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Let's Talk About Sex programme October 2016 - June 2017

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Workshop dates

Running between October 2016 - June 2017

Workshop leaders

Michelle Bridgman
Gulya Diyarova
Brid Greally
Damian McCann
Maggie Murray
Annie Power
David Richards
Jenny Riddell
Alexa Walker
Jamie Willis

Venue

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

More information

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

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Save the dates! More information coming soon.

Do you find yourself asking the below questions?

  • How do we start to talk about sex and sexuality with our clients?
  • In today’s current climate of fluid gender and sexuality how relevant is psychodynamic theory?
  • How aware are you of the variety of sexual practices or multiple sexual and gender identities?

The Let’s Talk About Sex programme is a series of workshops and lectures which are intended to broaden our understanding of sexuality and help us to talk about it with our clients. We are seeking to create a safe environment so that participants can feel free to discuss what can be challenging and confrontational material. There will be clinically based workshops as well as some more factual or educational events.

Each event will be individually priced and we advise you to consult the separate information, as and when it is released. For those who book three or more events at one time WPF Therapy is offering a 10% discount, and those who book five or more at one time will receive a 15% discount.

Is no sex the new normal: Interplay of attachment and sexuality through the lens of Emotionally Focused Therapy for sexual dysfunctions
Gulya Diyarova
Saturday 22nd October 2016, 10am – 4pm
Fee: £120/£95/£80

Straight talking in a non-heterosexual world – An exploration of non-traditional couple and family relationships
Damian McCann
Saturday 26th November 2016, 10am – 4pm
Fee: £120/£95/£80

Let’s talk about sex-in the consulting room. Just how can we talk about sex in our consulting rooms in order to give it meaning? (Launch event)
Maggie Murray and Alexa Walker
Friday 27th January 2017, 7pm – 9pm
Fee: £50/£40

Chemsex: Beyond psychosocial intervention – Sex, drugs and clinical considerations (Lecture)
Jamie Willis
Monday 13th February 2017, 6pm – 7.30pm
Fee: £40/£30

Gender – It’s not just a boy or a girl experience
Michelle Bridgman
Saturday 18th February 2017, 10am – 4pm
Fee: £120/£95/£40

Betrayal and the couple: Affairs, pornography and the internet
Jenny Riddell
Saturday 18th February 2017, 10am – 4pm
Fee: £120/£95/£40

The role of psychotherapy with transgender clients
Michelle Bridgman
Saturday 25th February 2017, 10am – 4pm
Fee: £120/£95/£40

Sex and intimacy: What gets in the way?
Annie Power
Saturday 1st April 2017, 10am – 4pm
Fee: £120/£95/£40

Exploring the meaning and management of ‘open and polyamorous relationships’
Damian McCann
Saturday 20th May 2017, 10am – 1pm
Fee: £70/£60/£50

The shame of being oneself: Internalised homophobia and shame within sexual identity
David Richards
Saturday 24th June 2017, 10am – 4pm
Fee: £120/£95/£40

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Freud Study Group

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

Workshop dates

8 session course
Session 1: The Unconscious, 5 June 2017
Session 2: Interpretation of Dreams, 12 June 2017
Session 3: Pleasure and Reality, 19 June 2017
Session 4: Id, Ego and Superego, 26 June 2017
Session 5: Anxiety, Neurosis and Phobias, 3 July 2017
Session 6: Sexual Issues, 10 July 2017
Session 7: Mourning and Melancholia, 17 July 2017
Session 8: Civilization and its Discontents, 24 July 2017
Time: 6.30pm - 8pm

Study group leader

Smita Rajput Kamble

Venue

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

Fees

8 sessions in total: £200
Per individual session: £25

More information

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

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£200

Sigmund Freud was the founder of psychoanalysis. The WPF Therapy Freud Study Group aims to provide practitioners and trainees with a comprehensive introductory understanding of Freud’s theoretical and conceptual framework. From pleasure, reality, sexuality and the bestselling interpretation of dreams to reflections on obsessions, death, mourning and melancholia, his thinking continues to remain relevant, controversial and useful to modern psychological theory and practice.

Why attend this study group?

Freud offers an understanding of humankind and its suffering-

  1. The growth of civilization, the drive towards pleasure, the contact with a sobering reality, the vicissitudes of life, death and religion. His work is original and relevant to modern society.
  2. An understanding of the tension between pleasure and reality and the need to have things quickly, which continue to challenge contemporary society.
  3. An understanding of anxiety, phobias and neuroses.
  4. An understanding of instincts of life and death, libidinal charge and the ways in which these primal forces are contained and processed within our inner world.

If you attend these study groups, you can expect:

  1. To feel more anchored within the psychodynamic/analytic framework.
  2. To discover that Freud’s work is not just for practitioners but for those who are considering a psychotherapy profession.
  3. That the study group will make Freud’s work more accessible and explained in simple language.

What we will cover:

  1. What is the ‘unconscious’?
  2. Sexuality and aggression
  3. Phobias and Neuroses
  4. Human instincts and their vicissitudes
  5. Death, mourning and melancholia
  6. Growth of human civilization

Outcomes:

  • Participants will be introduced to Freud’s work on dreams, instincts, pleasure and unpleasure, reality, taboo, sexuality, libido and mental illnesses.
  • Freudian theory deepens one’s understanding of psychological processes.
  • Freud wrestles with abstract and concrete ideas and brings together strands of knowledge from philosophy, culture, art and literature. This broad knowledge base can be enriching in a subject like mental health where demands are made on the mind of the practitioner.
  • Greater self-awareness as a practitioner.

Smita Rajput Kamble has worked for 17 years in a British psychodynamic/analytic community. Smita is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice. She also teaches and presents CPD activities within the psychodynamic/analytic community.

Course reading

The books below are good companions to Freud’s writings:

Quinodoz, J M. (2005). Reading Freud: A Chronological Exploration of Freud’s Writings. New Library of Psychoanalysis: London.

