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Midlands Therapist
Network Day Speakers & Workshop Information


Saturday 18th March 2017


Keynote speaker: 10am to 11am & 11.30am to 1pm
Workshops: 2pm to 2.45pm & 3pm to 3.45pm


Lara Kasza - Keynote Speaker

"Growing your Private Practice"


Lara is a  Registered Sandplay Therapist with the Association of Sandplay Therapy and an Accredited Creative Arts Therapist. She is also a ​​Senior Clinical Supervisor and qualified as a Clinical Supervisor in 2013. Lara offers creative supervision in local Hertfordshire area and over Skype. She is a ​​University lecturer and has worked with Canterbury Christ Church Universcity and Leeds Beckett University as well as with the training body of Play Therapy UK, the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy.  Her presentation at the Network day will be entitled "READY, SET-UP and GROW your therapy practice" It will be an introduction to her 10 step guide of growing your private practice.

Lara will introduce us to the steps that we need to be considaring when growing private practice. Her presentation will be relevant for new therapists as well as more experienced therapists who want to review their private practice. It is a taster of what she already teaches on in her two day residential course. There is one planned in the Midlands area on Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th July 2017 and information on how to book on this course will be in your packs when you arrive and register on the Therapist Network day.


Workshop 1 - Heather Vernon
"The Rocking Chair of Identity"

Heather is an accredited psychotherapist/counsellor with over 25 years experience. She previously worked in mental health before moving into private practice, where she sees clients for short- and long-term work. Her training includes psychodynamic, CBT, humanistic, pastoral, and Sensory-Motor Psychotherapy (for trauma). For eight years she taught on the Certificate in Counselling Studies at Vaughan College, University of Leicester, and currently leads short courses in Understanding Loss and Basic Listening Skills for churches in the Leicestershire and Coventry Dioceses. She is a Spiritual Companion and leads retreats in The Olde House, Southam.

Her workshop in the afternoon is entitled ‘The Rocking Chair of Identity’. This workshop takes as its foundation the Chair of Identity from the work of Dr Frank Lake, a doctor, psychiatrist and theologian. He, in turn, used Erikson’s stages of development, suggesting we build a chair as we go through life and then sit on it. How well it supports us is determined by how well or badly the stages have been experienced by the growing person, and whether the necessary tasks at each stage have been ‘good enough’. Heather has added two elements to Lake’s original work, suggesting pre-birth and environmental/generational factors also have an effect.


Workshop 2 - Debi Maskell-Graham


Debi's workshop is entitled "Introducing heart-to-heart" it will be about using a playful attachment approach to strengthen parent/carer and child/teen relationships.

Come back here soon to read more about Debi and her therapuetic approach.