Skip to content

Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training

For over 20 years The Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training has offered counsellors of every level the opportunity to learn new skills and take part in training.

We choose high quality speakers and frequently look for topics that have cross-modality appeal. We have an enduring interest in attachment-based counselling models and, in addition to a CPD programme, we are currently offering the first attachment-based counselling training in Great Britain.

Our courses are accessible to those that work or have other commitments and are most often offered on the weekend.

Courses

Course

Integrating Body, Breath & Movement within our Therapeutic Relationships using Trauma Sensitive Yoga

A 2-day workshop for health professionals, mental health workers and yoga teachers with a keen interest in making their current clinical practice more trauma informed whilst gaining confidence and practical skills to take back to their practise to integrate the body, breath and movement when working with anxiety, depression & trauma.

• On completion of this 2-day workshop you will gain an understanding of the core concepts of working with the body, breath and movement in therapy, focusing on treatment for anxiety, depression & trauma.

• You will gain practical tools to integrate into your current clinical or therapeutic practice focusing on the body, breath and movement. These tools are trauma informed, including, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, which is a proven treatment for survivors of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) offering effective healing and symptom reduction, it is a clinically validated method of yoga researched by Bessel van der Kolk in the USA. Trauma sensitive yoga has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, Neuroscience and Hatha Yoga with an emphasis on mind body connection, breathing and movement.

• You will leave with a deep understanding of the importance of Science in relation to bringing the body, breath & movement into therapy including Neuroscience , the Autonomic Nervous System & Poly Vagal Theory

Lorna Evans is an Integrative Psychotherapist registered with UKCP & BACP, holding an MSc in Body Awareness & Psychotherapy and PGDip in Integrative Psychotherapy. Lorna now proudly integrates Psychotherapy and Yoga with a focus on the Body, Breath & Movement for treatment of anxiety, depression and trauma. Recently working on documentaries and projects with The Discovery Channel, BBC, SKY as well as other press for Medium, BBC and BACP Magazines promoting her work.

Course

The Therapist’s Own Attachments- with Linda Cundy a 2 day CPD event

This 2-day event will help participants reflect on their own attachment history, personal and professional.

Please note spaces are strictly limited for this event and once sold out no further tickets will be released

Two day workshop cost: £255 + booking fees Early bird until 4th September 2021 or sold out £216.24 + booking fees (please note once early birds are sold out no further will be released)

Each day will run from 10am to 4pm

The workshop:

This 2-day event will help participants reflect on their own attachment history, personal and professional, and how that has shaped the person they are now. It will be highly experiential and make use of creative approaches including use of art.

Further details to follow

The trainer:

Linda Cundy is an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist, supervisor, and independent trainer who has a long association with the Wimbledon Guild. She has written and edited three books to date (Love in the Age of the Internet: Attachment in the Digital Era; Anxiously Attached: Understanding and Working With Preoccupied Attachment; and Attachment and the Defence Against Intimacy:

Understanding and Working with Avoidant Attachment, Self-Hatred, and Shame) as well as a number of articles published in professional journals. She has a private psychotherapy practice in North London.

Workshops

Workshop

Dangerous desires- psychodynamics of addiction with Martin Weegmann

The workshop:

In the first, famous 'drug confessional' (1820), Thomas de Quincey refers to his opium as a 'portable panacea', which could be 'bought for pennies and carried in a waistcoat'. What began as his dream became his nightmare. Addiction is consuming in the depths to which it affects individuals, just like de Quincey, and extensive in the breath to which it affects families and even whole communities. Alcohol and drug misuse are enormous public health challenges


The workshop is a brief introduction to the psychodynamics of addiction. How might psychodynamic approaches aid an understanding and treatment of the powerful, seductive and baffling nature of addiction? And how is recovery from substance use disorders possible? Martin will share some of his experience over a period of 20 years in the field, in a range of NHS settings, as well as 5 years as a Non-Alcoholic Trustee ('NAT') with AA.

The workshop will have interactive components, throughout the day.

The trainer:

Martin Weegmann is a Clinical Psychologist and Group Analyst, with 30 years NHS experience. He has specialised in substance misuse, personality disorders and complex needs. Martin brought out Psychodynamics of Addiction (2002, Wiley) and and published 5 other books, his latest the edited Psychodynamics of Writing (2018, Routledge). He is busy at work on a new, more popular book, Stories of an NHS Psychologist.

