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Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy Taster Day - 8 September 2018 with Kate Trench

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 8 September 2018
Time 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Kate Trench

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

Katherine Ahluwalia
Programme Administrator
katherine.ahluwalia@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2052

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£60

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.”

Applications must be received by Thursday, 3oth August 2018. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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

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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WPF Therapy open evening

Workshop dates

Tuesday, 6 November 2018, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday, 4 January 2019, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Thursday, 21 February 2019, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday, 31 May 2019, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Session Leaders

Helen Cordery
Jackie Becker
Michael Lyons

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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Free

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 almost 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 seminar 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;  If you would like answers to some of your questions and want to find out what happens on our courses – such as how they are run and structured, when they take place and what they can lead to; and our Postgraduate Diploma / MA in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice (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 October and January intakes of the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills course, the January intake for the Diploma in Counselling Skills, or to clarify what preparations are needed for a qualifying professional 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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Working with Trauma 1918-2018

Workshop dates

Conference: Saturday, 10 November 2018, 9.30am - 4.30pm

Speakers

Fiona Reid: Head of Arts and Humanities at Newman University, Birmingham
Jo Stubley: Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead for the Tavistock Trauma Service
Phil Mollon, Psychoanalyst
Andrew Keefe (Chair)

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £150
External Trainees: £125
WPF Trainees/WPF Staff: £75
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£150

The day will consist of presentations from each of the three speakers with the opportunity for questions and discussion.  There will be small groups in the afternoon and a plenary session.  Light refreshments will be provided throughout the day.  Lunch is not provided.  Maximum numbers will be 40.  Please apply early as we expect this event to sell out.

 

Phil Mollon:  The elusive nature of trauma in psychoanalysis – from Freud to energy psychotherapy

Having initially uncovered childhood trauma, Freud rapidly concealed it, with the result that a psychoanalytic model based on repression of internal forbidden impulses eclipsed Pierre Janet’s model of trauma and dissociation. The ‘primacy of psychic reality’, later intensified through the influence of Melanie Klein, prevailed through most of the 20th Century. By the late 1980s, societal and psychoanalytic awareness of PTSD and complex childhood trauma began to emerge, along with a gradually developing understanding of dissociation. These welcome developments raised questions of how best to help traumatised people and how to accomodate trauma into psychoanalytic theory. Not only was talking therapy found to be insufficiently helpful, it also presented certain hazards, with risks of malign transference and severe deterioration of the client’s mental state. EMDR was arguably the first effective treatment for trauma, working with both psyche and soma, and facilitating the brain’s processing of adverse experiences – and, although initially framed within CBT concepts, could be viewed as highly psychoanalytic in its mode of action. The development of EMDR paved the way for the even more effective and relatively safe modalities of energy psychotherapy, guiding the client to work with acupoints and other components of the body’s subtle energy system. As a result of a long journey through psychoanalysis, work with trauma, and immersion in energy psychology, Phil Mollon developed Psychoanalytic Energy Psychotherapy.

Fiona Reid:  The Shell Shocked and Shell Shy: Understanding Complex Trauma in the First World War

First World War soldiers suffered a range of bewildering complaints right from the start of the conflict and the numbers of mentally-traumatised men continued to grow after the Armistice. Most of these men suffered from functional neuroses and symptoms were similar to those demonstrated by men who had been involved in industrial accidents before the war.

How did medics conceptualise and manage these complaints? The term ‘Shell shock’ made little medical sense (as doctors quickly acknowledged) and some medical officers did dismiss psychological injury as ‘funk’ displayed by cowards who were simply ‘shell shy’. Nevertheless, many medics developed a sophisticated understanding of mentally-wounded men based on a strong inter-relationship between somatic and psychological symptoms. These nuanced interpretations, and the attendant therapies, were promptly forgotten by the military-medical profession and did not inform treatment regimes in future wars, prompting us to query how best to ensure the effective transmission of medical understanding.

