Clinical Essentials for Psychotherapists, Counsellors & Coaches

Course Overview 

Making the transition from theory and training to practice and profession is the most challenging time for a qualifying psychotherapist or counsellor. Focused training on the Clinical Essentials that hold together safe and effective practice is essential to mature your professional identity to that of a competent, confident professional. Many placement providers require of candidates to demonstrate explicit training in these subjects.

BeeLeaf Institute has structured these connective areas into three informative and experiential training experiences.

1 Ethical Practice Recognising difficult situations and cases and knowing what to do is a process of dynamic ethical processing rather than seeking fixed solutions and rules. While rich in information, this course goes further in helping you develop robust ethical thinking skills and active “moral muscle”. Next course begins February 2017 with a series of webinars (watch in your own time) followed by 2 days of training in London on 25th & 26th March 2017.

2 Human Development & Sexuality All modalities of psychotherapy base themselves on different models of how human beings develop and grow through life. Understanding how these contrasting models weave together helps you to respond more flexibly and appropriately to your client’s unique life-path and current psychotherapeutic needs. Also, be more ready to confidently engage in issues of sexuality as they arise in clinical practice, addressing aspects such as gender, identity formation and sexual diversity. Next course begins May 2017 with a series of webinars (watch in your own time) followed by 2 days of training in London on 24th & 25th June 2017.

3 Psychopathology Understand when, why and how a psychotherapist must be conversant with medical models and protocols of mental health. Develop further your role with clients who have special or urgent needs for their overall care and safety. Next course begins October 2017 with a series of webinars (watch in your own time) followed by 2 days of training in London on 4th & 5th November 2017.

What Would You Do?
The following represents three scenarios offering common dilemmas that a Psychotherapist or Counsellor is likely to face. Read More...

Course Aims 

Ethical Practice

  • To engage actively in today’s pressing issues regarding psychotherapy provision.
  • Application of this understanding to uphold rights, responsibilities and obligations.
  • Engage and manage supervision process.
  • Have a working familiarity with codes, regulation and complaints.
  • Expand awareness to apply ethical thinking in issues of difference and equality.
  • Integration of this knowledge to ensure self care and self development.

Human Development & Sexuality

  • Gain a knowledge and understanding of the various theories of Human Development and Sexuality and how they may inform your psychotherapeutic practice for better results.


  • This Psychopathology training is for Counsellors, Psychotherapists & Coaches who wish to practice psychotherapy responsibly, and with respect for the diversity of individuals who may present for treatment. This inspiring course will heighten your awareness of the mental health community and your role within it.

Course Content 

Ethical Practice

  • Contractual Management of Therapeutic Relationship.
  • Awareness of Self and Boundaries.
  • Processing Fear and Fallibility as a Professional.
  • Note Keeping and Confidentiality.
  • Dealing with Difficult Situations and Cases.
  • Use of Supervision and Supervision Monitoring.
  • Be able to apply Ethical Thinking in Issues of Difference and Equality.
  • Ethical Codes as Exercised Moral Muscle.
  • Management of Own Learning and Challenges.
  • Mistakes, Complaints, Reparation and Recovery
  • Understanding your Personal Support System and Professional Network.
  • Practice Management and Development.
  • Awareness of Own Limitations and Opportunities for Growth.

Human Development & Sexuality

  • Be able to respectfully and relevantly model your client’s development and, where in line with the client’s outcome frame, design interventions to help the client develop more awareness and autonomy in their continuing process of growth.
  • Be able to more confidently engage in issues of sex and sexuality as they arise in clinical practice, addressing aspects such as identity, language, inclusion, belonging, internalized prejudice and ontological security from Development and Social Influence perspectives.
  • Gain an awareness of when a client may have experienced an arrest or dysfunction in any particular aspect of human development, and be able to support them in both remedial and generative change in this area, and with greatest positive impact on the wider ecology of their outcome work.