Workshop

‘Normalised Neglect & Privileged Abandonment’ An introduction to work with Boarding School Syndrome and Trauma with Nick Duffell

The Workshop:

Any therapist’s daily practice includes early deprivation and family of origin work, so the client with attachment problems will be familiar. But what is rarely understood is the sophistication of the ex-boarder’s “survival self” and the widespread devastation it brings to individuals, couples and families over generations.

Despite frequent references in English popular literature to the agonies experienced by children at boarding schools, the long-term psychological effects of a boarding education have, until very recently, remained unnoticed by the medical and psychological professions. In Britain, boarding education carries high social status, is considered a privilege, and is rife with parental expectation, and yet can lead to unacknowledged, deeply buried and emotionally damaging consequences.

Ex-boarders are amongst the most difficult clients. This is due to both the social dimension of the syndrome and the strength of the secret internalised shame. The self in distress is frequently masked by a very competent, if brittle, socially rewarded exterior. For these reasons, even experienced analysts and therapists may unwittingly struggle to skilfully address the needs and tactics of this client group. This one-day workshop will provide a mix of didactic teaching and practical learning, and we will also be showing clips from the BBC film The Making of Them.

You will learn to:

• Detect boarding issues underlying present problems

• Understand the Strategic Survival Personality

• Break through the silence, shame and denial

• Loosen double-binds about privilege and envy

• Understand the institutionalised dimension of hierarchies, bullying and abuse

• Identify and work with specific transference dynamics

• Learn to work with traumatic dissociation

• Learn to work with acute projections of incompetence and vulnerability

• Understand the ex-boarder’s tactics for intimacy avoidance and how this affects loved ones and partners

The trainer:

Nick Duffell is best known as the author who asserts that elite boarding schools represent a trauma for children and a socio-political handicap for nations. Having practised psychotherapy for 30 years, he now trains therapists and is a psychohistorian, bridging the gap between psychological and political thinking and an Honorary Research Associate at UCL. He promotes a depth-psychology perspective of issues that deeply affect public life, such as identity and emotions, fear and vulnerability, but which are not properly addressed in political commentary. Nick’s books include The Making of Them: the British Attitude to Children and the Boarding School System, 2000, Wounded Leaders: British Elitism and the Entitlement Illusion - a Psychohistory, 2014, Trauma, Abandonment and Privilege: A guide to therapeutic work with boarding school survivors, with Thurstine Basset, 2016 and The Simpol Solution: A New Way to Think about Solving the World’s Biggest Problems, with John Bunzl. He contributed chapters to The Political Self and Humanistic Psychology: Current Trends, Future Prospects.He contributed chapters to The Political Self and Humanistic Psychology: Current Trends, Future Prospects.

This event will be open to psychological therapists (including trainees) from all modalities and healthcare professionals.

Workshop

Understanding the Effects of Attachment Style on the Teenage Years

The workshop:

The start of the workshop includes the basics of Attachment Theory this workshop will act as a useful refresher for those familiar with the theory.

Neuroscience of the Adolescent Brain- Exploration of current research into how the adolescent brain differs from the preadolescent brain, and the adult brain. From which to gain a greater understanding of issues that occur at this stage of development.

Attachment style in Adolescence -There will be time to consider how infant and child attachment style contributes to this stage in life that straddles care seeking behaviours and personal exploration in the adult world. We have space to explore peer relationships, and relationships with parents.

Managing Difficult Behaviours- Information about attachment style and the influence of how attachment style contributes to our understanding of behaviours such as alcohol misuse, drug taking, and self harm.

Exercises- although not essential it will be useful for participants to spend time in advance to consider their own client work and come ready to work with a particular client in order to complete exercises to practice these important new skills.

The workshop will offer an experience that enhances work with this challenging but very rewarding client group.

The trainer:

Working in clinical practice for more than 20 years Niki trained as a Psychodynamic Counsellor in the early 90’s and then as an Attachment Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist at The Bowlby Centre in London.

Workshop

When the therapist says ‘Goodbye’- Using attachment theory to explore endings imposed by the therapist

The Workshop:

A day for counsellors, therapists and supervisors who want to consider the impact of these forced endings.

