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Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy Taster Day on 22nd February 2020

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

Why do this workshop?

  1. Do I want to be a counsellor not a psychotherapist? Do I want to be a psychotherapist? What is counselling and what is psychotherapy? Are psychotherapists like psychiatrist?  What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?
  2. 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?
  3. What does training as a therapist involve? Why does it take so long to train? Why do I have to be in therapy?
  4. I’m a good listener already. Why should I do an introductory course?
  5. 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?
  6. Why is the introductory course at WPF Therapy so long? Why does it cost so much money?
  7. Why should I come to WPF Therapy rather than go somewhere else? How do I know what is a good training? What can I do at the end of the training? How much money will I make? What are the professional bodies? Is it important?

What can you expect at the end of this workshop?

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

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

Brief Outline 

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

Session 1. The Mystery of Psychotherapy

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

Session 2 Psychodynamic Concepts- Is this perspective for you?

A basic introduction to psychodynamic concepts. Is the psychodynamic the model for us, or are other options better suited to our personalities?

 Session 3- Our emotional world

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

Session 4- Communication and therapy today

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

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

Comments from previous workshop:

  • “Thought provoking and fascinating.”
  • “Really helps as part of the decision making process.”
  • “Very clear and encouraging.”
  • “Very informative, both about WPF as well as psychotherapy generally.”

Applications must be received by Thursday, 13th February 2020. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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