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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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Certificate in Clinical Assessment Skills

Qualified Practitioners: £450 Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £400 WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £350

This course will take place online, via Zoom.

Please Book via Eventbrite

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 June 11th  - Teaching

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 June 18th - Teaching

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 3: Live Assessment Supervision: Saturday July 9th Live supervision

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.

Please Book via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/201560481827

Applications must be received by Thursday , 2nd June 2022

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact the training department at WPF: training@wpf.org.uk

Date: we have three dates for this event:

Day 1, 11/06/2022 Day 2, 18/06/2022 Day 3,  09/07/2022

Time: 10am – 4pm

Website link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/201560481827 Contact: Training@wpf.org.uk Tel: 020 7378 2050

Online

Certificate in Clinical Assessment Skills

This course will take place online, via Zoom.

Please Book via Eventbrite

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 June 11th - Teaching

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 June 18th - Teaching

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 3: Live Assessment Supervision: Saturday July 9th Live supervision

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.

Please Book via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/201560481827

Applications must be received by Thursday , 2nd June 2022

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact the training department at WPF: training@wpf.org.uk

 

Online

Working with Psychosis with Conor McCormack (Lecture)

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom and will not be recorded due to the confidential nature of the clinical material.

  • Do you want to learn useful approaches to work with cases of psychosis? 
  • In what ways does it benefit us to understand the fundamental concepts of Lacanian theory? 
  • What does Lacan have to tell us about the Big Other? And how can this abstraction be of help in clinical work? 

Psychosis - to what use can we put this weighty signifier? Lacanian analysis starts by binning the notion of psychosis as disorder or illness, reframing it as a commonplace subjective position in language. This talk explores how analytic treatment can offer a way beyond the deadlock of medication and risk management that defines current mental health services.  

Rather than working through a checklist of symptoms and behaviours leading to generalised forms of treatment, the Lacanian clinician listens out for an analysand’s singular relation with language, law and lack - thereby discerning what might be helpful and safe in the analytic work.  

Aims

This lecture will give you: 

  1. An overview of the Lacanian metapsychology of psychosis. 
  2. An understanding of what is a diagnosis and how does a clinician work towards making one?  
  3. Development of approaches to working psychoanalytically with psychosis.


Outline

This will be a talk about clinical work with people with psychotic structures. As often as not psychosis is a low-key thing, discerned through attentive listening over time. But what does one listen out for? How does an idea of diagnosis determine the direction of the treatment? The speaker will use a visual presentation and clinical examples to elaborate on a Lacanian approach to working with psychosis.

Lecturer

Conor McCormack is a Lacanian psychoanalyst and a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. He works in Bristol in private practice and has extensive experience working as a psychotherapist in the NHS. 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.

https://parkstreetanalysis.co.uk/

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 this event you agree to keep all discussions confidential.  

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.


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How to thrive in private practice with Wendy Bristow - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

Are you thinking of setting up in private practice and want to know what it really involves? 

Are you already working in private practice but want to know how to do it more effectively and share ideas/experiences with other therapists? 

Are you in private practice but struggling or not making enough? 

Workshop Aims 

By the end of this workshop you will learn:   

  1. What exactly private practice involves – the upsides and downsides.
  2. Practical tools to work out how to best make a living.
  3. Tips and tricks for dealing with all the issues the work involves – including effective supervision, support and self-care as well as thinking about elements like having a niche. 

Outline  

During this workshop we will cover:

  • Private Practice – the pros and cons; what works, what doesn’t, what you don’t learn in your training; what could you learn from the first assessment.
  • Money – Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?; memberships, room hire etc; Everything you need to cost out to calculate whether you’ll make a profit; insurance, legal support, clients who don’t pay, room hire vs working from home. 
  • Some meaningful, workable strategies that you can implement to move your private practice forward.

Workshop Leader

Wendy Bristow trained at WPF Therapy and has worked in private practice in Central London and then Angel for the past seven years. Her background is in the media - she worked as a magazine journalist and editor before training as an executive coach. She then coached and trained editors and journalists at the BBC, Conde Nast and all the major magazine houses and some newspapers. She therefore has some 30 years’ experience of being self-employed.  

Target Audience:

This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists, especially for anyone in private practice or planning to be. Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussions confidential.   


Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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

Online

Therapist Attachment Style with Sarah Pennock - Online workshop

Would you like to increase your awareness of attachment representations that are relationship-specific, provoked in your clinical work?

Are you interested in increasing your awareness of your enactments within the therapeutic relationship?

Would you like to learn how to consider the triggers for your anxiety, detachment and over-identification in your clinical work?

Therapist attachment security is correlated to stronger therapeutic alliances, greater session depth, more empathetic engagement, and more adaptability to the client’s needs. All therapists come into the clinical relationship with their own history of interpersonal relationships. Increasing awareness of how their own attachment tendencies (beliefs, expectations, responses, defences) might impact others, will facilitate more intentional responses to clients in a way that is healing and moves the therapeutic work forward. 

 

In this workshop, Sarah will present a brief overview of attachment in adults, how the differing styles might present in the consulting room, and what this might provoke in the therapist.

 

By attending this workshop, participants will:

  1. Have a much better understanding and awareness of their predominant attachment style, with a particular emphasis in the consulting room.
  2. Be able to identify what – in the client presentations – prompts differing responses in their relating, and the impact on the therapeutic alliance.
  3. Feel more comfortable navigating several elements within their clinical work: expectations, ruptures, endings, boundaries, and monitoring the alliance, resulting in greater confidence, alongside an evolving acceptance of the ‘good enough’ therapist.

There is an expectation that participants are familiar with the basics of attachment theory (Attachment in Psychotherapy, David J. Wallin, 2015).

Target Audience

Trainee therapists and counsellors, and experienced therapists who wish to expand their awareness/understanding of their own attachment style and how this impacts their clinical work.

