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During unforeseen circumstances such as tube/rail strikes, participants that are unable to attend will be refunded half the workshop fee, provided they inform WPF Therapy by email or telephone at least two days before the workshop takes place. At times the weather conditions such as snow may impact transport to WPF Therapy, In this circumstance if the participant cannot attend the workshop, no refund will be made. If the trainer cancels the fee will be refunded. WPF Therapy reserves the right to cancel the workshop should minimum numbers not be reached by the closing time for applications. In the event of cancellation by the participant (for any reason), WPF Therapy reserves the right to a 25% cancellation fee. In the event of participant cancellation within the last working week (i.e. Monday to Friday) before the course, the fee will not be refunded. Cancellations will not be accepted by telephone but must be made in writing.
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We offer a wide range of workshops and lectures that provide the opportunity to focus on topics of interest and clinical relevance for both qualified and training counsellors and psychotherapists.  If you would like to receive regular mailings on events at WPF Therapy, please send your email address to events@wpf.org.uk.

To apply for any of our events you now need to do so through Eventbrite. Please note that we no longer accept applications through the website. If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please check our Eventbrite page.

Please note that we do not record any WPF Therapy workshops due to the confidential nature of the clinical material they contain.

Before booking please see our Terms and Conditions and our Recording Policy here.

Fully booked - Kleinians since Klein Study Group 2021-2022 (for experienced practitioners)

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the series detailing their relevant hours, for Continuing Professional Development purposes. We have limited this event to maximum 12.

Workshop dates

12 session course
Session 1: Moving from paranoid-schizoid to depressive functioning , 24 September 2021
Session 2: Separation and integration, 22 October 2021
Session 3: Art and depressive functioning , 19 November 2021
Session 4: Pathological organisations of the personality, 17 December 2021
Session 5: The development of the capacity to think, 21 January 2022
Session 6:The facts of life and the Oedipal triangle , 11 February 2022
Session 7:The central importance of transference/countertransference , 11 March 2022
Session 8:Envy and the death instinct, 8 April 2022
Session 9:Institutional and social dynamics , 6 May 2022
Session 10: Sexuality , 27 May 2022
Session 11:Difference , 17 June 2022
Session 12: What is distinctive about Kleinian work? , 15 July 2022
Time 7pm - 8.30pm
Delivered online via Zoom

Workshop leader

David Smart

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

12 sessions in total: £360

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

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£360

This study group will take place via Zoom online and is for qualified practitioners who have a minimum of 3 years clinical experience.

What does this programme offer?
How could Kleinian thinking and practice help you in your work? Perhaps you have read articles by Hanna Segal, Wilfred Bion, Betty Joseph, John Steiner, Ron Britton or their colleagues and found them thought-provoking. This programme offers an opportunity to explore Kleinian approaches in greater depth in a supportive setting – to get hold of connections and understand better what goes on in and beyond the consulting room.

It has been a century since the publication of Melanie Klein’s first psychoanalytic article, ‘The development of a child’, in which she argued for the liberating effect of responding honestly to children’s questions. Since then, Klein, her associates and those influenced by her have played a major role in the development of psychoanalytic thinking and practice. Much that was once considered innovative and controversial in her approach has been widely taken up. Lively debates continue among those sympathetic to Kleinian ways of thinking and working.

Intended audience

This study group will be of interest to practising counsellors and psychotherapists, whether in private practice, in the NHS or in other clinical roles, and to those engaged in academic work in the field. It is open to practitioners with three or more years’ post-qualification clinical experience. In previous years this programme has been fully subscribed so early booking is advised.

In the seminars we consider developments in Kleinian theory and practice over the past seventy-five years – what has remained central, what has been discarded, what has been clarified and what is contentious today. The programme is designed to work at different levels, offering food for thought to those less familiar with psychoanalytic thinking as well as those who wish to extend and consolidate their understanding of current practice. There has been a lively dynamism in previous groups: members have felt able to share impressions, thoughts, confusion, connections and insights, with a focus on clinical issues.

This course will be relevant to practising counsellors/psychotherapists engaged in clinical work and to those engaged in academic study in the field. There will be a focus on working with the ideas and issues clinically.

For 2021-22 all twelve meetings will be held online, allowing those who live outside London to take part. 

By participating in this study group, you can expect to gain:

  • A deeper understanding of processes of splitting, projection and identification in clinical work.
  • A broader conception of how internal and external worlds interact and affect each other.
  • Greater clarity about where you stand on key theoretical and ethical issues.
  • An overview of what the Kleinian tradition has contributed to mental health and wellbeing.

Comments from Previous Participants

  • “This once monthly format is really good value, as I have learnt so much more compared to the equivalent amount of hours in an average 2 days CPD course.”
  • “I’m finding the papers enriching whilst at the same time challenging as well as questions and views raised by the group.  This is good as its stirring me up out of lazy thinking.  I have found the relevance/benefit of theories has been demonstrated in the group on several occasions and also it’s helping me with often confusing work.”
  • “Linking the reading to our clinical work is most valuable.”
  • “The things I found most useful and enjoyable were the readings suggested, the session notes sent in advance and the clinical examples in the sessions.”
  • “I feel that I’ve consolidated my understanding of Klein, and made good progress internalising her concepts.  It’s proving very helpful with my training patient, that’s for sure”.

Course Reading

Detailed reading lists will be sent to participants on booking. WPF Therapy gives participants electronic access to texts.

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).

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process, then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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WPF Therapy Reading Group 2021 - 2022

Workshop dates

Monthly
Friday evenings 7.00 – 8.30pm
A Pale View of Hills, 29 October 2021

Facilitators

Various leaders

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £10
Trainees: £5

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£10

This unique reading group is now entering its 17th year and is still going strong. We are delighted to be able to offer an opportunity to explore, examine and enjoy the books below. Our presenters have been stimulating and challenging, and have introduced us to new delights or opened up fresh vistas onto pre-loved favourites.

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

All are welcome to attend this event.

Friday 29th October 2021  7-8.30pm A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
Led by Stephen Crawford

‘A Pale View of Hills’ was Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel published in 1982. Partly set in Nagasaki in the aftermath of the atomic bomb and the Second World War, and partly in England, it concerns the life of Etsuko, a Japanese widow, who has also been bereaved by her daughter’s suicide. The novel is understated, enigmatic and haunting, and leaves much unsaid, but touches on profound, and sometimes disturbing, questions about being human in the modern world.

Please book your ticket for the October Reading Group via Eventbrite here.

After 17 very successful years of running the WPF Therapy Reading Group, we have decided that it is time to refresh the format and we are announcing that this will be our last reading group at WPF Therapy. We want to thank all of those that attended and those who made the reading group possible in the past 17 years.   We hope that you will be able to attend future events and enjoy our new formats as they are announced.

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

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WPF Therapy Reading Group 2021 - 2022

Workshop dates

Monthly
Friday evenings 7.00 – 8.30pm
A Pale View of Hills, 29 October 2021

Facilitators

Various leaders

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £10
Trainees: £5

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£10

This unique reading group is now entering its 17th year and is still going strong. We are delighted to be able to offer an opportunity to explore, examine and enjoy the books below. Our presenters have been stimulating and challenging, and have introduced us to new delights or opened up fresh vistas onto pre-loved favourites.

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

All are welcome to attend this event.

Friday 29th October 2021  7-8.30pm A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
Led by Stephen Crawford

‘A Pale View of Hills’ was Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel published in 1982. Partly set in Nagasaki in the aftermath of the atomic bomb and the Second World War, and partly in England, it concerns the life of Etsuko, a Japanese widow, who has also been bereaved by her daughter’s suicide. The novel is understated, enigmatic and haunting, and leaves much unsaid, but touches on profound, and sometimes disturbing, questions about being human in the modern world.

Please book your ticket for the October Reading Group via Eventbrite here.

After 17 very successful years of running the WPF Therapy Reading Group, we have decided that it is time to refresh the format and we are announcing that this will be our last reading group at WPF Therapy. We want to thank all of those that attended and those who made the reading group possible in the past 17 years.   We hope that you will be able to attend future events and enjoy our new formats as they are announced.

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

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WPF Therapy Open Event 2021-2022

Workshop dates

Wednesday, 17 November 2021, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Wednesday, 5 January 2022, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Friday, 4 March 2022, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Saturday, 9 April 2022, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Wednesday, 25 May 2022, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Saturday, 2 July 2022, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Friday, 17 September 2022, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Friday, 18 November 2022, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Session Leader

Various

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

: FREE

More information

events@wpf.org.uk 

 

Apply for this workshop
 
Free

These free open events will take place online and is for those who want to know more about the counselling skills and psychotherapy training options offered at 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 accredited plus a 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 over 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?

Register to find out more about our foundation level certificate courses; the essential first step when embarking on training to become a therapist or an invaluable aid to self-development and enhanced work performance.

Or if you have already completed a foundation level counselling skills course register for our Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (BACP accredited, BPC and UKCP registration) course which leads to qualification as a psychodynamic psychotherapist.

This is an ideal time to discover, in an informal and interactive way, more about the October, January, April and June intakes of the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills course, the next January 2022 intake for the Diploma in Counselling Skills (Access Course), or to clarify what preparations are needed for a qualifying professional psychodynamic psychotherapy training beginning in October 2022.

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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The alchemy of dreams and lucid dreaming in therapeutic practice with Melinda Powell - Online Workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 30 October 2021
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Melinda Powell

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £85
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £75
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £60

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

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£85

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

Maximum number of places – 20

How can alchemy help us understand therapeutic processes at work in dreams and dreamwork 

In Carl Jung’s alchemical model, dreams are viewed as taking us through an alchemical process that reveals our inner gold. When working with our dreams, we can learn how an understanding of alchemical stages and imagery helps us to recognise the psychological and spiritual development that is mirrored in our dreams. By tracking alchemical processes, we can learn how to develop dream awareness in order to better identify and withdraw our projections, transforming how we view ourselves and others. 

During this workshop, we will explore the ways that the alchemical model reveals the therapeutic potential of lucid dreaming. We will begin by sharing a recent dream and use it to illustrate the alchemical principles introduced. This will also be used for an experiential exercise. After an introduction to the lucid state, We will show how the practice of what I call ‘Lucid Surrender’™ can facilitate the withdrawal of projections within the dream. This original application of Jung’s alchemical model to dream lucidity brings new dimensions to our understanding of alchemy, therapeutic practice and lucid dreaming. 

We will outline four alchemical process – separate, dissolve, recombine and fix, explaining how these relate to stages in therapy involved in the recognition, and withdrawal, of projections. To illustrate the process of dream alchemy, We will then draw on alchemical emblems from the Rosarium Philosophorum (The Rosary of the Philosophers, 1550), featured in Carl Jung’s ‘The Psychology of the Transference’. Participants may be asked to share in cluster activities to generate ideas for amplifying the discussion. We will then apply the alchemical model to the introductory dream.  Creative Imagination visualisations related to dream illustrations and guided meditations will also form part of the day. Volunteers will be invited to share their new insights with the group. 

Workshop Aims 

By the end of the workshop you will: 

  1. Be able to discuss what dream awareness is and how it relates to dreamwork dream lucidity and alchemy. 
  2. Outline fundamental alchemical processes that can be observed in dreams and dream lucidity including colours, imagery and themes associated with the alchemical process 
  3. Recognise how the alchemical model relates to the dynamic of projections and their withdrawal.  
  4. Have an understanding of how to apply this recognition both to the therapeutic process and everyday life.  

 

Workshop Leader

Melinda Powell, M.A. (Psychology of Religion, Heythrop College), Advanced Diploma Psychotherapy, Advanced Diploma Supervision, Certification in Transpersonal Dreamwork.

