Events & Workshops

GLIMPSES

Group Learning and Interactive Modules Promoting Self Awareness and Education about Sight Loss.

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  • Are you a trainee counsellor or psychotherapist who would like to expand your knowledge and skills around working with difference and diversity?
  • Are you a qualified therapist who is keen to find out what you could do right now to make your practice more accessible to people experiencing sight loss and disability?
  • Are you a clinical supervisor who is interested to explore positive approaches for supporting supervisees with a range of abilities?
  • Are you a counselling tutor or trainer who is curious to learn how you could make the training you provide more readily accessible for disabled students?

If the answers to any of these questions is ‘yes’ then my GLIMPSES for Therapists Workshops could just be what you’re looking for!

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“Open the door today to new learning. Catch a glimpse and experience the difference”

Please click button below to watch the short GLIMPSES introductory video

GLIMPSES Introductory Video

About GLIMPSES Workshops

‘I hope that my GLIMPSES workshops will open people’s eyes, change attitudes and inspire others to experience the difference’
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GLIMPSES Workshops for Therapists are specifically designed to meet the training and development needs of trainee and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists, counselling tutors and supervisors. Delivered in an informal, relaxed and student-centred way these experiential, interactive and awareness raising modules are suitable both for the novice trainee therapist who is just setting out on a journey of self-discovery and for the more experienced practitioner, who will be able to integrate new learning and self-awareness into their everyday life and work.

GLIMPSES are stimulating and thought-provoking workshops which are different to many other disability awareness courses in that each workshop aims to offer a unique personal insight into the challenges and opportunities of living, studying and working with sight loss and training to be a professional counsellor when you have a disability.

To read more about me and my workshops, how my workshops came about and the continuing learning opportunities GLIMPSES offers, you can download my GLIMPSES Workshops Booklet here.

Download GLIMPSES Workshops Booklet PDF

Dates and locations for upcoming workshops

Here are the dates, titles and locations of the next GLIMPSES workshops. Please watch this space for new dates and venue information to be added shortly.

Please use the BUY NOW buttons to complete payments online. You can use your PayPal account to complete purchases or use the 'Checkout as Guest' option on the PayPal page to pay using a credit or debit card. Please click on the button next to the workshop you would like to attend and select from the drop down list. You can then choose from the options to pay for a half day workshop, full day workshop or the concessionary rate. Concessions are normally available for attendees with disabilities, participants who book on more than one workshop and people who book the earlybird promotional prices advertised throughout the year.

Before making a payment please read carefully my workshop booking terms and conditions.

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Workshop 1.

The Experiences of a Visually Impaired Counsellor in Training

  • Hear about the life, work and training experiences of a counsellor who is blind.
  • Discuss common myths and stereotypes about sight loss.
  • Increase self-awareness of common thoughts, feelings and attitudes towards sight loss.
  • Use audio and video case studies to consider how counselling training and work environments could be made more accessible to people experiencing sight loss and disability.

Dates & Venues for Workshop 1

Date: Saturday, 25th November 2017, 10am-5pm (One Day)
Location: Liverpool
Venue: The Brain Charity, Norton Street, Liverpool, L3 8LR.

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Date: Wednesday, 27th January 2018, 10am-5pm (One Day)
Location: Leigh, Lancashire
Venue:T.B.C

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Workshop 2.

Seeing Ability: Working with Diversity in Private Practice

  • Hear about the life, work and training experiences of a counsellor who is blind.
  • Gain greater self-awareness about common disability myths and stereotypes.
  • Share personal experiences of prejudice and discrimination.
  • Consider different attitudes, prejudices and barriers which may arise at all stages of therapy.
  • Discuss how to make counselling more accessible for people with disabilities, including marketing, website design, premises, service delivery and pricing.

