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Taster Session: Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Workshop dates

Workshop, 6 July 2019 - 6 July 2019, 10am-1pm

Workshop leader/s

Stephen Crawford, Senior Programme Manager
Krysia Zalewska, Training Manager

Venue

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

Fees

: £25
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How do you choose where to go for your professional training?  With so many courses on offer with different structures we understand the confusion that some people may experience.  Training is an expensive commitment both in terms of time, finance and emotional investment.  Where do you go?

This half-day workshop is an opportunity to get a taste of what it would be like to train with WPF Therapy.  You must have completed an introductory course or be completing an introductory course.  (If you have not done this then we recommend our one-day Taster Session focussed on the introductory course on 29th June).

During the morning workshop there will be an opportunity to discuss clinical/case material, get a taste of what it might be like to be in an academic seminar, what happens after you qualify and ask questions.  The workshop will be predominantly experiential in nature.

Stephen Crawford trained at WPF Therapy and is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice, registered with BPC, and a member of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC) – the graduate body of WPF Therapy. He is a Senior Programme Manager at WPF Therapy with responsibility for the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice (Mode A) and the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training.

Krysia Zalewska trained at WPF Therapy and is a psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice, registered with BPC, and a member of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC), and BACP. She is a Training Manger at WPF with responsibility for managing the selection process for the Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

Target Audience

Those who have completed an introductory course in counselling/psychotherapy or who are currently completing an introductory course.  This workshop is not suitable for you if you have not done a basic course already.

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WPF Therapy open evening

Workshop dates

Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday , 8 November 2019, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday, 3 January 2020, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Thursday, 20 February 2020, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday, 29 May 2020, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday, 4 September 2020, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Session Leaders

Michael Lyons
Sarah Jones

Venue

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

Fees

: FREE

More information

Jennifer Jones
Programme Administrator
jennifer.jones@wpf.org.uk  
020 7378 2051

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This free open evening, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, is for those who want to know more about counselling and psychotherapy and possible training options with WPF Therapy.

  • Are you interested in finding out about the counselling and psychotherapy training available at WPF Therapy?
  • Have you been thinking about, or are looking for, a reputable foundation level course that will fit in with your life, challenge you and move your ambitions forward?
  • Are you looking for an introductory level course that can lead to a BACP, BPC and UKCP recognised qualification?
  • Have you completed a foundation level course and are now looking for an accredited training (BACP) that will equip you with a professional qualification as a psychodynamic psychotherapist (BPC and UKCP)?

Then start, and maybe end, your search with us.

With 50 years of experience in providing reputable counselling and psychotherapy training WPF Therapy is ideally placed to help you make a choice. This two hour introductory session will provide you with answers to some of the questions you will be asking yourself – such as what does psychodynamic mean?, what do our courses involve?, when do courses take place and what can they lead to?

Find out more about our foundation level certificate courses, the essential first step when embarking on a training to become a therapist or a valuable aid to self development and enhanced work performance. Or our Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (BACP registered and accredited, BPC and UKCP registration) which leads to qualification as a psychodynamic psychotherapist.

If you would like to speak to one of our current trainees, or one of our graduates to find out more about the practicalities and the student experience of training with us, please indicate this when you book a  place.

This is an ideal time to discover, in an informal and interactive way, more about the April, July/August, October and January intakes of the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills course, the next January 2020 intake for the Diploma in Counselling Skills (Access Course), or to clarify what preparations are needed for a qualifying professional psychodynamic psychotherapy training.

Please contact us to book a place.  All are welcome to attend.

Feedback from past visitors

  • “I found it really useful just to have the basic information about the ladder of training as I’ve found it very difficult previously to understand exactly what I’d need to do”
  • “The discussions about skills and qualities of a counsellor”
  • “Explaining the process of psychodynamic theory”
  • “Excellent overview of what will be covered”
  • “All useful but particularly liked the interactive style and the smaller groups”
  • Useful to understand the difference between psychodynamic and psychoanalytic, and the difference between counselling and psychotherapy”
  • “Useful to hear the answers to other people’s questions as some asked things I’d not thought about”

 

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WPF Therapy Reading Group 2018 - 2019

Workshop dates

Monthly
Friday evenings 7.00 – 8.30pm
Warlight, 25 January 2019
Staring at the Sun, 22 February 2019
The Solitude of Prime Numbers, 22 March 2019
Somewhere Towards the End, 17 May 2019

Facilitators

Various leaders

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £10
Trainees: £5

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk 
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£10

This unique reading group has gone from strength to strength so we are delighted to be able to offer an opportunity to explore, examine and enjoy the books below. Our presenters have been stimulating and challenging, and have introduced us to new delights or opened up fresh vistas onto pre-loved favourites.

Although many participants have been trainees and practising counsellors or psychotherapists, everyone is welcome to attend. If you are thinking of attending for the first time or have enjoyed one of the previous sessions, why not tell a friend and encourage them to come along too. Please read the novel before attending.

All are welcome to attend this event. Refreshments provided.

Friday 25th January 2019
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
Led by Kristina Hemon

Friday 22nd February 2019
Staring at the Sun – Overcoming the Dread of Death by Irvin Yalom
Led by Virginia Lewis

Friday 22nd March 2019
The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordando
Led by Michael Lyons

Friday 17th May 2019
Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill
Led by Jan McHugh

 

We are still looking for people to facilitate reading groups, particularly for 2019-2020, so please e-mail events@wpf.org.uk if you are interested.

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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.

Workshop 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

Workshop leader

David Smart

Venue

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

Fees

10 sessions in total: £225
Per individual session: £25

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk
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£225

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/events@wpf.org.uk in order to be sent an application form.

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The life and work of Joan Riviere. Freud, Klein and Female Sexuality with Marion Bower

All participants completing the lecture will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Lecture:, 27 July 2019
Time: 10.30am - 12pm

Speaker

Marion Bower

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified practitioners: £40
Trainees: £25

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2050

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£40

This lecture will describe aspects of Joan Riviere’s life and her experiences which were relevant to the depressive position  Marion will also describe the influence of Freud and Melanie Klein on Joan Riviere’s thinking.

By attending this lecture participants will:

  1. Gain an understanding of people who respond to getting better by getting worse.
  2. Understand attacks on helpful interventions.
  3. Learn more about psychoanalytic ancestors.
  4. Gain an understanding of the depressive position.
  5. Establish an understanding of envy.
  6. Appreciate how learning about the lives of psychoanalysts helps understand their theories.

There will be plenty of time for participants to bring their own material.

Speaker
Marion Bower has trained as a teacher, a social worker and an adult psychotherapist.  She worked in the child and family department of the Tavistock clinic.  She has edited four books including ‘Addictive States of Mind’.  She has just published a biography of Joan Riviere.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 18th July 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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Christianity and Consciousness: a personal account with Mark Vernon

All participants attending the lecture will receive a Certificate of Attendance for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

Workshop dates

Lecture:, 9 November 2019
Time: 10.30am - 12pm

Speaker

Mark Vernon

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified practitioners: £40
Trainees: £25

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2050

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£40

During this personal talk Mark will present an account of Christianity as an evolution of human consciousness. He will talk about some of the ideas of the Oxford Inkling, Owen Barfield. Finally, he will consider a personal journey through spirituality and psychotherapy.

This lecture will include:

  1. Thinking about Christianity and inner life
  2. Psychotherapy and spirituality
  3. Understanding one idea about the evolution of western consciousness
  4. An opportunity to buy a discounted copy of Mark Vernon’s new book

Target Audience

Therapists and people interested in therapy who are also drawn to questions around Christianity, western consciousness, ancient and modern understandings of spirituality, and the meaning of psychotherapy.

Speaker
Mark Vernon
is a psychotherapist and writer, based in London. He is also a broadcaster and podcaster, and regularly gives talks and lectures. He has a PhD in philosophy, and degrees in theology and physics. His new book focuses on the great twentieth century Romantic thinker and Oxford Inkling, Owen Barfield, and is entitled, A Secret History of Christianity (John Hunt Publishing). His is also the author of The Idler Guide To Ancient Philosophy (Idler Books) and has other books on friendship, love and the good life, too. Mark contributes regularly to publications in the UK and also broadcasts on the BBC. He began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England. For more visit, www.markvernon.com.  Mark trained with WPF Therapy.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 31st October 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

Attendees of this lecture may also be interested in attending Beyond Psychoanalysis: The place of religious language with David Black.