Gay, P. Ed. (1995). The Freud Reader. GBR : Vintage.

Symington, N. (1986). The Analytic Experience. London : Free Association.

These sessions will be of interest to practicing counsellors/psychotherapists and trainees engaged in clinical work. There will be a focus on working with the ideas and issues clinically.

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Certificate in Clinical Assessment Skills

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

Workshop dates

Day one, 20 May 2017
Day two, 3 June 2017
Day three (a), 24 June 2017
Day three (b), 8 July 2017
Time: 10am – 4pm

Course Leader

Cate Lyon

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

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

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£300/£350/£400

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

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

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

Day 1: Introducing Assessment: Saturday, 20th May 2017

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

Day 2: Assessment – Essential Skills: Saturday, 3rd June 2017

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

Day 3: Assessment Supervision: Saturday, 24th June (Day 3a) or Saturday, 8th July 2017 (Day 3b)

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

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

Comments from previous participants:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 11th May 2017. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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The shame of being oneself: Internalised homophobia and shame within sexual identity - Two places remaining

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 24 June 2017
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

David Richards

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £120
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £95
WPF Therapy Trainees: £40

More information

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

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£120

There are now only two places remaining on this workshop.

This workshop will explore the concept of internalised homophobia and its relevance as an idea for both LGB (lesbian, gay and bisexual) and heterosexual people. It can be understood as a process whereby negative social and environmental beliefs and attitudes about homosexuality and same sex attraction are taken in by the individual and experienced as part of the self. This can lead to shameful feelings affecting both individual and relational life, and cause internal suffering which may be extremely difficult to acknowledge or articulate.

The aim of this workshop is to increase knowledge and awareness of the meaning and impact of internalised homophobia as a concept relevant to clinical practice. This workshop will also help participants develop self-awareness around attitudes to do with sexual orientation and the existence of internalised homophobia, and to address challenges of working with such shame in the consulting room.

The workshop will include presentation and discussion of theoretical ideas, clinical reflection, and experiential components. In particular we will explore the impact on the therapist in working with such shame in the consulting room. It will be valuable for participants to bring examples of their own clinical work and experience to discuss.

Workshop leader
David Richards is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and supervisor, and a professional member of FPC. He worked in the HIV field in the 1990s, and his clinical caseload has always included a significant amount of work with LGBT adults. He works in private practice with individuals and couples, supervising individuals and in organisational settings. He is also a senior tutor on the MSc in Psychodynamic Therapy at Birkbeck. He has a long-standing interest in questions of sexuality and identity, and has lectured on sexual orientation on the supervision course at the Guild of Psychotherapists. He is also a member of the Advisory Group on Sexual Diversity and Gender Identity in the BPC, where he also currently serves on the Executive holding a portfolio of Diversity.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 15th of June 2017. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Open Event

Workshop dates

Saturday, 10 June 2017, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Programme Manager

Stephen Crawford

Venue

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

Fees

Free:

More information

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

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Free
  • Are you already qualified and looking to deepen your psychotherapy practice?

  • Would you like to work with patients three times a week?

  • Do you feel ready to return to training?

  • Are you looking for a professional qualification in psychoanalytic psychotherapy?

Then now may be the time to consider the WPF Therapy Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training.

Book to come to our Open Event on Saturday 10th June, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, to find out more and to meet the Programme Manager and graduates from the Training. Refreshments available.

WPF Therapy has a long tradition as a training organisation for psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. This well-established, rigorous training leads to registration with the BPC as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and is open to those who have completed the WPF Therapy Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice, the Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling at a centre in the former WPF Therapy Network, or an equivalent training. Equivalency is assessed via submission of an APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning) portfolio.

The core components of the training are:

  • 3 year seminar programme
  • Work with 2 three times weekly training patients
  • Infant Observation
  • Psychiatric Placement

It may be possible to APEL parts of the training that you have completed elsewhere, such as an infant observation or psychiatric placement.

The next intake for this training will be in October 2017.

 

 

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WPF Therapy open evening

Workshop dates

Friday, 8 September 2017, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday, 10 November 2017, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday, 16 February 2018, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday, 1 June 2018, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Session Leaders

Helen Finch
Pat MacDonald
Diane Rees-Roberts

Venue

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

Fees

: FREE

More information

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

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Free

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

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

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

With over 45 years of experience in providing reputable counselling and psychotherapy training WPF Therapy is ideally placed to help you make a choice. This two hour introductory seminar will provide you with answers to some of the questions you will be asking yourself – such as what does psychodynamic mean?, what do our courses involve?, when do courses take place and what can they lead to?

Find out more about our foundation level certificate courses, the essential first step when embarking on a training to become a therapist or a valuable aid to self development and enhanced work performance;  If you would like answers to some of your questions and want to find out what happens on our courses – such as how they are run and structured, when they take place and what they can lead to; and our Postgraduate Diploma / MA in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice (BACP registered and accredited, BPC and UKCP registration) which leads to qualification as a psychodynamic psychotherapist.

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

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

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

Feedback from past visitors

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

 

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Kleinians since Klein study group 2017-2018

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

Workshop dates

10 session course
Session 1: What is distinctive about Kleinian approaches?, 15 September 2017
Session 2: The Paranoid-Schizoid position: splitting and projection, 20 October 2017
Session 3: The depressive position: loss and guilt, 17 November 2017
Session 4: Pathological organisation of the personality, 15 December 2017
Session 5: The development of the capacity to think, 12 January 2018
Session 6: The facts of life and the Oedipal triangle, 9 February 2018
Session 7: Confusion and perversion, 9 March 2018
Session 8: The central importance of transference/countertransference, 13 April 2018
Session 9: Envy and the death instinct, 11 May 2018
Session 10: The spiral of development, 8 June 2018
Time 7pm - 8.30pm

Study group leader

David Smart

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

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

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£225

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

  • Like ‘Hate in the countertransference’ but not sure about Klein? These study groups will help you deepen your understanding of Kleinian theory and develop your clinical application of the theory.

