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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 practise 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 practising 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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WPF Therapy open evening

Workshop dates

Friday, 5 January 2018, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday, 16 February 2018, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday, 1 June 2018, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Session Leaders

Kate Trench

Venue

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

Fees

: FREE

More information

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

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Free

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feedback from past visitors

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

 

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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 your professional accreditation or qualification (e.g. BACP/UKCP/BPC certificate) OR proof of training
Offers of a place will only be made on receipt of copies of all documents, including registration certificates

Timetable
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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Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy Taster Day - December 2 2017

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 2 December 2017
Time 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Kate Trench

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

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

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£60

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

Why do this workshop?

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

What can you expect at the end of this workshop?

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

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

Brief Outline 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comments from previous workshop:

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 23rd November 2017. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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

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

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Loved and Being Loved: The Art of Loving

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 9 December 2017 - 9 December 2017
Time 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Dean Whittington

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £120
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £95
WPF Therapy Trainees: £80
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£120
  • Are your clients using dates sites and social media to make relationships?

  • Do your clients struggle with making these relationships work?

  • Are clients coming to you because of a loss of meaning in their life or lack of confidence?

This workshop will explore the many different facets of love as Fromm (1957) explored in The Art of Loving plus look at modern myths. These can be found in ideas such as chemical imbalance, the mix up around lust and love, the nature of same sex/hetero love, love and reproduction plus the idealised version of love, women being saved and men doing the rescuing plus sex as relationship glue.

Participants will gain an individual understanding, by then reflecting on their self-concepts in relation to the work they undertake with clients. Attending this workshop will help participants differentiate between the different forms of love: self love, love for partner, mother/father love, other relationships and how this connects to loneliness, isolation and human connection.

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. He furthered his interest in therapy on a Post Graduate 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, 30th November March 2017. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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Searching for the Beloved

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

Workshop dates

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

Workshop leader

Jenny Riddell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Projective Identification in practice - FULLY BOOKED

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

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

Please note, this workshop is now fully booked. Any new applications received will be added to the waiting list.

  • 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.

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

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£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 in their clinical work with therapy clients.
  • skills to put the transference into conscious knowledge and words in the 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 with personal experience of being in therapy and who are engaged in clinical work as a therapist with clients. The theoretical orientation of the workshop will be psychodynamic but practitioners of other modalities are invited to apply.

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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Gender - It's not just a boy or girl experience

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 24 February 2018
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Michelle Bridgman

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

We are all becoming more aware that gender diversity is not limited to a binary definition of male and female. Gender is much more complicated. In our current culture there is more and more fluidity around gender and yet at the same time we are being faced with prejudice and fear. This workshop is an opportunity to explore the area of gender diversity, including our own relationships to gender, in a safe and supportive environment. What does ‘gender diversity’ mean? How comfortable are you with your own gender and that of your clients? Do you feel comfortable and knowledgeable about working with clients who identify as gender diverse? How do you work with the fear and threat that people in this community are feeling at the moment? What is the role of shame?

This workshop will be of interest to you if you would like:

  1. To explore gender diversity in a safe and supportive environment.
  2. To gain an understanding of diverse gender identities.
  3. To feel at ease with using the terminology.
  4. To develop an understanding of the process your clients may be going through.
  5. To gain knowledge and confidence to work with clients experiencing non-conforming identities.

This day will involve pairs and small group work, the presentation of a case study, as well as live supervision, with a chance to ask questions and provide feedback at the end of the day. There will also be space to explore your own gender identity with some experiential exercises. This workshop will look at definitions of gender role and gender identity, non-binary, gender fluid, non-gender. The history of queer theory, and how sexuality and gender identity interact will be explored. Some time will be spent thinking about the countertransference and the role of supervision with some space for clinical work. Please note that this is a ‘companion’ workshop to ‘The role of psychotherapy with transgender clients’ and there may be some amount of overlap. However, both workshops can be attended. This workshop will be more focussed on gender diversity,  whilst the other workshop will be more clinically focussed on working with transgender clients.

