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Challenging Behaviours at Work

Workshop dates

Monday, 13 May 2019 - 13 May 2019, 1pm - 2pm
Monday, 20 May 2019 - 20 May 2019, 1pm - 2pm
Friday, 24 May 2019 - 24 May 2019, 1pm - 2pm

Facilitator

Rodrigo Sánchez

Venue

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

More information

Rodrigo Sánchez
events@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2051

 

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Free

We are offering free 1 hour sessions where you can get to know the different unconscious motives that play a role when dealing with challenging behaviour at work.

Such as:

  • Conflict between people working together
  • Constant breaking of boundaries
  • Lateness, sabotaging behaviour and disrespect

The aim of these short sessions is to give a deeper understanding of the dynamics that may be taking place in your team and thereby maximise productive working relationships.

Email: Rodrigo Sánchez at events@wpf.org.uk to reserve a place. Or complete this online form.

Sessions are available on:
Monday 13th May 2019, 1pm – 2pm
Monday 20th May 2019, 1pm – 2pm
Friday 24th May 2019, 1pm – 2pm

Your details will only be used for this event and will not be shared with any third parties without your permission.

WPF Therapy has a 50-year history of experience in working with groups individuals and organisations. We are a counselling and psychotherapy organisation and operate a Clinic 6 days a week, as well as training courses in counselling skills and psychotherapy.

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WPF Therapy open evening

Workshop dates

Friday, 26 April 2019, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday, 31 May 2019, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday , 8 November 2019, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday, 3 January 2020, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Thursday, 20 February 2020, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday, 29 May 2020, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday, 4 September 2020, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Session Leaders

Michael Lyons
Sarah Jones

Venue

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

Fees

: FREE

More information

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

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Free

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feedback from past visitors

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

 

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WPF Therapy Reading Group 2018 - 2019

Workshop dates

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

Facilitators

Various leaders

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £10
Trainees: £5

More information

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

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£10

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

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

All are welcome to attend this event. Refreshments provided.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Kleinians since Klein Study Group 2018-2019

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

Workshop dates

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

Workshop leader

David Smart

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

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

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£225

This is a repeat of last year’s very successful and fully subscribed study group.

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

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

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

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

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

If you attend these study groups, you can expect:

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

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

Comments from Previous Participants

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

Course Reading

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

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

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

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

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Violence and Violent Perpetrators with Gwen Adshead

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

Workshop dates

Lecture, 8 June 2019
Time: 10:30am - 12.00pm

Lecturer

Gwen Adshead

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

How do we understand and work with violence? For many psychotherapists the idea of working with violent offenders is frightening. But, is there violence in all of us?  This lecture is an opportunity to hear from a leader in the field who has extensive experience of working therapeutically with the worst of society’s offenders. You will learn more about violence as a form of criminal rule breaking, and the psychopathology of violence as well as the implications for psychotherapeutic treatment.

In this lecture Gwen will set out some data about violence as a form of criminal rule breaking; and describe some of the theories about how violence occurs. She will focus on the psychopathology of violence from the perspective of development psychopathology, especially attachment theory and disorders of embodiment. She will conclude with some discussion about the implications for intervention and treatment.

Lecturer
Dr Gwen Adshead is a forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist.  For nearly 20 years she worked with seriously disturbed patients at Broadmoor Hospital. She is trained as a group analyst, mindfulness based cognitive therapist and in mentalisation based therapy. She has worked with people whose mental disorders have led them to commit acts of serious violence, and who are usually detained in secure units or prisons. Gwen is the author of over 100 papers, commentaries, and book chapters and she has co-edited several textbooks on forensic psychiatry, personality disorder and psychotherapy.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 30th May 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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Bion's War with Nicola Abel-Hirsch

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

Workshop dates

Lecture:, 14 June 2019
Time: 6.30pm - 8pm

Speaker

Nicola Abel-Hirsch

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

Wilfred Bion is a major figure in psychoanalysis. His work is illuminating, sometimes controversial, and above all clinically wise. In the First World War he served in the Tank Corps in France as a tank commander and then captain, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his actions at the Battle of Cambrai. His deeply honest autobiography includes some unmatched descriptions of the reality of war; and towards the end of his life he addresses the question of ‘why war?’ in his novel A Memoir of the Future.

