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WPF Therapy Open Event-Foundation Level

Workshop dates

Saturday, 7 November 2020, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Wednesday, 6 January 2021, 6.00 - 8.00pm
Saturday, 17 April 2021, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Thursday, 27 May 2021, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Saturday, 3 July 2021, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Friday, 3 September 2021, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Session Leader


Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

: FREE

More information

events@wpf.org.uk 

 

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Free

This free online open event will take place online and is for those who want to know more about the counselling skills and psychotherapy training options offered at 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 accredited plus a 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 over 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 session 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?

Register to find out more about our foundation level certificate courses; the essential first step when embarking on a training to become a therapist or an invaluable aid to self development and enhanced work performance. Or if you have already completed a foundation level counselling skills course register for our Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (BACP accredited, BPC and UKCP registration) course which leads to qualification as a psychodynamic psychotherapist.

This is an ideal time to discover, in an informal and interactive way, more about the October, January, April and August intakes of the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills course, the next January 2021 intake for the Diploma in Counselling Skills (Access Course), or to clarify what preparations are needed for a qualifying professional psychodynamic 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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Fully booked - Kleinians since Klein Study Group 2020-2021

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the series detailing their relevant hours, for Continuing Professional Development purposes. We have limited this event to maximum 15.

Workshop dates

11 session course
Session 1: The development of the mind and the inner world: primitive mechanisms, 25 September 2020
Session 2: The development of the mind and the inner world: separation and integration, 30 October 2020
Session 3:Pathological organisations of the personality, 27 November 2020
Session 4: The development of the capacity to think, 18 December 2020
Session 5: The facts of life and the Oedipal triangle , 29 January 2021
Session 6:The central importance of transference/countertransference , 26 February 2021
Session 7:Envy and the death instinct, 26 March 2021
Session 8:The blocking of insight, learning and growth, 30 April 2021
Session 9:Sexuality, 28 May 2021
Session 10: Difference, 25 June 2021
Session 11:What is distinctive about Kleinian work?, 23 July 2021
Time 7pm - 8.30pm
Delivered online via Zoom

Workshop leader

David Smart

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

11 sessions in total: £275
Per individual session: £25

More information

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

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£275

This study group will be delivered via Zoom online.

How could Kleinian perspectives help you in your practice? Perhaps you’ve looked at the work of people like Hanna Segal, Wilfred Bion, Betty Joseph, John Steiner and Ron Britton in training. Coming back to these with greater clinical experience allows you to explore what they offer in more depth – to get hold of connections and understand better what goes on in and beyond the consulting room.

This study group is concerned with developments in Kleinian theory and practice over the past seventy years – what has remained central, what has been discarded, what has become better understood and what is contentious today. It is designed to work at different levels, offering food for thought to those unfamiliar with psychoanalytic thinking as well as to those who wish to extend and enrich their understanding and use of Kleinian approaches.

The group has been popular and successful in previous years and is generally fully subscribed. The 2020-2021 course will be entirely online, allowing those who live outside London to take part.

2021 marks the centenary of Melanie Klein’s first psychoanalytic publication, ‘The development of a child’, in which she argued for the liberating effect of responding honestly to children’s questions. Since then, Klein and her associates have played a major role in the development of psychoanalytic thinking and practice. Much that was once considered innovative and controversial in her approach has been taken up by those with reservations about her basic tenets. Lively debate continues among those more sympathetic to Kleinian ways of seeing and working.

It is possible to attend individual sessions, but there is much to be gained by revisiting material that may seem familiar and through involvement in an ongoing process. In previous years there has been a lively dynamism in the group. Members have found a space to share impressions, responses, puzzlement, realisations and insights, with an emphasis on clinical issues.

The readings include earlier and later practitioners, clinical and theoretical considerations. We refer back to Freud and Klein as we consider how thinking and technique have developed, aiming to replicate the analytic cycle of learning and working-through. Detailed notes are provided to help contextualise the readings and support engagement with them.

By participating in this study group, you can expect to gain:

  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.

Comments from Previous Participants

  • “This once monthly format is really good value, as I have learnt so much more compared to the equivalent amount of hours in an average 2 days CPD course.”
  • “I’m finding the papers enriching whilst at the same time challenging as well as questions and views raised by the group.  This is good as its stirring me up out of lazy thinking.  I have found the relevance/benefit of theories has been demonstrated in the group on several occasions and also it’s helping me with often confusing work.”
  • “Linking the reading to our clinical work is most valuable.”
  • “The things I found most useful and enjoyable were the readings suggested, the session notes sent in advance and the clinical examples in the sessions.”

Course Reading

Detailed reading lists will be sent on booking. WPF gives participants electronic access to texts.

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 practice 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).

This course will be relevant to practising counsellors/psychotherapists and trainees engaged in clinical work and to those engaged in academic study in the field. There will be a focus on working with the ideas and issues clinically. Priority will be given to applicants who can attend the whole course.

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

 

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Kleinians since Klein Study Group 2020-2021 Parallel Study Group with new dates

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the series detailing their relevant hours, for Continuing Professional Development purposes. We have limited this event to maximum 15.

Workshop dates

11 session course
Session 1: The development of the mind and the inner world: primitive mechanisms, 9 October 2020
Session 2: The development of the mind and the inner world: separation and integration, 6 November 2020
Session 3:Pathological organisations of the personality, 11 December 2020
Session 4: The development of the capacity to think, 15 January 2020
Session 5: The facts of life and the Oedipal triangle , 19 February 2021
Session 6:The central importance of transference/countertransference , 19 March 2021
Session 7:Envy and the death instinct, 16 April 2021
Session 8:The blocking of insight, learning and growth, 14 May 2021
Session 9:Sexuality, 11 June 2021
Session 10: Difference, 2 July 2021
Session 11:What is distinctive about Kleinian work?, 30 July 2021
Time 7pm - 8.30pm
Delivered online via Zoom

Workshop leader

David Smart

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

11 sessions in total: £275
Per individual session: £25

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£275

This study group will be delivered via Zoom online.

