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Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills

Course dates

Mode 1 (October 2018 start)
Mode 2 (July 2018 start)
Mode 3 (January 2019 start)
Mode 4 (April 2019 start)

Programme Manager

Kate Trench


WPF Therapy Limited
23 Magdalen Street
London SE1 2EN


Fee: £2,296 (2018-2019)
Registration fee: £100 (due on acceptance)
Discounted fee: £2,196 (if paid in full before course start)
Selection fee: £35
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This course is for you if you are interested in training in counselling and psychodynamic psychotherapy, if you already use counselling skills in your work, either paid or voluntary, or if you wish to acquire these skills to develop your potential.

This foundation level course  provides students with an opportunity to learn about counselling and psychotherapy whilst developing their counselling skills.  Students will learn skills which can be used to go on to counselling or psychotherapy training or can be used in their existing workplace.  In addition to learning counselling skills, students participate in a personal development group which allows them to expand their self-awareness and interpersonal skills.  This course is ideal for anyone who would like to learn new skills, discover more about themselves, or find out whether a career as a counsellor or psychotherapist is for them. Counselling skills training is a prerequisite for many other counselling and psychotherapy training courses.

The course has four different intakes, allowing individuals to choose which best suits them.

October Start – Mode 1 requires once weekly attendance (30 sessions) over an academic year of three 10 week terms. Each term includes a mid-term reading week. Individuals have a choice of morning or evening sessions. Morning sessions take place on Wednesdays (9.30am – 12.45pm), whilst evening sessions take place on Wednesday evenings (6.30pm – 9.30pm).

The next October intake will be in 2019. However, we accept applications throughout the year.

October 2018 Term Dates  2019 term dates to be confirmed shortly.

Term One     Wednesday 3rd October – Wednesday 12th December 2018
Reading week    Monday 5th November – Friday 9th November

Term Two    Wednesday 9th January – Wednesday 20th March 2019
Reading week    Monday 18th February – Friday 22nd February

Term Three  Wednesday 24th April – Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Reading week    Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May

July Start – Mode 2
 is a more condensed version of the course and will begin in July 2018 and finish in February 2019.  Two weeks full-time attendance (Monday–Friday), followed by three weekend modules.  2019 term dates to be confirmed shortly.
Two weeks Monday 30th July – Friday 10th August 2018, 9.30am – 5pm
Three weekend modules  (Friday 5pm to 8.15pm and Saturday 9.30am to 5pm)
Module 1: Friday 5th & Saturday 6th October 2018
Module 2: Friday 30th November & Saturday 1st December 2018
Module 3: Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd February 2019

January Start – Mode 3
 starts in January and requires weekly attendance from January to July.  This route begins on either Tuesday 15th January 2019 or Friday 18th January, 2019 dependent on the day you choose to undertake the course. Evening sessions take place on Tuesdays (6.30pm – 9.30pm) and morning sessions take place on Fridays (9.30am – 12.45pm). This route also includes four Saturday modules (10.00am to 4.00pm).

Term dates
There are 22 sessions between January and July divided into two terms. There are additionally 4 Saturday modules. Please note there is a mid-term reading week in Term 1 and Term 2 when there will be no session.

Term dates for Tuesday evening sessions
Term 1: Tuesday 15th January – Tuesday 9th April 2019
Reading week: Monday 18th February – Friday 22nd February

Term 2: Tuesday 30th April – Tuesday 9th July 2019
Reading week: Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May 2019

Term dates for Friday morning sessions
Term 1:  Friday 18th January – Friday 12th April 2019
Reading week: Monday 18th February – Friday 22nd February

Term 2: Friday 3rd May – Friday 12th July 2019
Reading week: Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May

Saturday module dates for both days
Saturday 23rd February 2019
Saturday 23rd March 2019
Saturday 25th May 2019
Saturday 6th July 2019

April Start – Mode 4
 requires weekly attendance from April 2019 to February 2019. This route takes place on Monday evenings, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, consists of 30 sessions and begins on Monday 1st April 2019

Term 1: Monday 1 April 2019– Monday 8th July 2019
No session on Bank Holidays 22nd April 2019, 6th May 2019
Reading week: Week beginning Monday 27th May 2019

Term 2: Monday 9th September 2019 – 25th November 2019
Reading week: Week beginning Monday 4th November 2019

Term 3: Monday 13th January 2020 – Monday 24th February 2020

What former students say

“By the end of the course I had real clarity about what further training to become a psychodynamic counsellor involves both personally and professionally. This course is an excellent step to further training: it offered me a balance of personal challenge, adult learning and reflection with a stimulating introduction to psychodynamic theory”.

