Author: Ian McKenzie

Thursday 20th May – Raising Our Voices

We were delighted that the Health Minister recently announced £10 million for a Mental Health Support Fund, which should increase access to counselling and talking therapies.

June 2021 – Virtual Trauma Recovery Summit

We are fast approaching the Virtual Trauma Recovery Summit returning this June and for the first time we will running over three days, hosted live from Titanic Belfast from 21-23 June 2021.

Zest Training – Certificate in Complex Trauma

Zest For Life are delighted to inform you about the release of dates for our upcoming Certificate in Complex Trauma course.

Mental Health Counselling

Don’t let the Covid Crisis Become a Mental Health Crisis Help Ensure All GP Practices Offer Timely Access to Mental Health Counselling Covid has taken a huge toll on our friends, families and communities. We’ve lost loved ones to the virus while essential workers exhaust themselves trying to keep us safe. We’ve experienced social isolation…
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PHA – Pre-Consultation for Suicide and Post-Vention Services

In September 2019, the Department of Health published a new suicide prevention strategy for Northern Ireland known as Protect Life 2. The strategy includes specific actions which the PHA is responsible for delivering, and the agency is now undertaking a pre-consultation on these suicide prevention and post-vention services.

FREE Training – Leonard Cheshire

FREE Training with Leonard Cheshire Do you work in the homeless sector or probation / prison services? Are you a health professional who supports people with alcohol addiction? If so, take this opportunity to register for FREE training (funded by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive NIHE) Who is it for? People working in the homeless…
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OFFER EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY 28TH SPECIAL OFFER TO MEMBERS OF THE NORTHERN IRELAND COUNSELLING FORUM Carolyn Spring is a long time supporter of the Northern Ireland Counselling Forum (NICF) and would like to extend a special offer to you. Four Working with Trauma webinars and a live (online) Q&A with Carolyn Spring for £40. In…
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SDS’ Free Thursday

Free live sessions on ZOOM led by the world-experts in psychology and psychotherapy fields.

Big Deal – Gambling Training

Big Deal – Gambling Training Three hour CPD certified course is aimed at professionals who engage with young people age 11-19 years. This free training has been developed and delivered by GamCare, the UK’s leading charity supporting problem gambling. Course content: Identify gambling related harm experienced by young people. Recognise the risk factors, signs and…
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Free Relationships & Sexuality Education

Free Relationships & Sexuality Education for Adults Are you a parent or youth worker who needs extra support talking to young people about: Puberty Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Healthy Relationships Safer Sex Contact for more information or to book in Free Relationships & Sexuality Education for Young People Three online workshops on LGBT…
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24 August 2020 – Positive Mental Health Webinar

Positive Mental Health – The Power of Activism and Mutual Aid This webinar will explore innovative approaches to alternative, community based, holistic models of mental health care that recognise and respond to the context of people’s lives. Speakers include: Taiwo Afuape – Clinical Psychologist and Systemic PsychotherapistMichael Patrick MacDonald – Author and Grassroots Organiser with…
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Thursday 23rd July 2020 – Changing the Context – Understanding Mental Health

Changing the Context – Understanding Mental Health Thursday 23 July 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm Dominant discourses around mental health present the ‘problem’ of mental health as being located within the individual, disconnected from their wider social, economic, political and environmental contexts. The solution that follows is to focus on the individual, to ‘fix the disorder’.…
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Online Events CPD

*** NEW WORKSHOP *** Introduction to Imago Relationship Therapy PART 1 – Dr. Kalanit Ben-Ari Fri, 10 July 2020 10:00am – 12:00pm BST Imago Relationship Therapy is a research-supported, systematic theory of relationship therapy developed by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., author of Getting the Love you Want: a Guide for Couples, and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D.…
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Friday 3rd July 2020 – Drop The Disorder Poetry Evening

