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Quality Training UK is a rapidly expanding company, providing high quality training for those working in the caring professions, throughout the UK. Venues for our range of specialist workshops and training programmes this year, for those working with children and young people, will include:

  • Edinburgh
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Manchester
  • London
  • Exeter
  • York
  • Leeds
  • Lake District
  • Glasgow





Lynn Martin

Lynn Martin

Managing Director / Senior Consultant Trainer

M.A B.Ed, Dip.Couns, Dip.Sup. MNCH(Acc)

Lynn worked as a teacher and Community Education Tutor, for over 20 years. This involved working extensively with children and young people in groups and on a one to one basis. She has a Masters Degree in Professional Studies (Counselling), an Advanced Diploma in Counselling and a Specialist Skills Certificate in Counselling Children and Adolescents. She is also an accredited hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner and is training as a Transactional Analyst Psychotherapist.

She works extensively as a freelance trainer and consultant, and specialises in developing new courses and in house training programmes, both in the caring professions and within the commercial world.  Lynn is also a qualified and experienced counselling supervisor.

As a member of the BACP she works to their ethical framework for counsellors, supervisors and trainers.

Lynn currently offers a free counselling service for local young people alongside her private counselling practice.



Richard Erskine

Richard G. Erskine, Ph.D.

Associate Trainer

Training Director at the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy in the USA, Dr Erskine is a clinical psychologist with three decades of experience in the clinical practice and teaching of psychotherapy. He has specialized in the treatment of severely disturbed children, run a therapeutic community in a maximum security prison, and conducted a psychotherapy practice specializing in the treatment of obsession, dissociation, and schizoid processes.

In 1972, as a professor at the University of Illinois, Dr. Erskine developed the initial concepts of Integrative Psychotherapy. By 1976 he established the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy in New York City and each year teaches the theory and methods in several other countries and at other training facilities in the USA.

He is the author of four books and numerous articles on the practice of psychotherapy.

For more info visit: www.integrativetherapy.com



Deborah Forte

Deborah Forte  -  Associate trainer

Adv. Dip. Couns;  Cert. FE.

Deborah Forte is an inspirational trainer with a wealth of experience in a number of specialist issues, particularly in the areas of Domestic Violence and Self Harm. She also has a particular interest in story, dream work, metaphor and symbolism and the practical application of this within the therapeutic setting.

She worked for Women’s Aid for seven years, regionally and nationally, providing support for women and children who have experienced Domestic Abuse and was active in setting up South Devon’s first ‘Outreach Provision’ consisting of a Help-line and a befriending/advocacy service. She has designed and delivered packages to Outreach and Refuge Workers, Social Services, Midwives, District Judges and Magistrates, Housing Officers, Police, Victim Support and various Voluntary Agencies in order to promote sensitive and informed support for those affected by Domestic Abuse.

Women’s Aid Federation England employed her as a national trainer to assist regional branches in setting up qualitative outreach provision

In the past few years she has worked as a Community Development Worker and has also set up a free and confidential counselling service for the Coalition of Disabled People in South Devon. This service was designed to meet the needs of adults and children affected by disability.

She has an Advanced Diploma in Counselling, a post qualifying Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People and a Certificate in Teaching Further Education. She works as a counsellor for Cruse and has her own private practice. As a member of BACP she abides by their ethical framework for counsellors and trainers.



Della Menday

Della Menday   -  Associate Trainer

Adv.Dip.Int.Coun, Cert: Coun. Children and Young People, B.A. Cert.Ed.

Della has an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling, a Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Children and Adolescents and is currently undertaking a Masters Degree in Play Therapy.

Della’s professional career has encompassed all aspects of childcare, both in the voluntary and statutory sectors, over thirty years. She has had considerable experience of working with young children and their parents. Whilst Head Teacher of an Inner London School she pioneered play techniques within the school day for individual children experiencing emotional and behavioural problems.

She has continued to work with troubled children, as an early year’s specialist and more recently, as a counsellor for children and young adolescents. She has her own private practice in Devon and Cornwall.

She works within the framework of the BACP and PTUK codes of ethics.



Peter Jenkins

Peter Jenkins  -  Associate Trainer

BA (Hons) Soc; CQSW; MA(Econ); Cert ED; DMS;               MA Counselling; BACP Accred Counsellor Trainer.

Peter Jenkins is a BACP Accredited Counsellor Trainer, a member of the BACP Professional Conduct Committee, and Lecturer in Counselling at Manchester University.

He has written widely on legal aspects of counselling, and has a particular interest in legal issues relating to work with children and young people.

He is co-author with Debbie Daniels of Therapy with Children: Children's Rights, Confidentiality and the Law (Sage, 2000) and Children's Rights (Pavilion, in press).

Quality Training UK is an organisation member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and an Awarding Body Consortium (ABC) approved centre.



Carole Coupe

Carole Coupe  -  Associate Trainer

B.Ed(Hons) Cert Couns. LAMDA Gold Medal (Hons)

Carole was born and grew up in Derby and gained an Honours Degree in Education and French, which included spending a year working in France, teaching English as a Foreign Language. She has spent over twenty years teaching in both Primary and Secondary schools in Wiltshire and London and during this time, listening to children and young people has always been an important part of her work. She is currently employed in a Secondary School in Wiltshire as a part time teacher of PSE and as a school counsellor.

