The Alder Centre

Health professionals


Training and Education

The Alder Centre provides a range of training courses and continuing professional development workshops, designed for anyone involved in helping relationships who is looking to develop their knowledge and skills. Our courses are delivered  by qualified and experienced trainers who are themselves therapists working in the subject areas and are therefore able to draw on their experience to enhance the theoretical input and student understanding.

We currently offer two 30 hour courses accredited by Open Awards:

  • Understanding and Using Basic Counselling and Effective Communication Skills
  • Understanding and Working with Child Loss and Bereavement in Counselling and Helping Relationships

The courses are designed to encourage the development of reflective practice. In order to qualify for the accredited certificate there are two modes of assessment:

Reflective Log
Students are required to maintain a reflective log in which they will record the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that arise personally and professionally from their attendance on the course.

Assignment or Essay
Students are required to submit an essay or assignment of approximately 2,000 words, demonstrating theoretical understanding of the course content and that they have been able to translate this into a practical, personal or professional setting.

Whilst it is expected that students will be educated to a sufficient standard to complete the written work, the courses are predominantly skills-based and the entry requirements are kept to a minimum to ensure a rich mix of student participation.

In addition to the above we can deliver bespoke training courses to external organisations either at the Alder Centre or off-site. These can range from an hour’s basic overview of our services to a full day or more looking in depth at particular aspects of child loss. Please contact the Centre for more details of our courses and to discuss your requirements.

** All face to face training is currently suspended due to the Covid-19 Crisis **


Support for Alder Hey staff

The Alder Centre provides an in-house counselling service to any member of Alder Hey staff. All of our counsellors are registered members of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. We can offer support around work and non-work related issues like stress, anxiety, depression, bereavement, and relationship problems.

Our team members are trained to offer a range of interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), person-centred and solution focused therapy.

Trust staff are generally offered six to eight counselling sessions although this may be reviewed and extended as appropriate. There is no charge for our service and we operate within strict boundaries of confidentiality. Staff can self-refer, be referred by their manager or by the Occupational Health provider, Team Prevent.

Clinical Supervision

We provide clinical supervision to a range of professionals from different disciplines both within and outside the Trust. Clinical supervision provides an opportunity for the supervisee to talk openly about their patient/client work free from fear of discipline or punishment. In this setting, the supervisee will feel more able and confident to raise concerns about aspects of their work which they are concerned about. 

The most effective clinical supervision is provided separate from the supervisee’s usual line-management and formal reporting relationships. The aim of clinical supervision is to facilitate insight, provide advice and offer guidance free of any remit to report back to the employer. In this way clinical supervision provides the supervisee with:

  • Time and space to review, monitor and evaluate their own practice
  • Time and space to work with painful and difficult issues
  • A different and objective perspective
  • Support through periods of uncertainty 
  • Acknowledgement of  good practice
  • Someone to challenge them to consider different/ better practice where things could be done differently/better
  • Someone to ensure that the supervisee is attending to their own needs and preventing carer-fatigue and the more serious conditions associated with prolonged duress and burnout.

Staff can self-refer for supervision, or be referred by their manager. For more information feel free to contact the Alder Centre directly.

** Supervision for Alder Hey staff currently takes place via Microsoft Teams **

Contact us on

or 0151 252 5391

We are available on weekdays 9am to 5pm (4.30pm on Fridays).

Find us

The Alder Centre has temporarily moved to the old Alder Hey hospital and is easily accessible from Alder Road. Our postal address is:

The Alder Centre
Alder Hey Children's Hospital
Eaton Road
L12 2AP 

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