Speaker
Nicola Abel-Hirsch is a training analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. She has given papers and seminars on Bion in the UK, Taiwan (annually 2005-2012), the USA, and Europe. She was a visiting professer at Essex University (2013-2015) and is the editor of Hanna Segal’s Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Her book, Bion: 365 Quotes  is published by Routledge (2019). She works in full-time psychoanalytical practice in North London.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 5th June 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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

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

Workshop dates

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

Speaker

Marion Bower

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified practitioners: £40
Trainees: £25

More information

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

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£40

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

By attending this lecture participants will:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Workshop dates

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


Sarah Jones

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

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

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£60

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

Why do this workshop?

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

What can you expect at the end of this workshop?

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

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

Brief Outline 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comments from previous workshop:

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

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

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

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

Course Leader

Cate Lyon

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £400
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £350
WPF Therapy Trainees: £300

More information

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

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£300/£350/£400

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comments from previous participants:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Psychotherapy and Christianity with Mark Vernon

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

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 11 May 2019
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Mark Vernon

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified practitioners: £125
External trainees: £90
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £50

More information

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

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£125

There is an important relationship between psychotherapy and Christianity, though it is often overlooked. It’s of interest for clinical, theoretical and cultural reasons that this day will discuss.

To explore how psychotherapy does and doesn’t understand the Christian’s relationship to God, as well as examining how psychotherapy has tried to understand the God of monotheism.

There are also practical issues here, too, because spiritual desires will inevitably come into the therapy room, though it seems common for Christians to feel wary of how their beliefs will be treated.

By the end of this workshop you will have a good sense of how different schools of psychotherapy, particularly those associated with Freud, Jung and Winnicott, do and don’t work so far as believers in God are concerned, and how this has left a legacy of suspicion between the traditions.

To look at how psychotherapy can help people with their personal concerns in order to reach a point where their anxieties aren’t so preoccupying and other dynamics in life, including those of the divine, can come more clearly into view. This will include considering how Christianity and other religious traditions can be used abusively and defensively.

The day will also enable you to learn more about the history of ideas, particularly the often forgotten parts of the Christian tradition associated with mystical practices and contemplative life, and how Christianity and psychotherapy relate to the evolution of consciousness in the West.

Above all, by the end of the day you will have enjoyed a space in which to think about the broader meaning of psychotherapy, as well as how psychotherapists can work with others engaged in fostering inner life.

Workshop Leader
Dr. Mark Vernon is a psychotherapist who trained at WPF Therapy, writer and broadcaster. He has written a number of books including Love: All That Matters (Hodder), Plato’s Podcasts (Oneworld), The Idler Guide to Ancient Philosophy (Idler Books) and, later this year, A Secret History of Christianity (John Hunt Publishing). He has also written an introduction to Jung for the Guardian Shorts series. He has degrees in physics and theology, as well as PhD in ancient philosophy. Mark has a London-based private practice and used to be an Anglican priest.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 2nd May 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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Trauma in Organisations: A practical workshop exploring skills needed for supporting staff and managers after a critical incident with Kate Nowlan

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 11 May 2019
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Kate Nowlan

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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This workshop will explore best practice for those wishing to develop skills needed to support organisations in the aftermath of traumatic or critical incidents. Such incidents can have a devastating impact on individuals and teams – whether a personal bereavement or a workplace fatality, a natural disaster or a terrorist attack.  Participants will be encouraged to share their own experience whilst thinking about different models of intervention.

This workshop will help attendees understand clinical needs of organisations at all levels after traumatic incident. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own experience and learn from others who have delivered onsite support in the workplace. The workshop will explore different models of intervention, helping practitioners develop a holistic approach. (The right response at the right time). By the end of the workshop participants will have an increased awareness of impact of trauma on organisations, gain an understanding of how to help staff and managers understand human reactions to an emergency, how to refer on knowing when additional agencies are required and the clinical expertise required for onsite interventions.

