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Conviction Analysis: the importance of certainty with Lesley Murdin Online

Workshop dates

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

Speaker

Lesley Murdin

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioner: £40
Trainee: £25
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£40

This workshop will be delivered online via Zoom.

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 latest 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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Certificate in Clinical Assessment Skills

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

Workshop dates

Day one, 20 June 2020
Day two, 4 July 2020
Day three, 25 July 2020
Time: 10am – 4pm

Course Leader

Cate Lyon

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £420
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £370
WPF Therapy Trainees: £320

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£320/£370/£420

This course will take place online, via Zoom.

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

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

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

Day 1: Introducing Assessment: Saturday, 20th June 2020

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, 4th July 2020

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, 25th July 2020

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.

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. This is a course which focuses on being able to practice conducting an assessment and 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 volunteers to present on Day 3. 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.

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 11th June 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

 

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Beyond Psychoanalysis: The working of values in ethics and religion with David Black 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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Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy Taster Day on 20th June 2020 & 27th June 2020

Workshop dates

Workshop date: Part 1, 20 June 2020
Workshop date: Part 2, 27 June 2020
Time 10.00am – 12.30pm
Delivered online


Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

None: £50
Qualified practitioner: £50
Trainee: £50

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£50

Are you thinking of training but have lots of questions? If so, this two-part Taster Day which will be delivered online, to explore what this might mean, what it can involve and what it can lead to is the ideal opportunity to discover answers to your questions.

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 online 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.”
  • “Very informative, both about WPF as well as psychotherapy generally.”

Applications must be received by Thursday, 11th June 2020Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

If you apply for the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills starting in  July, October or January following attendance at this Taster Day we will waive the course selection fee of £40.

In recognition of WPF Therapy’s 50th anniversary (17th July 2019) the cost of this workshop will be reduced to £50 for WPF’s Year of Celebration July 2019 – July 2020.

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

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Working with Survivors of Violent Trauma : The brain and the body with Andy Keefe - Online workshop over two days

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

Workshop dates

Workshop: part 1, 27 June 2020
Workshop: part 2, 4 July 2020
Time: 10am - 1pm

Workshop leader

Andy Keefe

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £125
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £90
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £50

More information

Training Administration
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£125

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online over 2 days, 2.5h each day.

In our work as therapists we may find ourselves working with clients who are survivors of violent trauma.  They may come to us to talk about their experiences and may recognise themselves as suffering from trauma – or they may not.  Traumatic experiences may emerge in the work that we are doing with them.  How do we begin to think about trauma and work with it in our clinical work?  How do we work with experience that is held in body and the non-verbal areas of the brain and cannot be spoken?

This workshop will help you to develop an understanding of the impact of a traumatic incident on the brain and body and on how the incident is remembered and re-experienced; to learn and practice techniques to ground and stabilize a traumatised client; to help them process the visual, emotional and physical elements of their traumatic memories and to integrate such approaches into a psychodynamic framework.

Workshop Aims

 To be able to identify the impact of a traumatic incident on the brain and body and understand how this affects how the incident is remembered and re-experienced and the implications of this for treatment.

  1. To understand how traumatic memories can be held in the body and how to work with this.
  2.  To be able to explain the main post-traumatic symptoms.
  3.  To be able to identify and explain the “Three Phase Model” of intervention with traumatised clients.
  4.  To have practiced grounding and stabilisation techniques for use with very distressed clients.
  5. To be able to identify and understand techniques for assisting clients to process traumatic memories.
  6. To have an understanding of trauma and its treatment within a psychodynamic framework.

 Outline

The workshop will cover: the range of responses to trauma, PTSD and its place within this range; the physiology of impact of trauma on the brain, body and memory; overview of the Three Phased Model, with a detailed look at each phase: stabilisation, re-processing & re-connection and integration with psychodynamic theory on trauma. The event will include clinical presentations, role-plays, paired-exercises and small and large group exercises.

Andrew Keefe is a psychodynamic psychotherapist, EMDR practitioner and Level Three Personal Trainer (Exercise Referral for Health Specialist) and is also trained in Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET). He is a previous Director of Clinic at WPF Therapy. From 1993 to 1997, he was Coordinator of the Halkevi Kurdish & Turkish Community Centre in Hackney and from 1997 to 2000, Caseworker / Coordinator of the Colombian Refugee Association in Lambeth. From 2000 to 2010 he worked in the Refugee Council Mental Health Service in Brixton and from 2010 to 2016 at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture / Freedom from Torture, where he was Director of National Clinical Services from 2012 to 2016. Andrew has published a number of articles on refugee mental health and has lectured on the subject at the universities of Oxford, Kent, and Essex, Kings College, London and the Tavistock Clinic, where he is an external lecturer on the MA Therapeutic Care for Refugees. Andrew holds an MA in Theory & Practice of Human Rights from Essex University and an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies from Roehampton University / WPF Therapy. He now works in private practice in East London and the City, combining therapy with exercise to help people work through traumatic experiences. He specializes in survivors of childhood sexual abuse, abusive relationships, birth trauma and trauma-related issues of body image and weight management.

