9th November 2018
Our latest external moderation report for our training courses was extremely pleasing – some comments received from feedback from the External Verifier include “FETC has a wide reputation for its delivery of counselling courses”,  “There is a clear pathway to development from the Foundation Level to Advanced Diploma. The assessment process at each level ensures that Learners and Trainees are engaging in a programme of learning that is fit for purpose, and results in graduating trainees who are fit to practice. In addition, the programme of learning meets the demands of Ofqual and reflects Level Descriptors for each of the three levels”,  “It is essential to record that the quality of teaching and students’ engagement with the teaching and learning process is exemplary.”   These are just snapshots of the report, which endorses the effort and commitment we put into our training courses to ensure our students graduate well-qualified and prepared to practice.

26th October 2018

We have just begun our October Foundation Level course and have a lovely group of students to take through this level, and we hope they will all progress to Diploma Level.  Our next Foundation Level course begins in March 2019 and we are already taking bookings for this course.

17th June 2018

We have two weekends to go on our current Foundation Course and a new Foundation course begins in October.  Meanwhile our Diploma level, which operates on a rolling programme, continues to thrive, with a steady flow of students enjoying the process of this course.  Our diploma course is accredited by the National Counselling Society and is externally moderated by them to ensure our training is rigorous in delivery and content.

30th December 2017

British Empire Medal awarded for meritorious service to Kathryn Livingston Founder of First Person Plural for services to people with dissociative identity disorder. Kathryn and Melanie were the speakers at our 2017 Conference. 

16th September 2017

Speaker confirmed for our April 2018 AGM & Conference in Tewkesbury  – Paul Welcomme, Relate Registered Relationship Counsellor and Psychotherapist  will deliver a workshop on Working with Boarding School Survivors. Exploring boarding school syndrome as a “trauma” experience. More details to follow soon. 

8th August 2017

Call – out,  we have some exciting events lined up for you ! 

All of  these events carry CPD points which contribute to your annual requirement.

On Sunday October 15th 2017 we will be hosting a Timeline Therapy Workshop at the Isbourne Centre , Cheltenham.

Email for more information or to book.

The date for Foundation Day is Sunday 19th November. The topic is Self Care,  to help you in your Work and in your Life. We have two speakers booked for the event at the Isbourne Centre, Cheltenham. More details to be published and sent to members soon.

Reserve this date Sunday 8th April 2018 for our Annual AGM and Conference at Hilton Puckrup Hall Hotel , Tewkesbury. Speakers will be announced shortly.

26th March 2017

Our 2017 Annual AGM and Conference has just taken place at the Hilton Puckrup Hotel, Tewkesbury.

Our two speakers were from First Person Plural, a charity who raise awareness and work on behalf of those affected by the often misunderstood complex trauma condition known as Dissociative Identity Disorder ( DID ) . More information on their work can be found here 

Their presentation utilised written material, audio visual and role play. It stimulated a great deal of discussion amongst our audience,  which gave us all more clarity and a  greater understanding  of this condition. They succeeded in bringing an interesting , informative and clear picture into the way that lives can be challenged by this.

As always we valued spending time networking with our colleagues and non members alike. 

Annual Conference 2017

Our AGM and Annual Conference takes place on Sunday 26th March 2017 at the Hilton Puckrup Hotel, Tewkesbury.  Presenting at this event will be First Person Plural.  The day will carry 6 hours CPD.  For further details contact

First Person Plural (FPP) specialises in working for and on behalf of all those affected by Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and similar complex trauma-related dissociative identity conditions. These similar conditions include type 1 Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (DDNOS), and a type of Other Specified Dissociative Disorder (OSDD) which is described as DID-like. DID itself is sometimes referred to by the older and less accurate term of Multiple Personalities.

Established in 1997, FPP remains the only national membership charity which focuses exclusively on these frequently unrecognised and misunderstood conditions. The complex dissociative identity conditions are common in those who have experienced protracted repeated trauma, of a severe or extreme nature, that started in early childhood. The associated trauma is usually childhood abuse, (sexual, physical, emotional, spiritual) and/or neglect, but may be other childhood trauma, e.g. recurrent invasive medical procedures; prolonged or repeated illness of a parent or other primary caregiver.

NCS Quality Mark for our Foundation level

Our Diploma level in Emotional Therapeutic Counselling is accredited by the National Counselling Society.   We are very pleased to announce that our Foundation level, which is the first part of the Diploma training, has now been given the NCS Quality Mark.


Emotional Wellbeing Course

We run this two day, experiential course, according to demand, at the Isbourne Holistic  Centre, Cheltenham.

This course is for anyone who would like to better understand their emotional needs, develop self-confidence and improve the quality of their relationships.  In a safe and supportive environment we look at such things as fear, anger, conflict, relationships, stress –  how these affect our lives and what we can do about it.

The cost for the two days is £120.

Email: for further information and to book your place.