New series of Dining Room Dialogues 2019/20

Dining Room Dialogues, Autumn 2019

‘Dining Room Dialogues’ is a monthly, themed, peer-based group interactive discussion for qualified therapists and trainees or people who work in the health, education and social care professions who have an interest in the Person-Centred Approach. At each discussion a group of 7/8 people meet around a dining room table, with the opportunity to learn together by each bringing our knowledge and experiences.

Each discussion is facilitated by Rachel Yates and Jules Haley. Rachel is a qualified counsellor and mental health trainer with over twenty years of experience of working with alternative “models of madness” (Read & Dillon, 2013) and the person-centred approach to mental distress. Jules is a qualified therapist who has personal and professional experience within a drug and alcohol wellbeing service, supporting people’s recovery journey, and facilitating recovery groups.

The Autumn set of Dining Room Dialogues will develop new ideas and understanding of ‘Ways of Coping’. You will have an opportunity to learn and raise thoughts, ideas or ask questions. It is totally up to you how much you want to contribute and take away, at your pace and perhaps at times based on what is relevant within the discussion to you. Please be aware that although these groups are a confidential space, they are not an alternative to supervision and/or therapy.

The ‘Dining Room Dialogues’ are held in Walthamstow, East London, E17. Each session starts at 11am and we will finish at 3.30pm. A homemade vegetarian lunch, snacks and unlimited good coffee and herbal teas is provided. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements.

Cost is £40 per person/ per discussion group (this includes lunch, summary content notes after the day, and a certificate for CPD). Payment is by BACS in advance. If you would like a place please email: A list of relevant and interesting reading such as books, articles or videos will be provided before each session for you to look at before the discussion, although it is not an issue if you do not get to it before the session.

Dates and themes:

‘Ways of Coping’ – November 2019 to February 2020.

  • Self-Injury – Sunday 3 November 2019
    • We will be talking about why people harm themselves, and the links between self-injury and suicide. Our own attitude towards self-injury. The impact on people’s lives and the people around them, and ways to support people including referral options.
  • Relationship with Food – Sunday 1 December 2019
    • Looking at the difference between problem eating and an eating ‘disorder’. Why people may develop eating ‘disorders’. The health impacts. Our own relationship with food. How we can safely support people who use food as a way of coping.
  • Selfcare or selfish? – Sunday 12 January 2020
    • We will be looking at what the concept of self-care means to us and the people we work with and its importance. Self-soothing and the nervous system. Looking at ways in which we may look after our whole wellbeing – physical and mental, and the concept of developing a spiritual discipline (Thorne, 2003).
  • Drugs and Alcohol – Sunday 2 February 2020
    • We will be thinking about and discussing why and how people use alcohol and drugs, the concept of ‘addiction’, the effects on them, families and the people around them. Ways to support people who are using alcohol and drugs as a way of coping and referral routes. Ethics of working with people currently using or under the influence.

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