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Heart Wood Pilot Training Course 2021

A free training course for humanistic or person-centred counsellors based in the North East

who are interested in working with Heart Wood.

Heart Wood is a mental health charity based in Northumberland. We offer person-centred group therapy in a natural environment. We have a current focus on working with men including those with complex and enduring psychological distress. In order to expand the amount of therapeutic work Heart Wood can offer, we need more therapists to join the team. 

The course is being offered free of charge because we want to establish a collaborative group who can offer feedback as Heart Wood develops its own training programme.

By the end of the three weekends, the expectation is that the course members should:

  • be more informed about their own competences in terms of co-facilitating a men’s group based in a natural setting for Heart Wood

  • be more aware of and able to attend to the therapeutic tasks associated with the role of co-facilitator for Heart Wood

  • be more aware of and able to attend to the multiple practical tasks associated with running a group for Heart Wood

  • have a better level of awareness of their own strengths and areas of practice that need more growth

  • have had an experience of, achieved a level of understanding of and explored the underpinning knowledge base and theory associated with using a pre-therapy underpinned, contact-orientated, nature based way of working

Participants should be trained to diploma level in person-centred or other humanistic therapy and a level of post qualifying experience that includes evidence of working with adults with enduring mental health difficulties, alongside a history of spending time in nature and a minimum experience of working with groups in a therapeutic setting.


Fri 3 Sept to Sun 5 September
Fri 24 to Sun 26 September
Fri 15 to Sun 17 October

For full course details and to register your interest please download the PDF below.

For more information please contact Emma on 01434 607726 or email