Workshop Leader

Sarah Pennock MSc, Pg. Dip, Integrative Counsellor. FDAP. MBACP (Accred.) is an Addiction and Attachment Based Therapist. She has worked with residential addiction treatment centres, out-patient programmes and addiction support agencies. Following her specialist training in Addiction Psychology at South Bank University, Sarah completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Attachment-Based Therapy to complement her addiction work, discovering how and why our individual attachment styles often shape the way we respond to others and life’s challenges. Sarah runs a busy private practice in Marylebone, London. She is a guest author in a recently published book on Attachment, Relationships and Food: From Cradle to Kitchen (Routledge, 2021).


Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

 

Online

Harnessing the power of exercise: The rewards and risks of using exercise to improve mental health with Andy Keefe - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

Sometimes we overlook the impact of mental and emotional well-being as part of fitness. 

  • Are you a therapist, fitness professional, social worker, teacher or other professional working with clients who are struggling with their mental health? 
  • Are you noticing a difference with the pandemic? 

Many people are struggling to maintain mental wellbeing during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The experience of depression, anxiety and stress is recognised as having significant impact. We know that exercise and fitness can have a massive benefit mental health. Physical movement and breathing have been used for thousands of years by Yoga teachers to promote mental wellbeing as well as physical health. Body Psychotherapy, Dance Movement Psychotherapy and other movement-based therapies grew out of the work of early psychoanalysts and more recently, therapies involving walking, running and other forms of exercise have developed, with incredible success.   

Recent events have not only unveiled chronic inequities but also heightened the visibility of these injustices and their impact particularly in Black Asian, African and ethnic minority communities.  Now more than ever Psychotherapists and counsellors must work with their clients in processing these ‘external’ issues presenting with increasing frequency in their internal worlds and in consulting rooms. 

Workshop Aims  

This workshop aims to help practitioners with the following: 

  1.  To understand how physical exercise can improve someone’s mental health and help them engage with and process trauma and emotion held in the body and not accessible to language.
  2. To understand that exercise has a powerful psychological effect, which can become addictive and a symptom of Eating Disorders, Body Dysmorphia or Muscle Dysmorphia.
  3. How to work with clients to encourage them to begin to exercise, to create a beneficial dialogue between exercise and therapy, to identify and address the danger signs of over-exercise.

Outline 

This unique training is an opportunity to explore to explore the impact of exercise on mood and emotion and the mind-body connection, it will include an hour long circuit-training session with Mindfulness) and will cover:  

  • The physiology of exercise, trauma and the Fight or Flight Mechanism  
  • The theories of how emotion gets into the body and the role of movement in emotional processing (Walking, running, HIIT, Boxing and other forms of left/right activity). 
  • “The Body” and the “Body Ego” in psychoanalytic theory. 
  • The relationships between therapist / patient and personal trainer / client: pair work. 
  • Dangers and Risks: identifying, understanding and working with the risks of over-exercising. 

Workshop Leader

Andrew Keefe is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, EMDR Therapist and Personal Trainer. He works in private practice in East London and the City, specializing in work with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, abusive relationships, sexual violence and Birth Trauma. He uses fitness, especially outdoor fitness, therapeutically to help people improve their mental health and wellbeing and to process emotion held in the body. Before private practice, he worked for sixteen years in clinical roles at the British Refugee Council and then Freedom from Torture, working with traumatized refugees and survivors of torture. He is a former Director of Clinic at WPF. 

Target Audience:

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

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


Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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

Online

Working through Depression with Kirstie Adamson - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

1 in 4 people suffer from depression at some point in their lives. It’s both common and resistant to change. 

During this workshop we will be able to explore the following questions:

  • How does resilience change depression?
  • Is depression caused by pressing down feelings and trauma or is it an illness that needs medication? 

This day course will focus on exploring depression, gaining more understanding so that you feel empowered to support the client to take action and to make a judgment about steps forward.

By the end of this workshop you will find: 

  1. An understanding of an overview of depression, its causes and what makes it resistant to change.
  2. Hopefulness in a depression bog. 
  3. Some strategies and ways of thinking that move a client towards hopeful change. 
  4. Building resilience both in yourself and your client.

Workshop Leader

Kirstie Adamson works full time as a counsellor and supervisor in a variety of settings. She trained originally integratively and has since done further training particularly in trauma including Somatic Experiencing, Constellations and online counselling. She works part-time in private practice specialising in working with adoptive families, with trauma and working creatively. She is also Deputy Head of Wellbeing at the University of West of England.

In addition, she previously worked for many years providing counselling in a safe house for sex workers, at a secondary school and in an adoption agency. Prior to that she worked as a lawyer for over 15 years specialising in family and children law. She contributed to the BACP books Therapists in Court and Record Keeping and the forthcoming book on Online supervision by Karnac. For her Masters she completed research in how emotions affect our ability to learn.

Target Audience:

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


Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

 

Online

Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy A Taste of Training on 3rd & 10th September 2022

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

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

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

Why do this workshop?

  1. Do I want to be a counsellor or a psychotherapist? What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy? Are psychotherapists like psychiatrists? What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist? 
  2. What does psychodynamic mean? Isn’t that Freud? How do I know what model of therapy is right for me? If I do the introductory course at WPF Therapy can I go on to train somewhere else?
  3. What does training as a therapist involve? Why does it take so long to train? Why do I have to be in my own therapy?
  4. I’m a good listener already. Why should I do an introductory course?
  5. What does it take to be a good therapist? How do I know if it’s right for me? What qualities do I need to have?
  6. Why should I come to WPF Therapy rather than go somewhere else? How do I know what makes a good training? What am I qualified to do at the end of the training? How much money will I make once I qualify? What are the professional regulatory bodies? Why are they important?

What can you expect at the end of this workshop?

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

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

Brief Outline 

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

Session 1. The Mystery of Psychotherapy

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

Session 2 Psychodynamic Concepts- Is this perspective for you?

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

 Session 3- Our emotional world

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

Session 4- Communication and therapy today

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

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

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

Comments from previous Taster Days:

  • "Thought provoking and fascinating."
  • "Really helps as part of the decision making process."
  • "Very clear and encouraging."
  • "Very informative, both about WPF as well as psychotherapy generally."
  • "After much research online I was so confused about the first step into the world of psychotherapy and counselling. This course answered all the questions on my list and many more that I hadn’t anticipated. Expertly laid out with exercises that really help you to help clarify whether this may be the right route for you."

