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WPF Therapy

Based at London Bridge, WPF Therapy sees more than 500 clients each week in our modern, purpose designed centre. We also provide training for about 1000 people each year.

We are a well-established charity, proud of our reputation for high standards and with active membership of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council). Our clinical service is accredited by BACP and our graduates are registered with BPC, UKCP or BACP.

We provide:

  • professional trainings and CPD in psychotherapy
  • training in counselling skills for people who work with people
  • a positive commitment to equalities and diversity
  • high-quality, affordable counselling and psychotherapy
  • a variety of therapies, short and long term, because people have different needs
  • support for mental wellbeing in the workplace.

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Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy A Taste of Training on 6th March 2021 & 13th March 2021

Workshop Part 1: 06/03/2021

Workshop Part 2: 13/03/2021

Time 10am – 1pm

Are you thinking of training as a counsellor or psychotherapist but have lots of questions? If so, this online two-part A Taste of 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.

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Kleinians since Klein Study Group 2020-2021

The group has been popular and successful in previous years and is generally fully subscribed. The 2020-21 course will be entirely online, allowing those who live outside London to take part.

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.

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.

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WPF Therapy Reading Group 2020 - 2021

This unique reading group is now entering its 16th year and is still going strong. We are delighted to be able to offer an opportunity to explore, examine and enjoy the books below. Our presenters have been stimulating and challenging, and have introduced us to new delights or opened up fresh vistas onto pre-loved favourites.

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

All are welcome to attend this event.

Friday 4th December 2020

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 

Led by Stephen Crawford

Please book your ticket for December Reading Group via Eventbrite here.

Friday 29th January 2021

Holding Time: human need and relationships in dementia care

Led by Jan McHugh

Please book your ticket for January Reading Group via Eventbrite here.

We are delighted that Esther Ramsay-Jones will be joining us for this group. She is looking forward to taking part in the discussion of her book, as well as answering any questions.

Esther Ramsay-Jones is a palliative psychotherapist in a hospice setting and in private practice. She worked for many years in frontline care for older people, the memories of which spurred her on to carry out PhD research in this area. Holding Time takes the reader into the care homes of two women living with dementia and the staff who look after them each day, drawing from psychoanalytic observations of the daily micro-interactions between people which either helped or hindered connection.

Esther Ramsay-Jones has been a lecturer in ‘Death, Dying and Bereavement’ at the Open University. She has presented her work at various locations around the world and her papers have been published in academic journals and anthologies.

Friday 10th July 2020 - Rescheduled to Friday 26th February 2021 7-8.30pm

Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty

Led by Jenny Riddell

Please book your ticket for February Reading Group via Eventbrite here.

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

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

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

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.

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

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? 

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. 


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Thinking about the unconscious with Cate Lyon - Online Workshop

Are you studying on an introductory course and would like to learn more about unconscious processes?

 This workshop content is aimed at an introductory level and is open to all. There is no expectation of any pre-course knowledge or clinical practice. 

The workshop will be of particular interest to those who are exploring a range of therapy models before embarking on a professional training, at an early stage of their training and clinical practice, seasoned practitioners who feel in need of a refresher and anyone who simply has an interest in the topic and enjoys exploring.

 

By the end of the course you:

  1. Will have gained a good basic grasp of some key unconscious processes and some confidence and appetite for further exploration.
  2. Will have some confidence in recognising, exploring and discussing unconscious dynamics.

This workshop will take participants on a whistle stop introductory tour of the unconscious. We shall visit some unconscious processes such as repression, projection, transference & countertransference and stop off at some key defensive mechanisms. We will unravel some jargon and discuss how these processes might manifest themselves in our everyday lives. We shall consider some clinical and non-clinical examples of such phenomena at work along our way.

There will be some direct teaching, and plenty of individual & pairs exercises and time for group discussion.

Target Audience

Counsellors and therapists in training. This is aimed at those who are starting on their therapy training.

 

Comment from a previous workshop:

  • “Cate is an extremely skilled and engaging workshop leader”

Workshop Leader

Cate Lyon is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist trained at WPF Therapy. She is Counselling Lead in NHS Primary Care (IAPT). She 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.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 28th January 2021.