Workshop Leader
Michelle Bridgman
is a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She is also a member of WPATH (World Professional Association of Transgendered Health) and currently undertaking a Doctoral Programme with Middlesex University where she is researching the clinical treatment of Gender Dysphoria.

Michelle works with children and adults who are transgender or are struggling with their gender identity and is a regular commentator in the media. As a Keynote Speaker she speaks on the Art of Positive Change and on working with children and adults with gender dysphoria.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 15th 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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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.

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 in their therapy work with clients.
  • 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 with personal experience of being in therapy and who are engaged in clinical work as a therapist with clients. The theoretical orientation of the workshop will be psychodynamic but practitioners of other modalities are invited to apply.

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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WPF Therapy Reading Group 2017 - 2018

Workshop dates

Monthly
Friday evenings 7.00 – 8.30pm
An Unnecessary Woman, 15 September 2016
Mothering Sunday, 20 October 2017
The Poisonwood Bible, 24 November 2017
Pereira Maintains, 19 January 2018
Ministry of Utmost Happiness, 9 February 2018

Facilitators

Various leaders

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £10
Trainees: £5

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£10

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

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

All are welcome to attend this event. Refreshments provided.

Friday 15th September 2017
An Unnecessary Woman by by Rabih Alameddine
Led by Kristina Hemon

Friday 20th October 2017
Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
Led by Stephen Crawford

Friday 24th November 2017
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Led by Alison Dale

Friday 19th January 2018
Pereira Maintains by Antonio Tabucchi
Led by Jenny Riddell

Friday 9th February 2018
Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
Led by Smita Rajput Kamble

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

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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.

The workshop is open to qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors with personal experience of being in therapy and who are engaged in clinical work as a therapist with clients. The theoretical orientation of the workshop will be psychodynamic but practitioners of other modalities are invited to apply.

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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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, 7 April 2018
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

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£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, 29th March 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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Neurosomatic Therapy - Giving Voice to the Silenced Self

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 14 April 2018
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Judith Maizels
Fiona 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

Apply for this workshop
 
£120
  • Are you working with clients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), ME or fibromyalgia?

  • Would you like to learn about the neurobiological evidence that may help explain these conditions?

  • Are you interested in learning about how to work with these difficult conditions in the consulting room?

  • Is there a link between these illnesses and early trauma and impaired attachment?

  • How can your clients work towards a recovery?

Workshop Aims

  1. An understanding of the overall principles and practice of neurosomatic therapy for working with clients who have a medically unexplained somatoform disorder, with our emphasis on helping clients to resolve their inner emotional conflict between the beliefs and rules of their fear-based, defensive Survival Mind (False Self) that has silenced awareness and expression of their authentic, spontaneous emotions and the emotional needs of their True Self.
  2. An understanding of how the body holds the key to discovering both the root cause of neurosomatic illness and the steps that clients need to take to make a full recovery from their illness.
  3. Greater confidence in helping clients (and ourselves) safely to use somatic signals as a means of discovering some of their blocked emotions and unrecognised emotional needs, and of becoming more aware of their once protective but now harmful survival strategies.
  4. Greater confidence in helping clients to take authentic action to resolve their inner emotional conflict, by guiding clients through specific ‘evocation’ states and supporting them to apply their new experiential learning in their day-to-day life.
  5. An understanding of the emotional factors that can enhance or hinder recovery and how to address energy-depleting blocks to recovery. Recovery comes when clients can understand the neurosomatic roots of their illness, can more fully express the needs of their True Self, through a combination of increased self-awareness and belief in their own self-agency through engaging in new energy-enhancing and authentic forms of self-expression. We will look at unconscious resistance to relinquishing the secondary gains of illness and addressing the unacknowledged fears of making a recovery that can block clients’ progress.

Outline

This workshop will use experiential exercises as well as theoretical presentations, clinical examples, role play and discussions.

