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Kleinians since Klein Study Group 2019-2020

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

Workshop dates

10 session course
Session 1: The Paranoid-Schizoid position: splitting and projection, 27 September 2019
Session 2: The depressive position: loss and guilt, 25 October 2019
Session 3: Pathological organisation of the personality, 22 November 2019
Session 4: The development of the capacity to think, 13 December 2019
Session 5: The facts of life and the Oedipal triangle, 24 January 2020
Session 6: The central importance of transference/countertransference, 21 February 2020
Session 7: Envy and the death instinct, 20 March 2020
Session 8: Confusion and perversion, 24 April 2020
Session 9: Gender and sexuality, 22 May 2020
Session 10: What is distinctive about Kleinian work?, 26 June 2020
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

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Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk
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This study group has been lively and successful in previous years and is generally fully subscribed.

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

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

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

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

The readings include earlier and later practitioners, clinical and theoretical considerations. We refer back to Freud and Klein as we consider how thinking and technique have 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.”
  • “The things I found most useful and enjoyable were the readings suggested, the session notes sent in advance and the clinical examples in the sessions.”

Course Reading

Detailed session reading will be sent on booking.

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

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

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

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WPF Therapy Reading Group 2019 - 2020

Workshop dates

Monthly
Friday evenings 7.00 – 8.30pm
Exposure, 17 January 2020
A Good Enough Mother, 28 February 2020
Midwinter Break, 3 April 2020
In the Woods, 15 May 2020

Facilitators

Various leaders

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £10
Trainees: £5

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Training Administration
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£10

This unique reading group is now entering its 15th year and has gone from strength to strength. 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 book before attending.

All are welcome to attend this event. Refreshments provided.

Friday 18th October  2019
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Led by Stephen Crawford

Friday 17th January 2020
Exposure by Helen Dunmore
Led by Pat MacDonald

Friday 28th February 2020
A Good Enough Mother by Bev Thomas
Led by Jan McHugh
We are delighted that Bev Thomas will be joining us for this group. She is looking forward to taking part in the discussion of her book, as well as answering any questions. 

Bev Thomas was a clinical psychologist in the NHS for many years. She currently works as an organisational consultant in mental health and other services. ‘A Good Enough Mother’ is her debut novel.

Friday 3rd April 2020
Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty
Led by Jenny Riddell

Friday 15th May 2020
In the Woods by Tana French 
Led by Rayna Denitsova

The remainder of the programme will be published shortly.

There are still opportunities to facilitate reading groups, so please e-mail events@wpf.org.uk if you are interested.

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WPF Therapy open evening

Workshop dates

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

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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Shame, Guilt and Trauma with Graham Music

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

Workshop dates

Lecture:, 24 January 2020
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Speaker

Graham Music

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

Illustrated through the lens of Jewish jokes as well as attachment, neurobiology and psychoanalysis, this talk will elucidate some of the ways in which we understand guilt and shame, the differences between them, and how these differences have important clinical implications. The talk will unpack shame and guilt’s confused and overlapping meanings, and how they manifest in cases where there have been forms of trauma, stress and anxiety. A departure in this talk will be the use of humour, and in particular Jewish jokes, to illustrate some of the subtler conceptual nuances, and how the roots of such jokes lies in a history of trauma. The place of humour in helping to understand and manage trauma will be an underlying additional theme, hopefully bringing in a light touch to a serious topic.

Participants should leave with a sense of how guilt and shame chow and why an both have powerfully negative effects but also how some variants of each can be a force for health and growth. Participants should go away with more confidence about how to make sense of these issues clinically, especially with complex patients,  and also be challenged to think of these mechanisms relate to ourselves, and with luck will also go home with a few things to smile about.

Speaker
Graham Music (PHD) is Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics and an adult psychotherapist in private practice. His publications include Nurturing Children: From Trauma to Growth using Attachment Theory, Psychoanalysis and Neurobiology (2019), Nurturing Natures: Attachment and children’s emotional, sociocultural and brain development (2016, 2010), Affect and Emotion (2001), and The Good Life: Wellbeing and the new science of altruism, selfishness and immorality (2014). He has a particular interest in exploring the interface between developmental findings and clinical work. Formerly Associate Clinical Director of the Tavistock’s child and family department, he has managed a range of services working with the aftermath of child maltreatment and neglect, and organised many community based psychotherapy services. He currently works clinically with forensic cases at The Portman Clinic. He teaches, lectures and supervises in Britain and abroad.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 15th 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.

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

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The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy: A case study erotic transference and countertransference with Joy Schaverien

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

Workshop dates

Lecture, 14 March 2020
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm

Lecturer

Joy Schaverien

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 talk will focus on the meaning and purpose of the erotic transference in psychotherapy, the boundary issues raised when working with the terminally ill, and the reason for abstinence when dealing with intense transference – countertransference dynamics.

The first part of this day will be a case presentation and lecture. This is a story of love and death mediated in psychotherapy.  When a patient in psychotherapy is confronted with a life-threatening illness the therapeutic relationship inevitably intensifies. The work becomes time limited but the end date is uncertain.  Boundaries of the analytic frame may come under extreme pressure especially when an erotic transference –countertransference dynamic emerges. A series of dreams reveals how, as analysis deepens, the pace of individuation quickens.  Theoretical and clinical material will give the background to what is hoped will be a lively discussion.

All counsellors and psychotherapists, both qualified and in training, will find this a valuable day where they will have the space and the expert guidance to:

  • think more about working with the dying in psychotherapy
  • think about the challenges and implications of working with erotic transference and dreams
  • explore the countertransference issues faced in both these situations.

