Critical Thinking, Philosophy, and Professional Ethics for Voice Practitioners

March 3rd – 5th 2023
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Course cost – £425.00 incl. VAT

Course Summary

  • Join us over 3 days, with just 13 places available for this intimate, experiential course.
  • Learn from 5 specialists including Vocal Health Education founders Dr Jenevora Williams and Stephen King, as well as Philosopher of Person Centred Ethics Prof. Michael Loughlin, Psychotherapist Sarah Carcillo and Coaching Psychologist Lily Goss.
  • Explore in a group setting: bias, placebo, the neuroscience of change, ethics and responsibility of rehabilitation specialists.

This course will challenge you personally and professionally and give you a deeper insight into your relationship with clients.

Course Schedule

Exploring Bias

Day 1 Part 1
Taught by Dr Jenevora Williams
Dr Jenevora Williams will be exploring our personal bias and preferred methods of interaction.

We will examine the role of the emotional driver within each one of us, in order to facilitate effective communication with the core motivations of our clients. This will include reflective break out groups and smaller group process activities.

Examining the placebo/nocebo effect

Day 1 part 2,
Taught by Stephen King
Stephen will be exploring and defining “the therapeutic alliance”, the 24 different types of placebo, environmental (sociological) context for sessions and nocebic effects.

Within this 3 hour workshop, you will also be exploring ideas around the client’s beliefs, and answering the question “Who has the loudest voice in a therapeutic alliance?”

The Neuroscience of Change

Day 2 Part 1
Taught by coaching psychologist Lily Goss MSc

Looking at the evidence base for change, what does Neuroscience have to say about how we might interact with clients?

This lecture will explore how we might go about effecting change  with our clients in an evidence based way. Looking at the neuroscience of change in this experiential way seeks to empower you to create a space with your clients, where you can apply  coaching methods safely and effectively to facilitate behavioural change.

Experiential Process Group

Day 2 Part 2
led by psychotherapist Sarah Carcillo

The group process  is built to explore, assess and address your unconscious biases and prejudice. This powerful workshop led by Sarah Carcillo will be using a psychotherapeutic group process in order to tease out our own thoughts and feelings regarding the work we do.

Past patterns of attitudes, feelings and behaviour then appear in the group and analysis, and the thoughts about these patterns open the path of growth and development. Group members see themselves through the eyes of others and their clients. 

Science, value and practice: uncovering underlying assumptions, a group learning and debating process

Day 3, part 1
led by Prof. Michael Loughlin

In this workshop, you will be taken through the ethical dilemmas you may face when working in an unregulated field.

This will be an old-school philosophy discussion group, meaning that any ideas that emerge out of this process may be used to ethically underpin your practice. This fascinating process seeks to hold you accountable to your decisions and decision making skills both in action and out of action to better empower your clients.

Checking out, reviewing and critiquing the weekend

Day 3, part 2
led by Stephen King and Dr Jenevora Williams

This is a final process checking in with the group to discuss how we have made progress in ourselves over the weekend. This is a time for reflection and calm before venturing back into your practice, forever changed by the work you have undergone.


sarah carcillo

Sarah Carcillo

Sarah qualified as a therapist in the early 90’s; going on to complete her supervision training in 2007. She holds a masters degree in Psychology, PGC Supervision, BA Hons in counselling as well as many advanced diplomas in the field including Transactional Analysis, EMDR and Coaching. She continued to further her education by undertaking a masters level qualification in positive psychology coaching and a full masters in psychotherapy.

Sarah worked for the NSPCC/Childline from 1999 – 2011 helping to write and deliver training to volunteers. She has continued her passion for writing courses and training with Leeds Beckett Carnegie School of education and with the Iron Mill College in Exeter. In addition, she writes and delivers bespoke training for Devon County Council.

Sarah recognises the importance of good training, supervision and counselling and puts an emphasis on quality rather than quantity. She feels that it is important that trainees are treated as individuals so that they can have the best experience possible that meets their own learning needs and styles.

Michael loughlin

Prof. Michael Loughlin

Michael Loughlin is a Professor in Applied Philosophy and co-director of the University of West London’s European Institute for Person-Centred Health and Social Care. He is Course Leader for the MSc in Person-Centred Health and Social Care. He is also an Academic Visitor at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford Medical School.He has written extensively on the relationship between knowledge, science and value in clinical practice, applying arguments developed in his PhD (on the relationship between epistemology and ethics) and early publications in philosophy to analyses of the nature and role of rationality, evidence, judgement and intuition in medicine and health care. His early work (including a 2002 book, Ethics, Management and Mythology) raised methodological questions about quality measures, bioethics and the use of evidence in health policy.

He has written many articles in academic journals and popular media, and addressed international audiences of practitioners and policy-makers on evidence-based practice and person-centred care. He has co-authored policy documents and advised professional groups on the philosophical education of practitioners.In 2014 he was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the European Society for Person Centered Healthcare and awarded the Senior Vice President’s medal for Excellence, for his foundational work in the Philosophy of Person-Centred Care. He currently chairs the Society’s Special Interest Group in Health Philosophy and is Associate Editor of the Society’s journal, the European Journal for Person-Centered Healthcare. As Associate Editor of the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice he has edited several special issues on philosophical aspects of health care. He is the editor of Debates in Values-based Practice: Arguments for and Against (Cambridge University Press, 2014). His recent work on medical epistemology has raised questions about scientism and moral realism, defending a humanistic conception of rationality and science in practice. He was recently appointed Project Director of the Literature Database Programme, at the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford.

Lily Goss MSc

Lily Goss MSc is a coaching psychologist working with private clients in mindset and expectations. She has studied individual wellbeing and motivation within the workplace, leadership and personal career development, and mindfulness techniques. She has recently carried out research in a number of different workplace settings, looking at the differences in sustainability behaviours or the employees. Previously, she has researched topics surrounding the evolution of the human brain, and the extent to which we are shaped by culture. This training and research led her to pursue coaching, and facilitate clients in implementing behavioural change in their lives, using techniques derived from empirical research.

In addition to her studies and research, Lily has been a keen amateur singer at a high level for the past ten years, now singing with the Bach choir.