Workshop leaders
Dr Judith Maizels
, PhD Dip CBT MBHMA, is a neurosomatic therapist who specialises in working with people who have CFS/ME or fibromyalgia and has been in private practice since 2009. She is an independent academic researcher, writer and artist, who in 2004 recovered from ME after 25 years of illness. Her recent book, written with Fiona Adamson, explains the neurosomatic model of illness and recovery and introduces the therapeutic approach that together they developed for helping clients to recover from medically unexplained somatoform or neurosomatic disorders.  Breakthrough for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, M.E. and Fibromyalgia. How Neurobiology and Epigenetics Point the Way to Recovery. Volume 1: Chronic Neurosomatic Illness (2015) J Maizels and F Adamson, Wellwise Press.

Fiona Adamson, M.Litt., Adv. Dip. Psych., MBACP, APECS Accred. Supervisor, is a semi-retired academic and transpersonal and gestalt psychotherapist in private practice for over 30 years, and now also works as an independent researcher, writer and executive coach supervisor.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 5th of 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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The role of psychotherapy with transgender clients

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 14 April 2018
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Michelle Bridgman

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

“Having a gender identity which is in conflict with your body is one of the most distressing experiences any person can face.”

During this workshop we will begin to understand more about gender identities, learn the terminology and start to feel comfortable with it, understand the process your clients may be going through and develop some more knowledge and confidence to work with clients presenting with gender identity issues. The workshop will be clinically focussed on working with clients who want to change their gender identity which may or may not include their body. There will be some experiential space in the day.

This workshop will be of interest to you:

  1. If you are working with clients who are struggling with distress and anxiety about their gender.
  2. If you would like to learn more about Gender Dysphoria and how to work clinically with it.
  3. If you are interested in the role of shame and how you work with it in the consulting room.
  4. If you feel as though you lack practical knowledge about transgender identities.
  5. If you would like to learn how you can work with clients who are part of a community currently feeling very threatened and vulnerable.
  6. If you feel anxious or frightened about gender identity and would like to learn more about this challenging field.

The day will feature presentations, pairs and small groups to discuss the issues around working with gender identity including current challenges – NHS – Treatment – DSM – Pathology-v-identity, history and definitions and terminology. There will be consideration of the role of diagnosis and the legal framework as well as the countertransference experienced in this work. There will be some clinical presentations and case studies as well as space to discuss discomfort or areas of concern that we may feel with this challenging area.

This is a companion workshop to “Exploring gender diversity in a non-binary world”. There will be some overlap but this workshop is more focussed on clinical work with transgender clients and “Exploring gender diversity” will be more experientially focussed on the area of gender diversity and the role of shame including working with clients who may not want to change their gender identity but who feel their expression of gender does not fit into a binary system.

Workshop Leader
Michelle Bridgman
is a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She is also a member of WPATH (World Professional Association of Transgendered Health) and currently undertaking a Doctoral Programme with Middlesex University where she is researching the clinical treatment of Gender Dysphoria.

Michelle works with children and adults who are transgender or are struggling with their gender identity and is a regular commentator in the media. As a Keynote Speaker she speaks on the Art of Positive Change and on working with children and adults with gender dysphoria.

Pre-course reading

A Guide to Transgender in the UK

Applications must be received by Thursday, 5th 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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Exploring the meaning and management of 'open and polyamorous relationships'

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 28 April 2018
Time: 10am - 1pm

Workshop leader

Damian McCann

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

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£70

Given the emphasis in training on straight and monogamous couple relationships as primary focus through which theory is applied, this half-day workshop will examine developments in thinking about open and polyamorous relationships. Do these relationships really work and, if not, what are the issues that bring these individuals and couples to therapy? Case examples will help bring the issues to life and pointers for practice will also form part of the learning.

By attending this workshop you will:

  • Learn more about open and poly relationships
  • Be able to consider adjustments to theory and practice which take account of difference

The aims of this workshop are:

  • To consider developments in thinking and practice relating to open and poly relationships.
  • To become more responsive to clients in open and poly relationships who seek our help.