Lecturer
Professor Joy Schaverien PhD is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology (London) with a private analytic and supervisory practice in the East Midlands. She is Visiting Professor for the Northern Programme for Art Psychotherapy and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology.  She has published extensively on topics related to art and analytical psychology and her recent books include: The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy  (which is soon to be republished by Routledge) and Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged” Child, (June 2015) which was a Routledge and Amazon bestseller.

Target Audience
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.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 5th 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.

 

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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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£40

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.

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Freud, music and the unconscious with Stephen Gross

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

Workshop dates

Lecture:, 18 June 2020
Time: 7.15pm - 8.45pm

Speaker

Stephen Gross

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified practitioners: £40
Trainees: £25

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk
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During this talk Stephen will use musical illustrations from the 10th to the 20th century, to show how music as well as language is able to express the unconscious mind. With both of language and mind functioning as modes of communication mediating between the material of the unconscious and the listener.

A major focus will be on the fact that Sigmund Freud’s attitude to music tells us as much about the personal psychology of the man, as it does about the character of music itself. We shall see how Freud’s general mistrust and actual hostility to most music, with the exception  of a couple of 19th century operas, was founded on two differing anxieties. The first being its power to penetrate to, and then activate, the  dark forces and phantasies of the personal unconscious against which Freud was personally so resolutely defended. The other being that three of the major thinkers of the 19th century; the philosophers Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche, the former especially, and composer Richard Wagner all wrote significantly about music. In doing so they expressed ideas which could be understood as anticipating Freud’s own ideas about the unconscious and even psychoanalysis itself. Freud’s immense narcissism could not tolerate such possibilities.

With regard to the power of music we shall consider the degree to which the personal psychological life especially that of the unconscious is expressed in the music itself; as well as perhaps a collective unconscious and how that musical communication may be experienced by the listener. The combination of words with music will also be addressed.

Participants will leave this presentation, not only with some new insights into Freud himself as a result of his complex relationship to music, but also able to consider more fully the role that modes of art forms,  particularly music, may have in expressing and communicating unconscious material. In addition, how for the listener, music might be seen as being as much of a mediator between the unconscious and the conscious mind as language itself.

Target Audience
This course 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.

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

Speaker
Stephen Gross
is a psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice who qualified at the BAP in 1986. For over 30 years he has been working at WPF Therapy principally as supervisor and tutor. For the last 15 years has been facilitating the Ontology seminars.  His play Freud’s Night Visitors was performed at The Freud Museum in 2012 and at WPF Therapy. IN 2018 his book Living in Language: Poetry and Prose was launched at WPF Therapy. He is particularly interested in the relationship between language and music.

Applications must be received by Thursday,11th June 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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Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy Taster Day on 22nd February 2020

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 22 February 2020
Workshop date, 20 June 2020
Time 10am – 4pm



Venue

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

Fees

None: £50
Qualified practitioner: £50
Trainee: £50

More information

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

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£50

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 Taster Days:

  • “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, 13th February 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

If you apply for the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills starting in April or August following attendance at this Taster Day we will waive the course selection fee of £40.

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 14 December 2019
Time 10.00am - 4.30pm

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
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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, 5th December 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 power of transference in the therapeutic relationship with Daliah Slater and Sarabeth Morrison

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 11 January 2020
Time: 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Daliah Slater
Sarabeth Morrison

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £125
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £90
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £50
Discount if Transference and Countertransference workshops booked together: £220/£150/£80

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Transference is ubiquitous. Yet whilst it is often elusive and complex in its nature, working with this unconscious process is an integral part of the therapeutic process.

This workshop will enable you to gain a better theoretical understanding of the complexities and powerful phenomenon of transference and its different types.

  • What IS transference?  Do you struggle with the potentially confusing concept of transference?
  • Have you ever experienced strong or inexplicable feelings when working with a client?
  • Have you ever felt stuck, uncomfortable or overwhelmed?
  • Have you ever found yourself getting confused or ‘into something’ with your client? It may be that you are caught in the powerful phenomenon of transference.
  • Do you want to be better able to identify and make sense of the complexities of this?
  • Do you want to feel more confident in how to work with the transference, so it becomes a tool for your practice

Through experiential exercises and focused discussions, in partners and in groups, you will explore the transference looking for clues and reflecting on this as a means of unconscious communication. Using case studies and film you will explore different transferences in action. Within a safe space, you will explore any current difficulties you may be having with your clinical work. This will enable you to consider practical ways of unravelling and working with the transference.

By attending this workshop you will:

  • Broaden your understanding of transference theoretically, experientially and practically.
  • Gain confidence in recognising, exploring and using transference.
  • Have space to reflect on the transference within clinical work and to consider practical ways of working with it.
  • Leave feeling more skilled at working with the transference in clinical practice.

The day will consist of theoretical presentations that will link theory with practice, experiential exercises, case study discussion and film. Ample time will be allowed for discussion of clinical work and other relevant material.

Discount Available: This workshop may be attended in conjunction with The complexities of countertransference: A hindrance or a tool? on 29th February 2020.  If both workshops are booked at the same time the fee for attending both will be £220 (Qualified Practitioners) £150 (trainee rate) or £80 (WPF Therapy trainee rate).  Please note that both workshops must be booked at the same time to qualify for the discount.

Target Audience
This course 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.

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

Workshop Leaders
Daliah Slater is an accredited and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Daliah holds a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from The Counselling Foundation. She also holds a BA Hons in Psychology and Social Studies. In addition to her private practice, Daliah has worked for over 14 years with different organisations, including the charity, No Panic. Daliah works with a wide range of issues from cultural issues to trauma and depression and has a particular interest in anxiety.

Sarabeth Morrison is a BACP accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist. She holds a Masters in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Hertfordshire. Sarabeth has worked for 6 years in private practice and has worked for a number of years as a counsellor in different charitable organisations. Sarabeth works with a wide range of issues in adults from anxiety, depression and life events such as bereavement, abuse, betrayal, family and relationship issues.

