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Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills

Course dates

Mode 1 (October 2019 start)
Mode 2 (August 2020 start)
Mode 3 (January 2020 start)
Mode 4 (April 2020 start) POSTPONED

Programme Manager

Kate Trench


WPF Therapy Limited, 23 Magdalen Street, London SE1 2EN


Fee: £2,317 (2019-2020)
Registration fee: £100 (due on acceptance)
Discounted fee: £2,217 (if paid in full before course start)
Selection fee: £40
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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 2020. However, we accept applications throughout the year.

October 2020 Term Dates

Term One     Wednesday 7th October – Wednesday 16th December 2020
Reading week    Monday 2nd November – Friday 6th November

Term Two    Wednesday 13th January – Wednesday 24th March 2021
Reading week    Monday 14th February – Friday 19th February

Term Three  Wednesday 28th April – Wednesday 7th July 2021
Reading week    Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June

January 2020 Start – Mode 3 starts in January and requires weekly attendance from January to July.  This route begins on either Tuesday 14th January 2020 or Friday 17th January 2020 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 2 when there will be no session. 

Term dates for Tuesday evening sessions
Term 1: Tuesday 12th January – Tuesday 23rd March 2021

Easter Break

Term 2: 
Tuesday 27th April – Tuesday 13th July 2021
Reading week: Monday 31st May – Friday 4th May 2021

Term dates for Friday morning sessions

Term 1:  Friday 15th January – Friday 26th March 2021

Easter Break

Term 2: Friday 29th April – Friday 15th July 2021
Reading week: Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June

Saturday module dates for both days
Saturday 13th February 2021
Saturday 20th March 2021
Saturday 15th May 2020
Saturday 3rd July 2020

April Start – Mode 4  POSTPONED  requires weekly attendance from April 2020 to March 2021. This route takes place on Monday evenings, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, consists of 30 sessions and begins on Monday 20th April 2020

Term 1: Monday 20th April 2020– Monday 29th June 2020
Reading week: Monday 25th May – Friday 29th May

Term 2: Monday 7th September 2020 – 30th November 2020
Reading week: Monday 26th October – Friday 30th October

Term 3: Monday 11th January 2021 – Monday 1st March 2021

August 2020 Start – Modular – Mode 2 is a more condensed version of the course and will begin in August 2020 and finish in April 2021.  One week full-time attendance (Monday–Friday), followed by three weekend modules and ending with a second week requiring full-time attendance.

Week One: Monday 3rd August to Friday 7th August 2020
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am – 3.00pm
Wednesday and Friday 9.30am to 5.15pm

Three weekend modules  (Saturday 9am to 4.30pm and Sunday 10.00am to 4.15pm)
Module 1: Saturday 17th October & Sunday 18th October 2020
Module 2: Saturday 16th January & Sunday 17th January 2021
Module 3: Saturday 6th March & Sunday 7th March 2021

Week Two: Monday 19th April to Friday 23rd April 2021
Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.15pm

Please note that the fee for the August 2020 start course is £2,317.

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”.

“Thought provoking, interactive course. Be prepared to embark on a journey of discovery about yourself and others”.

“A comprehensive and insightful introduction to counselling”.

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Diploma in counselling skills (Access course)

January start
7 month duration including 4 Saturday Modules

Course dates

Term 1, 16 January 2020 - 2 April 2020
Term 2, 23 April 2020 - 16 July 2020

Programme Manager

Kate Trench


WPF Therapy Limited
23 Magdalen Street
London SE1 2EN


Course fee: £2,870
Registration fee: £100 (due on acceptance)
Instalments: £1,385 x 2
Discounted fee: £2,770 (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 16th January 2020 – Thursday 2nd April 2020
Reading Week: Thursday 20th February 2020

Term 2: Thursday 23rd April 2020 – Thursday 16th July 2020
Reading Week: Thursday 28th May 2020

Four Saturday Modules

  1. Saturday 15th February 2020 10am-4pm
  2. Saturday 14th March 2020 10am-4pm
  3. Saturday 30th May 2020 10am-4pm
  4. Saturday 11th July 2020 10am-4pm

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Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

This course is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapy qualification 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 Programme is reviewed each year.

This professional training is BACP accredited and leads to registration with the BPC and UKCP. This qualification is a four-year, part-time training which combines theoretical seminars, experiential groups and clinical experience. All trainees on this programme are provided with a clinical placement within WPF Therapy’s clinical services. Clinical supervision of this work is provided on site and forms part of the training programme. The fees include supervision.  Fees do not include the cost of personal therapy, which is the trainee’s responsibility.