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

Workshop Leader
Kate Nowlan 
CEO, CiC Employee Assistance. Kate is a WPF Therapy trained psychotherapist who has been leading resilience and trauma workshops for the past 15 years. She has a particular interest in supporting those who have been exposed to traumatic incidents in their working lives, and has travelled extensively to deliver training modules for CiC’s Global Trauma Support programme working with staff teams in all sectors.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 2nd May 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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Addiction as an Attachment Disorder: Attachment gone wrong with Sarah Pennock - PROVISIONALLY FULLY BOOKED

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

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 1 June 2019
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

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  • 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, 23rd May 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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Violence and Violent Perpetrators with Gwen Adshead

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

Workshop dates

Lecture, 8 June 2019
Time: 10:30am - 12pm

Lecturer

Gwen Adshead

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified practitioners: £40
Trainees: £25

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How do we understand and work with violence? For many psychotherapists the idea of working with violent offenders is frightening. But, is there violence in all of us?  This lecture is an opportunity to hear from a leader in the field who has extensive experience of working therapeutically with the worst of society’s offenders. You will learn more about violence as a form of criminal rule breaking, and the psychopathology of violence as well as the implications for psychotherapeutic treatment.

In this lecture Gwen will set out some data about violence as a form of criminal rule breaking; and describe some of the theories about how violence occurs. She will focus on the psychopathology of violence from the perspective of development psychopathology, especially attachment theory and disorders of embodiment. She will conclude with some discussion about the implications for intervention and treatment.

Lecturer
Dr Gwen Adshead is a forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist.  For nearly 20 years she worked with seriously disturbed patients at Broadmoor Hospital. She is trained as a group analyst, mindfulness based cognitive therapist and in mentalisation based therapy. She has worked with people whose mental disorders have led them to commit acts of serious violence, and who are usually detained in secure units or prisons. Gwen is the author of over 100 papers, commentaries, and book chapters and she has co-edited several textbooks on forensic psychiatry, personality disorder and psychotherapy.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 30th May 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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Bion's War with Nicola Abel-Hirsch

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

Workshop dates

Lecture:, 14 June 2019
Time: 6:30pm - 8pm

Speaker

Nicola Abel-Hirsch

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified practitioners: £40
Trainees: £25

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Wilfred Bion is a major figure in psychoanalysis. His work is illuminating, sometimes controversial, and above all clinically wise. In the First World War he served in the Tank Corps in France as a tank commander and then captain, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his actions at the Battle of Cambrai. His deeply honest autobiography includes some unmatched descriptions of the reality of war; and towards the end of his life he addresses the question of ‘why war?’ in his novel A Memoir of the Future.

Speaker
Nicola Abel-Hirsch is a training analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. She has given papers and seminars on Bion in the UK, Taiwan (annually 2005-2012), the USA, and Europe. She was a visiting professer at Essex University (2013-2015) and is the editor of Hanna Segal’s Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Her book, Bion: 365 Quotes  is published by Routledge (2019). She works in full-time psychoanalytical practice in North London.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 5th June 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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Vicarious Trauma with Lisa Ferguson

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 15 June 2019
Time 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Lisa Ferguson

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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  • Are you interested in learning more about vicarious traumatisation?

  • Would you like to think more about the impact this client group has on us as practitioners, including thinking about our conscious and unconscious self?

  • Do you wonder how to maintain therapist self-care when working with people who have experienced various trauma?

Vicarious traumatisation “is commonly understood to refer to the cumulative transformative effect on the helper of working with people who have experienced traumatic life events”.  Source – Livingwell.org

Working with profound trauma can pose a dilemma – how ‘to be’ as a therapist.

We will investigate and think through the impact working with this client group can have on the therapist’s physical and psychic well-being and the demands that are placed on the therapist.   The nature of this work can produce “early burnout” within the therapist and we will consider the importance of our well-being as therapists and explore the defences needed within this work to bear the unbearable and the reality that healing or improving the individual’s life is not always possible. I will look at the therapist’s use of appropriate defences to negate against early burnout and consequently protection of the self and when defences could be perceived to be inappropriate.