  • Find yourself fending off negative transference? More at home with two-person than triangular dynamics? Learn more about this dynamic and how to work with it.

  • Not confident about when and how to challenge?

If you attend these study groups, you can expect:

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

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

Course Reading

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

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

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

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

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Men in Crisis? Masculinities as Straightjackets - Fully Booked

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 24 June 2017
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Dean Whittington

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £120
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £95
WPF Therapy Trainees: £80

More information

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

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£120

This workshop is now fully booked with waiting list places only.

Thinking about men’s emotional lives and how men construct their identities has been neglected within psychotherapy. Arguably this stems from a fixed 20th Century patriarchal viewpoint and has led to masculinity becoming completely invisible within the 21st Century. During this workshop we will reflect on men’s emotional lives and the various links between childhood and adulthood.

  1. Would you like to understand various masculine every day social presentations as “fronts” and what lies behind them?
  2. Do you want to learn about engaging men within therapy, and the challenges of keeping them engaged?

The aims of this workshop:

  1. To gain an understanding of the emotional costs to presenting certain masculinities and how to work to dissolve the ‘front’ by seeing it as a defence mechanism, constructed for a special effect.
  2. To understand masculine emotional isolation and seek resolutions in order to move on to an emotional recovery.

During this workshop there will be presentation of theoretical material, clinical materials and discussion on men’s identities and masculinities and how these both appear in the consulting room and how we can, as therapists, work with them.

By focusing on these hidden shrouded worlds, viewing the presentation as constructs, they become visible, operating as performed roles. Often these roles become distinct challenges for therapists due to their pervasiveness. By viewing them as being formed within childhood and later carried into adulthood, a rigid presentation operates as character armour, blockading emotional connection, unless they are unpicked and dissolved.

Masculine emotional isolation leads to various negative outcomes such as self-destruction: suicide, poor physical health, addiction, mental health or emotional/physical violence. By understanding their rationale, masculine identities operate as both a protective layer whilst restricting emotional connection. They leave the man socially isolated: forever trapped in an ongoing double bind of desire for connection and fear of it.

This workshop is suitable for qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors.

Workshop leader
Dean Whittington PhD FDAP 
works in private practice, writes about psychotherapy and is involved in training and consultancy. Originally he trained in Person Centred Counselling at Cambridge University Extra Mural Studies. Dean furthered his interest in therapy on a Postgraduate Course in Community Education at Edinburgh, where he was introduced to Alfred Adler and Erich Fromm. He completed a Doctorate at Goldsmiths University.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 15th of June 2017. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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

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'You're so vain' - Holding up a mirror to narcissism

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 1 July 2017
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Pat MacDonald

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £120
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £95
WPF Therapy Trainees: £80

More information

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

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£120
  • Are you interested in gaining a better understanding of the concept of narcissism?

  • Would you like to increase your awareness of the changes in our world that have fostered a huge rise in narcissistic behaviour?

  • Are you interested in exploring the impact of the therapist’s narcissism?

  • Would you like to increase your recognition of the significance and impact of storytelling?

Narcissism, around since the time of Ovid, has been a source of study, intrigue, fascination and literature both within and beyond the psychoanalytic community. Narcissistic traits have reached epidemic proportions with far reaching consequences for individuals and society. How has this development come about? Societal changes will be examined and discussed during this workshop. Participants will also think about the implications of narcissism in clinical practice. But it is not all about the client. The impact of your own narcissism will be discussed during the day and ways of recognising and managing narcissistic tendencies which you may find hard to own will be sought out.

This workshop is suitable for qualified and trainee psychotherapists and counsellors (including ICP course students) who have an interest in narcissism and self-exploration.

Workshop Leader
Pat MacDonald MA is a Group Analytic Psychotherapist working at WPF Therapy and privately. She has taught previous workshops at WPF Therapy and elsewhere and has published articles in psychoanalytic journals on group therapy, narcissism and mindfulness. Pat was recently interviewed for a Guardian article on narcissism and has had the paper entitled Narcissism in the Modern World published in the journal Psychodynamic Practice.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 29th June 2017.  Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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

 

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Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy Taster Day - July 8 2017

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 8 July 2017
Time: 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Sarah Jones

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

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

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£60

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

Why do this workshop?

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

What can you expect at the end of this workshop?

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

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

Brief Outline 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comments from previous workshop:

  • “Thought provoking and fascinating.”
  • “Really helps as part of the decision making process.”
  • “Very clear and encouraging.”

Applications must be received by Thursday, 29th June 2017. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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

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Surviving the Teenage Years: Thinking about Adolescent Psychology

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 29 July 2017
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Debbie Gautier

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £120
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £95
WPF Therapy Trainees: £80

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£120

This is an introductory workshop for anyone who is working with adolescents and would like an overview of the challenges of this rewarding and demanding work. It will also be of interest to counsellors or psychotherapists who are thinking about developing in this area or who would like to have an introduction to adolescent psychology.

The aim of this workshop is for participants to:

  1. Learn about engaging with adolescents, and difficulties for adults in making adolescent connections.
  2. Develop knowledge of the revisiting of the oedipal conflict and its impact.
  3. Learn about the moody teenager (acting out and intense emotions).
  4. Consider the importance of identity and creativity in the adolescent years.

This workshop will look at how adolescents differ from adults and children, the formation of identity (including sexuality and gender) – going into business for themselves, adolescent ailments – depression, suicide, self-harm, and bullying. This will be an intense, packed day with the opportunity to get an overview of issues to do with this stage of development. There will be an opportunity for one participant to present some clinical material.

This workshop is open to qualified and training psychotherapists, counsellors and those who work with adolescents (aged 11-25) in any capacity, e.g. teaching, social work, nursing, substance misuse, or other caring professions and who are interested in learning about adolescent psychology and how it can help them be more effective in their work. Theory taught will be from a psychodynamic understanding.