Training programme Admissions criteria Admissions process Personal therapy Programme aims Programme structure Course description Code of ethics Open events Further information


1.   Training programme 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) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) CPJA Section as a psychodynamic psychotherapist. Fulfils the training requirements for individual accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)*; Successful completion of the Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy also provides a foundation for psychoanalytic psychotherapy training.

(*Please note that entrants who are Accredited for Prior or Experiential Learning (APEL) onto the third year of the course will only be completing 50% of the accredited four-year course and so cannot be said to be doing a BACP accredited training. This does not apply to those entering the second year and completing 75% of the course.)

2.   Admissions criteria At the time of making an application, application applicants must: Demonstrate self-awareness and maturity. The course is emotionally and academically challenging.  Trainees will be expected to examine themselves and their behaviour on the course and be able to explore psychodynamic issues. Already have experience of using counselling skills with individuals in a face-to-face context. This could be experience gained in a professional or formal counselling capacity or in a voluntary capacity in a helping context such as a regular befriending role. Have successfully completed or be about to complete a basic course in counselling skills of not less than one year’s duration and which is equivalent to the WPF Therapy Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills. Be personally suitable to train as therapists and to work with clients at WPF Therapy including demonstrating effective use of counselling skills. Provide evidence of the academic potential to complete the theoretical elements of the course, including written assignments. Normally, applicants should have a degree or equivalent.  Applicants who do not have a degree may be asked to submit a piece of written work for assessment. Evidence of competency in English (see below) if English is not your first language. Be able to show appropriate evidence of prior learning and experience for entry into year two or three of the training. Admission requirements for Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) applicants

(please note on your application that you wish to be considered for APEL entry):

Applications who wish to be considered for entry into a later year of training:

Should work in a counselling centre or equivalent providing psychodynamic counselling. Have a two-year Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, or an equivalent psychodynamic qualification. Be currently in approved therapy and have been in this therapy for a minimum of two years. Have equivalency of client hours compared to end of year one or year two of the Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (20, or 120 hours of psychodynamic counselling/therapy respectively) and are able to demonstrate the qualities of a reflective practitioner. Must be able to supply a reference from their course tutor and/or their work place. Have proven academic ability to comparable level of the end of the second year at WPF Therapy. We will require a piece of recent written work from the applicant. This is normally a clinical essay including an account of clinical work combined with theoretical understanding.

Please see our APEL policy for further information

Written and Spoken English

Please note all applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English.  These are the qualifications in English regarded by WPF Therapy as an acceptable minimum level of competence:

British Council IELTS at 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band (see GCSE grade C Cambridge Proficiency Certificate grade C Cambridge Advanced Certificate grade C (with no less than ‘weak’ in any band)


3.   Admissions process

The admissions process consists of:

Full Application form, including a personal statement. A current CV Group interview Individual interview References

We expect that it will take up to six weeks, from the date of your group interview to a decision being made about an offer to you of a place on the course

The group interviews are normally held on Thursdays, dates and times will be available on the WPF website as they become available. There will be up to five other applicants in each group interview.

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

Group interview

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.

Dates for the group interviews for the 2020 will be provided below as they become are available.

Individual interview The individual interview takes place in the consulting room of an experienced clinician associated with WPF with whom the interview is arranged for a mutually convenient time. The cost of this interview is £75 is payable directly to the interviewer and arrangements for this payment are agreed with the interviewer when the interview is arranged. This is a personal interview about your self-awareness. We are also looking for a flexible and empathic approach to a diverse range of people and will be assessing your suitability to work with clients from the WPF Therapy clinic.


Reports are received from each stage of the process and will be reviewed by the selection committee.

Trainees are expected to disclose any personal circumstances that may impact on their capacity to complete the training and/or clinical work with WPF Therapy clients. If any such issues arise whilst on the course trainees are expected to discuss them with their tutor. 4.   Personal therapy

Applicants must have had at least six months of therapy, ideally psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapy, before applying for the training. Applicants do not have to be in therapy at the time of application but, if offered a place on the course, will be required to have started a minimum of once-weekly therapy with a WPF-approved training therapist by the course start date.

WPF Therapy Guidelines for Therapy and a list of WPF Therapy training therapists is available from the training department.

Therapy Advisors

WPF Therapy allocates a therapy advisor to each trainee. A therapy advisor is an experienced training therapist who functions as a special consultant to trainees in order to refer them to a suitable therapist. If you are not established in a suitable therapy at the time of application, it is strongly recommended to consult with their therapy advisor to seek help with this very important step. The therapy advisor will charge a fee of £45 for this consultation. A therapy advisor will be available to you throughout the duration of your training.


