26th September 2017, Hosted by Robin Shohet
Has this training impacted on you professionally?
Yes, it’s shone a light on some of my blocks and defences
Made me reflect on myself, and the data that I collect
How important to feel held in the group. Saying that – I have experienced this in my training but on my CPD days over the years this has been almost non existent
How every piece of data is welcome?
Yes, thought provoking re assuring and importance of relationships/heart.
Yes reminded me about process
Made me completely evaluate how I worked in a supervisory role
Freedom from the feeling I have to ‘know it all’
I feel the training has impacted on me professionally and personally, everything is valuable that a supervisee brings to a session; I will remember Data – Content –Process
I loved the experiential way of learning – no names, or titles/job roles = no judgements
I feel as though it has helped me focus more on the ‘what is’ rather than what can I do about it
It has given me greater insight into process
Yes certainly, it has given me a whole new perspective on working with clients, particularly the projective identification discussions. Also ‘data’ – and not get caught up in it.
I have a more in depth understanding of the emotions involved in a group process
It’s taken some of the pressure of having to know- everything is data
Yes, new way of being, how to enhance supervision practice
Yes, made me reflect on myself, the data that I collect, my self-awareness important. Given areas for CPD ‘projective identification’ and parallel process.
How has this training impacted upon you personally?
Loved the feeling of freedom of letting some things go
It’s given my confidence a boost. The group supervision was most enlightening. I will definitely continue with my work and stop thinking I should retire.
Pay more attention to me – look more at projective identification
Yes I feel more confident and self assured
Able to speak and show courage
Made me rethink my behaviour within my personal life and relationships
Able to identify my core belief and how to challenge this
It has helped me to see that I am more comfortable in large groups than I thought
I am good enough!
It has been freeing and given a sense of liberation
To strive to be more free, to break rules (occasionally)! To be present!
Data - to remain unemotional to be aware of my personality, how it affects relationships
Freed up to be curious and explore the process
Impact on self-beliefs and unhelpful responses
Lot of processing on own issues
Provided material for Personal development
What did you find least useful and how would you improve this?
Everything was useful
The area I had the most problem with was the idea of not complaining, to start internally (made sense by the end of the day)
Everything was useful
Found the whole day useful
What areas have you identified for further professional/personal development?
Need to look at blocks and identify them in counselling
Another day with Robin?
Need to do more around parallel process and projective identification
To learn more about ‘projective personality’
More of the same
Stay with embodied feelings and trust that something will come up
I feel I would like to be part of a larger supervision group at some point
Continuing to attend training events as and when identified, to read more!
To continue with the development of group supervision
Continuing opening my heart and my awareness
Do you have any feedback to offer the facilitator/s?
Well organised, lovely venue.
Great day- venue -food -company and of course the work with Robin Shohet
Thank you for organising such an informative, challenging and compassionate facilitator in Robin.
Thanks for an excellent day
Lovely location and lunch
Fab place, very calming – more of the same please
Enjoyed the pace of the day, calming and soothing but packed full of learning
Venue was brilliant
Thank you for facilitating a very enjoyable, pleasant and worthwhile day in a beautiful location
A really valuable day, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Thank You. I really appreciated your sense of fun, almost mischief which played to my inner silliness!
It was excellently organised and facilitated, with a sense of warmth and welcoming
Very open and genuine, very informative and experiential
Excellent, thank you for the challenge and helping me towards deeper insights
Any other comments are welcome.
I’m looking forward to taking part in many more training days.
Everything is welcomed
Just love Robin now! Will read his book from cover to cover.
When are you putting on another day that I can go to?
Can’t wait for anther training event
A very insightful day, had an impact on my thoughts of supervision. Permission to question, to be freer of constraints
Appreciated wheat and gluten free options
Feedback from the one day workshop held on 14/3/17
Has this training impacted upon you professionally?