Melinda co-founded the Dream Research Institute, with Nigel Hamilton, at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, London, to promote research into the relationship between dreams and wellbeing. She has served as past vice-president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and as director of HELP Counselling Centre. She works as a psychotherapist, teaches Lucid Surrender and writes about dreams and dream lucidity. Her writings have appeared in a variety of publications, including Lucid Dreaming: New Perspectives on Consciousness in Sleep (Praeger, 2014) and Dreams: Understanding Biology, Psychology and Culture (ABC CLIO,2019). In her book, The Hidden Lives of Dreams  (March 2020), she foregrounds the importance of dreaming for human development and mental health. Her next book Lucid Surrender: The Alchemy of the Spirit in Lucid Dreaming will be published in 2021. 

Target Audience:

This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. People involved in the counselling/psychotherapy and other mental health professions and anyone interested in the psychological processes involved in lucid dream alchemy. Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 21st October 2021.

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

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The Me-Me-Me Mother - or Father: Working with the toxic legacy of narcissistic parenting with Wendy Bristow - Online Workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 6 November 2021
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Wendy Bristow

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

  • What is a narcissistic parent?  How can we recognise this? 

  • How do we recognise the deep wounds, psychic pain and impossible relationships in later life.  

  • How do we deal with that narcissistic parents from our adult selves? 

  • How can we work with the lasting impact of narcissisistic parenting with our adult clients? 

‘When I’m dead, you’ll be all alone because your father doesn’t want you. Just remember that and treat me nicely.’ Thus Ariel Leve quotes her bohemian poet mother in her memoir about their difficult relationship, An Abbreviated Life.  

Many of our clients have been propelled into our consulting rooms due to the wounds form narcissistic parenting.  Many of us may have ended up as therapists for the same reasons. 

Workshop Aims 

By the end of the workshop you can expect: 

  1. An understanding of narcissism 
  2. Familiarity with specific symptomsissues and characteristics of adult children of narcissists. 
  3. Relevant theory – eg narcissistic rage; Shaw’s ‘traumatic narcissism’; Fairbairn’s rejecting object. 
  4. Ideas on working with adult children of narcissistic parents. 

Outline  

There will be tutor presentation on narcissistic parenting; definition of narcissism and its characteristics then an outline of its effects on offspring as well as group discussions.   

Group discussion and questions. There will be space for thinking about our clinical work as well as working with the transference and countertransference. 

Workshop Leader
Wendy Bristow
 trained at WPF Therapy and has worked in private practice in Central London and then Angel for the past seven years. Her background is in the media – she worked as a magazine journalist and editor before training as an executive coach. She then coached and trained editors and journalists at the BBC, Conde Nast and all the major magazine houses and some newspapers. She therefore has some 30 years’ experience of being self-employed She has written on the legacy of narcissistic parenting for Therapy Today and the therapy portal Welldoing. 

Target Audience:

This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.  The focus of the workshop will be psychodynamic thinking but practitioners of all modalities are welcome to attend. Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 28th October 2021.

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

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WPF Therapy Open Event-Foundation Level (November) OE

Workshop dates

Wednesday, 17 November 2021, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Session Leader

Various

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

: FREE

More information

events@wpf.org.uk 

Apply for this workshop
 
Free

This free online open event is for those who want to know more about the counselling skills and psychotherapy foundation level courses offered at 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 accredited plus a BPC and UKCP recognised qualification?

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

With over 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?

Register to find out more about our foundation level certificate courses. They provide the essential first step when embarking on training to become a therapist or an invaluable aid to self-development and enhanced work performance.

This is an ideal time to discover, in an informal and interactive way, more about the October, January, April and June intakes of the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills course, the next January 2022 intake for the Diploma in Counselling Skills (Access Course), or to clarify what preparations are needed for a qualifying professional psychodynamic psychotherapy training. We aim to make these sessions interactive so that participants have a clearer idea of what a course at WPF Therapy involves.

Please book your ticket via the Eventbrite link on our page.  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 Open Event-Clinical Qualification Level (November) OE

Workshop dates

Wednesday, 17 November 2021, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Session Leader

Various

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

: FREE

More information

events@wpf.org.uk 

Apply for this workshop
 
Free

This free online open event is for those who want to know more about the professional psychotherapy training course offered at WPF Therapy.  Those who have already completed, or are about to complete, a foundation level counselling skills course will be the ones who will benefit most from this event.

  • Are you interested in finding out about the counselling and psychotherapy training available at WPF Therapy?
  • 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)?
  • Do you want an opportunity to ask your questions and find out more about the course content and procedure, clinical placements and supervision that this professional training course involves?

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

With over 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?

Register to find out more about our BACP accredited Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy course which is aimed at those who have completed, or are about to complete, a foundation level counselling skills course and are looking for a reputable, rigorous professional training. This course leads to qualification as a psychodynamic psychotherapist and registration with BPC and UKCP.

This is a good time to discover, in an informal and interactive way, more about the next intake which will be in October 2022 intake. Finding out more at this point gives ample time to prepare for application and gain advance guidance on what is required for a strong, successful application. We aim to make these sessions interactive so that participants have a clearer idea of what a course at WPF Therapy involves.  All those who have completed a foundation level counselling skills course, or anticipate completing one before July 2022, 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”

Please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page. All are welcome to attend.

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WPF Therapy Open Event-Foundation Level (November)

Workshop dates

Wednesday, 17 November 2021, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Session Leader

Various

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

: FREE

More information

events@wpf.org.uk 

Apply for this workshop
 
Free

This free online open event is for those who want to know more about the counselling skills and psychotherapy foundation level courses offered at 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 accredited plus a BPC and UKCP recognised qualification?

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

With over 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?

Register to find out more about our foundation level certificate courses. They provide the essential first step when embarking on training to become a therapist or an invaluable aid to self-development and enhanced work performance.

This is an ideal time to discover, in an informal and interactive way, more about the October, January, April and June intakes of the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills course, the next January 2022 intake for the Diploma in Counselling Skills (Access Course), or to clarify what preparations are needed for a qualifying professional psychodynamic psychotherapy training. We aim to make these sessions interactive so that participants have a clearer idea of what a course at WPF Therapy involves.

Please book your ticket via the Eventbrite link on our page.  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 Open Event-Clinical Qualification Level (November)

Workshop dates

Wednesday, 17 November 2021, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Session Leader

Various

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

: FREE

More information

events@wpf.org.uk 

Apply for this workshop
 
Free

This free online open event is for those who want to know more about the professional psychotherapy training course offered at WPF Therapy.  Those who have already completed, or are about to complete, a foundation level counselling skills course will be the ones who will benefit most from this event.

  • Are you interested in finding out about the counselling and psychotherapy training available at WPF Therapy?
  • 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)?
  • Do you want an opportunity to ask your questions and find out more about the course content and procedure, clinical placements and supervision that this professional training course involves?

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

With over 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?

Register to find out more about our BACP accredited Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy course which is aimed at those who have completed, or are about to complete, a foundation level counselling skills course and are looking for a reputable, rigorous professional training. This course leads to qualification as a psychodynamic psychotherapist and registration with BPC and UKCP.

This is a good time to discover, in an informal and interactive way, more about the next intake which will be in October 2022 intake. Finding out more at this point gives ample time to prepare for application and gain advance guidance on what is required for a strong, successful application. We aim to make these sessions interactive so that participants have a clearer idea of what a course at WPF Therapy involves.  All those who have completed a foundation level counselling skills course, or anticipate completing one before July 2022, 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”

Please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page. All are welcome to attend.

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‘Novel connections’- Exploring literature and psychotherapy with Martin Weegmann - Online Workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 20 November 2021
Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Workshop leader

Martin Weegmann

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

Why do this course? 

The world of literature- including novels, poetry and other written forms- can provide great insights into the work of the counsellor and psychotherapist. Freud himself acknowledged that, as for his insights, the poets had always been there before him.  

In this workshop, we will draw upon literary resources and thus widening the reference base of psychotherapy. 

This workshop aims to help practitioners with the following: 

  • To consider how literature in general can assist our understandings as therapists.
  • To learn about the paradigm of the ‘literary mind’.
  • To draw upon literary examples- including Virginia Woolf, Eugene O’Neil, others, including an opportunity to talk about novel you enjoy.
  • Engage in a creative writing exercise that helps us to appreciate the creative, generative role that writing can play in developing our awareness.

Outline  

Martin will use a combination of formal presentation, and guided discussion, ending the day with whole group dialogue.  

Workshop Leader

Martin Weegmann is a Clinical PsychologistGroup Analyst & Narrative Therapist, with many years NHS experience. He has specialised in substance misuse, personality disorder and complex needs, including psychosis. He has delivered teaching and training to a wide range of organisations throughout the UK, including the WPF. His latest books are Permission to Narrate: Explorations in Group Analysis, Psychoanalysis, Culture (Karnac, 2016) and Psychodynamics of Writing, Ed. (Routledge, 2018) and is busy on a new book, Novel Connections: Between Literature & Psychotherapy. 

Target Audience:

This workshop is suitable for qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. The theoretical focus of the workshop will draw upon cultural, narrative and psychodynamic approaches. No specialised pre-knowledge is required.    

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 11th November 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail events@wpf.org.uk. 

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

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WPF Therapy Meet the Author 2021 - 2022

Workshop dates

Monthly
Friday evenings 7.00 – 8.30pm
A Grief Companion and Languages of Loss , 26 November 2021
Attachment, Relationships and Food: From Cradle to Kitchen, 28 January 2022
Yoga Saved My Life, 25 February 2022

Facilitators

Various leaders

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £10
Trainees: £5

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£10

Join WPF Therapy ‘Meet the Author’ monthly events for a time of reflection and conversation. This programme will be delivered online via Zoom. What’s really special is that the authors will join us live, read from their books and take part in our discussion.

Anyone with a love of reading, an interest in considering psychoanalytic perspectives in books and lively discussion is very welcome to come along. We ask only that you read the book before attending.

All are welcome to attend this event.

Friday 26th November 2021  7-8.30pm A Grief Companion and Languages of Loss by Sasha Bates

Led by Sasha Bates

We are delighted that the author Sasha Bates will host this reading group.

Sasha Bates, MA, MBACP, is an integrative psychotherapist, yoga teacher and author.

Her first book “Languages of Loss: a psychotherapist’s journey through grief” was published in April 2020. In it, she describes her experience of losing her husband from two perspectives – that of a confused, grieving widow, and that of a psychotherapist truly understanding for the first time what psychotherapeutic theory can offer the bereaved. She explores the usefulness, and otherwise, of some of the grief theories, and looks more broadly at different approaches – psychodynamic, body, transpersonal, attachment and more – investigating how each may be useful when working with one’s own and a client’s grief.

Her latest book “A Grief Companion” was published in June 2021 and was, largely, a response to the many requests she received for a more practical ‘guidebook’ or ‘manual’ that could help people through the early months of grieving. With more people than ever before encountering loss due to the Covid pandemic, A Grief Companion offers reflections and suggestions on how mind, body and spirit can affect, and be affected by, loss of all kinds.

Please book your ticket for the October Reading Group via Eventbrite here

Friday 28th January 2022,  7-8.30pm Attachment, Relationships and Food: From Cradle to Kitchen edited by Linda Cundy

Led by Linda Cundy

We are delighted that the editor Linda Cundy will host this reading group.

