Meeting People

Please see below for our latest CPD training, support groups and workshops:

Support Groups

Our support groups give you the chance to meet people in your locality and talk broadly about family estrangement, its impact and any struggles you might be having.

It can be helpful to meet others in the same position, and we give out questions to break the ice and find shared experiences. These are talking groups and are run by a facilitator, who can keep the space fair and safe. We run the programme over over six sessions, which take place fortnightly at the weekend.

We are running funded support groups in Bristol and Manchester. To sign up, you need to attend an introductory session, where you can meet others in a similar position, and find out more about our groups.

Our next introductory sessions will take place in December, and registration is now open.

Therapeutic Workshops

Our therapeutic workshops explore the feelings associated with family estrangement, as well as giving you the practical tools to help you to adjust to your situation.

-Adjusting to your estrangement

-The impact on identity

-Managing worry and rumination


-Understanding shame

Registration is now open for our special coping with Christmas workshops in November and December 2018. These are held in Brighton, London and Sheffield.

Special Christmas Workshops

The festive period is a time when people who are estranged from their family, or a key family member, may feel more isolated.

As the national conversation turns to family, and expectations build around spending time with family members, feelings of abnormality can arise.

We run workshops to help people to meet others in a similar position, and to feel less alone.

Our workshops are led by a trained and qualified counsellor, who can safely guide the group. Feelings around Christmas will be explored, and as well as coping skills and support mechanisms.

This year, we have Christmas workshops in London, Manchester, Bristol and Brighton.

There is a cost to register, as this work is unfunded. To help those who are low-waged or out of work, we have made several low-cost places available in each location.

If you want to book your festive support now, you can register by clicking below…

Professional Development Training

Do you work in the caring professions? Or are you a social worker, counsellor or psychotherapist?

Stand Alone is the only expert organisation in the field of family estrangement. Our research shows that many of our beneficiaries report poor interactions with caring professionals, who don’t fully understand family estrangement and its impact.

Join expert researcher Dr Lucy Blake and our clinical lead Helen Gilbert MSc for two days of CPD training in working with people who are experiencing family estrangement

This training will provide more insight into the issues, research and theories that underpin working with family estrangement, explored in an open and unbiased environment.

The training encompasses experiential and theoretical aspects including self-reflective group work and case discussion as well as presentations.

Our next CPD training event is in London on 8th February 2019