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Beyond Psychoanalysis: The place of religious language with David Black

All participants attending the lecture will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Lecture, 19 March 2020
Time: 7.15pm - 8.45pm

Lecturer

David Black

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified practitioners: £40
Trainees: £25

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2050

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The inner world of a human being develops as it comes to be recognised.  The process is necessarily circular.  “We are creatures who, for our very existence, depend on concepts that depend on us,” as Jonathan Lear says in his book Wisdom Won from Illness: Essays in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (Harvard University Press 2017).  It matters greatly, therefore, what concepts we encounter, and how those concepts are regarded.  And our encounter with them depends in turn on language and how language is used in the cultural world, perhaps even the “silo”, in which we find ourselves.  Using examples from the history of Buddhism and Christianity I shall argue that religions offer linguistic resources that can’t be substituted by a scientific psychology, however careful.

Lecturer
David M. Black
is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytic Society who has published widely on psychoanalytic, ethical and religious issues. He edited Psychoanalysis and Religion in the 21st Century (Routledge New Library of Psychoanalysis 2006) and is author of Why Things Matter (Routledge 2011). His initial psychotherapy training was at WPF, of which he wrote an early history, A Place for Exploration (WPF, 1991).

Applications must be received by Thursday, 13th March 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

Attendees of this lecture may also be interested in attending Christianity and Consciousness: a personal account with Mark Vernon.

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Can We Be Brief? An Introduction to Brief Therapy with Margaret Mykura

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 22 June 2019
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Margaret Mykura

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £125
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £90
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £50

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk
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£125
  1. What is Brief Therapy? Is it different to Time Limited?  Short term?
  2. Can you facilitate effective change with just a few sessions?
  3. Did you train to work with long term, open ended clients and now you are being asked to work for a limited number of sessions?
  4. Are you working in an organisation where you can only offer a limited number of sessions?

At WPF Therapy we have been working with a time limited model for client work for over 20 years.  We know that it is an effective way of working with our clients.  Our plan is to inspire you to use time limited therapy in your work with clients. You may be working in an organisation that requires you to limit the number of sessions and this workshop will help you to see that choice as a valid way of working with clients and not solely a budget driven exercise.  During the workshop we  will examine the value of time limited therapy, and how setting a time limit can be a fruitful experience. You will gain an understanding of the principles of time limited therapy and how change and insight can be achieved in a limited number of sessions. Our approach is psychodynamic and we hope that you will leave the day understanding more about the therapist’s role in time limited therapy.  You will learn some basic skills and techniques to use in your clinical practice.

During the workshop there will be an exploration of the impact of time in therapy and how insight and change can be achieved within a short term contract. There will also be an introduction to the Time Limited Therapy Model, of James Mann. The day will include small group and paired exercises, a talk with a PowerPoint presentation and the opportunity for discussion.

Target Audience

The workshop is aimed at counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists, qualified or in training who are already working with clients in time limited therapy, or would like to include a time limited model in their practice.  The workshop would also be relevant and of interest to health care professionals who would like to include some of the principles of time limited therapy in their work.  Although the focus will be on a psychodynamic perspective in time limited therapy, practitioners from all orientations are welcome, a psychodynamic training is not necessary.

Workshop leader
Margaret Mykura
is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Supervisor who trained at WPF Therapy.  Margaret has a background of working in Mental Health and Lecturing in Higher Education.  Margaret’s experience in Brief Therapy includes working in a GP practice and with IAPT. Margaret currently works as the Clinical Lead for Time Limited  Psychotherapy at WPF Therapy. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 20th of June 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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

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Guilt and Shame with Jan McGregor Hepburn - PROVISIONALLY FULLY BOOKED

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio. Please note, this workshop is now provisionally fully booked.

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 22 June 2019
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Jan McGregor Hepburn

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £125
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £90
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £50

More information

Training Administration
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Please note, this workshop is now provisionally fully booked.

  • Are you struggling to differentiate between guilt and shame?

  • Do you want to develop your understanding of how guilt and shame manifest themselves clinically?

  • Would you like to gain a theoretical grasp of shame, guilt and their origins?

  • Are you interested in exploring the ways in which these affects ‘get played’ out in the consulting room?

Patients and clients may struggle to accept the clinician’s help because they feel shame and feel humiliated by needing help and the process of getting it. This workshop will help you to gain an understanding of the dynamics of guilt and shame in clinical work as well as another insight into the countertransference experiences of feeling guilty and ashamed. The differences between reparative guilt and persecutory guilt will also be considered.

The workshop will involve a PowerPoint presentation, followed by a discussion of the presentation and issues arising from it. Participants are encouraged to bring their own clinical material as well as to discuss theoretical questions. Video clips will also be used to illustrate some of the points. The day will close with a plenary where participants can present their questions and discuss clinical implications further.

This workshop is suitable for qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. It is relevant to people working from different theoretical bases and with different levels of experience.

Workshop leader
Jan McGregor Hepburn
has a background in Social work management and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She presents papers at conferences and devises and facilitates both seminars and workshops on a variety of subjects related to both management dynamics and clinical topics. Jan is the author of a book chapter and journal articles. She is a registrant of the British Psychoanalytic Council and a trainer for the North of England Association for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Jan has been the Registrar of the British Psychoanalytic Council since 2005. She is also on the Reading Panel of the British Journal of Psychotherapy and doing doctoral research at the University of Northumbria.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 13th of June 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please call or e-mail Katherine on 020 7378 2052/katherine.ahluwalia@wpf.org.uk in order to be sent an application form.

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Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy Taster Day on 29th June 2019 - FULLY BOOKED

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 29 June 2019
Workshop date, 14 September 2019
Workshop date, 7 December 2019
Time 10am – 4pm


Venue

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

Fees

None: £60
Qualified practitioner: £60
Trainee: £60

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk
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£60

Please note, this workshop is now fully booked. Please apply to be added to the waiting list.

Are you thinking of training but have lots of questions? Do the questions below sound relevant to you?

Why do this workshop?

  1. Do I want to be a counsellor not a psychotherapist? Do  I want to be a psychotherapist?  What is counselling and what is psychotherapy?  Are psychotherapists like psychiatrist?   What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?
  1. What does psychodynamic mean? Isn’t that Freud?  How do I know what model of therapy is right for me?  If I do the introductory course at WPF Therapy can I go on to train somewhere else?
  1. What does training as a therapist involve? Why does it take so long to train?  Why do I have to be in therapy?
  1. I’m a good listener already. Why should I do an introductory course?
  1. What does it take to be a good therapist? How do I know if it’s right for me?  What qualities do I need to have?
  1. Why is the introductory course at WPF Therapy so long? Why does it cost so much money?
  1. Why should I come to WPF Therapy rather than go somewhere else? How do I know what is a good training?  What can I do at the end of the training?  How much money will I make?  What are the professional bodies?  Is it important?

What can you expect at the end of this workshop?

 By the end of the workshop we hope that you will have answers to many of the above questions, or if not, a clear direction.  You will also:

  1.  Have a clearer understanding of what a psychotherapy training involves and specifically what is required of you on the introductory course at WPF Therapy.
  1. Have a basic understanding of the psychodynamic perspective and how this fits in with other theoretical models such as humanistic, CBT and integrative therapy etc.
  1. Have begun to explore how you relate to others and to yourself and why therapy training requires deep, personal work.
  1. Have a greater appreciation of the skills involved in active listening and how these are developed on the introductory course at WPF Therapy. 

Brief Outline 

The course will be taught using a variety of techniques including discussion in small and large groups and paired exercises.  The day will be broken down into 4 segments although there may be some changes depending on the group.

Session 1. The Mystery of Psychotherapy
We will look at the differences between psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and counselling. What are the different models of counselling and psychotherapy and where does psychodynamic psychotherapy sit on that spectrum? We will also explore what we need to think about if we want to train.