Jo Stubbley : Complex Trauma: working creatively within a psychoanalytic frame

With the publication of ICD 11 psychiatric classification pending, we are facing a new diagnostic category of Complex PTSD. Many of us will recognize these patients as suffering from significant developmental trauma who may well have had a number of different diagnostic labels in the past. These are patients who require an adaptation of psychoanalytic techniques, alongside a flexible approach. This flexibility may include the use of different modalities or the adoption of a trauma-informed approach. In this paper, I will discuss the creative work needed to engage and treat such patients within an NHS setting and how a psychoanalytic understanding remains central to the work in all its forms.

Biography

Dr Jo Stubley is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy and the clinical lead for the Tavistock Trauma Service. She is a member of the British Psychoanalytic Society and is also trained in Trauma – Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She is co-Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Psychotherapy Faculty Task group on Historical Child Sexual Abuse and has a special interest in Complex and developmental Trauma.

Dr Fiona Reid is an historian of war and medicine. And has published widely on the medical history of the First World War as well as the history of refugees and displaced people in the Second World War. Her publications include Broken Men: shell shock, treatment and recovery in Britain 1914-30, (London: Hambeldon Continuum, 2011) and Medicine in First World War Europe: Soldiers, Medics, Pacifists, (London: Bloomsbury, 2017).  She is currently the Head of Arts and Humanities at Newman University, Birmingham.

Dr Phil Mollon is a psychoanalyst, clinical psychologist, and energy psychotherapist. With a background in clinical psychology, he worked in the NHS mental health services for 37 years, but is now in private practice. He is the author of 11 books, covering topics including shame, narcissism, trauma, dissociation, EMDR, ADHD and autistic spectrum. Many years ago he recognised that people with serious psychiatric difficulties have often experienced severe and repeated trauma – but such people may not benefit from conventional psychotherapy, which can even exacerbate their mental state. This led him to explore additional therapeutic modalities, including EMDR and energy psychotherapy. He is President of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology.

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WPF Therapy Reading Group 2018 - 2019

Workshop dates

Monthly
Friday evenings 7.00 – 8.30pm
Regeneration, 12 October 2018
The Lie, 9 November 2018
Warlight, 25 January 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 
020 7378 2050

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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 12th October 2018
Regeneration by Pat Barker
Led by Stephen Crawford

Friday 9th November 2018
The Lie by Helen Dumore
Led by Jenny Riddell

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

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

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Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy Taster Day - 8 September 2018 with Kate Trench

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 8 September 2018
Time 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Kate Trench

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

Katherine Ahluwalia
Programme Administrator
katherine.ahluwalia@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2052

Apply for this workshop
 
£60

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.”

Applications must be received by Thursday, 30th August 2018. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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

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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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
020 7378 2050

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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 connecting thread across the life cycle: Understanding attachment with Ruth Schmidt Neven

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 6 October 2018
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Ruth Schmidt Neven

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
events@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2050

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£125
  1. Are you working with clients who are struggling with relationships?

  2. How do we understand the impact of childhood relationships on adult relationships?

  3. Why is empathy important in relating?

  4. How can we help our clients understand the impact of separation, loss and trauma on attachment and development in later childhood and adult life?

  5. What is the research evidence for attachment?

At the end of the workshop you will:

  1. Understand the conceptual framework of attachment within a psychodynamic framework that emphasises the interdependence of systems concerning development, relationships and meaning making
  2. Gain knowledge of key attachment research i.e. the Strange Situation Test and the Adult Attachment Interview
  3. Understand the role of attachment in brain development with specific reference to promoting regulatory behaviour in the infant and young child
  4. Understand the impact of separation loss and trauma on attachment.

There will be a tutor presentation and video to illustrate the dynamic everyday process of attachment for infants and their parents. The presentation will include case examples to illustrate the conceptual framework of attachment. There will be time for discussion with the participants as the workshop proceeds over the course of the day. Participants will be encouraged to bring case examples from their own work settings.

Target Audience
Psychologists, social workers, child and adult psychotherapists, doctors, paediatricians, teachers, early childhood workers and professionals concerned with the mental health of children and adolescents.

