Training courses

Be a trainee at the MPC

Do you want to spend time at the Centre observing therapy? We invite qualified SLTs to join our group therapy programmes as trainees/interns so you can see the process of planning, delivering and reflecting on group work first hand.

Your trainee experience may be enhanced by attending one of our core workshops before coming to the Michael Palin Centre.

Group therapy in action

  • observe group therapy with either 10-14 year olds and their parents or with young people aged 15-19 years
  • immerse yourself in the way that we work with clients to empower them
  • have time each day for discussion and reflection
  • meet other trainees from the UK or overseas and learn from each other
  • start your training before the group starts by observing an assessment at the Centre (remotely) so that you see the entire process

Groups may be either one week or two weeks in length. All of our groups take place in person, at the Centre.

Our groups for 10-14’s and their parents:

8th-12th April 2024 and 28th October – 1st November 2024

Our 15-19’s group: 15th – 26th July 2024.

What one trainee has said:

I want to send a huge THANK YOU to the MPC team. I really enjoyed my time at the MPC as a trainee. They provide a safe and stimulating environment for learning and developing skills, both for therapists and families. The team is absolutely lovely and gave us great food for thought, as well as their time and attention. Thank you!


  • you are a qualified speech and language therapist
  • you can attend your agreed course from Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm for the entire course

Cost for a one week group plus an optional pre group assessment: £500

Cost for a two-week group plus an optional pre-group assessment: £700

To arrange your training:

  • read our bookings policy first
  • email Ali Berquez
  • give details about which therapy group your would like to observe, other training that you have done with us, and information about yourself and your experience
  • we will contact you to discuss availability.
Training courses

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