Hope 24 Conference – Lighthouse

Hope 24 will be dedicated to fostering a culture of learning, innovation and solidarity by empowering individuals and organisations to excel in their missions.

2024 National Counsellors’ Day Conference

National Counsellors’ Day 2024 National Counsellors’ Day Conference PCU will be presenting at the upcoming National Counsellors’ Day event on Saturday 29th June. This year’s theme is ’The cost of living crisis: The cost of NOT dying! Why All Therapists must get comfortable talking about money!’. The event is being held on Zoom and tickets […]

Belfast Recovery College and the Recovery Ethos

What do we understand about Recovery? So what are these Recovery Colleges I’ve been hearing about? In this workshop John will talk about his own Recovery and what Recovery Colleges did for him and might do for you/ your clients.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution Focused Brief Therapy 2 Weekend Workshops (Non Residential) April 13th & 14th and May 11th & 12th 2024 Venue: St Columb’s Park House 4 Limavady Road Derry / Londonderry BT47 6JY www.stcolumbsparkhouse.org Presenter: Marina Sweeney (MBACP, MIACP, UKRC Reg, ind. MASFP) Discover the power of Solution Focused Brief Therapy Help clients to: Focus on […]

Working with the Body in Talking Therapy Workshop

Northern Ireland Counselling Forum Working with the Body in Talking Therapy Workshop Saturday 13th April, 2024 Helen Farrell, MBACP (Accred), BA (Hons)Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Meditation Guide www.freshairtherapy.uk What do we understand about embodiment? How can we help our clients and ourselves connect with the body in talking therapy and what impact can this have in […]

Mental Health First Aid – Lighthouse

Regardless of your modality, you’ll be able to integrate the skills and knowledge from Mental Health First Aid directly into your work with clients.

IFS Informed Workshop

An introductory day exploring the Internal Family Systems model with two experienced Certified IFS Therapists.

A Father’s view of Grief, Healing & Moving Forward

Since the loss of his young son in 2003 Philip McTaggart has been working in the area of mental health and suicide prevention. He has been fully dedicated to creating awareness in the community about the causes and repercussions of suicide and mental health.

NICF Conference 2023

Northern Ireland Counselling Forum Conference 2023 Saturday 20th May 2023 Main Speaker: Carolyn Spring Do counsellors really matter in the process of recovering from trauma? Or is it the tools they’re using (such as EMDR), their techniques (such as rewind, or grounding) or their theoretical approach (such as trauma-focused CBT, or Internal Family Systems)? Could […]

Sleep Better

This will be an informal presentation by Barbara Crozier. Barbara is an integrative counsellor in Belfast, working with adults and children. She is also a Sleep Counsellor with Sleep Scotland, “UK’s oldest sleep charity, providing direct support to families and training on sleep.”

Lego Therapy

This is an opportunity for you to come and see a demonstration on Lego Therapy.

Focusing & The Body

Northern Ireland Counselling Forum Saturday 12th November 2022 Focusing & The Body – Home Or Hostile Environment Cliodhna Davis Focusing has been described as many things: a doorway, body magic, a path to healing, a homecoming. In this short experiential workshop, Cliodhna will provide an overview of the experiential practice of Focusing and its particular […]

Free Live Workshop – Calming the Inner Critic

Live Free Workshop Calming the Inner Critic 26th & 27th October from 14:00 – 17:15 BST Cutting-Edge Interventions to End Shaming Self-Talk Presented by world-renowned trauma expert and author Kathy Steele, MN, CS.  The inner critic is a natural phenomenon, but it can paralyse our clients and lead them to lives filled with inaction, inner […]

The Magic Is Within You

Northern Ireland Counselling Forum Saturday 22nd October 2022 The Magic Is Within You Vivian McKinnonBACP accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist  Vivian McKinnon is the founder and owner of Hydro-ease, Northern Irelands only dedicated floatation center offering restricted environmental stimulation therapy. Formally known as sensory deprivation. She is also the founder of RAFT (Reconnection and Floatation Therapy) […]

Dance of Soma & Psyche II: Healing Trauma and the Animal Body

Institute of Embodied Psychotherapy 3rd & 4th December 2022   Dance of Soma & Psyche II: Healing Trauma and the Animal Body This two-day module explores somatic approaches to healing trauma, drawing on the body’s natural resources and capacity for self-healing. Neuro-scientific research shows us that the instinctual parts of the brain that process trauma in […]

Relate NI – 75th Annivesary Conference – Relationships Matter


Forum Event – Saturday 25th June 2022

Northern Ireland Counselling Forum Saturday 25th June 2022 Reconciliation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) – An Introduction Pearl EllisBACP accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist  I have 18+years’ experience working as an integrative therapist with Adults & Adolescents. During my career I have trained in several therapeutic approaches. My work has often led me into working with the […]

Forum Event – Saturday 30th April 2022

Northern Ireland Counselling Forum Saturday 30th April 2022 RECONNECT – RESTORE – REVISION Sharon Ramsden In this first meeting of the NICF post-restrictions, we are welcoming a space for members and those new to the NICF to come together and reflect on the impact of past 2 years. For many us this has brought about […]

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.

SDS’ Free Thursday

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

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 […]

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’. […]

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. […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

2016 Forum Conference and Workshop Day

We were delighted with our Forum Conference and Workshop Day that took place on Saturday 28th May at Dunsilly Hotel in Antrim. Thank you to all our speakers and attendees for making it such a success. Here are some pictures from the day.