Workshop Leader
Dr. Ruth Schmidt Neven is a child psychotherapist and clinical psychologist who trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London. She worked for many years in child and family mental health in the NHS in the UK before coming to Australia to take up the inaugural position of Chief Psychotherapist at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Ruth is now founder director of the Centre for Child and Family Development in Melbourne and is engaged in clinical work as well as extensive professional training throughout Australia and overseas.  In the UK she has run training workshops for NScience and for the University of Cambridge Child Wellbeing Forum. Ruth is the author of five books and clinical papers. Her most recent publication from Routledge is ‘Time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy with children and adolescents: An interactive approach’. Her previous publications include ‘Core principles of assessment and therapeutic communication with children, parents and families’ also published by Routledge and ‘Rethinking ADHD: An illness of our time’ published by Allen&Unwin. She is also the author of a book for parents ‘Growing Kids: Nurturing relationships from tots to teens’ published by Full Circle Publications.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 27th September 2018. 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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Touring Icebergs... an introductory guide to unconscious processes

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date:, 20 October 2018
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

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£125

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.

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, 11th October 2018. 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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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, 20 October 2018
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

More information

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events@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2050

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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 emphasised 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, 11th October 2018. 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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WPF Therapy certificate in CBT skills - Winter Intake

Workshop dates

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

Course Leader

Gerry McCarron

Venue

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

Fees

Course fee: £1,560
Registration fee: £100

More information

Training Administration
training@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2051

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£1,560

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Testimonials from previous participants:

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

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

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

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Looking for love: How therapy can help with partner choice with Annie Power

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 12 January 2019
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 trainees: £50

More information

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

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£125

This workshop will explore what makes a good couple ‘fit’. During the workshop the different routes into relationship – random romance, arranged marriage and selection through digital dating will be looked at. Attachment theory and psychodynamic understanding of couple relationships will be drawn upon.

This workshop will look at:

  • What’s going on when two people fall in love?
  • How do arranged marriages and partnerships formed online compare with romance?
  • What makes for a satisfactory long term relationship?

This workshop will reflect on:

  • Clients who have a painful story of broken relationships
  • Clients who move fast through relationships and don’t settle
  • Clients who haven’t had an adult sexual relationship and who may or may not consciously seek one.

Why attend this workshop?

  1. To better understand and help clients who struggle to find a satisfying relationship.
  2. To recognise the different between romantic passion and a lasting attachment bond.

The aims of this workshop are:

  1. To gain a deeper sense of what works in a long term relationship.
  2. To consider how the three core elements – attachment, sex and care-giving – combine to make a relationship good enough.

This workshop is suitable for qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors.  The primary theoretical focus of the workshop will be psychodynamics, but practitioners of other modalities are encouraged to attend. This workshop may be of particular interest to individual therapists whose clients bring relationship issues or couple therapists.

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, 3rd January 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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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.

Workshop dates

Workshop, 12 January 2019
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 trainees: £50

More information

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

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£125

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.

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, 3rd January 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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Projective Identification in practice with Paul Terry

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 26 January 2019
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

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

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£125
  • 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.

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. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring examples from their own practice for discussion.

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 exteremely important workshop for all therapists at whatever stage of their career.”
  • “Paul is a skilful lecturer who makes a complicated subject very accessible.”
  • “Excellent presenter who managed to deliver a serious subject in a friendly accessible ambience.”

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 Team for Older People in Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. 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, 17th of January 2019. 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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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, 26 January 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

More information

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

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£125
  • 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.

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, 17th January 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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Mindfulness - an effective resource for working with trauma with Margaret Landale

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 16 February 2019
Time 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Margaret Landale

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

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

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  1. Would you like to explore how to engage more effectively with the phenomenology of trauma?

  2. Are you interested in deepening your awareness and skill in working with the somatic processes that underlie traumatic experience?

  3. Would you like practical skills to work more directly with presenting phenomena.

This workshop will focus on mindfulness practice as a support for therapeutic intervention as well as a tool to process trauma. Working with trauma typically also involves complex relational dynamics and this workshop will explore the clinical integration of mindfulness and phenomenological techniques within the therapeutic relationship.

