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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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Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy Taster Day - May 5th 2018

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 5 May 2018
Time 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Natasha Harrison

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, 26th April 2018. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

If you apply for the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills starting in July 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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WPF Therapy open evening

Workshop dates

Friday, 1 June 2018, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Tuesday, 6 November 2018, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday, 4 January 2019, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Thursday, 21 February 2019, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday, 31 May 2019, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Session Leader

Andy Keefe
Jackie Becker

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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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

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£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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Open and polyamorous relationships: what does it mean?

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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Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy Taster Day - May 5 2018

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 5 May 2018
Time 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Natasha Harrison

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£60

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

Why do this workshop?

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

What can you expect at the end of this workshop?

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

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

Brief Outline 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comments from previous workshop:

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 26th April 2018. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

If you apply for the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills starting in July 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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Ancient Greek Philosophy as Therapy

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date:, 12 May 2018
Time 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Mark Vernon

Venue

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

Fees

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

More information

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

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£120
  • Are you interested in how Greek philosophy (particularly Stoicism) have informed everything from CBT to positive psychotherapy?

  • Do you want to learn about what and how psychotherapy has inherited from Ancient Greek philosophy?

  • Would you like to understand the wider world within which psychotherapy can sit?

By the end of this workshop you will have a good sense of the different ancient philosophy schools – the Platonists, Peripatetics, Stoics, Epicureans, Sceptics and Cynics.

New ideas about the nature of happiness, friendship, flourishing, soul, death and meaning will have been introduced and explored.

The day will also enable you to learn more about the history of ideas and how psychotherapy relates to the evolution of consciousness in the West.

Above all, by the end of the day you will have enjoyed a space in which to think about the broader meaning of psychotherapy in life.

Target Audience

Trainee or qualified psychotherapists and others with an active interest in psychotherapy and ancient philosophy.

Workshop Leader
Dr. Mark Vernon 
is a psychotherapist who trained at WPF Therapy, writer and teacher. He has written a number of books on ancient philosophy and life, including Love: All That Matters (Hodder), Plato’s Podcasts (Oneworld), The Idler Guide to Ancient Philosophy (Idler Books) . He has also written an introduction to Jung for the Guardian Shorts series. He has degrees in physics and theology, as well as PhD in ancient philosophy. Mark has a London-based private practice and also works at the Maudsley Hospital.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 3rd 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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Out of this world: Suicide examined

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date:, 12 May 2018
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Antonia Murphy

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
  • Would you like to increase your understanding and challenge concepts of mental illness and suicidality?

  • Do you want to address the fear we all have about suicide and its power to render us impotent?

  • Are you interested in becoming more confident in your effectiveness in working with the suicidal?

It is hoped that by attending the workshop this will empower you to intervene, support and work with, or simply stand alongside, those who are suicidal.

In this workshop we will explore:

  • What is suicide?  – Theories and ways of understanding of suicide
  • Commonalities of suicide and myths about suicide
  • The suicidal fantasy – Examining the unconscious fantasy of the suicidal act
  • Signs and Clues – Getting a sense of the suicidal mind
  • Exploring the consequences – When suicide happens

This workshop is suitable for qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. All trainee therapists will need to be engaged in their own therapy and working with clients. The primary theoretical focus of the workshop will be psychodynamic, but practitioners of other modalities are welcome to attend.

Workshop Leader
Antonia Murphy 
is a graduate of WPF Therapy, a UKCP registered psychotherapist with over 25 years of clinical experience in the NHS, the third sector and private practice.

Antonia managed the primary care counselling service in Derbyshire from 1998 – 2006. She was a founding director, responsible for professional and training standards, of Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Primary Care (CPC). Her training portfolio includes design and delivery of CPC’s multi modality supervision training programme and training on The Therapeutic Frame: Working at the Coal Face and Working with Envy.  More recently she has developed her long term clinical interest in working with suicide into a training which has been delivered to over 40 universities and other settings.