Yes, Its consolidated my knowledge, taught me to be more self aware
Reinforced and affirmed what I have known
Yes, so much more to learn
Allowed some valuable ‘breathing space’ and a safe environment to consolidate learning and experience
Increased confidence to talk to children about their bereavement
Yes, I feel more aware of how to contain a child’s feelings safely, recognising how I impact upon the process.
I’m feeling more emotionally aware, good to hear from others in different professions.
How has this training impacted on you personally?
Greater insight into bereavement unresolved
Yes, I’m going to ensure, I do more self care
An opportunity to re-connect with my grief and check in with my grieving process.
Love and Loss.
I’ve been able to get in touch with my feelings and needs.
I reflected on my past experience of loss and thought about the impact on me today.
I feel thankful that I have had the time and space to feel the feelings that I have felt throughout the day. It has reminded me that I need to continue to give myself more time and space.
It has made me realise that I need to look after myself to be able to help others effectively.
It has made me more self-aware and made me think how a child would feel after bereavement.
Very much so, realisations.
To look at my own coping strategies.
What did you find least useful and how would you improve this training?
All very good.
I found it all useful.
I found it all helpful but would have liked to hear some of the theory in more depth (new and developing theory).
Sharing as a group and in pairs was the most useful.
I love to make notes, - a good thing was I didn’t need to, but still felt I should be doing!!
Probably the PowerPoint at the end, I felt that I was switching off a bit. Useful if a longer course though?
None, it was all useful.
I felt all the content was useful.
I enjoyed all the activities.
What areas have you identified for further professional /personal development?
Personal work on bereavement.
Need to update myself again regarding theories/research into grief. This research can help to validate a person’s response to grief.
Further reading and further experiential training.
Self Care, Self Care, Self Care…
To read the theories re grief/loss to further my knowledge and also to refresh my knowledge.
I would like to read more and possibly attend further events, thinking of retreats. Keep considering my own self-care.
To learn more about bereavement counselling for children.
I am interested in learning more about bereavement counselling.
To continue PD as it’s good to recall and further my knowledge
Professional - to look at body language, noise and movement in session,
Personal - to consider talking to family and avoid avoiding issues.
Do you have any feedback to offer the facilitator/s?
Very well presented, personable and professional.
The facilitator’s tone of voice, demeanour ensured a calm safe environment.
I found client examples helpful and would enjoy more of this.
I felt looked after.
Thank you, lovely mix of facilitating styles that complimented the range and learning styles in the group.
I felt safe and comfortable with how the course was facilitated. It was well planned and delivered sensitively. At no point did I feel intimidated by the facilitator’s vast experience in this area.
I felt safe quickly and relaxed, which allowed me to learn I also felt contentment that allowed me to explore aspects I wouldn’t normally do on a training day.
I have enjoyed the day, Thank you.
I have really enjoyed today, (and the food was excellent)!
Well organised and very clear, Thank you
Fantastic venue and food
Any Other comments are welcome
Lovely venue and excellent food, thank you kitchen staff.
Room quite cold in the morning, which distracted me from focussing a little.
Really informative. I learnt from people working in different settings and their experiences.
The pace was helpful, the venue and food was great. Having regular breaks gave time to reflect.
I only wish it had been longer J
The environment was so relaxing and peaceful, just what I needed, thank you.
A lovely setting for this course, the food was lovely.
It was emotional but therapeutic, sharing experiences with people I only just met.
I would be interested in other training opportunities, via email would be great.
The above One day workshop held on 6th January 2017
Using the 12 Step Programme.
Overall did you find this training? Very Helpful – Helpful – Little Help- No Help
All but one attendee said very helpful, one other said helpful.
What parts of the training was most helpful?
The group discussions about the 12 step programme
The Jellinek Curve and Jenny’s thought provoking insight into AA, and challenging my own beliefs. Being with other therapists is very reparative after a difficult week
The whole training was insightful in a professional and personal sense
The whole day was brilliant, but the Jellinek curve is the thing I will be using the most
Aspects of the Jellinek Curve – discussing the problems around working with addictions
What were your feelings after this session?