“I have a sense of enormous change in myself during this year in every way and being on this course contributed to this. I would not have missed this experience for the world. Thank you”.


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Diploma in counselling skills (Access course)

January start
7 month duration including 4 Saturday Modules

Course dates

Term 1, 17 January 2019 - 11 April 2019
Term 2, 2 May 2019 - 11 July 2019

Programme Manager

Kate Trench


WPF Therapy Limited
23 Magdalen Street
London SE1 2EN


Course fee: £2,786
Registration fee: £100 (due on acceptance)
Instalments: £1,343 x 2
Discounted fee: £2,686 (Full payment before starting)
Selection fee: £35
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This part-time course is for those who have completed a counselling skills course or the equivalent in experience and are interested in training to become a psychodynamic counsellor/psychotherapist.  It is designed to be a transitional course before embarking on a full training. It may also be that you need to spend more time preparing  and developing your existing skills before embarking on a qualifying course. This challenging, intensive course will enable to develop your use of counselling skills and your knowledge and understanding of psychodynamic theory.

The course consists of theoretical seminars, skills practice seminars and experiential groups. Each session consists of two seminars and one experiential group. The first seminar of the day is theoretical and relevant academic papers are discussed.

In the second seminar students practice counselling skills using role-plays, experiential exercises and video work in relation to the following themes:

  • Working ethically and with setting appropriate boundaries
  • How past experiences affect present behaviour
  • Introduction to Freud, Klein and Object Relations
  • Understanding unconscious and conscious processes
  • Exploring the client’s inner world within their wider social, cultural, racial and familial contexts
  • Attachment Theory
  • Neuroscience

Experiential Group
In group sessions, students will be able to explore feelings and relationships and learn about individual and group dynamics and process. The group provides an opportunity to learn about ourselves and our impact on others. They are conducted by an experienced group analytic psychotherapist.

In addition students are asked to attend a Group Theory Seminar. These are offered on a variety of different dates and times. The seminar provides an overview of group theory and an introduction to group psychotherapy as a model.

This part-time intensive course runs for seven months, starting in January each year. It comprises once-weekly sessions across two terms. and four Saturday modules. The weekly sessions take place on Thursday mornings, 9.30am – 2.00pm.

Term 1: Thursday 17th January 2019 – Thursday 11th April 2019
Reading Week: Thursday 21st February 2019

Term 2: Thursday 2nd May 2019 – Thursday 11th July 2019
Reading Week: Thursday 30th May 2019

Four Saturday Modules

  1. Saturday 9th February 2019 10am-4pm
  2. Saturday 30th March 2019 10am-4pm
  3. Saturday 4th May 2019 10am-4pm
  4. Saturday 13th July 2019 10am-4pm

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Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy PDP L1

Course dates

Dates below are for 2018/2019.
Term 1, 1 October 2018 - 14 December 2018
Term 2, 7 January 2019 - 22 March 2019
Term 3, 29 April 2019 - 15 July 2019
(October intake)

Programme Managers

Stephen Crawford


WPF Therapy Limited
23 Magdalen Street
London SE1 2EN


Fee on Submission of Full Application: £65
Personal Interview Fee: £75
Fees below are for 2018/2019:
Mode A Year 1 (part-time afternoon):
First year: £6,721
Instalments: £2,157 x 3
Registration fee: £250
Mode M Year 1 (modular):
First year: £6,979
Instalments: £2,243 x 3
Registration fee: £250
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This course is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapy qualification (PDP L1) with a licence to practice in once weekly psychotherapy. It leads to registration with BPC and is also BACP accredited. The four-year course combines theoretical seminars and clinical experience. All students are provided with a clinical placement within WPF Therapy clinical services. Clinical supervision of this work is provided on site.

