A key part of the work we do here at the Meridian Centre is supporting the training and development of counsellors and psychotherapists.  We’re committed to maintaining both the highest professional standards in our own provided services and in supporting excellence in the wider professions.


A programme of regular CPD and training events for 2022 is currently being planned, these will take place both online and in the training room in our Billesley, B13 location. The full programme will be shared via our website and via social media shortly.  In the meantime, the next planned CPD session will be:

Considering how to work therapeutically with Autistic people and those that have Autistic traits.

Date: Sat, 12 March 2022
Time: 10:00 – 16:00 GMT
Location : Online event
Cost: £50 + Booking Fee

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This training will be delivered by Annette Lilley (Integrative Counsellor and Mental Health Trainer, Centre Director of Meridian Therapeutic Services CIC) and Hope Peckover (Integrative Psychotherapist), both practising therapists who, between them, have over 20 years experience of working therapeutically with autistic clients.

The training is aimed at anyone working therapeutically with autistic people and those with autistic traits. Research conducted by Hope showed that some autistic individuals experience of therapy / mental health support was detrimental due to a lack of understanding of autism. This training aims to give practitioners both a better understanding of autism and a space to reflect on how to best work with autistic individuals. Hope and Annette will share their experiences and thoughts on best practice to ensure a safe, therapeutic and inclusive space for people on the spectrum.

The training will cover:

  • What is Autism?
  • Autism and Mental Health
  • Sensory Processing
  • Executive Functioning
  • Communication and relationships
  • Trauma and Stress
  • Therapeutic Relationship
  • Accessibility

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What is Autism?  According to the National Autism Society: ‘Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. One in 100 people are on the autism spectrum and there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK.’  To understand more about Autism, the National Autism Society have produced a short film narrated by Alan Gardner, The Autistic Gardner.