Glad I came, I felt lighter and less stressed about work.
Privileged and grateful.
Felt reflective and energised.
More understanding about addiction
Anything to say to the facilitator?
Great Admiration for Lesley Wilson
Thank you for allowing me to clear my mind.
What in particular did you learn about the subject matter?
Broadened my knowledge around The 12 Step Programme.
Change is individual as is recovery
It was all new to me and was a great learning experience
Jellinek Curve as a way of appreciating ambivalence around drinking
More understanding about addiction and the meaning of addiction. The long term support and the group work.
I think I would benefit from some extra supervision as I currently have a very complex caseload and some of what you’ve said today has struck a chord with me/refocused me.
Thank you I loved it.
Shekinah Centre, Newchurch in Pendle
1st -3rd July 2016
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Airevally Counselling & Therapy Servcices.
Training Day, 26th June 2016
Overall what did you appreciate?
The whole day and the experience of working with different materials
Ideas about new approaches I would like to use
Learning ways to be innovative
I really appreciated the open nature during the day, it allowed for more open expression and freedom to play
All the interactive opportunities and the opportunity to take risks in a safe environment.
The time and space to try new ways of working, learning from others and the information presented was really valuable
This was a really lovely group with a happy personal tutor
Working in small groups using materials as metaphors for reality, finding out other people’s take on creative metaphors.
Understood in a deeper way the power of implicit meaning in metaphor – doesn’t need to be decoded.
A really good introduction to the value of creativity and use of different methods in therapy.
The chance to re-connect with colleagues and spend some quality time with them therefore strengthening team bonding.
Overall, what did you find difficult?
Nothing major, doing the picture possibly?
Working with models/ toys sometimes felt awkward
I’m not a very spontaneous person, and don’t really like to lose control. Although, I would like to.
Nothing was difficult
Being spontaneous at first, but as I relaxed I was able to be myself
Felt a bit tired, so difficult to give my best, however gave my best with what I had.
Sharing creativity with others – confidence
Being the speaker in the sand and tray work. Generally I’m not creative and am very much a thinker but it was good to get out of my comfort zone.
I am naturally more articulate and strong on narrative so using images objects and creative processing wasn’t my natural inclination, but it was more useful and powerful than I had previously given credit to.
How could you improve this training?
I can see why it is usually a 2 day course, as I would like to have spent more time on each way of working
More than 1 day for more activities and more reflection
Good taster would have liked a two day course
Could have taken it a bit more slowly, would have liked a couple more hours to go through some of the details more thoroughly. Handouts would have been helpful.
Maybe more discussion on the theory behind why/how projective play is therapeutic. But time is limited.
It was a great introduction and it would be good to explore it all in more depth if we’d had more time.
There was a lot to cover in a small amount of time and working creatively takes time so it could have been difficult to reconcile, but Lesley managed this well whilst keeping a relaxed pace.
Is there any further training you require?
More information and strategies of working with creativity
More on using play
I would love to learn more about all of these methods of working creatively. You have really sparked an interest for me.
I would like to develop working creatively
Would like another day on this I believe this was only a taster and would not feel confident to use this in my practice.
I’m sure there is!
I’m learning all the time.
I feel I need to practice the techniques learned and take a risk and try them out with clients where appropriate.
This taster session was enough for me for the time being but if I want to develop more in this area then absolutely I would benefit from further training
Is there anything you would like to say to the trainers?
Thank you, I have enjoyed the day, it has given me a lot of food for thought.
Thank you, enjoyable training
Your fun and open personality helped me to open up, despite the fact that I am a very new member of the team here.
Excellent presentation, with a nice relaxed and easy style.
Thank you! I always learn so much and it also helps me realise why I love being a counsellor
Thank you for your lovely personable way of being, very clear, information
Maybe 1 ½ days for this another time?