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

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

 

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Thinking about the unconscious with Cate Lyon - Online Workshop

Are you studying on an introductory course and would like to learn more about unconscious processes?

 This workshop content is aimed at an introductory level and is open to all. There is no expectation of any pre-course knowledge or clinical practice. 

The workshop will be of particular interest to those who are exploring a range of therapy models before embarking on a professional training, at an early stage of their training and clinical practice, seasoned practitioners who feel in need of a refresher and anyone who simply has an interest in the topic and enjoys exploring.

By the end of the course you:

  1. Will have gained a good basic grasp of some key unconscious processes and some confidence and appetite for further exploration.
  2. Will have some confidence in recognising, exploring and discussing unconscious dynamics.

This workshop will take participants on a whistle stop introductory tour of the unconscious. We shall visit some unconscious processes such as repression, projection, transference & countertransference and stop off at some key defensive mechanisms. We will unravel some jargon and discuss how these processes might manifest themselves in our everyday lives. We shall consider some clinical and non-clinical examples of such phenomena at work along our way.

There will be some direct teaching, and plenty of individual & pairs exercises and time for group discussion.

Target Audience

Counsellors and therapists in training. This is aimed at those who are starting on their therapy training.

 

Comment from a previous workshop:

  • “Cate is an extremely skilled and engaging workshop leader”

Workshop Leader

Cate Lyon is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist trained at WPF Therapy. She is Counselling Lead in NHS Primary Care (IAPT). She 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.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 28th January 2021.

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

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 


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Certificate in Clinical Assessment Skills

This course will take place online, via Zoom.

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

The first meeting between assessor and client can be highly charged. The skilled assessor must quickly engage the client in a complex and emotional encounter which may surprise, disturb or disarm. The quality of the assessment meeting and the skill of the assessor form a crucial part of the process of beginning and its emotional impact often resonates well beyond the encounter itself.

Sound assessment skills are crucial to effective clinical practice. However, professional trainings can often give insufficient time and focus to developing understanding of the assessment process.

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

Day 1: Introducing Assessment: Saturday, 13th February 2021

This day will introduce some key clinical concepts and attitudes for sound psychodynamic assessment. Participants will consider the impact and influence of the assessment encounter and a range of assessment skills including the conduct of the psychodynamic assessment interview, the maintenance of an evaluative/therapeutic balance, making a recommendation and considering limits. All content will be considered in terms of providing formal clinical assessment in organisational settings and in private practice.

Day 2: Assessment – Essential Skills: Saturday, 20th February 2021

This day will build on learning and skills from Day 1. Participants will explore a range of assessment techniques including approaches to initial contact, risk assessment and management, psychodynamic formulation skills and writing the assessment report. All practice will be considered in terms of providing formal clinical assessment in organisational settings and in private practice.

Day 3a or Day 3b: Live Assessment Supervision: Saturday, 13th March or Saturday, 20th March 2021

Participants on this day will engage in a live supervision of clinical assessments presented by course participants who have volunteered to conduct an assessment following Day 2. This day will consolidate learning from Days 1 and 2 and enables both presenters and participants to engage fully in the assessment process through live supervisory discussion.

Please note: Those wishing to volunteer to present an assessment on Day 3 should ensure they are in a position to do so and have secured permission from their organisations where necessary. Assessments can only be conducted at WPF Therapy Clinic by participants who are currently WPF Honorary Assessors and with the prior agreement of their supervisor

Comments from previous participants:

  • "The pace and sensitive attention to detail at each level of the assessment process felt just right."
  • "Invaluable information for both experienced and inexperienced assessors."
  • "Cate communicated a sense of pleasure in carrying out assessments. I enjoyed her relaxed but erudite style." 
  • "The course was very well balanced - theory, insight, practicalities."

Course Leader

Cate Lyon is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist trained at WPF Therapy. Cate is Counselling Lead in NHS Primary Care (IAPT). She has a specialist interest in brief therapeutic encounters, working at pace and depth. Cate practices and supervises in Private Practice. Cate teaches and trains extensively in the field and consults in these roles in a range of public and private organisations.