The course:

  • includes a clinical placement in WPF Therapy’s Clinical Services and integral supervision of clinical work
  • leads to registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) as a psychodynamic psychotherapist practising once weekly psychotherapy
  • fulfils the training requirements for individual accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)*
  • is recognised by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) as a route to registration as a psychodynamic psychotherapist
  • is eligible for the government Professional and Career Development Loan (dependent on individual circumstances)

Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice also provides a foundation for psychoanalytic psychotherapy training.

Interviews for this course take place throughout the year and there is an intake each October.

Selection Process

There are two parts to the selection process: a group interview, followed by an individual interview.

The Group Interviews are usually held on a Thursday morning from 10am – 11.30am. In each group interview there will be up to 5 other applicants.

Upcoming group interview dates for 2019
To be confirmed.

The group interview will provide:

  •  an opportunity to discuss your present experience in a helping or counselling role and your psychodynamic understanding of that experience
  •  an opportunity to demonstrate your capacity to use counselling skills with empathy and sensitivity
  •  a taste of group supervision
  • an opportunity for you to learn more about the course and to ask any questions you have about training at WPF Therapy

Individual Interview

The individual interview takes place in the consulting room of a member of staff. At the end of the group interview we will give you the phone number of the staff member concerned and ask you to arrange the interview directly with her or him, at a mutually convenient time. It is expected that this interview will be arranged within two weeks of the group interview. The cost of this interview is £75 and is payable directly to the interviewer at the end of the interview. This is a personal interview about your self-awareness. We are also looking for a flexible and empathic approach to people and will be assessing your suitability to work with clients from the WPF Therapy Clinical Service.

We expect that the entire process, from the date of your group interview to a decision being made about an offer to you of  a place on the course, will take a maximum of 6 weeks.

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Qualification in psychoanalytic psychotherapy

October intake

Course dates

Term 1, 2 October 2018 - 14 December 2017
Term 2, 7 January 2019 - 22 March 2019
Term 3, 29 April 2019 - 15 July 2019

Programme Manager

Stephen Crawford


WPF Therapy Limited
23 Magdalen Street
London SE1 2EN


Year one: £4,081
Registration fee: £250
Instalments: £1,277 x 3
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Jennifer Jones
Programme Administrator
020 7378 2051

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This course offers a professional qualification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, working with patients three times a week. This training leads to registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.

In addition to the seminars this course requires trainees to be in three times weekly therapy throughout the duration of their training. Two training patients must be seen three times weekly, one for two years and one for eighteen months. An infant observation, psychiatric placement and five assessed assessments must also be completed.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning) criteria are in place to consider the experience of individual applications.

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Post-Qualification Certificate in Supervision

Unique opportunity for suitably qualified participants to supervise at WPF Therapy

Course dates

Term 1, 9 January 2019 - 20 March 2019, 1.00pm - 4.30pm
Term 2, 1 May 2019 - 10 July 2019, 1.00pm - 4.30pm

Programme Manager

Stephen Crawford


WPF Therapy Limited
23 Magdalen Street
London SE1 2EN


Course fee: £1,500
Registration fee: £100
Instalments: £700 x 2
Selection process fee: £35
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The next intake for this course will be in January 2019.

This qualification is offered to experienced psychodynamic / psychoanalytic counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to train and register as supervisors. Additionally, applicants may be integrative trained counsellors and psychotherapists who work psychodynamically. It is a two term, part-time post qualification certificate.  For those interested in BAPPS membership an optional third term may be available subject to numbers.

Who is this course for?

Applicants are required to be at least 2 years post-qualification with at least 500 hours clinical practice (some of which may have been completed during training). This course is open to psychodynamically trained and integrative trained counsellors and psychotherapists who work psychodynamically.

When does it take place?

This course takes place on Wednesdays at WPF Therapy’s offices at London Bridge from 1.00pm – 4.30pm.  There is a seminar of 1.5 hours and a supervision of supervision group which takes place over two terms of ten weeks (i.e. 20 sessions).  Applicants will require a placement and will need to complete 25 hours of logged counselling supervision for award of the Certificate.

Supervision of Supervision

The course does not hold clinical responsibility for supervision work presented in supervision of supervision.