If you apply for the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills starting within one year of ‘A Taste of Training’, we will waive the selection/interview fee. Please note that the selection/interview fee will only be waived if your application is received after attendance at this workshop (not before).

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.


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Reclaiming the Body: trauma sensitive yoga for trauma survivors and their therapists with Sasha Bates - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

Working with trauma can be difficult for both client and therapist. Trauma is embedded in the body and research shows that talking therapies can only go so far as a means of accessing those implicit memories and terrors safely. Research by the Boston Trauma Centre in bodily-based, non-verbal ways of working has resulted in the development of Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) – an enquiring, therapeutic form of yoga that helps those with PTSD and complex trauma reacquaint themselves with their bodies.

TSY differs from more conventional yoga by elevating the client’s personal, internal experience above the need to create a certain ‘shape’ or to work at a certain pace dictated by the teacher. There is no expectation to achieve or conform; instead, the priority is to create a safe environment where clients feel safe enough to participate in whatever way they feel able. In this way, it is also suitable for those with injuries, restricted movement, or little strength or flexibility. 

By attending this workshop you can learn: 

  • Exploration of how TSY can be used in a therapeutic setting leading to some practical skills that can be offered to clients. 
  • Introduction to the principles and theories underpinning TSY as well as an understanding of how misuse, or more standard yoga classes might sometimes work paradoxically to harden defences and hinder recovery. 

Outline

There will be a mixture of lecture with power point presentation alongside group discussion. Also work in breakout groups and pairs for further discussion and some role play. Experiential TSY classes including movement, breathing, meditation and relaxation both on a yoga mat and in a chair. 

Target Audience

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

Workshop Leader

Sasha Bates, MA, MBACP, is an integrative psychotherapist in private practice, who trained at the Minster Centre. She is also a BWY and Yoga Alliance trained yoga teacher, and has done additional training in restorative yoga and in Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She is a journalist and the author of Languages of Loss: A psychotherapist’s journey through grief (Yellow Kite, 2020) and A Grief Companion: practical support and a guiding hand through the darkness of loss (Yellow Kite, 2021). Her forthcoming book “Yoga Saved My Life” will be published in March 2022, also by Yellow Kite. 


Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

 

Online

Understanding the Workings of “The Internal Oppressor” with Dr Aileen Alleyne - Half Day Workshop

Maximum number of places - 25

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

  • What is“the internal oppressor”? This will be introduced as an inevitable impact of generational and present day racialised trauma. 
  • How do we work with “the internal oppressor” and can we recognise its psychological impact to identity? 
  • Would you like to deepen and widen your knowledge of the concept of identity trauma?

Workshop Aims

By the end of this workshop you will:

  1. Gain an understanding of the workings of “The Internal Oppressor”.   
  2.  Understand how it links to struggles with identity shame, the imposter syndrome and generational trauma.  
  3. Be equipped with some therapeutic tools for addressing the limiting effects of this presentation in the work with clients.     

Outline

This workshop that will introduce the facilitator’s own clinical concept of “The Internal Oppressor” (Alleyne 2004). The concept must be distinguished from internalised oppression, as it is part of the self; a part of the ego-structure that functions as an inhibitor and interferes with the moving on process of black lives. Understanding this internal enemy and how it is created, can help in the development of internal resources to reframe, and change the inhibiting impact of racialised trauma.  

The workshop will be interactive. In preparation for the workshop, please identify beforehand some of your internalised scripts and how they were formed. Focus on generational and personal scripts that are influenced by what you have inherited and internalised from parents, and those that have been shaped by your societal and cultural experiences. These will help you in the workshop to see what might be influencing your life and shaping your actualisation process.  

The day will be facilitated via a mixture of tutorial input, paired exercises, small group work, clinical vignettes, PowerPoint, and video. 

Dr Aileen Alleyne is a UKCP registered psychodynamic psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and organisational consultant. She lecturers at several training institutions and is a consultant on issues of race and cultural diversity to organisations, such as the NHS, Social Services, Education and the Police Services. Her clinical research examining black workers’ experiences in three institutional settings, makes a significant contribution to the discourse on race. Highlighting the concept of ‘the internal oppressor’, it offers ways of deepening understanding of black psychological reactions to the negative impact of racism. Aileen is the author of several book chapters and journal papers exploring themes on black/white dynamics, shame, and identity wounding, and working with issues of Difference and Diversity in the Workplace. Her first published book, The Burden of Heritage: Hauntings of Generational Trauma on Black Lives. Pub: Karnac/Confer Books (2022), is available online at Amazon.  

Target Audience:

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

Reading list:

Alleyne, A. (2004). The internal oppressor and black identity wounding. In Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal Vol (15) No 10. 

Alleyne, A. (2005). The Internal Oppressor - the veiled companion of external racial oppression. In UKCP The Psychotherapist, Issue 26, Spring. 

Alleyne, A (2022).  The Burden of Heritage: Hauntings of Generational Trauma on Black Lives. Pub: Karnac/Confer Books. 

Comments from previous participants

  • "If you are considering doing CPD around shame and racism and feeling apprehensive, this is a thorough, thought provoking and containing introduction to an essential undertaking."
  • "This is a very "of the moment" course, directly addressing both internal shame, and the implications of working with current and historical racism".
  • "Dr Alleyne's warm and authoritative approach meant we were free to speak from our embodied, lived experience without fear or hesitation. Truly enlightening".
  • "Reaffirming, validatory and eye-opening course!".


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Cultural competency workshop with Baffour Ababio

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

 The heart of the matter is learning how to become increasingly undefended around matters of diversity and otherness such that you can be open: open to the other person who will be, in some significant ways, most certainly different from you.”  Anton Hart 

Recent events have not only unveiled chronic inequities but also heightened the visibility of these injustices and their impact particularly in Black Asian, African and ethnic minority communities.  Now more than ever psychotherapists and counsellors must work with their clients in processing these ‘external’ issues presenting with increasing frequency in their internal worlds and in consulting rooms. 