Drop The Disorder Poetry Evening An evening of spoken word featuring poems that challenge the culture of diagnosis and disorder and the pathologising of emotional distress.   About this Event This online gathering is brought to you by A Disorder 4 Everyone and supported by Onlinevents. Poetry and spoken word have played a major part…
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NEW WEBINAR SERIES ‘WORKING WITH TRAUMA’ BY CAROLYN SPRING We’re pleased to bring you our new series of monthly presentations which will each build on each other. We will look at how we work with trauma, mainly in therapeutic settings, but also in broader contexts – based on principles rather than particulars – to really…
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Creative Supervision Opportunity for Therapeutic Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Creative Supervision Opportunity for Therapeutic Counsellors and Psychotherapists I am a HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist experienced in working with children and young people and adults on a one to one and group basis. Currently I am completing the CPCAB Level 6 Creative Supervision Across the Ages. As part of this course I am able to…
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Saturday 30th May 2020 – Healing Collective Trauma – a check in…

Healing Collective Trauma – a check in… Facilitated by Rosie Burrows, Director, Relational Resilience CIC, Saturday 30th May 2020 – 4 to 6pm BST This workshop will offer a way of compassionately observing where we are on the grief-creative cycle, any survival patterns / traumas – emotions, sensations, beliefs, images, identifications, etc that get triggered…
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Anam Cara – Bereavement Support

On behalf of Anam Cara and bereaved parents throughout Ireland, we would be very grateful if you could help us raise awareness of the new online resource Anam Cara have developed in response to the challenging times for bereaved parents and their family.  This resource can be accessed via the Anam Cara website and will…
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BACP COVID-19 campaign

Tackling the mental health consequences of coronavirus BACP COVID-19 campaign The BACP have launched a campaign to reaffirm the critical role that counselling and psychotherapy needs to play in supporting the nation through the coronavirus crisis and in helping to repair it afterwards. Find out more here and sign the petition. [wpi_designer_button text=’BACP Campaign’ link=’’…
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A Guide to Living with Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty

A Guide to Living with Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty Our world is changing rapidly at the moment. Given some of the news coverage, it would be hard not to worry about what it all means for yourself, and for those you love. Worry and anxiety are common problems at the best of times,…
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Saturday 16th May 2020 – Forum Event – The Landscape of Bereavement, Loss and Grief

THE NORTHEN IRELAND COUNSELLING FORUM PRESENT The Landscape of Bereavement, Loss and Grief This workshop explores the journey of grief and loss for individuals who have experienced, or are anticipating, bereavement.  It will illustrate ways that can enhance coping for the bereaved individual and help with processing loss. We will look at normal reactions to…
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28th March 2020 – Men’s Advisory Project Conference

Men’s Advisory Project One in Three Victims of Domestic Abuse Crime in Northern Ireland are male The conference aims to raise awareness of the experiences male victims and their children endure. Key speakers on the day will demonstrate to those in attendance the barriers men face as victims and the impact they and their children…
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April 18th 2020 – Inner Outings – Reflective Practice Retreat

Inner Outings offers Space to Pause This one day retreat will offer you a place to reflect on your work and practice – a space to re-focus and recharge. Space to take care of yourself, so you can continue to care for others. This event is open to anyone who is interested in having a space to…
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SRH Counselling Services – Training Schedule Spring/Summer2020

SRH Counselling Services Training Schedule Spring/Summer2020 Click the link below to download the Spring/Summer training schedule. [wpi_designer_button text=’DOWNLOAD SCHEDULE’ link=’’ style_id=’1142′ target=’_self’]    

Saturday 4th April 2020 – Forum Event – Gestalt Therapy Today

THE NORTHEN IRELAND COUNSELLING FORUM PRESENT Gestalt Therapy today Would you like to experience Gestalt as an approach, without having to occupy the ‘hot seat’ or speak to an empty chair? Would you like to consider how patterns – or ‘Gestalten’ – emerge in our lives to support our engagement with others? Would you like…
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Informing Choices NI – Job Opportunity