Target Audience: Psychotherapists starting to work with violent trauma and its impact or with an interest in doing so and psychotherapists in training.  This workshop is only open to qualified or training therapists on a recognised clinical training.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 18th June 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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WPF's 50th Anniversary Conference: Endings as Beginnings

"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

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

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

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£60

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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Addiction as an Attachment Disorder: Attachment gone wrong with Sarah Pennock - Online workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 21 November 2020
Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm

Workshop leader

Sarah Pennock

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £130
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £95
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

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£130

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

  • Are you interested in re-visiting Attachment Theory, with a particular focus 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 within your 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 disrupted 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, 2015).

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 November 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail events@wpf.org.uk. 

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A one-day workshop on organisational dynamics with David Lawlor

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

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 13 February 2021
Time: 9.45am - 3.45pm

Workshop leader

David Lawlor

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £125
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £90
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £50

More information

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£125

Organisations are facing unprecedented challenges in the current climate of economic austerity. In the workshop we will consider:

  • What are the causes of stress in organisations?

  • How do people behave under stress?

  • How do we understand ideas about role and primary task in organisations?

  • How is power used and abused in organisations?

  • Why can it sometimes feel impossible to collaborate to get things done?

  • How do unconscious processes manifest themselves in organisations?

The workshop will provide opportunities for participants to:

  • discuss work dilemmas
  • problem-solve, plan and collaborate on issues and dilemmas;
  • bring aspects of their practice that they are curious about and want new ideas around how to work with those current dilemmas;
  • examine the roles they are unwittingly ‘invited into’ by the system and how task-orientated or anti-task they might be.

There will be some theoretical input. The workshop will be experiential and interactive. Participants will have the chance to discuss current dilemmas and preoccupations. Please come prepared to think about and contribute your own experience of working in or running an organisation.

Workshop Leader
Dr David Lawlor PhD is a Professional Partner at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. He was formerly a Consultant Social Worker at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust where he was the Head of the Social Work Discipline and member of the Senior Management Team. David trained in organisational consultancy and psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic. He works as an organisational consultant and coach. He helps organisations learn and develop through training and consultancy interventions. He works with the technical and emotional challenges involved in implementing change. David has a PhD in the evaluation of Tavistock consultancy and an MSc in Human Resource Development from London South Bank University Business School.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 4th February 2021. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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Publishing Your Work: Translation, Transition and Technique with Ann Scott

Workshop dates

Saturday, 20 February 2021
9.30am-12.30pm

Workshop leader/s

Ann Scott

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified: £60
Trainee: £45
WPF Therapy Trainees/Graduates and Staff: £25
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During your training you will have spent many hours researching and writing your clinical papers and dissertation.  How can you turn this work into something suitable for publication?  It can be particularly concerning thinking about the use of clinical material.  Note: places will be limited to 16

During this half day workshop you will:

  1. learn about the process of translating existing work into a submission for publication
  2. learn about the process of peer review in journal publication
  3. understand the nature of publication anxiety and how we can work through it

 Brief Outline of the Event

The workshop will begin with a presentation by the tutor, Ann Scott, Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Psychotherapy. The BJP regularly receives submissions which are based on MA or MSc dissertations, and on occasion final-year qualifying papers. What is a journal looking for when these papers are received? How does writing in a training context differ from writing for publication? How is work written for one, largely individual purpose translated into work that can find its place in public space? The transition from writing as a trainee to writing as a prospective published author can stir up anxiety, and Ann will make use of Ron Britton’s well-known paper on publication anxiety as a way in to this theme. Practical aspects – such as how to select which journal to submit work to; how the process of peer review works; how to integrate one’s writing with other parts of one’s life and work – will also be covered. There will be ample opportunity for discussion. Attendees will then have an opportunity to work in pairs, mapping out their ideas for a submission (or more than one submission, if the existing work is a master’s dissertation).  There will then be discussion in the full group, with a focus on next steps, and an opportunity to reflect on the experience of the morning.

Biography

Ann Scott is a Senior Member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association), a Training Therapist for the Independent Psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Association (British Psychotherapy Foundation), and a member of the Inner City Centre. She has been Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Psychotherapy since 2009, and has been a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council’s Task Force and, later, Advisory Group on Research and the Evidence Base. She is the literary executor of Isabel Menzies Lyth. She variously taught, supervised and undertook clinical assessment at WPF Therapy between 2008-2015. She is co-author, with the late Ruth First, of Olive Schreiner: A Biography; co-author, with the late Mary Barnes, of Something Sacred: Conversations, Writings, Paintings; and author of Real Events Revisited: Fantasy, Memory and Psychoanalysis.

Target Audience

This workshop is open to trainees in the final year of their training and qualified counselling and psychotherapy practitioners.

