This 8-day certificate course, facilitated by Cabby Laffy and Polly McAfee, is designed for qualified counsellors, psychotherapists or psychologists who would like to become more skilled in working therapeutically with psychosexual issues. Through teaching and experiential work, including role-plays and skills practice you will gain some insights, tools and confidence to work with clients’ sexual concerns. These may range from lack of sexual interest to pain during penetration to difficulty asserting boundaries or communicating preferences to recovery from sexual trauma and shame. The course gives a brief overview of sexual anatomy for the purposes of enhancing pleasure. It looks at ways to help clients keep desire alive in long term relationships. Our approach celebrates Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversity (GSRD). We include the impact of societal and cultural beliefs on our sexual lives. The trainers advocate working with both/all partners where possible when treating psychosexual issues, and the course will include reference to working with individually and with couples/relationships.
The programme will include:
The course is designed for therapists to begin this training without any prior experience of working with psychosexual topics. However, those practitioners who already work with couples or relationship issues may find this a useful additional layer of learning, by adding further dimensions to this work.
This training is offered as a CPD programme (Continuous Professional Development). It is designed to give participants a CPD certificate as evidence of having taken additional specialised training in psychosexual therapy for couples and other types of relationship – to equip therapists with relevant knowledge and models when addressing sex in their therapy work.
This course has a biopsychosocial underpinning – whereby the body’s physiology and the client’s psychological process are considered within the sociological context.
This course has a sex-positive philosophy, in which sex has a valid place within therapeutic work.
The CPD certificate will be issued upon satisfactory attendance on all 8 days of the course. If any days are missed, this will be reflected on the CPD certificate. Learning is absorbed by attendance and participation on the course. There is no other formal assessment. Additional reading is encouraged to broaden learning gained from the course.
We also recommend that anyone undertaking sex therapy seeks supervision from a suitably-qualified professional, to support this important area of work.
Cabby Laffy has been a facilitator of training and workshops since 1991. She has also worked as a psychotherapist with individuals and couples, and a supervisor for individual and couple work, for over twenty-five years. She is a UKCP registered and NCP accredited psychotherapist, a COSRT accredited psychosexual therapist and supervisor, an educator and group facilitator, and a member of PCSR and PCU. Cabby’s book LoveSex: An Integrative Model for Sexual Education (Karnac 2013) presents a model for psychosexual health. Cabby is available for one to one and couple therapy, training, and supervision. www.psychosexualhealth.org.uk
Cabby has created a Homeodynamic Model for Psychosexual Health, which offers an integrative understanding of human relationships and sexuality encompassing the physical, emotional, spiritual, and our social and cultural environment. This approach includes research from neuroscience, complementary and alternative health therapies and cognitive behavioural therapy, and draws from eastern sexual healing practices as well western approaches to psychosexual therapy. The Homeodynamic Model is taught at Cabby’s Centre for Psychosexual Health (CPH) – www.psychosexualhealth.org.uk – primarily through a two year Diploma in Integrative Psychosexual Therapy. She is an experienced practitioner in her client work and training roles, with a speciality in psychosexual therapy.
Cabby and her daughter, Shana Laffy, have established Heartful Therapy to provide training courses and therapy with the aim of providing high quality and experiential training in relationship and couple therapy and using the arts as a therapeutic tool. Heartful Therapy Training offers a variety of courses, some 1-day CPD events, as well as this certificate course run in association with The Grove. www.heartfultherapy.co.uk
Polly McAfee is a partner at the Centre for Psychosexual Health. She is an integrative humanistic counsellor, a graduate of CPH and holds an M.A. in Effective Learning. She has completed additional training with the Institute of Group Analysis, Pink Therapy, the Gestalt Centre, Barbara Carellas, Layla Martin and Spectrum Therapy. She is a member of BACP and COSRT. As well as her counselling work and teaching for CPH, she runs groups for women exploring sex and sexuality.
Together, Cabby and Polly have successfully run a 2-year Diploma in Integrative Psychosexual Therapy, a course accredited by COSRT (College for Sex & Relationship Therapy). So their credentials and knowledge base in this area are very well established.
Please note that the tutor team may vary according to feasibility in relation to the number of enrolled students. The Grove fully intends for the course to be taught as planned. However, sometimes tutor availability may change according to unforeseen circumstances such as but not limited to illness or bereavement. In any such circumstances, The Grove may be required to adjust the tutor schedule at short notice.
This intake is now enrolling.
This intake will take place on Zoom.
Friday and Saturday dates in 2022:
11 & 12 March
8 & 9 April
6 & 7 May
10 & 11 June
Times each day:
10am – 4:30pm
This intake is now enrolling.
We hope that this intake will take place in person, with Zoom as a backup plan.
Friday and Saturday dates in 2022:
16 & 17 September
14 & 15 October
18 & 19 November
16 & 17 December
Times each day:
10am – 4:30pm.
£1,900 + VAT = £2,280 payable in full or by instalments. A non-refundable deposit of £300 is payable to secure a place on this course. After that, the total remaining payable must be reached by 6 weeks before the final weekend of the training.
The course fee includes all training materials and the CPD certificate.
When training is held at a venue (rather than by Zoom): tea, coffee and biscuits are provided during the course. Lunch is not included in the course fee. There are many shops and cafes nearby offering refreshments and lunches.
After paying the deposit of £300 including VAT, the remainder of the fee can be paid by instalments as indicated on the invoice. Some reduced-fee places may be awarded depending on student circumstances, subject to availability. The course fee can also be invoiced fully or partially to an employer or funding organisation. Please contact us for details.
Applicants are expected to be qualified and experienced professionals in a mental health or helping profession, who are established in their practice. This will be covered in the application form. All applicants are expected to:
The Grove Practice is accredited by NCP (National Council for Psychotherapists) as a CPD training centre. As such, all The Grove’s courses are awarded NCP accreditation for CPD (Continuous Professional Development).
This accreditation provides reassurance regarding high standards of teaching and course content.
The Grove’s courses have been successfully recognised as CPD for members of the following membership bodies: BACP, UKCP, COSRT, NCP, NCS, AHPP, BPS, among others. Organisations such as Relate and MIND and Place2B have also supported their therapists in taking training with The Grove. This is a mark of unofficial validation of our courses as worthy of being listed on the CPD logs for these members and organisations.
This course is taught at Level 5 equivalence. This training is a post-qualification course designed for mature professionals who are established in their way of working according to their original therapy training for working with individual clients. The designation "Level 5" is drawn from the numbered educational levels according to Ofqual's Regulated Qualification Framework operating in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. (Scotland has its own educational levels in place.) This is a post-qualification training which requires theoretical evaluation, self-reflection, and interpretation of how to apply the models in therapeutic settings such as clinical practice or multi-disciplinary teams in organisations. The Grove is setting its own courses at a training level in line with industry-wide language for setting the academic level of the course.
Our guidance to anyone researching CPD courses is to ask any training provider stating a Level, to provide the Ofqual qualification number (which looks like this 601/8674/4). If the training provider cannot give this information for their course, then the course is unlikely to be allocated an official Level by Ofqual. In our view, any other course provider should state that their course is taught “at a level equivalent to Level x but is not a qualification regulated by Ofqual”. This approach is implemented by The Grove.