This workshop aims to help practitioners with: 

  1. Engaging with, and understanding how, terms such as: institutional racism, internalised domination, oppression, inferiorisation, operate in the therapeutic setting.  
  2. Enhancing participants’ self-awareness, empathic knowledge and understanding of other cultures and conceptualisation of identity formation.
  3. Exploring their own processes, whether from dominant or minority groups, to be more attuned to the intercultural dynamics in therapeutic engagements with their clients. 
  4. Allowing for a commentary on how cultural competency can be applied in supervision. It will therefore look at the experience of supervision from both angles, as a supervisee and as a supervisor.  

Workshop Leader

Baffour Ababio grew up in Ghana. He is a psychoanalytic intercultural psychotherapist in private practice and clinical supervisor at Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre. Baffour completed his training at University College London and the Guild of Psychotherapists and is a member of UKCP and BAPPS (British Association for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision). Alongside his clinical role, Baffour developed a career in managing mental health services integrating a community-based response to support recovery from a broad range of mental health problems. With Roland Littlewood he has co-edited a volume on intercultural psychotherapy entitled Intercultural Therapy: Challenges, Insights and Developments (2019).

Target Audience:

This workshop is designed for counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health practitioners who are engaged in client work. 


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From cradle to kitchen: attachment, food and the self with Linda Cundy

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

We are all engaged with our relationship with food in some way or another. For some, this is a complex dynamic, for others it seems straightforward. Within clinical work the theory and focus is often on eating disorders, but our relationship with food is far wider than that.

Are you working with clients who are struggling with their relationship with food?

Are you interested in understanding more about the role of attachment in childhood and adult life through the medium and metaphor of feeding?

What is ‘normal’ eating and how do we distinguish this from ‘disordered’ eating?

How is the way and what we eat influenced by social, historical, transgenerational and gender issues?

Through attending this workshop you will gain :

  1. A better understanding of secure and insecure attachment as expressed through food
  2. A deeper awareness of the impact of social, historical, transgenerational and gender issues on how and what we eat
  3. Ways of thinking about our clients, their attachment histories and relationships with themselves as expressed through feeding themselves and others
  4. Tools in the form of questions to bring into clinical work, both with eating disordered clients and where eating is not considered problematic
  5. Greater awareness of our own relationships – secure, insecure or disorganised – with food

From the start of life, feeding is a relational experience. The bond between caregiver and infant is brokered in the intimacy of feeding, and our attachment to food is an expression of the relationships we form with other people and ourselves. Our relationship with food expresses something of our attachment histories, secure or insecure: safety and security may be sought in eating or in refusal to eat.

This workshop explores how the relationship with food is shaped in early life in the context of our first attachments, and how food mediates relationships with other people and with ourselves throughout life. We will consider the place of food and feeding in maintaining adult social relationships. Eating disorders are considered from an attachment perspective but are not the sole focus.

The workshop will be accompanied by Powerpoint interspersed with DVD and clinical material. There will be discussion in pairs and small groups focused on specific questions. Participants will have opportunities to consider the role of food in their own lives and to reflect on their clients’ relationships with food, feeding and nourishment.

Target Audience

Qualified and trainee psychotherapists, counsellors, counselling psychologists, eating disorder specialists.

Workshop Leader

Linda Cundy is an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice. She has run courses on attachment at the Wimbledon Guild since 2000. These have now been formalised into a Post Graduate Diploma in Attachment-Based Therapy, and Linda is the course director and lead tutor. She has also taught for two decades on psychotherapy and counselling courses.

She is the editor of Love in the Age of the Internet: Attachment in the Digital Era (2015) Karnac, and Anxiously Attached: Understanding and Working with Preoccupied Attachment (2017).

Target Audience:

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


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Developing And Maintaining Therapeutic Relationships Online with Alla Rowe and Julia Ovchinnikova

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

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

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

By the end of the workshop you can expect:

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

Outline 

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

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

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

Workshop Leaders

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

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

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

Target Audience:

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 29th September 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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 - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

What is alchemy?

Historically alchemy was a deeply spiritual and philosophical process in which the aim was to find the essence ofbeing, 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.   

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, 29th September 2022.

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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

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Exploring parental loss through making art with Fay Ballard (Lecture)

This event will be delivered via Zoom.

Given the consequences of the Pandemic ongoing at the time of writing - the experience and effects of bereavement are much more widespread than they have ever been.  

  • Do you want to explore more about parental loss? 
  • How could art help to ease the pain? 
  • Would you like to explore loss, mourning and grief through art? 
  • Do you want to learn more about making art with patients in a clinical setting? 

Fay Ballard was a visiting artist working on an acute dialysis ward at Hammersmith Hospital in 2017 and 2018 and sits on the Arts Committee for Imperial Health Charity delivering arts to patients at Imperial’s London hospitals. In this workshop, she will spend some time towards the end of the session discussing this work.  

By attending this lecture you can expect:

  1. To learn from a practising artist how her creative process has helped her mourn the childhood loss of a parent.
  2. To consider art as reparation, citing Hanna Segal, Melanie Klein and Donald Winnicott.
  3. To consider how memory is used by an artist to make work about childhood trauma and parental loss.
  4. To consider family belongings as evocative objects, referring to the transitional object (Winnicott).
  5. To consider ways of delivering art activities to patients in a hospital setting.

Lecturer

Fay Ballard read History of Art at University of Sussex (1976-9) and worked at Royal Academy of Arts and Tate. She completed a MA Fine Arts Central Saint Martin’s (2006). After her father’s death in 2009, Fay explored her childhood as a motherless daughter in drawings informed by psychoanalysis. These were exhibited in London and Leeds in solo shows, and recently in two collaborative exhibitions with Judy Goldhill: ‘Breathe’ at the Freud Museum (2018) and ‘Travelling Companions’ at University of Cambridge (2020-2021).

