Training the trainers: Developing conversation partner skills in yourself and others

Location: London

Speakers: Carole Pound and Sally McVicker

Dates: 16 November 2004 for 2 days


21 March 2005
for 2 days

Course reference number: TRAI1104
Cost: £240

About the course

In recent years there has been a growing recognition of the value of conversation in supporting confidence, self esteem and quality of life.

Conversation groups and conversation partners are an exciting way to offer something different to people for whom traditional therapy has run its course.

But the success of conversation therapies often lies in the hands of the non-aphasic conversation partner. Without good training and a sound infrastructure of support ‘conversation’ can become one dimensional, one sided and demoralising for both parties.

This 2 day course will give you an introduction to supported conversation – the philosophy, the techniques and the benefits. You will have a chance to develop your conversation partner skills, plan your programmes, and begin to reflect on your training skills. This course is a chance to see how opportunities for conversation groups and schemes can really make a difference for your clients and your service.

What people said about this course:

“Fantastic! Learnt lots, laughed lots and feel ready to start a revolution!”

“Enjoyable, affirming, inspiring”

“Entirely professional, practical and inspirational”

“Please keep running such excellent courses that can be readily applied to clinical practice”

Who is the course for?

Everyone working regularly with people with stroke and aphasia (including speech and language therapists, rehabilitation workers, stroke group organisers and counsellors).

What will you get from attending the course?

  • A chance to develop your own understanding of, and skills in supported conversation
  • New ideas for setting up, supporting and evaluating conversation partner training in your setting
  • A cost effective way to extend conversation opportunities for your service users with aphasia
  • Confidence in selling the benefits of conversation partner schemes to your clients, colleagues and managers
  • Practical ideas for developing your own training skills and resources

Other information

Times: 10.00am - 4.30pm (registration from 9.30am)

Refreshments and lunch provided


About the speakers and facilitators
We have a skilled team of researchers, practitioners and people living with stroke and aphasia who contribute to Connect training events. In addition we draw on the experiences and expertise of other practitioners who know what it takes to bring about practical change for complex issues. To find out more about the speakers click here.

How to apply for training events
To find out more about the individual courses and conferences click on the links in this section or contact Carole Cross.

Application form
To book on any of the courses, please click here for an application form.