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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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 Therapy Trainees/Staff: £50

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£125
  • 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.

Target Audience
This course 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.

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

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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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, 18 January 2020
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, 16th 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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Being a Sexual Woman with Marie Maguire

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

Workshop dates

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

Workshop leader

Marie Maguire

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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  1. Have you ever been confronted with a patient who is reticent or who asks basic questions about their pleasure and desire?

  2. On the other hand with a highly eroticised transference/countertransference, do you avoid exploration of sexual feelings and fantasies for fear of appearing intrusive or seductive?

  3. Do you need more confidence in working with sexual trauma, including sexual abuse, serious assault or childhood exposure to pornography? Or with the fantasies of submissiveness and power that can emerge in psychotherapy?

  4. Would you like an opportunity to discuss changes over the past 50-70 years in what is considered permissible and even possible for women sexually and how these affect the clinical encounter?

  5. Do you wonder about the origins of female sexuality?

By attending this workshop participants will gain:

  1. A greater ability to think about and discuss all aspects of female sexuality within the therapy relationship, including sexual feelings and fantasies and the erotic transference.
  2. More confidence in working with sexual trauma and with issues of power in sexual fantasy life.
  3. More understanding of the changes there have been in what is considered permissible and even possible for women over the past 70 years and the ways these emerge in psychotherapy.
  4. Increased theoretical knowledge and ability to work clinically with difference when dealing with sexuality and identity.

The workshop will include discussion, trainer presentation of theory and clinical examples, as well as an opportunity to think about their own clinical practice.

Target Audience
The workshop is open to qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors, both female and male. It will be psychodynamic in orientation. Counsellors and psychotherapists whose primary training is not psychodynamic but who have some knowledge and are interested to develop it further are welcome to attend.

Workshop Leader
Marie Maguire is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and supervisor working in private practice in South London. She has published numerous journal articles and several books including Men, Women, Passion and Power, 2nd edition Routledge 2004.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 9th 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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Shame, Guilt and Trauma with Graham Music (lecture)

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

Workshop dates

Lecture:, 24 January 2020
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Speaker

Graham Music

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified practitioners: £40
Trainees: £25

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Illustrated through the lens of Jewish jokes as well as attachment, neurobiology and psychoanalysis, this talk will elucidate some of the ways in which we understand guilt and shame, the differences between them, and how these differences have important clinical implications. The talk will unpack shame and guilt’s confused and overlapping meanings, and how they manifest in cases where there have been forms of trauma, stress and anxiety. A departure in this talk will be the use of humour, and in particular Jewish jokes, to illustrate some of the subtler conceptual nuances, and how the roots of such jokes lies in a history of trauma. The place of humour in helping to understand and manage trauma will be an underlying additional theme, hopefully bringing in a light touch to a serious topic.

Participants should leave with a sense of how guilt and shame chow and why an both have powerfully negative effects but also how some variants of each can be a force for health and growth. Participants should go away with more confidence about how to make sense of these issues clinically, especially with complex patients,  and also be challenged to think of these mechanisms relate to ourselves, and with luck will also go home with a few things to smile about.

Speaker
Graham Music (PHD) is Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics and an adult psychotherapist in private practice. His publications include Nurturing Children: From Trauma to Growth using Attachment Theory, Psychoanalysis and Neurobiology (2019), Nurturing Natures: Attachment and children’s emotional, sociocultural and brain development (2016, 2010), Affect and Emotion (2001), and The Good Life: Wellbeing and the new science of altruism, selfishness and immorality (2014). He has a particular interest in exploring the interface between developmental findings and clinical work. Formerly Associate Clinical Director of the Tavistock’s child and family department, he has managed a range of services working with the aftermath of child maltreatment and neglect, and organised many community based psychotherapy services. He currently works clinically with forensic cases at The Portman Clinic. He teaches, lectures and supervises in Britain and abroad.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 15th 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.

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

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Dementia: What does it mean for counsellors and psychotherapists? with Kate White and Angela Cotter

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 25 January 2020
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leaders

Kate White
Angela Cotter

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 address issues raised by the subject of dementia both in personal life and clinical practice?

  • Are you interested in an introduction to the contribution of attachment theory in helping us think about the subject of dementia?

  • Would you like to learn more about the importance of relationship, touch, and creative arts in enhancing the well-being of both people with dementia and those caring for them?

By attending this workshop participants will have an opportunity to expand and deepen their understanding of the range of the dementias and the different ways that dementia manifests in the individual. They will have a greater confidence and understanding of ways to communicate with people with dementia and have a clearer understanding of the application and contribution of attachment theory in this particular context. Participants will also have an understanding of the social and political context of dementia care in the UK.

Target Audience
Trainee and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.

Workshop Leaders
Angela Cotter
is a Jungian analyst, training supervisor and teacher. She is Head of Research at the Minster Centre and a Visiting Lecturer at Regent’s University, London, UK. She is a former NHS nursing home manager and action researcher, working with older people and people with dementia. Since 1990, her research has focused on the phenomenon of the wounded healer, which informs her work on the significance of the current growth of dementia and ways of supporting those who care for people with dementia. Co-editor with Kate White and Hazel Leventhal, Dementia: An Attachment Approach, Routledge, 2019.

Kate White is a training therapist, supervisor, researcher and teacher at The Bowlby Centre, UK. She is series editor of the John Bowlby Memorial Conference Monographs and editor emeritus of the journal Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis. Kate was previously a senior lecturer in district nursing at The South Bank University, London. She has edited and co-edited many books on a variety of issues in relation to psychoanalysis, including, attachment, culture, sexuality, trauma and the body. Co-editor with Angela Cotter and Hazel Leventhal, Dementia: An Attachment Approach, Routledge, 2019.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 16th 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.