Course requirements

The course will be helpful to qualified and training counsellors and psychotherapists who are interested in developing their understanding and technique in clinical assessment. This course is psychodynamic in orientation although practitioners of other modalities are welcome to attend. You must be currently engaged in clinical work in order to be eligible to attend this course. This is a course which focuses on being able to practice conducting an assessment and ideally, you should be in a position to carry out assessments in your work. Participants who volunteer to conduct and present an assessment for Day 3 must be qualified practitioners or in supervised honorary placements with permission to conduct an assessment. We will need volunteers to present on Day 3. If you are interested in volunteering to present please indicate your availability to do so and ensure that you can make arrangements to conduct an assessment.

 

Please Note:

Those wishing to volunteer to present an assessment on Day 3 should ensure they are in a position to do so and have secured permission from their organisations where necessary. Assessments can only be conducted at WPF Therapy Clinic by participants who are currently WPF Honorary Assessors and with the prior agreement of their supervisor.

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 4th February 2021.

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

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

 

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Alchemy Today with Christine Driver

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

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.

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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Decolonising the arts curriculum: omissions of histories and narratives with Rahul Patel

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

What does it mean to ‘decolonise the curriculum’ and how do we go about it?   

It is clear the tragic killing of George Floyd by the police in Minneapolis, was not a singular event but is part of a long history of police killings and disproportionate deaths of black people in police custody in the USA and Britain. 

The Black Lives Matter movement in the US, UK and globally has responded with an inspiring mass movement, in solidarity with the family of George Floyd and challenging systemic racism across the world. 

The UK is not innocent, and our educational organisations are part of this systemic racism. We must do all we can to resist this and make fundamental changes to eradicate this deep structural racism. These changes should also take place within our curriculum which at the top and within dominant pedagogy, at best, reflects ‘a-historical’, ‘neutral’ and of ‘universal values’. Decolonising the Curriculum movement interrogates the ongoing impact of legacies of slavery, colonisation and imperialism on knowledge production and contextualisation of all knowledge within historical, geographical, cultural frameworks. 


Workshop Aims

By the end of the lecture you will have:  

  •  A better conception of decolonising education in the context of mental health and wellbeing.
  • A better knowledge of the impact on educational attainment and participation.
  • To conceptually develop and understand key notions, such as multiplicities of knowledge, within primary, secondary and tertiary sectors, of decolonised education.


Rahul Patel is a lecturer on the Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice. He also teaches on the MA Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. He is a researcher in contemporary art history and theory. His undergraduate degree was in Graphic and Spatial Communication and post graduate MRes Arts Exhibition Studies at Central Saint Martins. He designs, curates and content develop exhibitions which include, Harry Jacobs, Studio Photographer in 2012 at Morley Gallery, London. The Devils Feast Exhibition, 1987, an exploration into the African-Caribbean, Asian and African Art in Britain Archive that was exhibited at Chelsea College of Art Library in 2015. He co-led on Reading Collections: The African-Caribbean, Asian and African Art in Britain Archive and most recently Decolonising Narratives

He co-curated the Decolonising the Arts Curriculum: Perspectives on Higher Education zine1 and with Arts Students Union. He has written a chapter on decolonising in higher education in Tell it like it is: How our schools fail Black Children, edited by Brian Richardson. This will be published soon. 


Applications must be received by Thursday, 11th 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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The Unconscious from Freud to Lacan with Conor McCormack 

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

This lecture will not be recorded due to the confidentiality of the clinical material.

The Unconscious is the fundamental and foundational concept of psychoanalysis - but how are we to listen out for it today? Does it have meaning or utility for talking therapists beyond the imprecise metaphors often employed to describe it? This talk charts the genesis of the concept of the unconscious from Freud to Lacan – a theoretical leap that illuminates much of 20th century thought. 

How does the therapist/analyst negotiate the difficult melding of theory and practice that is the reality of the clinic? What conceptual tools can help us to listen out for what is singular in a client’s speech while resisting the defensive compulsion to impose our own understanding onto what is said?  

The talk will be an introduction to theory often viewed as ‘notoriously difficult’. No doubt there is some truth in this characterisation - however, it does not have to be like that. Lacanian structural diagnostics and the famous theory of the ‘unconscious structured like a language’ are ideas that can be made clear and accessible, and be of tremendous value to anyone with an interest in talking therapies.   