Fay was a visiting artist at Hammersmith Hospital (2017-18) making art with patients, and sits on the Imperial Health Arts committee delivering arts programmes to patients across five London hospitals. Her practice included field trips to record flora growing in specific locations, most recently in Transylvania for The Prince’s Foundation. Fay speaks regularly at London art schools. Her work is held by HM The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales, The Prince’s Foundation, Imperial Health, Royal College of Physicians, Winsor & Newton and Murray Edwards College Cambridge. Fay also exhibited a body of new work ‘In Circles’ at Handel Street Projects London. 

Chair

Judith Chamberlain is a psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice and clinical supervisor at Centre70 in South London, which is an organisation supporting adults with social, mental, financial and other difficulties. Judith is a seminar leader and Training Development Tutor at WPF Therapy and is a member of BPC, UKCP and FPC.

Within these roles, Judith has particular interests in perinatal psychotherapy, forensic setting psychotherapy and working with people who are neurodiverse (ADD/ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, OCD).

Target Audience:

This event should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in the topic, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists and the general public. This event is open to all.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 29th September 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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

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The complexities of countertransference: A hindrance or a tool? with Sarabeth Morrison and Emily Willett

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

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Countertransference is fundamentally our thoughts, feelings and reactions to our clients. Recognising and working with this is vital in the therapeutic relationship. Yet whilst countertransference can provide us with a rich source of knowledge and information about our clients, it can be perplexing and confusing to work with.

  • Is it me or is it you?
  • What is Countertransference? What is the link with transference?
  • Do you ever struggle with the boundaries, collude with a client or feel stuck?
  • Do you sometimes feel your mood or energy changes?
  • What might the client be communicating to us?
  • What is being asked of us?
  • How do you know what is coming from the client or what may be your own struggles?
  • Do you want to feel better able to stay with the ‘not-knowing’, whilst remaining ‘containing’, and therefore use countertransference as a tool for your practice rather than experiencing it as a hindrance?

This workshop will enable you to gain more of an understanding of the complexities of countertransference: the intersubjective dynamics between therapist and client. Through experiential exercises and focused discussions, in partners and in groups, you will explore countertransference reflecting on what is being evoked in you and what may be unconscious communication. Using theory, clinical work and film you will explore countertransference in action. Within a safe space, you will explore any current difficulties you may be having with your clinical work. This will enable you to consider practical ways of ‘separating out’ the countertransference – what belongs to you and what belongs to the client and how this can be used effectively within the therapeutic relationship.

By attending this workshop you will:

  • Broaden the understanding of countertransference theoretically, experientially and practically.
  • Gain confidence in recognising, exploring and using countertransference.
  • Be able to reflect on the countertransference within clinical work and to consider interpretations and practical ways of working with it.
  • Leave feeling more skilled at working with the countertransference in clinical practice.

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

Target Audience

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

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

Workshop Leaders

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

Emily Willett is a BACP registered psychodynamic counsellor/psychotherapist with 10 year's counselling experience gained at a young people's counselling service within a London Borough, a bereavement charity and a national mental health charity. After completing her Post Graduate Diploma and Masters in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling at University of Hertfordshire in 2015, she set up a private practice working with clients with a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, loss, relationship worries, low self-esteem, eating disorders and self harm. Alongside private work, Emily now provides shorter-term counselling within a new service in a charitable organisation supporting family carers.


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‘Novel connections’- Exploring literature and psychotherapy with Martin Weegmann - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

Why do this course? 

The world of literature- including novels, poetry and other written forms- can provide great insights into the work of the counsellor and psychotherapist. Freud himself acknowledged that, as for his insights, the poets had always ‘been there’ before him.  

In this workshop, we will draw upon literary resources and thus widening the reference base of psychotherapy. 

This workshop aims to help practitioners with the following: 

  • To consider how literature in general can assist our understandings as therapists.
  • To learn about the paradigm of the ‘literary mind’.
  • To draw upon literary examples- including Virginia Woolf, Eugene O’Neil, others, including an opportunity to talk about novel you enjoy.
  • Engage in a creative writing exercise that helps us to appreciate the creative, generative role that writing can play in developing our awareness.

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. No specialised pre-knowledge is required.    

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


Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.


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The Me-Me-Me Mother - or Father: Working with the toxic legacy of narcissistic parenting with Wendy Bristow - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

What is a narcissistic parent? How can we recognise this? 

How do we recognise the deep wounds, psychic pain and impossible relationships in later life.  

How do we deal with that narcissistic parents from our adult selves? 

How can we work with the lasting impact of narcissisistic parenting with our adult clients? 

‘When I’m dead, you’ll be all alone because your father doesn’t want you. Just remember that and treat me nicely.’ Thus Ariel Leve quotes her bohemian poet mother in her memoir about their difficult relationship, An Abbreviated Life.  

Many of our clients have been propelled into our consulting rooms due to the wounds form narcissistic parenting. Many of us may have ended up as therapists for the same reasons. 

Workshop Aims 

By the end of the workshop you can expect: 

  1. An understanding of narcissism.  
  2. Familiarity with specific symptoms, issues and characteristics of adult children of narcissists. 
  3. Relevant theory – eg narcissistic rage; Shaw’s ‘traumatic narcissism’; Fairbairn’s rejecting object. 
  4. Ideas on working with adult children of narcissistic parents. 

Outline  

There will be tutor presentation on narcissistic parenting; definition of narcissism and its characteristics then an outline of its effects on offspring as well as group discussions.   

Group discussion and questions. There will be space for thinking about our clinical work as well as working with the transference and countertransference. 

Workshop Leader

Wendy Bristow trained at WPF Therapy and has worked in private practice in Central London and then Angel for the past seven years. Her background is in the media - she worked as a magazine journalist and editor before training as an executive coach. She then coached and trained editors and journalists at the BBC, Conde Nast and all the major magazine houses and some newspapers. She therefore has some 30 years’ experience of being self-employed.  She has written on the legacy of narcissistic parenting for Therapy Today and the therapy portal Welldoing. 

Target Audience:

This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. The focus of the workshop will be psychodynamic thinking but practitioners of all modalities are welcome to attend. Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   


Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.


