Living with Disability: Get the Bigger Picture

NCS_QC_cpd course_rgbA 3-part distance learning course for counsellors, psychotherapists and wellbeing practitioners.

  • Available to buy and download at your convenience – study when it suits you.
  • Just £67 per module (or £167.00 one-off payment).
  • Personal feedback on course activities, CPD certificate provided.
  • Up to 15 hours of CPD available (self-study).
  • Quality Checked CPD by the National Counselling Society


Are you a therapist who has:

  • had to say no to a client enquiry when you’ve realised that they wouldn’t be able to get into your therapy room?
  • felt uncomfortable in the presence of a disabled person and wondered why?
  • doubted your ability – for whatever reason – to work effectively with a disabled client and would like to learn how to do it better?
  • experienced disability, either personally or through a family member or friend, and would like to have a deeper understanding of it?
  • wondered how to make your therapy practice consistent with the ethical and legal requirements around access for disabled people?

If this sounds like you, then this distance learning course – available to book and download now – will help you offer a more confident and accessible therapy service to your clients – and help you meet your legal obligations under the Equality Act.

What you’ll gain from studying ‘Living with Disability: Get the Bigger Picture’.

  • an understanding of how living with disability can affect a person,
  • an appreciation of how disability can affect the lives and relationships of their family members and loved ones,
  • a deeper awareness of your own beliefs around disability including beliefs and assumptions that can get in the way of your work with clients,
  • an awareness of how disabled individuals are profoundly affected by these stereotypes and attitudes,
  • information and tools for working more effectively with disabled clients.

What’s included in ‘Living with Disability: Get the Bigger Picture’?

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  • detailed information pages on all aspects of the course,
  • activity sheets designed to enhance your understanding of the course materials and your personal self-awareness, including case studies and personal reflection exercises,
  • links to carefully selected YouTube videos presenting different perspectives on living with disability,
  • a CPD certificate on which you can add the number of hours you spent studying the course materials,
  • personal, individually tailored feedback on your completed activity sheets from me, Libby Webber, course facilitator.

The course is available to buy and download in three modules, costing £67 each, or a one-off payment of £167.00.

Module 1: What is ‘disability’?



This first module covers:

  • an overview of the course as a whole, its theoretical underpinnings and an introduction to the main themes,
  • definitions of disability – what does the word actually mean? How many different definitions are there and why does that matter?
  • some information, facts and figures around living with disability in the UK – some of which is deeply shocking,
  • a quiz – how much do you already know about disability?
  • a brief look at the history of disability and how some attitudes have changed, whilst others remain the same,
  • personal reflection exercise and case studies.

CPD hours available on this module: between 3 and 5 depending on how in-depth your responses are to the activities included.

To buy Module 1 for just £67, please select the Buy Now button:

Module 1


Module 2: the ‘Disability Experience’.



This module covers:

  • the social and cultural images and representations of disabled people – in film, fairytales, religious works, and newspapers,
  • how a newly disabled person’s sense of personal identity can be affected by the images of disability that they see around them,
  • the experience of Stigma and how it affects people living with disability,
  • the phenomenon of ‘passing’ and its relationship to Shame,
  • personal reflection activities and case studies.

CPD hours available on this module: between 4 and 6 depending on how in-depth your responses are to the activities included.

To buy Module 2 for just £67, please select the Buy Now button:

Module 2


Module 3: Working with disabled people.

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This module covers:

  • an introduction to some of the presenting issues that disabled clients may bring to therapy,
  • tools and ways of working with disabled clients,
  • disability-inclusive language,
  • therapists’ legal responsibilities under the Equality Act – what does it mean for you and the way you work?
  • putting it into (your) practice – how will you incorporate what you’ve learned into your therapy practice in future?
  • personal reflection exercises and case studies.

CPD hours available on this module: between 3 and 5 depending on how in-depth your responses are to the activities included.

To buy Module 3 for just £67, please select the Buy Now button:

Module 3


To pay for the entire course in one payment of £167.00, please select the Buy Now button:

Full fee

Testimonials for ‘Living with disability’

“The course is well-written, clearly explained and very thought-provoking; it’s already made me change the way I go about offering my practice to disabled clients”, JT

“Loved the course; it’s made me think and examine many issues. I have been around different disabilities for a large part of my life and would like to think I don’t have many of the stereotypical attitudes. Yet this course has made me think of how it would be for me”, WE

“Thanks for providing a much-needed CPD course”, HR

“Written from the heart, with valuable examples from real life including some sobering statistics”, SB

“Insightful and thought-provoking. It’s made me begin to actively consider how I could enhance the experience of counselling for disabled clients”, SR


About the trainer on Living with Disability.

Libby Webber Course trainer

Libby Webber
Course trainer

Libby Webber became disabled as the result of a road traffic accident when she was 17, and has used a wheelchair since then. She originally studied history and social anthropology at university, specialising in the lives of under-privileged or stigmatised communities, and then spent 18 years as a television and radio producer – working in both disability-related and ‘mainstream’ media. Libby also taught media studies in further and higher education. Having retrained as a counsellor, one of her specialisms is working with disabled clients or members of their family. She draws on all aspects of her personal and professional experience and training in writing and delivering this course.