• retirement

• maternity leave

• moving house

• sabbatical

• illness in the therapist or her family


We are likely to face one or more of these challenges in our working life and taking time to reflect on the ethical and clinical implications can help us when we face sensitive choices. For therapists who are approaching ‘peri-retirement’ the day could provide a space to reflect on the ambivalence about ending and perhaps to clarify the choices about timetabling closure and informing clients. The Covid-19 pandemic will have coloured or even precipitated some of these experiences and we will hold that in our reflections.


The imposition of a forced ending could be on the one hand a rich opportunity for deeper engagement, and on the other an intrusion of the therapist’s own needs and an irreparable break in the frame which compromises the work. How can we work in a way which minimises the harmful impact of this abandonment and maximises the opportunity? The emphasis will be on planned endings imposed by the therapist but we will give some thought to emergency endings and referral on.


This one day seminar aims to help therapists:

• Identify our assumptions about a good enough ending and how we can facilitate that.

• Recognise the meaning to a client of a forced ending and the ways this may impact on the remaining months of work.

• Reflect on the therapist’s ambivalence about imposing an ending – for whatever cause.

• Recognise how attachment patterns influence the way both client and therapist experience an imposed ending.

• Identify the practical implications of closing a practice.

• Identify ethical dilemmas arising from this intrusion of the therapist’s own agenda.

• Consider the supervisor’s role in supporting the clinical challenge of a imposed ending.

• Consider the supervisor’s own retirement and closure.


Learning will be through presentation, questions, discussion, experiential exercises and sharing.



The trainer:

Anne Power has qualifications from The Bowlby Centre, Westminster Pastoral Foundation, Tavistock Relationships and Relate. She has taught on supervision and therapy trainings at The Bowlby Centre, WPF and at Regents University London and has a private practice in central London for both couples and individuals. Her book, Forced Endings in Psychotherapy, explores the process of closing a practice for retirement or other reasons. Her published papers explore attachment meaning in the consulting room and in the supervision relationship. She is currently researching and writing about logic versus magic in partner choice: random romance, arranged marriage, and dating sites – what’s the difference?

Conferences

No results found.

Open Days

No results found.

Online

Online

“WHEN MUMMY WANTS YOU TO DIE”: CAN INFANTICIDAL WISHES BE SURVIVED? with Professor Brett Kahr

About the event

Do some parents really hope that their children will die?

Although Sigmund Freud wrote extensively about death wishes in the family, he devoted far more attention to the child’s desire to kill the parent and, also, any unwanted siblings, rather than upon the parent’s desire to murder the child. Donald Winnicott elaborated upon parental death wishes, especially in his classic essay “Hate in the Counter-Transference”, albeit rather briskly. Building upon these foundational psychoanalytical contributions, Brett Kahr will draw upon his work with psychotic and forensic patients and, also, with normal-neurotic individuals, to explore the many ways in which maternal and paternal death wishes and death threats towards babies and children become internalised over time and, ultimately, contribute to the development of severe psychopathology.

In this special event for the Wimbledon Guild, Professor Kahr will explore the concept of the “infanticidal attachment”, examining how early death threats can damage the very foundations of the ego structure, resulting in psychosis, suicidality, criminality, severe eating problems, life-threatening addictions, and a host of other extreme psychological states. Drawing upon extensive case material, he will consider how intensive, long-term psychoanalytically orientated treatment can contribute to the neutralisation of such toxic “infanticidal introjects”.

The speaker

Professor Brett Kahr has worked in the mental health profession for over forty years. He is Senior Fellow at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology in London, and, also, Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis and Mental Health in the Regent’s School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at Regent’s University London. He is, additionally, a Trustee of the Freud Museum London and of Freud Museum Publications, and, also, a Trustee of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, as well as Chair of the Scholars Committee of the British Psychoanalytic Council.

Author of fifteen books, including the best-selling Sex and the Psyche, as well as the popular books Tea with Winnicott and Coffee with Freud, he has also served as series editor for sixty further titles. His most recent books include: Bombs in the Consulting Room: Surviving Psychological Shrapnel; Celebrity Mad: Why Otherwise Intelligent People Worship Fame; and Dangerous Lunatics: Trauma, Criminality, and Forensic Psychotherapy.

He works full-time in independent practice and as a Consultant Psychotherapist to The Balint Consultancy.