Where there is food, there is attachment. This book explores relationships with other people, with oneself, and between client and therapist through our connection with food. We comfort, nurture, numb, neglect or attack ourselves through what we consume; food metaphors spice up a therapy session or, more concretely, clients may bring breakfast or edible gifts into the consulting room. Preparing meals and sharing them are therapeutic activities in themselves, helping to bring together couples, groups, and communities. The aim of this book is twofold: to examine the nature of attachment through narratives of feeding, and to enrich psychotherapy practice by encouraging exploration of clients’ food-related memories and associations. Like individual courses of a feast, every chapter has its own distinct flavour, but each author addresses the complex connection between what we eat and how we relate from an attachment perspective.

Please book your ticket for the October Reading Group via Eventbrite here.

Friday 25th February 2022,  7-8.30pm, Yoga Saved My Life by Sasha Bates

Led by Sasha Bates

We are delighted that the author Sasha Bates will host this reading group.

Sasha Bates, MA, MBACP, is an integrative psychotherapist, yoga teacher and author.

Sasha’s latest book, “Yoga Saved My Life”, will be published in March. In it she explores the parallels between yoga and psychotherapy, investigating how working with the mind body connection can help all manner of presentations such as anxiety, depression, a lack of balance or self awareness, anger management, ingrained, unhelpful internal working models and so much more. It includes personal testimonies from a myriad of yogis who have themselves made the claim that yoga has saved their lives – lives of addiction, suicidality and misery.

Yoga Saved My Life questions how and why yoga is so transformational. It explores what it is that takes it beyond being merely a physical exercise, effectuating deep and lasting changes. It posits the idea that, albeit via a different medium, yoga is doing what therapy does – providing a safe, containing, reflective space in which to access the unconscious, learn about ourselves and find ways to relate to ourselves better. This new relationship with the self can offer ways to work with the automatic habits we do without thinking but which are holding us back, practically and emotionally. The world of psychotherapy has lately been opening itself to the multidisciplinary worlds of neuroscience, psychoneuroimmunology and more, and benefiting hugely from this inclusive welcoming of new discoveries. By also looking behind to the ancient Eastern practice of yoga, it can incorporate a similarly broad and integrative approach to help it grow holistically, further benefitting us and our clients.

Please book your ticket for the October Reading Group via Eventbrite here.

Before booking please read our Terms and Conditions for CPD events here.

There are opportunities to facilitate reading groups in the 2021/2022 programme, so please e-mail events@wpf.org.uk if you are interested.

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Intergenerational trauma, with particular focus on black identity wounding with Dr Aileen Alleyne - Online workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 27 November 2021
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm

Workshop leader

Dr Aileen Alleyne

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
External trainees: £70
WPF Therapy trainees/staff: £55

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£80

Maximum number of places – 25

This event will be delivered via Zoom.

\As clinicians we may struggle to understand the part history plays for our clients.  This workshop is an opportunity to explore how our past and its traumatic transmissions still contribute to creating ongoing challenges for cultural, social and racial identity. Our history is deeply embedded in the unconscious and becoming more fully aware of its impact can help facilitate deeper understanding of the struggles clients face in their daily lives. The workshop will provide a space to increase and strengthen your 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.

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, clinical supervisor and organisational consultant.  In addition to running her private practice in East Sussex and South East London, she is a visiting lecturer at several training institutions and a consultant on issues of race and cultural diversity within various workplace settings, such as the NHS, Social Services, Education and the Police Services. Her clinical research, examining black workers’ experiences in three institutional settings, makes a significant contribution to the discourse on race.  Highlighting the concept of ‘the internal oppressor’, it offers ways of deepening understanding of black psychological reactions to the negative impact of racism. Aileen is the author of several book chapters and journal papers exploring themes on black/white dynamics, shame, and identity wounding, and working with issues of Difference and Diversity in the workplace. She is currently writing her first book on Trans/ Intergenerational Trauma. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 18th November 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

 

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Developing And Maintaining Therapeutic Relationships Online with Alla Rowe and Julia Ovchinnikova

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date:, 27 November 2021
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Alla Rowe
Julia Ovchinnikova

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

Most clinicians have made the move to online therapy suddenly.  For many, it has worked well.  Others may be struggling.  Now is the time to consolidate the work and think about how we deepen our work with clients using this medium.  

  1. Do you want to develop your work online?
  2. Are you working online with your clients?
  3. What are the challenges and opportunities of online therapy? 
  4. How can we develop a way of maintaining a therapeutic presence in online work?
  5. What are the challenges of imaginative and creative interaction with clients during live video sessions? 
  6. What strategies can we use to overcome psychological barriers in working online?

By the end of the workshop you can expect:

  • To develop understanding of potential difficulties of working online and to explore various ways of managing those. 
  • To explore individual emotional responses to on screen counselling through experiential activities and discussion  
  • To re-examine familiar concepts such as analytic attitude, holding environment, containment and reverie in the absence of physical “container” of the traditional therapy room. 
  • To learn a cross-modal communication channel between the human senses. 
  • To embrace therapeutic uses of technology as the integral “third”. 

Outline 

During the workshop, we will explore the essentials of a genuine psychotherapeutic process while working by Skype. Starting with a brief history of an online work that began with chat rooms and later moved on to Skype work, participants will be invited to look at the therapeutic presence and imaginative function as one of the key concepts. The need for and the lack of physical proximity will be explored. Case presentations will illustrate the situations when the physical distance becomes a serious obstacle in the therapy, when it could be overcome and rare cases where it facilitates the therapeutic process.  How do our own sensory function and body attunement impact on the work?  Do they facilitate therapy via Skype? There will be space to explore your own individual emotional experience of online communication, personal associations with the use of devices and “screen” and how those influence their attitudes towards online therapy work.   

During the afternoon we will look at the peculiarities of transference and countertransference with special attention to embodied countertransference. Managing the emotional container when the physical container is “contaminated” or absent will be presented as a case study. Seductions and distractions in online therapy, shame related issues will be explored and followed by clinical vignettes. 

Finally, we will think about the concept of technology as the “third”, new therapeutic landscape and how it can be acknowledged, embraced and worked with in therapy is discussed. The critical issues for the profession then become the professional development for practitioners in the use of Skype and suggestions are listed. 

Workshop Leaders

Alla Rowe is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist in private practice since 2005. Alla trained in marital and couple psychodynamic psychotherapy at the London Marriage Guidance. She then continued her training at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, where she obtained Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Couple Psychotherapy, accredited by the University of East London. From 2006 and until the pilot scheme closure in 2013 Alla worked as a Relate licenced therapist in private practice. Alla works with clients face to face at her office in London as well as online. 

Julia Ovchinnikova is a Jungian Psychoanalyst. She is a member of the Association of Jungian Analysts. She has a Ph.D. in psychology, lectures in the UK and Russia in academic psychology, psychotherapy and Jungian analysis. She also supervises psychodynamic counsellors at Sutton Counselling Centre. The main area of Julia’s research is personality crisis, with a particular interest in identity crisis and midlife crisis. She has a number of published papers.  

Julia has practiced psychotherapy for 20 years. Since 2014 Julia has been working in private practice in Surbiton, seeing her clients face to face and online. 

Target Audience:

Counselling and psychotherapy trainees and qualified counsellors and trainees wishing to explore and develop their online work   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 18th November 2021. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

Before booking please read our Terms and Conditions for CPD events here.

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

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

 

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Languages of loss – Finding creative ways to express grief - Online Workshop with Sasha Bates

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date: , 4 December 2021
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Sasha Bates

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

Grief is universal and unavoidable, yet we live our lives as though it won’t happen to us. Losing a loved one may be your biggest fear, or you may be engulfed and silenced by the pain of it having already happened to you. Either way most of us tend to avoid talking about it, which generally only makes an intolerable situation even more painful. This may be your own experience, or you may be finding this to be true amongst your clients. If, as psychotherapists, we ourselves find grief hard to talk about, how can we help our grieving clients open up about one of the most tumultuous and life changing events they may ever experience?

Workshop Aims

By the end of the session you will: 

  1. Explore how grief – our own and that of our clients – can be borne, both within and outside a therapy room and discuss resourcing, in the widest possible sense.
  2. Ground our experience within the context of the various grief theories: Kubler-Ross’s 5 stages, Worden’s 4 tasks, and the more recent Dual Process and Continuing Bonds theories, examining their usefulness, or otherwise. Can theory really help navigate all the ways we attempt to bear the unbearable, express the inexpressible and give voice to the unverbalizable?

 Outline

This experiential workshop uses a variety of physical and creative exercises and discussions to help you discover how to compassionately open up to tumultuous and life changing losses – those that have happened, and those that you might like to deny will ever happen – and explore the ways in which you might start to approach your feelings around this sensitive subject.

Sasha Bates is a psychotherapist, journalist and former documentary filmmaker. After eighteen years in the TV industry she left television behind and re-trained as an integrative psychotherapist at The Minster Centre. After stints working in the NHS and in higher education, she started up in private practice where she gained a reputation as an embodied therapist, earlier trainings in yoga teaching and in ‘trauma sensitive yoga’ having given her a good understanding of the mind body connection. She used this knowledge to write and teach CPD various workshops on the subjects of yoga, trauma and self-care. 

When her husband, Bill, died unexpectedly at just 56, Sasha turned back to writing as an outlet for the unbearable emotions she was experiencing. At the same time, she took refuge in re-engaging with the academic therapeutic theories around grief, using them as a way to help her cognitively make sense of what she was feeling. This dual approach eventually led to her book – Languages of Loss – a raw and frank ‘conversation’ between her grieving self and her therapist self.  

Languages of Loss  was published by Yellow Kite on April 2nd, 2020.  

Target Audience:

 This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.  Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 25th November 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

 

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The sublime in everyday life: Psychoanalytic and aesthetic perspectives with Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis (Lecture)

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 11 December 2021
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£25

This event will be delivered via Zoom online.

  • What is the sublime and how do we understand it aimmanent in our everyday life, a source of energy and inspiration? 
  • How can it be invoked to support our mental health and well-being? 
  • Are encounters with the sublime loving and caring?  Or can they also be hateful, traumatic, and destructive? 
  • How do these encounters with the sublime overflow and destabilise our psychological and social structures by exposing their fictional and constructed nature? 

Notions of the sublime are most often associated with the extraordinary, and include the intrapsychic, high-cultural, and exceptional occurrences of elation and exaltation as part of its experience.  

In this lecture, Dr Gaitanidis will use ordinary encounters and case presentations in order to make a plea that the existing philosophical and psychoanalytical perspectives on the sublime acknowledge their rootedness in the same world that we all engage in our everyday lives. For all their theoretical and clinical refinements, the various philosophical and psychoanalytic explanations of the sublime remain an expression of, and hence must be guided by, the world of our common human experience. 

He will begin by turning to the emergence and development of the notion of the sublime in philosophy and psychoanalysis in order to show how we can take up this legacy and transform it in a manner that could endow us with a particular power and relevance for the personal, interpersonal, therapeutic, cultural and political questions that confront us in the 21st century. By proposing a more ‘grounding’, ‘ordinary’ way of speaking and thinking about the sublime, we hope that we will be able to reinvigorate the sensuous, mysterious, and ‘sacred’ ways we experience our everyday encounters with the world, therapy, and each other. 

This lecture will be an opportunity to substantiate the existing psychoanalytic and aesthetic, theoretical and clinical knowledge of the sublime by placing it within the context of everyday life using examples of it in art, film, theatre, literature as well as in work, education, relationships, and the clinic.  