She started her counselling training some time ago, with her first certificate being in the psychodynamic tradition and her Advance diploma being based on an integrative model. She also has a Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People.



Sara Drew

Sara Drew  -  Associate Trainer

M.A; Cert. Couns.

Sara Drew is a gifted trainer and group facilitator. She has worked with young people in a variety of settings, including personal development courses for the Prince’s Trust as well as other charities in the South West of England.

She is a humanistic, integrative counsellor in advanced training, working towards accreditation by BACP. She has delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to groups of offenders in prison and is qualified in teaching adults and has an MA in history from Cambridge University.

Sara has worked in broadcast journalism as a reporter, editor and producer. She also held management posts and has experience of managing large teams through the process of change.

Sara’s interests include exploring the dynamics of relationships between individuals as well as larger groups.

She works within the BACP ethical framework.



David Jones

David Jones   - Associate Trainer

M.A., pg. Dip Counselling

David has a Masters degree in Counselling Studies and a postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of Brighton. He is also a qualified teacher.

David works as a counsellor in private practice with individuals, couples and groups, working with adults and young people. He describes his way of working as person-centred and has also counselled for Addaction, The St Thomas Fund for the Homeless, Cruse and YAC. While counselling with YAC he worked as a school counsellor in a troubled secondary school that was facing closure. He uses creative approaches such as sand-tray work, puppetry, art and play to facilitate contact with young people

David is currently the tutor on two counselling courses at Varndean College in Brighton, teaching Initial Counselling Skills for Working with Young People and Intermediate Counselling Skills. David also trains Addaction staff in Brighton on counselling related issues.

He is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and is bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure therein.



Bobbie Petford

Bobbie Petford  -  Associate Trainer

MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling
Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Post Compulsory Education
Professional Development Diploma in Counselling

Registered Member of Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Primary Care (CPC)
Full Member of Midlands Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling (MIIPC)

For almost 20 years, Bobbie has worked in a variety of mental health services in statutory, voluntary and independent organisations, and inpatient, residential, day-care, educational and out-reach settings. She has worked with people of all ages, including those experiencing postnatal illness and long-term mental health problems.

She has spent the last decade working in the field of psychotherapy and counselling, as a therapist, supervisor, manager, and trainer. She has practiced in specialist services for survivors of abuse, vulnerable children and young people, and in bereavement and palliative care. Currently, she is a therapist in an NHS service for older people, a visiting university lecturer, and has an independent supervision and consultancy practice.

In order to make a contribution to the wider therapeutic arena, she has had work published in journals, books and websites, and at conferences, including articles on the relationship between sexual identity, psychology and mental health, and the practice of therapy with older people. She is also Membership Co-ordinator for MIIPC, and assists with their programme of continuing professional development workshops and conferences.

Bobbie is committed to an integrative, compassionate and equitable approach to wellbeing, therapy and education. As a trainer she provides a lively, critical and stimulating learning experience that is grounded in contemporary practice and research.




John Perry

John Perry  -  Associate Trainer

BA (Hons); MA; MSc (Psych); PG Cert Ed; Cert Counselling (Diploma Equivalent); PG Dip Human Givens (Brief Psychotherapy); Adv Dip Coaching; Cert Personal Construct Psycholgy; NLP Practitioner; Rickter Scale Practitioner.

John has 20 years experience in the Personal Development field; including spells as a Teacher, Counsellor, Police Trainer, University Senior Lecturer, Coach, Writer, Conference Speaker, Management Trainer, Consultant and Managing Director. He has worked in both the public and private sectors, and at all levels, from providing counselling for school children to coaching the CEOs of several major companies.

John holds a Masters degree in Health Psychology, with specialism in Occupational Stress. He has a number of publications to his name and has contributed to the development of the ‘Human Givens’ approach to Counselling and Psychotherapy.

John is the originator and developer of the 3-Dimensional Approach to Counselling and Coaching. This is a highly effective programme which helps individuals and groups to gain mastery over the 3 Key Dimensions of Experience:

  • Dimension One: Taking Control of External Pressures,    Challenges and Demands
  • Dimension Two: Managing your Responses and your ‘Signs of Strain’
  • Dimension Three: Ridding yourself of Negative Beliefs and building a Positive Outlook.

An energetic and enthusiastic deliverer, John enjoys assisting individuals, groups and organisations in being more effective, focused and confident when facing demanding situations or personal difficulties.




Carol Paterson

Carol Paterson  INLPTA. MAR.

Assocate Trainer

Carol has valuable experience in facilitating, training, development and change in a variety of contexts and situations in the public, private and voluntary sectors, working with a number of enterprises and individual clients in the UK and abroad.

She is currently a trainer with the Department of Health, implementing a National lay-lead self-management programme. This is a successful NHS mainstream initiative for people living with long-term medical conditions, recently awarded the Guardian¹s Public Services award for Diversity & Equality.

Originally from a finance and business background, Carol combines her highly developed planning, organisational and presentation skills, with her passion and enthusiasm for personal development work, which she has been involved with for many years.  As a practitioner & teacher of aromatherapy and reflexology & an NLP practitioner, she enjoys the process of supporting and motivating others, communicating her knowledge of life-enhancement skills and the value of an holistic approach to physical and emotional health and well-being.




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