First Aid Training for Therapists

Catharsis are facilitating HSE certificated First Aid training, (with an emphasis on working with young people) on Tuesday 18 April. This will be  an intensive day (6hrs); participants will be required to work on practical scenarios as an assessment of learning; successful participants will receive a Certificate which is valid for 3 yrs.
Included in the training:
  • Health and safety (first aid) regulations.
  • Managing an incident.
  • The priorities of first aid.
  • Treatment of an unconscious casualty.
  • Resuscitation.
  • Choking.
  • Shock.
  • Bleeding.
  • Burns.
  • Head Injury.
  • Seizures.
  • Fractures and Soft Tissue Injury.
  • Anaphylaxis.
  • Temperature Extremes.

Expressions of interest by 17 March – contact Keren Adler. Cost will be £50 per person.

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Bitesize Training for School Staff

Catharsis are now delivering the first in a series of Bitesize training packages.

‘An Introduction to Supporting Young People diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder’ – An hour interactive training session :

What is PTSD /

What are the symptoms and how these may be seen in young people /

Strategies to support /

Contact Keren Adler for costs and booking information.

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Recruitment of Freelance Arts Therapists

Catharsis are currently looking for freelance Arts therapists who are available to work in North Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire areas. We are continually receiving new referrals and whilst there is no guarantee of work, we aim to have a pool of therapists with a variety of skills and experience to call on, as and when work becomes available. Work can be in a variety of settings and may consist of short-term contracts or larger longer-term contracts.


Catharsis is firmly committed to diversity and equality in all areas of its operations. We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity both within our business and with our customers. Please email to request an Application Pack.



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Catharsis Christmas message

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2017!

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Wish Dolls – A 1 ½ hour Doll Making workshop for Young People

Venue: The Mill, Lodge Lane Derby. Dates: 22, 23, 29 and 30 December.

Wish Dolls are simple fabric dolls that contain a wish, hidden by the doll maker. Whereby the famous ‘Guatemalan Worry Dolls’ sit and fret, Wish Dolls hold a wish and hope for the future. Each Young Person will have an end product to take away, keep and enjoy.

During the workshop young people will not be asked to share their wishes, unless they want to. They will spend time thinking about wishes and helping pick a wish that has the potential to come true. The wishes are private, hidden in the doll; a secret held between doll and maker.

The making of dolls can be very relaxing, soothing and fun. Wish Dolls are a ‘no sew’ doll and can be made by anyone, even those who don’t feel confident at making crafts. They are tactile, soft and are of a size that fits neatly in the hand, meaning they can be carried in the pocket and taken everywhere.

Wish Dolls provide an opportunity for young people to think about their hopes, wishes and potential futures in a safe, contained space, under the supervision of a trained therapist. Groups will be limited to 5.

The workshop aims to

  • Reduce anxiety
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Support young people and increase their coping strategies
  • Provide a positive focus for the future.

Contact: Keren Adler for booking and further information:

mobile: 07807 753574

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Freelance Working – Information Evening 22 November 4pm – 5:30pm

Two presentations from local advisers giving you information about some of the financial responsibilities related to being a self-employed therapist. Each advisor will give a short (10-15 minute) presentation on their topic followed by a question and answer session.

Venue: Catharsis Creative Arts Therapy Centre, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby

£5 contribution to costs

Contact Keren Adler for more details and to book a space (m: 07807 753574)

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Introduction to Psychodrama – expressions of interest

Introduction to Psychodrama – A day of experiential exploration; a day of fun and reflection. There is no requirement to have any previous experience; participants will gain insight into psychodrama and how it feels to work in a small supportive group.

CPD training day – £ 60

email to be kept informed of planned dates.

The potential for establishing an ongoing, weekly, psychodrama group will be explored with participants.

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Psychotherapy Group starting soon

Psychotherapy Group

Starting Oct 18th 2016 6.30-8.30pm

The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby (FREE parking)

A weekly group for this academic year

£40 per 2 hour session


Using Drama-Therapy and Psychodrama with Jeni Goodfellow-Pemsel


Discover your own challenges, helpers, blockers and inner resources as you move towards greater self-knowledge and inner peace. Working within a small supportive group, we will use play, story, drama, mask, song, art, personal reflection and emotional exploration.


All welcome, regardless of experience.


Jeni is a state registered Drama-therapist and Psychodrama Psychotherapist who has worked in Further and Higher Education for many years.


Valid hours for group therapy requirements for Drama-therapy and Psychotherapy and Counselling trainees.


For more information or to register a place Tel 07807 753574 or email

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A few spaces left on Summer Training

See latest news for further detail

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Recruitment – Freelance Arts Therapists

If you wish to be considered to attend future recruitment events, please request an application pack from Keren Adler, Catharsis Service Development Manager: The deadline for applications, to be considered for the next Recruitment Event is 19 August.

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