Presentation and participation in the supervision of supervision group is a central part of the course and course participants are required to supervise and present a minimum of 2 individual supervisees, or one group, for 25 hours of supervisory practice during the course.  The work supervised and presented must be work with psychotherapists/counsellors treating adult patients, over the age of 18 years. We recommend that at least one supervisee is seeing an open ended client.  The supervision must take place in face to face meetings (no skype or telephone sessions) at least fortnightly, although weekly is recommended. Please avoid supervising colleagues, friends or others with whom professional boundaries would be compromised.


 For award of the Certificate (meets BACP Guidelines):

  • A minimum of 80% attendance at 20 seminars and 20 supervision groups (ie 60 hours contact time)
  • Completion of a Reflective journal
  • Self- and peer assessment
  • 2500 word essay demonstrating an understanding of the theory and practice of supervision. This essay will need to show the ability to analyse the theory of both supervision and related educational theory
  • Minimum 40 hours of logged counselling supervision practice

How much does it cost?

£1500 (Non-refundable registration fee of £100 plus two termly payments of £700).

What will be covered?

 Course Outline will include – amongst other areas (in line with BACP Guidelines) 

  • The supervisor in context
  • Building the supervisory relationship
  • Assessment in supervision
  • Basic Concepts in Supervision – Contracts, Boundaries & Money
  • Unconscious Processes and the Supervisory Triangle
  • Transference, Countertransference and the Reflection Process
  • Group Dynamics in Supervision
  • Defences and Resistances in Supervision
  • The Supervisory Frame
  • The Internal Supervisor

 Entry Requirements

 Applicants must: 

  • be experienced psychodynamic counsellors who have completed a Diploma in Counselling through a BACP Accredited Training or have a Diploma in Counselling and are eligible for BACP Accreditation
  • or be Psychotherapists eligible for registration by UKCP (CPJA Section) or BPC
  • or be Integrative Practitioners or Counselling Psychologists with a strong psychodynamic strand.
  • will normally have had a minimum of 2 years psychodynamic or psychoanalytic therapy.
  • be providing or be in a position to provide supervision to a level appropriate to their qualification for more than one counsellor or psychotherapist, either individually or in a group

Applicants should submit:

  • an initial application form
  • a Curriculum Vitae
  • a statement giving details of their previous and present experience of providing supervision to counsellors or psychotherapists
  • a statement giving reasons for applying at this time for training in supervision
  • information on your proposed placement/supervision practice for the course
  • Reference from a supervisor

Selection will be based on either an individual or group interview.

The selection process cost is £35 which is non-returnable.


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Kleinians since Klein Study Group 2018-2019

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the series detailing their relevant hours, for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

Course dates

10 session course
Session 1: The Paranoid-Schizoid position: splitting and projection, 14 September 2018
Session 2: The depressive position: loss and guilt, 19 October 2018
Session 3: Pathological organisation of the personality, 16 November 2018
Session 4: The development of the capacity to think, 14 December 2018
Session 5: The facts of life and the Oedipal triangle, 11 January 2019
Session 6: The central importance of transference/countertransference, 8 February 2019
Session 7: Envy and the death instinct, 8 March 2019
Session 8: Confusion and perversion, 5 April 2019
Session 9: The spiral of development, 10 May 2019
Session 10: What is distinctive about Kleinian work?, 7 June 2019
Time 7pm - 8.30pm

Study group leader

David Smart


WPF Therapy Limited
23 Magdalen Street
London SE1 2EN


10 sessions in total: £225
Per individual session: £25
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This is a repeat of last year’s very successful and fully subscribed study group.

Did you study Kleinian theory on your training? Maybe you would like the opportunity to explore it in more depth now that you have more clinical experience.  Theory only really comes alive when we can connect with it from our clinical practice. Maybe you did not cover Klein during your training and would like to know more about her work and how it might help you in your practice.

This study group sets out to explore developments in Kleinian theory and practice over the past seventy years – what has remained central, what has been discarded, what has become better understood and what is contentious today. The course is designed to work at different levels, offering food for thought to those unfamiliar with Kleinian thinking as well as those who wish to deepen and enrich their understanding and use of psychoanalytic concepts.

Melanie Klein and those influenced by her have formed a central strand in British psychoanalytic and psychodynamic thinking since the Second World War. Much that was once considered innovative and controversial in her approach has been taken up by those with reservations about her basic tenets. Lively debate continues among those more sympathetic to Kleinian ways of seeing and understanding.