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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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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Love across the life cycle with Jenny Riddell

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 15 February 2020
Time: 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Jenny Riddell

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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The focus of this workshop will be on the differing challenges and triumphs of relationships at different life stages, from late teens to nineties. There will also be space for small group work which could include looking for a relationship at different stages of life.

As we age, our relationships age and across the life cycle we may find ourselves with different needs and desires. Long term relationships will present changes and challenges, or we may find ourselves in mid-life or later life with a desire to be in a relationship. How does the life cycle impact on these challenges and how do we work with them clinically in our practice as therapists?

Most of our work focuses on intimate relationships and during this workshop you will be able to think about your own practice. As more and more people in later life enter therapy this workshop will have a particular emphasis on work with people in this age group. Clinical examples from the trainer will be interwoven with participants’ own clinical experience.

During this workshop you will be able to:

  • Reflect on the theme of love, intimacy and the loss of this, as well as the gains
  • Explore and examine transference and counter transference in the therapeutic space
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to engage with a group of experienced therapists and share learning

Jenny will present a detailed clinical paper on the subject which will ground the discussion during the day.  She will look at seven examples of different couples over the life span from late teens to nineties.  The day will include experiential exercises and small peer group discussion. 

Workshop Leader
Jenny Riddell is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working with individuals and couples. She is a registered member of The Bowlby Centre and Tavistock Relationships. Her specialist interests are in how a couple grieve, infertility, affairs and working with couples in later life. She has a private practice and writes, supervises, trains, teaches and is academic supervisor for MA dissertations on a variety of psychotherapy trainings. She has worked with Relate, WPF, TR, and is a member of BPC (TR), UKCP (BC), and British Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Supervision.

Comments following previous workshops run by Jenny Riddell

  •  “Jenny Riddell shares her experiences with great skill and knowledge”
  • “This workshop was a rich informative, interactive and enjoyable experience”
  • “Really interesting and engaging course with the opportunity to learn from peers from different walks of therapy”
  • “Excellent training!”

Target audience
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.

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 6th 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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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

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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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Sexuality, Psychoanalysis and the Therapist's Countertransference with Juliet Newbigin and David Richards

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 22 February 2020
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leaders

Juliet Newbigin
David Richards

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

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020 7378 2050

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£125

Completing this workshop is an opportunity for clinicians to:

  • Re-examine, in light of today’s more liberal society, how we think about traditional theoretical approaches we may have been taught.

  • Explore embedded assumptions that inform how we listen to patients/clients.

  • Look at counter-transference difficulties that may arise for us when patients/clients present us with material and emotions we find it difficult to bear or to think about.

Beginning with a brief introduction to the way psychoanalysis has theorised sexualities from Freud onwards, this overview, led by Juliet Newbigin, will cover what was radical in Freud’s way of conceptualising the sexual drive, how his ideas have evolved in the context of anglophone psychoanalysis, and the shift that is currently taking place, which requires the therapist to reflect actively on his or her own responses and values.

This morning session will be followed by an examination of the implications of this, based around short case studies.

The afternoon will open with a talk by David Richards taken from his recently published chapter, Working with Sameness and Difference: reflections on supervision with diverse sexualities .* David will demonstrate how the supervisor’s own awareness of countertransference can open up a deeper exploration of what the patient is bringing to therapy.

This will be followed by a discussion of some of the case material mentioned in the previous session.

Target Audience
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.

Workshop Leaders

Juliet Newbigin is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with a longstanding interest in the impact of the wider social context on the development of individual identity within the family. She has been particularly concerned about the troubled history of the heteronormative understanding of sexual orientation in both psychoanalysis and Jungian analysis and their failure to recognize the experience of the LGBTQI community. She currently chairs the British Psychoanalytic Council’s Advisory Group on Sexual and Gender Diversity.

David Richards is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice, working both with individuals and in organizational settings. He has been a senior tutor on the MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy at Birkbeck College, University of London. Over the last three decades he has worked extensively in the public and private sectors, initially in the HIV field and later managing a community counselling service for older adults. He has particular experience of working with the LGBTQ+ communities, and within his wide theoretical interests has a particular focus on issues of sexuality and identity. He has served on the Board of the British Psychoanalytic Council, holding a portfolio of diversity, and is also a member of the BPC Advisory Group for Sexual and Gender Diversity.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 13th 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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Avoiding therapeutic impasse: working with substance use when it's not the presenting problem with Alison Hunt

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

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 22 February 2020
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Alison Hunt

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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£125
  • Would you like to become more effective when working with clients who do not see their substance use as problematic?

  • Do you want to become more adept at the management of dependency issues in the transference, and of difficult countertransference reactions / ‘power’ struggles?

  • Would you like to feel enabled to work in an empowering, non-judgemental way with addictive behaviour?

By attending this workshop participants will feel able to understand more fully the specific impact that difference substances have on brain chemistry, mental health and behaviour. They will feel more effective in assessing when a client’s substance us is problematic, and in bringing to awareness the function that it serves. Attendees will have an increased understanding of how substance use operates across different domains – the biological, behavioural, cognitive an emotional – and thus of the importance of working in an integrated ways. They will also be able to understand the role of, and be able to work more effectively with ambivalence.

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

Target Audience

This workshop is open to qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. Practitioners of all theoretical orientations are welcome to attend.

