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Workshops & events (Lectures)

WPF Therapy Reading Group 2019 - 2020

Workshop dates

Monthly
Friday evenings 7.00 – 8.30pm
In the Woods, 26 June 2020
Midwinter Break, 10 July 2020

Facilitators

Various leaders

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £10
Trainees: £5

More information

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events@wpf.org.uk 
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This unique reading group is now entering its 15th year and has gone from strength to strength. We are delighted to be able to offer an opportunity to explore, examine and enjoy the books below. Our presenters have been stimulating and challenging, and have introduced us to new delights or opened up fresh vistas onto pre-loved favourites.

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

All are welcome to attend this event. Refreshments provided.

Friday 18th October  2019
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Led by Stephen Crawford

Friday 17th January 2020
Exposure by Helen Dunmore
Led by Pat MacDonald

Friday 28th February 2020
A Good Enough Mother by Bev Thomas
Led by Jan McHugh
We are delighted that Bev Thomas will be joining us for this group. She is looking forward to taking part in the discussion of her book, as well as answering any questions. 

Bev Thomas was a clinical psychologist in the NHS for many years. She currently works as an organisational consultant in mental health and other services. ‘A Good Enough Mother’ is her debut novel.

Friday 26th June 2020
In the Woods by Tana French 
Led by Rayna Denitsova

Friday 10th July 2020
Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty
Led by Jenny Riddell

There are opportunities to facilitate reading groups in the 2020/2021 programme, so please e-mail events@wpf.org.uk if you are interested.

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WPF's 50th Anniversary Conference: Endings as Beginnings (Conference)

"In my beginning is my end" TS Eliot

Workshop dates

Saturday, 18 July 2020
9.45am-3.15pm

Workshop leaders

Aaron Balick
Juliet Rosenfeld

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified: £60
External Trainee: £45
WPF Therapy Trainees and Graduates/FPC Members/WPF Staff: £35

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Online Conference via Zoom with Juliet Rosenfeld and Aaron Balick 

In 1969 our founders challenged the established ideas around who should be able to train as a psychotherapist and who should be able to access psychotherapy, 50 years later WPF Therapy continues to lead the sector in its’ commitment to making training and therapy accessible.

This year our Anniversary Conference has moved to our new virtual home and re focussed, we are bringing together a small group so that we can think together about endings and beginnings. Whilst we had planned a conference to explore endings as beginnings we had not foreseen how needed this space would now be as we all struggle to reorient ourselves and establish new sustainable ways of working.  Sam Downie, CEO

Workshops will offer 10 – 12 participants the opportunity to reflect and learn about the range of issues we have found most important for consideration during this pivotal transition.

We look forward to welcoming participants into our creative #community of practice for one unique day.

Juliet Rosenfeld: is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working in private practice in North London and the author of  The State of Disbelief: A story of death, love and forgetting. ( Short Books Ltd 2020). Juliet has a particular interest in how bereavement and terminal illness can be worked with therapeutically. Juliet is a Board Member and Trustee of the UKCP and Patron of Camden Psychotherapy Unit.  She will present a paper called “Death – how the worst of endings may be transformed; a therapeutic understanding of the critical difference between grief and mourning.”

Aaron Balick:  PhD 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 (Routledge 2013) and the illustrated children’s self-help book Keep Your Cool: how to deal with life’s worries and stress   (Franklin Watts 2014) and most recently, The Little Book of Calm: tame your anxieties, face your fears, and live free. (Rider 2018).  Aaron is the director of Stillpoint Spaces, an international psychology, co-working, therapy, and events hub. He is based in London.

Reorienting Consciousness in the Midst of Change: endings, beginnings, transitions, and transformations.  Is Covid-19 an opportunity to reorient consciousness?  In this talk Aaron will be asking what may be happening in this challenging moment of transition with regard to technology, race, and society as a whole. If we resist returning to the status quo, what kind of life could we come back to?