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Languages of loss – Finding creative ways to express grief - Online Workshop with Sasha Bates

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

Workshop Aims

By the end of the session you will: 

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

 Outline

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

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

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

Languages of Loss was published by Yellow Kite on April 2nd, 2020.  

Target Audience:

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


Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

 

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Privilege, Identity and Otherness: An Intersectional Exploration with Dr Dwight Turner (Lecture)

This event will be delivered via Zoom.

  • How can we work with the internalised experience of privilege and otherness and of internalised racism, sexism and homophobia, etc. in the consulting room? 
  • Are you interested in working with issues of privilege and otherness? 
  • How privilege and otherness factors in the therapy room? 
  • How does a therapist’s identity impact upon their own privilege? 

This lecture presents the key ideas from Dr Dwight Turner’s new book and it will provide clinical examples of how power appears in therapy with the other. This workshop also encourages participants to explore their own sense of privilege and otherness. 

By attending this lecture you can expect: 

  1. To have a greater intellectual understanding of privilege and otherness.
  2. To begin to develop a felt unconscious understanding of this for themselves.
  3. To begin to demystify these concepts as they are so common.
  4. To start developing the skills to better work with difference in practice. 

Outline  

The presentation will be provided using Powerpoint and discussion.  

In Dr Dwight Turner’s latest book Intersections of Privilege and Otherness in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Routledge, 2021), the aim is to actually explore the internalised experience of privilege and otherness and of internalised racism, sexism and homophobia, etc. The last chapter though, looks at how we can actually work with these internalised experiences, especially through the language of dreams. Borrowing from Carl Jung’s ideas around free association and active imagination, the dreams explored in chapter five of the book involve an uncovering of these internalised objects and how they play themselves out in the dreamscape, and also this looks at just how devastating some of these internalised symbols can be for the psychology of those persons of colour who endure racism. The third part to this exploration is actually how through working this often dark, shadowy and destructive material, those persons of otherness, in this case based around race, can actually find themselves on a route towards individuation towards a separation from the internalised impact of white supremacy, colonialism, etc. 

Lecturer

Dr Dwight Turner is Senior Lecturer within the School of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Brighton, lecturing on their PG Dip and MSc courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a PhD Supervisor at their Doctoral College, a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice.   

His latest book Intersections of Privilege and Otherness in Counselling and Psychotherapy was released in February 2021 and is published by Routledge. An activist, writer, and public speaker on issues of race, difference and intersectionality in counselling and psychotherapy.  

Here is an article about Dr Dwight Turner, check it here. 

Target Audience:

This event should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in the topic, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists and the general public. This event is open to all.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 17th November 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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

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World In Motion: Regulating the Human Race using the Vagus Nerve, Yoga, Breath & Movement - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

  • Are you interested in practical tools for therapists to integrate working with the body, breath and movement into their client work, both online and in person? 
  • Do you want to explore the neuroscience of yoga and understand why it works? 
  • What is the power of connecting with the breath and the autonomic nervous system? 
  • What is the vagus nerve? Do you want to gain practical knowledge for the application of the vagus nerve? This understanding will support therapists convey this knowledge to their clients plus practical tools to share with clients. 
  • What is trauma-informed yoga? Do you want to explore the science of working with trauma-informed yoga, breath and movement and why these healing tools are useful in the treatment of trauma, anxiety and depression? 

Trauma occurs when choice is taken away from us. As humans we need choice to self regulate, feel safe, create coping strategies and thrive. Self regulation is essential for our sense of agency, positive self esteem and wellbeing. We find equilibrium through the gentle rhythms of eye contact, smiling, crying, talking, laughing, hugging and unconsciously regulating the breath. 

The pandemic, driven by a narrative of fear; isolated and silenced people. Our community is now working with the tsunami of mental and physical illness across all generations; children, young people, the elderly, caused by the dysregulation of a human race who had a primal need to feel safe. 

Memory of trauma is often housed and re-enacted in the body. Traditional Psychotherapy approaches trauma resolutions as something that needs to be worked through and understood. However, in this workshop we will explore how various interventions can create change for trauma survivors. 

By the end of the workshop you will gain: 

  1. An understanding of the scientific and clinical research findings supporting working with the body, breath & movement. Specifically, benefits for anxiety, depression, trauma, positive mental health and self-care.
  2. New techniques and practical tools to work with non-verbal phenomena in your own clinical practice when working with anxiety, depression & trauma - Focus on Trauma Informed Yoga.
  3. A deeper understanding of the Autonomic Nervous System & Poly Vagal Theory.
  4. A deeper understanding of core body psychotherapy & Trauma theory.

Workshop Leader

Lorna Evans is an Integrative Psychotherapist, holding an MSc in Body Awareness & Psychotherapy. Lorna proudly integrates psychotherapy and the body with a focus on Breath & Movement as healing tools for trauma, anxiety and depression. 

Recently working on documentaries, projects and books with MTV, The Discovery Channel, Psychologies Magazine, BBC, SKY and Samaritans.Lorna has several books due to be published in 2022/23 and is a media spokesperson for UKCP. 

Lorna’s YouTube Channel, The Mind Movement, encourages people to find a therapist whilst sharing positive psycho education about staying well by raising awareness of the body, breath and movement. 

Lorna has worked in primary care for the NHS and MIND for many years and now has a private clinical practice in the North East of England. Lorna’s clinical work is grounded in the knowledge that 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 therapeutic work with our clients. 

Alongside her clinical practise, Lorna is very proud to teach Trauma Sensitive Yoga and learn from the students of the NHS Recovery College, Mind and many other trauma survivor groups and charities across the UK. 

Target Audience:

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


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Eco-anxiety in the Consulting Room with Anouchka Grose (Lecture)

This event will be delivered via Zoom.

  • How can we take the climate crisis seriously without succumbing to depression, anxiety and pre-emptive grief?  
  • How can we best respond to our analysands’ climate-related suffering? 