How could Kleinian perspectives help you in your practice? Perhaps you’ve looked at the work of people like Hanna Segal, Wilfred Bion, Betty Joseph, John Steiner and Ron Britton in training. Coming back to these with greater clinical experience allows you to explore what they offer in more depth – to get hold of connections and understand better what goes on in and beyond the consulting room.

This study group is concerned with developments in Kleinian theory and practice over the past seventy years – what has remained central, what has been discarded, what has become better understood and what is contentious today. It is designed to work at different levels, offering food for thought to those unfamiliar with psychoanalytic thinking as well as to those who wish to extend and enrich their understanding and use of Kleinian approaches.

The group has been popular and successful in previous years and is generally fully subscribed. The 2020-2021 course will be entirely online, allowing those who live outside London to take part.

2021 marks the centenary of Melanie Klein’s first psychoanalytic publication, ‘The development of a child’, in which she argued for the liberating effect of responding honestly to children’s questions. Since then, Klein and her associates have played a major role in the development of psychoanalytic thinking and practice. Much that was once considered innovative and controversial in her approach has been taken up by those with reservations about her basic tenets. Lively debate continues among those more sympathetic to Kleinian ways of seeing and working.

It is possible to attend individual sessions, but there is much to be gained by revisiting material that may seem familiar and through involvement in an ongoing process. In previous years there has been a lively dynamism in the group. Members have found a space to share impressions, responses, puzzlement, realisations and insights, with an emphasis on clinical issues.

The readings include earlier and later practitioners, clinical and theoretical considerations. We refer back to Freud and Klein as we consider how thinking and technique have developed, aiming to replicate the analytic cycle of learning and working-through. Detailed notes are provided to help contextualise the readings and support engagement with them.

By participating in this study group, you can expect to gain:

  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.

Comments from Previous Participants

  • “This once monthly format is really good value, as I have learnt so much more compared to the equivalent amount of hours in an average 2 days CPD course.”
  • “I’m finding the papers enriching whilst at the same time challenging as well as questions and views raised by the group.  This is good as its stirring me up out of lazy thinking.  I have found the relevance/benefit of theories has been demonstrated in the group on several occasions and also it’s helping me with often confusing work.”
  • “Linking the reading to our clinical work is most valuable.”
  • “The things I found most useful and enjoyable were the readings suggested, the session notes sent in advance and the clinical examples in the sessions.”

Course Reading

Detailed reading lists will be sent on booking. WPF gives participants electronic access to texts.

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 practice 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).

This course will be relevant to practising counsellors/psychotherapists and trainees engaged in clinical work and to those engaged in academic study in the field. There will be a focus on working with the ideas and issues clinically. Priority will be given to applicants who can attend the whole course.

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

 

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Languages Of Loss – Finding Creative Ways To Express Grief - Online Workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date: , 10 October 2020
Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm

Workshop leader

Sasha Bates

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £75
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £65
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

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£75

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

Grief is universal and unavoidable, yet we live our lives as though it won’t happen to us. Losing a loved one may be your biggest fear, or you may be engulfed and silenced by the pain of it having already happened to you. Either way most of us tend to avoid talking about it, which generally only makes an intolerable situation even more painful. This may be your own experience, or you may be finding this to be true amongst your clients. If, as psychotherapists, we ourselves find grief hard to talk about, how can we help our grieving clients open up about one of the most tumultuous and life changing events they may ever experience?

Workshop Aims

By the end of the session you will: 

  1. Explore how grief – our own and that of our clients – can be borne, both within and outside a therapy room and discuss resourcing, in the widest possible sense.
  2. Ground our experience within the context of the various grief theories: Kubler-Ross’s 5 stages, Worden’s 4 tasks, and the more recent Dual Process and Continuing Bonds theories, examining their usefulness, or otherwise. Can theory really help navigate all the ways we attempt to bear the unbearable, express the inexpressible and give voice to the unverbalizable?

 Outline

This experiential workshop uses a variety of physical and creative exercises and discussions to help you discover how to compassionately open up to tumultuous and life changing losses – those that have happened, and those that you might like to deny will ever happen – and explore the ways in which you might start to approach your feelings around this sensitive subject.

Sasha Bates is a psychotherapist, journalist and former documentary filmmaker. After eighteen years in the TV industry she left television behind and re-trained as an integrative psychotherapist at The Minster Centre. After stints working in the NHS and in higher education, she started up in private practice where she gained a reputation as an embodied therapist, earlier trainings in yoga teaching and in ‘trauma sensitive yoga’ having given her a good understanding of the mind body connection. She used this knowledge to write and teach CPD various workshops on the subjects of yoga, trauma and self-care. 

When her husband, Bill, died unexpectedly at just 56, Sasha turned back to writing as an outlet for the unbearable emotions she was experiencing. At the same time, she took refuge in re-engaging with the academic therapeutic theories around grief, using them as a way to help her cognitively make sense of what she was feeling. This dual approach eventually led to her book – Languages of Loss – a raw and frank ‘conversation’ between her grieving self and her therapist self.  

Languages of Loss  is to be published by Yellow Kite on April 2nd, 2020.  

Target Audience:

 This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.  Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 1st October 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

Before booking please read our Terms and Conditions for CPD events here.

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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Let’s talk about… Online Therapy - Online Event

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date: , 16 October 2020
Time: 7 - 8.30pm

Workshop leader

Cate Lyon
Sarah Jones

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £40
Trainees: £30
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £20

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

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£40

Why not join us this evening to share our experiences of moving our psychotherapy practice online?  Although some models of therapy have been offered online for years, for many psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapists it’s new.  Are you scanning the literature for help?  This is an opportunity to learn, share and explore some of the dilemmas, difficulties, opportunities and surprises around working online for both clinician and patient with fellow psychotherapists and counsellors.

Have you moved your clinical practice online or is your organisation re-shaping itself to deliver therapy differently due to COVID restrictions?

What challenges have you faced?

Would you like to share experiences of providing therapy online with other clinicians?

What issues and dilemmas does working psychodynamically online bring up?

