Successfully Supporting Expatriates in Therapy (Level 1)

expatDate: July 23, 2016

Time: 10am – 4pm

Venue: The Affinity Centre, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AR

Cost: £100

Participants: This training is aimed at Counselling and Psychotherapy professionals


This course is essential for those who wish to further develop their counselling repertoire for understanding and working with children, young people and adults from an expatriate perspective. Expatriate living impacts individuals on multiple levels therefore this course seeks to understand both the common and unique themes embedded in the expatriate experiences including: identity and belonging, restlessness, relational struggles, loss and grief. Through involvement in this course, you will gain a deeper insight into the lives of these unique individuals and, as a direct result will have a deeper knowledge to develop and employ effective interventions and support systems in order to inform practice in meeting the needs of the expatriate population.

As the world becomes more global and more people are moving abroad for work and study, counsellors and psychotherapists are more likely to work with current or past expatriates. Without a solid knowledge of the issues confronting this unique population, their issues can be misunderstood and therapeutic work can be less effective.

This course aims to:

  • Develop a deep understanding of the expatriate profile.
  • Examine how key psychological and emotional aspects of expatriate living impact individuals and families.
  • Identify and understand factors that affect expatriate mental health and wellbeing.
  • Enhance skills that allow counsellors to provide appropriate care and responsiveness to expatriates.
  • Improve expatriate engagement and investment in repatriation by developing strategies to support families through transition and beyond.

About the Presenters

Melissa Cochrane has over 16 years of experience in US and International education and counselling and psychotherapy. After qualifying as a teacher, she began her international career on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, then completed her Masters in Social Work with a Mental Health concentration at San Diego State University.

She is a professional member of the American Counseling Association and is accredited by both the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the National Counselling Society in the UK.  She has worked as a counselor in the US, UK, Romania, and Qatar.  In 2014 Melissa founded Overseas Counseling and Psychotherapy Service, an online counseling and psychotherapy service for expatriates all over the world. She also sees clients privately in Wilmslow, UK.

Kathy Swords has over 25 years experience in UK and International schools, formerly as a Teacher, a PSHE Specialist and subsequently as a School Counsellor. Kathy is accredited by the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. She practices from an Integrative perspective in order to meet the needs of this unique population. Kathy holds a Masters Degree and is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Bath focusing on understanding and meeting the needs of expatriate children in UK boarding schools.

In 2014 Kathy established the British Schools of the Middle East Counsellor’s Network and set up the first BSME Pastoral Care, Counselling and Safeguarding Conference. Kathy has two children who attended international schools, boarding schools and university as expatriate children.

To book, contact Melissa Cochrane on 07591 691 242 or

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