Counsellor Training

Recognising Spiritual Abuse: What is it, what should you look out for, what helps with recovery?


Please note that the Manchester and London CMCS trainings (below) were postponed because of the coronavirus. Please do check back in, in August/September time, to see any newly proposed dates. If this training goes ahead in the autumn it will be online rather than face-to-face.

Thank you and keep well.


Series for CMCS repeated in 5 different venues in UK

The course runs 10am to 4pm in each location and lunch is provided


4 April 2020 – Manchester – Luther King House [booking extended to Midnight Monday 16 March]

9 May 2020 – London - Wesley’s Chapel


Bookings will close a couple of weeks before each Workshop or earlier if all the places are taken.


Book direct with CMCS

The automated booking process is hosted on the Baptist Union of Great Britain (Baptists Together) website.  Please follow this shortcut link (not the name of an actual webpage)  - the same link can also be found on the ‘CPD Workshops’ page of the CMCS website:   



£125 (for counsellors who are not on the CMCS Register)


Purpose & Rationale

This training event will provide an introduction to the issue of spiritual abuse and cults, a broad overview and understanding of the field, and resources for investigating the subject more fully.

  • We will explore the continuum from healthy to unhealthy spirituality; discuss what spiritual abuse is; and define spiritual abuse and cult.
  • We will explore the harm caused and how to recognise, in the consulting room, clients affected by spiritual abuse and cults.
  • We will explore what helps survivors of spiritual abuse to recover.  Strategies that have been shown to help survivors, in research and clinical practice, will be discussed.



'A clear and informative presentation on spiritual abuse - really developed my understading of SA and cults. Hearing (Gillie's) personal experience was really helpful.'


The workshop was very well held with participants feeling enabled to fully contribute.'


'It helped to process my own experience of spritual abuse. It was both healing and enlightening. Many thanks.'


'It was excellent, delivered by a person who had first-hand experience, plus had researched the subject in great depth.'


'Yes, it fulfilled my expectations, actually it surpassed my expectations.'


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Certificate in Post-Cult Counselling 2019 - Fully booked


10 days over 3 weekends - September 2019, March & June 2020

The Hope Valley Counselling Certificate in Post-Cult Counselling (C-PCC) is designed to train former members who are accredited therapists to work with other survivors of coercive and radical cultic groups. The C-PCC will be delivered in Derbyshire, England by two highly experienced therapist trainers Dr Gillie Jenkinson and Sue Parker Hall, international speaker and author of 'Anger, Rage, and Relationship'.



Certificate in Post-Cult Counselling 2021

If you wish to express an interest in attending the Certificate in Post-Cult Counselling for 2021 please contact Gillie Jenkinson.





Hope Valley Therapist Training


We have developed a 2-day training suitable for therapists wishing to attend CPD and gain an introduction to working with former cult members and survivors of spiritual abuse - please contact Gillie if you are interested in receiving further information.


We have also developed a 10 day training for those wishing to be equipped to work with the Post-Cult Counselling model - Certificate in Post-Cult Counselling (see above).
Supervision or consultancy is also available for therapists requiring support.


Register your interest by emailing us below, and we’ll keep you up to date regarding the training.


Register your interest