During this workshop you will be able to hear from colleagues about their experiences working online psychodynamically and share some of your own.  How do we work with unconscious processes including interpretation, transference dynamics, fantasy, enactments and containment in the presence of the computer and the physical absence of the body?

Workshop Aims

By the end of the workshop, you will have the opportunity to: 

  • Consider issues around working therapeutically online. 
  • Explore some of the issues, dilemmas and opportunities of providing psychotherapy and counselling online.  
  • Share a range of experiences of providing psychotherapy and counselling online. 
  • Increase your confidence and competence in working without the physical framework of a consulting room.  

Outline

This workshop will begin with a short introduction followed by talks from the two workshop leaders. There will be small group discussions and a full plenary to draw out shared insights and learning from the workshop.  

Sarah Jones 

Sarah qualified as a psychodynamic psychotherapist in 2012. Sarah has worked in private practice, as a seminar leader at WPF Therapy and workshop facilitator for the University Mentoring Organisation (UMO). She works as a Specialist Mental Health Mentor for UMO, mentoring both in person and online since 2016.  

Cate Lyon 

Cate is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist trained at WPF Therapy. She is Counselling Lead in NHS Primary Care (IAPT). As part of the Senior Management Team, Cate has recent experience of implementing a rapid reconfiguration of her IAPT Service systems, staff working arrangements and patient communications to provide online and telephone therapy from remote settings in response to COVID-19. She also practices and supervises in Private Practice. She teaches and trains extensively in the field and consults in these roles in a range of public and private organisations. 

Target Audience:

This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.  Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 8th October 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

Before booking please read our Terms and Conditions for CPD events here.

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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Eco Anxiety and Grief in Psychotherapy with Caroline Hickman - Zoom

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date:, 24 October 2020
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Workshop leader

Caroline Hickman

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £75
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £65
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

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£75

This workshop is part of WPF Therapy’s 2020-2021 CPD Programme themed around ‘The World We Live In.’

We are seeing increased psychological distress such as eco-anxiety, depression, and grief as we become more aware of environmental problems.  How do we work with this in the consulting room?  During this workshop we will explore these emergent problems in our psychotherapy practice. We will look at this both theoretically and practically through a climate crisis lens; and develop practical ideas of how to work imaginally with these concerns through art and stories.

Children and young people are increasingly anxious about the state of the world we are living in, they need help to navigate this, and their parents need support in knowing how to parent their children through these changing and difficult times. We will also explore how these crises are having an increased impact on couples and families and how to navigate this in practice as well as how to support people engaged in direct work or campaigning in these fields such as climate activists, conservationists and climate scientists.

We will also make space to examine the connection between climate or eco-anxiety and the distress caused by the COVID virus.  This is increasingly important and we will explore the interrelationship between these and examine how to address both in psychotherapy practice.

Workshop Aims

By the end of the workshop you can expect:

  1. To have learned about how the climate and bio-diversity crisis leads to feelings of eco-anxiety and increasingly affecting children and young people’s mental health, couples, families and environmental activists.
  2. To have examined the climate and bio-diversity crisis in relation to defences and also psychological frameworks of trauma, resilience, hope and hopelessness, anxiety, depression and grief.
  3. To have greater personal understanding of how the climate and bio-diversity crisis is impacting on ourselves as psychotherapists.
  4. To develop a practice-oriented climate and bio-diversity crisis lens through which you and your psychotherapy practice can respond to these emerging concerns. You will also learn how to work imaginally with these issues using art and stories.

The workshop will include the following:

Introduction to eco-anxiety and climate psychology as a frame for understanding, including discussion of conscious and unconscious process, defences, trauma and resilience; the psychological impact of the COVID virus in relation to climate change.  We will use experiential exercises to explore our own thoughts and feelings about the climate and bio-diversity crisis and how this may be impacting us both personally and emerging in our psychotherapy practice.

There will be an introduction to themes of trauma, resilience, hope and hopelessness, anxiety, depression and grief as understood through practice application of a climate crisis lens.

Caroline Hickman is an integrative psychosynthesis psychotherapist trained at Re-vision.  She studied archetypal and cultural psychology with Thiasos for 3 years. She teaches at the University of Bath and has been on the Climate Psychology Alliance Executive since 2018 leading on therapeutic outreach, media liaison and developing a series of podcasts on Climate Psychology, Eco-Anxiety and Bio diversity loss – ‘Climate Crisis Conversations – Catastrophe or Transformation’. She is currently researching and writing about children and young people’s feelings including eco-anxiety about the climate and biodiversity crisis using a psychosocial free association methodology to uncover and explore different stories, narratives and images around our defences against the ‘difficult truth’ of the climate and bio-diversity crisis, and hidden and ‘less conscious’ feelings about climate anxiety. She has been working with different youth climate activist groups globally and is passionate about getting ‘under the surface’ metaphorically and literally. Her psychotherapy dissertation explored grief and depression and our relationship with the sea and saltwater, both real and imaginal.

Target Audience:

This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.  Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

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

Before booking please read our Terms and Conditions for CPD events here.

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 the Clinical Lacan with Anne Worthington - Online workshop

Workshop dates

Workshop: part 1, 24 October 2020
Workshop: part 2, 31 October 2020
Time: 10am - 1pm

Workshop leader

Anne Worthington

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £75
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £65
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

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£75

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

Whereas Lacan has been popular in universities, critical theory, art theory etc in UK and USA for many years, his work has more recently been seen as important/useful in the psychoanalytic clinic.  The workshop will introduce some key Lacanian concepts from a clinical perspective by way of a reading of published clinical material – classical and contemporary.  This introduction may appeal to the ‘mildy curious’ or those struggling with a particular clinical issue and who would welcome another perspective along with a chance to discuss Lacanian concepts and clinical practice with colleagues. 