It is possible to attend individual sessions, but there is much to be gained by revisiting material that may seem familiar and through involvement in an ongoing process. In previous years there has been a lively dynamism in the group: participants have found a space to share impressions, responses, puzzlement, connections and insights, including reflections on clinical issues.

The readings include earlier and later practitioners, clinical and theoretical considerations. We refer back to Freud and Klein as we consider how thinking and technique has developed, aiming to replicate the analytic cycle of learning and working-through. Detailed notes are provided to help contextualise the readings; there are suggestions of secondary sources that discuss and summarise the main readings and of further relevant material.

If you attend these study groups, you can expect:

  1. A deeper understanding of projective and identificatory processes in work with clients.
  2. A broader conception of how internal and external worlds interact and affect each other.
  3. Greater clarity about where you stand in relation to key theoretical and ethical issues.
  4. An overview of what the Kleinian tradition has contributed to British Object Relations.

There will be a different paper for each session. The programme centres on readings from key figures in the Kleinian tradition – Freud, Segal, Rosenfeld, Bion, Money-Kyrle, Meltzer, Joseph, Steiner, Britton. We will think about the issues raised in the readings in relation to participants’ clinical experiences and dilemmas.

Comments from Previous Participants

  • “This once monthly format is really good value, as I have learnt so much more compared to the equivalent amount of hours in an average 2 days CPD course.”
  • “I’m finding the papers enriching whilst at the same time challenging as well as questions and views raised by the group.  This is good as its stirring me up out of lazy thinking.  I have found the relevance/benefit of theories has been demonstrated in the group on several occasions and also it’s helping me with often confusing work.”
  • “Linking the reading to our clinical work is most valuable.”

Course Reading

Participants will be expected to have a basic understanding of the concepts of the paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions and of projective identification. Detailed session reading will be sent on booking.

David Smart’s first career was in multi-disciplinary work in mainstream educational and off-site settings with secondary-age pupils experiencing difficulties. He trained with WPF Therapy to practice as a school counsellor and work privately as a psychotherapist with adults. He is committed to collaborative learning and understands development as a life-long, spiral process. Publications include “Play’ in practice in psychotherapy and education’, European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling, Volume 10, Issue 2, 2008, pp. 147 – 158 (with L. Gomez).

These sessions will be of interest to practicing counsellors/psychotherapists and trainees engaged in clinical work. There will be a focus on working with the ideas and issues clinically. Priority will be given to participants who can attend all 10 sessions.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please call or e-mail Training Administration on 020 7378 2050/ in order to be sent an application form.


WPF Therapy Certificate in CBT Skills - Winter intake

All participants completing the course will be awarded the WPF Therapy Certificate in CBT Skills.

Course dates

Winter 2018
Friday, 16 November 2018, 5pm - 8.30pm
Saturday, 17 November 2018, 9am - 5.30pm
Friday, 23 November 2018, 5pm - 8.30pm
Saturday, 24 November 2018, 9am - 5.30pm
Friday, 7 December 2018, 5pm - 8.30pm
Saturday, 8 December 2018, 9am - 5.30pm

Course Leader

Gerry McCarron


WPF Therapy Limited
23 Magdalen Street
London SE1 2EN


Course fee: £1,560
Registration fee: £100
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The WPF Therapy CBT Skills course is an entry level training in the foundation theory and skills of Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT). This course is suitable for students in clinical settings new to the field as well as existing therapists, psychologists, counsellors or coaches who wish to add CBT methods to their professional toolkit.

About Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy
CBT is a form of psychological therapy that stresses the role of conscious psychological processes in the maintenance of emotional disorder especially the interaction between negative thoughts, moods and coping behaviours. While most people report experiencing negative thoughts and feelings of low mood and anxiety these are typically transient experiences. In emotional disorder the interaction of negative thoughts and maladaptive coping responses interferes to cause a perpetuation and deepening of disordered cognition and emotion. In addition, many coping strategies cause their own additional problems. CBT aims to break these cycles of maintenance in therapy by increasing the client’s self-awareness and teaching a new and more adaptive repertoire of responses to old triggers like negative automatic thoughts. CBT protocols are frequently recommended in the NICE guidelines as the first-line treatment for common mental health problems.

