Continuing Professional Development

CPD Programme

The Minster Centre is committed to delivering high quality CPD opportunities for counsellors, psychotherapists and other related professions. Our current programme comprises monthly Friday evening talks on contemporary issues that are relevant for therapeutic practice and one day workshops led by leading experts in the field.

Our CPD events are reasonably priced to make them accessible for all practitioners and CPD certificates are issued for attendance. These events are popular and numbers are limited, therefore early registration is recommended. For any general enquiries about the CPD programme please contact


The Minster Centre CPD Refund Policy: Tickets for Friday night talks are non-refundable. Tickets can be transferred to another person or used for an alternative Friday night talk. Please contact to arrange this. Limited seats are available on the night. Places booked for weekend CPD events and workshops are refundable if we are informed no later than 1 month before the date of the event. In extenuating circumstances refunds will be granted at our discretion. For further information please contact reception.

E v e n t s

Friday 9th June 2017 - 7pm to 9pm

Pennie Aston: 'Mad, Bad and Sad....or Just Dyslexic?'

10% of the population are thought to be dyslexic with about 4% being severely so. Many will be adults and, given that it is only in the last twenty years or so that dyslexia in adulthood has been widely recognised, a great number of this group will be ignorant of how dyslexia can impact on the emotions thinking it's just about reading and writing. They may have spent a lifetime feeling confused and frustrated by their seeming inability to achieve their potential, labelling themselves as mad, bad and sad amongst a raft of punitive emotions. An assessment in adulthood can result in a 'riptide' of emotions regarding 'what might have been' had they known. A person's sense of identity can feel fragmented and lost and they may consider having counselling. How aware should a therapist be of dyslexic traits and how might this impact on the therapeutic alliance? Does it matter? This talk is about the constitutional nature of dyslexia and neuro-diversity in general and how it can impact on the emotions and thus, on every aspect of a person's life. We will discuss whether any particular approach better facilitates the development of self-knowledge, self-efficacy and resilience. We will also question whether we need specific dyslexia aware knowledge as counsellors and if so, does it help for the counsellor to be dyslexic - or is empathy enough?

Pennie Aston is the Director and Founder of GroOops Dyslexia Aware Counselling - a registered charity that focuses on developing resilience building therapeutic dyslexia aware approaches and promoting awareness generally of the emotional repercussions of dyslexia.

COST: £20 (non-members), £16 (members and students)

Please contact Reception for booking enquiries:

Venue: The Minster Centre, 20 Lonsdale Road, Queen’s Park, LONDON, NW6 6RD



Saturday 15th July 2017 - 10am to 5pm

Claire Asherson Bartram: A Taste of Gestalt Therapy - Awareness, Contact and the Here and Now

Gestalt is a German word meaning ‘whole’ in the sense of the whole being a sum of its parts. It has a robust theory and emphasises creativity, and awareness of what is happening in the here and now. Gestalt practitioners devise creative experiments that stretch the boundaries of what is familiar into new territory. Contact and boundaries are important in Gestalt theory and its practitioners have a reputation for being direct, relational and welcoming authentic encounter.

On this workshop we will explore key aspects of Gestalt through experiential exercises and discussion. Participants will be encouraged to pay attention to their emotional and physical feelings throughout the day and to engage in dialogue that focuses on what is taking place in the present. The aim is for participants to gain a sense of the flavour of Gestalt and its contribution to therapeutic practice and human potential.

Claire Asherson Bartram DPsych: I am a therapist, group facilitator, supervisor and tutor at the Minster Centre. I qualified with a diploma in Gestalt Therapy in 1991 and have a degree in music and a doctorate in Psychotherapy through Metanoia Institute (2009). I have been through my own years of therapy and find that learning about myself and others never stops. Key points of my life’s journey include being a hippy in the late sixties, a busker, meditation, an administrator for Brent MIND, a single parent, a stepmother and now a grandparent. What I have always loved about Gestalt is its immediacy, liveliness and the depths of exploration and contact that can arise through its practice.

COST: £95 (non-members), £80 (members) and £50 (MC students)

Please contact Reception for booking enquiries:

Venue: The Minster Centre, 20 Lonsdale Road, Queen’s Park, LONDON, NW6 6RD