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

Workshop Leader

Debbie Gautier has 18 years of experience of working as a school counsellor. She was the Head of the Youth Counselling Service at Wimbledon Guild for 10 years. Deborah provides supervision to several counsellors working with adolescents. She has an MA in Psychodynamic Supervision from WPF Therapy, is a BACP Senior Accredited counsellor and supervisor and a member of BAPPS. Deborah also has a private practice in Central London.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 20th July 2017. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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Anxiety and fear

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 16 September 2017
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Smita Rajput Kamble

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £120
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £95
WPF Therapy Trainees: £80

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£120

Anxiety and fear affects daily life. To say that we live in the grip of fear and anxiety and have brief phases of contentment and leisure would not be an exaggeration. Development and growth is that great and rare human achievement in the face of such difficult and debilitating emotions. This workshop gets to grips with fear and anxiety, primal emotions, through a psychoanalytic lens. In the therapeutic space of group and individual work you will be able to understand the enormity of the task you do as a human being and practitioner in helping people manage their anxiety.

“While she was in a state of great anxiety, she had attempted to pray but could find no words. At last a few words of a child’s prayer in English occurred to her.” (p.10)

Josef Breuer and Sigmund Freud (1956). On the Psychical Mechanism of Hysterical Phenomena (1893). In International Journal of Psycho-Analysis37:8-13

“After all, the reason which brings patients into analysis is fundamentally that they cannot manage anxiety. Though it does not, of course, mean that the patient is consciously aware of this.”

– Joseph, B.(1978). Different types of Anxiety and their Handling in the Analytic Situation. In International Journal of Psycho-Analysis. 59: 223-228.

This workshop will help participants to understand anxiety as explained by psychoanalytic thinkers, and it’s function in normal and abnormal conditions. This workshop will cover the effect of fear and anxiety on possibilities of growth and development and understand how one helps / does not help clients become less anxious and more contained.

There will be a workshop leader presentation on anxiety and theory from a psychodynamic perspective as well as clinical discussion of its presentation in the consulting room. This will include some exploration of anxiety both within a historical context and its modern manifestations. There will be discussion of case studies and use of social dreaming exercises to explore anxiety. The workshop leader will also use clips from films to illustrate the material and ideas.

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

Workshop Leader
Smita Rajput Kamble
is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice. She is a member of  the teaching staff at WPF Therapy where she also conducts CPD activities.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 7th September 2017. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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Love, Desire and Demand in and out of the clinic

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 23 September 2017
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Philip Hill

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £120
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £95
WPF Therapy Trainees: £80

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£120

This introductory workshop will assume no prior knowledge of Lacan. It aims to bring a different perspective to your clinical experience using accessible ideas from Freud and Lacan.

  • How can you tell the difference between love, desire and demand, and why does it matter?

  • How does the Lacanian approach differ from others? We will explore this question in review of some of the very different and popular clinical techniques and theories in widespread use today.

This workshop aims to show how useful Freud and Lacan’s ideas are in the clinic. Participants are encouraged to bring clinical material, especially quotations from their clients’ speech.

There should be some clarity about the radically different ideas regarding:

  1. Diagnosis. How can you tell if your patient is psychotic? Are we all psychotic, or are we simply either neurotic, or psychotic? How does diagnosis inform clinical technique?
  2. Transference and Countertransference. Is ‘countertransference’ an idea or phenomena that is on the same footing as ‘transference’? Is it possible to analyse or to treat psychodynamically without relying on countertransference?
  3. Technique and interpretation.

Workshop leader
Philip Hill 
is a psychoanalyst in private practice, a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, and the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He has worked in the National Health Service and for charities and school. He has written Lacan for Beginners for Writers and Readers Inc, and Using Lacanian Clinical Technique, an introduction, and is currently writing two books: Structure in the Clinic and Theory of Immunology and Psychoanalysis: Freud’s and Lacan’s contribution to Psychoneuroimmunology, and Psychoanalysis as a History of Science and Ideas: Feminine Sexuality as essentially indeterminate.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 14th of September 2017. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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'Don't go wasting your emotion': An introduction to the psychology of emotions, normal and extreme

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 30 September 2017
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Martin Weegmann

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £120
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £95
WPF Therapy Trainees: £80

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£120

Counsellors and Psychotherapists ‘work’ all the time with emotional life, that of their clients, and their own. To better understand extreme emotional suffering, it is essential to look at the normal role and purpose of human emotions. How is the ordinary development, integration and regulation of our emotions achieved? Plus, conversely, what happens when things go wrong and emotions become extreme, absent and dysregulated?

The aim of this workshop is to:

  • Help practitioners become familiar with the basics of normal socio-emotional development and self-regulation
  • Learn more about the psychology of disordered, dysregulated or absent emotions
  • Learn more about how to encourage better emotional identification and intelligence in therapy, including our own

This workshop will introduce some general models of the make-up of normal emotional life and socio-emotional development; introduce some relevant theory, including Gross’s model of emotional regulation, and the developmental models of Winnicott, Stern and Trevarthen; explore the purpose and function of emotions and give an introduction to emotional distress and extreme emotional states- or absence of emotion.

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

This workshop is suitable for qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors, and does not presuppose specialist knowledge. The primary theoretical focus of the workshop will be psychodynamic, but practitioners of other modalities are encouraged to attend.

Comments from a past workshop with Martin Weegmann:

  • ‘Excellent presentation/structure/value.’

Workshop Leader
Martin Weegmann
is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Group Analyst, with many years of NHS experience. He has specialised in substance misuse, personality disorder and complex needs. He has delivered teaching and training to a wide range of organisations throughout the UK, including WPF Therapy. His latest book is Permission to Narrate: Explorations in Group Analysis, Psychoanalysis, Culture (London, Karnac, 2016).

