured. Alternatively a test may also taken with BACP.
Q. What is Accreditation with CPFI or BACP?
Ans. You may not apply to CPFI or BACP for accreditation until you have the following evidence of your training level and experience carried out.
A. Attendance records on a full time or part time course, with a minimum of 450 hours of tutor contact (as required at Convergence College) , covering;
B. Evidence of Theory, Skills Practice, Professional Development / Ethics, Personal Development which must evidence a minimum of 150 hours of personal therapy whilst in training and further completed client and supervision hours after qualification.
C. Been in practice for at least 3 years after gaining a qualification in counselling or psychotherapy.
D. A minimum of 450 hours supervised placement of contracted work with clients / patients.
E. Been in supervision for a minimum of 1.5 hours per month.
F. Record of Personal Professional Development since qualifying.
G. The cost of accreditation with CPFI is £175 and is currently £230 with BACP and additional course work has to be completed in both awarding bodies.
H. Covered by adequate Public Liability insurance (usually at least 5 Million cover).
Q. What do agencies offering student placements require?
Ans. Therefore a student must be able to demonstrate and produce evidence of studying on a recognised (by the training attendance hours, levels, etc) counselling and/or psychotherapy course. Any agency offering placements should conduct their own assessment of a student’s ability and training skill levels to decide if they are suitable for the agency placement. It is the agencies responsibility to also ensure you have all the necessary paperwork in place that follows ethical practice to support you as a student while on placement. There are no guarantees that agencies will place or support students from any institutions, it is always at their own discretion. Therefore we cannot offer any guarantee of acceptance for students.
Q. Is there a list of agencies for student placements?
Ans. Although we usually supply a list of suggested agencies who offer placements, this is in no way exhaustive or guaranteed as acceptance for any students. It is the student’s own responsibility, as a trainee professional, to find their own placement, this is particularly relevant if their training course does not provide one, but in our case, we provide an adequate placement. It is interesting to note that our assistant tutor: Elaine Maries had contacted 30 agencies before finding a placement at our NEWSTART placement in CMK.
Further placements may be sought by Convergence Students, but it is the students own responsibility to find and to gain acceptance and negotiate suitable terms for any placement. Students must also submit our Convergence College agency placement contract paperwork, (supplied on request) also duly signed by the placement Agency Manager and the Supervisor covering the clinical placement before the placement is considered for acceptance as a suitable placement by Convergence College. It needs to be of the skills level and relevancy of the client work carried out, for our training requirements, if it is to be accepted by the College Supervisor/Head Tutor and/or Directorate of Convergence College and considered suitable to be counted as relevant skills experience (as valid), acceptable client hours and therefore accepted as a part of the 4 Year Professional Diploma course.
Q. Do I need to be a member of the BACP or is the CPFI enough as student?
Ans. You do not need to be a member of the BACP as a student, although you do need to comply with the ethics of both the BACP and the CPFI. However, you do need to be a student member of the CPFI, as a professional in training with CPFI, within counselling & psychotherapy. All students here at Convergence recognise the importance of regulation and ethics procedures by the CPFI, as this is our current awarding body for the various courses we offer and accredits the certification licensing that we issue to graduates.
Students may also join the BACP if they so wish. At student level we find no advantage in paying out more money than is necessary so we dissuade students until after graduation.
Students of Convergence ought to be able to apply not only to the CPFI, but also to the BACP for student membership without problems, as other students have gained membership in the past due to the fact that our courses are recognised as accredited courses by the CPFI and the fact that the Tutors are Registered Members of the BACP. However, membership as a student, or as a graduate, cannot be guaranteed with the CPFI or the BACP, but is solely at the discretion of the relevant awarding or regulating body applied to, there are strict codes of conduct that need to be adhered to, particularly with reference to professionalism and ethics. Example you must not have any criminal convictions. We had to refuse a student who applied to the NEWSTART agency and to the College recently, who was rejected by the CPFI so we have no way of knowing any outcome.
Q. What is the CPFI?
Ans. The CPFI stands for the Central Pastoral Foundation & Institute The CPFI is an awarding body and regulatory institution for research, validation and that duly accredits organisations and institutions, etc. The CPFI validates our Convergence College courses. And as we are also tutors/assistant tutors that are fully registered with an awarding body (BACP and / or CPFI), we are completely legitimate as a College.
Q. What do I need to know about further study at Convergence College or elsewhere?
Ans. Students wishing to study at Ma, or MSc, or even higher (Doctorate) will need to demonstrate (by previous education levels, or life, or work experience) to the Institute / Uni that they are applying to, that they are competent to study and to pass at that post graduate level of work. It is also possible to negotiate acceptance to start an Ma degree without a first degree, if you have life/work experience or equivalent studies. Example: One Psychotherapist that we know, was accepted in recent years, to study, first at Ba Degree level in Theology,next at Ba (Honours) degree in Laws and a Master’s Degree level in Integrative Psychotherapy without a first degree. Previous education or life experience counts and if you are confident you are able to work at graduate or post degree level. Did you know Professor Erik Erikson did not hold a first degree, he only held two undergraduate Higher Diplomas.
Q. What level is the Convergence 4 Year Professional Diploma?
Ans. Because this training is not simply for counselling level, or even psychotherapeutic counselling, but it is professional psychotherapy, which is usually set at a much higher level of academic work and experience, usually at post graduate.