By attending this lecture you can expect: 

  • To restore and revive the world of our ordinary sensorial, interpersonal, therapeutic experiences by introducing the sublime as part of its mysterious, irreducible, and open-ended texture. 
  • To be able to use psychoanalytic and aesthetic theories as well as clinical presentations, to revitalise the sublime by re-evaluating its significance for contemporary life and psychotherapy and, in a unique and fascinating endeavour, open a space that will explore the sublime in the ordinary, everyday, and quotidian. 
  • Through the exploration of familiar and unfamiliar threads of the sublime experience, to posit the sublime as invoking an ordinary human response which contains minute, inter-psychic, inclusive cultural and clinical elements, and thus carries within it therapeutic and political potential.

Lecturer

Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis is a Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Director of Studies, Author, Theory Editor and Supervisor.  In addition to his clinical work as a psychoanalytic therapist, Anastasios held appointments as a Senior Lecturer and provided clinical and research supervision to counselling psychologists and psychotherapists at Regent’s University London and University of Roehampton. He currently holds the position of Director of Studies for the Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy at Metanoia training Institute.  

Anastasios is the Theory Editor of the European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling (EJPC) and an author who published a substantial body of academic work including journal articles and edited books over the years, with a recent book publication entitled The Sublime in Everyday Life: Psychoanalytic and Aesthetic Perspectives. (Routledge: 2020)

Chair

Stephen Crawford is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist registered with BPC and works in private practice and as Training Lead at WPF Therapy. He has run many sessions for the WPF Reading Group since its inception.

Target Audience:

This course should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in psychoanalysis, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training.  Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.

This event will be of great interest to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and art and drama therapists, as well as scholars and students of philosophy, literature, art and popular culture.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 2nd December 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

 

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The sublime in everyday life: Psychoanalytic and aesthetic perspectives with Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 11 December 2021
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£25

This event will be delivered via Zoom.

  • What is the sublime and how do we understand it aimmanent in our everyday life, a source of energy and inspiration? 
  • How can it be invoked to support our mental health and well-being? 
  • Are encounters with the sublime loving and caring?  Or can they also be hateful, traumatic, and destructive? 
  • How do these encounters with the sublime overflow and destabilise our psychological and social structures by exposing their fictional and constructed nature? 

Notions of the sublime are most often associated with the extraordinary, and include the intrapsychic, high-cultural, and exceptional occurrences of elation and exaltation as part of its experience.  

In this lecture, Dr Gaitanidis will use ordinary encounters and case presentations in order to make a plea that the existing philosophical and psychoanalytical perspectives on the sublime acknowledge their rootedness in the same world that we all engage in our everyday lives. For all their theoretical and clinical refinements, the various philosophical and psychoanalytic explanations of the sublime remain an expression of, and hence must be guided by, the world of our common human experience. 

He will begin by turning to the emergence and development of the notion of the sublime in philosophy and psychoanalysis in order to show how we can take up this legacy and transform it in a manner that could endow us with a particular power and relevance for the personal, interpersonal, therapeutic, cultural and political questions that confront us in the 21st century. By proposing a more ‘grounding’, ‘ordinary’ way of speaking and thinking about the sublime, we hope that we will be able to reinvigorate the sensuous, mysterious, and ‘sacred’ ways we experience our everyday encounters with the world, therapy, and each other. 

This lecture will be an opportunity to substantiate the existing psychoanalytic and aesthetic, theoretical and clinical knowledge of the sublime by placing it within the context of everyday life using examples of it in art, film, theatre, literature as well as in work, education, relationships, and the clinic.  

By attending this lecture you can expect: 

  • To restore and revive the world of our ordinary sensorial, interpersonal, therapeutic experiences by introducing the sublime as part of its mysterious, irreducible, and open-ended texture. 
  • To be able to use psychoanalytic and aesthetic theories as well as clinical presentations, to revitalise the sublime by re-evaluating its significance for contemporary life and psychotherapy and, in a unique and fascinating endeavour, open a space that will explore the sublime in the ordinary, everyday, and quotidian. 
  • Through the exploration of familiar and unfamiliar threads of the sublime experience, to posit the sublime as invoking an ordinary human response which contains minute, inter-psychic, inclusive cultural and clinical elements, and thus carries within it therapeutic and political potential.

Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis is a Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Director of Studies, Author, Theory Editor and Supervisor.  In addition to his clinical work as a psychoanalytic therapist, Anastasios held appointments as a Senior Lecturer and provided clinical and research supervision to counselling psychologists and psychotherapists at Regent’s University London and University of Roehampton. He currently holds the position of Director of Studies for the Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy at Metanoia training Institute.  

Anastasios is the Theory Editor of the European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling (EJPC) and an author who published a substantial body of academic work including journal articles and edited books over the years, with a recent book publication entitled The Sublime in Everyday Life: Psychoanalytic and Aesthetic Perspectives. (Routledge: 2020)

Target Audience:

This course should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in psychoanalysis, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training.  Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.

This event will be of great interest to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and art and drama therapists, as well as scholars and students of philosophy, literature, art and popular culture.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 2nd December 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

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Working with suicide with Kirstie Adamson

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 12 February 2022
Time: 10 am - 4 pm

Workshop leader

Kirstie Adamson

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

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£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comments from previous participants:

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

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

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

Target Audience:

This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.  Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 3rd February 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

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Sex, Lies and Technology with Susan Tyler - Online Workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date:, 26 February 2022
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Susan Tyler

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

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£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

Why are people having less sex than ever? What role does technology play in this and how can we understand it clinically?  

  • Would you like toexplore the impact of technology, artificial intelligence and the internet on sex, desire and relationships to address these issues in therapy? 
  • How technology has affected sexual and erotic norms over the last two decades? 
  • Would you like to learn how the sexual use of technology (via internet porn, AI and fantasy relationships) can be understood and used therapeutically to enhance connection and avoid dehumanisation? 

Workshop Aims

By the end of this workshop you will: 

  1. Have abroader understanding of how technology influences and subverts the work of desire. 
  1. Be able to link ways technology can be used to express internal conflicts. 
  1. Gain ideas of how to help clients use technology as a bridge to connection rather than an escape or psychic retreat. 
  1. To know how therapy can help when the use of technology has become addictive or perverse. 

Outline 

The day will lead with a power point presentation about how technology is affecting sex and how to understand this clinically. There will be opportunities for small group discussions which will be brought back to the larger group. There will be a presentation of a clinical example and a chance to discuss clinical examples.  

Workshop leader

Sue Tyler is a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice working in Brighton and central London (www.londonapc.co.uk). She holds an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies from WPF. She is currently training to be a Jungian Analyst at the Society of Analytical Psychology.  

Target Audience:

Psychotherapists and counsellors in private practice and trainees. This event should be interesting for anyone interested in how artificial intelligence is affecting our sexual life and shaping our desire.  The focus will be a mixture of theory and its practical application. It has a psychoanalytic basis but practitioners from other modalities are welcome to apply.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 17th February 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

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The power of transference in the therapeutic relationship with Sarabeth Morrison and Emily Willett

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 19 February 2022
Time: 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Daliah Slater
Sarabeth Morrison

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

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This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

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

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

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

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

By attending this workshop you will expect: 

  • To broaden the understanding of transference theoretically, experientially and practically.
  • To gain confidence in recognising, exploring and using transference.
  • To reflect on the transference within clinical work and to consider interpretations practical ways of working with it.
  • To feel more skilled at working with the transference in clinical practice 

Outline 

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

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

Workshop Leaders

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

Emily Willett is a BACP registered psychodynamic counsellor/psychotherapist with 10 year’s counselling experience gained at a young people’s counselling service within a London Borough, a bereavement charity and a national mental health charity. After completing her Post Graduate Diploma and Masters in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling at University of Hertfordshire in 2015, she set up a private practice working with clients with a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, loss, relationship worries, low self-esteem, eating disorders and self harm. Alongside private work, Emily now provides shorter-term counselling within a new service in a charitable organisation supporting family carers.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 10th February 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

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The Unconscious from Freud to Lacan with Conor McCormack

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 26 February 2022
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Conor McCormack 

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

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£25

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

This lecture will not be recorded due to the confidentiality of the clinical material.

The Unconscious is the fundamental and foundational concept of psychoanalysis – but how are we to listen out for it today? Does it have meaning or utility for talking therapists beyond the imprecise metaphors often employed to describe it? This talk charts the genesis of the concept of the unconscious from Freud to Lacan – a theoretical leap that illuminates much of 20th century thought. 

How does the therapist/analyst negotiate the difficult melding of theory and practice that is the reality of the clinic? What conceptual tools can help us to listen out for what is singular in a client’s speech while resisting the defensive compulsion to impose our own understanding onto what is said 

The talk will be an introduction to theory often viewed as ‘notoriously difficult’. No doubt there is some truth in this characterisation – however, it does not have to be like that. Lacanian structural diagnostics and the famous theory of the ‘unconscious structured like a language’ are ideas that can be made clear and accessible, and be of tremendous value to anyone with an interest in talking therapies.   

The talk will make use of examples drawn from the speaker’s clinical practice, showing how classical psychoanalysis plays out in the present day.  

Workshop Aims

What can you expect at the end of the event: 

  1. An overview of Freud’s development of the concept of the Unconscious – with useful clinical examples from contemporary clinic.
  2. A summary of the linguistic turn – a look at how structural linguistics revolutionised continental philosophy and psychoanalytic metapsychology  
  3. An introduction to the Lacanian Unconscious – paying attention to the glitches and discontinuities in speech – with contemporary clinical examples. 
  4. Neurosis and Psychosis – a useful overview of the differential clinic.

Outline 

This will be a talk that charts the development of the unconscious from Freud’s thought at the beginning of the 20th century through to Lacan’s ‘high structuralist’ phase of the 1950s, asking how can we use these startling intellectual innovations today. The speaker will use PowerPoint presentation, examples from clinical practice and create time and space for discussion and comment.

Conor McCormack is a Lacanian psychoanalyst and a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. He works in Bristol in private practice and has extensive experience working as a psychotherapist in the NHS. Conor is also a director and writer known for his powerful, socially engaged filmmaking, including the BIFA nominated documentary Christmas with Dad and the acclaimed voice-hearing documentary In the Real.

https://parkstreetanalysis.co.uk/

Target Audience:

This course should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in psychoanalysis, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training.  Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Comments from previous participants:

  • “Conor McCormack is one one the best speakers I would love to listen to again. “
  • “Conor McCormack offers important insight into the history of Psychotherapy’s understanding of the Unconscious and shines a helpful light on the dynamic movement between theory and practice.”
  • “Conor McCormack makes difficult material accessible and able to be related to clinical experience.”

Applications must be received by Thursday, 17th February 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

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The Unconscious from Freud to Lacan with Conor McCormack (Lecture)

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 26 February 2022
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Conor McCormack 

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

More information

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£25

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

This lecture will not be recorded due to the confidentiality of the clinical material.

The Unconscious is the fundamental and foundational concept of psychoanalysis – but how are we to listen out for it today? Does it have meaning or utility for talking therapists beyond the imprecise metaphors often employed to describe it? This talk charts the genesis of the concept of the unconscious from Freud to Lacan – a theoretical leap that illuminates much of 20th century thought. 

How does the therapist/analyst negotiate the difficult melding of theory and practice that is the reality of the clinic? What conceptual tools can help us to listen out for what is singular in a client’s speech while resisting the defensive compulsion to impose our own understanding onto what is said 

The talk will be an introduction to theory often viewed as ‘notoriously difficult’. No doubt there is some truth in this characterisation – however, it does not have to be like that. Lacanian structural diagnostics and the famous theory of the ‘unconscious structured like a language’ are ideas that can be made clear and accessible, and be of tremendous value to anyone with an interest in talking therapies.   