Applications must be received by Thursday, 21st of September 2017. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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Working with ChemSex

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 30 September 2017
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Jamie Willis

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £120
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £95
WPF Therapy Trainees: £80

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£120

The use of drugs to facilitate or enhance sex by gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (often referred to as “ChemSex”) has become a concerning public health issue, and increasing numbers of men are seeking help with issues around sexual well-being and drug use. This one day workshop has been designed to support participants to explore and understand the motivations, behaviour, and context of use within this client group and to reflect on what constitutes best practice.

This workshop will help participants to develop a greater understanding of therapeutic/clinical considerations when working with chemsex clients. Those attending will develop an increased understanding of what drugs are being used, how they are being used and primary effects/side effects. This workshop will give an insight in to the relationship between chemsex and identity development. Participants will develop confidence to work effectively with these clients, working towards better sexual well-being and the ability to support clients with harm reduction strategies. This workshop will also enable participants to improve their ability to deliver effective interventions.

This workshop will be of interest to counsellors and psychotherapists (including trainees), mental health professionals, drug and alcohol workers and sexual health services.

Workshop Leader

Jamie Willis is Training, Outreach and Development Manager for Antidote at London Friend, the UK’s only LGBT specific drug and alcohol service. He has been working within the social care sector for over 12 years and qualified as a therapist at the Gestalt Centre London in 2007. He developed and currently runs SWAP, an intensive therapeutic weekend programme aimed specifically at clients experiencing challenges around chemsex which is the only programme of its kind in the UK. He has extensive experience providing training on a whole range of substance misuse and LGBT issues.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 21st September 2017. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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

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Boy meets girl: Considering gender non-conforming and gender dysphoria through popular culture

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 14 October 2017
Time: 10am - 1pm

Workshop leader

Sue Lee

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £70
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £60
WPF Therapy Trainees: £50

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£70

There has recently been a proliferation in film and television of transgender characters (The Danish Girl, Boy Meets Girl, Transparent, Dallas Buyers Club, Tangerine), often played by actors who identify with the gender they were born with (cisgender) and who are celebrated for their portrayal of someone who is transgender. In literature and through queer theory, psychoanalysis is being re-visited to explore the meaning of the growing phenomena of non-binary gender and sexuality e.g. Bechdel (2012), Nelson (2015), using concepts such as Winnicott’s ‘feeling real’ and Freud’s ‘negative Oedipus complex’ and ‘melancholia’.

What might these representations tell us about the shifting nature of gender identity, identifications and ‘othering’ in popular culture, within ourselves, in psychoanalytic theory and in the consulting room?

Sue will explore these themes through the exploration of clips and readings from popular culture and there will be space to consider together the impact of this re-framing of gender on ourselves and our work as therapists.

  1. What might the proliferation of trans characters in popular culture tell us about the shifting nature of gender identity, identifications and ‘othering’?
  2. To spend some creative time exploring our responses to different representations of gender transgression in media and to re-visit some of our own assumptions about gender conformity and transgression in a culture of inquiry into difference and meaning.
  3. Is there still a place for normative concepts of gender and sexual transgression in the consulting room and psychoanalytic theory?

This workshop will help you:

  1. To increase awareness of how we provide counselling and psychotherapy which is respectful, caring and aware of the diverse identities and life experiences of LGBT clients/patients.
  2. To explore further the meaning of gender and gender transgressions within participants own frame of reference through the medium of popular culture.
  3. To be more aware of the different representations of trans people and the diversity of trans identities and narratives.
  4. To engage in dialogue about the shifting nature of gender identity within our culture and internal world and its potential implications for our work as psychodynamic/analytic thinkers/workers.

Stuart Hall (2009)* wrote, ‘Within culture, marginality, though it remains peripheral to the broader mainstream, has never been such a productive space as it is now. And that is not simply the opening within the dominant spaces that those outside it can occupy. It is also the result of the cultural politics of difference, of the struggles around difference, of the production of new identities, of the appearance of new subjects on the political and cultural stage’.

*Hall, S, Journal of Social Justice, 20:1-2, pp 104-114, What is this “Black” in Popular Culture

Workshop leader

Sue Lee is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist who trained initially through the WPF network as a counsellor and once-weekly psychodynamic psychotherapist and then as a twice-weekly psychotherapist with WPF Therapy.  Sue currently divides her time between private practice, supervising and training and being Head of Training for Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy in Somerset.

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 5th of October 2017. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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

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Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy Taster Day - July 8 2017

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 8 July 2017
Time: 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Sarah Jones

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£60

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

Why do this workshop?

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

What can you expect at the end of this workshop?

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

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

Brief Outline 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comments from previous workshop:

  • “Thought provoking and fascinating.”
  • “Really helps as part of the decision making process.”
  • “Very clear and encouraging.”

Applications must be received by Thursday, 29th June 2017. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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

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Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy Taster Day - September 16 2017

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 16 September 2017
Time 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Sarah Jones

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£60

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

Why do this workshop?

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

What can you expect at the end of this workshop?

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

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

Brief Outline 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comments from previous workshop:

  • “Thought provoking and fascinating.”
  • “Really helps as part of the decision making process.”
  • “Very clear and encouraging.”

Applications must be received by Thursday, 7th September 2017. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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

 

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Therapy with elders: Challenges of ageing

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 14 October 2017
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Paul Terry

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £120
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £95
WPF Therapy Trainees: £80

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£120

This one day workshop will involve theoretical and clinical presentations and discussions in order for participants to gain an understanding of core fears about ageing: fears of dependency, loneliness and death. Workshop members are encouraged to bring clinical examples for discussion.

