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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, 10 November 2017, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
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

Jackie Becker
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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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

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£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, 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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Therapy with elders: Challenges of ageing - FULLY BOOKED

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

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

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£120

Please note that this workshop is now fully booked. Any new applications will be added to our waiting list.

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?

  • Why is the suicide rate so high in men?

  • 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.

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 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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Sexual Arousal and Desire Issues in the Clinic

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 25 November 2017
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Janice Hiller

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 working with clients who are struggling with their sex lives? It may be that they are in a committed, loving relationship, but have no sexual life together. It may be that one partner has a loss of desire?

Loss of desire, impairment of arousal and absence of sexual contact are complex and distressing issues that frequently impact on the individual’s sense of self and the couple dynamic. Difficulties with sexual interaction are the most common couple problems presenting at psychosexual therapy clinics but we may also be seeing this with our one to one clients as well.

This workshop will outline treatment approaches for sexual arousal and desire problems, which are individually tailored in each case, but share underlying concepts.

The aim of this workshop is to explore the factors in involved in the absence of sexual interest, discuss gender differences, and think about the role of resentment, alienation and anger in the relationship with your clients. This workshop will also examine the impact of loss of intimacy and describe a biopsychosocial therapy model based on our current understanding of sexual responsiveness.

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

Workshop Leader
Janice Hiller 
BSc, MPhil, AFBPsS, Clin Psychol, is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who trained at the Institute of Psychiatry and initially worked in adult mental health, before setting up and heading an NHS Relationship and Psychosexual Service at Goodmayes Hospital in North East London. She left the NHS in 2012 to take up the post of Senior Academic Tutor in Psychosexual studies at Tavistock Relationships. Since specialising in couples therapy and sexology Janice has presented at conferences in the UK and abroad, run many seminars and training courses, and was honorary lecturer and tutor for the Doctoral degree course at UCL. Her journal and book publications cover a range of topics including psychosexual development, coital pain, arousal and desire difficulties, neurobiology, gender differences in sexual motivation and ethical issues. Janice was joint editor and contributor to Hiller, Wood and Bolton (2006) “Sex Mind and Edition”, and co-wrote a chapter “Psychodynamic aspects of Psychosexual Therapy” (2013) for the European -wide syllabus of clinical sexology published by the European Society of Sexual Medicine. She has a private practice in North London, and is especially interested in biopsychosocial factors in sexual and gender development, and the role of neuroscience in understanding sexual behaviour.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 16th of November 2017. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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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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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.

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.

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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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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Money - Who needs it?

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

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 21 October 2017
Time 10.30am - 12pm

Speaker

Lesley Murdin

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £40
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £25

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£40

Money remains one of the most taboo topics in our society and one of the hardest to engage with in the consulting room.

  • How much is a session worth?

  • How much money am I entitled to?

  • When is our fee too much? When is it not enough?

  • How do we think about money symbolically and psychologically?

Lesley Murdin will present a paper looking at the ways in which our need for money can be understood both literally and symbolically in the consulting room and beyond.  The symbolic meaning of money has been familiar since Freud showed the small child’s delight in achieving control. Carl Jung showed the alchemists search for gold and its parallel in the work of the therapist. Jacques Lacan has given us new ways of theorising money and its attraction through following the ways in which we distort and change the signifiers of our communication, both those that we seek to hide and those that are in full view. Lesley will consider some of the ways in which attitudes to money reveal desire and then as a consequence perhaps, envy and shame. She will look at the importance of gold in our history and in alchemy for example as well as in religion, morality and child rearing.

Speaker

Lesley Murdin is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in Cambridge. She has been active in UKCP and BPC and was previously CEO of WPF Therapy. She has published widely both papers and books including How Money Talks (2012) Karnac Books, Understanding Transference: the Power of Patterns in the Therapeutic Relationship  (2009) Palgrave MacMillan, How Much is Enough? Endings in Psychotherapy and Counselling (1999) Routledge.

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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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

Apply for this workshop
 
£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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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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