Closing date for applications is Thursday, 11th February 2021

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Working with suicide with Kirstie Adamson

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 20 March 2021
Time: 9.45am - 3.45pm

Workshop leader

Kirstie Adamson

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £130
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £95
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

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Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

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Suicide is on the increase and Samaritans say that more understanding can help support those at risk. 4 in 5 of all suicides in UK are by men (ONS). In 2015, 6,188 suicides were registered in the UK (ONS). Actual figures are probably far larger because of the amount of deaths registered as misadventure.

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

Working with a suicidal client can raise many issues. This workshop will help you look at how to assess risk when working with a suicidal client and be clear what your responsibilities are. We will consider the implications and issues about breaking confidentiality and will look at any relevant legal issues.

During this workshop we will be able to explore the following questions:

  1. How do you assess risk especially in men?
  2. What do you do when you think your client is going to kill him/herself? How does it impact you? What are your feelings?
  3. What are your responsibilities legal and otherwise?
  4. When do you break confidentiality?

Suicide and the threat of suicide can be challenging and frightening for therapists.  This day will provide an opportunity to discuss issues around suicide especially in men, both in terms of practical risk assessment, and the emotional impact that it can have on you, the therapist.  The day will include paired exercises, small group exercises and some whole group discussions. Clinical examples will be given throughout. The workshop will:

  • Help you look at how to assess risk when working with a suicidal client
  • Get clear what your responsibilities are
  • Consider the implications and issues about breaking confidentiality
  • Look at any relevant legal issues

Comments from previous participants:

  • “Very useful, practical course; led by an extremely competent and empathic tutor.”
  • “An essential day for anyone intending to set up in private practice.”
  • “This workshop was informative and containing, supportive.”

Workshop Leader
Kirstie Adamson works full time as a counsellor and supervisor in a variety of settings. She trained originally integratively and has since done further training particularly in trauma including Somatic Experiencing, Constellations and online counselling. She works part-time in private practice specialising in working with adoptive families, with trauma and working creatively. She is also Deputy Head of Wellbeing at the University of West of England.

In addition, she previously worked for many years providing counselling in a safe house for sex workers, at a secondary school and in an adoption agency. Prior to that she worked as a lawyer for over 15 years specialising in family and children law. She contributed to the BACP books Therapists in Court and Record Keeping and the forthcoming book on Online supervision by Karnac. For her Masters she completed research in how emotions affect our ability to learn. She is currently writing a novel.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 11th of March 2021. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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From cradle to kitchen: attachment, food and the self with Linda Cundy

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

Workshop dates

Workshop, 17 April 2021
Time: 9.15am-3.45pm

Workshop leader

Linda Cundy

Venue

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

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £130
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £95
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2050

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We are all engaged with our relationship with food in some way or another.  For some, this is a complex dynamic, for others it seems straightforward.  Within clinical work the theory and focus is often on eating disorders, but our relationship with food is far wider than that.

  1. Are you working with clients who are struggling with their relationship with food?

  2. Are you interested in understanding more about the role of attachment in childhood and adult life through the medium and metaphor of feeding?

  3. What is ‘normal’ eating and how do we distinguish this from ‘disordered’ eating?

  4. How is the way and what we eat influenced by social, historical, transgenerational and gender issues?

Through attending this workshop you will gain :

  1. A better understanding of secure and insecure attachment as expressed through food
  2. A deeper awareness of the impact of social, historical, transgenerational and gender issues on how and what we eat
  3. Ways of thinking about our clients, their attachment histories and relationships with themselves as expressed through feeding themselves and others
  4. Tools in the form of questions to bring into clinical work, both with eating disordered clients and where eating is not considered problematic
  5. Greater awareness of our own relationships – secure, insecure or disorganised – with food

From the start of life, feeding is a relational experience. The bond between caregiver and infant is brokered in the intimacy of feeding, and our attachment to food is an expression of the relationships we form with other people and ourselves. Our relationship with food expresses something of our attachment histories, secure or insecure: safety and security may be sought in eating or in refusal to eat.

This workshop explores how the relationship with food is shaped in early life in the context of our first attachments, and how food mediates relationships with other people and with ourselves throughout life. We will consider the place of food and feeding in maintaining adult social relationships. Eating disorders are considered from an attachment perspective but are not the sole focus.

The workshop will be accompanied by Powerpoint interspersed with DVD and clinical material. There will be discussion in pairs and small groups focused on specific questions. Participants will have opportunities to consider the role of food in their own lives and to reflect on their clients’ relationships with food, feeding and nourishment.

Target Audience
Qualified and trainee psychotherapists, counsellors, counselling psychologists, eating disorder specialists.

Workshop Leader
Linda Cundy is an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice. She has run courses on attachment at the Wimbledon Guild since 2000. These have now been formalised into a Post Graduate Diploma in Attachment-Based Therapy, and Linda is the course director and lead tutor. She has also taught for two decades on psychotherapy and counselling courses.

She is the editor of Love in the Age of the Internet: Attachment in the Digital Era  (2015) Karnac, and Anxiously Attached: Understanding and Working with Preoccupied Attachment (2017).

Applications must be received by Thursday, 8th April 2021. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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