Not another trauma training! I’m traumatised out!

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2nd July 2022, 10.00am - 2.00pm
Counsellors and trainees

What is happening to mental health services right now? In addition to the impact of world instability and national inequality, we face the impact of Covid. We no longer have the luxury of living in a different space to our clients. We all face the fear of death of loved ones or ourselves and the fear of separation through isolation and hospital. There is no end in sight.

  • Who helps the helpers?
  • What helps us?  

Sometimes helping others allows us respite from our own pain. Sometimes it exacerbates it. Take time to invest in a reflection moment.  

Who should attend?

Counsellors, trainee counsellors and mental health professionals. 

About the Speaker

Dr Valerie Sinason was Consultant Child Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic from 1987 to 1999; Consultant Psychotherapist at both the Anna Freud and Portman Clinics from 1994 to 1997 and Consultant Research Psychotherapist/Psychoanalyst at St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London, from 1994 to 2006. Valerie founded the Clinic for Dissociative Studies in 1998. 

Having given 10 years’ notice of her intended retirement on her 60th birthday, Dr Sinason retired as Clinic Director on her 70th birthday in December 2016 and Dr Rachel Thomas was appointed as her successor. On her 72nd birthday in December 2018 CDS UK (Clinic for Dissociative Studies) became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with Dr Rachel Thomas appointed as CEO, and an experienced Board of Trustees was duly appointed for the Charity. 

Dr Sinason currently retains a Consultant post at the CDS UK (Clinic for Dissociative Studies) which focuses on course development. She is Honorary Consultant Psychotherapist to the University of Cape Town’s Child Guidance Clinic. Dr Sinason is also president of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability, patron of the Dorchester Trust and the Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse, acting chair of trustees of the Nieu Bethesda Arts Foundation and a council member for Norwood. 

In April 2016, Dr Sinason was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the ISSTD (International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation). In 2017, she was made a Fellow of the ISSTD and in January 2019 she was elected to their Board of Directors. 

Dr Sinason’s extensive writing includes over 100 published, peer-reviewed papers. She has written over 20 books and lectures nationally and internationally. 

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Hosted by Gloucestershire Counselling Service

GCS specialises in providing counselling and training counsellors to professional standards. Dr Anna Preston is a clinical psychologist who is currently the lead psychologist for the NHS acute psychiatric services in Surrey.


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