Online

Infidelity and the Couple Relationship

The event:

Infidelity is a distressing and common theme in couple therapy, and one which has a high prevalence despite societal condemnation. For both partners, an intense relationship outside the primary one can be interpersonally traumatising. There are usually multiple determinants, but the need to know why it happened can be very strong, leading to destructive exchanges and emotional turmoil. This training event will explore the complex themes that arise when infidelity in its various forms impacts on the couple relationship

The trainer:

Janice Hiller is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who trained at the Institute of Psychiatry and initially worked in adult mental health, before setting up and heading an NHS Relationship and Psychosexual Service at Goodmayes Hospital in North East London. She left the NHS in 2012 to take up the post of Senior Academic Tutor in Psychosexual studies at Tavistock Relationships, and is now Visiting Academic Tutor at Tavistock Relationships.

Since specialising in couple therapy and sexology Janice has presented at conferences in the UK and abroad, run many seminars and training courses, and was honorary lecturer and tutor for the Doctoral degree course at UCL. Her journal and book publications cover a range of topics including psychosexual development, coital pain, arousal and desire difficulties, neurobiology, gender differences in sexual motivation and ethical issues.

Janice was joint editor and contributor to Hiller, Wood and Bolton (2006)” Sex Mind and Emotion”, and co-wrote a chapter “Psychodynamic aspects of Psychosexual Therapy” (2013) for the syllabus of clinical sexology published by the European Society of Sexual Medicine. She has a private practice in North London and is especially interested in biopsychosocial factors in sexual and gender development, and the role of neuroscience in understanding sexual behaviour.

Online

Body of Knowledge: Our Search for Meaning in 2020 - Integrating Body, Breath & Movement

A workshop for counsellors, psychotherapists, Yoga & Mental health professionals with a keen interest in working with the body and making their current practice more trauma informed whilst gaining confidence and tools to integrate the body, breath and movement when working with anxiety, depression & trauma during the pandemic both in person and online. 

Mind and body are fully integrated and what the therapist notices in the client’s body, or experiences in her own body, energy, tension, holding or other non-verbal phenomena is vital to bring into awareness and into the work with our clients.   Our work, both adult and child, coupled with recent neuroscience research, emphasises how trauma is held in the body and how a bodily understanding is essential for professionals working with anxiety, depression & trauma in person and online during the covid pandemic. 

On completion of this workshop you will gain an understanding of the core concepts of working with the body, breath and movement. You will leave the workshop with a deeper understanding of the importance of science and research in relation to bringing the body, breath & movement into therapy including Neuroscience the Autonomic Nervous System & Polyvagal Theory. 

You will gain practical tools to integrate into your current clinical or therapeutic practice focusing on the body, breath and movement. These tools are trauma informed and will include, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, which is a proven treatment for survivors of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) offering effective healing and symptom reduction, it is a clinically validated method of yoga researched by Bessel van der Kolk in the USA.

Trauma sensitive yoga has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, Neuroscience and Hatha Yoga with an emphasis on mind body connection, breathing and movement.  

Online

Working Creatively with Trauma

The event

This webinar will look at Vaughn's approach and experience of working with trauma in creative ways.

Vaughn will introduce some of the projective and physical techniques he applies in his practice, using vignettes and theory.

There will be time for questions and answers.

The trainer

Vaughan Titheridge is a Dramatherapist with over sixteen years experience.

Previously he was a psychiatric nurse on an acute psychiatric day service that was psychodynamic and group work in approach.

As a Dramatherapist Vaughn has a wide range of experience and has worked in education, NHS, therapeutic communities, child and family services, charities and private sector.

He was a supervisor for Grenfell and currently runs a private practice.

Online

The Brain has a Mind of its Own a talk with Professor Jeremy Holmes

About the event

Psychotherapy is a practice in search of a theory. Recent advances in relational neuroscience and attachment research now offer convincing avenues for understanding how the ‘talking cure’ helps clients recover.

Professor Holmes will be basing his talk around this new book The Brain Has a Mind of It’s Own.

Drawing on Karl Friston’s Free Energy Principle and contemporary attachment theory, this pioneering text provides a deep theoretical explanation for how psychotherapy helps sufferers overcome trauma, redress relationship difficulties and ameliorate depression


The speaker

Jeremy Holmes, M.D., was for 35 years a consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Psychotherapist at University College London and North Devon and chaired the psychotherapy faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists from 1998 to 2002. He co-founded the psychoanalytic psychotherapy programme at the University of Exeter, where he is Visiting Professor. His many publications include John Bowlby and Attachment Theory, Introduction to Psychoanalysis and Attachment in Therapeutic Practice.

