May 29, 2020

Summer Opportunities at Physis Scotland

Fiona Firman, Fiona Cook

Summer Opportunities at Physis Scotland

Empty Spaces, A Temporary Virtual World

Our world has transformed, we are all experiencing enormous changes, that we could never have imagined or indeed welcomed.  However isn’t it incredible how we are adapting, including ourselves here at Physis Scotland.  We confess than we are not the most ‘techy’ oriented, this has not been a priority, as we love to meet you all in person.  However we have embraced change, learned about technologies that can facilitate our temporary new world and are delighted to host a fabulous online programme of training and CPD opportunities.  Scroll down and we are sure you will find something to suit your needs, that you can study from the comfort of your home.  As soon as the health crisis allows, we will be so excited to welcome you back to Edinburgh and meet again in person, face to face.

Mental Health Awareness Week

As many of you will have been aware, last week was Mental Health Awareness Week and we have found even more meaning at this perplexing time.  The last few years have seen incredible momentum in terms of awareness, openness and public support for people suffering from mental health issues.  This pandemic has impacted not only those who already struggle, but many who in ‘normal’ times very rarely appear to have issues.  However it has also brought out enormous amounts of kindness, generosity and compassion.  Communities have come together, reached out and helped each other. How wonderful.

Director Fiona Cook, reflects in our blog ‘Kindness is a Gift’ on the theme of mental health, why she developed her career in this area and how she recognises for her, kindness starts at home.

Enjoy Fiona’s Blog Kindness is a Gift

Diploma in Counselling Supervision

Commencing October 2020

We are extremely proud that the Physis Scotland Diploma in Counselling Supervision is COSCA validated and has Advanced Specialist training recognition with the National Counselling Society (NCS)

Are you an experienced counsellor looking to develop new skills? Perhaps interested in introducing supervision into your practice? Or you are already a supervisor, but feel uncertain about the theory that underpins your work?

Join this course, this could be perfect for you.

Highly interactive and experimental training delivered over 10 days from October 2020 until August 2021.

Facilitators Bev Gibbons, PTSTA and Ronen Stilman, PTSTA

Find out more and book your place.

Supervision Evening Workshops

Intrigued by the Diploma?  You are considering that it could be a fantastic development in your career, but you would love to get flavour of the course, to help you decide?

Join our series of 5 online Supervision Evening Workshops, commencing 1st June. See below for all the details.

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Supervision Evening Workshops

A series of 5, interlinked workshops, online via Zoom, exploring key aspects of the supervision process.

Commencing 1st June 2020
Facilitators, Bev Gibbons, PTSTA and Ronen Stilman, PTSTA

£10 each.
Sign up for the first 4 and get the 5th free.

Book Now for all 5.


Workshop 1: Who Am I Today? My Identity as a Supervisor
1st June 6pm – 8pm
In this experiential workshop, explore your identity as a supervisor. What do you believe about supervision and what it is for? How does that link to your personal philosophical core? How might that connect to and differ from your other roles such as therapist? Client? And more….as a new or an experienced supervisor there is lots to discover.

Book your place.

Workshop 2: Creativity in Supervision
8th June 6pm – 8pm

In this experiential workshop we will focus on the idea of working intuitively in a relational process within supervision using creative methods.

Creativity provides an experience that gives us different perspectives that we can then make meaning from. ‘Stuck’ points in supervision can be shifted in this way, this and other options opened by creative work will be explored.

Book your place

Workshop 3: Power and Diversity in Supervision
22nd June 6pm – 8pm

Supervision, the process, the relationship can create the conditions for ethical dilemmas related to the power held by the supervisor.

We are interested in how we move from supervisor as ‘expert’ with power over, to a more pluralistic position of supervisor who has power with and is an engager in a collaborative relationship where meaning is co-created and difference is valued.

Book your place.

Workshop 4: Working at the Teach/Treat Boundary in Supervision
29th June 6pm – 8pm

Drawing on the work of Frawley-O’Dea & Sarnat, Chinnock and Fowlie, we invite you to consider with us the possibilities presented by a relational approach to addressing supervisee conflicts and relationship problems that get in the way of their work. We will explore the conditions needed for this rich and transformational way of working.