The talk will make use of examples drawn from the speaker’s clinical practice, showing how classical psychoanalysis plays out in the present day.  

Workshop Aims

What can you expect at the end of the event: 

  1. An overview of Freud’s development of the concept of the Unconscious – with useful clinical examples from contemporary clinic.
  2. A summary of the ‘linguistic turn’ – a look at how structural linguistics revolutionised continental philosophy and psychoanalytic metapsychology  
  3. An introduction to the Lacanian Unconscious – paying attention to the glitches and discontinuities in speech - with contemporary clinical examples. 
  4. Neurosis and Psychosis – a useful overview of the differential clinic.
  5.  

Outline 

This will be a talk that charts the development of the unconscious from Freud’s thought at the beginning of the 20th century through to Lacan’s ‘high structuralist’ phase of the 1950s, asking how can we use these startling intellectual innovations today. The speaker will use PowerPoint presentation, examples from clinical practice and create time and space for discussion and comment.

Conor McCormack is a psychoanalyst in training with the Lacanian orientated Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. He works in Bristol in private practice as well as for a National Health Service talking therapy clinic. Conor is also a director and writer known for his powerful, socially engaged filmmaking, including the BIFA nominated documentary Christmas with Dad and the acclaimed voice-hearing documentary In the Real: www.inthereal.org 

Target Audience:

This course should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in psychoanalysis, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 18th 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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Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Taster Session

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

  • Are you considering a career as a psychotherapist but need a clearer idea of what a clinical training would entail? 
  • Would you like to know more about the psychodynamic modality and what it means to practice as a psychodynamic psychotherapist?  
  • Do you want to know what it is like to train at WPF Therapy?  

At the Taster Session you will:  

  • Experience a seminar ‘taster’.
  • Attend a clinical supervision session using a fictionalised case study.
  • Meet members of the WPF training team who will be happy to answer your questions.
  • Get to meet and talk with others who are interested in psychodynamic training.

Please sign up to this event using the Eventbrite link on the WPF website.  

Target Audience: This course will be of interest if you want to know more about what training as a psychodynamic psychotherapist involves and where it can take you.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 18 March 2021.

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

If you experience any problems please e-mail events@wpf.org.uk.

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Attachment, Relationships and the Brain with Ruth Schmidt Neven - Online Workshop

 This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online. 

Workshop Session 1: ,8 May 2021

Workshop Session 2: 15 May 2021

Time: 9am - 1.30am

We are all much more aware of the importance of early relationships with our caregivers on our later relationships. Attachment theory has now entered the mainstream, but what is it really about. How does this link to brain development? What’s the research? How can having more knowledge about trauma help us gain greater understanding of the impact of separation loss on child and adult development? 

Workshop Aims

By the end of this workshop you should have gained some: 

  • Understanding of the theoretical and conceptual basis of attachment within a psychodynamic framework that emphasises the interdependence of systems concerning development, relationships and meaning making.
  • Knowledge of key attachment research i.e. the Strange Situation Test and the Adult Attachment Interview.
  • Understanding of the role of attachment in brain development with specific reference to critical periods of development and the promotion of regulatory behaviour in the infant and young child.
  • Understanding of the impact of separation, loss, and trauma on attachment.

 

Outline

This workshop will be divided into two sessions on separate days. The tutor will present theory and clinical work to illustrate the conceptual framework of attachment. The case presentation will be linked with commentary on the critical importance of the assessment process in consultation with adults, children, and young people. The presentation will include exercises and time for discussion with participants who will be encouraged to bring case examples from their own work settings. 

The first session will focus on how attachment as a relational construct extends over the lifespan and provides continuity between infant and early childhood experience and later development and adult life. Its starting point is the recognition that all behaviour has meaning and is a communication. What John Bowlby the ‘father of attachment’ has called ‘a secure base’ and an ‘internal working model’ lays he foundations for how children ‘speak’ their families and adults ‘speak’ their experience. This session will introduce the key attachment research models. 