This workshop will help you to explore:

  • Ageism in the Therapeutic Relationship
  • Importance of Mourning
  • Achieving Serenity and Creativity

During the morning session of this workshop fears and defences and how they are played out in the therapeutic relationship will be discussed, as well as how they can underlie ageist attitudes in client and therapist or in carer and older client, and how reflecting on the countertransference can ameliorate the worst effects of these fears. In the afternoon session members will gain an understanding of the importance of mourning in later life in view of the preponderance of loss, particularly of loved ones, mental and physical capacities, and the anticipation of death; and of the importance of mourning in the achievement of reconcilliation in our internal and external worlds. Working with the difficulties and defences that obstruct mourning, and how successful mourning may lead to creativity and serenity will also be discussed.

This workshop is suitable for qualified and trainee counsellors and therapists, and for those in caring roles. The theoretical orientation of the workshop will predominantly be psychodynamic but practitioners of other modalities are welcome to attend.

Comments from a past workshop with Paul Terry:

  • “Paul’s extensive clinical experience allows him to draw on these to skilfully illustrate complex concepts. His generosity with his knowledge means that he passes on a good deal of his wisdom, not only about the focus of the session but also its connection to psychodynamic therapy in general.”

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 5th October 2017. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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Working with suicide

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 21 October 2017
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Kirstie Adamson

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £120
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £95
WPF Therapy Trainees: £80

More information

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

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£120

In this workshop we will explore:

  • What should be done if you think your client will kill him/herself?

  • How does it impact you?

  • What are your feelings?

  • How do you assess the risk?

  • What are your responsibilities legal and otherwise?

  • When do you break confidentiality?

Counsellors and psychotherapists working in private practice, understandably, can have some anxiety about suicide. Suicide is on the increase and Samaritans say that more understanding can help support those at risk. 4 in 5 of all suicides in the UK are by men (ONS).

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

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.

This workshop will help you look at how to assess risk when working with a suicidal client, determine what your responsibilities are, consider the implications and issues about breaking confidentiality and look at any relevant legal issues.

This event will include a partial lecture, paired exercises and small group exercises, and some whole group discussions. Clinical examples will be given throughout. PowerPoint will also be used.

This workshop is suitable for qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors.

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 Recording Keeping. For her Masters she completed research in how emotions affect out ability to learn. She is currently writing a novel.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 12th of October 2017. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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Borderline Personality Disorder: The therapist's experience of the patient

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development Portfolio. This workshop is now fully booked.

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 28 October 2017
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Duncan Keggereis

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £120
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £95
WPF Therapy Trainees: £80

More information

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

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£120
  • Do you find yourself presented with a number of disturbing challenges and demands when working with patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD)?

  • Would you like to learn more about the psychodynamics of BPD, how these affect the therapist and the professional network, and the implications for clinical practice?

Therapists working with patients with BPD frequently find themselves feeling insecure in their therapeutic competence and troubled by their intense emotional responses that are aroused by such work. During this workshop clinical examples from both individual and group psychotherapy will be examined to facilitate participants in developing greater confidence with such issues in the consulting room and with colleagues.

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

Comments from previous participants

  • “This workshop really helped me to make sense of this complex disorder and Duncan was a very generous, empathetic facilitator.”
  • “An excellent course. Provided in-depth understanding supported by a multitude of sensitive and interesting clinical examples.”
  • “The use of humour was great, very warm, very real. Brought an experience of actually being with someone with BPD and how this might affect me.”

Workshop Leader
Duncan Keggereis 
is a Consultant Adult Psychotherapist in the West London Mental Health NHS Trust. He is based in the Psychotherapy Department of Charing Cross Hospital in Fulham, London. For 10 years he worked in the Outreach Service of the Cassel Hospital Therapeutic Community in Ham. From both settings he has experience as a therapist in programmes specifically designed for patients with personality disorders. He is a Group Analyst and a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and has taught, spoken, and published articles on personality disorder.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 19th of October 2017. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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

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‘And thereby hangs a tale’: Narrative identity, change and therapy

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 11 November 2017
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Martin Weegmann

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £120
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £95
WPF Therapy Trainees: £80

More information

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

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£120

This innovative, practical workshop will introduce participants to narrative psychology, and how narrative approaches can deepen our work, regardless of modality. Definitions of narrative and family story are explored with the aid of several structured experiential reflections. A combination of formal presentation, role play and guided discussion will be used, ending with a whole group dialogue.

  • Are you interested in learning how a narrative approach guides counsellors and psychotherapists to help clients to re-write the story of their lives?
  • Do you want to know what narrative psychology is and its role in child and family development?
  • Do you want to see how a literary, story-based perspective can deepen our clinical work?

This workshop aims to help practitioners with the following:

  • To become familiar with the key concepts and themes of narrative psychology.
  • To learn more about the formative role of family narratives.
  • To learn more about how personal change is accompanied by narrative re-definition.

The notion of ‘story’ is everywhere, including an emphasis on the implicit ‘story that the client brings’. Formal ‘narrative therapy’ was developed by White and Epston (Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends (1990)), who argue that people experience problems when the stories of their lives, as they or others have invented them, do not sufficiently represent their lived experience. Through therapy people are able to tell their story in a way that begins to fit with their lived experience.

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

Past participant comments:

  • “There was affirmation plus moving forward in knowledge and skills.”
  • “Excellent presentation/structure/value.”
  • “Totally engaging.”