The talk will make use of examples drawn from the speaker’s clinical practice, showing how classical psychoanalysis plays out in the present day.  

Workshop Aims

What can you expect at the end of the event: 

  1. An overview of Freud’s development of the concept of the Unconscious – with useful clinical examples from contemporary clinic.
  2. A summary of the linguistic turn – a look at how structural linguistics revolutionised continental philosophy and psychoanalytic metapsychology  
  3. An introduction to the Lacanian Unconscious – paying attention to the glitches and discontinuities in speech – with contemporary clinical examples. 
  4. Neurosis and Psychosis – a useful overview of the differential clinic.

Outline 

This will be a talk that charts the development of the unconscious from Freud’s thought at the beginning of the 20th century through to Lacan’s ‘high structuralist’ phase of the 1950s, asking how can we use these startling intellectual innovations today. The speaker will use PowerPoint presentation, examples from clinical practice and create time and space for discussion and comment.

Conor McCormack is a Lacanian psychoanalyst and a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. He works in Bristol in private practice and has extensive experience working as a psychotherapist in the NHS. Conor is also a director and writer known for his powerful, socially engaged filmmaking, including the BIFA nominated documentary Christmas with Dad and the acclaimed voice-hearing documentary In the Real.

https://parkstreetanalysis.co.uk/

Target Audience:

This course should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in psychoanalysis, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training.  Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Comments from previous participants:

  • “Conor McCormack is one one the best speakers I would love to listen to again. “
  • “Conor McCormack offers important insight into the history of Psychotherapy’s understanding of the Unconscious and shines a helpful light on the dynamic movement between theory and practice.”
  • “Conor McCormack makes difficult material accessible and able to be related to clinical experience.”

Applications must be received by Thursday, 17th February 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

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Attachment theory – relationships and mental health with Katherine Berry - Online Workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 5 March 2022
Time: 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Katherine Berry

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

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events@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2050

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£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

Attachment theory has taken a leading position in working as a psychotherapists.  It is crucial that as clinicians we are able to understand relationship patterns with our clients.  Many come to us because of issues in relationships. 

Developing your understanding of the role of attachment difficulties in adult mental health problems will give you more tools for your clinical work.  It can also inform therapy assessments, formulation and intervention. 

Workshop Aims  

By the end of the workshop you can expect:  

  1. To understand the basic tenets of attachment theory throughout the life span.
  2. To understand how attachment difficulties can increase vulnerability to the development and maintenance of mental distress in adulthood.
  3. To understand how attachment theory can inform therapy with adults. 

The workshop will include the following: 

Attachment theory was developed by John Bowlby to explain the importance of human relationships to psychological well being across the lifespan. Insecure attachment styles are a vulnerability factor for the development of mental health difficulties and a growing body of research has explored attachment difficulties in people experiencing mental health problem 

This workshop will draw on Professor Berry’s extensive research and experience of working with individuals with mental health problems using an attachment model. The session will begin by exploring the relevance of attachment theory for adulthood relationships and adult mental health. The session will also focus on ways of assessing adult attachment patterns in clinical practice and present a range of standardised methods to assess attachment. This will be followed by a discussion and case examples of how attachment theory can inform formulation and therapy.  The focus will be on how ideas can be integrated into existing evidence-based therapies, as well as the design and delivery of mental health services.  

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

Workshop Leaders
Katherine Berry
 is a Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester and Co-director of the Complex Trauma and Resilience Research Unit (C-TRU) at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation TrustHer research has focused on understanding the psychosocial mechanisms underlying the development of psychosis and using psychological formulations which draw on psychological theories of understanding distress to improve multi-disciplinary mental health care. She is currently Chief Investigator on a large multi-site programme grant and randomised controlled trial (Talk, Understand and Listen for Inpatient Settings, TULIPS) that aims to increase access to psychological therapies and psychologically-informed care on acute mental health wards. She has edited two books on attachment theory: Attachment theory and adult mental health: A clinical guide (Routledge, 2013) and Attachment theory in psychosis: Current perspectives and future directions (Routledge, 2019). She is also joint Editor of the British Psychological Society journal Psychology and Psychotherapy, Theory, Research and Practice.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 24th February 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

 

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Reclaiming the Body: trauma sensitive yoga for trauma survivors and their therapists with Sasha Bates - Online Workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 5 March 2022
Time: 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Sasha Bates

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

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£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

Working with trauma can be difficult for both client and therapist. Trauma is embedded in the body and research shows that talking therapies can only go so far as a means of accessing those implicit memories and terrors safely. Research by the Boston Trauma Centre in bodily-based, non-verbal ways of working has resulted in the development of Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) – an enquiring, therapeutic form of yoga that helps those with PTSD and complex trauma reacquaint themselves with their bodies.

TSY differs from more conventional yoga by elevating the client’s personal, internal experience above the need to create a certain ‘shape’ or to work at a certain pace dictated by the teacher. There is no expectation to achieve or conform; instead, the priority is to create a safe environment where clients feel safe enough to participate in whatever way they feel able. In this way, it is also suitable for those with injuries, restricted movement, or little strength or flexibility. 

By attending this workshop you can learn: 

  • Exploration of how TSY can be used in a therapeutic setting leading to some practical skills that can be offered to clients. 
  • Introduction to the principles and theories underpinning TSY as well as an understanding of how misuse, or more standard yoga classes might sometimes work paradoxically to harden defences and hinder recovery. 

Outline

There will be a mixture of lecture with power point presentation alongside group discussion. Also work in breakout groups and pairs for further discussion and some role play. Experiential TSY classes including movement, breathing, meditation and relaxation both on a yoga mat and in a chair. 

Target Audience

This workshop is open to qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Workshop Leader

Sasha Bates, MA, MBACP, is an integrative psychotherapist in private practice, who trained at the Minster Centre. She is also a BWY and Yoga Alliance trained yoga teacher, and has done additional training in restorative yoga and in Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She is a journalist and the author of Languages of Loss: A psychotherapist’s journey through grief (Yellow Kite, 2020) and A Grief Companion: practical support and a guiding hand through the darkness of loss (Yellow Kite, 2021). Her forthcoming book “Yoga Saved My Life” will be published in March 2022, also by Yellow Kite. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 26th February 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

 

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Addiction as an attachment disorder: Attachment gone wrong with Sarah Pennock - Online workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 12 March 2022
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Sarah Pennock

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

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events@wpf.org.uk

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£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

  • 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. There will be presentation of theory and research alongside clinical vignettes. The afternoon session will explore how to ‘earn security’ by integrating behavioural change alongside attachment focussed work: what does this look like in the consulting room?

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 others and life’s challenges. Sarah runs a busy private practice in Marylebone, London. She is a guest author in a recently published book on Attachment, Relationships and Food: From Cradle to Kitchen (Routledge, 2021).

Target Audience:

Training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.  Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 3 March 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

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The Art of Listening with Anouchka Grose

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 19 March 2022
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Anouchka Grose

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

More information

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£25

This event will be delivered via Zoom.

‘Anna O’, or Bertha Pappenheim, is famously credited with coining the phrase ‘the talking cure’. What gave her the idea that talking helped? And was it the talking or the listening? While her analyst, Josef Breuer’s, naivety about the explosive potential of listening led to an abrupt, catastrophic end to the treatment, together they opened the way to Freudian analysis, the plethora of modern talking cures and, most recently, therapy bots. 

So, what makes a good listener? We will look at some of the most commonsensical ideas — patience, tolerance, availability, responsiveness, lack of moral judgement — and ask whether it’s really so simple. In the early 1960s, Jozeph Weizenbaum developed a robot therapist, christened Eliza after the parroting protagonist of George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion’. Eliza was designed to respond like a Rogerian, human-centred therapist, mainly repeating people’s words back to them, slightly differently inflected. Weizenbaum was horrified that his creation was so well-received — people really seemed to like talking to it — and went on to become a forceful critic of A.I. 

If Josef Breuer’s listening was somehow ‘too much’ — his patient fell madly in love with him, causing him to run away in panic — and Eliza’s listening risked being ‘too little’ — the software just offered a vapid semblance of a human response — what would be ‘just right’?  

Lecturer
Anouchka Grose is a psychoanalyst and writer practising in London. She is a member of The Centre for Freudian Research, where she regularly lectures. She has written non-fiction: No More Silly Love Songs: a realist’s guide to romance (Portobello, 2010), Are you Considering Therapy (Karnac, 2011), From Anxiety to Zoolander: notes on psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2018), A Guide to Eco-Anxiety: how to protect the planet and your mental health (Watkins, 2020) as well as writing fiction: Ringing for You (Harper Collins, 1999) and Darling Daisy (Harper Collins, 2000). She also writes about art and fashion, and contributes to The Guardian, Radio 4, and Resonance FM. 

Chair

Judith Chamberlain is a psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice and clinical supervisor at Centre70 in South London, which is an organisation supporting adults with social, mental, financial and other difficulties. Judith is a seminar leader and Training Development Tutor at WPF Therapy and is a member of BPC, UKCP and FPC.

Within these roles, Judith has particular interests in perinatal psychotherapy, forensic setting psychotherapy and working with people who are neurodiverse (ADD/ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, OCD).

Target Audience:
This event should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in the topic, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists and the general public. This event is open to all.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 10th March 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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The Art of Listening with Anouchka Grose (Lecture)

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 19 March 2022
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Anouchka Grose

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

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‘Anna O’, or Bertha Pappenheim, is famously credited with coining the phrase ‘the talking cure’. What gave her the idea that talking helped? And was it the talking or the listening? While her analyst, Josef Breuer’s, naivety about the explosive potential of listening led to an abrupt, catastrophic end to the treatment, together they opened the way to Freudian analysis, the plethora of modern talking cures and, most recently, therapy bots. 

So, what makes a good listener? We will look at some of the most commonsensical ideas — patience, tolerance, availability, responsiveness, lack of moral judgement — and ask whether it’s really so simple. In the early 1960s, Jozeph Weizenbaum developed a robot therapist, christened Eliza after the parroting protagonist of George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion’. Eliza was designed to respond like a Rogerian, human-centred therapist, mainly repeating people’s words back to them, slightly differently inflected. Weizenbaum was horrified that his creation was so well-received — people really seemed to like talking to it — and went on to become a forceful critic of A.I. 

If Josef Breuer’s listening was somehow ‘too much’ — his patient fell madly in love with him, causing him to run away in panic — and Eliza’s listening risked being ‘too little’ — the software just offered a vapid semblance of a human response — what would be ‘just right’?  

Lecturer

Anouchka Grose is a psychoanalyst and writer practising in London. She is a member of The Centre for Freudian Research, where she regularly lectures. She has written non-fiction: No More Silly Love Songs: a realist’s guide to romance (Portobello, 2010), Are you Considering Therapy (Karnac, 2011), From Anxiety to Zoolander: notes on psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2018), A Guide to Eco-Anxiety: how to protect the planet and your mental health (Watkins, 2020) as well as writing fiction: Ringing for You (Harper Collins, 1999) and Darling Daisy (Harper Collins, 2000). She also writes about art and fashion, and contributes to The Guardian, Radio 4, and Resonance FM. 

Chair

Judith Chamberlain is a psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice and clinical supervisor at Centre70 in South London, which is an organisation supporting adults with social, mental, financial and other difficulties. Judith is a seminar leader and Training Development Tutor at WPF Therapy and is a member of BPC, UKCP and FPC.

Within these roles, Judith has particular interests in perinatal psychotherapy, forensic setting psychotherapy and working with people who are neurodiverse (ADD/ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, OCD).

