Creative Counsellors Annual Conference

Book for our virtual conference on the 10th October 2020


Due to COVID-19, our 2020 annual conference will take place online!

Our annual Creative Counselling Conference is your opportunity to meet other creatively-minded counsellors & be inspired by empowering speakers from the creative counselling world.

During the day you will have the opportunity to:

  • Connect and network with members of our community
  • Soak up inspiration from our speakers
  • Take part in creative workshops
  • Earn a CPD certificate of attendance

Lunch and refreshments are up to you this year! Sadly no famous cakes and gorgeous Mediterranean lunch, however you could treat yourself to a hot chocolate with ALL THE TOPPINGS and join us from the comfort of your own home!

We have had some incredible speakers at our previous conferences and some great keynotes from the likes of Jake Mills – Comedian and founder of Chasing The Stigma and The Hub of Hope and Dave Cornthwaite – Celebrity Adventurer and founder of The Yes Tribe!

This year we are excited to bring new speakers to your virtual stage;

10:00 – 10:30  Introduction with Tanja Sharpe & Gaynor Rimmer from Creative Counsellors

10:30 – 11:30 Inspiring Keynote: Paul – TryLife

Paul is an ex social worker with a background in working with disadvantaged young people around the globe. Paul developed an interactive film series for youth called “TryLife” which is literally that, an educative series allowing young people to make a variety of choices to see what the possible outcomes may be, without taking the physical risk. More recently he developed interactive films with the heads of the Bloods, Crips and Mexican Mafia. He did this with the support of Facebook and the director from Bladerunner. He is an inspiring speaker on a mission!

11:30 – 11:40 Comfort Break

11:40 – 1:10 Workshop 1: Karen Treisman – Creative & Expressive Ideas for Exploring Trauma Triggers & Hotspots

This presentation will share some creative and expressive ideas for exploring people’s multi-layered triggers and hotspots. This will include thinking about autobiographical, relational, emotional, sensory and physical triggers. Some brief explanation around triggers and hotspots will be shared as well, including how we can have body-based and sensory triggers. This workshop will give some ideas of ways to talk about triggers in a more playful, accessible, and engaging way.

1:10 – 1:25 Comfort Break

1:25 – 2.25 Suzanne Alderson – Partnering with your Child through Mental Illness

Suzanne is the founder of Parenting Mental Health and author of “Never Let Go”, a new book which is set to be released in October. She shares her story of supporting her daughter through her mental illness and introduces her unique approach to partnering with your child. She is inspirational and continues to do incredible work to support families and young people.

2:25 Kemi Omijeh – Creative Ways to Engage & Assess Young People

Kemi is an experienced therapist working with children, young people and their families. She works for the local council offering school based counselling as well as supervising trainee mental health placements. Kemi has a wealth of knowledge to share with us especially around creative ways to engage young people in counselling. This will be a practical workshop full of inspiring ideas to implement in your practice.

3:25 Comfort Break

3:35 Lisa Cromar

Lisa will explore how we can help autistic clients to creatively express their feelings around a diagnosis and ultimately work towards celebrating their neurodivergence. She is person centred counsellor who specialises in supporting autistic clients and is currently completing a PHD at the University of Chester. She is also the co-founder of the Counsellors Working with Neurodiversity Facebook group.

4:35 Closing Circles

Don’t worry if you can’t make it live as we will record all of the sessions and you can watch these on playback at a time that suits you!

Spaces are limited so please do book your seat!

"I joined this network to be part of the Creative Counsellor Association as I wanted to help share ideas with other like minded counsellors. I have found being part of CCA has helped in my own personal development by enhancing my therapy skills, building my confidence when working with my clients. I just love being part of this group." Stephanie Edwards