Workshop Leader 

Alison Hunt, MSW, FDAP, has over 27 years’ experience working with clients with substance and behavioural addictions; supervising and training other clinicians; and designing and managing treatment services. Currently, Alison provides staff supervision and training at services for dually-diagnosed clients and is in private practice in Cornwall. Alison synthesizes approaches to address the biological, psychological, emotional and social aspects of addictive behaviours.  She holds a psychodynamic and relational understanding, whilst incorporating elements of cognitive and dialectical behaviour therapies. Alison also utilizes motivational enhancement, behavioural, attachment theory, neurobiological understanding, mindfulness and 12 Step approaches when working with substance-using clients.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 13th 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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Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy Taster Day on 22nd February 2020

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 22 February 2020
Workshop date, 20 June 2020
Time 10am – 4pm


Venue

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

Fees

None: £50
Qualified practitioner: £50
Trainee: £50

More information

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events@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2050

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£50

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, 13th February 2020Booking 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 £40.

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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The complexities of countertransference: a hindrance or a tool? with Daliah Slater and Sarabeth Morrison

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 29 February 2020
Time: 10am – 4pm

Workshop leaders

Daliah Slater
Sarabeth Morrison

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £125
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £90
WPF Therapy Trainees: £50
Discount if Transference and Countertransference workshops booked together: £220/£150/£80

More information

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£125

Countertransference is fundamentally our thoughts, feelings and reactions to our clients. Recognising and working with this is vital in the therapeutic relationship. Yet whilst countertransference can provide us with a rich source of knowledge and information about our clients, it can be perplexing and confusing to work with.

  • Is it me or is it you?
  • What IS Countertransference? What is the link with transference?
  • Do you ever struggle with the boundaries, collude with a client or feel stuck?
  • Do you sometimes feel your mood or energy changes?
  • What might the client be communicating to us?
  • What is being asked of us?
  • How do you know what is coming from the client or what may be your own struggles?
  • Do you want to feel better able to stay with the ‘not-knowing’, whilst remaining ‘containing’, and therefore use countertransference as a tool for your practice rather than experiencing it as a hindrance?

This workshop will enable you to gain more of an understanding of the complexities of countertransference: the intersubjective dynamics between therapist and client. Through experiential exercises and focused discussions, in partners and in groups, you will explore countertransference reflecting on what is being evoked in you and what may be unconscious communication. Using theory, clinical work and film you will explore countertransference in action. Within a safe space, you will explore any current difficulties you may be having with your clinical work. This will enable you to consider practical ways of ‘separating out’ the countertransference – what belongs to you and what belongs to the client and how this can be used effectively within the therapeutic relationship.

By attending this workshop you will:

  • Broaden the understanding of countertransference theoretically, experientially and practically.
  • Gain confidence in recognising, exploring and using countertransference.
  • Be able to reflect on the countertransference within clinical work and to consider interpretations and practical ways of working with it.
  • Leave feeling more skilled at working with the countertransference in clinical practice.

 The day will consist of theoretical presentations that will link theory with practice, experiential exercises, case study discussion and film. Time will be allowed for discussion of clinical works and other relevant material.

Discount Available: This workshop may be attended in conjunction with The complexities of countertransference: A hindrance or a tool? on 29th February 2020.  If both workshops are booked at the same time the fee for attending both will be £220 (Qualified Practitioners) £150 (trainee rate) or £80 (WPF Therapy trainee rate).  Please note that both workshops must be booked at the same time to qualify for the discount.

Target Audience
This course 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.

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

Workshop Leaders
Daliah Slater is an accredited and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Daliah holds a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from The Counselling Foundation. She also holds a BA Hons in Psychology and Social Studies. In addition to her private practice, Daliah has worked for over 14 years with different organisations, including the charity, No Panic. Daliah works with a wide range of issues from cultural issues to trauma and depression and has a particular interest in anxiety.

Sarabeth Morrison is a BACP accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist. She holds a Masters in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Hertfordshire. Sarabeth has worked for 6 years in private practice and has worked for a number of years as a counsellor in different charitable organisations. Sarabeth works with a wide range of issues in adults from anxiety, depression and life events such as bereavement, abuse, betrayal, family and relationship issues.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 2oth 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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Therapist Attachment Style with Sarah Pennock

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 Pennock

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

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

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£125
  • Would you like to increase your awareness of attachment representations that are relationship-specific, provoked in your clinical work?

  • Are you interested in increasing your awareness of your enactments within the therapeutic relationship?

  • Would you like to learn how to consider the triggers for your anxiety, detachment and over-identification in your clinical work?

By attending this workshop, participants will have a much better understanding and awareness of their attachment style, with a particular emphasis in the consulting room. They will be able to identify what – in the client presentations – prompts differing responses in their relating and the impact on the therapeutic alliance. They will also be able to recognise collusions and collisions within the clinical work and how to better manage these, resulting in collaborations. Participants will feel more comfortable smoothly co-ordinating several elements in the work: expectations, ruptures, repairs, resources, monitoring alliance – resulting in greater confidence and acceptance of the ‘good enough’ therapist.

Pre-Course/Course Reading
There is an expectation that participants are familiar with the basics of attachment theory. (Attachment in Psychotherapy, David J. Wallin, 2015)

Target Audience
Trainee therapists and counsellors, and experienced therapists who wish to expand their awareness/understanding of their own attachment style and how this impacts their clinical work.

Biography

Sarah Pennock MSc, Pg. Dip, Integrative Counsellor. MBACP (Accred.) is an Addiction and Attachment Based Therapist.

She has worked with residential addiction treatment centres, out-patient programmes and addiction support agencies. Following her specialist training in Addiction Psychology, Sarah completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Attachment-Based Therapy to complement her addiction work, discovering how and why our individual attachment styles often shape the way we respond to challenges and anxieties, in and out of the consulting room.
Sarah runs a busy private practice in Marylebone, London. Her working style integrates psychodynamic theories of personality development, cognitive approaches to decision making, mentalisation and self-observation.