5.   Programme 5.1. To enable trainees to develop a critical understanding of psychodynamic theory within contemporary society. 5.2. To equip trainees with the skills and techniques of the psychodynamic model to work clinically with a range of clients. 5.3. To inform trainees of the limits and context of the psychodynamic approach so that they can critically assess the psychodynamic model that is taught as the core theoretical model of the programme. 5.4. To enable trainees to develop a professional identity as a psychodynamic psychotherapist and to work independently as reflective practitioners. 5.5. To enable trainees to engage in the theoretical debates within the subject area and to contribute to its knowledge base. 5.6. To equip trainees with research awareness and the capacity to evaluate and critique research in the field.

This qualification provides a foundation for psychoanalytic psychotherapy training and for further training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

WPF Therapy organises the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy course flexibly to allow for recognition of previous learning experience and the individual learning needs of trainees.

The course structure enables trainees to proceed to qualification in four years. Applicants with a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from the former WPF Therapy Network or with equivalent and certificated previous learning experience may be admitted into years two or three of either of the four-year training routes.

* Please note that entrants who are APELed onto the third year of the course will only be completing 50% of the accredited four-year course and so cannot be said to be doing a BACP accredited training. This does not apply to those entering the second year and completing 75% of the course.

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

Disclosure and Barring Service Checks (DBS)
Completion of a form listing any unspent criminal convictions forms part of the application procedure for this course. This information will not necessarily prejudice your application. A DBS Check is required for all those who will be seeing WPF Therapy clients. This is to be completed as soon as the offer of a place has been accepted.

6.   Programme structure

WPF Therapy reviews the structure of the programme every year.  Therefore, applicants may expect some changes to the programme during their time at WPF Therapy.  WPF Therapy will seek to minimise changes as much as possible so that applicants can prepare for the four years of training.  The course is currently delivered through a combination of seminars, experiential groups and clinical supervision. Trainees are expected to access WPF Therapy online resources and all materials are distributed via a virtual learning environment.  In addition to the training sessions set out above, trainees will undertake clinical work with clients at WPF Therapy’s clinic at London Bridge. Trainees will have the opportunity to see clients during the day, in the evenings or on Saturdays. On Mode A, clients can sometimes be seen in the morning before the timetable starts or in the evening after it ends. Trainees on both Modes may need to see their clients on days other than those when they attend the scheduled course.

The qualification leads to registration with the graduate body of WPF Therapy, the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC).  In order to register with BPC and UKCP graduates are required to be professional members of FPC.    Trainee membership of FPC is free during the training period and trainees are encouraged to make use of their membership.

The components of the course are provided through two alternative routes to qualification.

Modular daytime route

The Modular Route, Mode M, caters for people who want to fit their training in with other commitments, without attending in the evenings. This training programme runs over four years on one day a week. The first two years take place on Tuesdays from 9.15am – 5.45pm, and years three and four take place on Mondays.

Afternoon route

The afternoon Route, Mode A, runs from 1.00pm – 7.00pm one day a week for four years. Years one and two take place on a Thursday and years three and four take place on a Friday.

7.   Course description

There are 30 teaching weeks in a year. Client casework takes place over 44 weeks and supervision continues throughout the year. The course is composed of modules taught at Level 7. Clinical work and supervision are included in the course structure and trainees are required to attend experiential groups.

The course has a pluralist ethos within the psychodynamic and psychoanalytic traditions. Trainees study a wide range of theory, from the seminal contributions of Freud, Jung, Klein, Winnicott and Bion to contemporary views of theory and technique.

Trainees are encouraged to engage critically with the required reading. Some study of cognitive behavioural, family therapy, and groupwork theoretical approaches are undertaken in order to help trainees understand something of the range of psychological treatments which may be suitable for clients.

Course content Level 7 modules; Professional modules; Experiential Groups:  All trainees attend experiential groups for at least one year of their training; Tutorials: WPF Therapy allocates a personal tutor to each trainee. Client casework and supervision (continues throughout) Some Saturday workshops are compulsory for trainees on all Modes.   Assessment

This is continuous and intended to provide helpful and constructive feedback. Satisfactory completion of, and attendance at, all compulsory modules is required. At the end of each year a staff committee considers the progress of each trainee and makes a recommendation based on a self-assessment, supervisor’s report, seminar reports and the written assignments.

Written Work

Written work is required in each of the level 7 modules, usually an essay of 2,000 words. Essays or student presentations may also be required. Trainees are also required to complete two clinical essays, the first submitted in year two of the course, the second in the final year of the course. These are of 3,000 and 3,500 words respectively. It is expected that trainees are competent in working with online resources and have the capacity to engage in a small research project.