Online

Body Talk: Working with the Unspoken. When talking is not enough

A 3 hour ZOOM CPD event with Lorna Evans

Please note events are live stream only they are not recorded

The event:

A workshop for counsellors and psychotherapists interested in exploring body awareness in therapy whilst illuminating working with non-verbal phenomena and countertransference during the pandemic both in person and online.

Mind and body are fully integrated and what the therapist notices in the client’s body, or experiences in her own body, energy, tension, holding or other non-verbal phenomena is vital to bring into awareness and into the work with our clients.

Today, our clinical work with traumatised and abused clients, both adult and child, coupled with recent neuroscience research, emphasises how trauma is held in the body and how a bodily understanding is essential for therapists working with trauma, anxiety and depression in person and online during the covid pandemic.

This workshop explore body awareness in therapy and illuminate working with non-verbal phenomena and countertransference.

During the workshop we will explore:

Key aspects of psychoanalytic understanding of the relationship with Mind and Body

The Autonomic Nervous System & Poly Vagal Theory

Body countertransference: As felt by contemporary psychotherapists including Susie Orbach & Nick Totton

Countertransference: Two Bodies in the Room. A TA Model of felt understanding

The Power of the Breath & Movement in treatment of Anxiety, Depression & Trauma

Befriending the body: Techniques to become safely aware of physical sensations and establishing synchronicity, agency and meaningful connections

Healing and learning from neuroscience: Focus on Trauma Sensitive Yoga and clinical examples from Lorna work with the NHS. Establishing a sense of self and community, through yoga, meditation, theatre, music, movement, vocalization and psychodrama

Online

Witnessing: Spirituality as an intervention and tool for recovery and support in eating disorders

Please note events are live stream only they are not recorded

The event:

Witnessing clients and families conversations about the importance of their faith, is a helpful marker in setting up interventions that feel authentic to family culture, value system, and harmony (Carberry, 2016; Yap & Tan, 2011), whilst keeping step with the clients pace (Rober, 2011).

Witnessing testimonies and presentations from people recovered from disordered eating, can provide insight into the struggles against the negative thought patterns that often plague sufferers, together with the subtle difference that spiritual belief can bring, and assist in their recovery.

This workshop illuminates some of the important sequences noticed by the presenter, by family members and those in recovery make. These observations can help the practitioner in their collaborative work, make interventions which feel authentic when taking into consideration the client spiritual belief system.

In this workshop participants will explore:

• How practitioners may use the concept of ‘joining faith’ with the family belief system against self-starvation of anorexia, and it’s an assault on the family’s unwavering faith to assist in recovery.

• Begin discussions with clients to include topics to include Bulimia and Ramadan where bulimia attempts to intercept this period to bring disharmony within the family.

• Shed light on the practitioners own spiritual reflexive journey in working with families affected by eating disorders.

The speaker:

Karen Carberry is Consultant Family Therapist of Orri - an Intensive Eating Disorder Day Service in London; and Consultant Supervisor for Hope Bereavement Support. Karen is also co-editor of The International Handbook of Black Community Mental Health published by Emerald Publishing, and is a Fellow of the Asian Academy of Family Therapy.


Online

Childhood Adversity in Forensic Populations with Dr Gwen Adshead

About the event

Prison populations have been expanding as more offenders are imprisoned and given longer sentences. Prisoners are known to be a marginalised group with poor physical and mental health, however the risk factors for becoming a prisoner have only been systematically studied over the last twenty years.

In this presentation Dr Gwen Adshead discusses exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACES) in prison and offender populations and discuss the implications for policy makers and therapists who may work with offenders.

This event is open to the general public who are interested in this subject as well as other health professionals and those who work in forensic settings.

The trainer:

Gwen Adshead is a Forensic Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist. She trained at St George's hospital, the Institute of Psychiatry and the Institute of Group Analysis. She is trained as a group therapist and a mindfulness based cognitive therapist and has also trained in Mentalisation based therapy.

She worked for nearly twenty years as a Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist at Broadmoor Hospital, running psychotherapeutic groups for offenders, and working with staff around relational security and organisational dynamics.

She now works with patients with personality disorder in high security, prison and in the community. Gwen also has a Masters' Degree in Medical Law and Ethics; and has a research interest in moral reasoning, and how this links with 'bad' behaviour.