Counselling Services Coordinator Salary: £24,340 (pro rata) Hours per week: 16 Informing Choices NI are seeking an experienced counsellor to coordinate, develop and expand our pregnancy choices and post pregnancy counselling, information and support services. The successful candidate will have a recognised counselling qualification to at least diploma level; 250 hours of supervised counselling practice;…
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RNIB – Need to Talk – Volunteer Counselling

Need to Talk ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING A VOLUNTEER COUNSELLOR ? We offer Emotional support and Living with Sight Loss courses for people affected by sight loss. Phone: 0303 123 9999 Email: To find out More.   Need to Talk offers free counselling and Living with Sight Loss courses for people with sight…
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Relate NI – Recruitment

Help us to help people build better relationships.   Relate NI is a registered charity and the leading organisation providing confidential relationship counselling support to individuals, couples, young people, children and families throughout Northern Ireland. As part of the ongoing transformation of services we are looking for experienced and innovative individuals who can help us…
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Connect 2 Counselling – Associate Membership

ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP   We are inviting applications to join our diverse and dynamic team of practitioners.   Benefits to Enjoy. • Opportunity to build your practice with support and guidance. • Excellent city centre therapy room and facilities at keen market prices. • Community and Connection to reduce professional isolation.   Our Requirements. • Commitment…
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September 2019 – Relate NI CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Relationship Counselling

Relate NI is inviting applications to complete the Level 5 Diploma in Relationship Counselling.  Applicants must have a minimum of a Diploma in Counselling and 100 hours of supervised practice and/or completed the CPCAB Level 4 Introduction to Relationship Counselling. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

August 2019 – Trauma CPD Training with Patricia Bourke D’Sousa

Trauma CPD Training with Patricia Bourke D’Sousa   Date: Friday 30th August 7.30 – 9.30pm (Registration 7pm) Saturday 31st August 10am – 4.30pm (Registration at 9.30am) Venue: Belfast Bible College, Glenburn House, Glenburn Rd S, Dunmurry, Belfast BT17 9JP Seminars: Friday: Rainbows- The Importance of Resourcing. (2 hours CPD) Saturday: Prevention of Vicarious Trauma, Compassion…
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13th to 15th September 2019 – Reclaiming Our Selves

RECLAIMING OUR SELVES 13th to 15th September 2019 Annual Psychodrama Residential “Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you.” Rumi We lose power when part of us splits off and leaves us. This may be the result of traumatic events but may also occur simply because we learn to hide away part of…
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Essential Obesity: Psychological Approaches for Weight Loss

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Trainers and Counsellors Needed – The Foundation for Infant Loss

The Foundation for Infant Loss As a means to an introduction, we have been established for 12 years. We are award winning and have accolades from across the world. Our most recent award being the Special Award for Infant Loss Education at The National NHS Awards. Our CEO has also been awarded the Honourary Doctor…
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Saturday 18th May 2019 – Poetry Therapy & Creative Writing

Poetry Therapy & Creative Writing Poetry Therapy is one of the Expressive Arts Therapies, less known here than the other therapies, such as Art Therapy, Music Therapy and Drama Therapy. As one of only a handful of people in Ireland qualified in Poetry Therapy (with the International Academy for Poetry Therapy, USA), I would like…
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Saturday 6th April 2019 – Forum Event – Working with the Body

THE NORTHEN IRELAND COUNSELLING FORUM PRESENT Working with the Body Gareth Toner David Berceli’s Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises TRE® are an amazing tool for helping the body let go of deep, chronic patterns supporting calmness and resiliency in the body. ‘TRE®, Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises, are a simple set of exercises that trigger…
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Saturday 11th May 2019 – Forum Event – Weight Stigma and the Psychological Cost Of Toxic Shame

