How our courses are run

The Grove is a leading provider of quality CPD courses in mental health. Our cutting-edge range of accredited and practical courses is designed to enhance your practice, empowering the way you work with a toolkit of tried and trusted techniques. Learn from renowned experts with years of experience and clinical skill, gained from private practice or with employers such as NHS, Relate, or Mind. Whether you’re just starting out or wanting to take your practice to the next level – our training gives you confidence and a wider skillset.

Some intakes are being taught in person at NCVO in London N1. Whereas the Autumn intakes are usually taught on Zoom. So there is a choice of delivery format to suit your preference. Check the details for each course so you can pick the best option for you.

Typically the group size is somewhere between 10 and 30 people. This can be difficult to predict, based on factors such as learners securing organisational funding or their circumstances changing before the course begins. We may operate a waiting list if the maximum number of places is filled.

One way we support our course participants is with study buddy groups. This is a smaller set of up to 6 people as a support system within the full cohort. There is time on the course to discuss your progress and support needs within this buddy group. Many buddy groups check in via WhatsApp or email between the teaching dates of the course. Some buddy groups continue after the lifetime of the course dates, as peer supervision or reflective practice groups – sometimes with members making referrals to each other.

All our tutor-led courses are run as interactive experiential learning, whether taught in person or on Zoom. There is attentive tutor input and multiple opportunities for skills practice working in pairs or trios, supported by study buddy groups for more support in a smaller set during the course.

Whether you are learning in person or on Zoom or by self-study video, all our courses include comprehensive materials and a CPD certificate.

CPD is an outlay and we recognise that budgets may be squeezed through increases in the cost of living. For those who are self-funding, we offer extended monthly payment plans to spread the cost. Depending on the situation, we may be able to grant a fee reduction from our discretionary funds. We offer this in support of developing our profession for the benefit of clients who may themselves represent marginalised or less affluent groups in society.

How The Grove empowers your practice

Reasons to train with The Grove:

  • Add another dimension or revenue stream to your practice
  • Toolkit of knowledge and practical therapy approaches
  • High-quality courses with lots of tutor interaction forged from cutting-edge theory and decades of practice
  • All courses recognised as CPD by professional membership organisations
  • All courses accredited by NCIP, some accredited by COSRT
  • Each course has an indicative Level number showing it is taught with an equivalence level to RQF standards
  • Multiple tutors on each course for a range of inputs and perspectives
  • All courses recognised as CPD by professional membership organisations
  • All courses accredited by NCIP, some accredited by COSRT
  • Flexible payment plans over 6, 10, or 12 months, including the option to pay by card or direct bank transfer
  • Course fees can also be billed wholly or partially to an employer organisation
  • Peer support throughout the course (and possibly beyond) from a compact study buddy group so you connect with other students more closely
  • Join our community of like-minded therapists who trained successfully with The Grove

The ethos for running our courses

Here’s Elliot Davis talking about The Grove’s approach to running our CPD programmes.

The Grove's ethos for our courses

Diverse cohorts

We welcome diversity in our course groups. Each attendee will bring to the course their lived experience and positionality. So we are very pleased to see diversity in every cohort, which enriches the learning experience for everyone.

Working with difference is intrinsic to the way we run our courses. We’ve been privileged by learners applying for our courses from around the world: Kuwait, Dubai, Pakistan, Senegal, Ethiopia, Portugal, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Malta, USA, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. This factor along with others will bring cultural diversity to the learning.

We have welcomed learners who let us know about dyslexia or ADHD or hearing loss or that they will attend the course accompanied by their guide dog.

Also, we circulate course materials in advance of each teaching date, to enable each participant to familiarise themselves according to their own learning style or special needs.

These are some of the practical things we can do to support engagement in their course learning. Yet there is always more work to do in supporting inclusivity – and we are open to hearing from each student about what they need from us in support of their learning.

Our commitment to inclusivity is enshrined in The Grove’s Diversity and Respect Statement.

Attend in person if

  • You like being in the same room as the tutors and other learners
  • You like to network and socialise with the group
  • You’re looking for in-depth substantial learning of 30+ CPD hours
  • A certificate with a skills-based qualification is the outcome you want
  • You’re prepared to travel to central London for a block of 1-2 days per month

Our in-person courses are taught at NCVO near Kings Cross station.

Our tutor-taught Zoom courses could be right for you if

  • You like experiential learning alongside others in real time
  • Your preference is to ask questions of the tutors as you go along, for tailored responses
  • You’re looking for in-depth substantial learning of 30+ CPD hours
  • A certificate with a skills-based qualification is the outcome you want
  • You don’t want to travel to central London or stay away overnight
  • You have the time available for a series of 2-day training events (one weekend per month, usually)


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Zoom and in person

Certificate in Embodied Practice (with coastal retreat)

This training in embodiment has been designed for practitioners in mental health and wellbeing, such as counsellors, psychotherapists, and coaches.

Zoom or in person

Certificate in Couple / Relationship Therapy

This 8-day certificate course, facilitated by Cabby Laffy and her daughter Shana Laffy, is designed for qualified counsellors, psychotherapists or psychologists who would like to become qualified and skilled in working therapeutically with couples and other relationships.

Zoom or in person

Certificate or Diploma in Trauma Therapy

The course is taught at a level suitable for qualified professionals who are already established in their own mode of practice.

Zoom or in person

Diploma in Integrative Supervision of Individuals and Groups

The course is designed for counsellors and psychotherapists who are acting as supervisors or who are considering adding supervision to their practice.

Zoom or in person

Certificate in Psychosexual Therapy

This 8-day certificate course is facilitated by Cabby Laffy, Duane Yon, and Polly McAfee. It's designed for qualified counsellors, psychotherapists or psychologists who would like to become more skilled in working therapeutically with psychosexual issues.


Certificate in Safeguarding

Everything you need to know about safeguarding and intimate partner violence all in one weekend's training.

In person NCVO Kings Cross, London and Zoom

Certificate in Sleep Recovery

Welcome to the Certificate in Sleep Recovery™ hosted by the founder of Sleep Recovery, Lisa Sanfilippo and Grove Director, Robert Rees.

In person

Certificate in Creative Practice

The Grove’s creativity course has a central aim: to discover and enhance your own creativity which allows you to better serve your clients or supervisees in creative ways.


Certificate in Intersectional Competence

This training includes a range of learning formats including teaching by the tutors, group discussion, working in smaller groups and experiential skills practice.

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Student testimonial

Watch an overview from Philippa who has taken a number of courses with us, saying how our toolkit approach has empowered her therapy work with clients and supervisees.

Philippa's Testimonial

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