Gwen has published a number of books and over 100 papers, book chapters and commissioned articles on forensic psychotherapy, ethics in psychiatry, and attachment theory as applied to medicine and forensic psychiatry. She was honoured with the President’s Medal for services to psychiatry in July 2013; an honorary doctorate from St George’s Hospital Medical School in 2016, and was the Gresham Professor of Psychiatry 2014-2017.

Online

Heroin is My Mother, Alcohol my Father

The event:

There is increasing evidence that adverse childhood experiences such as childhood abuse, neglect, relational trauma and early childhood stress significantly increases vulnerability and elevated risk of developing addictions. To manage the impact of abuse, many survivors resort to substance misuse, disordered eating, gambling, workaholism, sex, exercise or unhealthy relationships to self-medicate and to regulate their emotions and mood.

This webinar will look at early adverse childhood experiences, in particular childhood sexual abuse, complex and relational trauma, and their link to addiction. It will explore the nature of addictions within the context of attachment deficits and lack of emotional self-regulation.

The focus will be on enabling practitioners working with addictions and substance misuse to develop a deeper understanding of the link between addictions and complex trauma and how to work more effectively with substance dependent clients.

This training will be of interest to both health and mental health practitioners , drug and alcohol workers, counsellors, therapists, GP’s and anyone working with survivors.

The trainer:

Christiane Sanderson BSc, MSc. is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton, of London with over 30 years of experience working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence. She has delivered consultancy, continuous professional development and professional training for parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists, counsellors, solicitors, the NSPCC, Towards Healing, Ireland. the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Committee, the Methodist Church, the Metropolitan Police Service, SOLACE, the Refugee Council, Birmingham City Council Youth Offending Team, and HMP Bronzefield.

She is the author of Counselling Skills for Working with Shame, Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse, Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 3rd edition, Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse, The Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse, and Introduction to Counselling Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She has also written The Warrior Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Sexual Violence; The Spirit Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Religious Sexual Abuse Across All Faiths and Responding to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A pocket guide for professionals, partners, families and friends and Numbing the Pain: A pocket guide for professionals supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse and addiction for the charity One in Four for whom she is a trustee.

Online

Whiteness in the therapy room attending to privilege, racism and difference

The event:

Whiteness in the therapy room – attending to privilege, racism and difference

The death of George Floyd and the worldwide protests that followed, including here in the UK, has brought to the fore the need for white people to talk, learn and take action around issues of race and racism, in all aspects of our social interactions, including counselling and therapy.

This workshop will provide space for therapists to think about their own racial identity, how similarities and differences with their clients can impact on the therapeutic relationship, and give some ideas for how to attend to this interplay within the therapy.

Online

Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training Attachment Conference 2021: Borderline Personality Disorder an Attachment Perspective

Online conference held over the ZOOM platform

Chair: Linda Cundy

Speakers: Dr Nuria Gené-Cos, Ruthie Smith, Minna Daum

The days presentations:

Ruthie Smith

Disorganised Attachment, Complex Trauma and Emotional Instability: working with the body using energy psychotherapy

Minna Daum

Keeping the baby in mind: working with mothers with borderline personality disorder and their infants on the edge of care

Dr Nuria Gene Cos

Neuroscience in EUPD: a trauma related developmental disorder

Online

Inhibitions and dis-inhibitions for clients and counsellors when working online

The event:

This two hour seminar will look at clinical issues that arise when clients and counsellors have sessions online, using platforms such as Zoom, Skype and FaceTime.

In particular, it will be a chance to think about and explore how 1) intimacy and 2) containment - two of the most important elements of effective counselling - can be affected by working via video call.

The trainer:

Before qualifying as a counsellor 20 years ago, Sarah worked in the fields of Theatre-in-Education and community health outreach.

She has a private practice, and has been one of the trainers on the counselling diploma course at the Re-Vision Centre for Counselling &

Psychotherapy in London for 15 years.

She also worked for 7 years as a counsellor and trainer at Survivors UK, a service for men who have experienced sexual violation.

Her book “Helping Male Survivors of Sexual Violation to Recover – Stories From Therapy” was published by Jessica Kingsley in 2018.

She is the co-editor with Chris Robertson of “Transformation in Troubled Times” published by TransPersonal Press in 2018.