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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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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£125
  • 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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The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy: A case study erotic transference and countertransference with Joy Schaverien (Lecture)

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

Workshop dates

Lecture, 14 March 2020
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm

Lecturer

Joy Schaverien

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified practitioners: £40
Trainees: £25

More information

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This talk will focus on the meaning and purpose of the erotic transference in psychotherapy, the boundary issues raised when working with the terminally ill, and the reason for abstinence when dealing with intense transference – countertransference dynamics.

The first part of this day will be a case presentation and lecture. This is a story of love and death mediated in psychotherapy.  When a patient in psychotherapy is confronted with a life-threatening illness the therapeutic relationship inevitably intensifies. The work becomes time limited but the end date is uncertain.  Boundaries of the analytic frame may come under extreme pressure especially when an erotic transference –countertransference dynamic emerges. A series of dreams reveals how, as analysis deepens, the pace of individuation quickens.  Theoretical and clinical material will give the background to what is hoped will be a lively discussion.

All counsellors and psychotherapists, both qualified and in training, will find this a valuable day where they will have the space and the expert guidance to:

  • think more about working with the dying in psychotherapy
  • think about the challenges and implications of working with erotic transference and dreams
  • explore the countertransference issues faced in both these situations.

Lecturer
Professor Joy Schaverien PhD is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology (London) with a private analytic and supervisory practice in the East Midlands. She is Visiting Professor for the Northern Programme for Art Psychotherapy and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology.  She has published extensively on topics related to art and analytical psychology and her recent books include: The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy  (which is soon to be republished by Routledge) and Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged” Child, (June 2015) which was a Routledge and Amazon bestseller.

Target Audience
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.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 5th 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.

 

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Beyond Psychoanalysis: The place of religious language with David Black (Lecture)

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

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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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Working with suicide with Kirstie Adamson

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development Portfolio. Please note there are only two places remaining on this workshop.

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 28 March 2020
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Kirstie Adamson

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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Suicide is on the increase and Samaritans say that more understanding can help support those at risk. 4 in 5 of all suicides in UK are by men (ONS). In 2015, 6,188 suicides were registered in the UK (ONS). Actual figures are probably far larger because of the amount of deaths registered as misadventure.

Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, said: “Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 50, and more women are taking their own lives each year. Death by suicide is never inevitable, but for a person who is overwhelmed by feelings and events that appear insurmountable, it can seem like the only answer.”

Working with a suicidal client can raise many issues. This workshop will help you look at how to assess risk when working with a suicidal client and be clear what your responsibilities are. We will consider the implications and issues about breaking confidentiality and will look at any relevant legal issues.

During this workshop we will be able to explore the following questions:

  1. How do you assess risk especially in men?
  2. What do you do when you think your client is going to kill him/herself? How does it impact you? What are your feelings?
  3. What are your responsibilities legal and otherwise?
  4. When do you break confidentiality?

Suicide and the threat of suicide can be challenging and frightening for therapists.  This day will provide an opportunity to discuss issues around suicide especially in men, both in terms of practical risk assessment, and the emotional impact that it can have on you, the therapist.  The day will include paired exercises, small group exercises and some whole group discussions. Clinical examples will be given throughout. The workshop will:

  • Help you look at how to assess risk when working with a suicidal client
  • Get clear what your responsibilities are
  • Consider the implications and issues about breaking confidentiality
  • Look at any relevant legal issues

Comments from previous participants:

  • “Very useful, practical course; led by an extremely competent and empathic tutor.”
  • “An essential day for anyone intending to set up in private practice.”
  • “This workshop was informative and containing, supportive.”

Workshop Leader
Kirstie Adamson works full time as a counsellor and supervisor in a variety of settings. She trained originally integratively and has since done further training particularly in trauma including Somatic Experiencing, Constellations and online counselling. She works part-time in private practice specialising in working with adoptive families, with trauma and working creatively. She is also Deputy Head of Wellbeing at the University of West of England.

In addition, she previously worked for many years providing counselling in a safe house for sex workers, at a secondary school and in an adoption agency. Prior to that she worked as a lawyer for over 15 years specialising in family and children law. She contributed to the BACP books Therapists in Court and Record Keeping and the forthcoming book on Online supervision by Karnac. For her Masters she completed research in how emotions affect our ability to learn. She is currently writing a novel.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 19th of 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.

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Certificate in Clinical Assessment Skills

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

Workshop dates

Day one, 28 March 2020
Day two, 4 April 2020
Day three (a), 18 April 2020
Day three (b), 25 April 2020
Time: 10am – 4pm

Course Leader

Cate Lyon

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £420
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £370
WPF Therapy Trainees: £320

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2052

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The psychodynamic assessment can be “one of the most momentous days of [a client’s] life.” (Coltart, 1986).

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

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

Day 1: Introducing Assessment: Saturday, 28th March 2020

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

Day 2: Assessment – Essential Skills: Saturday, 4th April 2020

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

Day 3: Assessment Supervision: Saturday, 18th April (Day 3a) or Saturday, 25th April 2020 (Day 3b)

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

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

Comments from previous participants:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 19th March 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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Fears of Death and Fears of Dying with Paul Terry

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

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 4 April 2020
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

More information

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£75

This workshop is for you if you want:   

  • to gain an understanding of how fears of death and fears of dying can be communicated in the counter-transference

  • to think about unthinkable unconscious fears of death

  • to consider unconscious aspects underlying fears of dying revealed in the counter-transference

  • to reflect on aspects of therapeutic technique in addressing fears of death and fears of dying

  • to reflect on aspects of setting an ending for clients who are suffering terminal illnesses.

