Creative counselling in stroke and aphasia

Location: London

Speakers: Gwen Knight, Sue Boazman and Cathy Sparks

Date: 4 February 2005 for 1 day

Course reference number: COUN0205
Cost: £120

About the course

How do you provide counselling for people who can’t speak? It’s hard enough for most people to express how they feel, so getting someone to open up without words is an additional challenge. People with stroke and aphasia don’t always have the time, resources or inclination to go to see a specialist counsellor. They often want help from the person who is closest at hand – which might be you. But do you feel equipped to talk through their emotional issues?

This day will draw on the experience of both Connect’s counselling service (run by counsellors with and without personal experience of aphasia) and the Wolfson Neurorehabilitation Centre. Counsellors in both settings face the daily challenge of working with people who have little or no access to spoken language but lots they want to express. Through presentations, interactive workshops and discussion groups, participants will gain ideas, techniques and confidence in using creative counselling skills.

This is what people have said about this course:

“Gave me more confidence in my existing skills”

“Creative ideas to encourage people to “open up”

“Real practical tips and strategies – always promised on courses but not always delivered”

“I feel more adventurous and confident in approaching issues – thanks a million”

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?

  • Practical tips for helping people to ‘open up’
  • New ideas for supporting people with aphasia to express their emotions without words
  • Hands on practice with non verbal techniques such as stones and masks
  • Increased confidence in your own counselling skills
  • Ideas for extending your own support networks when working with challenging issues

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
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Application form
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