Session 2 Psychodynamic Concepts- Is this perspective for you?
A basic introduction to psychodynamic concepts. Is the psychodynamic the model for us, or are other options better suited to our personalities?

 Session 3- Our emotional world
We will begin to explore ideas of emotional intelligence and our reflective capacity. What qualities does a counsellor or therapist need and is this really what I want to do?

Session 4- Communication and therapy today
Where does therapy and counselling belong in today’s world? What jobs are there at the end of the training? What will I learn at WPF Therapy and is it the right place for me to begin this journey?

Target Audience: This course will be of interest if you want to learn more about counselling, therapy or psychotherapy training and/or you wish to develop counselling skills in your current work.  No previous knowledge is required.

Comments from previous workshop:

  • “Thought provoking and fascinating.”
  • “Really helps as part of the decision making process.”
  • “Very clear and encouraging.”
  • “Very informative, both about WPF as well as psychotherapy generally.”

Applications must be received by Thursday, 27th June 2019Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

If you apply for the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills starting in August or October following attendance at this Taster Day we will waive the course selection fee of £35.

In recognition of WPF Therapy’s 50th anniversary (17th July 2019) the cost of this workshop will be reduced to £50 for WPF’s Year of Celebration July 2019 – July 2020.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please call or e-mail training on 020 7378 2050/events@wpf.org.uk in order to be sent an application form.

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Thinking about the unconscious - a beginners guide with Cate Lyon

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop date:, 29 June 2019
Time 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Cate Lyon

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £125
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £90
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £50

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A uniting principle of all psychoanalytically informed understanding of the human mind and relationships is a recognition of the existence of a dynamic unconscious. That is, ideas ‘in the mind’ that are hidden away from conscious knowledge and which yet have force and motion in influencing our everyday beliefs, thoughts and actions. The vast, hidden and shifting bulk of Freud’s iceberg resonates at its surface, giving shape, depth and meaning to its visible tip. Working with the unconscious involves daring to dive below what we see and say and do – into an exploration of the timeless, wordless, irrational, topsy-turvy, dreamlike realm below. Unsurprising then, that attempting to grasp a clear enough understanding of unconscious processes can feel elusive and frustrating, indeed the prospect can tempt us to pitch our tent on the tiny ‘terra firma’ of conscious knowledge.

This workshop will take travellers on a whistle stop introductory tour of this difficult terrain. Starting with a map of the mind, we shall visit some unconscious processes such as repression, projection, transference & countertransference and stop off at some key defensive mechanisms. We will unravel some jargon and discuss how these processes might manifest themselves in our everyday lives. We shall consider some clinical and non-clinical examples of such phenomena at work along our way.

Travellers should disembark with a good basic grasp of some key unconscious processes and some confidence and appetite for further exploration.

Target Audience
This workshop content is aimed at an introductory level and is open to all. There is no expectation of any pre-course knowledge or clinical practice. The workshop may be of particular interest to those who are exploring a range of therapy models before embarking on a professional training, at an early stage of their training and clinical practice, seasoned practitioners who feel in need of a refresher and anyone who simply has an interest in the topic and enjoys travelling.

Comment from a previous workshop:

  • “Cate is an extremely skilled and engaging workshop leader”

Workshop Leader
Cate Lyon
is a psychodynamic psychotherapist trained at WPF Therapy. She practises and supervises in NHS Primary Care (IAPT) and in Private Practice. She teaches and trains extensively in the field.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 20th June 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

 

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Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy Taster Day on 29th June 2019 - FULLY BOOKED

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 29 June 2019
Workshop date, 14 September 2019
Workshop date, 7 December 2019
Time 10am – 4pm



Venue

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

Fees

None: £60
Qualified practitioner: £60
Trainee: £60

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Please note, this workshop is now fully booked. Please apply to be added to the waiting list.

Are you thinking of training but have lots of questions? Do the questions below sound relevant to you?

Why do this workshop?

  1. Do I want to be a counsellor not a psychotherapist? Do  I want to be a psychotherapist?  What is counselling and what is psychotherapy?  Are psychotherapists like psychiatrist?   What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?
  1. What does psychodynamic mean? Isn’t that Freud?  How do I know what model of therapy is right for me?  If I do the introductory course at WPF Therapy can I go on to train somewhere else?
  1. What does training as a therapist involve? Why does it take so long to train?  Why do I have to be in therapy?
  1. I’m a good listener already. Why should I do an introductory course?
  1. What does it take to be a good therapist? How do I know if it’s right for me?  What qualities do I need to have?
  1. Why is the introductory course at WPF Therapy so long? Why does it cost so much money?
  1. Why should I come to WPF Therapy rather than go somewhere else? How do I know what is a good training?  What can I do at the end of the training?  How much money will I make?  What are the professional bodies?  Is it important?

What can you expect at the end of this workshop?

 By the end of the workshop we hope that you will have answers to many of the above questions, or if not, a clear direction.  You will also:

  1.  Have a clearer understanding of what a psychotherapy training involves and specifically what is required of you on the introductory course at WPF Therapy.
  1. Have a basic understanding of the psychodynamic perspective and how this fits in with other theoretical models such as humanistic, CBT and integrative therapy etc.
  1. Have begun to explore how you relate to others and to yourself and why therapy training requires deep, personal work.
  1. Have a greater appreciation of the skills involved in active listening and how these are developed on the introductory course at WPF Therapy. 

Brief Outline 

The course will be taught using a variety of techniques including discussion in small and large groups and paired exercises.  The day will be broken down into 4 segments although there may be some changes depending on the group.

Session 1. The Mystery of Psychotherapy
We will look at the differences between psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and counselling. What are the different models of counselling and psychotherapy and where does psychodynamic psychotherapy sit on that spectrum? We will also explore what we need to think about if we want to train.

Session 2 Psychodynamic Concepts- Is this perspective for you?
A basic introduction to psychodynamic concepts. Is the psychodynamic the model for us, or are other options better suited to our personalities?

 Session 3- Our emotional world
We will begin to explore ideas of emotional intelligence and our reflective capacity. What qualities does a counsellor or therapist need and is this really what I want to do?

Session 4- Communication and therapy today
Where does therapy and counselling belong in today’s world? What jobs are there at the end of the training? What will I learn at WPF Therapy and is it the right place for me to begin this journey?

Target Audience: This course will be of interest if you want to learn more about counselling, therapy or psychotherapy training and/or you wish to develop counselling skills in your current work.  No previous knowledge is required.

Comments from previous workshop:

  • “Thought provoking and fascinating.”
  • “Really helps as part of the decision making process.”
  • “Very clear and encouraging.”
  • “Very informative, both about WPF as well as psychotherapy generally.”

Applications must be received by Thursday, 27th June 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

If you apply for the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills starting in August or October following attendance at this Taster Day we will waive the course selection fee of £35.

In recognition of WPF Therapy’s 50th anniversary (17th July 2019) the cost of this workshop will be reduced to £50 for WPF’s Year of Celebration July 2019 – July 2020.

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

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Substance Use, Complex Trauma and Emotional Recovery with Dean Whittington

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop, 13 July 2019
Time 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Dean Whittington

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £125
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £90
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £50

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  • Do you want to gain an understanding of substance use as a form of self medication for complex trauma?

  • Would you like the opportunity to focus on the underpinnings of substance use and its relationship to complex trauma?

The aims of this workshop are to:

  1. Understand why people self-medicate and the nature of the different drugs in relationship to self-medication and the current lifestyle.
  2. Understand the relationship of complex trauma to building defence mechanisms.
  3. To focus on recovery options and how these are useful for building recovery capital.
  4. Understand the different types of complex trauma – bereavement, physical, sexual, emotional abuse, abandonment, neglect, institutional violence and the impact of war/migration.

The session will be using PowerPoint and draw upon experiential exercises, clinical presentations and small breakaway groups in a synergy. The aim will be to adopt a person-centred approach in the training to think through the ‘knots’ and complexities that arise when working in-depth. The focus throughout will be on how to build recovery capital and work towards resolving some of the complex issues that are brought to the fore.