She writes a regular column for the BACP Private Practice Journal.

In 2020 she became a Fellow of the National Counselling Society.

Online

Self-care and collective care for therapists (and clients) during C-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the way that real world social issues markedly impact all of our mental health and capacity to self-care. It has also demonstrated that more marginalised folks are disproportionately affected. Finally it has highlighted many ways in which organisations and communities can develop more collective - or mutual - forms of care and support in order to improve mental health, and to enable individual self-caring behaviours during such times of crisis.

Mainstream approaches to mental health tend to individualise such issues rather than recognising the social context in which they are inevitably located. We need to recognise the role of intersecting marginalisations in mental health struggles, and the ways in which social experiences such as poverty, discrimination, and the experience of trauma are highly related to psychological distress.

We also live in a wider culture which encourages the very kind of shame and self-critical thinking that’s a feature of all the most common mental health problems, and which make it very difficult to engage in self-compassion and self-care. We’re encouraged to feel fear that we might be lacking or failing in some way, and we’re sold products which claim to help us to allay those fears. Social media also encourages us to maintain the illusion of perfection online, leading to endless rounds of self-evaluation and comparison.

In a world where so many of us - and our clients - are struggling with very real social problems, it’s vitally important to acknowledge the cultural context we’re in and to resist individualising our suffering. This workshop explores trauma-informed models of interdependent self-care - or collective care - which we might consider.

Structure

● Introductions and hopes/aims for the session

● Adapting to pandemic and crisis

● Locating our distress culturally, systemically, and relationally

● Considering our needs in relation to self-care, making our plan

● Exploring systems and structures of support, developing our plan

● Take-aways

Outcomes

By the end of the session participants will have:

● Reflected on their own self-care practices in the light of social understandings and current crises

● Explored how their individual distress - and capacity to self-care - is embedded within wider cultures, systems, and dynamics or privilege/oppression

● Developed a self-care plan and a sense of systems and structures of support around this

The trainer:

Meg-John Barker is the author of a number of popular books on sex, gender, and relationships, including Queer: A Graphic History (with Julia Scheele), How To Understand Your Gender (with Alex Iantaffi), Enjoy Sex (How, When, and IF You Want To) (with Justin Hancock), Rewriting the Rules, The Psychology of Sex, and The Secrets of Enduring Love (with Jacqui Gabb).

They have also written numerous books, articles, chapters, and reports for scholars and counsellors, drawing on their own research and therapeutic practice. In particular they have focused their academic-activist work on the topics of bisexuality, open non-monogamy, sadomasochism, non-binary gender, and Buddhist mindfulness.

Barker is currently a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University. They co-founded the journal Psychology & Sexuality and the activist-research organisation BiUK, through which they published The Bisexuality Report. They have advised many organisations, therapeutic bodies, and governmental departments on matters relating to gender, sexual, and relationship diversity (GSRD). They are also involved in facilitating many public events on sexuality and relationships, including Sense about Sex and Critical Sexology. They blog and podcast about all these topics on rewriting-the-rules.com and megjohnandjustin.com.

Twitter: @megjohnbarker.

Online

Therapy during the Pandemic

A 3 hour ZOOM CPD event

Paul Terry will explore with members of the webinar the impact of the pandemic on their therapy. The prevalence of death anxieties in our society and in therapeutic encounter, has brought the unusual experience of therapist and client sharing the same of realistic fears of infection and death. The webinar will also consider the implications of moving from face-to-face to phone or online therapy, The impact of the loss of the embodied presence of therapist and client in the same space, and the loss of the containing space of the consulting room. There will also be an exploration of the repercussions of these experiences on subsequently returning to face-to-face therapy.

Freud wrote about fears of death when his sons were fighting in the first World War. He remarked on a ubiquitous denial of fears of death in society which could not be sustained during the war because there were so many deaths. The pandemic has often been likened to war but with an invisible enemy. Like a war it has confronted our world with relentless deaths and many other losses and the need to mourn. Older clients often suffer from difficulties in mourning the losses consequent upon ageing including the anticipation of the end of their lives. The pandemic has multiplied losses we all suffer and has meant client and therapist face the need to mourn much about their lives. Therapist and client share a central anxiety and psychological task which bring much complexity to therapy.

Members of the workshop are encouraged to bring examples from their experiences of therapy during the pandemic and subsequently returning to face to face work.