Workshop Aims

This workshop will help you to: 

  1. Contextualise Lacan’s contribution to psychoanalysis  
  2. Explore some key concepts that inform Lacanian psychoanalytic clinical practice 
  3. Evaluate the possibilities of Lacanian psychoanalysis in clinical practice
  4. Consider future learning in the Lacanian field 

 Outline

The workshop will open with a question: Who was Jacques Lacan?   It is a question that gives us an opportunity for introductions and to consider a published account of Lacan’s clinical practice. The group discussion will be followed with a talk on Lacanian ideas about diagnosis via speech and transference and the implications for technique.   

Part 2:  This second session will include time for discussion of clinical issues.  We will focus on the clinic, there will be a lecture that introduces some key concepts in Lacan’s work: language, desire, time with reference to published clinical material.  We conclude with an opportunity for questions, challenges and confidential case discussion.

Anne Worthington is a Lacanian psychoanalyst, practising in South London. She is a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, College of Psychoanalysis – UK and the Guild of Psychotherapists.  

 

Target Audience:

Training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.  Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 15th October 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.  Please note that you must attend both sessions. If you do not attend the first session we regret that you will not be able to attend the second session. Before applying please make sure that you are able to attend both. WPF Therapy will not issue a refund if you missed any sessions.

Before booking please read our Terms and Conditions for CPD events here.

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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Shame, Race and Identity with Dr Aileen Alleyne - Online Workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date:, 21 November 2020
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Dr Aileen Alleyne

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £75
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £65
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£75

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

How do we work with the ubiquitous emotion of shame?  Can we recognize and think about its specific manifestations in the context of race? Would you like to deepen your confidence and competence in meeting shame presentations in your clinical work?  

Workshop Aims

The workshop will provide opportunities for participants:

  1. To have deeper understanding of working with shame and black identity wounding. 
  2. To understand how shame is inextricably linked to untreated trauma from racial oppression.   
  3. To feel more competent in addressing shame-based issues in your clinical work. 
  4. To feel more competent in addressing shame-based issues in your clinical work. 

Outline

The ubiquitous emotion of shame has specific consequences for black identity, self-esteem and the process of selfactualisation.  Identity is an important signifier through which we try to understand many aspects of our lives – the personal, the political, the racial, the religious, philosophical, gender, class and sexuality. According to Sarup (1996), identity can become an entangled mediating concept between the external and internal, the individual and society, theory and practice.

This workshop will examine Sarup’s ‘I am’ and ‘It is’ aspects of identity, that is, the way we see ourselves and the way society sees us, and highlight where discord, shame and powerlessness reside intra-psychically. The stark contrast between how one is perceived in public and the way we see our private self, can differ widely, and contribute to an inner state of dis…ease. Compounding this psycho-social aspect of shame, is the shame impact of inter/trans generational trauma.

The training will deepen awareness of how the debilitating emotion shame, overarches much of what we deal with in the consulting room. Practitioners will be helped to recognise and work more effectively with the phenomenon and hopefully benefit from a safe (virtual) space to connect personally and professionally with the theme.  The day will be facilitated via a mixture of tutorial input, experiential exercises, clinical vignettes, PowerPoint, and video. 

Dr Aileen Alleyneis a UKCP registered psychodynamic psychotherapist, clinical supervisor andorganisational consultant. In addition to running her private practice in East Sussex and South East London, she is a visiting lecturer at several training institutions and a consultant on issues of race andculturaldiversity within various workplace settings, such as the NHS, Social Services, Education and the Police Services. Her clinical research, examining black workers’ experiences in three institutional settings, makes a significant contribution to the discourse on race. Highlighting the concept of the internal oppressor, it offers ways of deepening understanding of black psychological reactions to the negative impact of racism. Aileen is the authorof several book chapters and journal papers exploring themes onblack/white dynamics, shame, and identity wounding, and working with issues ofDifference and Diversity in the workplace.She is currently writing her first book on Trans/ Intergenerational Trauma. 

Target Audience:

Practitioners in areas of counselling, psychotherapy, group work, family therapy, psychology, sociology, social work, education, teaching, youth work, pastoral care, psychiatry, mentoring, mediation. 

Comments from previous participants

  • Brilliant and effective introduction into an important but (often) marginalised topic and phenomenon”.
  • “Dr Alleyne’s warm and authoritative approach meant we were free to speak from our embodied, lived experience without fear or hesitation. Truly enlightening”.
  • “Tough subject delivered in thoughtful way”.
  • “Reaffirming, validatory and eye-opening course!”.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 12th November 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

Before booking please read our Terms and Conditions for CPD events here.

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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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.

Target Audience:

Training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.  Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 12th November 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

Before booking please read our Terms and Conditions for CPD events here.

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

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Developing And Maintaining Therapeutic Relationship Online

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date:, 28 November 2020
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Alla Rowe
Julia Ovchinnikova

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £75
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £65
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

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£75

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

Most clinicians have made the move to online therapy suddenly.  For many, it has worked well.  Others may be struggling.  Now is the time to consolidate the work and think about how we deepen our work with clients using this medium.  

  1. Do you want to develop your work online?
  2. Are you working online with your clients?
  3. What are the challenges and opportunities of online therapy? 
  4. How can we develop a way of maintaining a therapeutic presence in online work?
  5. What are the challenges of imaginative and creative interaction with clients during live video sessions? 
  6. What strategies can we use to overcome psychological barriers in working online?

By the end of the workshop you can expect:

  • To develop understanding of potential difficulties of working online and to explore various ways of managing those. 
  • To explore individual emotional responses to on screen counselling through experiential activities and discussion  
  • To re-examine familiar concepts such as analytic attitude, holding environment, containment and reverie in the absence of physical “container” of the traditional therapy room. 
  • To learn a cross-modal communication channel between the human senses. 
  • To embrace therapeutic uses of technology as the integral “third”. 

Outline 

During the workshop, we will explore the essentials of a genuine psychotherapeutic process while working by Skype. Starting with a brief history of an online work that began with chat rooms and later moved on to Skype work, participants will be invited to look at the therapeutic presence and imaginative function as one of the key concepts. The need for and the lack of physical proximity will be explored. Case presentations will illustrate the situations when the physical distance becomes a serious obstacle in the therapy, when it could be overcome and rare cases where it facilitates the therapeutic process.  How do our own sensory function and body attunement impact on the work?  Do they facilitate therapy via Skype? There will be space to explore your own individual emotional experience of online communication, personal associations with the use of devices and “screen” and how those influence their attitudes towards online therapy work.   