Participants are advised to bring case studies from practice, however for those who are wanting to know more about complex trauma, the workshop will provide them with the space to ask questions in preparation for working in depth.

Target Audience
The target audience is practitioners who work in the Criminal Justice, Substance Use, Homelessness, Mental Health Fields along with those who work with clients where complex trauma arises within a therapeutic setting where they are not involved in state provision.

Workshop Leader
Dean Whittington PhD FDAP 
works in private practice, writes about psychotherapy and is involved in training and consultancy. Originally he trained in Person Centred Counselling at Cambridge University Extra Mural Studies. Dean furthered his interest in therapy on a Postgraduate Course in Community Education at Edinburgh, where he was introduced to Alfred Adler and Erich Fromm. He completed a Doctorate at Goldsmiths University. His book Bath of Steel details early traumatic lives through 40 case histories of homeless men and illuminates the various self medication strategies used to obliterate memories. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 4th July 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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

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From cradle to kitchen: attachment, food and the self with Linda Cundy - FULLY BOOKED

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio. Please note, this workshop is now fully booked.

Workshop dates

Workshop, 20 July 2019
Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Workshop leader

Linda Cundy

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £125
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £90
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £50

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Please note, this workshop is now fulled booked.

We are all engaged with our relationship with food in some way or another.  For some, this is a complex dynamic, for others it seems straightforward.  Within clinical work the theory and focus is often on eating disorders, but our relationship with food is far wider than that.

  1. Are you working with clients who are struggling with their relationship with food?

  2. Are you interested in understanding more about the role of attachment in childhood and adult life through the medium and metaphor of feeding?

  3. What is ‘normal’ eating and how do we distinguish this from ‘disordered’ eating?

  4. How is the way and what we eat influenced by social, historical, transgenerational and gender issues?

Through attending this workshop you will gain :

  1. A better understanding of secure and insecure attachment as expressed through food
  2. A deeper awareness of the impact of social, historical, transgenerational and gender issues on how and what we eat
  3. Ways of thinking about our clients, their attachment histories and relationships with themselves as expressed through feeding themselves and others
  4. Tools in the form of questions to bring into clinical work, both with eating disordered clients and where eating is not considered problematic
  5. Greater awareness of our own relationships – secure, insecure or disorganised – with food

From the start of life, feeding is a relational experience. The bond between caregiver and infant is brokered in the intimacy of feeding, and our attachment to food is an expression of the relationships we form with other people and ourselves. Our relationship with food expresses something of our attachment histories, secure or insecure: safety and security may be sought in eating or in refusal to eat.

This workshop explores how the relationship with food is shaped in early life in the context of our first attachments, and how food mediates relationships with other people and with ourselves throughout life. We will consider the place of food and feeding in maintaining adult social relationships. Eating disorders are considered from an attachment perspective but are not the sole focus.

The workshop will be accompanied by Powerpoint interspersed with DVD and clinical material. There will be discussion in pairs and small groups focused on specific questions. Participants will have opportunities to consider the role of food in their own lives and to reflect on their clients’ relationships with food, feeding and nourishment.

Target Audience
Qualified and trainee psychotherapists, counsellors, counselling psychologists, eating disorder specialists.

Workshop Leader
Linda Cundy is an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice. She has run courses on attachment at the Wimbledon Guild since 2000. These have now been formalised into a Post Graduate Diploma in Attachment-Based Therapy, and Linda is the course director and lead tutor. She has also taught for two decades on psychotherapy and counselling courses.

She is the editor of Love in the Age of the Internet: Attachment in the Digital Era  (2015) Karnac, and Anxiously Attached: Understanding and Working with Preoccupied Attachment (2017).

Applications must be received by Thursday, 11th July 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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The life and work of Joan Riviere. Freud, Klein and Female Sexuality with Marion Bower

All participants completing the lecture will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Lecture:, 27 July 2019
Time: 10.30am - 12pm

Speaker

Marion Bower

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified practitioners: £40
Trainees: £25

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This lecture will describe aspects of Joan Riviere’s life and her experiences which were relevant to the depressive position  Marion will also describe the influence of Freud and Melanie Klein on Joan Riviere’s thinking.

By attending this lecture participants will:

  1. Gain an understanding of people who respond to getting better by getting worse.
  2. Understand attacks on helpful interventions.
  3. Learn more about psychoanalytic ancestors.
  4. Gain an understanding of the depressive position.
  5. Establish an understanding of envy.
  6. Appreciate how learning about the lives of psychoanalysts helps understand their theories.

There will be plenty of time for participants to bring their own material.

Speaker
Marion Bower has trained as a teacher, a social worker and an adult psychotherapist.  She worked in the child and family department of the Tavistock clinic.  She has edited four books including ‘Addictive States of Mind’.  She has just published a biography of Joan Riviere.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 18th July 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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Adult love and loving bonds: Road Map to Emotional Healing with Gulya Diyarova

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development Portfolio

Workshop dates

Workshop dates, 21 September 2019
Workshop dates, 28 September 2019
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Gulya Diyarova

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £300
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £250
WPF Therapy Trainees: £200

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  • Do your clients question if their partners are there for them?

  • Do they wonder about their partners’ accessibility?

  • Do they query the responsiveness of their partner when they need them?

  • Do clients feel as though their partners don’t engage with them when they have missed them?

Emotion Focused Therapy is an attachment-based experiential humanistic and system model offering a comprehensive theory of adult love, as well as a therapeutic ‘road map’ not just to conflict reduction but to the creation of safe emotional connection and healing attachment bonds. It recognises that relationship distress results from an actual, or perceived, threat to basic adult needs for safety, security and closeness in intimate relationships.

Using the power of emotion as a target and agent of change EFT focuses on helping partners restructure the emotional responses that maintain habitual negative interactional patterns ‘pursue-withdraw’ or ‘attack-defend’ through in-session “corrective emotional experience”. A substantial body of research outlining the effectiveness of EFT now exists. Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements.

This 2-day introductory training will include an exploration of:

  • The key concepts of Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • The language of emotions – core primary emotions and attachment needs
  • Understanding of Internal Working Models, Attachment Styles
  • Most common Negative Cycles of relationship distress
  • Stages and steps of the EFT model including the key change events leading to recovery in the process of therapy
  • EFT interventions on the basis of clinical examples and material including video clips of live therapy sessions
  • How to work with the couple’s vulnerable emotions by tracking their underlying interactional pattern and helping them to flexibly manage their emotional experience

Participants will engage in experiential exercises, skills and interventions practice, and discussion of clinical examples and video demonstrations of couple sessions.

Suggested reading: Sue Johnson (2011) Hold Me Tight (London: Piatkus).

This workshop is open to qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. Practitioners of all modalities are welcome to attend. Applicants must be either qualified or training on a recognised training course as a counsellor or psychotherapist (regardless of modalities). All applicants must be undertaking clinical work.

Comments from previous participants

  • “I can honestly say this has probably been the best course I have ever done! I am left with so much to think through and further reading to be done. Thank you Gulya.”
  • “This course was engaging and inspirational – it makes me feel I have something firmer to hold on to when I feel lost in the room with the couple.”
  • “Gulya is a very warm and engaging trainer. Very useful course.”

Workshop leader
Gulya Diyarova 
M.Sc. Tavistock, PGDip Relate Institute, is an ICCEEFT Certified Emotionally Focused (EFT) couple therapist and supervisor, and a psychosexual and relationship therapist. Her first career in Moscow was as a medical doctor, paediatrician and clinical neurologist. Gulya was instrumental in bringing EFT to the UK and has been organising EFT training in London since 2009 with ICEEFT trainers. She is a Founding Member of BEFT (British EFT Community/Centre), and Director of EFT International School which is to stage the 4th EFT Summer School in June/July in London. She supervises EFT therapists, leads EFT workshops, CPD groups and Advanced Externship training (Option 1 towards EFT Certification), and has private practice in London.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 12th of September 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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


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Battlefield Birth? Working therapeutically with birth trauma, tokophobia and perinatal PTSD with Julianne Boutaleb

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop, 5 October 2019
Time 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Julianne Boutaleb

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £125
External trainees: £90
WPF Therapy trainees/staff: £50

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  • Do you want to better understand the nature of birth trauma and how it differs from other perinatal psychological issues in its clinical presentation e.g. PND vs PTSD?