There will be subtle and acute differences within the therapist’s countertransference when working with individuals / couples / families and groups who have experiences of singular and repetitive trauma. Be it a physical or psychological traumatic experience or both.   As a group we will explore how this work impacts on our conscious and unconscious self and how we therefore unconsciously and consciously defend (both physically and psychically) against our own feelings within the work and what we may project onto our patients.

Hanna Segal emphasises our periodic need to revert to paranoid schizoid mechanisms. Keeping the bad separate from the good, which may temporarily “disable an inexperienced counsellor” and perhaps the not so inexperienced. She goes on to suggest “we set ourselves up for trouble when we fail to acknowledge the potency of an ill client.”  I think this can also apply to working on an ongoing basis with trauma.

I will identify what measures need to be put in place for self –care and “burn out” prevention, such as supervision, therapy, and activities outside of the work context. There will be space to discuss the importance of understanding how we look after ourselves, as the nature of the work can be that it can become personally draining, at times overwhelming us.

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 leader
Lisa Ferguson is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Senior Specialist Rehabilitation Counsellor.  She works at a Specialist Rehabilitation Centre with the NHS for individuals with acquired or congenital physical and neurological disabilities and in private practice. She trained at WPF Therapy and has done subsequent trainings in CBT at WPF Therapy, the Tavistock for Trauma and DIT and Babette Rothschild’s Somatic Trauma Training.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 6th of June 2019. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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

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

Workshop dates

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

Workshop leader

Margaret Mykura

Venue

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

Fees

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

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

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

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

Target Audience

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

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

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

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

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Guilt and Shame with Jan McGregor Hepburn

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

Workshop dates

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

Workshop leader

Jan McGregor Hepburn

Venue

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

Fees

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

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  • Are you struggling to differentiate between guilt and shame?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thinking about the unconscious - a beginners guide with Cate Lyon

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

Workshop dates

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

Workshop leader

Cate Lyon

Venue

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

Fees

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

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

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

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

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

Comment from a previous workshop:

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

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

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

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

 

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Substance Use, Complex Trauma and Emotional Recovery with Dean Whittington

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 13 July 2019
Time 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Dean Whittington

Venue

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

Fees

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

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

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

The aims of this workshop are to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Workshop dates

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

Workshop leader

Linda Cundy

Venue

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

Fees

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

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Please note, this workshop is now fulled booked.

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

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

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

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

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

Through attending this workshop you will gain :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Workshop dates

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

Sarah Jones

Venue

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

Fees

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

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

Why do this workshop?

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

What can you expect at the end of this workshop?

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

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

Brief Outline 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comments from previous workshop:

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

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

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

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

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

Workshop dates

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

Speaker

Marion Bower

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified practitioners: £40
Trainees: £25

More information

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events@wpf.org.uk
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£40

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

By attending this lecture participants will:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Workshop dates

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

Workshop leader

Gulya Diyarova

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

Training Administration 
training@wpg.org.uk
020 7378 2050

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£300
  • Do your clients question if their partners are there for them?

  • Do they wonder about their partners’ accessibility?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comments from previous participants

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

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

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

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


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

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 5 October 2019
Time 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Julianne Boutaleb

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

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

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£125
  • Do you want to better understand the nature of birth trauma and how it differs from other perinatal psychological issues in its clinical presentation e.g. PND vs PTSD?

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

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

At the end of the workshop you will have:

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

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

Comments from previous workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Workshop dates

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

Workshop leader

Jane Haynes

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Living with mortality with Lynsey Hotchkies and Neil Hudson

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

Workshop dates

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

Workshop leaders

Lynsey Hotchkies
Neil Hudson

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

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

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£125
  • What does it mean to live our lives with the knowledge that we are going to die?

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

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

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

Aims

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

Comments from previous workshop:

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

Target Audience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sibling ambivalence – Love, hate and rivalry with Maggie Murray

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

Workshop dates

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

Workshop leader

Maggie Murray

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

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

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

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

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

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

Comments from previous participants

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

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

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

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

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

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

Workshop dates

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

Workshop leader

Dr Aileen Alleyne

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

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£125

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

The aims of this workshop are:

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

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

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

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

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

More information

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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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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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