  • Madness, Meanings and Maps - A History of Mental Health Perception.
  • Reality, Normality and Individuality - when and how does difference become difficulty?
  • Overview of various mental illnesses - mild, moderate to serious and chronic, including both psychosis and non-psychosis clusters.
  • Basic elements of psychopharmacology - drugs commonly used in treatment.
  • Knowledge of the NHS Psychiatric practice - Care Programme Approach, Clustering and the emergence of IAPT.
  • Risk assessment and management: being aware of issues such as self – harm and suicidal ideation.
  • One day on knowledge and practise in working with Personality Disorders.


Learning & assessment 

There is no formal assessment however participants however 90% attendence is required for a certificate of attendence.


Imi Lo
Imi Lo

Imi is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, HCPC Registered Art Therapist, and Social Worker.
She specialises in the topics of emotional intensity, sensitivity, and borderline  (emotional unstable) personality disorder. Imi she offers a unique perspective that combines scientific therapy approaches and more artistic and intuitive methods to help people address deep-rooted emotional patterns.  Read more

Julie Sale
Julie Sale

Julie is a UKCP Registered Contemporary Psychotherapist, COSRT Accredited Psychosexual Psychotherapist and AAMET Emotional Freedom Techniques Trainer. Julie specialises in the treatment of anxiety, OCD and sex and relationship therapy. Julie has undertaken additional training in CBT and DBT. Read more


Mike Shallcross
Mike Shallcross

M.A, MATS, MTh, FCMC, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Mike is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Trainer. Mike has been a Trainer with the BeeLeaf Institute for several years and is renowned for his dynamic training style that is fun, safe and participative. Read more

Pamela Gawler-Wright
Pamela Gawler-Wright

MSc B.A. Hons., Dip. EHP, Adv. Dip. THP,  UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapist, Master and Certified Trainer in NLP, Clinical Supervisor. Trainer Member of ANLP, MNCP (Snr Accrd.)
Director of BeeLeaf

Pamela Gawler-Wright is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and has since 1994 been a trainer on many UKCP Accredited trainings across several modalities of training. As Director of Training for BeeLeaf, Pam created the Contemporary Psychotherapy qualifying training as a much needed professional path for today’s psychotherapist. Read more

Entry Requirements 

You will be required to watch all webinars and attend the days of training in Central London. You will need access to the internet (pc or mac) with good internet connection and sound. No additional software required.



Fees when booking is made before 1st October 2017

Normal: £1200 (If booked individually: £1350)

BeeLeaf Members: £1075 (If booked individually: £1200)


Fees will be subject to a small increase from 1st October 2017



What's included 

  • 6 days (9:30am - 5:30pm) of training in Central London (includes light refreshments)

  • Series of webinars & video clips.

  • Monitored follow-up activities

  • Comprehensive Colourful Resources

  • Certificates of Attendance

How to Pay 

Use our secure online payment system or call us on 020 8983 9699. We accept all major credit and debit cards.

Payment Terms and Conditions 

All cancellations must be received in writing. If you cancel within 14 days of your booking being confirmed a full refund will be given.  No refund will be given if you cancel more than 14 days after a booking has been confirmed and/or you have already received access to learning materials from BeeLeaf such as the webinars. Your fee may, at the discretion of BeeLeaf, be carried forward to the next similar available training module, providing participation on the training module has not yet commenced. In this case, any difference in amount between the normal individual module fee advertised at the time of booking on Clinical Essentials and the normal individual module fee for the module onto which you are transferring, shall then become due. Participation on a training module is deemed to have started once a participant has received any pre-study material for the respective training module.  In the unlikely event of BeeLeaf cancelling this training, you will be given a full refund or an alternative equivalent training option.  BeeLeaf and its Contractors will not be held responsible for any indirect or consequential loss. BeeLeaf reserve the right to make changes to the course and it’s Trainers at any time.



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