During the afternoon we will look at the peculiarities of transference and countertransference with special attention to embodied countertransference. Managing the emotional container when the physical container is “contaminated” or absent will be presented as a case study. Seductions and distractions in online therapy, shame related issues will be explored and followed by clinical vignettes. 

Finally, we will think about the concept of technology as the “third”, new therapeutic landscape and how it can be acknowledged, embraced and worked with in therapy is discussed. The critical issues for the profession then become the professional development for practitioners in the use of Skype and suggestions are listed. 

Workshop Leaders

Alla Rowe is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist in private practice since 2005. Alla trained in marital and couple psychodynamic psychotherapy at the London Marriage Guidance. She then continued her training at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, where she obtained Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Couple Psychotherapy, accredited by the University of East London. From 2006 and until the pilot scheme closure in 2013 Alla worked as a Relate licenced therapist in private practice. Alla works with clients face to face at her office in London as well as online. 

Julia Ovchinnikova is a Jungian Psychoanalyst. She is a member of the Association of Jungian Analysts. She has a Ph.D. in psychology, lectures in the UK and Russia in academic psychology, psychotherapy and Jungian analysis. She also supervises psychodynamic counsellors at Sutton Counselling Centre. The main area of Julia’s research is personality crisis, with a particular interest in identity crisis and midlife crisis. She has a number of published papers.  

Julia has practiced psychotherapy for 20 years. Since 2014 Julia has been working in private practice in Surbiton, seeing her clients face to face and online. 

Target Audience:

Counselling and psychotherapy trainees and qualified counsellors and trainees wishing to explore and develop their online work   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 19th November 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

Before booking please read our Terms and Conditions for CPD events here.

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 A Taste of Training on 28th November 2020 & 5th of December 2020

Please note that you must attend both sessions. If you do not attend the first session we regret that you will not be able to attend the second session. Before applying please make sure that you are able to attend both. WPF Therapy will not issue a refund if you missed any sessions.

Workshop dates

Workshop date: Part 1, 28 November 2020
Workshop date: Part 2, 5 December 2020
Time 10am – 1pm
Delivered online



Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Public: £70
Qualified practitioner: £70
Trainee: £70

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£70

Are you thinking of training as a counsellor or psychotherapist but have lots of questions? If so, this online two-part ATasteof  Training will help you explore what therapy training involves and what it can lead to. This experiential event offers the opportunity to explore your own motivations for training and busts the myths about therapy training.

Here are some of the questions which are addressed at A Taste of Training.

Why do this workshop?

  1. Do I want to be a counsellor or a psychotherapist?  What is the difference between counselling andpsychotherapy?  Are psychotherapists like psychiatrists?   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 my own 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?
  2. Why should I come to WPF Therapy rather than go somewhere else? How do I know what makes a good training?  What am I qualified to do at the end of the training? How much money will I make once I qualify?  What are the professional regulatory bodies?  Why are they 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 model of therapy and how this relates to 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 two days 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?

Please note that you must attend both sessions.  If you do not attend the first session we regret that you will not be able to attend the second session.  Before applying please make sure that you are able to attend both.

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 Taster Days:

  • “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.”
  • “After much research online I was so confused about the first step into the world of psychotherapy and counselling. This course answered all the questions on my list and many more that I hadn’t anticipated. Expertly laid out with exercises that really help you to help clarify whether this may be the right route for you.”

Applications must be received by Thursday, 19th November 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

If you apply for the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills starting within one year of  ‘A Taste of Training’, we will waive the course selection fee. 

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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Freud an Introduction to his work and key ideas with Sophia Ploumaki - Online Workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date: , 30 January 2021
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Sophia Ploumaki

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £75
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £65
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

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£75

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

Freud’s ideas have permeated our everyday lives.  We find him referenced on TV, in movies, in literature.  But who was he and what did he really say?  Are his ideas relevant to us now or have we moved on? 

During this workshop we will explore the basic key psychoanalytic theory of unconscious, theory of dreams and sexuality, think about the theory of errors and try to understand Freud’s contribution to human inter-relational conduct in society. 

Workshop Aims

By the end of the session you will have: 

  1. Gained in depth understanding of the psychic mechanisms of forgetfulness. 
  2. Some insight relating to working with trauma in clinical settings. 
  3. Developed some understanding of the theory of neurosis.
  4. Be able to think about the connection between trauma, birth and personality.  

 Outline

During the workshop there will be clinical presentations to contextually explore key theoretical concepts. Small group activities will also be used to enhance participation and learning.  

Sophia Ploumaki is a group psychotherapist and organisational consultant workings within NHS complex systems of care. She is a UKCP and ISPSO clinical registrar and she has been a seminar leader on the WPF Therapy Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills.  Sophia currently works as a senior operational leader within the NHS and as a clinical director in cases of historical child abuse. She is an experienced organisational consultant who uses systems psychodynamic approaches to understand human systems of coupled integrated clinical pathways. 

Target Audience:

This is an introductory level workshop and will be of interest to those who know something about Freud’s theory of unconscious mind and want to consolidate their basic understanding. The workshop is also open to qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors including those on introductory-level courses.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 21st January 2021. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

Before booking please read our Terms and Conditions for CPD events here.

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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Self-Care for Practitioners with Dr.Meg-John Barker - Online Workshop

Please note that you must attend both sessions. If you do not attend the first session we regret that you will not be able to attend the second session. Before applying please make sure that you are able to attend both. WPF Therapy will not issue a refund if you missed any sessions.

Workshop dates

Workshop Session 1: , 30 January 2021
Workshop Session 2: , 6 February 2021
Time: 10am - 1pm

Workshop leader

Dr.Meg-John Barker

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £75
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £65
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

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£75

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

What is self-care?  Why is it so important?  As practitioners, we find it notoriously difficult to take care of ourselves.  This important workshop is an opportunity to work with others and think about how we are taking care of ourselves.  It seems that right now, in the world, this is even more important.   