  • Would you like to explore the psychological impact of birth trauma on the mother, parental identity, the couple relationship and mother-baby attachment?

  • Are you struggling to work therapeutically with individuals and couples presenting with birth trauma, tokophobia and perinatal PTSD and would like more confidence?

At the end of the workshop you will have:

  1. An in-depth understanding of the aetiology of birth trauma – both individual and systemic factors.
  2. Awareness of how birth trauma impacts the brain and how to work therapeutically with PTSD symptoms.
  3. A specialist assessment and formulation framework to allow participant to decide on therapeutic focus and when to refer on or suggest other supports.
  4. Specialist knowledge of how perinatal PTSD and tokophobia impacts mother and partner and early attachment with baby, and how to work therapeutically with issues arising.

Using a mix of Powerpoint presentations and small group exercise the morning session will consist of an introduction to the theory of birth trauma including aetiology, symptomatology and clinical presentations. In the afternoon case studies will be used to help participants to apply theory to practice.  The late afternoon session will again be a mix of larger group exercises and discussion of participants’ own case material and ways of working with the issues presented using the theory presented earlier in the workshop. Video material will also be used to highlight lived experience of birth trauma for mothers and their families.

Comments from previous workshop

  • “Today’s session was hugely informative. The depth of knowledge was incredible and I feel I have learnt so much I can apply to my work”.
  • “One of the best workshops I have attended in terms of learning”.
  • “Fabulous experience integrating perinatal and trauma”.
  • “Very good course. Well delivered”.

Target Audience
Counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, family therapists and other mental health professionals (both qualified and in training) who work in a range of settings with women, their partners and families in the perinatal period e.g. from conception to one year post-birth.

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop Leader
Julianne Boutaleb CPsychol AFBPss is a passionate and highly experienced perinatal psychologist who has worked for over 15 years in the NHS and private practice with parents and parents-to-be and their babies. She is a member of the Birth Trauma Association and Association for Infant Mental Health and specialises in working therapeutically with birth trauma, PTSD and tokophobia (fear of giving birth) as these issues impact the mother, couple relationship and parent-infant attachment. In addition, she is also affiliated with BICA (British Infertility Counselling Association) and offers therapy to individuals and couples who are pregnant or are parenting following ART (IVF, ICSI, donor conception, surrogacy) or adoption. She draws on attachment, object relations theory and the Watch, Wait and Wonder model in her clinical practice.  From 2003 to 2009, she was part of a multidisciplinary strategic health team that successfully established Sure Start services in East London. As part of that initiative she set up and ran a community based perinatal psychology service in Newham. From 2009 to 2015, she held clinical lead roles as Clinical Lead for Perinatal Mental Health in primary care and latterly in IAPT services in Newham. She has over 15 years’ experience teaching and training clinical and counselling psychologists, psychotherapists and other health professionals on issues of parental mental health, attachment, early years and positive mental health for babies and young children. Between 2003 to 2015, she was one of the few psychologists in the UK to offer a specialist perinatal psychology placement as part of the North Thames Clinical Psychology training programme.  She has taught in these specialist areas on clinical and counselling psychology training courses in University of Essex and UEL and regularly speaks at specialist conferences on these issues. She is a BPC accredited DIT therapist and supervisor.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 26th September 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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Gender diversity and sexuality with Michelle Bridgman

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop, 5 October 2019
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Michelle Bridgman

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £125
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £90
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £50

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  • Would you like to develop an understanding of Gender Diversity?

  • Do you want to gain practical knowledge that can be used in your Practice?

  • Would you like to have the fear of working in a challenging field removed?

This workshop aims for participants to:

  1. Gain an understanding of diverse gender identities
  2. Explore the relationship between gender identity and sexuality
  3. Feel comfort with using terminology
  4. Develop an understanding of the process your clients may be going through
  5. Gain knowledge and confidence to work with clients experiencing non-conforming identities

The day will involve pairs and small group work, the presentation of a case study, as well as live supervision, with a chance to ask questions and provide feedback at the end of the day.

This workshop is linked to another workshop called The Role of Psychotherapy with Transgender Clients and those booking onto this second workshop will receive a 25% discount off of this workshop if booking both workshops at the same time.

Workshop Leader
Michelle Bridgman
is a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). She is also a member of WPATH (World Professional Association of Transgendered Health) and currently undertaking a Doctoral Programme with Middlesex University where she is researching the clinical treatment of Gender Dysphoria.

Shelley works with children and adults who are Transgender or are struggling with their gender identity and is a regular commentator in the media. As a Keynote Speaker she speaks on the Art of Positive Change and on working with children and adults with Gender Dysphoria.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 26th September 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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I grow old ... I grow old ... I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled. 'Prufock', TS Eliot with Jane Haynes

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop, 12 October 2019
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Jane Haynes

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £125
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £90
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £50

More information

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Participants should attend this workshop to understand more about the different responsibilities and goals of the aging ‘psychologist’. To consider, using experiential exercises, changing patterns of attachment history as with increased longevity of the population we may remain ‘children’ into late middle age and beyond.

The workshop will have two dimensions. Experientially we will explore the advantages and disadvantages of ‘age’ as practitioner: what it means experientially for a therapist to acknowledge their career will have an ending as well as a beginning. To reflect on the ways in which personal therapy ended.

Clinically: it will consider the implications of increased longevity. Many people do not now lose their parents until late life, which has implications to be explored. To be ‘parented’ into later middle age means – at an existential level – one is still a child. Personal mortality remains at a distance. In Haynes most recent book, If I chance to talk a little wild (Quartet 2018) she explores these issues and related issues around unresolved ambivalence versus reconciliation.

Target Audience
This workshop is suitable for qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors.  The primary theoretical focus of the workshop will be psychodynamic, but practitioners of other modalities are welcome to attend.

Workshop Leader
Jane Haynes PhD trained as a Jungian psychoanalyst at the Society of Analytical Psychology. She now refers to herself as a relational therapist working through dialogue. For ten years she regularly visited Russia where she was appointed an independent consultant to the Eastern European Institute of Analytic Psychology in St. Petersburg. She is the author of several books. Her latest book: ‘If I Chance to Talk a Little Wild’ (Quartet 2018.) She has been in private practice for 35 years and now works with her daughter as founder members of a multi-disciplinary psychotherapy team in Marylebone. She is a founder member of the Site for Contemporary Psychoanlaysis.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 3rd October 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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Living with mortality with Lynsey Hotchkies and Neil Hudson

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 2 November 2019
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Workshop leaders

Lynsey Hotchkies
Neil Hudson

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £125
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £90
WPF Therapy Trainees / Staff: £50

More information

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events@wpf.org.uk 
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  • What does it mean to live our lives with the knowledge that we are going to die?

  • How does this affect us and our day to day lives?

As therapeutic practitioners, it is important to understand and work with our relationship to our own death and dying. This experiential workshop will be an opportunity to explore the issues, attitudes and feelings surrounding this challenging but rewarding subject.

When we begin thinking about our mortality we are confronted with our fear of life. Death, as the final parameter of life, forces us to face those parts of our life that are unlived. How do we think about our own death with or without a spiritual context?

Aims

During the day we will look at the stages of dying, our own death and begin the process of becoming more fully engaged in our present life and situation.  Primarily the workshop will be experiential with an opportunity to talk about our own feelings and experiences in a contained, reflective environment.  It is non-spiritual in orientation.  There will not be space to explore client work, although the aim is to help you learn and explore more about your own relationship with mortality which in turn will help you being with clients who are struggling with theirs.

Comments from previous workshop:

  • “Felt very supported in a topic difficult to discuss.”
  • “I appreciated being able to talk honestly and openly. It felt safe to do so.”
  • “I thought I would leave the workshop a bit heavy, but surprisingly I left feeling inspired and excited.”
  • “This course will offer you an experience that will help you to improve your understanding of other people’s suffering as well as face some of your own fears about death.”
  • “A difficult subject, sensitively managed.”