Workshops:

1.Loss as a crucible for creativity with Sasha Bates.

In the wake of the unexpected death of her husband, psychotherapist and journalist Sasha Bates turned to journaling to help process her devastating loss. This outpouring of unmediated pain eventually morphed into a book, Languages of Loss: A psychotherapist’s journey through grief  (Yellow Kite 2020) and a 2 book publishing deal. Sasha also began teaching workshops helping others find creative outlets for their grief. In this session Sasha will talk about the intersection of loss, endings, creativity and new beginnings.

2.Fantasy Experiences Appearing Real with Lynsey Hotchkies and Neil Hudson

Living through the pandemic many of us are struggling with feelings around loss and grief but maybe NOT actually wanting to return to our pre-lockdown life.  This short session will simulate your thinking about what your future working life could be like.

Lynsey Hotchkies is a group analytic psychotherapist and currently Director of Studies at WPF Therapy.  Neil Hudson is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist in private practice who trained at WPF Therapy.  Lynsey and Neil have been running the popular workshop ‘Living with Mortality’ at WPF Therapy for many years and contributed a chapter to the WPF Therapy book ‘Being and Relating in Psychotherapy’. 

3.Leading through change: getting from where we were, to where we need to be… with Sam Downie

Sam Downie is CEO of WPF Therapy, a role that brings together her commitment to making good psychotherapy accessible and her love of developing and leading professional clinical teams. Sam has 20 years’ experience of helping clinical staff make changes to their practice in order to become more effective and more efficient, whilst keeping clients at the centre of organisational planning. Drawing on psychodynamic and systemic understanding of organisations this workshop will give participants an opportunity to think about how we move staff and teams from where we were, to where we need to be for our clients and contracts.

Whilst pre reading is not required, the session will include discussion and reflection on the following texts:

Leading Professionals: Power, Politics and Prima Donnas by Laura Empson

The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts by Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind

The Meaning of Work: Papers on Work Organization and the Design of Jobs by Lisl Klein

The Second Machine Age – Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant

Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew Mcafee

The Social Leadership Handbook by Julian Stodd Global Leadership Perspectives: Insights and Analysis by Simon Western and Eric-Jean Garcia

4.Exploring the themes of the conference.  Discussion Group with Jud Stone

An opportunity for free floating discussion to reflect on the day, its themes and what has come up for you during the time we have been together.

Jud Stone Group Analytic Psychotherapist and Consultant to Individuals Groups and Organisations During the last 23 years I have worked as a Group psychotherapist and as an organisational consultant. I have conducted analytic psychotherapy groups; experiential groups for students in psychotherapy training and reflective practice groups in the NHS and mental Health settings. I have combined the above with consultancy to individuals and organisations, teaching tutoring and training in Health, Local Government and Voluntary sectors.

Timetable

9.45am – 10.00am Welcome from Carol Rue, Chair, WPF Therapy Board of Trustees

10.00am – 12.30pm – Morning session with speakers

1.30pm – 2.45pm – Break Out Sessions

3.00pm – 3.15pm Plenary

Applications must be received by Thursday, 9th July 2020Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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Conviction Analysis: the importance of certainty with Lesley Murdin (lecture) Online

Workshop dates

Lecture, 25 July 2020
Time: 10.30am-12.00pm

Speaker

Lesley Murdin

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioner: £40
Trainee: £25
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This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

We all need certainty to live our daily lives but anyone who seeks psychotherapy is suffering from  convictions which may be unfounded or untrue.  In her talk, Lesley will consider the role of conviction and being right for both patients and therapists.