Dates & Venues for Workshop 2

Date: Wednesday, 11th October2017, 10am-1pm (Half Day)
Location: Preston
Venue: TBC

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Date: Saturday, 11th November 2017, 10am-1pm (Half Day)
Location: Leeds
Venue: TBC

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GLIMPSES coming soon to a location near you

I’m currently taking expressions of interest and compiling a list of names for workshops to take place in 2018 in the following locations:

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Coventry
  • London
  • Newcastle
  • Nottingham
  • Sheffield

Dates and venues for these locations will be confirmed once I receive sufficient interest.

Besides the events for therapists shown above I’m available to deliver my GLIMPSES workshops face-to-face to other groups of professionals, organisations and institutions at different locations across the UK. Whether you are a small business, larger company, private or public organisation, community group or charity, the flexible nature of the modules I provide means I can tailor my training to meet the professional development needs of you, your staff and volunteers. I’d love to hear from you so please get in touch today to discuss how I can help and if you’d like me to deliver one of my workshops for you either on a half day or full day basis.

Booking Form for GLIMPSES Workshops

I also accept payment for workshops by cash, cheque and bank transfer. To use any of these payment methods and further assistance with the booking process please:

Call me on 07399 051697
Email me at glimpsesworkshops@gmail.com

Once you have made payment to confirm your place on the workshop and to inform me about any special requirements you might have, please would you also fill in the short booking form and email it to me. You can download a copy of this form here.

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Alternatively I can fill out the details required in the booking form over the phone.

If you have any further questions or if I can assist you in any way with the booking process please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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GLIMPSES on Social Media

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Facebook Live Videos

If you follow me on social media, have recently attended one of my GLIMPSES workshops or are someone who is interested in disability and diversity, mental health issues or CPD for counsellors and psychotherapists, you may wish to take part and contribute to one of my regular Facebook Live videos.

Joining in with a Facebook Live video will give you the opportunity to share, comment on and ask me questions about the topic I am discussing as you hear it. These online events are free to attend and normally the video broadcasts will last about 20 minutes. You can choose to join or leave the Facebook Live page at any time and also you will be able to play the video back after the event and comment on social media about what you hear. By subscribing to one of my Facebook Live videos you will automatically receive notifications when future Facebook Live videos take place.

I will also be available up to 30 minutes after a Facebook Live video broadcast to answer any questions you might have and to facilitate a continuing discussion.

Announcement about next Facebook Live Video

Details of my next Facebook Live video broadcast will be announced shortly.

Martin Meets

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‘Giving a voice to real people to talk about real life experiences’
  • Are you a person with diverse life experiences?
  • Are you a professional feeling passionate about your work?
  • Are you a group or organisation making a difference to people’s lives?

Martin Meets is my voluntary project which I launched in February 2016 with the aim of giving real people the platform to share real life stories, discuss topics of public interest and promote essential work with people, groups and the community.

My idea to set up this project arose from my therapeutic work with clients over the last ten years. As a qualified and experienced counsellor, I have become increasingly aware that many of the clients I work with often feel rejected or excluded in some way by society.

From my own life experiences I have also realized that certain social issues which may affect us all at some time in our lives, such as depression, disability and mental health, often get overlooked, deserve more attention and should be talked about more openly in public.

There are three main ways in which you can get involved in Martin Meets:

  • Volunteer to take part in short audio recorded person-centred discussions.
  • Attend one of my free motivational talks held at various locations.
  • Join in with my live monthly Tweet Chat using the hashtag #MartinMeets

Announcement about next Martin Meets Monthly Tweet Chat

The next Martin Meets Tweet Chat will take place in September. Further details to be announced shortly.

To join in with this Tweet Chat and to follow the conversation please use the hashtag #MartinMeets in all of your tweets.

To find out more information about Martin Meets and how you can get involved please follow me on social media

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Listen to audio recording of all the Martin Meets discussions by visiting me on AudioBoom.

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Download your own copy of the Martin Meets Information Booklet.

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“I’m not here to give direct advice or judge you.”

Remember my door is always open

If you would like to find out more about what counselling is and how I can help you please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Availability & Locations

Preston: Mondays and Tuesdays 9am-6.30pm, Wednesdays 9am-4pm

Wigan: Thursdays 9am-6.30pm, Fridays 9am-5pm