Target Audience:

This event should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in the topic, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists and the general public. This event is open to all.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 10th March 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

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Caring for the Carers with Sasha Bates - Online Workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 19 March 2022
Time: 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Sasha Bates

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

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Recent research suggests that caring for others can impact on health – your own, and that of your clients. This workshop will explore the science behind this claim, whilst also offering opportunities to experience the counterbalancing effects of self-care. 

Self-care can be an alien concept to those whose empathic temperaments have led them to a career in which they prioritise others at the expense of themselves. Compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, emotional contagion, or burnout can result and lead to depression, anxiety, addiction, and physical illness. As a therapistit can feel shameful, and might even suggest that we can no longer do our jobs.  We often ignore our own needs, and feel guilty at saying no to others and yes to ourselves.  Neuroscience, polyvagal theory, right brain to right brain communication, and much of the current research is showing that our body-minds and nervous systems non-verbally communicate our lack of self-care to our clients, affecting their ability to experience us as a safe, holding, regulated presence. 

By attending this workshop you should have gained some: 

  • Time to think about and discuss the somatic consequences of your self-care choices on your clients.
  • Exploration of the impact on your own health, happiness and career longevity. 
  • Engagement in experiential exercises to look at how effective your current self-care might be and what might be preventing you from prioritising it.

Outline

There will be a mixture of lecture with power point presentation alongside group discussion. Also, work in breakout groups and pairs for further discussion and some role play, some writing exercises, and experiential movement including yoga, breathing, meditation and relaxation exercises – all proven methods of self-regulation and designed to influence your nervous system, improve polyvagal tone, and help you to ground yourself.  

Target Audience

This course is open to qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Workshop Leader

Sasha Bates, MA, MBACP, is an integrative psychotherapist in private practice, who trained at the Minster Centre. She is also a BWY and Yoga Alliance trained yoga teacher, and has done additional training in restorative yoga and in Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She is a journalist and the author of Languages of Loss: A psychotherapist’s journey through grief (Yellow Kite, 2020) and A Grief Companion: practical support and a guiding hand through the darkness of loss (Yellow Kite, 2021). Her forthcoming book “Yoga Saved My Life” will be published in March 2022, also by Yellow Kite. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 10th March 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

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Difference and Discomfort: here and now with Suzanne Worrica - Online Workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 2 April 2022
Time: 10am – 4.30pm

Workshop leader

Suzanne Worrica

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

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Identity and difference between client and practitioner in the therapy room are sometimes partially worked with or left in the background. The ongoing dis-ease in the social and political field outside the therapy room that our clients bring into the therapy room calls for practitioners to attend to their own thoughts, feelings and the background they bring into the space between client and practitioner. Gestalt therapy theory, with its focus on present awareness, will give participants the opportunity to explore intersections of identities, differences and discomforts in relation to each other. 

After recent social movements all of us are being asked to consider our own social location, the socio-political fields and systems we inhabit. This also includes the microcosm of the therapy room. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to explore where they stand and will support exploration with clients. 

This workshop aims to facilitate discussion and embodied dialogue between participants, leading to greater awareness of their own identities in relation to others and the wider social and political field. Among the main points that will be introduced are intersecting identities and unconscious bias. 

By attending this workshop you will: 

  1. Be able to explore identities and difference in an experiential way and by paying attention to their embodied experience. 
  2. Notice how discomforting feelings can be useful to facilitate further dialogue. 
  3. Have greater awareness of transgenerational messages that are brought into the therapy room and how that might affect the space between client and practitioner. 
  4. Have an embodied experience of the session and learn/practice at least one method of self-regulation practice. 
  5. Explore their own, often surprising, identities and differences including what they have learned from family introjects. 

Outline

This workshop will include experiential exercises, a presentation and genogram work. There will be pair work and small group work, including group process time. Participants will be invited to stay with their embodied experience throughout. 

Target Audience

This workshop is designed for counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health practitioners who are engaged in client work. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Workshop Leader

Suzanne Worrica has several years’ experience practicing Gestalt Therapy in private practice and as an associate in clinics in London and Brighton. She is a Visiting Tutor at the Gestalt Centre London and have facilitated Gestalt groups, a dynamic arena for growth and change. Prior to this Suzanne worked in the field of mental health for 15 years. She has also written for theatre which brings a creative, intuitive aspect to her practice. Suzanne offers a contemporary approach to talking therapy, integrating contemporary Gestalt therapy with current thinking on neuroscience and the mindbody relationship. The current areas of her research are relationship dynamics, intersections of identity and how the wider socio-political field shows up in the therapy room. Check out her podcast here.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 24 March 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

 

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Freud, music and the unconscious with Stephen Gross Online Lecture

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

Workshop dates

Online Lecture:, 9 April 2022
Time: 10 am - 11.30 am

Speaker

Stephen Gross

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

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£25

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chair

Kate Trench

Kate Trench is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and music lover.

Applications must be received by Thursday,31st March 2022.

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

 

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Freud, music and the unconscious with Stephen Gross (Lecture) Online

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

Workshop dates

Online Lecture:, 9 April 2022
Time: 10 am - 11.30 am

Speaker

Stephen Gross

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

More information

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

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£25

This event will be delivered via Zoom.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chair

Kate Trench

Kate Trench is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and music lover.

Applications must be received by Thursday,31st March 2022.

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

 

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Sexual Difference from Freud to Lacan and its clinical consequences with Anne Worthington - Online Workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop Session 1: , 7 May 2022
Workshop Session 2:, 14 May 2022
Time: 10am – 1pm

Workshop leader

Anne Worthington

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

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This workshop will be delivered via Zoom across two Saturdays.

Workshop Session 1: 7 May 2022
Workshop Session 2: 14 May 2022

Time:10-1 pm

Psychoanalytic ideas about sexual difference are a site of contentionFor some, they serve only to create and sustain ideologies of oppression and pathologisation whereas for others they challenge the binaries of biology/culture or nature/nuture and have radical potential. 

This workshop offers an opportunity to consider how sexual difference is differently conceptualised by Freud and Lacan, to think about how questions of sexual difference manifest in the contemporary clinic and to explore responses from the ‘psychoanalysis or psychotherapy practitioners’. 

Day one will consist of small group exercises, a lecture, a case presentation, clinical examples from participants.

Day two will comprise a large group exercise, a talk and clinical presentations on sexual difference and neurosis, plus sexual difference and psychosis. There will be time and opportunity for clinical questions from participants. 

Workshop Aims  

By attending this this two day workshop you will have: 

  1. An understanding of Freud’s theory of sexual difference.
  2. An understanding of Lacan’s theory of sexual difference.
  3. Participated in an exploration of how questions of sexual difference present in the clinic/consulting room and how they might be understood.

Target Audience

This course is open to psychoanalytic practitioners and trainees. 

This course should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in psychoanalysis, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training. There is no prior knowledge required. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Workshop Leader

Anne Worthington is a Lacanian psychoanalyst, a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, the Guild of Psychotherapists and the College of Psychoanalysts – UK.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 28th April 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

 

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Boarding school syndrome: The anatomy of a trauma with Joy Schaverien -Online Workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 7 May 2022
Time: 10am-4pm

Workshop leader

Joy Schaverien

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

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This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

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

As a result of attending this workshop you will:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 28th April 2022.

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail events@wpf.org.uk. 

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

 

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Navigating Self and Other in a Changing World with Suzanne Worrica - Online Workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 21 May 2022
Time: 10am – 4.30pm

Workshop leader

Suzanne Worrica

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

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£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

During this day participants will be invited to explore embodied and habitual patterns of relating to the other/the world and how shifts in the wider social/political field outside the therapy room might be shaping this sense of self. 

We have been required to move differently in the public space – to keep a social distance – thereby continuously repeating a physical habit that the body remembers. For many this has been reinforced by social isolation; the body forgets deep and intimate touch or the smell of a close other, that affects social bonds. At the same time we have been moved to consider the way systems in society are structured unfavourably for people of colour and for other marginalised groups. How might this impact on a sense of self and how we relate to the other? 

The focus of the workshop is to consider how these changes in the wider field intersect. How might this impact on sense of self, and how might our ‘self’ start dialogue with the client’s? Participants will be invited to embody patterns of movement to explore identities. How might the non-verbal contribute to dialogue or maintain power differentials in the therapy room? 

By attending this workshop you will: 

  • Increase your awareness of how recent and ongoing social change in the wider field intersects and impacts ‘selfing’ – the process of growth and change – and what this means in relationship to others (close others and unknown others) . You will have the opportunity to consider how this shows up in the therapy room and what might be useful to ask. 
  • Give a better understanding of how patterns of relating, including embodied movement patterns, are shaping our sense of self and how this might impact relationships. 
  • Lead to a better understanding of unconscious bias and how the body might unknowingly play a part in othering. 
  • Provide the space to explore fears and hopes for future relationships with ourselves and others. 

Outline

This workshop will include a presentation and case studies. There will be experiential exercises, such as role play and visualisation in individual and pair work. There will be exercises designed to explore body posture and inner sensations.

Target Audience

This workshop is designed for counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health practitioners who are engaged in client work. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Workshop Leader

Suzanne Worrica has several years’ experience practicing Gestalt Therapy in private practice and as an associate in clinics in London and Brighton. She is a Visiting Tutor at the Gestalt Centre London and have facilitated Gestalt groups, a dynamic arena for growth and change. Prior to this Suzanne worked in the field of mental health for 15 years. She has also written for theatre which brings a creative, intuitive aspect to her practice. Suzanne offers a contemporary approach to talking therapy, integrating contemporary Gestalt therapy with current thinking on neuroscience and the mindbody relationship. The current areas of her research are relationship dynamics, intersections of identity and how the wider socio-political field shows up in the therapy room. Check out her podcast here.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 12th May 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

 

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Fashion and Psychoanalysis with Anouchka Grose

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 21 May 2022
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Anouchka Grose

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

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£25

This event will be delivered via Zoom.

In psychoanalytic literature fashion appears again and again as something ambiguous, both good and evil; something that shares with the psychological symptom a structure of enjoyment and suffering, pleasure and pain, irritation and relief. On the one hand clothes can supposedly help you out with embodied life, conceal the bits you feel ashamed of and accentuate the bits you’re proud of. But then again, fashion isn’t really about clothes in any practical sense, but about the endless replacement of clothes by other clothes — and especially the vilification of certain styles and the elevation of others. Fashion is therefore a system that’s perfect for producing the kind of anxiety that keeps people captivated — you have to stay constantly attuned or risk committing a shameful faux pas.   

This talk will focus on the phenomenon of fashion, the clothing of psychoanalysts, and the kinds of behaviours around fashion you might come across in the consulting room. 

Lecturer

Anouchka Grose is a psychoanalyst and writer practising in London. She is a member of The Centre for Freudian Research, where she regularly lectures. She has written non-fiction: No More Silly Love Songs: a realist’s guide to romance (Portobello, 2010), Are you Considering Therapy (Karnac, 2011), From Anxiety to Zoolander: notes on psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2018), A Guide to Eco-Anxiety: how to protect the planet and your mental health (Watkins, 2020) as well as writing fiction: Ringing for You (Harper Collins, 1999) and Darling Daisy (Harper Collins, 2000). She also writes about art and fashion, and contributes to The Guardian, Radio 4, and Resonance FM. 

Chair

Patsy Fauré is a psychodynamic Couples and Relationships Counsellor, Trainer and Clinical Supervisor. 

She teaches and runs workshops from Foundation through to Masters level, at two leading psychotherapeutic training organisations in London, with a focus on family perspectives and couple theory.  She also supervises groups in different clinical settings which include therapists who work with couples, languages, and art therapists.  She believes that training and supervision are important creative spaces for clinicians to hone their skills as well as being challenged and developed professionally. 