She is the author of several papers on clinical aspects of psychotherapeutic practice in organisations. She is the former editor of the Journal for the Foundation of Psychotherapy and Counselling and an editorial board member of the Journal of Psychodynamic Practice.  She is co author of Psychological Therapies in Primary Care : Setting up a Managed Service (Karnac 2004) and author of Out of This World : Suicide Examined ( Karnac 2017).

Antonia works as a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in Nottingham.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 3rd 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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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

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£300/£350/£400

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

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

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

Day 1: Introducing Assessment: Saturday, 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. 

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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Social Media, Therapy, and You: what you need to know

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

Workshop dates

Lecture date:, 31 May 2018
Time: 7:15pm - 8:30pm

Speaker

Aaron Balick

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

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£40
  • Would you like to think about the application of psychodynamic theory to social media use?

  • Do you want to think about how you use social media (if you do) and your client’s use?

  • Would you like to learn about addressing social media as a psychological phenomenon?

Are you a user of social media? Or, is this something that you do not see are relevant to your work as a psychotherapist? How are your clients using social media? How will you work with clients in the future who have grown up in a social media world? Do you have ideas about how the psychotherapy you have trained in may or may not be relevant in the future to a different client group? Are you ready to work in a social media savvy world?

The lecture will consist of a presentation, followed by a discussion.

Speaker
Dr. Aaron Balick
is a psychotherapist, cultural theorist and author applying ideas from depth psychology to culture and technology. He is an honorary senior lecturer at the Department for Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex (UK). His books include The Psychodynamics of Social Networking: connected-up instantaneous culture and the self and the illustrated children’s self-help book Keep Your Cool: how to deal with life’s worries and stress.  His new book,The Little Book of Calm: tame your anxieties, face your fears, and live free, was released in January of 2018. Aaron is the director of Stillpoint Spaces London, a psychology co-working, therapy, and events hub in London.

Applications must be received by Wednesday, 22nd 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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Social Media, Therapy, and You: what you need to know

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

Workshop dates

Lecture date:, 31 May 2018
Time: 7:15pm - 8:30pm

Speaker

Aaron Balick

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
  • Would you like to think about the application of psychodynamic theory to social media use?

  • Do you want to think about how you use social media (if you do) and your client’s use?

  • Would you like to learn about addressing social media as a psychological phenomenon?

Are you a user of social media?  Or, is this something that you do not see are relevant to your work as a psychotherapist?  How are your clients using social media?  How will you work with clients in the future who have grown up in a social media world?  Do you have ideas about how the psychotherapy you have trained in may or may not be relevant in the future to a different client group.  Are you ready to work in a social media savvy world?

The lecture will consist of a presentation, followed by a discussion.

Speaker
Dr. Aaron Balick
is a psychotherapist, cultural theorist and author applying ideas from depth psychology to culture and technology. He is an honorary senior lecturer at the Department for Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex (UK). His books include The Psychodynamics of Social Networking: connected-up instantaneous culture and the self and the illustrated children’s self-help book Keep Your Cool: how to deal with life’s worries and stress.  His new book,The Little Book of Calm: tame your anxieties, face your fears, and live free, was released in January of 2018. Aaron is the director of Stillpoint Spaces London, a psychology co-working, therapy, and events hub in London.

Applications must be received by Wednesday, 22nd 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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Issues of Ethnicity and Racism in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Whose problem is it anyway?

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

Workshop dates

Lecture, 13 July 2018
Time: 6.45pm - 8.15pm

Speaker

Helen Morgan

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

Historically the matter of an individual’s ethnicity, culture and the process of racialisation has largely been ignored in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

  • Why is it so hard to discuss an individual’s ethnicity or culture in seminars or supervision?

  • What happens when we fail to acknowledge difference?

  • How can thinking about ethnicity and culture help to enrich our profession?