Target Audience

This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists who work with clients around death, dying and bereavement, or who just want to make some space to explore their relationship with their own mortality in a safe environment with others.

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop Leaders
Lynsey Hotchkies
trained as a counsellor then as a group analytic psychotherapist. She is  Director of Training at WPF Therapy. She works in a variety of settings including the NHS and private practice. Prior to training at WPF Therapy she worked in the City as a lawyer.

Neil Hudson is a WPF Therapy qualified psychodynamic counsellor in private practice in Central London. He has written and presented workshops on living with chronic disease. Prior to training at WPF Therapy he worked in broadcast media.

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Applications must be received by Thursday, 24th October 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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Sexual Identity, Projective Identification and Mourning with Paul Terry

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 2 November 2019
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Workshop leader

Paul Terry

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £75
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £55
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £30

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  • Would you like to understand the role of mourning in shedding projection identifications and developing a sexual identity and mind of one’s own?

  • Do you want to learn how to reflect on one’s sexual identity, it’s influence on the transference and receptiveness to the counter-transference?

  • Would you like to reflect on the influence of projective identifications in the formation of sexual identity in the light of Freud’s insight into an innate bisexuality?

Participants who attend this workshop will gain:

  • appreciation of how projective identification can adversely affect sexual identity
  • how mourning enables the shedding of projective identifications and the development of a sexual identity and mind of one’s own
  • an understanding of the impact on sexual identity of misogynistic projective identifications, and the hatred of feminitiy
  • an appreciation of some of the implications of Freud’s insight of an innate bisexuality for the transference, counter-transference and the impact of the therapist’s feelings about bisexuality on the therapeutic relationship

This workshop will study how projective identification can have an adverse influence in the formation of sexual identity, and how mourning can enable shedding of these identifications and the development of a sexual identity and mind of one’s own. The first part of the workshop will involve presentation and discussion of a case study based on the heroine of Colm Toibin’s novel Nora Webster* which draws on his experience of his mother’s early widowhood when he just a young boy.  He writes with exceptional sensitivity about Nora’s struggles to mourn, her eventual breakdown, recovery and transformation. The presentation will illustrate how Nora’s transformed identity can be understood as a result of her mourning and her shedding projective identifications especially misogynistic identifications with which she had been identified in her marital relationship.

The second part of the workshop will explore the implications of Freud’s original insight about an innate bisexuality which is now endorsed by some leading contemporary psychoanalytic practitioners. Misogynistic projective identifications will be discussed as an example of repudiated and hated aspects of an innate bisexuality projectively identified into others who then become objects of hatred and other forms of adverse treatment, and who often introject these negative identifications as adverse aspects of their sexual identity. Workshop members will have opportunities to pursue discussion of their own clinical material and reflect on the implications for therapeutic practice, particularly for understanding the impact of how the therapist’s feelings about a bisexual identity might impact on the therapeutic relationship and on the therapist’s receptiveness to the counter-transference.

* It will not be necessary to have read this novel because the relevant details of Nora’s story will be presented in the case study.

Target Audience
The workshop is suitable for qualified and trainee counsellors and therapists.

Workshop Leader
Paul Terry is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in private practice.  During his career in the NHS he worked in child, adolescent, and adult mental health, forensic settings, and latterly in specialist mental health team for older people. In tandem with his clinical work in the NHS Paul was Lecturer in Counselling at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has a particular interest in the application of psychodynamic ideas to counselling and psychotherapy in different contexts.  He has written extensively about his clinical work, and in 2008 he published a revised second edition of his book Counselling and Psychotherapy with Older People: A Psychodynamic Approach (London: Palgrave Macmillan).

Applications must be received by Thursday, 24th October 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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Christianity and Consciousness: a personal account with Mark Vernon

All participants attending the lecture will receive a Certificate of Attendance for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

Workshop dates

Lecture:, 9 November 2019
Time: 10.30am - 12pm

Speaker

Mark Vernon

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified practitioners: £40
Trainees: £25

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During this personal talk Mark will present an account of Christianity as an evolution of human consciousness. He will talk about some of the ideas of the Oxford Inkling, Owen Barfield. Finally, he will consider a personal journey through spirituality and psychotherapy.

This lecture will include:

  1. Thinking about Christianity and inner life
  2. Psychotherapy and spirituality
  3. Understanding one idea about the evolution of western consciousness
  4. An opportunity to buy a discounted copy of Mark Vernon’s new book

Target Audience

Therapists and people interested in therapy who are also drawn to questions around Christianity, western consciousness, ancient and modern understandings of spirituality, and the meaning of psychotherapy.

Speaker
Mark Vernon
is a psychotherapist and writer, based in London. He is also a broadcaster and podcaster, and regularly gives talks and lectures. He has a PhD in philosophy, and degrees in theology and physics. His new book focuses on the great twentieth century Romantic thinker and Oxford Inkling, Owen Barfield, and is entitled, A Secret History of Christianity (John Hunt Publishing). His is also the author of The Idler Guide To Ancient Philosophy (Idler Books) and has other books on friendship, love and the good life, too. Mark contributes regularly to publications in the UK and also broadcasts on the BBC. He began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England. For more visit, www.markvernon.com.  Mark trained with WPF Therapy.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 31st October 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

Attendees of this lecture may also be interested in attending Beyond Psychoanalysis: The place of religious language with David Black.

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Sibling ambivalence – Love, hate and rivalry with Maggie Murray

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 23 November 2019
Time: 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Maggie Murray

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £125
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £90
WPF Therapy Trainees: £50

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This workshop aims to explore the nature of sibling relationships, why they feature prominently in our culture but have been neglected by psychoanalysis, and how they can be addressed in clinical work.

Sibling relationships feature very strongly in popular culture and in high culture, but seem to have been neglected by psychoanalysis. Dramatic plotlines involving brothers and sisters run through TV soaps, films, novels, fairy tales, Shakespeare and the Bible.
Why have siblings been so neglected by psychoanalysis? And do we need to pay more attention to sibling dynamics within ‘family constellations’ in our own clinical work? Perhaps the models and theories that we use need to expand.

  • Do we attend to sibling relationships/dynamics enough in our consulting rooms?
  • Does birth order influence personality?
  • What might the impact on sibling dynamics be of donor-conceived children, adopted siblings, surrogate births, multiple half siblings and step siblings?

By the end of the workshop participants should be able to explain, and use in their clinical work, psychodynamic perspectives on sibling relationships. This will be achieved through a theoretical presentation and interactive experiential exercises. Plenty of time will be allowed for discussion of both clinical work and other relevant material.

This workshop is open to qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. The theoretical orientation of the workshop will be psychodynamic but practitioners of other modalities are welcome to attend.

Comments from previous participants

“This is an eye – opener – these spectacles open up a whole new world.”
“Very well rounded, open discussion that will help both in my personal and therapeutic life.”
“An energetic and insightful examination and reflection of this important topic.”

Workshop Leader
Maggie Murray is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She trained at WPF Therapy and is currently a supervisor on their psychodynamic training as well as having a private practice in North London. Maggie has a particular interest in creativity, sexuality and sibling dynamics.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 14th November 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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

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The role of psychotherapy with transgender clients with Michelle Bridgman

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop, 30 November 2019
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Michelle Bridgman

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £125
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £90
WPF Therapy Trainees: £50

More information

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  1. Are you working with clients who are struggling with distress and anxiety about their gender?

  2. Would you like to learn more about Gender Dysphoria and how to work with it clinically?

  3. Would you like to learn more about Gender Diversity and Transgender clients? (There is a separate workshop on Gender Diversity)

  4. What is the role of shame and how do you work with it in the consulting room?

  5. Do you feel that you lack practical knowledge about transgender identities?

  6. How can you work with clients who are part of a community currently feeling very threatened and vulnerable?

  7. Do you feel anxious or frightened around gender identity and would like to learn more about this challenging field?

“Having a gender identity which is in conflict with your body is one of the most distressing experiences any person can face.”

During this workshop we will begin to understand more about gender identities, learn the terminology and start to feel comfortable with it, understand the process your clients may be going through and develop some more knowledge and confidence to work with clients presenting with gender identity issues.  The workshop will be clinically focussed on working with clients who want to change their gender identity which may or may not include their body.  There will be some experiential space in the day.