You will be able to explore why it’s important to engage in self-care and how you might build it into your life.  Learn about a wide range of self-care practices, drawing on trauma-informed, systemic, mindful, existential approaches and more.  Learn how to go about engaging your clients in self-care practices. 

Workshop Aims

The workshop will provide opportunities for participants:

  1. To understand what self-care is and why it’s important for practitioners and clients alike.
  2. To know your own blocks to self-care and ways you might work with those.
  3. To have access to a range of self-care tools and techniques.
  4. To make connections between inner self-care and oppression and marginalisation in the wider world.

Outline

The event will be led through a series of experiential exercises and small group discussions, fed back to the larger group for conversation. The facilitator will present some material in the form of handouts, and synthesise feedback on a whiteboard or flipchart.  

Meg-John Barker is the author of a number of popular books on sex, gender, and relationships, including Queer: A Graphic History, Gender: A Graphic Guide, How To Understand Your Gender, Life Isn’t Binary, Enjoy Sex (How, When, and IF You Want To), Rewriting the Rules, The Psychology of Sex, and Hell Yeah Self-Care: A Trauma-Informed Workbook. They have also written a number of books for scholars and counsellors on these topics, drawing on their own research and therapeutic practice. They produced the BACP resource on Gender, Sexual, and Relationship Diversity.

Websites: rewriting-the-rules.commegjohnandjustin.com 

Target Audience:

This is an introductory level workshop and will be of interest to those who know something about Freud’s theory of unconscious mind and want to consolidate their basic understanding. The workshop is also open to qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors including those on introductory-level courses.  

Pre-Course:

 Here is the free resources referred to throughout the day can be downloaded here: 

https://www.rewriting-the-rules.com/zines/ 

 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 21st January 2021. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

Before booking please read our Terms and Conditions for CPD events here.

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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Desire and Technology - The Impact of Digital Media on Psychotherapy with Susan Tyler - Online Workshop

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date:, 6 February 2021
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Susan Tyler

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £75
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £65
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

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£75

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

Many therapists were forced into moving online as a response to the pandemic and lockdown. Now we are moving out of the crisis and looking for more sustained ways of relating online. This workshop will be an opportunity to explore how technology is affecting our relationships, including the therapeutic one. It will explore the potential of this expansion of how we relate to one another. It will also highlight the dangers of dehumanising the other inherent in disembodied relating.  

  1. Would you like to explore the impact of technology on the psychotherapeutic relationship? 
  2. Would you like to have a clearer understanding of the opportunities and pitfalls of computer mediated therapeutic work? It could lead to more opportunities to connect as well as a potential denial of more embodied states.  
  3. Do you need ideas on how to facilitate the creative use of technology in enhancing rather than frustrating psychic change?  

Workshop Aims

By the end of this workshop you will have: 

  • A better understanding of the impact of technology on the psychotherapeutic relationship.  The workshop will look at how to think about the use of technology clinically. 
  • A clearer understanding of how important tolerating frustration is in forming the self and how technology affects this process. It will focus on how therapy can rehumanise and expand possibilities for connection rather than limit and dehumanise the other. 
  • Have more knowledge about how to promote the use of technology as a transitional object, as a bridge towards feeling more connected rather than a psychic retreat. 
  •  An opportunity to think about how therapy can help when the use of technology has become addictive or perverse, using clinical examples. 

Outline 

The day will include a theoretical overview using work by Danielle Knafo, Alessandra Lemma and Gillian Russell on the use of technology and how psychotherapy is impacted.  There will be paired work and discussion of cases where technology has dehumanised relationships in some way with ideas on how this could be worked with. The trainer will present a clinical example for discussion. We will look at computer mediated psychotherapy focusing on how to work effectively in this medium.  

Sue Tyler is a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in central London (www.susantyler.org) and Brighton. She is currently training as a Jungian Analyst at the SAP. 

Target Audience:

Psychotherapists and counsellors in private practice and trainees.  The focus of the workshop will be psychodynamic but practitioners in other modalities are welcome to apply.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 28th January 2021. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

Before booking please read our Terms and Conditions for CPD events here.

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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Projective Identification in practice with Paul Terry

Please note that you must attend both sessions. If you do not attend the first session we regret that you will not be able to attend the second session. Before applying please make sure that you are able to attend both. WPF Therapy will not issue a refund if you missed any sessions.

Workshop dates

Workshop Session 1, 13 February 2021
Workshop Session 2, 20 February 2021
Time 10am-1pm

Workshop leader

Paul Terry

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £75
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £65
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

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020 7378 2050

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£75

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

  • Do you want to understand more about projective identification and how to work with it in clinical work?
  • Do you want to learn more about using therapeutic technique to enable the retrieval of projective identifications?

Workshop Aims

By the end of the session you will expect: 

  • To clearly define projective identification, transference and countertransference and what distinguishes these phenomena from one another.
  • To gain knowledge of the different forms of projective identification and to understand the motives for projective identification.
  • To learn about projective identification and the superego.

This workshop will study projective identification as it is experienced in therapeutic practice. Projective identification will be examined in the transference and countertransference; in its different forms whether attributive, evocative or acquisitive; its various motives, whether to communicate, evacuate, possess, control, deny separateness or overcome loss; its relationship to introjective identification; how the superego drives projective identification and is often reflected in what is projected; and as projective identification operates interpersonally in therapeutic and other personal relationships, and intrapersonally between the ego and superego. Working through to enable the retrieval of projective identifications will be studied in relation to therapeutic technique of the framing and timing of interpretations.

These different aspects of projective identification will be illustrated through the presentation and discussion of clinical material. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring examples from their own practice for discussion.