The second session will focus on the role of attachment in brain development with specific reference to its role in promoting regulatory behaviour in the infant and young child with respect to the learning of empathy, controlling and balancing emotions and developing opportunities for higher levels of cognitive processing. This will include understanding the role of critical periods of development for the infant and young child. The session will examine the impact of chronic trauma on the brain and how psychosomatic and developmental stress play a part in the breakdown of regulatory processes and have an impact on health outcomes. 

Workshop Leader

Dr. Ruth Schmidt Neven is a child psychotherapist and clinical psychologist. She trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London and worked for many years in child and family mental health services in the NHS. In the UK she was a pioneer in developing a national parent support service. Ruth came to Australia to take up the inaugural position of Chief Psychotherapist at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. She is now founder director of the Centre for Child and Family Development and is engaged in clinical work as well as professional training in Australia and overseas including in the UK. Ruth is the author of five books on aspects of child and family development, on assessment and therapeutic communication and several clinical papers. Her most recent publication is ‘Time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy with children and adolescents: An interactive approach’ published by Routledge UK. Ruth has recently developed a series of audio trainings based on her wide range of training programmes which can be accessed at here.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 29th April 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 contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

Online

Attachment for Clinicians — update from linguistics and neuroscience with Jeremy Holmes (Lecture)

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

During this talk, Jeremy will touch on three particular areas: 

  1. Remind participants of the ways in which attachment ideas are applicable to our work as psychotherapists: therapy as a potentially threatening experience, especially for those suffering from Borderline conditions; the role of the therapist as Secure Base; and the fostering of mutual exploration or ‘companionable interaction’.
  2. Describe the ways in which contemporary neuroscience can help understand how, through free association, transference analysis and dream work, psychotherapy helps ‘bind’ the free energy which characterises psychological distress.  
  3. Turn to the conversations which therapists have with their patients, suggesting that patterns of talk can be understood in attachment terms as reflecting interactive patterns laid down in childhood. Again, Jeremy will point to ways in which attachment-informed therapeutic talk might help redress this. 

Comments from previous participants: 

  • "A life enhancing 90 minutes that will stay with me." 
  • "Despite the limitations of remote presentation, the lecturer, subject and participants all managed to have a moving emotional connection." 
  • "Jeremy Holmes eloquence and knowledge delivered this complex theory into a valuable resource that I know will be invaluable in my work as a Psychotherapist. I urge everyone to attend if they can." 
  • "Anyone who hasn’t had the pleasure and privilege of hearing Jeremy Holmes speak about psychotherapy and in particular attachment theory should grasp the opportunity with both hands!" 

Professor Jeremy Holmes MD FRCPsych was for 35 years Consultant Psychiatrist/Medical Psychotherapist at University College London (UCL) and then in North Devon, UK, and Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists He is visiting Professor at the University of Exeter, and lectures nationally and internationally. In addition to 200+ peer-reviewed papers and chapters in the field of psychoanalysis and attachment theory, his books include John Bowlby and Attachment Theory, (2nd edition 2013), The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy (2005 co-editors Glen Gabbard and Judy Beck), Exploring In Security: Towards an Attachment-informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2010, winner of Canadian Goethe Prize) , The Therapeutic Imagination: Using Literature to Deepen Psychodynamic Understanding and Enhance Empathy (2014), Attachment in Therapeutic Practice (2017, with A Slade), and The Brain Has a Mind of its Own: Attachment, Neurobiology and the New Science of Psychotherapy (2020). He was recipient of the Bowlby-Ainsworth Founders Award 2009. Gardening, Green politics and grand-parenting are gradually eclipsing his lifetime devotion to psychoanalytic psychotherapy and attachment. 

Target Audience:

This course should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in psychoanalysis, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 6th May 2021. 

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

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

Online

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

Workshop Part 1: 05/06/2021

Workshop Part 2: 12/06/2021

Time 10am – 1pm

Are you thinking of training as a counsellor or psychotherapist but have lots of questions? If so, this online two-part A Taste of 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.

Online

‘And therein lies a tale’: an introduction to narrative psychology

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

  • What is narrative psychology? 
  • How can ideas from narrative psychology assist our clinical work?  
  • How do notions of story and story-telling help psychotherapists?   
  • How can we help our clients to move beyond stuck, repetitive and ‘thin’ accounts of themselves into richer descriptions and expanded narratives?    
  • How do narrative ideas help us to understand narrative identities as arising from and within modern social discourse and contexts? 