Whilst most trainings have introduced seminars on the subject, it is rarely considered in the theoretical aspects of the trainings in an integrated and ordinary way, nor is it often discussed in clinical seminars and supervision. This colour-blind position fails to see or acknowledge difference and hence the white individual is able to avoid the shame and guilt involved in owning any racist thought. For the black trainee an important aspect of their identity and experience is not allowed expression, making the training experience a difficult one. Helen Morgan will present a paper suggesting that this situation has implications, not only for potential black applicants and patients, but also for our professional organisations where this covert form of racism shields ourselves and our theories from a potentially creative and enlivening challenge.

Speaker
Helen Morgan is a Fellow of the British Psychotherapy Foundation and a training analyst and supervisor for the Jungian Analytic Association within the BPF. She now works mainly in private practice as an analyst and also supervises in both the individual and the group setting. Her background is in therapeutic communities both with adolescents and in adult mental health. She is interested in developing an understanding of racism from a psychoanalytic/Jungian analytic perspective and has written a number of papers on the subject. She is currently chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council.

Applications must be received by Wednesday, 4th July 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 certificate in CBT skills

Workshop dates

Friday, 1 June 2018, 5pm - 8.30pm
Saturday, 2 June 2018, 9am - 5.30pm
Friday, 22 June 2018, 5pm - 8.30pm
Saturday, 23 June 2018, 9am - 5.30pm
Friday, 6 July 2018, 5pm - 8.30pm
Saturday, 7 July 2018, 9am - 5.30pm
OR
Winter 2018
Friday, 16 November 2018, 5pm - 8.30pm
Saturday, 17 November 2018, 9am - 5.30pm
Friday, 23 November 2018, 5pm - 8.30pm
Saturday, 24 November 2018, 9am - 5.30pm
Friday, 7 December 2018, 5pm - 8.30pm
Saturday, 8 December 2018, 9am - 5.30pm

Course Leader

Gerry McCarron

Venue

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

Fees

Course fee: £1,460
Registration fee: £100

More information

Tamica Neufville
Programme Administrator
tamica.neufville@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2051

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£1,560

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
Friday 1st June, 5.00pm – 8.30pm
Saturday 2nd June, 9.00am – 5.30pm
Friday 22nd June, 5.00pm – 8.30pm
Saturday 23rd June, 9.00am – 5.30pm
Friday 6th July, 5.00pm – 8.30pm
Saturday, 7th July, 9.00am – 5.30pm

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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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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Let's Talk about Groups

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

Workshop dates

Date:, 15 June 2018
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Facilitators

Nick Barwick
Martin Weegmann

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £50
Trainees: £40

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£50

By the crowd they have been broken, by the crowd they shall be healed.                                                                                                                                                                        (Codey Marsh)

Like them or loathe them, we all live our lives in the context of groups. But can we do therapy in them? Freud thought not. Nonetheless, increasingly, whatever the therapeutic orientation, groups have come to be seen as a credible, and in some cases, preferred way of delivering therapy. There are economic reasons for this of course, but might there be therapeutic ones?

In this informative, relaxed and interactive evening, group analysts Nick Barwick and Martin Weegmann talk about:

– what drew them to the world of group therapy

– how their co-authored book, ‘Group Therapy: a group-analytic approach’ (Routledge 2017) developed as an attempt to provide a comprehensive but accessible introduction to the rich but often diverse strands of group analysis

– what, for them, is core to group-analytic practice.

In the second part of the evening, there will be an opportunity, as a group, to:

– discuss and explore further some of the thoughts and ideas raised in the first half

– to share experiences of what it is like, for better or worse, to be part of a group

About Nick and Martin’s book – what the critics say?

‘An outstanding combination of psychological awareness, group analytic wisdom, artistic ability and literary flair’

– Morris Nitsunclinical psychologist, Consultant NHS Psychologist in Group Psychotherapy, training group analyst, Institute of Group Analysis, London

‘A fascinating, beautifully written, accessible, enjoyable book’

– Gwen Adsheadconsultant forensic psychiatrist, Visiting Gresham Professor of Psychiatry, psychotherapist and group analyst

Target audience

Training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.  This may be of particular interest to those who only work individually with clients.