Very good quality day course, and appreciated hearing from your own experiences too.
Thanks for helping me to see the difference that creative techniques can bring to therapy and how powerful it can be.
A big thank you
Are there any further comments you would like to add?
It was good to use visual based approaches which may add different perspectives to my work
I would like to be invited for further training
I have met some lovely people today and the atmosphere helped my learning experience, Thank you.
The day was only a taster, I would like to train in this further to use in my practice, I really enjoyed the day.
Creativity takes time.
Like your approach to communicating ideas – authenticity.
It showed me/reminded me not to fear exposing my vulnerability to clients – showing I make mistakes/don’t know all the answers/am still learning all the time – just like them.
Overall what did you appreciate?
Connecting to one another; exploring attachment to puppets and to our caregivers, whilst learning about theory and approaches was a stimulating mixture.
The chance to revisit the ideas of attachment and put myself in the client’s relational position.
Pace and delivery, level pitched well, Good refresher, plus new stuff.
Reminder of key attachment perspectives, *I appreciate the time to ‘attach’ to my colleagues and get to know them better.
The balance of activities Learning from Lesley’s experience
Further understanding of attachment theories, being my client – felt I have gained a better understanding of the client.
Kept well to schedule – approach was warm and inclusive
A good amount of information provided in a thoughtful, informal way.
The relaxed learning environment.
Is the anything you would like to say to the trainer?
Thank you. This has been very helpful, holding and friendly I feel more able to use something that I was already very interested in.
Thank you for sharing knowledge, also for sharing knowledge over break/answering questions Thank you
Thank you. I enjoyed it.
I really enjoyed hearing your ideas and personal approach
Thank you it was fun.
You did a great job and I enjoyed it. I was moved by your insight and experience.
Enjoyed the day.
Are there any further comments you would like to add?
This session was useful in terms of applying the academic perspective of attachment to the real work with clients.
I appreciated your approach to delivery.
It has been a very enjoyable interesting course a lot of ‘food for thought’.
Training day for Hendon Brook School Staff
Shekinah Centre - 2nd November 2015
Overall what did you find Useful?
How relevant it was to our children
Being able to relate it to work and myself, it was also a lovely setting
Reflect upon self
Made me think how I react to situations
It was all useful
The evaluation of myself
Suggestions re: how to ‘step back’ and reflect on one’s own feelings.
Time to reflect and see colleagues away from the work place setting
Self-awareness, better understanding of ‘Containment’
All of it
Self-awareness and realising that the children feel just like me
The window of tolerance
Meeting out of school
Mask activity, seeing what others think of me, I liked the practical tasks
Picture/Mask was insightful.
Thanks for a lovely day
Excellent presentation, friendly, approachable manner
Easy to listen to
Very friendly and understanding
Thank you, fantastic venue
Thank you for allowing me time to think about me
Thank you, really interesting
A massive thank you from the bottom of my heart
Could we learn at a quicker pace please?
Thanks for a fun and informative day
I found the training helpful and it gave me some good ideas
Very interesting course
This inset training has really helped me to begin to be more aware of my impact in the classroom. Looking forward to going into class to see if it has helped a lot.
Great time for self-reflection/reflecting on own practice/containment.
Delivered beautifully and hit a lot of points in me. Made me realise a lot.
Enjoyed it today. It flew by, so must have been a good day!
Lots to think about.
Training day for Bradley Primary School Staff
Shekinah Centre - September 2015
Overall what did you find useful:
Working through situations and seeing how you would react in that situation.
I found the whole course useful and found I could relate to the topics covered
The training was very thorough and interesting and made me understand myself and others more.
All of it, learning about containment was really useful, spotting the signs and using that knowledge to help. The mask activity was really interesting and I will definitely use this with children in school.
Containment – to recognise how one feeling can mask another
Everything was useful, some for school, some for life at home.