Lesley Murdin practises as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She teaches and supervises in many contexts and has considerable experience in running psychotherapy organisations. She has worked for the registering bodies UKCP and BPC, chairing committees over many years. She was CEO and National Director of WPF Therapy. She has published numerous books and papers including How Much is Enough? Endings in Psychotherapy and Counselling (2000) Setting Out: The Importance of the Beginning in Psychotherapy and Counselling (2005), Understanding Transference: The Power of Patterns in the Therapeutic Relationship (2009) How Money Talks (2012). Lesley’s recent book, Managing Difficult Endings in Psychotherapy It’s Time (2019) is about the difficulty of endings, but it is also about learning from the endings that we know have gone wrong as well as those that have worked well. It sets out how the psychological therapist can help a person to live well while life is available, and to face the endings that confront all of us with  a need for honesty, and the acceptance of our human fragility. Therapists suffer through the fears and failures of the people they see as well as through their own endings. These difficulties can either help each one to be more understanding and helpful, or can lead to disaster. This book is about making sure that we use experience as well as theory constructively.

Lesley’s latest book (2020),Psychoanalytic Insights into Fundamentalism and Conviction The Certainty Principle examines the role of, and need for, certainty in mental life, addressing questions raised by fundamentalism and extremism and exploring its relation to human nature.

Applications must be received by Wednesday, 15th July 2020Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

 

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Beyond Psychoanalysis: The working of values in ethics and religion with David Black (Lecture) Online

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

Workshop dates

Lecture, 5 September 2020
Time: 10 - 11.30am

Lecturer

David Black

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified practitioners: £40
Trainees: £25

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£40

This lecture will be delivered via Zoom online.

Time to move on.   

The inner world of a human being develops as it comes to be recognised.  The process is necessarily circular.  “We are creatures who, for our very existence, depend on concepts that depend on us,” as Jonathan Lear says in his book Wisdom Won from Illness: Essays in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (Harvard University Press 2017).  It matters greatly, therefore, what concepts we encounter, and how those concepts are regarded.  In the case of ethics and religion, psychoanalysis adopted ideas current in Freud’s day, and it has been reluctant to let go of them.  In his lecture David Black will suggest that we now have access to larger and more illuminating ideas, derived in particular from the thought of Emmanuel Levinas and the psychoanalyst Hans Loewald,  and for the sake both of our culture in general, and of psychoanalysis in particular, it is important that we move on. 

Lecturer
David M. Black
is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytic Society who has published widely on psychoanalytic, ethical and religious issues. He edited Psychoanalysis and Religion in the 21st Century (Routledge New Library of Psychoanalysis 2006) and is author of Why Things Matter (Routledge 2011). His initial psychotherapy training was at WPF, of which he wrote an early history, A Place for Exploration (WPF, 1991).

Applications must be received by Thursday, 27th August 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy: A case study erotic transference and countertransference with Joy Schaverien Online Workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 20 March 2021
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm

Lecturer

Joy Schaverien

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified practitioners: £75
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £55
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £30

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£75

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

This talk will focus on the meaning and purpose of the erotic transference in psychotherapy, the boundary issues raised when working with the terminally ill, and the reason for abstinence when dealing with intense transference – countertransference dynamics.

The first part of the talk will be a case presentation and lecture. This is a story of love and death mediated in psychotherapy.  When a patient in psychotherapy is confronted with a life-threatening illness the therapeutic relationship inevitably intensifies. The work becomes time limited but the end date is uncertain.  Boundaries of the analytic frame may come under extreme pressure especially when an erotic transference –countertransference dynamic emerges. A series of dreams reveals how, as analysis deepens, the pace of individuation quickens.  Theoretical and clinical material will give the background to what is hoped will be a lively discussion.

All counsellors and psychotherapists, both qualified and in training, will find this a valuable day where they will have the space and the expert guidance to:

  • think more about working with the dying in psychotherapy
  • think about the challenges and implications of working with erotic transference and dreams
  • explore the countertransference issues faced in both these situations.

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

Target Audience
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.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 5th March 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please call or e-mail Training Administration on 020 7378 2050/events@wpf.org.uk in order to be sent an application form.

 

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