Much excitement in Alvechurch on Saturday 28th November in the form of a creative and dynamic CPD workshop on using poetry & creative writing in therapy. EXPLORING THE HEALING POWER OF WORDS includes sessions from two dynamic and innovative women poets who I believe the counselling professional can learn a lot from! Jess Davies and Jasmine Gardosi will be presenting in the afternoon. I cannot wait!

The training aims to provide a plethora of ideas to enable you to integrate creative & effective techniques with clients where appropriate.  It also aims to excite and inspire participants about the power of working with poetry and creative writing generally. Check out the links below to find out about Jess & Jasmine!

jess-may-daviesJess is the host and producer of a monthly spoken work evening, ‘Stirchely Speaks’ as well as the facilitator for a new series of poetry based workshops with Redditch based charity, ‘Indigo Arts’. Jess has also been a feature for ‘I am not a Silent Poet’, a publication that gives voices against issues of abuse. With a background in collaboration, she was also a participating artist with theatre group ‘Unfinished Business’ and ‘Cannon Hill Collective’ (a mac gallery artistic development program). Working alongside various artists for a personal and reflective exploration of individual art practices.

jasmine-gardosiJasmine is the current Midlands Slam Champion, Birmingham Poet Laureate finalist 2014/2015 and one of the five winners of the Pangaea Poetry Slam 2015. Besides hosting poetry night Opus Club, she is a workshop facilitator and coordinator of West Midlands Poets’ Place and a speaker as TEDxBrum’s 2014 International Women’s Day. Jasmine believes in the multiple powers of spoken words to develop a participants communications skills, self-expression and physical confidence.

Jo WatsonJo is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. Jo first became interested in using poetry and other writing in the therapeutic process in the 1990’s whilst working with survivors of sexual violence at Sandwell Rape Crisis, where she produced a collection of women’s healing poetry called Purple Ribbons. Jo has integrated work with poetry, stories, metaphor and writing exercises into therapeutic processes with individuals, couples and groups. She is particularly passionate about the healing power of words in relation to experiences of abuse and trauma. Jo’s inner-child work also employs the use of pen and paper!



Excellent day with excellent people