Facilitators
Nick Barwick 
is a group analyst and Head of Counselling at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he has also teaches on the MA in Music Therapy. His most recent book is ‘Group Therapy: a group-panalytic approach’ (Routledge 2018) co-authored with Martin Weegmann. He is also Immediate Past Editor of the journal, Psychodynamic Practice, runs a small private practice working with writers and artists experiencing creative blocks and is himself a gigging musician.

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 7th June 2018. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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Neurosomatic Therapy - Giving voice to the silenced self - June 16 2018

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 16 June 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

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£120

Due to popular demand we are now running a second workshop.

  • 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.

Target Audience

This workshop is suitable for qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. The neurosomatic approach can be readily integrated into a wide variety of established therapeutic modalities.

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, 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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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

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£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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Issues of Ethnicity and Racism in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Whose problem is it anyway?

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

Workshop dates

Lecture, 13 July 2018
Time: 6.45pm - 8.15pm

Speaker

Helen Morgan

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

Historically the matter of an individual’s ethnicity, culture and the process of racialisation has largely been ignored in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

  • Why is it so hard to discuss an individual’s ethnicity or culture in seminars or supervision?

  • What happens when we fail to acknowledge difference?

  • How can thinking about ethnicity and culture help to enrich our profession?

Whilst most trainings have introduced seminars on the subject, it is rarely considered in the theoretical aspects of the trainings in an integrated and ordinary way, nor is it often discussed in clinical seminars and supervision. This colour-blind position fails to see or acknowledge difference and hence the white individual is able to avoid the shame and guilt involved in owning any racist thought. For the black trainee an important aspect of their identity and experience is not allowed expression, making the training experience a difficult one. Helen Morgan will present a paper suggesting that this situation has implications, not only for potential black applicants and patients, but also for our professional organisations where this covert form of racism shields ourselves and our theories from a potentially creative and enlivening challenge.

Speaker
Helen Morgan is a Fellow of the British Psychotherapy Foundation and a training analyst and supervisor for the Jungian Analytic Association within the BPF. She now works mainly in private practice as an analyst and also supervises in both the individual and the group setting. Her background is in therapeutic communities both with adolescents and in adult mental health. She is interested in developing an understanding of racism from a psychoanalytic/Jungian analytic perspective and has written a number of papers on the subject. She is currently chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council.

Applications must be received by Wednesday, 4th July 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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Attachment Matters

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date:, 14 July 2018
Time: 10.30am - 12.00pm

Speaker

Jeremy Holmes

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

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£40

Attachment theory is well known to most training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.  Following on from and building on the work of John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth there is now a vast literature on attachment and its role in infants’ and adults’ lives.  The ideas have come to be a major theoretical strand in current thinking with the more recent ideas of neuroscience supporting Bowlby’s early insights.

This lecture will cover how contemporary neuroscience and attachment research provide the building blocks of a clinically-relevant theory applicable to a range of psychodynamic approaches. Themes discussed will include: sensitivity and secure attachment; narrative competence; enhancing mentalising skills; radical acceptance; ‘free energy’ and mutative interventions. Links with Independent and Relational Psychoanalysis will be outlined.

Speaker
Professor Jeremy Holmes MD FRCPsych was for 35 years Consultant Psychiatrist/Medical Psychotherapist at University College London (UCL) and then in North Devon, UK, and Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 1998-2002.  He is visiting Professor at the University of Exeter, and lectures nationally and internationally. In addition to 200+ peer-reviewed papers and chapters in the field of psychoanalysis and attachment theory, his books include John Bowlby and Attachment Theory, (2nd edition 2013)  The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy (2005 co-editors Glen Gabbard and Judy Beck),  Exploring In Security: Towards an Attachment-informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2010, winner of Canadian Goethe Prize) , and The Therapeutic Imagination: Using Literature to Deepen Psychodynamic Understanding and Enhance Empathy (2014) and Attachment in Therapeutic Practice (2017, with A Slade).  He was recipient of the Bowlby-Ainsworth Founders Award 2009.  Music-making, gardening, Green politics and grand-parenting are gradually eclipsing his lifetime devotion to psychoanalytic psychotherapy and attachment.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 5th July 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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Attachment Matters

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date:, 14 July 2018
Time: 10.30am - 12.00pm

Speaker

Jeremy Holmes

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

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£40

Attachment theory is well known to most training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.  Following on from and building on the work of John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth there is now a vast literature on attachment and its role in infants’ and adults’ lives.  The ideas have come to be a major theoretical strand in current thinking with the more recent ideas of neuroscience supporting Bowlby’s early insights.