Understanding containment, interesting to learn about initial and secondary feelings and understanding the emotion displayed is not always the one being felt. Also the window of tolerance – knowing I have one!
What did you find least useful?
The Mask exercise
How could you improve this training?
More of it
I don’t think you could improve this training
The training was spot on, and for me doesn’t need any improvements
General time to talk/chat as a group
No improvements needed
Is there any further training you require?
Continual top ups in all areas
Any Training would be appreciated
Open to any training with Lesley and the Accord team
More of the same, we all need this time together
All training offered by Accord is useful to gain further understanding and knowledge to help my work in school
Lovely people running the course
Beautiful setting, and good food.
Thank you for a wonderful training day
Interesting and useful, relating deeply
I think this training day has been very useful, and it made me feel that I can go back to school with new or different viewpoints and new activities to try with the children.
The presenters are always warm and welcoming enabling me to get the most out of every course I've done with them.
The setting at Shekinah was perfect for this training session, the peace and tranquillity of the surroundings were restful and relaxing, I found I was easily able to concentrate.
I found the training really beneficial and I gained more insight into myself completing the attachment exercise related to me as a child. It was also helpful getting to know other trainee counsellors and listening and learing from Lesley. Thank you
It was a useful insight into attachment 'in practice'. Thank you and well done
Glad to have focussed primarily on groupwork (practical) and have theory to take away. Thank you. Great to see your passion in the area.
I experienced my clients dilema in great depth and was able to understand my process better, I found the whole day useful. Today has been absolutely brilliant
I like the way it was ran, I like your relational stance and presenting style
Learning more about the impact of attachment has filled a gap in my understanding of how clients are in relationship with me. Do you have a mailing list? Add my email to it ........ Thanks for a useful day
Informative, I enjoyed the triad work - being a client
All of it was useful, course tutor enables people to feel comfortable
Find the impact on me personally rather that just in a professional capacity. It was fab - thank you
Useful embodying the client
The whole course [was useful], especially being asked to work with people that we don't know and have no attachment with. can't think of anything to improve the course.
Thoroughly enjoyed the day
Great day and very insightful
I found everything useful and feel that it will inform my practise. I especially found the movement activity very powerful in terms of getting in touch with myself. I also thought the activity with sand trays would be useful. I found the facilitator to be excellent and felt really engaged in the days, I learned a lot.
The list exercise and sand pit exercise most useful, this put me in touch with my inner child. The exercises made me realise/helped me accept that the inner child is ok. Suggestion: Make it longer I could do 2 week-ends. Thank you so much I have got so much out of this week-end. I am leaving at peace with myself
I found all of it useful. Some I will use more than others maybe, depending upon whom I am working with. Thank you it was very enjoyable and informative
All the activities were very useful, I hope you will do further workshops, you are and have been an inspiration.
The permission to do what I wanted and use my creativity without the belief I was doing 'it' wrong. Inspirational, easy to make contact with, accepting of everything. A truly fantastic opportunity and one that I feel will be easily included within my clinical work
Useful: Trying out many different tools and techniques with practical application - you can then choose what you will use in your own practice. Very engaging enthusiastic, knowledgable and open. Thank you
I felt the freedom to just 'be' and notice whatever came up for me during the activities. I also felt supported and that whatever I experienced was "ok".
I gained a lot from the workshop, more in touch with my real self, my feelings and my inner child.
Useful: Sand tray work and also using different objects to find meaning and a way of expressing feelings, this course has opened up possibilities for more learning. I need time to think about exactly how this could be fulfilled.
Useful: Overall, realising the value of using objects, images etc to facilitate further thinking around feelings. Really useful 2 days, thank you so much.
Thank you so much for your energy, permission and looking after us, honestly and with integrity.
Useful: The way the week-end shaped itself through the activities. Would love to do more both for myself and to explore more how to use with clients. Best training I've been on - huge thanks a fabulous experience!