THE NORTHEN IRELAND COUNSELLING FORUM PRESENT Weight Stigma and the Psychological Cost of Toxic Shame Bridin McKenna Topic: Weight Stigma is the fourth most common form of social discrimination amongst adults – after age, gender and race.  It is the only form of discrimination still widely deemed to be socially acceptable. The results of this stigma can…
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Gestalt Centre Belfast – 2019 Workshop Programme

Gestalt Centre Belfast 2019 Workshop Programme The Gestalt Centre Belfast is offering a programme of workshops over the next year. Some are aimed at those who already work as counsellors and psychotherapists (labelled CP), some are open workshops for anyone working with people (PP) or interested in personal development (PD). The facilitators are Gestalt psychotherapists…
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15th + 16th March 2019 – Movement in Therapy

You are invited to a 1 1⁄2 day training workshop exploring the use of Movement in Therapy Facilitated by Meabh Ivers Friday 15th March 2019 3.30pm-7pm Saturday 16th March 2019 9.30am-4.30pm Maitri Studio, The Mount, Belfast, BT5 4NA This training workshop is primarily tailored for therapists who have some interest and experience in using creative…
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Saturday 30th March 2019 – Transformative Practice for Counsellors

TRANSFORMATIVE PRACTICE FOR COUNSELLORS Dr Jane Simms SATURDAY 30THMARCH 2019 According to Irvin Yalom, the stories we hear and the secrets we keep can burn and scorch our soul but they also provide us with an opportunity to strengthen us and enhance our appreciation and gratitude for self, others and life generally.  Whilst self-care is…
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Solution Focused Therapy – Practitioner Training

Solution Focused Therapy – Practitioner Training Training for practitioners in the field of helping Solution Focuses Therapy Intensive training over two weekends Dates: 26th and 27th May & 23rd and 24th June Time: 9:30-4pm each day Venue: St. Columb’s Park House Derry / Londonderry This is an intensive training course delivered over four full days…
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New Life Counselling Recruitment Opportunities

New Life Counselling has several recruitment opportunities available – the closing date for these is April 26th 2017.   [wpi_designer_button text=’Download Recruitment Info’ link=’’ style_id=’3000′ target=’self’]

Santé Health Associate Counsellors

Santé Health are inviting you to become an Associate Counsellor – working for a new exciting social enterprise. Santé Health is part of the well-established Ashton Community Trust (which also own ‘Bridge of Hope’). This is an exciting opportunity as Santé Health are applying for contracts in Northern Ireland, and may shortly be in a position…
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The Balint Society – Balint Groups

The Balint Society “Understanding the emotional content of the doctor-patient relationship” What is a Balint group? Do you work as a Health Professional? Would you welcome an opportunity to reflect with others on your work with patients and get support for the emotional demands of working with people in distress? Balint Groups were initially developed…
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WAVE Trauma Centre – QUB Open Learning Courses

WAVE Trauma Centre is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the School of Education through opening learning at Queens University Belfast. A range of short Trauma focused courses will be accredited at 10 CATS points at Level 1. The following courses will be offered between Jan and Mar 2017. Compassion Fatigue and Resiliency Skills …
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Interested in volunteering? The charity LIFE NI is looking for post diploma counsellors to volunteer for their Pregnancy Matters counselling and support service. For further information contact 028 9043 8339 or email NB we cannot offer volunteer placement positions.

Psychotherapy and Counselling Union

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Counselling Room For Rent

Counselling Room to Rent Clara House Dunmurray Office Park Dunmurray £8 per hour £6 per hour for block bookings of 3 or more hours in a week. Contact Donna on 07800836891 or Tommy 0797283666

Office Share Available

Advertisement for Office Share on Ravenhill Road Belfast.  The office is fully furnished with 3 comfortable sofas, desk and some storage space.   This would suit a newly qualified counsellor and or psychotherapist who is seeking to establish a practice. I am a sole practitioner and am seeking another sole practitioner to share my office…
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