Book your place.

Workshop 5: Supervision, Views from the Helicopter
13th July 6pm – 8pm

The word supervision means a view from above. Join us in a discussion about supervision – ask questions, bring discussion points, share experiences, make meaning, learn and pass on your knowledge.

Book your place.

Training and CPD Opportunities

Some of our current training opportunities, please do browse our website for more options.

Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis (TA)
Commencing September 2020

Physis Scotland provide a comprehensive, stimulating and experiential counselling and psychotherapy training in Transactional Analysis.  Our Foundation Certificate in TA is the first year of a 3-year Diploma in Counselling and 4-year Psychotherapy course. The Certificate can be studied as a standalone option, or in preparation for further study.

Tutors: Fiona Cook, PTSTA and Fiona Firman, PTSTA

Places are limited. To find out more visit our website or email us and we would be happy to help.
For those applications that we would normally invite to interview in person, for the time being we will facilitate your interviews online.

TA 101 Introduction to Transactional Analysis (TA)
4th and 5th July
Online via Zoom

Transactional Analysis (TA) is an amazingly powerful psychological theory that has the surprising quality of being easily accessible for the newcomer, yet with a depth and complexity that can fascinate and satisfy practitioners for a lifetime.

Facilitator Ronen Stilman, PTSTA

Book your place

Introduction to Counselling Skills

1st to 3rd July

Fantastic price reduction from £355 to £210

Does your work involve listening to people? Would enhancing your interpersonal skills benefit you in your career or personal life?  This 3-day course will give you an understanding of the core concepts that underpin counselling skills, for example active listening, responding reflectively and working with resistance.

Reduced price to support you, during these tricky and challenging times.

Counselling Skills Course tutors: Fiona Cook, PTSTA and Fiona Firman, PTSTA

Book your place

CPD The Art of the Therapeutic Storyteller
20th June

For counselling students to experienced practitioners.

Story telling is an ancient art stretching back thousands of years.  Understand what stories may mean for you and your practice. Learn how to start integrating this into your work should you choose to do so.

Facilitator Jennie Miller CTA (P) PTSTA (P) MSc

Book your place.

CPD The Borderline Adaptation, Walking on Eggshells
15th August

Counsellors & Psychotherapists, do you have an interest in understanding Borderline Adaptation? Join this discussion and experiential led 2-day CPD workshop to learn how it develops, key features and treatments.

Facilitator Margaret Webb, PTSTA


Book your place.

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We so value our TA community at this time and hope you and your families are well and staying healthy.  We would be delighted to welcome you on any of our training or CPD courses.  If you would like to ask any questions, please do contact us by email or mobile 07927 557217.

Fiona Firman and Fiona Cook


Coming Up

February 2, 2022 6:00 pm
TA Taster Session – Online
Register by: 1 February 2022
February 5, 2022 10:00 am
‘The Silent Scream’ – Working With Clients Who Self-harm
Registration closed
February 12, 2022 10:00 am
TA 101 – Introduction to Transactional Analysis
Register by: 5 February 2022
March 23, 2022 10:00 am
Introduction to Counselling Skills
Register by: 16 March 2022
March 26, 2022 10:00 am
Certificate in Working With and Facilitating Groups – Online
Register by: 12 March 2022
March 26, 2022 10:00 am
Sounds in Silence – Online
Register by: 19 March 2022
April 2, 2022 10:00 am
Certificate in Couples Work – Online
Register by: 18 March 2022
April 30, 2022 10:00 am
The Art of The Therapeutic Storyteller
Register by: 23 April 2022
July 2, 2022 10:00 am
Parental Bereavement – Online
Register by: 25 June 2022
July 17, 2022 10:00 am
Setting up in Private Practice – Online
Register by: 10 July 2022
September 23, 2022 9:30 am
Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis (TA) 2022-2023
Register by: 26 August 2022
September 30, 2022 10:00 am
Exam Preparation Group – Online
Register by: 16 September 2022
October 1, 2022 9:30 am
Diploma in Counselling Supervision 2022-23
Register by: 20 September 2022

Please click here to book an event, or get in touch if you would like more information about our Training and CPD workshops.