She has a thriving private practice where she works with individuals and couples with relationship issues, from diverse backgrounds, economically and culturally. Patsy is a member of the British Association of Psychodynamic Psychoanalytic Supervisors. Patsy previously worked in Human Resources departments within large international organisations. 

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Target Audience:

This event should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in the topic, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists and the general public. This event is open to all.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 12th May 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

 

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Fashion and Psychoanalysis with Anouchka Grose (Lecture)

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 21 May 2022
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Anouchka Grose

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

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£25

This event will be delivered via Zoom.

In psychoanalytic literature fashion appears again and again as something ambiguous, both good and evil; something that shares with the psychological symptom a structure of enjoyment and suffering, pleasure and pain, irritation and relief. On the one hand clothes can supposedly help you out with embodied life, conceal the bits you feel ashamed of and accentuate the bits you’re proud of. But then again, fashion isn’t really about clothes in any practical sense, but about the endless replacement of clothes by other clothes — and especially the vilification of certain styles and the elevation of others. Fashion is therefore a system that’s perfect for producing the kind of anxiety that keeps people captivated — you have to stay constantly attuned or risk committing a shameful faux pas.   

This talk will focus on the phenomenon of fashion, the clothing of psychoanalysts, and the kinds of behaviours around fashion you might come across in the consulting room. 

Lecturer

Anouchka Grose is a psychoanalyst and writer practising in London. She is a member of The Centre for Freudian Research, where she regularly lectures. She has written non-fiction: No More Silly Love Songs: a realist’s guide to romance (Portobello, 2010), Are you Considering Therapy (Karnac, 2011), From Anxiety to Zoolander: notes on psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2018), A Guide to Eco-Anxiety: how to protect the planet and your mental health (Watkins, 2020) as well as writing fiction: Ringing for You (Harper Collins, 1999) and Darling Daisy (Harper Collins, 2000). She also writes about art and fashion, and contributes to The Guardian, Radio 4, and Resonance FM. 

Chair

Patsy Fauré is a psychodynamic Couples and Relationships Counsellor, Trainer and Clinical Supervisor. 

She teaches and runs workshops from Foundation through to Masters level, at two leading psychotherapeutic training organisations in London, with a focus on family perspectives and couple theory.  She also supervises groups in different clinical settings which include therapists who work with couples, languages, and art therapists.  She believes that training and supervision are important creative spaces for clinicians to hone their skills as well as being challenged and developed professionally. 

She has a thriving private practice where she works with individuals and couples with relationship issues, from diverse backgrounds, economically and culturally. Patsy is a member of the British Association of Psychodynamic Psychoanalytic Supervisors. Patsy previously worked in Human Resources departments within large international organisations. 

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Target Audience:

This event should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in the topic, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists and the general public. This event is open to all.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 12th May 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

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Therapy Online - The Impact of Working Online on the Therapeutic Relationship with Susan Tyler - Online Workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date:, 28 May 2022
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Susan Tyler

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

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£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

Many therapists were forced into working online as a response to the pandemic and lockdown. Now we are moving out of the crisis having discovered that online work is more convenient and expands possibilities. 

This is an opportunity to explore the losses and gains of this way of working so that we can adapt our clinical practice in the most beneficial and effective way.

  • Would you like to explore the impact of working online on transference dynamics? 
  •  Would you like to learn ways of compensating for the missing embodied presence and the capacity for reverie? 
  •  Do you need ideas on how to facilitate the creative use of boundaries without a shared space in a way that promotes rather than impedes psychic change? 

Workshop Aims

By the end of this workshop you will have:

  1. A better understanding of the impact of technology on the psychotherapeutic relationship.  The workshop will look at how to think about the use of technology clinically.
  2. A clearer understanding of how important tolerating frustration is for internal development and how technology affects this process.  
  3. Have more knowledge about how to bring in the body and somatic states to facilitate depth work.
  4. A summary of how boundaries are affected and how to individually tailor these for the benefit of the therapy.

 

Workshop leader

Sue Tyler is a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice working in Brighton and central London (www.londonapc.co.uk). She holds an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies from WPF. She is currently training to be a Jungian Analyst at the Society of Analytical Psychology.  

Target Audience:

Psychotherapists and counsellors in private practice and trainees. This event should be interesting for anyone interested in how online therapy is affecting our practice and how we can make the most of it.  The focus of the workshop will be psychodynamic but practitioners in other modalities are welcome to apply.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 19th May 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

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Surviving Coronavirus: working and living with trauma, anxiety and loss with Andy Keefe - Zoom Workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date:, 25 June 2022
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Andy Keefe

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

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£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

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The high death toll, personal experiences of severe illness, hospitalisation and loss, the length of the crisis and the constant reminders in the media, social media and society are creating a particular form of trauma related to Covidcompounded by the isolation and dislocation of personal relationships, caused by the lockdown. All of which is having an unprecedented impact on the mental health of society, as well as physical health.  Pre-existing inequalities have been excacerbated. 

2020 saw the highest number of excess deaths in one year since the Second World War. Thousands of people are bereaved, at a time when lockdown regulations restrict numbers of people at funerals and prevents people comforting each other and sharing their experience of grief. 

Psychotherapists play an important role in supporting those affected by the virus but face a unique challenge, seeking to contain and process the trauma, anxiety and grief of their clients, even as they struggle with their own experiences of Covid-19, perhaps having lost people close to them or having been ill themselves and facing the physical and emotional process of recovery. 

Workshop Aims

By attending this workshop you can expect: 

  • To understand the experience of Covid-related trauma and the impact of living in conditions of on-going threat, including anxiety. 
  • To have developed a framework for working psychotherapeutically with patients experiencing Covid-related trauma and anxiety in conditions of on-going threat. 
  • To understand the experience of grief at a time of pandemic and social-restriction and the principles of grief-work with patients at this time.
  • To have explored the impact of the therapist’s own experience of the virus on the therapeutic relationship and to have developed strategies for self-care and to ensure such experience enhances rather than impedes the therapy. 

Outline 

The workshop will cover: 

  1. How has the pandemic affected us?  
  2. The neurology and physiology of trauma: what happens in the brain and body when we are traumatised.                          
  3. Psychotherapy with people living in situations of continuing threat: when the trauma isn’t over.                                             
  4. Grief in the Time of Coronavirus. 
  5. Self-Care and Recovery: Staying physically and mentally healthy before, during and after the virus. Maintaining the therapeutic frame at a time of shared experience. 

Andrew Keefe is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, EMDR Therapist and Personal Trainer. He works in private practice in East London and the City, specializing in work with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, abusive relationships, sexual violence and Birth Trauma. He uses fitness, especially outdoor fitness, therapeutically to help people improve their mental health and wellbeing and to process emotion held in the body. Before private practice, he worked for sixteen years in clinical roles at the British Refugee Council and then Freedom from Torture, working with traumatized refugees and survivors of torture. He is a former Director of Clinic at WPF. Since the start of the pandemic, he has been working with clients, including health professionals, living with Covid-related trauma, grief and anxiety. 

Target Audience:

Qualified and training psychotherapists, counsellors, clinical psychologists and other health professionals, working with people affected by the virus. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 16th June 2022. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail  events@wpf.org.uk.

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Play, creativity and digital culture with Karen Cross (Lecture)

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 25 June 2022
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Karen Cross

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

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£25

This event will be delivered via Zoom.

  • What is the connection between childhood play and aspects of creativity in later life, and how does the capacity to play enable a greater sense of feeling creative in the world? 
  •  What insights can psychoanalysis bring to understanding play and creativity, and how can these be applied at individual, group and institutional levels of the uses of technology in the digital age? 
  •  How can psychoanalytic insights bring greater understanding to people’s ordinary and everyday uses of digital technologies, including social media? How is it possible to think of the uses of such technologies in terms of play? 

By attending this lecture you can gain:

  1. An understanding of various approaches to theorising play and creativity within the psychoanalytic field.
  2. Further insight into the emergence of child-centred approaches with a special focus on the work of Melanie Klein and Donald Woods Winnicott.
  3. An introduction of how play in infancy builds a sense of creativity and ability to live a creative life, as well as the various impacts that this has upon cultural life.
  4. An understanding of how insights relating to play can be applied more broadly to the use of media particularly in digital and online contexts, including aspects of visual social media. 

Outline

The session will be delivered as an interactive lecture with plenty of time given for reflection on contemporary culture, personal life and practice.   It will begin with a brief introduction to the various contributions to understanding play and creativity that have been made by key psychoanalytic thinkers.  Lots of contemporary examples of media use, ranging across the more personal to larger institutional cases will be used to generate relatable discussion.  

Finally, the session will provide space for reflection on some of the less formal ways in which encounters with play and its absences present themselves within everyday life, and potentially also come to light in the clinical context.   

Lecturer

Dr Karen Cross is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton. She researches on topics ranging across digital culture and social media and is author of the book Toy Story and the Inner World of the Child: Animation, play and creative life (forthcoming in the Psychoanalysis and Popular Culture series at Routledge). She is also a founding scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council. 

 

Target Audience:

This event should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in the topic, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists and the general public. This event is open to all.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 16th June 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

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Working with Psychosis with Conor McCormack (Lecture)

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 2 July 2022
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Conor McCormack 

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

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£25

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

This lecture will not be recorded due to the confidentiality of the clinical material.

  • Do you want to learn useful approaches to work with cases of psychosis? 
  • In what ways does it benefit us to understand the fundamental concepts of Lacanian theory? 
  • What does Lacan have to tell us about the Big Other? And how can this abstraction be of help in clinical work? 

Psychosis – to what use can we put this weighty signifier? Lacanian analysis starts by binning the notion of psychosis as disorder or illness, reframing it as a commonplace subjective position in language. This talk explores how analytic treatment can offer a way beyond the deadlock of medication and risk management that defines current mental health services.  

Rather than working through a checklist of symptoms and behaviours leading to generalised forms of treatment, the Lacanian clinician listens out for an analysand’s singular relation with language, law and lack – thereby discerning what might be helpful and safe in the analytic work.  

Workshop Aims

This lecture will give you: 

  1. An overview of the Lacanian metapsychology of psychosis. 
  2. An understanding of what is a diagnosis and how does a clinician work towards making one?  
  3. Development of approaches to working psychoanalytically with psychosis.

Outline 

This will be a talk about clinical work with people with psychotic structures. As often as not psychosis is a low-key thing, discerned through attentive listening over time. But what does one listen out for?  And how does an idea of diagnosis determine the direction of the treatment? The speaker will use a visual presentation and clinical examples to elaborate on a Lacanian approach to working with psychosis.

Lecturer

Conor McCormack is a Lacanian psychoanalyst and a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. He works in Bristol in private practice and has extensive experience working as a psychotherapist in the NHS. Conor is also a director and writer known for his powerful, socially engaged filmmaking, including the BIFA nominated documentary Christmas with Dad and the acclaimed voice-hearing documentary In the Real.

https://parkstreetanalysis.co.uk/

Target Audience:

This course should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in psychoanalysis, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training.  Please note that by booking this event you agree to keep all discussions confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 23rd June 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

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Working with Psychosis with Conor McCormack 

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 2 July 2022
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Conor McCormack 

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

More information

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events@wpf.org.uk

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£25

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

This lecture will not be recorded due to the confidentiality of the clinical material.

  • Do you want to learn useful approaches to work with cases of psychosis? 
  • In what ways does it benefit us to understand the fundamental concepts of Lacanian theory? 
  • What does Lacan have to tell us about the Big Other? And how can this abstraction be of help in clinical work? 