During the day Michelle will use presentations, pairs and small groups to discuss the issues around working with gender identity including current challenges – NHS – Treatment – DSM – Pathology-v-identity, history and definitions and terminology.  There will be consideration of the role of diagnosis and the legal framework as well as the countertransference experienced in this work.  There will be some clinical presentations and case studies as well as space to discuss discomfort or areas of concern that we may feel with this challenging area.

This is a companion workshop to “Gender diversity and sexuality”.  There will be some overlap but this workshop is more focussed on clinical work with transgender clients but will include gender diversity and the role of shame including working with clients who may not want to change their gender identity but who feel that their expression of gender does not fit into a binary system. Those booking onto The role of psychotherapy with transgender clients workshop will receive a 25% discount off of this workshop if booking both workshops at the same time.

Workshop Leader
Michelle Bridgman
is a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). She is also a member of WPATH (World Professional Association of Transgendered Health) and currently undertaking a Doctoral Programme with Middlesex University where she is researching the clinical treatment of Gender Dysphoria.

Shelley works with children and adults who are Transgender or are struggling with their gender identity and is a regular commentator in the media. As a Keynote Speaker she speaks on the Art of Positive Change and on working with children and adults with Gender Dysphoria.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 21st November 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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Clinical Wills: Ethical, Practical and Emotional Considerations with Roslyn Byfield

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop, 30 November 2019
Time: 10am - 1pm

Workshop leader

Roslyn Byfield

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £75
External Trainees: £55
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £30

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  1. Do you want a better understanding of what is involved in the clinical will process and why it’s important?

  2. Would you like an opportunity to think about and discuss in a safe setting any difficulties in approaching this topic?

  3. Would you like guidance on how to make a clinical will?

All therapeutic practitioners place great importance on beginnings and endings. Yet, making appropriate provision for the end of our active practising life is a subject that is often overlooked. This workshop aims to approach this topic with clarity, calm and openness.

The profile of clinical wills and the necessity for them has been raised in recent years and, having initially been excluded, was, due to pressure, later incorporated into the final version of the revised BACP Ethical Framework (March 2018).  This measure was mandated by the two other key professional bodies, BPC and UKPC, many years ago, and this is especially relevant given BACP’s partnership work with these two bodies, leading to raised expectations of what constitutes good professional practice.

Despite this higher profile there has been a lack of coverage of the key issues and appropriate guidance as to how to approach this task. [BACP’s guidance was published in April 2019, a year after the measure was mandated, and does not go into specific details].

Besides lack of guidance, a major barrier practitioners have experienced is discomfort with having to contend with the idea of their own incapacity and end, resulting in a potentially damaging kind of procrastination. This also applies to organisations.

Over the course of this half day workshop Roslyn will clarify the understanding of the different types of wills, e.g. clinical will/personal will/LPA/Living Will etc., then venture into the details of the many facets involved in making a clinical will. This will include what evidence has shown can be the damaging effects of practitioners not preparing themselves for the possibility of incapacity or death.

The second part of this workshop will go into more detail about the many tasks involved, what to make sure practitioners cover, the potential ‘loose ends’ which can occur, issues falling between cracks etc. A consideration of the importance of having a workable policy for counselling services that have client care at the heart of their concerns.

This workshop will be interactive and group will have ample opportunity to ask questions, share views and learn from each other. A reference and resource list will be distributed.

Target Audience
This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. Coaches, service managers and clinical leads, course tutors, and others in caring professions may be interested.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 21st November 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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When supervision is difficult - we may need attachment theory in our kitbag with Annie Power

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop, 11 January 2020
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Annie Power

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £125
External Trainees: £90
WPF Theraopy Trainees/Staff: £50

More information

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  • Would you like to know how Attachment Theory can help us reflect on what is going on and supply some ideas for working with these challenges?

  • Do you want to learn how we establish a secure base in supervision to enable exploration and learning?

  • Would you like to think about how the attachment stories of the therapist and supervisor impact with that of the client?

Some of the dilemmas to be considered in this workshop:

  • When supervision feels flat and we long to enliven it
  • When we are not confident of a supervisee’s competency
  • When diversity in a supervision group gets in the way of reverie or play
  • When transference in the supervision room damages the supervisory alliance
  • When we doubt we are getting the whole picture

This workshop will provide theoretical input as well as space for supervisors to explore their own practice. The day could also be relevant to those considering supervision training and to supervisees who would like to understand their own process more deeply and to reflect on how they use supervision.

Workshop Leader
Anne Power qualified at The Bowlby Centre in attachment based psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She did an MA in supervision at WPF/Roehampton and then couple training with Relate. She has a private practice in London. She has written about various aspects of attachment, including the therapist’s attachment to their work (in her book about therapists’ retirement). Her current research looks at couple choice and she is interviewing couples who came together through random romance, arranged marriage or via dating services.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 2nd January 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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Intergenerational Trauma, with particular focus on black identity wounding with Dr Aileen Alleyne

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio. Please note that this workshop is now fully booked and we are operating a waiting list.

Workshop dates

Workshop, 1 February 2020
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm

Workshop leader

Dr Aileen Alleyne

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £125
External trainees: £90
WPF Therapy trainees/staff: £50

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As clinicians we may struggle to understand the part that history plays for our clients.  This workshop is an opportunity to explore how history still plays a part in creating ongoing challenges for our cultural, social and racial identity.  Our history is deeply embedded in the unconscious and understanding this can help facilitate our understanding of the struggles of daily life that our clients are facing.  The workshop will provide a space to increase and strengthen our cross-cultural competence in clinical practice.

The aims of this workshop are:

  1. To identify and work with untreated trauma passed on to second and subsequent generations.
  2. To work more competently with dynamics of intergenerational trauma, particularly in the black/white context.

Historical trauma caused specifically by the impact of cultural, racial, societal oppression, creates challenges for both the individual and the collective. This workshop will closely examine how these challenges impact the work of transgenerational healing and our individuation process.

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Target Audience

This workshop is suitable for and open to ALL practitioners working therapeutically with adults and children.

Comments from previous participants

  • Brilliant and effective introduction into an important but (often) marginalised topic and phenomenon”.
  • “Dr Alleyne’s warm and authoritative approach meant we were free to speak from our embodied, lived experience without fear or hesitation. Truly enlightening”.
  • “Tough subject delivered in  thoughtful way”.
  • “Reaffirming, validatory and eye-opening course!”.

Workshop Leader
Dr Aileen Alleyne is a UKCP registered Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, BACP Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor in private practice. She practices in both East Sussex and South East London. Alongside her private practice, she consults to organizations on working with issues of Difference and Diversity, and is also a visiting lecturer on various counselling and psychotherapy trainings. Aileen is the author of several book chapters and journal papers exploring themes on black/white dynamics, shame and identity, and working with issues of difference and diversity in the workplace.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 23rd January 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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Projective Identification in practice with Paul Terry

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio. Please note, this workshop is now fully booked.

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 15 February 2020
Time 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Paul Terry

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £125
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £90
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £50

More information

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  • Do you want to understand more about projective identification and how to work with it in clinical work?

  • Do you want to learn more about using therapeutic technique to enable the retrieval of projective identifications?

The aim of this workshop is to clearly define projective identification, transference and countertransference and what distinguishes these phenomena from one another, to gain knowledge of the different forms of projective identification and to understand the motives for projective identification. Participants in this workshop will also learn about projective identification and the superego.

This workshop will study projective identification as it is experienced in therapeutic practice. Projective identification will be examined in the transference and countertransference; in its different forms whether attributive, evocative or acquisitive; its various motives, whether to communicate, evacuate, possess, control, deny separateness or overcome loss; its relationship to introjective identification; how the superego drives projective identification and is often reflected in what is projected; and as projective identification operates interpersonally in therapeutic and other personal relationships, and intrapersonally between the ego and superego. Working through to enable the retrieval of projective identifications will be studied in relation to therapeutic technique of the framing and timing of interpretations.

These different aspects of projective identification will be illustrated through the presentation and discussion of clinical material. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring examples from their own practice for discussion.

