Welcome to Frankish Training. This website is dedicated to the development and growth of Trauma Informed Care as a model of working with people with disabilities. We currently have  individual theorist modules available to help support staff work with vulnerable people, particularly to meet their emotional needs and environmental issues and those interested in  forensic services.

Dr Pat Frankish has developed an assessment tool for observing an individual’s emotional development level.  The arrested or interupted emotional development is considered to be a response to traumatic events.  The tool has also been  found to be useful in assessing the reversal of the emotional developmental stages in people with dementia.   Further information is available on request.


Level 5 Independent Practice as a Counsellor for people with  Disabilities

Are you looking to be an INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONAL Counselling Practitioner as well as be able to work with people with DISABILITIES?

Then this is the course for you!

Completion of this course will lead to a nationally regulated qualification on the

Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF)

Awarded by  CPCAB (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)

The course includes training on how to:

  • Establish and maintain an appropriate framework for independent autonomous practice
  • Carry out client assessments (including identifying and referring clients with severe and complex mental health problems and learning difficulties).
  • Practice autonomously as a professional counsellor in one or more settings

Candidates must have already achieved Level 4 Qualification in Counselling before starting Level 5.

Level 7 Diploma in Disability Psychotherapy (4 year course)

The Level 7 four year training course in Disability Psychotherapy will lead to Membership of the Institute of Psychotherapy Disability and Membership of UKCP is pending.

Level 7 (Year 1) – Modules 1 – 3

Module 1 Developmental Theories of Distress

Module 2 Psychoanalytical and Humanistic Approaches

Module 3 Experiential Group

Level 7 (Year 2) – Modules 4 – 6

Module 4 Individual Therapy

Module 5 Group Psychotherapy

Module 6 Therapeutic Environments

Level 7 (Year 3 & 4)

Research and thesis

At present Year 1 of this course is web based and the following years are face to face.

Attendance is required as follows for face to face:-

Year 1: 5 times each of the three terms

Year 2: 5 times each of the three terms

Year 3: 2 times each term

Year 4: 2 times each term

Self-directed learning (SDL) will be pursued in the intervening period or if on-line contact for the group work only equivalent to 12hrs a year

Learners will undertake experiential work in the face-to-face sessions.

  • All learners will complete at least one year of personal therapy during the four years or present evidence of having previously undertaken such therapy.
  • All learners will complete individual therapies with people with disabilities according to the IPD criteria during the four years.

Applicants must be at a postgraduate level of competence and have the qualifications to verify this. Students who have previously completed our Level 5 Certificate in Disability Psychotherapy are able to go on to the Level 7 Diploma in Disability Psychotherapy.

If you are interested in applying for or would like more information on the above training, please contact us:

           Dr. Pat Frankish or Janet Farr on 01652 648335