Psychosis – to what use can we put this weighty signifier? Lacanian analysis starts by binning the notion of psychosis as disorder or illness, reframing it as a commonplace subjective position in language. This talk explores how analytic treatment can offer a way beyond the deadlock of medication and risk management that defines current mental health services.  

Rather than working through a checklist of symptoms and behaviours leading to generalised forms of treatment, the Lacanian clinician listens out for an analysand’s singular relation with language, law and lack – thereby discerning what might be helpful and safe in the analytic work.  

Workshop Aims

This lecture will give you: 

  1. An overview of the Lacanian metapsychology of psychosis. 
  2. An understanding of what is a diagnosis and how does a clinician work towards making one?  
  3. Development of approaches to working psychoanalytically with psychosis.

Outline 

This will be a talk about clinical work with people with psychotic structures. As often as not psychosis is a low-key thing, discerned through attentive listening over time. But what does one listen out for?  And how does an idea of diagnosis determine the direction of the treatment? The speaker will use a visual presentation and clinical examples to elaborate on a Lacanian approach to working with psychosis.

Lecturer

Conor McCormack is a Lacanian psychoanalyst and a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. He works in Bristol in private practice and has extensive experience working as a psychotherapist in the NHS. Conor is also a director and writer known for his powerful, socially engaged filmmaking, including the BIFA nominated documentary Christmas with Dad and the acclaimed voice-hearing documentary In the Real.

https://parkstreetanalysis.co.uk/

Target Audience:

This course should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in psychoanalysis, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training.  Please note that by booking this event you agree to keep all discussions confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 23rd June 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

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‘And therein lies a tale’: an introduction to narrative psychology

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

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 9 July 2022
Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Workshop leader

Martin Weegmann

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

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£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

  • What is narrative psychology? 

  • How can ideas from narrative psychology assist our clinical work?  

  • How do notions of story and story-telling help psychotherapists?   

  • How can we help ouclientto move beyond stuck, repetitive and ‘thin’ accounts of themselves into richer descriptions and expanded narratives?    

  • How do narrative ideas help us to understand narrative identities as arising from and within modern social discourse and contexts? 

By the end of the workshop you can expect: 

  1. To be familiar with the main principles of narrative psychology.  
  2. To understand the ways in which narrative psychology sheds light on socioemotional development in children.
  3. To understand how principles of narrative psychology can be applied to psychotherapy and counselling.
  4. To be able to better examine your own professional discourses and the wider influence of the narratives of society.    

Outline  

This workshop is an introduction to narrative psychology and its varied sources in philosophy, literature and child development.  The ‘talking cure’ as proposed by ‘Anna O’ was initially centred on stories; later Freud worried about the reception of his theories and their scientific basis. 100 years or so later, in Australia, White and Epston, gave birth to ‘narrative therapy’, an approach consonant with post-modern times and values.  

Martin argues that narrative approaches, broadly seen, combined with psychodynamic sensitivity, are powerful ways of connecting to the life-worlds, struggles and achievements of our clients.   Narrative change is an important and inevitable dimension of human change, particularly in the wake of life transitions or periods of adversity.   

Workshop Leader

Martin Weegmann is a Clinical PsychologistGroup Analyst & Narrative Therapist, with many years NHS experience. He has specialised in substance misuse, personality disorder and complex needs, including psychosis. He has delivered teaching and training to a wide range of organisations throughout the UK, including the WPF. His latest books are Permission to Narrate: Explorations in Group Analysis, Psychoanalysis, Culture (Karnac, 2016) and Psychodynamics of Writing, Ed. (Routledge, 2018) and is busy on a new book, Novel Connections: Between Literature & Psychotherapy. 

Target Audience:

This workshop is suitable for qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellorsThe theoretical focus of the workshop will draw upon cultural, narrative and psychodynamic approaches.    

Applications must be received by Thursday, 30 June 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail events@wpf.org.uk. 

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

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Therapist Attachment Style with Sarah Pennock

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 16 July 2022
Time: 9.30am-3.30pm

Workshop leader

Sarah Pennock

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
External Trainees: £70
WPF Therapy Internal Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

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

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£80
  • Would you like to increase your awareness of attachment representations that are relationship-specific, provoked in your clinical work?

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

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

Therapist attachment security is correlated to stronger therapeutic alliances, greater session depth, more empathetic engagement, and more adaptability to the client’s needs. All therapists come into the clinical relationship with their own history of interpersonal relationships. Increasing awareness of how their own attachment tendencies (beliefs, expectations, responses, defences) might impact others, will facilitate more intentional responses to clients in a way that is healing and moves the therapeutic work forward. 
In this workshop, Sarah will present a brief overview of attachment in adults, how the differing styles might present in the consulting room, and what this might provoke in the therapist.
By attending this workshop, participants will have a much better understanding and awareness of their predominant attachment style, with a particular emphasis in the consulting room. They will be able to identify what – in the client presentations – prompts differing responses in their relating, and the impact on the therapeutic alliance. Participants will feel more comfortable navigating several elements within their clinical work: expectations, ruptures, endings, boundaries, and monitoring the alliance, resulting in greater confidence, alongside an evolving acceptance of the ‘good enough’ therapist.

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

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

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 others and life’s challenges. Sarah runs a busy private practice in Marylebone, London. She is a guest author in a recently published book on Attachment, Relationships and Food: From Cradle to Kitchen (Routledge, 2021).

Applications must be received by Thursday, 7th July 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

 

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Working through Depression with Kirstie Adamson - Online Workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 3 September 2022
Time: 10 am - 4 pm

Workshop leader

Kirstie Adamson

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

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events@wpf.org.uk

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£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

1 in 4 people suffer from depression at some point in their lives. It’s both common and resistant to change. 

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

  • How does resilience change depression?
  • Is depression caused by pressing down feelings and trauma or is it an illness that needs medication? 

This day course will focus on exploring depression, gaining more understanding so that you feel empowered to support the client to take action and to make a judgment about steps forward.

By the end of this workshop you will find: 

  1. An understanding of an overview of depression, its causes and what makes it resistant to change.
  2. Hopefulness in a depression bog. 
  3. Some strategies and ways of thinking that move a client towards hopeful change. 
  4. Building resilience both in yourself and your client.

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

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

Target Audience:

This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.  Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 25 August 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

 

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Eco-anxiety in the Consulting Room with Anouchka Grose (Lecture)

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 10 September 2022
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Anouchka Grose

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

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Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

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£25

This event will be delivered via Zoom.

  • How can we take the climate crisis seriously without succumbing to depression, anxiety and pre-emptive grief?  
  • How can we best respond to our analysands’ climate-related suffering? 

Treatments for ‘eco-anxiety’ tend to follow a loose pattern that goes something like, ‘meditate, talk to your friends and get involved in activism’. While these are all perfectly good ideas they can sometimes seem merely to skim the surface of the psychic pain caused by species loss, global heating, and the threat of societal breakdown — not to mention the idea that our planet is no longer a viable habitat for new life.  

This talk will discuss the ways in which the climate crisis may affect our mental health, as well as offering some alternative thinking around how we might be able work with and respond to ‘eco-anxiety’ in our practice, taking ideas from eco-psychoanalysis in order to propose a kind of ‘psychoactivism’.  

Lecturer

Anouchka Grose is a psychoanalyst and writer practising in London. She is a member of The Centre for Freudian Research, where she regularly lectures. She has written non-fiction: No More Silly Love Songs: a realist’s guide to romance (Portobello, 2010), Are you Considering Therapy (Karnac, 2011), From Anxiety to Zoolander: notes on psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2018), A Guide to Eco-Anxiety: how to protect the planet and your mental health (Watkins, 2020) as well as writing fiction: Ringing for You (Harper Collins, 1999) and Darling Daisy (Harper Collins, 2000). She also writes about art and fashion, and contributes to The Guardian, Radio 4, and Resonance FM. 

Target Audience:

This event should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in the topic, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists and the general public. This event is open to all.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 1st September 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please check our Eventbrite page.

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Eco-anxiety in the Consulting Room with Anouchka Grose

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 10 September 2022
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Anouchka Grose

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

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£25

This event will be delivered via Zoom.

  • How can we take the climate crisis seriously without succumbing to depression, anxiety and pre-emptive grief?  
  • How can we best respond to our analysands’ climate-related suffering? 

Treatments for ‘eco-anxiety’ tend to follow a loose pattern that goes something like, ‘meditate, talk to your friends and get involved in activism’. While these are all perfectly good ideas they can sometimes seem merely to skim the surface of the psychic pain caused by species loss, global heating, and the threat of societal breakdown — not to mention the idea that our planet is no longer a viable habitat for new life.  

This talk will discuss the ways in which the climate crisis may affect our mental health, as well as offering some alternative thinking around how we might be able work with and respond to ‘eco-anxiety’ in our practice, taking ideas from eco-psychoanalysis in order to propose a kind of ‘psychoactivism’.  

Lecturer

Anouchka Grose is a psychoanalyst and writer practising in London. She is a member of The Centre for Freudian Research, where she regularly lectures. She has written non-fiction: No More Silly Love Songs: a realist’s guide to romance (Portobello, 2010), Are you Considering Therapy (Karnac, 2011), From Anxiety to Zoolander: notes on psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2018), A Guide to Eco-Anxiety: how to protect the planet and your mental health (Watkins, 2020) as well as writing fiction: Ringing for You (Harper Collins, 1999) and Darling Daisy (Harper Collins, 2000). She also writes about art and fashion, and contributes to The Guardian, Radio 4, and Resonance FM. 

Target Audience:

This event should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in the topic, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists and the general public. This event is open to all.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 1st September 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please check our Eventbrite page.

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Cultural competency workshop with Baffour Ababio - Zoom Workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 24 September 2022
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Baffour Ababio

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

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£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

 The heart of the matter is learning how to become increasingly undefended around matters of diversity and otherness such that you can be open: open to the other person who will be, in some significant ways, most certainly different from you.”  Anton Hart 

Recent events have not only unveiled chronic inequities but also heightened the visibility of these injustices and their impact particularly in Black Asian, African and ethnic minority communities.  Now more than ever psychotherapists and counsellors must work with their clients in processing these ‘external’ issues presenting with increasing frequency in their internal worlds and in consulting rooms. 

This workshop aims to help practitioners with: 

  1. Engaging with, and understanding how, terms such as: institutional racism, internalised domination, oppression, inferiorisation, operate in the therapeutic setting.  
  2. Enhancing participants’ self-awareness, empathic knowledge and understanding of other cultures and conceptualisation of identity formation.
  3. Exploring their own processes, whether from dominant or minority groups, to be more attuned to the intercultural dynamics in therapeutic engagements with their clients. 
  4. Allowing for a commentary on how cultural competency can be applied in supervision. It will therefore look at the experience of supervision from both angles, as a supervisee and as a supervisor.   

Workshop Leader

Baffour Ababio grew up in Ghana. He is a psychoanalytic intercultural psychotherapist in private practice and clinical supervisor at Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre. Baffour completed his training at University College London and the Guild of Psychotherapists and is a member of UKCP and BAPPS (British Association for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision). Alongside his clinical role, Baffour developed a career in managing mental health services integrating a community-based response to support recovery from a broad range of mental health problems. With Roland Littlewood he has co-edited a volume on intercultural psychotherapy entitled Intercultural Therapy: Challenges, Insights and Developments (2019).

Target Audience:

This workshop is designed for counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health practitioners who are engaged in client work. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 15th September 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail events@wpf.org.uk. 

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

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