The advances in trauma research have highlighted the need for therapists to engage with the somatic reality of trauma. This includes paying attention to the minutiae of somatic processes such as disregulated affect, implicit memory and dissociative process. This workshop will introduce a range of practical clinical skills in this area and there will also be a focus on recognising and using somatic counter-transference for the benefit of the client.

The processing of trauma experience involves building a safe and collaborative therapeutic environment. We will look at enhancing the therapist’s capacity for embodied attunement, empathy and acceptance, as well as helping to cultivate appropriate awareness and self-regulatory skills for our clients. Trauma is about the past and this workshop provides an exploration of present-moment interventions that help clients attune to different aspects of their trauma experience to develop resilience and aid integration.

Mindfulness-based group programs such as MBSR, MBCT, DBT and ACT have proven to be effective for a range of conditions such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders as well as psychosomatic and chronic pain disorders. For instance, MBCT has been recognised by NICE as an effective treatment for depression. Many of these conditions are now viewed through the lens of complex or developmental trauma and this workshop will explore the application of mindfulness when working with trauma.

We will first focus on mindfulness as a useful personal resource for the therapist’s wellbeing and then expand this to explore how it might enhance the therapeutic relationship. We will also explore mindfulness as a resource for our clients, especially in regards to processing the somatic reality of traumatic memories, improving affect regulation and avoiding re-traumatisation.

Another focus will be on cultivating empathic presence, acceptance and equilibrium especially when working with the complex dynamics and processes arising from insecure attachment or complex trauma.

The workshop will have a practical and experiential focus and offers an opportunity for beginners as well as those who have experience of mindfulness to practise a range of skills and techniques that are particularly helpful for working in the present moment and with the non-verbal embodied processes of the therapeutic relationship.

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

Workshop Leader
Margaret Landale has been working as a psychotherapist for thirty years. She is a UKCP registered supervisor, has been a training director at the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy in London and delivers a range of workshops and talks nationwide. Having been a meditator for many years, she has become increasingly interested in the integration of mindfulness in psychotherapy. She holds a masters in mindfulness and has taught on the ‘mindfulness in individual psychotherapy’ module at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University.  Publications include: ‘Working with psychosomatic distress and developmental trauma’ in: Contemporary Body Psychotherapy – The Chiron Approach, Linda Hartley ed., Routledge 2009. ‘The use of imagery in body oriented psychotherapy’ in Body Psychotherapy, Tree Staunton ed., Brunner-Routledge, 2002.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 7th February 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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Searching for the Beloved with Jenny Riddell

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 2 March 2019
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Jenny Riddell

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

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

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  • Have you worked with an individual or couple for whom yearning and pining for love, either lost or never found is a significant part of the work?

  • What meaning does an individual’s preoccupation with a search for a soulmate have for their therapy?

  • What are the clinical and technical issues for the therapist?

  • What theoretical understanding can we use to help understand the work?

Using a variety of learning styles including video work, case discussion, theoretical thinking participants will explore:

  • How cases with a preoccupation with a search for the beloved may present in a clinical setting.
  • What theoretical understanding can we use to understand this/help us to explore meaning with the client?
  • How do we work with this material in the room?
  • What clinical and technical impact might there be on the therapy as these relationships develop, or flounder?
  • How gender, culture, sexuality and other difference may impact on the transference and counter transferences in the therapy.

There will be an opportunity for the group to apply the learning to their own casework.

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
Jenny Riddell is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working with individuals and couples. She is a registered member of The Bowlby Centre and BSCPC. Her specialist interests are in how a couple grieve, infertility, affairs and working with couples in later life. She also supervises, trains, teaches and is academic supervisor for master’s dissertations on a variety of psychotherapy trainings. She has worked with Relate, WPF Therapy, TCCR, and is a member of BPC (TIMC), UKCP (Bowlby Centre), BAPPS, BACP.