Target audience

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

Past participant comments

  • “Very well structured and presented session – excellent value and highly informative – very clear.”
  • “An extremely important workshop for all therapists at whatever stage of their career.”
  • “Paul is a skillful lecturer who makes a complicated subject very accessible.”
  • “Excellent presenter who managed to deliver a serious subject in a friendly accessible ambiance.”
  • “A very knowledgeable training that one can take and use in all aspects of life.”

Workshop leader
Paul Terry
is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. He has worked in child, adolescent, and adult mental health, and forensic settings, and most recently in a specialist mental health service for older people in the National Health Services. For many years, in tandem with clinical practice, Paul was Lecturer in Counselling at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Paul has written extensively about his clinical work and the application of psychoanalytical ideas to social and political themes. In 2004 Paul won the Annual Essay Prize of the Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the NHS for his article “Dangerous Liaisons: Psychosis and Violence – Working in a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit’. In 2008 he published a revised second edition of his book Counselling and Psychotherapy with Older People: A Psychodynamic Approach (London: Palgrave Macmillan).

Paul has a particular interest in projective identification because it has become a central concept in his teaching and publications. He finds it especially helping in illuminating clinical practice and various social and political issues. For the last several years he has led workshops on projective identification at WPF Therapy in London.

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

Before booking please read our Terms and Conditions for CPD events here.

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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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 date: , 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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020 7378 2050

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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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Alchemy Today with Christine Driver

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

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 20 February 2021
Time: 9.30am - 12.45pm

Workshop leader

Christine Driver

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £50
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £40
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £35

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

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£50

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

What is alchemy? 

Historically alchemy was a deeply spiritual and philosophical process in which the aim was to find the essence of being, the quintessence, and not just to turn base metal into gold.  Are these ideas still relevant today?  The principles of alchemy and the alchemical process are, in fact, still pertinent today in terms of the ongoing search to find meaning and understanding about life and about ourselves.  These ideas can help us understand the dynamics of relationships as well as the impact and challenges society faces today.   

Workshop Aims 

By the end of this workshop you will have: 

  1. Input about the philosophy and ideas behind the art of alchemy.
  2. Exploration about alchemy and its links to personal and inter-personal issues.
  3. An understanding of how alchemy helps us understand the dynamics of relationships and social interaction and society today.   

Outline  

During this workshop, we will examine alchemical processes and explore how we can use the language of alchemy to develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and relationships.  We will also consider alchemy as a metaphor that can help us consider the social, digital and relational challenges of the twenty-first century and how they impact us.   

There will be direct trainer input, PowerPoint presentations and exploratory exercises 

Workshop Leader
Dr. Christine Driver is a Jungian Analyst and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and a member of the Society of Analytical Psychology (SAP) and Fellow of the Foundation for Counselling and Psychotherapy (FPC).  She was Director of Training at WPF Therapy, teaches, supervises and works in private practice.  She has recently published The Self and the Quintessence: A Jungian Perspective (2020, Routledge) and co-written and co-edited Being and Relating in Psychotherapy (2013, Palgrave), Supervision and the Analytic Attitude (2005, Whurr) and Supervising Psychotherapy (2002, Sage).  

Target Audience:

People involved in the counselling/psychotherapy and helping professions. 

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

Before booking please read our Terms and Conditions for CPD events here.

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

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Gender, Sexual, and Relationship Diversity with Dr.Meg-John Barker - Online Workshop

Please note that you must attend both sessions. If you do not attend the first session we regret that you will not be able to attend the second session. Before applying please make sure that you are able to attend both. WPF Therapy will not issue a refund if you missed any sessions.

Workshop dates

Workshop Session 1: , 27 February 2021
Workshop Session 2:, 6 March 2021
Time: 10am - 1pm

Workshop leader

Meg-John Barker

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £75
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £65
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

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£75

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

This workshop will help you:

  • To find out why gender, sexual, and relationship diversity is relevant to all of their clients, not just the minority or marginalised ones.
  • To learn about the latest terminology and understandings so they can work with confidence across gender, sexual, and relationship diversity.
  • To develop a range of skills and techniques for working with clients around gender, sex, and relationships.

Workshop Aims

By the end of the workshop you can expect: 

  1.  To have a good understanding of the current knowledge around gender, sexuality, and relationships.
  2. To have a range of skills for working with clients around these issues.
  3. To feel more confident in the room with gender, sexual, and relationship diverse clients.
  4. To have a better sense of your own experiences and attitudes around these issues and how they impact you and your practice.

 Outline

The event will be led through a series of experiential exercises and small group discussions, fed back to the larger group for conversation. The facilitator will present some material in the form of handouts, and synthesise feedback on a whiteboard or flipchart.  

Meg-John Barker is the author of a number of popular books on sex, gender, and relationships, including Queer: A Graphic History, Gender: A Graphic Guide, How To Understand Your Gender, Life Isn’t Binary, Enjoy Sex (How, When, and IF You Want To), Rewriting the Rules, The Psychology of Sex, and Hell Yeah Self-Care: A Trauma-Informed Workbook. They have also written a number of books for scholars and counsellors on these topics, drawing on their own research and therapeutic practice. They produced the BACP resource on Gender, Sexual, and Relationship Diversity.

Websites: rewriting-the-rules.commegjohnandjustin.com.

Pre-Course:

 Here is the free resources referred to throughout the day can be downloaded here: 

https://www.bacp.co.uk/media/5877/bacp-gender-sexual-relationship-diversity-gpacp001-april19.pdf 

https://www.rewriting-the-rules.com/zines/ 

https://megjohnandjustin.com/publications/ 

Target Audience:

Therapists and any other practitioners. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 18th February 2021. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

Before booking please read our Terms and Conditions for CPD events here.

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 A Taste of Training on 6th March 2021 & 13th March 2021

Please note that you must attend both sessions. If you do not attend the first session we regret that you will not be able to attend the second session. Before applying please make sure that you are able to attend both. WPF Therapy will not issue a refund if you missed any sessions.