Workshop leader
Martin Weegmann 
is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Group Analyst, with many years of NHS experience. He is widely published, including two edited books on addiction, and two new books, The World with the Group (Karnac, 2014) and Permission to Narrate (Karnac, 2016). He is editing a new book with Rachel Cohen, Psychodynamics of Writing (Karnac, 2017). Martin has delivered teaching and training to a wide range of therapy and academic organisations throughout the UK.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 2nd of November 2017. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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

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WPF Therapy certificate in CBT skills

Workshop dates

Winter Intake 2017
Day 1, 17 November 2017, 5pm - 8.30pm
Day 2, 18 November 2017, 9am-5.30pm
Day 3, 24 November 2017, 5pm-8.30pm
Day 4, 25 November 2017, 9am-5.30pm
Day 5, 1 December 2017, 5pm-8.30pm
Day 6, 2 December 2017, 9am-5.30pm

Course Leader

Gerry McCarron

Venue

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

Fees

Course fee: £1,350
Registration fee: £100

More information

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

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£1,450

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Timetable
Winter Intake 2017:      Fridays 5pm – 8.30pm & Saturdays 9am – 5.30pm
Friday 17th November & Saturday 18th November
Friday 24th November & Saturday 25th November
Friday 1st December & Saturday 2nd December

Testimonials from previous participants:

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

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

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

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Projective Identification in practice

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 20 January 2018
Time 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Paul Terry

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £120
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £95
WPF Therapy Trainees: £80

More information

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

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£120
  • Do you want to understand more about projective identification and how to work with it in clinical work?

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

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

This workshop will study projective identification as it is experienced in therapeutic practice. Projective identification will be examined in the transference and countertransference; in its different forms whether attributive, evocative or acquisitive; its various motives, whether to communicate, evacuate, possess, control, deny separateness or overcome loss; its relationship to introjective identification; how the superego drives projective identification and is often reflected in what is projected; and as projective identification operates interpersonally in therapeutic and other personal relationships, and intrapersonally between the ego and superego. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring examples from their own practice for discussion.

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

Past participant comments

  • “Very well structured and presented session – excellent value and highly informative – very clear.”
  • “An exteremely important workshop for all therapists at whatever stage of their career.”
  • “Paul is a skilful lecturer who makes a complicated subject very accessible.”
  • “Excellent presenter who managed to deliver a serious subject in a friendly accessible ambience.”

Workshop leader
Paul Terry
is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. He has worked in child, adolescent, and adult mental health, and forensic settings, and most recently in a Specialist Mental Health Team for Older People in Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. For many years in tandem with clinical practice Paul was Lecturer in Counselling at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 11th of January 2018. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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Unravelling the transference: Working in and with unconscious processes in the consulting room - February 3 2018

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development Portfolio. This workshop is now fully booked.

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 3 February 2018
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Carol Leader

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £120
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £95
WPF Therapy Trainees: £80

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£120

This workshop will help participants to develop their ability to recognise and better understand transference and how to use it through their clinical practice.

The intention of this workshop is to help participants develop:

  • confidence in recognising the presence of unconscious repetitive processes at play.
  • skills to put the transference into conscious knowledge and words in clinical work with particular reference to negative and erotic transference
  • an ability to unravel the transference so a creative space can be opened to explore the compulsion everyone has to repeat the past, between staying with the old and moving towards the new

The transference is probably the most important instrument for discovering a patient or client’s inner world and an essential precondition regarding the effectiveness of in-depth treatment. Yet it can provoke the most concern from clinicians because it is largely an unconscious phenomenon that can dominate and prolong treatment. Often the therapist becomes unknowingly involved with playing a particular role in the patient’s inner drama. It can be hard to know and name what is going on. Unravelling the transference is an essential task for the psychoanalytic or psychodynamic clinician wanting to extend their skills and overall sense of competence.

This one-day workshop (linked to the Countertransference workshop on 17th March 2018) will give a historical and contemporary overview of theory. However, the main emphasis will be practical approaches based on clinical work and the development of skills and insight. It will include images and narrative, key quotations, clinical examples, exercises to flesh out transference in a hands-on way. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions.

Discount Available: This workshop may be attended in conjunction with Swimming in Murky Waters: A practical guide to working with countertransference on the 17th March 2018. If both workshops are booked at the same time the fee for attending both will be £210 (Qualified Practitioners) , £160 (trainee rate) or £120 (WPF Therapy trainee rate).  Please note that both workshops must be booked at the same time to qualify for the discount.

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

Comments from a previous workshop:

  • “This workshop has been thought-provoking and leaves me inspired to incorporate the ideas presented and explored into my client work.”
  • “I think the tutor is the big attraction (for me).”
  • “In unravelling the transference, it brings together the transference.”
  • “The case studies we worked with created a fascinating discussion about how to interpret and work with transference.”

Workshop Leader
Carol Leader is a British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF) training therapist and supervisor (BJAA), a senior analyst in the Jungian Association and a senior member of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association – both associations being part of the BPF.  She has supervised trainees and supervisors at WPF Therapy for a number of years and has taught on a range of professional trainings. She was the winner of the British Journal of Psychotherapy’s Rozsika Parker Prize for 2014. Formally a member of the National Theatre and a TV presenter and actor, she retrained in psychoanalysis in the 1990s and now works in full time private practice. She also lectures, teaches and consults in therapy settings and in business and the arts.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 25th January 2018.  Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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Unravelling the transference: Working in and with unconscious processes in the consulting room - March 3 2018

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development Portfolio. This workshop is now fully booked.

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 3 March 2018
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Carol Leader

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £120
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £95
WPF Therapy Trainees: £80

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£120

This workshop will help participants to develop their ability to recognise and better understand transference and how to use it through their clinical practice.

The intention of this workshop is to help participants develop:

  • confidence in recognising the presence of unconscious repetitive processes at play.
  • skills to put the transference into conscious knowledge and words in clinical work with particular reference to negative and erotic transference
  • an ability to unravel the transference so a creative space can be opened to explore the compulsion everyone has to repeat the past, between staying with the old and moving towards the new

The transference is probably the most important instrument for discovering a patient or client’s inner world and an essential precondition regarding the effectiveness of in-depth treatment. Yet it can provoke the most concern from clinicians because it is largely an unconscious phenomenon that can dominate and prolong treatment. Often the therapist becomes unknowingly involved with playing a particular role in the patient’s inner drama. It can be hard to know and name what is going on. Unravelling the transference is an essential task for the psychoanalytic or psychodynamic clinician wanting to extend their skills and overall sense of competence.