Target audience

This workshop is suitable for qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. The primary theoretical focus of the workshop will be psychodynamic, but practitioners of other modalities are welcome to attend.

Past participant comments

  • “Very well structured and presented session – excellent value and highly informative – very clear.”
  • “An extremely important workshop for all therapists at whatever stage of their career.”
  • “Paul is a skillful lecturer who makes a complicated subject very accessible.”
  • “Excellent presenter who managed to deliver a serious subject in a friendly accessible ambiance.”
  • “A very knowledgeable training that one can take and use in all aspects of life.”

Workshop leader
Paul Terry
is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. He has worked in child, adolescent, and adult mental health, and forensic settings, and most recently in a specialist mental health service for older people in the National Health Services. For many years, in tandem with clinical practice, Paul was Lecturer in Counselling at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Paul has written extensively about his clinical work and the application of psychoanalytical ideas to social and political themes. In 2004 Paul won the Annual Essay Prize of the Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the NHS for his article “Dangerous Liaisons: Psychosis and Violence – Working in a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit’. In 2008 he published a revised second edition of his book Counselling and Psychotherapy with Older People: A Psychodynamic Approach (London: Palgrave Macmillan).

Paul has a particular interest in projective identification because it has become a central concept in his teaching and publications. He finds it especially helping in illuminating clinical practice and various social and political issues. For the last several years he has led workshops on projective identification at WPF Therapy in London.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 6th February 20209. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please call 020 7378 2050 or e-mail events@wpf.org.uk in order to be sent an application form.

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Jung: An introduction to his work and ideas with Chris Driver

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop, 8 February 2020
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Dr Christine Driver

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £125
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £90
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £50

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  • Would you like to be introduced to, and to understand the ideas of C.G. Jung?

  • Do you want to learn more about Jung’s key ideas such as archetypes, the shadow, the transcendent and the alchemical metaphor in relation to the processes of self-development and individuation?

  • Would you like to consider how Jung’s ideas help us understand the nature of being human?

At the end of this workshop participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of Jung’s life and the way his ideas emerged
  • Acquire an understanding of some of Jung’s key concepts.
  • Gain an understanding of how Jung used the processes of alchemy as a metaphor in relation to self-development and individuation.
  • Have an understanding of how Jung’s ideas help us gain a deeper awareness about the experience of being human.

Target Audience

Anyone interested in the work and ideas of C.G. Jung.

This is an introductory level workshop and will be of interest to those who know little about Jung or are interested in consolidating basic knowledge. The workshop is open to qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors including those on basic introductory courses. No knowledge of Jung will be assumed.

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 30th January 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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Introducing the Work of Christopher Bollas with Sarah Nettleton

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop, 7 March 2020
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Sarah Nettleton

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £125
External Trainees: £90
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £50
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  • Would you like to acquaint yourself with Bollas’s view of the structure and functioning of the mind?

  • Do you want to explore his thinking on human subjectivity?

  • Are you interested in the application of his concepts to clinical work?

Topics covered during this workshop will include: the receptive unconscious and psychic genera; the maternal and paternal orders; idiom as the kernel of self; the unthought known; evocative objects; self-presentation and self-representation; unconscious complexity; free association and the analyst’s reverie.

Participants will be asked to read in advance the following papers by Bollas:

1. What is theory?                The Freudian Moment (Karnac 2007)

2. Being a character            Being a Character  (Routledge 1993)

3. The evocative object        Being a Character (Routledge 1993)   

4. Free Association               The Evocative Object World (Routledge 2009)

Workshop Leader
Sarah Nettleton
is a psychoanalyst in private practice in London. Originally she studied music, working for many years as a piano accompanist, and for her Masters dissertation at the Tavistock Clinic she wrote on the psychodynamics of musical giftedness. Her other writings include papers on Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise, the effects of sound and voice in Beckett, and the relationship between voice, creativity and metaphor.

For the past 15 years she has specialised in teaching the work of Bollas, giving lectures and seminars on his work extensively in the UK and in Norway, Israel, France, America, Turkey, Mexico, Germany, Ukraine and India.  Her book The Metapsychology of Christopher Bollas: an Introduction was published by Routledge in 2016.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 27th February 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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Beyond Psychoanalysis: The place of religious language with David Black

All participants attending the lecture will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Lecture, 19 March 2020
Time: 7.15pm - 8.45pm

Lecturer

David Black

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified practitioners: £40
Trainees: £25

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The inner world of a human being develops as it comes to be recognised.  The process is necessarily circular.  “We are creatures who, for our very existence, depend on concepts that depend on us,” as Jonathan Lear says in his book Wisdom Won from Illness: Essays in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (Harvard University Press 2017).  It matters greatly, therefore, what concepts we encounter, and how those concepts are regarded.  And our encounter with them depends in turn on language and how language is used in the cultural world, perhaps even the “silo”, in which we find ourselves.  Using examples from the history of Buddhism and Christianity I shall argue that religions offer linguistic resources that can’t be substituted by a scientific psychology, however careful.

Lecturer
David M. Black
is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytic Society who has published widely on psychoanalytic, ethical and religious issues. He edited Psychoanalysis and Religion in the 21st Century (Routledge New Library of Psychoanalysis 2006) and is author of Why Things Matter (Routledge 2011). His initial psychotherapy training was at WPF, of which he wrote an early history, A Place for Exploration (WPF, 1991).

Applications must be received by Thursday, 13th March 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

Attendees of this lecture may also be interested in attending Christianity and Consciousness: a personal account with Mark Vernon.

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From cradle to kitchen: attachment, food and the self with Linda Cundy

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop, 18 April 2020
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Linda Cundy

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £125
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £90
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £50

More information

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We are all engaged with our relationship with food in some way or another.  For some, this is a complex dynamic, for others it seems straightforward.  Within clinical work the theory and focus is often on eating disorders, but our relationship with food is far wider than that.

  1. Are you working with clients who are struggling with their relationship with food?

  2. Are you interested in understanding more about the role of attachment in childhood and adult life through the medium and metaphor of feeding?

  3. What is ‘normal’ eating and how do we distinguish this from ‘disordered’ eating?

  4. How is the way and what we eat influenced by social, historical, transgenerational and gender issues?

Through attending this workshop you will gain :

  1. A better understanding of secure and insecure attachment as expressed through food
  2. A deeper awareness of the impact of social, historical, transgenerational and gender issues on how and what we eat
  3. Ways of thinking about our clients, their attachment histories and relationships with themselves as expressed through feeding themselves and others
  4. Tools in the form of questions to bring into clinical work, both with eating disordered clients and where eating is not considered problematic
  5. Greater awareness of our own relationships – secure, insecure or disorganised – with food

From the start of life, feeding is a relational experience. The bond between caregiver and infant is brokered in the intimacy of feeding, and our attachment to food is an expression of the relationships we form with other people and ourselves. Our relationship with food expresses something of our attachment histories, secure or insecure: safety and security may be sought in eating or in refusal to eat.

This workshop explores how the relationship with food is shaped in early life in the context of our first attachments, and how food mediates relationships with other people and with ourselves throughout life. We will consider the place of food and feeding in maintaining adult social relationships. Eating disorders are considered from an attachment perspective but are not the sole focus.

The workshop will be accompanied by Powerpoint interspersed with DVD and clinical material. There will be discussion in pairs and small groups focused on specific questions. Participants will have opportunities to consider the role of food in their own lives and to reflect on their clients’ relationships with food, feeding and nourishment.

Target Audience
Qualified and trainee psychotherapists, counsellors, counselling psychologists, eating disorder specialists.

Workshop Leader
Linda Cundy is an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice. She has run courses on attachment at the Wimbledon Guild since 2000. These have now been formalised into a Post Graduate Diploma in Attachment-Based Therapy, and Linda is the course director and lead tutor. She has also taught for two decades on psychotherapy and counselling courses.

She is the editor of Love in the Age of the Internet: Attachment in the Digital Era  (2015) Karnac, and Anxiously Attached: Understanding and Working with Preoccupied Attachment (2017).

Applications must be received by Thursday, 9th April 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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