By the end of the workshop you can expect: 

  1. To be familiar with the main principles of narrative psychology.  
  2. To understand the ways in which narrative psychology sheds light on socioemotional development in children.
  3. To understand how principles of narrative psychology can be applied to psychotherapy and counselling.
  4. To be able to better examine your own professional discourses and the wider influence of the narratives of society.    

Outline  

This workshop is an introduction to narrative psychology and its varied sources in philosophy, literature and child development.  The ‘talking cure’ as proposed by ‘Anna O’ was initially centred on stories; later Freud worried about the reception of his theories and their scientific basis. 100 years or so later, in Australia, White and Epston, gave birth to ‘narrative therapy’, an approach consonant with post-modern times and values.  

Martin argues that narrative approaches, broadly seen, combined with psychodynamic sensitivity, are powerful ways of connecting to the life-worlds, struggles and achievements of our clients.  Narrative change is an important and inevitable dimension of human change, particularly in the wake of life transitions or periods of adversity.   

Workshop Leader

Martin Weegmann is a Clinical Psychologist, Group Analyst & Narrative Therapist, with many years NHS experience. He has specialised in substance misuse, personality disorder and complex needs, including psychosis. He has delivered teaching and training to a wide range of organisations throughout the UK, including the WPF. His latest books are Permission to Narrate: Explorations in Group Analysis, Psychoanalysis, Culture (Karnac, 2016) and Psychodynamics of Writing, Ed. (Routledge, 2018) and is busy on a new book, Novel Connections: Between Literature & Psychotherapy 

Target Audience:

This workshop is suitable for qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. The theoretical focus of the workshop will draw upon cultural, narrative and psychodynamic approaches.    

Applications must be received by Thursday, 3rd June 2021. 

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. 

Online

Quantum Physics in the Consulting Room with Stephen Gross (Lecture)

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

  1. What do we mean when we talk about quantum physics? 
  2. How does it relate to our work as therapists? 
  3. How do we engage with the mysterious world of quantum physics 
  4. Can we understand interpretation in the consulting room from the framework of quantum physics? 
  5. Would learning about this deepen and enhance my clinical experience? 
  6. Science or Art? What can we learn when we look at the scientific nature of psychotherapy via the prism of quantum physics? 

Workshop Aims

During this lecture you will

  •  Gain some sense of the nature of quantum physics.
  • Be able to think more deeply about the psychotherapeutic dynamic especially the interpretation. 
  • Appreciate some surprising parallels between psychotherapy and quantum physics. 
  • Consider a major philosophical question that underlies both disciplines. 

Outline 

Stephen will start with a brief introduction to quantum physics followed by a look at Jung’s picture of the psychotherapeutic interaction. 

We will then consider some of the most significant concepts of quantum physics such as “the uncertainty principle” “complementarity” “hidden variables” and “entanglement” in relation to the psychotherapeutic process and then finally to “the collapse of the wave function” in its application to the therapist’s interpretations.  

Finally, we will consider the philosophical issue on the very question of the existence and possible nature of an objective reality which is central to both disciplines. Slides will be used and there will be ample time for questions and discussion. 

Stephen Gross is a psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice of 34 years standing. He left WPF this autumn after 32 years as supervisor and ontology seminar leader. Having throughout this time felt strongly the need to consider psychotherapy in a wider social, cultural and philosophical context. he has published a number of articles, papers and book chapters on these topics and in 2018 his book “Living in Language” was launched at WPF as well as at the Freud Museum. 

His play “Freud’s Night Visitors” was performed too at both of these venues some years before . His particular interests are literature, classical music, philosophy and more recently quantum physics. 

Target Audience:

To people of all ages (including psychotherapists and quantum physicists) with an open and adventurous mind. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 1st July 2021.

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

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

 

Online

‘Don’t go wasting your emotion’: An Introduction to the psychology of emotions - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

Why do this course? 

Counsellors and Psychotherapists ‘work’ with emptions all the time, that of their clients, and their own. To better understand emotional suffering, it is first essential to look at the normal role and purpose of human emotions.  