This lecture will cover how contemporary neuroscience and attachment research provide the building blocks of a clinically-relevant theory applicable to a range of psychodynamic approaches. Themes discussed will include: sensitivity and secure attachment; narrative competence; enhancing mentalising skills; radical acceptance; ‘free energy’ and mutative interventions. Links with Independent and Relational Psychoanalysis will be outlined.

Speaker
Professor Jeremy Holmes MD FRCPsych was for 35 years Consultant Psychiatrist/Medical Psychotherapist at University College London (UCL) and then in North Devon, UK, and Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 1998-2002.  He is visiting Professor at the University of Exeter, and lectures nationally and internationally. In addition to 200+ peer-reviewed papers and chapters in the field of psychoanalysis and attachment theory, his books include John Bowlby and Attachment Theory, (2nd edition 2013)  The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy (2005 co-editors Glen Gabbard and Judy Beck),  Exploring In Security: Towards an Attachment-informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2010, winner of Canadian Goethe Prize) , and The Therapeutic Imagination: Using Literature to Deepen Psychodynamic Understanding and Enhance Empathy (2014) and Attachment in Therapeutic Practice (2017, with A Slade).  He was recipient of the Bowlby-Ainsworth Founders Award 2009.  Music-making, gardening, Green politics and grand-parenting are gradually eclipsing his lifetime devotion to psychoanalytic psychotherapy and attachment.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 5th July 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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Addiction as an Attachment Disorder: Attachment gone wrong

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

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 21 July 2018
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Sarah Pennock

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
  • Are you interested in re-visiting Attachment Theory, with a particular focus on insecure on insecure attachment?

  • Do you want to increase your understanding of how substance abuse can be seen as a manifestation of insecure attachment in the addicted client?

  • Would you like to consider how your own attachment style manifests in behaviour, alongside considering your own clinical material?

Attachment is defined as the lifelong need human beings have for affectionate ties with significant other human beings. It is a biological necessity for us to have a secure attachment relationship. Although much of the research on attachment has focused on infants and children, attachment theory is also applicable to adults in a psychodynamic framework, as 75% of attachment patterns remain stable through to adulthood.

The impact of childhood events often casts a deep shadow over us in adult life. Understanding Attachment Theory can serve as a solid foundation for understanding the development of ineffective coping strategies, and the underlying dynamics of a client’s emotional difficulties.

This workshop will consider the aetiology of a person’s addiction as resulting initially from a place of broken attachment relationships.

During the day participants will briefly re-visit attachment theory and styles. We will consider the links between attachment insecurity and: substance misuse, disordered eating, gambling, and sex addiction. There will be presentation of theory and research alongside clinical vignettes. Group clinical discussion will explore therapist attachment insecurity provoked in the client work.

There is an expectation that participants are familiar with the basics of attachment theory (Attachment in Psychotherapy, David J. Wallin, 2017).

Workshop Leader
Sarah Pennock MSc, Pg. Dip, Integrative Counsellor. FDAP. MBACP (Accred.) is an Addiction and Attachment Based Therapist. She has worked with residential addiction treatment centres, out-patient programmes and addiction support agencies. Following her specialist training in Addiction Psychology at South Bank University, Sarah completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Attachment-Based Therapy to complement her addiction work, discovering how and why our individual attachment styles often shape the way we respond to challenges and anxieties, including all that is evoked within addiction recovery. Sarah runs a busy private practice in Marylebone, London. Her working style integrates psychodynamic theories of personality development, cognitive approaches to decision making, mentalisation and self-observation.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 12th July 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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