Q. What level of education is required to apply for the 4-Year Professional Diploma?
Ans. We would suggest that the Professional diploma is not applied for unless you have a first degree or equivalent life/work experience and that you start the Level-3 ‘Foundation 1 Year Certificated course, or if totally inexperienced, the Level-1.
We need to ensure that all students have a first degree or are able to demonstrate their ability to work at this higher level for Psychotherapy graduate training. Our 4 year professional diploma does not need to carry a post graduate university award for psychotherapy. This Professional Diploma, is at an industry standard of over 450 attended classroom tutor hours, where students are expected to work at a the higher post graduate training level. You are professional psychotherapists in training, after all.
Q. What are the requirements, for a student's Personal therapy, on the various courses?
Ans. For the Levels-1 to 3, you do not need to have personal therapy, although we would recommend it, especially on the Level-3 onwards or if you have real issues that need to be dealt with. In any case, personal therapy needs to be part of your overall plan of personal growth and development, if you wish to continue to study and become a professional Psychotherapist. However, if you are studying with us at Diploma CTEC Levels-4 to 7, then you will need to be in therapy for a set number of hours whilst on the various courses. You will also find this info in our Diploma brochures for each level, and available to enquirers.
And for the registered students of the Convergence 4 Year Professional Diploma only - Please see the student handbook for details below.
"Student handbook for 4 year diploma states at section: 4. Personal Psychotherapy
You are required to be in your own personal psychotherapy, at a minimum rate of once a week for at least three years, starting at the beginning of your first year. You need to complete a minimum of 150 hours during the course. Any therapy you may have had before you start the course does not count, your therapist must be (a) professionally qualified, (b) include the spiritual/transpersonal perspective in the therapy, and (c) be approved by the course director or a senior tutor. Your personal psychotherapist cannot be your placement supervisor.
If at any time you take a break from therapy, stop your therapy or change your therapist, you must inform the Convergence College administration both verbally and in writing.
You will need to provide a letter of reference from your therapist confirming your hours at the end of each year. That letter will also need to include their qualifications if they have not been provided already. Students should not be in therapy with two different therapists at any given time.".
The student handbook mentions group therapy as an alternative as well, but not necessary to detail here.
Q. What are the requirements (for the various levels of Diploma) with regard to supervised client hours?
Ans. For Levels-1 to 3 (Intro, Intermediate & Foundation courses) there are no requirements for supervised hours. And again this is mentioned in the brochures for the different levels of diploma from Level-4 to 7.
Please refer to the brochure for up to date information regarding hours required at Levels-4 & 5.
If you are a student on the 4 Year Professional Diploma you will need to familiarise yourself with the Student Handbook and ensure you understand the requirements. You will need to complete 450 hours of supervised normal face to face client hours and have prior completion of the 100 hours of befriending (welcoming) hours, previous to the main set, already mentioned.”.
Q. What is the requirements about current Attendance Levels on the courses?
Ans. Students must attend for 90% of the classroom studies each year on our Levels-3 to 7 courses, though we will allow 80% attendance, in extreme cases of personal compassionate leave, due to GP / Hospitalisation - certification of illness, or evidence of bereavement, or court attendance, or in child or relational violence/separation/divorce, or equivalent compassionate reasons.
You may attend and pay for extra make-up sessions, to gain the required 90% - 100% attendance shown in the Foundation course and Diploma course brochures and 4 Year Student Handbook, but if students are unable to make up attendance to 80% then students may need to complete the year again. We will negotiate the costs of fees involved.
NOTE: If a student wishes to complete the course and graduates and wishes to attend a second time on the courses, we currently allow this attendance at no extra costs involved.
Please Understand: Our aim is to assist students to complete courses and we will not withheld reasonable requests in case of hardship or compassionate reasons, so long as the training skills and theory material is covered comprehensively.
An outline of most of this information is found either in the brochures for the CTEC Levels-1 to 5, and/or within the info for the Convergence College - 4 Year Professional Diploma, please refer to the current Student Handbook - Updated 2018.
Q. What are the standards of the CPFI Accredited CTEC Levels at Convergence?
Ans. CTEC Levels:- Please be aware that these education levels were established to reflect the original NVQ Levels, namely from Level-1 through to Level-8 in University. CTEC, stands for CPFI Technical Education Certification Levels and is the way our Independent College and the CPFI - Which is a Research and Accreditation Institute, regulates the standards for this and other types of higher education care standards of training within the psychotherapy profession. These have no affiliation or any connection or representation, of/or to, the BTEC or later Cambridge Tec qualifications advertised elsewhere in higher education.
Q. How do i get started with Convergence studies?
Ans. First you submit the form above (at the right hand side at the top of the Home page). And secondly text us your interest on 07799 847720. in case we do not receive your email. We are very busy and do not take phone calls initially, so begin with a simple text, or email any queries you may have.
Q. How do i take advantage of the two free class sessions?
Ans. You will need to attend on a Wednesday evening in term time where you will come for an initial informal chat at 6.45pm and you will be asked to fill in a simple short registration form to register your interest. You will then be able to continue at 7pm until 8.30pm in class session. These two typical taster sessions will help you to make an informed choice before you decide if this is the right course for you to apply and pay your deposit.
We are always looking for ways to improve this web site and the Not-for-profit Limited company attempt to answer any and all questions commonly asked by students, either online, or whilst studying in Convergence Psychotherapy. This page will continue to change as rules and regulations change to update information, so please check back regularly to find out any new information that may have changed the way we operate, due to Convergence College, CPFI or the Governmental authorities requirements, or the Law generally. Thank you for your interest.