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‘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.   


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. 

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