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Physis Scotland Altogether Day

An absolute highlight of our Physis Scotland year is our ‘Altogether Day’.  It is a fantastic day, when all our students and trainers from the different year groups, come together to explore and celebrate difference, diversity, culture and social responsibility through an intersectional lens.

This year was extra special, as we were in-person again and on the 9th of April, it was extremely exciting to gather in Edinburgh. We know from conversations with students as they arrived, that some were a little unsure or even anxious about how the day would be.  However, with an exceptional opening presentation by the esteemed Andy Williams TSTA, there was a sense most people were relaxing into the experience.  The group discussions were stimulating, inspiring and thought-provoking and the chatter was loud during the breaks – always a positive sign.  We are so grateful to all the students and trainers who joined the day, interacted and contributed to the success for all.

Thank you to Anne Duncan, a Foundation Year Student, who kindly shared her thoughts of the day on this video.

Help Us Plan our CPD Programme to Support You in What You Need

We strive to offer a stimulating, broad range of educational CPD workshops to support your learning, development and growth as practitioners.  We are planning our CPD Programme for the next Academic Year and would love to find out what skills gaps we can help you fill.

Please would you take 5 minutes to complete the following anonymous short survey to help guide our planning?

Thank you


Learning to Fly

We all have a personal story of our experiences of training in counselling & psychotherapy.  Alan Rooney, a Foundation Year student, shared his unique account of starting his therapy training in the March blog. A fascinating comparison to a memory of himself, aged just 14 being encouraged to take the joystick of a plane on an ‘experience’ flight over the River Forth.

If you haven’t read it yet, we think you will love Learning to Fly.

We welcome blog ideas/stories from students or trainers.  If you would be interested, please get in touch.


Training or CPD workshops coming up

Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis

Course Commencing September 2022, enquiries and applications are so welcome.

Fiona Cook PTSTA and Fiona Firman PTSTA, Directors of Training and tutors for the Foundation Year, share a little insight about the course in this short video.

Do you really enjoy working with people and would love to develop counselling skills to engage and support at a deeper level? Perhaps you have been in therapy, value the benefits it can bring and wish to support others? Are you excited about the possibility of enhancing or even changing your career?

Find out more about this fascinating course, it might be the challenge you are looking for.

For more information and how to apply

TA101 Introduction to Transactional Analysis (TA)

Have you personally found therapy or coaching helpful for you, to overcome a challenge or trauma in your life or career or are you just curious about who you are and wonder why you behave the way you do in certain situations?  Do you think you might enjoy exploring some fascinating concepts including, how we communicate and interact with ourselves and others?

If so, please join us for a fun, experiential weekend workshop and explore how we all communicate and the impact of human behaviour on our personal and professional relationships. This could be the conduit to training further in counselling & psychotherapy if you were to consider a career change or just give you a deeper understanding of interpersonal relationships.

Sounds intriguing, exciting?  Sign up for one of the following online workshops:

TA101 2nd & 3rd July 2022 Tutors:  Fiona Cook, PTSTA and Fiona Firman, PTSTA

TA101 13th & 14th August 2022 Tutor Sheila Beare, PTSTA

Diploma in Counselling Supervision Commencing October 2022

A popular and excellent course for experienced counsellors and psychotherapists ready and excited to expand their practice into the valuable area of Supervision.

Course Tutor Nicky Worrall TSTA, is an expert in this field, with her own psychotherapy and supervision practice. Nicky will provide a place for practitioners to grow and develop both personally and professionally emulating the supervision experience. Knowledge of Transactional Analysis (TA) is not a prerequisite for this course.

The Diploma course has Advanced Specialist training recognition with the National Counselling Society (NCS) and awarded full COSCA validation.

CPD Parental Bereavement. All You Need to Know but Were too Afraid to Ask

2nd & 3rd July 2022

An online workshop for therapists working with grief and loss. Facilitated by the renowned researcher and author in parental bereavement Dr Cathy McQuaid, we will explore the unique experiences of parental grief. The interactive sessions will examine how parents may cope with their grief, discuss theories and how as counsellors & psychotherapists we can help and support them.

CPD Setting up in Private Practice

17th July 2022

Join this one-day online workshop to provide you with a solid foundation to ensure your Private Practice is safe, ethical and successful.  Focus on what needs to be in place before working with clients and how to market yourself as a counsellor or psychotherapist.

Facilitators Fiona Firman, PTSTA and Fiona Melvin-Farr, Marketing Consultant

Attached to Technology Exploring Identity and Human Relating in a Virtual and Corporeal World

23rd and 24th July 2022

Ronen Stilman PTSTA, expert trainer and with a background in technology will explore

  1. how our relationship with technology affects how we relate and identify

  2. implications at an Intra-psychic, Interpersonal, and Systemic (social & political) level

  3. how might this inform us as individuals and practitioners

Join what will be a fascinating online workshop

Healing Trauma the Equine Way 16th September 2022

Horses can teach us so much about being fully present in the moment.  This is an important aspect of helping someone recover from trauma.

Join this unique and fascinating 1-day workshop, in a beautiful, rural setting in Cumbria. Gain an experiential understanding of equine assisted learning and psychotherapy and how this can support trauma recovery.

Facilitators Coral Harrison, PTSTA and Olivia Drinkwater, Equine Specialist


Our trainers really look forward to welcoming you to our courses and workshops very soon.  Remember our survey, we would love it if you would fill it out – it is very quick.

We always appreciate a referral.  If you have any friends or colleagues that you think would love to, say join a TA101 or enhance their skills as a counsellor, feel free to forward this email to them.

Do get in touch if you have any questions via email or mobile at 07927 557217.

Best wishes

Fiona Firman, Fiona Cook, Sheila Beare and Jennie Miller Directors, Physis Scotland


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