In this workshop Paul will pursue the distinction people often make between fears of dying and fears of death when they emphasise they are not afraid of death but they are afraid of dying. He will concentrate on unconscious aspects of the fears particularly as they can be understood from the counter-transference of therapists working in palliative care and hospice settings. Vignettes for discussion will be provided, and aspects of theory which Paul has found useful in understanding more about addressing these fears in therapy with those who are facing death whether because of a terminal illness or old age will be shared. Workshop members are welcome to bring experiences for discussion.  The first half of the workshop will concentrate on fears of dying and the second half on fears of death

By the close of this workshop participants can expect:

  1. To be able to recognise how fears of death and dying may be communicated through the counter-transference
  2. To have an understanding of unconscious aspects which underly fears of death and fears of dying
  3. To have an understanding of aspects of therapeutic technique which can be helpful in addressing fears death and fears of dying
  4. To have an understanding of the value of setting an ending for some clients who are facing death

Target Audience
This workshop is open to qualified and training counsellors and psychotherapists.  The orientation of the workshop will be psychodynamic but practitioners of all modalities are welcome to apply.

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

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). He is currently working part-time in private practice including supervising therapists in palliative and hospice settings.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 26th 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.

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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

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

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£125

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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Reflections on Midlife: What Does Age Do? with Carla Franke and Margaret Mykura

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 25 April 2020
Time: 10am – 4pm

Workshop leaders

Carla Franke
Margaret Mykura

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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£125

This workshop will explore age and ageing in relation to ‘midlife’, including cultural attitudes and the impact on the individual. In addition to a presentation on the topic there will be space for small group exercises and discussion. You are encouraged to reflect upon both your own experience as well as clinical work.

  • What is a ‘mid-life crisis’ and why has it become part of our popular culture in such a powerful way?
  • Why is it that mid-life can be experienced as a crisis rather than another transition or a normal part of the aging process?
  • Are you curious about the impact of age in midlife and would like the opportunity to take part in discussion and the sharing of ideas and experience?
  • Do you work with clients in this age group and want to have a better understanding of how issues related to midlife differ from other stages in the life cycle?.
  • Would you like to have the opportunity to explore issues around ageing and midlife, for your personal self-awareness, and in your role as a therapist?

By 2050, 25% of the population will be over 65 – many living in solitude. The phrase ‘midlife crisis’ has become part of everyday language with the Cambridge Dictionary describing ‘the Midlife Crisis’ as ‘feelings of unhappiness and anxiety that some people experience, often when they are between 40 and 50 years old.’  Elliott Jaques used the term in 1965, in a paper entitled, Death and the Midlife Crisis. Carl Jung saw mid -life and inherent challenges as key to individuation, self -actualisation and self -awareness, Erik Erikson described a conflict at this stage: ‘generativity versus stagnation.’  However, does ‘midlife’ necessarily result in crisis?  Could it simply be a time for reflection and reassessment, or a normal response to the stressors of life?  We might have different views, but evidence shows that midlife can be a challenging time of transition for many people. Might an aspect of this be the inevitability of the ageing process itself?

By the end of this workshop participants will: 

  1. Have a greater awareness of the significance of the ageing process at midlife.
  1. More knowledge of how conflicts and issues of midlife can present in clinical practice.
  1. A wider understanding of cultural attitudes to ageing and midlife.
  1. An appreciation of the impact of midlife on themselves and as a therapist.

Target Audience
This workshop is open to qualified and training counsellors and psychotherapists.  The orientation of the workshop will be psychodynamic but practitioners of all modalities are welcome to apply.

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

Workshop Leaders
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.
Carla Franke is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Supervisor who trained at WPF Therapy.  She works at WPF Therapy and in private practice.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 16th 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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Addiction as an Attachment Disorder: Attachment gone wrong with Sarah Pennock

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:, 13 June 2020
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Sarah Pennock

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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£125
  • Are you interested in re-visiting Attachment Theory, with a particular focus on insecure attachment?

  • Do you want to increase your understanding of how substance abuse can be seen as a manifestation of insecure attachment in the addicted client?

  • Would you like to consider how your own attachment style manifests within your clinical material?

Attachment is defined as the lifelong need human beings have for affectionate ties with significant other human beings. It is a biological necessity for us to have a secure attachment relationship. Although much of the research on attachment has focused on infants and children, attachment theory is also applicable to adults in a psychodynamic framework, as 75% of attachment patterns remain stable through to adulthood.

The impact of childhood events often casts a deep shadow over us in adult life. Understanding Attachment Theory can serve as a solid foundation for understanding the development of ineffective coping strategies, and the underlying dynamics of a client’s emotional difficulties.

This workshop will consider the aetiology of a person’s addiction as resulting initially from a place of disrupted attachment relationships.

During the day participants will briefly re-visit attachment theory and styles. We will consider the links between attachment insecurity and: substance misuse, disordered eating, gambling, and sex addiction. There will be presentation of theory and research alongside clinical vignettes. Group clinical discussion will explore therapist attachment insecurity provoked in the client work.

There is an expectation that participants are familiar with the basics of attachment theory (Attachment in Psychotherapy, David J. Wallin, 2015).

Workshop Leader
Sarah Pennock MSc, Pg. Dip, Integrative Counsellor. FDAP. MBACP (Accred.) is an Addiction and Attachment Based Therapist. She has worked with residential addiction treatment centres, out-patient programmes and addiction support agencies. Following her specialist training in Addiction Psychology at South Bank University, Sarah completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Attachment-Based Therapy to complement her addiction work, discovering how and why our individual attachment styles often shape the way we respond to challenges and anxieties, including all that is evoked within addiction recovery. Sarah runs a busy private practice in Marylebone, London. Her working style integrates psychodynamic theories of personality development, cognitive approaches to decision making, mentalisation and self-observation.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 4th June 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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Freud, music and the unconscious with Stephen Gross (Lecture)

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

Workshop dates

Lecture:, 18 June 2020
Time: 7.15pm - 8.45pm

Speaker

Stephen Gross

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified practitioners: £40
Trainees: £25

More information

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During this talk Stephen will use musical illustrations from the 10th to the 20th century, to show how music as well as language is able to express the unconscious mind. With both of language and mind functioning as modes of communication mediating between the material of the unconscious and the listener.