The Training
Our training is highly interactive and experiential and trainees will get the opportunity to learn CBT “from the inside” through extensive role-play and the application of the principles in their own lives between training sessions. Skills will be demonstrated live by the trainer and using video demonstrations.  The course closely follows the Department of Health CBT Competencies Framework that describes the various activities which need to be brought together to carry out CBT effectively and in line with best practice for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. This course covers basic CBT competencies, specific behavioural and cognitive therapy techniques and some problem-specific competencies.

Course aims
The skills training aims to provide a solid understanding of the basic theory underpinning CBT and to equip participants with the core skills commonly used in therapy with common mental health disorders. At the end of the course participants should be conversant in

  1. The fundamental CBT theory of psychological disorder and particularly maintenance processes
  2. The principles of a collaborative therapeutic relationship
  3. CBT assessment of client problems
  4. CBT case formulation
  5. Setting appropriate goals with the client
  6. Structuring therapy
  7. Using and interpreting some common measures and questionnaires in therapy
  8. Core CBT skills for working with negative automatic thoughts and maladaptive behaviour
  9. Delivering empirically supported protocols for some common presentations

Who is it for?
This course is for mental health professionals who are working clinically.  You may be a social worker, doctor, nurse, counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist trained in another modality, for example.  There is an expectation that participants are already proficient in the generic trans-theoretical therapeutic competencies.  As an entry requirement, you will be able to demonstrate proficiency in relationship skills from prior training and clinical experience. Qualified counsellors and psychotherapists successfully completing this course may be eligible for a clinical placement in the WPF Therapy CBT Service. Please see Entry Requirements below.

Entry requirements
In addition to a completed application form applicants must submit:
i)    a current CV giving details of relevant training (including start date, end date, award gained and any ‘in-house’ training)
ii)   a brief statement giving reasons for wishing to complete the course and evidence of your proficiency in relationship skills
iii)  a copy of your professional accreditation or qualification (e.g. BACP/UKCP/BPC certificate) OR proof of training
Offers of a place will only be made on receipt of copies of all documents, including registration certificates

Timetable  –  Winter 2018
Friday 16th November, 5.00pm – 8.30pm
Saturday 17th November, 9.00am – 5.30pm
Friday 23rd November, 5.00pm – 8.30pm
Saturday 24th November, 9.00am – 5.30pm
Friday 7th December, 5.00pm – 8.30pm
Saturday, 8th December, 9.00am – 5.30pm

Testimonials from previous participants:

  • “Gerry was excellent in his delivery of the course – inclusive and interactive.”
  • “A very good approach to helping both therapist and patient to understand the workings of the patient’s mind.”
  • “Very helpful new way of thinking within the analytic framework.”

Course Tutor
Gerry McCarron is an experienced CBT therapist, trainer and supervisor. He completed a MSc in Counselling at Goldsmiths College, University of London, in 1993 under Professor Windy Dryden before undertaking CBT training at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre in 1994. He subsequently undertook the MSc in Advanced Cognitive Therapy – Training and Dissemination at Oxford University, completing in 2008. He has also attended training events and workshops internationally with leaders in the field.

Gerry currently works part-time as a supervisor in an IAPT service and part-time in a NHS Mental Health Trust secondary care service where he has specialised for several years in the application of CBT to complex clinical cases and the provision of supervision and training to psychologists, CBT therapists, junior doctors and trainees. As part of his role he established an in-house CBT training initiative that has successfully provided foundation training to many staff from different professional groups across the Trust.  He has been Course Director on an IAPT training scheme developed by Barnet, Enfield & Haringey NHS Mental Health Trust and Reading University and course contributor to CBT training courses at Goldsmiths College. For several years, he also led the CBT training and supervision component for specialised medical registrars training in psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic. Gerry has collaborated in research projects exploring clinical interventions for eating disorders and cognitive processes including rumination and self-criticism.