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

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Working with Survivors of Violent Trauma with Andy Keefe

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

Workshop dates

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

Workshop leader

Andy Keefe

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

Katherine Ahluwalia
Programme Administrator
katherine.ahluwalia@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2052

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In our work as therapists we may find ourselves working with clients who are survivors of violent trauma. They may come to us to talk about their experiences and may recognise themselves as suffering from trauma – or they may not. Traumatic experiences may emerge in the work that we are doing with them. How do we begin to think about trauma and work with it in our clinical work?

This workshop explores how an understanding of the neurology of trauma and techniques from trauma-specific modalities can enrich psychodynamic practice with traumatised clients. The workshop will help you to develop an understanding of the impact of a traumatic incident on the brain and on how the incident is remembered and re-experienced; to learn and practice techniques to ground and stabalise a traumatised client and to help them process their memories and to integrate such approaches into a psychodynamic framework.

Workshop Aims

  1. To be able to identify the impact of a traumatic incident on the brain, understand how this affects how the incident is remembered and re-experienced and the implications of this for treatment.
  2. To be able to explain the main post-traumatic symptoms.
  3. To be able to identify and explain the “Three Phase Model” of intervention with traumatised clients. To have practiced grounding and stabilisation techniques for use with very distressed clients.
  4. To be able to identify and understand techniques for assisting clients to process traumatic memories.
  5. To have an understanding of trauma and its treatment within a psychodynamic framework.

 Outline

The day will cover: the range of responses to trauma, PTSD and its place within this range; the impact of trauma on the brain and on memory; overview of the Three Phased Model, with a detailed look at each phase: stabilisation, re-processing & re-connection and integration with psychodynamic theory on trauma. The event will include clinical presentations, role-plays, paired-exercises and small and large group exercises.

This workshop is suitable for qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors starting to work with violent trauma and its impacts, as well as those with an interest in doing so.

Workshop Leader
Andy Keefe 
is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and EMDR practitioner and is also trained in Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET). He is Director of Clinic at WPF Therapy. From 1993 to 1997, he was Coordinator of the Halkevi Kurdish & Turkish Community Centre in Hackney and from 1997 to 2000, Caseworker / Coordinator of the Colombian Refugee Association in Lambeth. From 2000 to 2010 he worked in the Refugee Council Mental Health Service in Brixton and from 2010 to 2016 at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture / Freedom from Torture, where he was Director of National Clinical Services from 2012 to 2016. Andrew has published a number of articles on refugee mental health and has lectured on the subject at the universities of Oxford, Kent, and Essex, Kings College, London and the Tavistock Clinic, where he is an external lecturer on the MA Therapeutic Care for Refugees. Andrew holds an MA in Theory & Practice of Human Rights from Essex University and an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies from Roehampton University / WPF Therapy.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 21st March 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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Complex Trauma and Adult Safeguarding 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

More information

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

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  • Do you want to gain an understanding of the various components which define complex trauma?

  • Would you like to learn more about the legal aspects around Adult Safeguarding?

This workshop will also look at the guidance provided by the BPS and BACP to work through the dynamics, plus look at how to implement protocols around adult safeguarding.

Why do this workshop?

  1. Understand the legal aspects around Adult Safeguarding and various forms of complex trauma
  2. Weighing up the implications around reporting ‘abuse’ in relation to sustaining the therapeutic relationship and its ramifications.
  3. Working through the dynamics within supervision to assist the client to move to an emotional recovery, whilst also thinking about the impact upon others.
  4. Think about how to devise protocols or put them into place and how supervision is essential within the process.

The aims of this workshop are to:

  1. Understand the various forms of complex trauma and its implications for Adult Safeguarding along with who to report to and when to report the occurrences.
  2. Work with clients to look at the implications of Complex Trauma for the self and others.
  3. Understand the different routes for reporting Complex Trauma and its ramifications.
  4. Look at how to use supervision, work through the dynamics within a therapeutic relationship.

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.

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

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

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

More information

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

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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, 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 Aministration on 020 7378 2050/events@wpf.org.uk in order to be sent an application form.

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