This one-day workshop (linked to the Countertransference workshop on 17th March 2018) will give a historical and contemporary overview of theory. However, the main emphasis will be practical approaches based on clinical work and the development of skills and insight. It will include images and narrative, key quotations, clinical examples, exercises to flesh out transference in a hands-on way. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions.

Discount Available: This workshop may be attended in conjunction with Swimming in Murky Waters: A practical guide to working with countertransference on the 17th March 2018. If both workshops are booked at the same time the fee for attending both will be £210 (Qualified Practitioners) , £160 (trainee rate) or £120 (WPF Therapy trainee rate).  Please note that both workshops must be booked at the same time to qualify for the discount.

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

Comments from a previous workshop:

  • “This workshop has been thought-provoking and leaves me inspired to incorporate the ideas presented and explored into my client work.”
  • “I think the tutor is the big attraction (for me).”
  • “In unravelling the transference, it brings together the transference.”
  • “The case studies we worked with created a fascinating discussion about how to interpret and work with transference.”

Workshop Leader
Carol Leader is a British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF) training therapist and supervisor (BJAA), a senior analyst in the Jungian Association and a senior member of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association – both associations being part of the BPF.  She has supervised trainees and supervisors at WPF Therapy for a number of years and has taught on a range of professional trainings. She was the winner of the British Journal of Psychotherapy’s Rozsika Parker Prize for 2014. Formally a member of the National Theatre and a TV presenter and actor, she retrained in psychoanalysis in the 1990s and now works in full time private practice. She also lectures, teaches and consults in therapy settings and in business and the arts.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 22nd February 2018.  Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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Swimming in murky waters – A practical guide to working with countertransference

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

Workshop dates

Workshop dates, 17 March 2018
Time 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Carol Leader

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £120
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £95
WPF Therapy Trainees: £80

More information

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

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£120

This workshop will help guide participants through the difficult area of countertransference and provide an opportunity to link a deeper understanding to everyday clinical practice.

Although originally seen as an unhelpful manifestation of the therapist’s own feelings, Paula Heimann’s (1950) ground-breaking paper ‘On Countertransference’ was the beginning of this concept becoming a vital instrument in contemporary analytic and psychodynamic clinical work. Early moments of trauma are encoded as body memories rather than words and the therapist’s countertransference is essential for conceptualizing pre-verbal sensory communication from patients or clients. It needs however to be handled with care. This requires the clinician to use their embodied, subjective knowledge empathically and appropriately in order to help the patient or client to start to feel safer with unmentalised primary experiences.

By attending this workshop participants will better be able to:

  • identify and understand countertransference
  • make skilled use of their countertransference in clinical work
  • work on a number of psychic levels to increase understanding of unconscious communications at depth
  • ‘swim’ in the unknown murky and waters of unconscious somatic enactments

This one-day workshop, (linked to the Transference workshops on the 3rd February 2018 or 3rd March 2018) will include exercises and clinical material alongside an illustrated overview of theory. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. There will also be the opportunity to use an example from your own clinical work to personally understand the phenomena of countertransference. Participants will be given a book list and key quotations at the end of the day.

Discount Available: This workshop may be attended in conjunction with Unravelling the Transference: Working in and with unconscious processes in the consulting room on the 3rd February 2018 or the 3rd March 2018. If both workshops are booked at the same time the fee for attending both will be £210 (Qualified Practitioners) , £160 (trainee rate) or £120 (WPF Therapy trainee rate). Please note that both workshops must be booked at the same time to qualify for the discount.

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

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

Comments from a previous workshop:

  • “These linked workshops by Carol Leader are wonderfully complementary. They are worth a whole term’s seminar in technique.”
  • “Very useful, practical workshop. Carol is inspirational.”
  • “Rich, thought provoking and really worth attending.”
  • “This is a fantastic course with lots of opportunity to learn and share. Carol is a fantastically engaging workshop leader.”

Workshop Leader
Carol Leader is a British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF) training therapist and supervisor (BJAA), a senior analyst in the Jungian Association and a senior member of the psychoanalytic psychotherapy association – both associations being part of BPF. She has supervised trainees and supervisors at WPF Therapy for a number of years and has taught on a range of professional trainings. She was the winner of the British Journal of Psychotherapy’s Rozsika Parker Prize for 2014. Formally a member of the National Theatre and a TV presenter and actor, she retrained in psychoanalysis in the 1990’s and now works in full time private practice. She also lectures, teaches and consults in therapy settings and in business and the arts.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 8th March 2018. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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Setting up in private practice - April 28 2018

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 28 April 2018
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm

Workshop leader

Brett Morris

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £120
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £95
WPF Therapy Trainees: £80

More information

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

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£120

Making the transition either from training, or agency and institutional work, into private practice can seem daunting to begin with. This one-day workshop aims to de-mystify the process, and to provide participants with some practical tools to make the transition.

Topics covered will include:

  • finding a suitable location and premises for your practice
  • obtaining client referrals
  • transferring agency clients into private practice
  • establishing a viable fee for your clinical work
  • marketing your practice, including print media and the Internet
  • organising professional supervision
  • managing clinical risk, and obtaining psychiatric consultancy
  • deciding suitable registration and professional membership options
  • self-employment, taxation and other financial matters
  • professional indemnity insurance options
  • building and developing your practice once it is established

The day will give participants ample opportunity to find out about the above areas, and explore other issues that are related to the establishment of a successful private practice. There will be time for questions and discussion, and written handouts will be provided to all participants.

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

Comments from previous workshop:

  • “This course answered all my questions and provided food for thought”
  • “This course is essential for anyone planning to go into private practice – but go 6-12 months ahead of time”
  • “Brett is an invaluable resource in the minefield of starting up in business as a private practitioner. Don’t miss it!”
  • “The workshop got me inspired, excited and empowered to check out setting up in private practice”

Workshop Leader
Brett Morris is a UKCP and BPC registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. He is in full-time private practice in central London.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 19th April 2018.  Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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

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