Treatments for ‘eco-anxiety’ tend to follow a loose pattern that goes something like, ‘meditate, talk to your friends and get involved in activism'. While these are all perfectly good ideas they can sometimes seem merely to skim the surface of the psychic pain caused by species loss, global heating, and the threat of societal breakdown — not to mention the idea that our planet is no longer a viable habitat for new life.  

This talk will discuss the ways in which the climate crisis may affect our mental health, as well as offering some alternative thinking around how we might be able work with and respond to ‘eco-anxiety’ in our practice, taking ideas from eco-psychoanalysis in order to propose a kind of ‘psychoactivism’. 

Lecturer

Anouchka Grose is a psychoanalyst and writer practising in London. She is a member of The Centre for Freudian Research, where she regularly lectures. She has written non-fiction: No More Silly Love Songs: a realist’s guide to romance (Portobello, 2010), Are you Considering Therapy (Karnac, 2011), From Anxiety to Zoolander: notes on psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2018), A Guide to Eco-Anxiety: how to protect the planet and your mental health (Watkins, 2020) as well as writing fiction: Ringing for You (Harper Collins, 1999) and Darling Daisy (Harper Collins, 2000). She also writes about art and fashion, and contributes to The Guardian, Radio 4, and Resonance FM.

Target Audience

This event should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in the topic, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists and the general public. This event is open to all.  

 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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From cradle to kitchen: attachment, food and the self with Linda Cundy

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

We are all engaged with our relationship with food in some way or another. For some, this is a complex dynamic, for others it seems straightforward. Within clinical work the theory and focus is often on eating disorders, but our relationship with food is far wider than that.

Are you working with clients who are struggling with their relationship with food?

Are you interested in understanding more about the role of attachment in childhood and adult life through the medium and metaphor of feeding?

What is ‘normal’ eating and how do we distinguish this from ‘disordered’ eating?

How is the way and what we eat influenced by social, historical, transgenerational and gender issues?

Through attending this workshop you will gain :

  1. A better understanding of secure and insecure attachment as expressed through food
  2. A deeper awareness of the impact of social, historical, transgenerational and gender issues on how and what we eat
  3. Ways of thinking about our clients, their attachment histories and relationships with themselves as expressed through feeding themselves and others
  4. Tools in the form of questions to bring into clinical work, both with eating disordered clients and where eating is not considered problematic
  5. Greater awareness of our own relationships – secure, insecure or disorganised – with food

From the start of life, feeding is a relational experience. The bond between caregiver and infant is brokered in the intimacy of feeding, and our attachment to food is an expression of the relationships we form with other people and ourselves. Our relationship with food expresses something of our attachment histories, secure or insecure: safety and security may be sought in eating or in refusal to eat.

This workshop explores how the relationship with food is shaped in early life in the context of our first attachments, and how food mediates relationships with other people and with ourselves throughout life. We will consider the place of food and feeding in maintaining adult social relationships. Eating disorders are considered from an attachment perspective but are not the sole focus.

The workshop will be accompanied by Powerpoint interspersed with DVD and clinical material. There will be discussion in pairs and small groups focused on specific questions. Participants will have opportunities to consider the role of food in their own lives and to reflect on their clients’ relationships with food, feeding and nourishment.

Target Audience

Qualified and trainee psychotherapists, counsellors, counselling psychologists, eating disorder specialists.

Workshop Leader

Linda Cundy is an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice. She has run courses on attachment at the Wimbledon Guild since 2000. These have now been formalised into a Post Graduate Diploma in Attachment-Based Therapy, and Linda is the course director and lead tutor. She has also taught for two decades on psychotherapy and counselling courses.

She is the editor of Love in the Age of the Internet: Attachment in the Digital Era (2015) Karnac, and Anxiously Attached: Understanding and Working with Preoccupied Attachment (2017).

Target Audience:

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


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

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Working with suicide with Kirstie Adamson - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

Suicide is on the increase and Samaritans say that more understanding can help support those at risk. 4 in 5 of all suicides in UK are by men (ONS). In 2015, 6,188 suicides were registered in the UK (ONS). Actual figures are probably far larger because of the amount of deaths registered as misadventure.

Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England, said: "Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 50, and more women are taking their own lives each year. Death by suicide is never inevitable, but for a person who is overwhelmed by feelings and events that appear insurmountable, it can seem like the only answer.”

Working with a suicidal client can raise many issues. This workshop will help you look at how to assess risk when working with a suicidal client and be clear what your responsibilities are. We will consider the implications and issues about breaking confidentiality and will look at any relevant legal issues.

During this workshop we will be able to explore the following questions:

  1. How do you assess risk especially in men?
  2. What do you do when you think your client is going to kill him/herself? How does it impact you? What are your feelings?
  3. What are your responsibilities legal and otherwise?
  4. When do you break confidentiality?

Suicide and the threat of suicide can be challenging and frightening for therapists. This day will provide an opportunity to discuss issues around suicide especially in men, both in terms of practical risk assessment, and the emotional impact that it can have on you, the therapist. The day will include paired exercises, small group exercises and some whole group discussions. Clinical examples will be given throughout. The workshop will:

  • Help you look at how to assess risk when working with a suicidal client
  • Get clear what your responsibilities are
  • Consider the implications and issues about breaking confidentiality
  • Look at any relevant legal issues

Comments from previous participants:

  • "Very useful, practical course; led by an extremely competent and empathic tutor."
  • "An essential day for anyone intending to set up in private practice."
  • "This workshop was informative and containing, supportive."

Workshop Leader

Kirstie Adamson works full time as a counsellor and supervisor in a variety of settings. She trained originally integratively and has since done further training particularly in trauma including Somatic Experiencing, Constellations and online counselling. She works part-time in private practice specialising in working with adoptive families, with trauma and working creatively. She is also Deputy Head of Wellbeing at the University of West of England.

In addition, she previously worked for many years providing counselling in a safe house for sex workers, at a secondary school and in an adoption agency. Prior to that she worked as a lawyer for over 15 years specialising in family and children law. She contributed to the BACP books Therapists in Court and Record Keeping and the forthcoming book on Online supervision by Karnac. For her Masters she completed research in how emotions affect our ability to learn. She is currently writing a novel.