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Certificate in Clinical Assessment Skills

Participants must complete all 3 days of the course to receive a Certificate for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

Course dates

Day one, 6 April 2019
Day two, 13 April 2019
Day three (a), 27 April 2019
Day three (b), 18 May 2019
Time: 10am – 4pm

Course Leader

Cate Lyon


WPF Therapy Limited
23 Magdalen Street
London SE1 2EN


Qualified Practitioners: £400
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £350
WPF Therapy Trainees: £300
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The psychodynamic assessment can be “one of the most momentous days of [a client’s] life.” (Coltart, 1986).

The first meeting between assessor and client can be highly charged. The skilled assessor must quickly engage the client in a complex and emotional encounter which may surprise, disturb or disarm. The quality of the assessment meeting and the skill of the assessor form a crucial part of the process of beginning and its emotional impact often resonates well beyond the encounter itself. Sound assessment skills are crucial to effective clinical practice. However, professional trainings can often give insufficient time and focus to developing understanding of the assessment process.

The aim of this course is to understand the importance of the assessment as essential to good beginnings, to gain an overview of some theory and practice of clinical assessment and an understanding of the emotional impact of the assessment encounter, and its transference implications, to develop skills in assessment interview technique, psychodynamic formulation and approaching the assessment report.

Day 1: Introducing Assessment: Saturday, 6th April 2019

This day will introduce some key clinical concepts and attitudes for sound psychodynamic assessment.  Participants will consider the impact and influence of the assessment encounter and a range of assessment skills including the conduct of the psychodynamic assessment interview, the maintenance of an evaluative/therapeutic balance, making a recommendation and considering limits. All content will be considered in terms of providing formal clinical assessment in organisational settings and in private practice.

Day 2: Assessment – Essential Skills: Saturday, 13th April 2019

This day will build on learning and skills from Day 1. Participants will explore a range of assessment techniques including approaches to initial contact, risk assessment and management, psychodynamic formulation skills and writing the assessment report.   All practice will be considered in terms of providing formal clinical assessment in organisational settings and in private practice.

Day 3: Assessment Supervision: Saturday, 27th April (Day 3a) or Saturday,18th May 2019 (Day 3b)

Participants on this day will engage in a live supervision of clinical assessments presented by course participants who have volunteered to conduct an assessment following Day 2. This day will consolidate learning from Days 1 and 2 and enables both presenters and participants to engage fully in the assessment process through supervisory discussion.

*WPF Therapy reserves the right to cancel either Day 3a or Day 3b if there are insufficient participants to run both days. Please indicate if you could attend either day.

Comments from previous participants:

  • “The pace and sensitive attention to detail at each level of the assessment process felt just right.”
  • “Invaluable information for both experienced and inexperienced assessors.”
  • “Cate communicated a sense of pleasure in carrying out assessments. I enjoyed her relaxed but erudite style.” 
  • “The course was very well balanced – theory, insight, practicalities.”

Course Leader
Cate Lyon trained at WPF Therapy. She practices and supervises in NHS Primary Care and in Private Practice. She also supervises in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT). Cate has a specialist interest in brief therapeutic encounters, working at pace and depth. As a seminar leader, supervisor, tutor and clinical assessor, Cate teaches and trains extensively in the field. She provides professional CPD workshops for a range of public and private organisations.

Course requirements
The course will be helpful to qualified and training counsellors and psychotherapists who are interested in developing their understanding and technique in clinical assessment. This course is psychodynamic in orientation although practitioners of other modalities are welcome to attend. You must be currently engaged in clinical work in order to be eligible to attend this course. Ideally, you should be in a position to carry out assessments in your work. Participants who volunteer to conduct and present an assessment for Day 3 must be qualified practitioners or in supervised honorary placements with permission to conduct an assessment. We will need four volunteers on Day 3a and 3b so if you are interested in volunteering to present please indicate your availability to do so and ensure that you can make arrangements to conduct an assessment.

Please Note:
Those wishing to volunteer to present an assessment on Day 3 should ensure they are in a position to do so and have secured permission from their organisations where necessary. Assessments can only be conducted at WPF Therapy Clinic by participants who are currently WPF Honorary Assessors and with the prior agreement of their supervisor.

Please state on your application your first and second preference to attend either Day 3a or Day 3b, or if you could attend either. We will do our best to accommodate your first choice but this may not always be possible.

Participants must complete all 3 days of the course to receive a Certificate for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 28th March 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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