Training courses

Observe at the MPC

Do you want to spend time at the Centre observing the team working? You can attend either of our two-week therapy groups as a trainee or attend for one week to see assessments and individual therapy sessions. Each day you will have discussion time with one of the team to help you make the most of this learning experience.

What are my options?

You can

  • attend for one week and see our assessment clinic and individual therapy in action
  • attend for two weeks and see group therapy in action

If you are a UK therapist we recommend that you attend one of our core workshops before arranging to spend time with us as a trainee.

One-week observation

  • observe an assessment clinic *
  • sit in on a variety of live therapy sessions with clients of a range of ages *
  • choose from sessions each day that best fit with your interests
  • look at the resources that we have at the MPC
  • watch recorded sessions from a library of teaching videos
  • have time each day with a therapist for discussion and questions

* subject to client consent

What one trainee said:

“I have felt so supported this week. So much has been so helpful, affirming, validating to me as a therapist. I have valued opportunities to learn about therapy, about myself, to have have feedback and be treated in a valued, positive and respected way. I have found participating in the sessions a very useful and positive experience. Thank you everyone at the MPC.” (March 2019)

Requirements:

  • you are a qualified speech and language therapist

Cost:

  • £400 (Payable by bank transfer to Whittington Health NHS Trust or by invoice)

To arrange your one-week observation:

  • read our bookings policy first
  • email Jane Harley
  • Let us know your preferred time of the year to visit or specific dates if you have some in mind, other training that you have done with us and some information about yourself
  • We will contact you and agree a week that works with both your and the MPC diary

Two-week observation

  • observe group therapy with either 10-14 year olds and their parents or young people aged 15-19 years
  • immerse yourself in the way that we work with clients to empower and enskill them
  • be an active part of the clinical team
  • work with the clients on a 1:1 and contribute to the team’s clinical discussions each day
  • have time each day for discussion with the course supervisor
  • meet other trainees from the UK or Europe and learn from each other

The 10-14s children’s group takes place twice a year (April and October).

The 15-18s group takes place in the last two weeks of July each year.

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!

Requirements:

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

Cost: £600 (Payable by bank transfer to Whittington Health NHS Trust or by invoice)

Dates for 2020:

10-14’s group: 30th March – 9th April (9 day course)

15-18’s group: 20th – 31st July

To arrange your two-week training:

  • read our bookings policy first
  • email Jane Harley
  • give details about which therapy group your would like to observe, other training that you have done with us, and information about yourself
  • we will contact you to discuss availability. Places for the two-week training are limited.
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