Workshop dates

Workshop date: Part 1, 6 March 2021
Workshop date: Part 2, 13 March 2021
Time 10am – 1pm
Delivered online



Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Public: £70
Qualified practitioner: £70
Trainee: £70

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

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£70

Are you thinking of training as a counsellor or psychotherapist but have lots of questions? If so, this online two-part ATasteof  Training will help you explore what therapy training involves and what it can lead to. This experiential event offers the opportunity to explore your own motivations for training and busts the myths about therapy training.

Here are some of the questions which are addressed at A Taste of Training.

Why do this workshop?

  1. Do I want to be a counsellor or a psychotherapist?  What is the difference between counselling andpsychotherapy?  Are psychotherapists like psychiatrists?   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 my own 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?
  2. Why should I come to WPF Therapy rather than go somewhere else? How do I know what makes a good training?  What am I qualified to do at the end of the training? How much money will I make once I qualify?  What are the professional regulatory bodies?  Why are they 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 model of therapy and how this relates to 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 two days 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?

Please note that you must attend both sessions.  If you do not attend the first session we regret that you will not be able to attend the second session.  Before applying please make sure that you are able to attend both.

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 Taster Days:

  • “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.”
  • “After much research online I was so confused about the first step into the world of psychotherapy and counselling. This course answered all the questions on my list and many more that I hadn’t anticipated. Expertly laid out with exercises that really help you to help clarify whether this may be the right route for you.”

Applications must be received by Thursday, 25th February 2021. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

If you apply for the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills starting within one year of  ‘A Taste of Training’, we will waive the course selection fee. 

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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The power of transference in the therapeutic relationship with Daliah Slater and Sarabeth Morrison

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

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 13 March 2021
Time: 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Daliah Slater
Sarabeth Morrison

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £75
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £65
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

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

Apply for this workshop
 
£75

Transference is ubiquitous. Yet whilst it is often elusive and complex in its nature, working with this unconscious process is an integral part of the therapeutic process.

This workshop will enable you to gain a better theoretical understanding of the complexities and powerful phenomenon of transference and its different types.

  • What is transference?  Do you struggle with the potentially confusing concept of transference?
  • Have you ever experienced strong or inexplicable feelings when working with a client?
  • Have you ever felt stuck, uncomfortable or overwhelmed?
  • Have you ever found yourself getting confused or ‘into something’ with your client? It may be that you are caught in the powerful phenomenon of transference.
  • Do you want to be better able to identify and make sense of the complexities of this?
  • Do you want to feel more confident in how to work with the transference, so it becomes a tool for your practice

Through experiential exercises and focused discussions, in partners and in groups, you will explore the transference looking for clues and reflecting on this as a means of unconscious communication. Using case studies and film you will explore different transferences in action. Within a safe space, you will explore any current difficulties you may be having with your clinical work. This will enable you to consider practical ways of unravelling and working with the transference. 

By attending this workshop you will expect: 

  • To broaden the understanding of transference theoretically, experientially and practically.
  • To gain confidence in recognising, exploring and using transference.
  • To reflect on the transference within clinical work and to consider interpretations practical ways of working with it.
  • To feel more skilled at working with the transference in clinical practice 

Outline 

The day will consist of theoretical presentations that will link theory with practice, experiential exercises, case study discussion and film. Ample time will be allowed for discussion of clinical work and other relevant material. 

Target Audience
This course is open to qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors.  The theoretical orientation of the workshop will be psychodynamic but practitioners of other modalities are welcome to attend.

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

Workshop Leaders
Daliah Slater is an accredited and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Daliah holds a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from The Counselling Foundation. She also holds a BA Hons in Psychology and Social Studies. In addition to her private practice, Daliah has worked for over 14 years with different organisations, including the charity, No Panic. Daliah works with a wide range of issues from cultural issues to trauma and depression and has a particular interest in anxiety.

Sarabeth Morrison is a BACP accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist. She holds a Masters in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Hertfordshire. Sarabeth has worked for 6 years in private practice and has worked for a number of years as a counsellor in different charitable organisations. Sarabeth works with a wide range of issues in adults from anxiety, depression and life events such as bereavement, abuse, betrayal, family and relationship issues.

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

Before booking please read our Terms and Conditions for CPD events here.

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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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

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

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£130

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 Session 1, 5 June 2021
Workshop Session 2, 12 June 2021
Time: 10am-1pm

Workshop leader

Linda Cundy

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

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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£130

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

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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Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy A Taste of Training on 5th June 2021 & 12th June 2021

Please note that you must attend both sessions. If you do not attend the first session we regret that you will not be able to attend the second session. Before applying please make sure that you are able to attend both. WPF Therapy will not issue a refund if you missed any sessions.

Workshop dates

Workshop date: Part 1, 5 June 2021
Workshop date: Part 2, 12 June 2021
Time 10am – 1pm
Delivered online



Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Public: £70
Qualified practitioner: £70
Trainee: £70

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£70

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

Are you thinking of training as a counsellor or psychotherapist but have lots of questions? If so, this online two-part ATasteof  Training will help you explore what therapy training involves and what it can lead to. This experiential event offers the opportunity to explore your own motivations for training and busts the myths about therapy training.

Here are some of the questions which are addressed at A Taste of Training.

Why do this workshop?

  1. Do I want to be a counsellor or a psychotherapist?  What is the difference between counselling andpsychotherapy?  Are psychotherapists like psychiatrists?   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 my own 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?
  2. Why should I come to WPF Therapy rather than go somewhere else? How do I know what makes a good training?  What am I qualified to do at the end of the training? How much money will I make once I qualify?  What are the professional regulatory bodies?  Why are they 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 model of therapy and how this relates to 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 two days 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?

Please note that you must attend both sessions.  If you do not attend the first session we regret that you will not be able to attend the second session.  Before applying please make sure that you are able to attend both.

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 Taster Days:

  • “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.”
  • “After much research online I was so confused about the first step into the world of psychotherapy and counselling. This course answered all the questions on my list and many more that I hadn’t anticipated. Expertly laid out with exercises that really help you to help clarify whether this may be the right route for you.”

Applications must be received by Thursday, 3 May 2021. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

If you apply for the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills starting within one year of  ‘A Taste of Training’, we will waive the course selection fee. 

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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