A major focus will be on the fact that Sigmund Freud’s attitude to music tells us as much about the personal psychology of the man, as it does about the character of music itself. We shall see how Freud’s general mistrust and actual hostility to most music, with the exception  of a couple of 19th century operas, was founded on two differing anxieties. The first being its power to penetrate to, and then activate, the  dark forces and phantasies of the personal unconscious against which Freud was personally so resolutely defended. The other being that three of the major thinkers of the 19th century; the philosophers Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche, the former especially, and composer Richard Wagner all wrote significantly about music. In doing so they expressed ideas which could be understood as anticipating Freud’s own ideas about the unconscious and even psychoanalysis itself. Freud’s immense narcissism could not tolerate such possibilities.

With regard to the power of music we shall consider the degree to which the personal psychological life especially that of the unconscious is expressed in the music itself; as well as perhaps a collective unconscious and how that musical communication may be experienced by the listener. The combination of words with music will also be addressed.

Participants will leave this presentation, not only with some new insights into Freud himself as a result of his complex relationship to music, but also able to consider more fully the role that modes of art forms,  particularly music, may have in expressing and communicating unconscious material. In addition, how for the listener, music might be seen as being as much of a mediator between the unconscious and the conscious mind as language itself.

Target Audience
This course 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.

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

Speaker
Stephen Gross
is a psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice who qualified at the BAP in 1986. For over 30 years he has been working at WPF Therapy principally as supervisor and tutor. For the last 15 years has been facilitating the Ontology seminars.  His play Freud’s Night Visitors was performed at The Freud Museum in 2012 and at WPF Therapy. IN 2018 his book Living in Language: Poetry and Prose was launched at WPF Therapy. He is particularly interested in the relationship between language and music.

Applications must be received by Thursday,11th June 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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A one-day workshop on organisational dynamics with David Lawlor

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

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 20 June 2020
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

David Lawlor

Venue

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

Fees

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£125

Organisations are facing unprecedented challenges in the current climate of economic austerity. In the workshop we will consider:

  • What are the causes of stress in organisations?

  • How do people behave under stress?

  • How do we understand ideas about role and primary task in organisations?

  • How is power used and abused in organisations?

  • Why can it sometimes feel impossible to collaborate to get things done?

  • How do unconscious processes manifest themselves in organisations?

The workshop will provide opportunities for participants to:

  • discuss work dilemmas
  • problem-solve, plan and collaborate on issues and dilemmas;
  • bring aspects of their practice that they are curious about and want new ideas around how to work with those current dilemmas;
  • examine the roles they are unwittingly ‘invited into’ by the system and how task-orientated or anti-task they might be.

There will be some theoretical input. The workshop will be experiential and interactive. Participants will have the chance to discuss current dilemmas and preoccupations. Please come prepared to think about and contribute your own experience of working in or running an organisation.

Workshop Leader
Dr David Lawlor PhD is a Professional Partner at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. He was formerly a Consultant Social Worker at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust where he was the Head of the Social Work Discipline and member of the Senior Management Team. David trained in organisational consultancy and psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic. He works as an organisational consultant and coach. He helps organisations learn and develop through training and consultancy interventions. He works with the technical and emotional challenges involved in implementing change. David has a PhD in the evaluation of Tavistock consultancy and an MSc in Human Resource Development from London South Bank University Business School.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 4th June 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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Boarding school syndrome: The anatomy of a trauma with Joy Schaverien

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 20 June 2020
Time: 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Joy Schaverien

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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£125

This insightful and thoughtful workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn in depth about the trauma of early boarding. In addition to this Prof. Schaverien will raise awareness of the nature of this trauma; the depth of which is often missed by experienced psychotherapists. As a result of attending this workshop you will:

  • be more alert to the suffering caused by boarding
  • understand the nature of sexual abusive behaviour in such schools
  • understand that in this case the therapist may need to be more active than in some other forms of trauma

In her book Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the “Privileged” Child (Routledge: 2015) Joy Schaverien identified a cluster of symptoms and behaviours, which she classified as ‘Boarding School Syndrome’. The premise is that children sent to boarding school at an early age suffer the sudden and irrevocable, loss of their primary attachments and this constitutes a significant trauma. The children are also unsafe because, in some schools, they are at the mercy of bullies and sexual predators.  To adapt to the system, a defensive and protective encapsulation of the self may be acquired; the true identity of the person then remains hidden. This pattern may continue into adult life, distorting intimate relationships. This workshop will draw attention to the ways in which this syndrome may present in psychotherapy. It will give a sense of the depth of trauma, which is often missed when a client mentions they attended a boarding school.

In the first part of the day we will look at the anatomy of the initial trauma.  Depth case material will be presented and illustrated by pictures made by clients.

In the second part of the day we will consider the forms of sexual wounding that may take place in the boarding school.   It is hoped to have time for lively discussion of the issues raised as well as considering clinical material brought by participants.

Workshop Leader
Professor Joy Schaverien PhD is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology (London) with a private analytic and supervisory practice in the East Midlands. She is Visiting Professor for the Northern Programme for Art Psychotherapy and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology.  Joy has published extensively on topics related to art and analytical psychology and her recent books include: Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged” Child, (June 2015) which was a Routledge and Amazon bestseller and The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy. Erotic Transference, Dreams and Individuation (which is soon to be republished by Routledge).

Target Audience
This workshop is open to qualified and training counsellors and psychotherapists.  The orientation of the workshop will be psychodynamic but practitioners of all modalities are welcome to apply.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 11th June 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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