  • What are ‘basic’ versus ‘complex’ emotions?  
  • Are emotions natural or cultural kinds?   
  • Can the ‘history of emotion’ approach guide us?  
  • Is there a risk in our work that we neglect positive emotions?  

     

This workshop aims to help practitioners with the following: 

  1. To become familiar with definitions of emotion, from the evolutionary view of Darwin to that of basic emotions by Ekman. 
  2. To learn more about socio-emotional development.  
  3. To learn more about the concept of emotional intelligence/intelligent use of emotions. 
  4. To learn more about three emotions in particular- anger, guilt and joy.   

Outline  

Martin will use a combination of formal presentation, and guided discussion, ending the day with whole group dialogue.    

Workshop Leader

Martin Weegmann is a Clinical Psychologist, Group Analyst & Narrative Therapist, with many years NHS experience. He has specialised in substance misuse, personality disorder and complex needs, including psychosis. He has delivered teaching and training to a wide range of organisations throughout the UK, including the WPF. His latest books are Permission to Narrate: Explorations in Group Analysis, Psychoanalysis, Culture (Karnac, 2016) and Psychodynamics of Writing, Ed. (Routledge, 2018) and is busy on a new book, Novel Connections: Between Literature & Psychotherapy 

Target Audience:

This workshop is suitable for qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. The theoretical focus of the workshop will draw upon cultural, narrative and psychodynamic approaches.    

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 2nd September 2021. 

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. 

Online

The Spirit of Psychotherapy — the missing dimension in evidence-based practice with Jeremy Holmes (Lecture)

We know that psychotherapy is ‘effective’, but the ‘dodo bird verdict’ also tells us that with a few exceptions, no one form of therapy is definitely superior to another, nor does it tell us what it is about therapy that helps.   

In this talk, Jeremy will try to move away from a utilitarian outcomes-oriented approach, and, draw partly on the neo-psychoanalytic ideas of Barnaby Barratt, partly on Jeremy’s own development of the Free Energy Principle, suggesting that psychotherapy is an existential praxis, and an onto-ethical project.  

The background to this is a qualitative study in which Jeremy interviewed people from a wide range of spiritual backgrounds, looking for parallels between spiritual religious journey and the trajectories of psychotherapy.   

Jeremy suggests that while religion provides a spiritual framework for a good life, in our 21st Century milieu psychotherapy has vital contribution to make with its emphasis on the uniqueness of the individual and how to develop narratives which encompass and reflect it. 

 

Comments from previous participants: 

  • "A life enhancing 90 minutes that will stay with me." 
  • "Despite the limitations of remote presentation, the lecturer, subject and participants all managed to have a moving emotional connection." 
  • "Jeremy Holmes eloquence and knowledge delivered this complex theory into a valuable resource that I know will be invaluable in my work as a Psychotherapist. I urge everyone to attend if they can." 
  • "This lecture has opened my mind to a fresh, deeper understanding of clients in their later years and approaches I can use to work well with them. 

Professor Jeremy Holmes MD FRCPsych was for 35 years Consultant Psychiatrist/Medical Psychotherapist at University College London (UCL) and then in North Devon, UK, and Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists He is visiting Professor at the University of Exeter, and lectures nationally and internationally. In addition to 200+ peer-reviewed papers and chapters in the field of psychoanalysis and attachment theory, his books include John Bowlby and Attachment Theory, (2nd edition 2013), The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy (2005 co-editors Glen Gabbard and Judy Beck), Exploring In Security: Towards an Attachment-informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2010, winner of Canadian Goethe Prize) , The Therapeutic Imagination: Using Literature to Deepen Psychodynamic Understanding and Enhance Empathy (2014), Attachment in Therapeutic Practice (2017, with A Slade), and The Brain Has a Mind of its Own: Attachment, Neurobiology and the New Science of Psychotherapy (2020). He was recipient of the Bowlby-Ainsworth Founders Award 2009. Gardening, Green politics and grand-parenting are gradually eclipsing his lifetime devotion to psychoanalytic psychotherapy and attachment. 

Target Audience:

This course should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in psychoanalysis, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 2nd September 2021. 

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

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.