Clinical Placement

One of the unique aspects of training at WPF Therapy is that trainees see clients in the WPF Therapy clinic.  This provides them with an opportunity to work in an active clinic, including with safeguarding and risk assessment.  Trainees are expected to work with the WPF Therapy online client record management system.

WPF Therapy places emphasis on the clinical aspects of our professional courses and the psychodynamic psychotherapy training will provide extensive experience of face-to-face practice in the WPF Therapy clinical service. This is central to our training and usually involves working with both male and female clients of different ages and from a diversity of backgrounds. Trainees may also be able to gain experience in particular specialities such short-term work. The clinical experience as a whole provides an invaluable opportunity for trainees to develop their skills while under the supervision of experienced practitioners, and so equips graduates for a broad-based professional practice once training is completed.

WPF Therapy trainees require a minimum of 320 client contact hours in order to qualify. On qualification trainees may have the opportunity of transferring their clients to their private practice.  This is subject to the suitability of the client for working in private practice.  There is a transfer out fee payable to WPF Therapy.

Please note that it is not appropriate for trainees to take other trainees on the course as clients whether from their own or a different cohort.



Weekly group supervision is provided for trainees as a required module of the course. Trainees are expected to attend supervision through the year.

8.   Code of ethics

Trainees on the Clinical Qualification for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy are expected to comply with the WPF Therapy Code of Ethics and Professional Practice. On graduation they are expected to become Professional Members of FPC, which is WPF Therapy’s graduate body.

WPF Therapy reserves the right to extend or terminate training.

9.   Open events

WPF Therapy holds regular Introductory Seminars where you can find out more about the Clinical Qualification in an interactive and informal environment. The opportunity to speak to current trainees is also available either at, or after, these events. Information on upcoming events can be found on the events page of our website

10 Further information

Further information and application forms are available from or 020 7378 2050.
An individual training consultation can be arranged for a fee of £40.



Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy PDP L1

Course dates

Dates below are for 2020/2021
Term 1, 1 October 2020 - 16 December 2020
Term 2, 11 January 2021 - 26 March 2021
Term 3, 26 April 2021 - 12 July 2021
(October intake) NB Clinical Work 44 weeks a year

Selection Manager

Krysia Zalewska


WPF Therapy Limited
23 Magdalen Street
London SE1 2EN


Fee on Submission of Full Application: £150
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Programme Fees and course details will be available in March 2020.  Open to applicatons from that date.  If you would like to make an inital enquiry please email

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Clinical Qualification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

October intake

Course dates

Term 1, 1 October 2019 - 16 December 2019
Term 2, 6 January 2020 - 20 March 2020
Term 3, 20 April 2020 - 6 July 2020

Programme Manager

Stephen Crawford


WPF Therapy Limited
23 Magdalen Street
London SE1 2EN


Year one: £3,526
Registration fee: £250
Instalments: £1,092 x 3
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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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Kleinians since Klein Study Group 2019-2020

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, 27 September 2019
Session 2: The depressive position: loss and guilt, 25 October 2019
Session 3: Pathological organisation of the personality, 22 November 2019
Session 4: The development of the capacity to think, 13 December 2019
Session 5: The facts of life and the Oedipal triangle, 24 January 2020
Session 6: The central importance of transference/countertransference, 21 February 2020
Session 7: Envy and the death instinct, 20 March 2020
Session 8: Confusion and perversion, 24 April 2020
Session 9: The spiral of development, 22 May 2020
Session 10: What is distinctive about Kleinian work?, 26 June 2020
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 study group has been lively and successful in previous years and is generally fully subscribed.

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

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.


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, 20 June 2020
Day two, 4 July 2020
Day three, 25 July 2020
Time: 10am – 4pm

Course Leader

Cate Lyon


WPF Therapy Limited, 23 Magdalen Street, London SE1 2EN


Qualified Practitioners: £420
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £370
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £320
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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.  For Day 3 we hope for a maximum of 4 volunteers to conduct assessments on each of Days 3a and 3b.   Assessments can be conducted in Private Practice or public/voluntary sectors.  Not all participants need to volunteer for this, but please consider volunteering when you make your application.   Your learning will be enhanced if you undertake a real assessment.

Day 1: Introducing Assessment: Saturday, 20th June 2020

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, 4th July 2020

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, 25th July 

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.

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. This is a course which focuses on being able to practice conducting an assessment and 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 volunteers to present on Day 3. 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 whether you are able to present an assessment.

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 11th June 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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