"Facilitator continuously checked out what was working and what wasn't; also what we wanted, so we could own our own responsibility for learning. Thank
you it has been great, much appreciated!!"
"I feel in the 2 days you could not have put any more effort or work in. Thank you for giving me this experience and learning process."
"Felt had time to share and ask, enjoyed all aspects, increased my learning and gained new ideas to enhance my practice"
"A lot packed into 2 days. Really useful"
"Lesley was professional and very organised but fantastic at promoting our own learning abilities. Thank you!!! It's been a really rewarding experience"
"I feel that the course was facilitated well and we covered a lot - I felt the facilitation was very good/relaxed/informal - non intrusive. A great two days"
"Learning to recognise and acknowledge my own feelings/instincts - and trust them."
"Learning to tune in more to how others in the group are responding to me and each other"
"To be fully aware of the dynamics that play out thoughout the day and to hold the group appropriate. Great week-end, Many thanks"
"I've really enjoyed the group and looking forward to July"
"The experiential nature of the groupwork training and animal game. It was all useful for me, even the uncomfortable stuff."
"The role-play was most challenging but the most useful! Really enjoyed Lesley's style, I feel very comfortable and engaged in the training environment she creates. Thank you I'll be looking out for more or your training courses. I like your style."
"I found it valuable to refresh and update on attachment theories - working in groups especially client counsellor roles. I look forward to reflecting on the sessions and reading up on Attachment to support me in my client work. Thank you"
"Seeing how my own attachment history and experience impacts upon my client work. I think you managed a potentially difficult balance of therapist and non-therapists to provide an accessible and informative day, accounting for everyone's needs. Many thanks"
"Exploring Endings; Concept of 'Attachment Style'; Being in a group situation to observe other situations and have other members of the group observe and comment on mine"
"As usual I have learnt so much from Lesley because she keeps the sessions lively and interactive. I really enjoyed the day and would like to do more workshops if I had the chance"
"Just a 'whistle stop' tour of a most interesting subject. I learnt a lot about myself/other people/service users"
"Groupwork, Analysing personal experience"
"Having no previous knowledge of the subject this was a thorough yet brief introduction. The session on the care giver and looking at Behavioural/Physical/Emotional responses was very self revealing. Very informative and given me a lot to think about. Thank you"
"I found attaching the theory to situations really useful as it allowed me to see how it fit. Thank you very much, I really enjoyed the day and learnt an
awful lot, not only about clients but myself."
"Thank you I’ve really enjoyed today and feel much more relaxed"
"This day has been really useful for all the team!"
"Thanks for a great day!"
Most useful was:
"learning how to relax and thinking about self-worth and the importance of supporting each other and knowing we are all in this together – feeling the same."
"Boundaries, strengths and weaknesses"
"The mask, it made it easier to express myself"
"Team time – opportunity to share, talk and visit boundaries"
"Bringing the whole team together"
"I have gained much confidence. I opened a small closet without thinking I need to close the door quickly. I feel fantastic now!"
"At the beginning I really didn’t want to come but once I knew what to expect it got easier and I began to enjoy coming."
"I think this group has been very helpful, it’s made me see and feel life as a better place"
"It helped me come to terms with myself and deal with things in my life (easier)!"
"The facilitator is brilliant, learning to put things away, along your journey through life."
"It has helped me think before reacting to things in the wrong way."
I think the session was a lot better than I thought it was going to be and done in a fun way but very useful
Entertaining, enjoyable and well presented! Came away from the meeting with more confidence about ability to do the job
Found it easy to talk to the facilitators. Came away feeling more positive and upbeat
Defining our personalities was a very useful exercise it explains how different we all are.
I found this session very good and informative and also fun to do in a relaxed atmosphere
The whole day was very good, I thought both ladies were very open and honest and made me feel at ease. The outlook on the life survey was excellent and I felt the results I had from the survey
were exactly me!