The experiences of a visually impaired counsellor in training
Who is this workshop for?
Trainee and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists, counselling tutors, clinical supervisors and therapists working in private practice or in voluntary settings.
What will you learn?
- Hear about the life, work and training experiences of a counsellor who is blind.
- Discuss common myths and stereotypes about sight loss and disability.
- Increase self-awareness of thoughts, feelings and attitudes towards sight loss and disability.
- Use case studies to consider how counselling training and work environments could be made more accessible for people experiencing sight loss and disability.
About the workshop:
- Would it help to gain greater self-awareness of issues of difference, disability and diversity relevant to your training and therapy practice?
- Would you like to find out how you could make your own practice and training environment more accessible to people experiencing sight loss and disability?
If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’ then this workshop could be for you.
“The experiences of a visually impaired counsellor in training” is one of three GLIMPSES for therapists workshops taking place at various locations around the UK throughout 2017.
GLIMPSES stands for group learning and interactive modules promoting self-awareness and education about sight loss.
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.
This one day CPD 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 counsellor when you have a disability. During the workshop, attendees will be invited to identify common thoughts, feelings and behaviours towards sight loss from a variety of perspectives and consider the impact of becoming blind on self, relationships and the family system.
Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to use an audio/video case study as a starting point for discussing how to make their own counselling practice more accessible for people experiencing sight loss and disability.
All workshop activities are thoughtfully designed to be student-centred and involve a healthy mix of self-reflection, small group interaction and whole group discussion.
Everybody who attends the workshop will receive:
- a workshop booklet and workshop guide (in your preferred format)
- a CPD certificate
- a copy of my quarterly newsletter “catch a glimpse”
- an invite to the private GLIMPSES Facebook group
All workshops are delivered in accessible premises with free parking and disabled facilities. Places to eat are within short walking distance of the venue.
A reduced fee of 10% is available to students (up to diploma level), disabled people and practitioners who book onto more than one workshop.
Payment can be made by cash, cheque, Paypal and by bank transfer. To make your payment online, view the full list of workshop dates and locations, download a workshop booking form and to read booking terms and conditions, please visit:
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About the host
Martin Rigby is a qualified, experienced and registered person-centred counsellor working in private practice in Preston, Leigh and across the North West. He has been visually impaired all of his life and has worked, lived and studied abroad.
Martin is passionate about equal opportunities and raising awareness about disability and diversity.