Comments from a past workshop with Damian McCann:

  • “Refreshingly honest, insightful and funny.”
  • “A thought-provoking course, with an excellent, sensitive leader who drew out everyone and the most complex of ideas.”

Workshop Leader
Damian McCann is a Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Head of Learning and Development at Tavistock Relationships. He is also a Consultant Family & Systemic Psychotherapist and an Associate of Pink Therapy where he co-directed the Diploma in Relationship Therapy with Gender and Sexual Diversity.

Recommended Reading

Pawlicki, P. & Larson, P. (2011). The dynamics and conceptualisation of non-exclusive relationships in gay male couples. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 26(1), 48-60

Klesse, C. (2006). Polyamory and its’ ‘others’: Contesting the terms of non-monogamy. Sexualities, 9 (5), 565-583.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 19th of 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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The Secrets of Effective Groupwork: 2 Day Workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 21 April 2018
Workshop date, 28 April 2018
Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Workshop leaders

Ray Beber
Lynsey Hotchkies

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£300
  • Are you new to working with groups?

  • Would you like to improve your skills when working with groups?

  • Are you thinking about further training in working with groups?

This workshop will help participants to gain a sense of what happens within a group and the role as group conductor. Attending the workshop will help to identify and manage all the conflicting dynamics that can happen within a group.

This workshop takes place over two consecutive Saturdays. Groups should be easy and straightforward, after all we grew up in one; spend nearly all our time in groups and rarely find ourselves alone. But they are demanding, frustrating, challenging and often full of conflict.

Many organisations ask counsellors and therapists to run groups even though they do not specific training in working with groups. This can be a challenging, but rewarding experience. However, sometimes it can feel overwhelming. During this intensive, two day workshop, you will begin to make sense of what is happening in the group and your role. This workshop will help you make sense of groups and inspire you to train and develop your groupwork skills.

This is an intense, challenging, stimulating and exciting two day workshop. Previous participants have been inspired and surprised by the intimacy generated in a group over such a short period of time.

Participants will be introduced to working with therapeutic groups from a process oriented perspective. The day will revolve around discussion, theoretical input, video triggers, and small experiential groups designed so that participants can better understand what it is like to be in a group and observe process in the ‘here and now’.

Topics covered will include the function of therapeutic groups, role of the conductor, whole group process, the ‘here and now’, dealing with difficult group members.

One of the goals of this introduction is to provide direct experience for every participant of the difference in the approaches between the mean theoreticians. This will be achieved through an experiential group component. Participants will be involved in groups reflecting both approaches, with opportunity afterwards to discuss their impression of the approaches and methods.

Workshop leader
Ray Beber 
is a group analytic psychotherapist with a background in psychiatric social work. He has extensive experience of working with groups in a variety of organisations. He is a trainer and supervisor on group psychotherapy different trainings. He offers supervision and groupwork training privately and to organisations ‘in house’.

Lynsey Hotchkies is a group analytic psychotherapist, teacher and trainer working in a variety of organisational settings. Prior to training as a psychotherapist she was a litigation lawyer. She is the Director of Training at WPF Therapy. She offers supervision and groupwork training privately and to organisations ‘in house’.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 12th of 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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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, 19 May 2018
Day two, 2 June 2018
Day three (a), 23 June 2018
Day three (b), 30 June 2018
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

Apply for this workshop
 
£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, 19th May 2018

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, 2nd June 2018

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, 23rd June (Day 3a) or Saturday, 30th June 2018 (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, 10th May 2018. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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Guilt and Shame

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 9 June 2018
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Jan McGregor Hepburn

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
  • Are you struggling to differentiate between guilt and shame?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 31st of May 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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The shame of being oneself: Internalised homophobia and shame within sexual identity

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 16 June 2018
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: £80

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£120

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, 7th of June 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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