Target Audience:

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


Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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

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Addiction as an attachment disorder: Attachment gone wrong with Sarah Pennock - Online workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

Places are limited to 26 people, so please book early to secure your place.

Are you interested in re-visiting Attachment Theory, with a particular focus on insecure attachment?

Do you want to increase your understanding of how substance abuse can be seen as a manifestation of insecure attachment in the addicted client?

Would you like to consider how your own attachment style manifests within your clinical material?

Attachment is defined as the lifelong need human beings have for affectionate ties with significant other human beings. It is a biological necessity for us to have a secure attachment relationship. Although much of the research on attachment has focused on infants and children, attachment theory is also applicable to adults in a psychodynamic framework, as 75% of attachment patterns remain stable through to adulthood.

The impact of childhood events often casts a deep shadow over us in adult life. Understanding Attachment Theory can serve as a solid foundation for understanding the development of ineffective coping strategies, and the underlying dynamics of a client’s emotional difficulties.

This workshop will consider the aetiology of a person’s addiction as resulting initially from a place of disrupted attachment relationships.

During the day participants will briefly re-visit attachment theory and styles. We will consider the links between attachment insecurity and: substance misuse, disordered eating, gambling. There will be presentation of theory and research alongside clinical vignettes. The afternoon session will explore how to ‘earn security’ by integrating behavioural change alongside attachment focussed work: what does this look like in the consulting room?

There is an expectation that participants are familiar with the basics of attachment theory (Attachment in Psychotherapy, David J. Wallin, 2015).

Workshop Leader

Sarah Pennock MSc, Pg. Dip, Integrative Counsellor. FDAP. MBACP (Accred.) is an Addiction and Attachment Based Therapist. She has worked with residential addiction treatment centres, out-patient programmes and addiction support agencies. Following her specialist training in Addiction Psychology at South Bank University, Sarah completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Attachment-Based Therapy to complement her addiction work, discovering how and why our individual attachment styles often shape the way we respond to others and life’s challenges. Sarah runs a busy private practice in Marylebone, London. She is a guest author in a recently published book on Attachment, Relationships and Food: From Cradle to Kitchen (Routledge, 2021).

Target Audience:

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

Past participant comments

  • "Excellent and informative training which gave great insight into the application into clinical work. "
  • "Sarah's warm and inclusive style certainly added a nice touch."
  • "A well led and thought-provoking course, providing greater awareness of how attachment styles relate to and manifest in certain addictive behaviours and substance misuse together with clinical strategies to work with sufferers."
  • "I couldn't recommend this workshop higher. The content presentation, delivery and interactive experience are all well thought of and delivered, made the workshop a very engaging and thought provoking experience".


Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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

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Exploring the Intersections of Privilege and Otherness in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Dr Dwight Turner - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

Are you interested in working with issues of privilege and otherness? 

How does power appear in therapy with the other in the consulting room?  

Do you want to explore their own sense of privilege and otherness?

By the end of the workshop you can expect: 

  1. To have a greater intellectual understanding of privilege and otherness.  
  2. To have a greater intellectual understanding of privilege and otherness.
  3. To begin to demystify these concepts as they are so common.
  4. To start developing the skills to better work with differences in practice.    

Outline  

In Dr Dwight Turner’s latest book Intersections of Privilege and Otherness in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Routledge, 2021), the aim is to actually explore the internalised experience of privilege and otherness and of internalised racism, sexism and homophobia, etc. The last chapter though, looks at how we can actually work with these internalised experiences, especially through the language of dreams. Borrowing from Carl Jung’s ideas around free association and active imagination, the dreams explored in chapter five of the book involve an uncovering of these internalised objects and how they play themselves out in the dreamscape, and also this looks at just how devastating some of these internalised symbols can be for the psychology of those persons of colour who endure racism. The third part to this exploration is actually how through working this often dark, shadowy and destructive material, those persons of otherness, in this case based around race, can actually find themselves on a route towards individuation towards a separation from the internalised impact of white supremacy, colonialism, etc. 

Workshop Leader

Dr Dwight Turner is Senior Lecturer within the School of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Brighton, lecturing on their PG Dip and MSc courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a PhD Supervisor at their Doctoral College, a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice.   

His latest book Intersections of Privilege and Otherness in Counselling and Psychotherapy was released in February 2021 and is published by Routledge. An activist, writer, and public speaker on issues of race, difference and intersectionality in counselling and psychotherapy.  

Here is an article about Dr Dwight Turner, check it here. 

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.    


Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.


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Boarding school syndrome: The anatomy of a trauma with Joy Schaverien -Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

This insightful and thoughtful workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn in depth about the trauma of early boarding. In addition to this Prof. Schaverien will raise awareness of the nature of this trauma; the depth of which is often missed by experienced psychotherapists.

As a result of attending this workshop you will:

  • Be more alert to the suffering caused by boarding.
  • Understand the nature of sexual abusive behaviour in such schools.
  • Understand that in this case the therapist may need to be more active than in some other forms of trauma.

In her book Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the “Privileged” Child (Routledge: 2015) Joy Schaverien identified a cluster of symptoms and behaviours, which she classified as ‘Boarding School Syndrome’. The premise is that children sent to boarding school at an early age suffer the sudden and irrevocable, loss of their primary attachments and this constitutes a significant trauma. The children are also unsafe because, in some schools, they are at the mercy of bullies and sexual predators. To adapt to the system, a defensive and protective encapsulation of the self may be acquired; the true identity of the person then remains hidden. This pattern may continue into adult life, distorting intimate relationships. This workshop will draw attention to the ways in which this syndrome may present in psychotherapy. It will give a sense of the depth of trauma, which is often missed when a client mentions they attended a boarding school.

In the first part of the day we will look at the anatomy of the initial trauma. Depth case material will be presented and illustrated by pictures made by clients.

In the second part of the day we will consider the forms of sexual wounding that may take place in the boarding school. It is hoped to have time for lively discussion of the issues raised as well as considering clinical material brought by participants.

Workshop Leader

Professor Joy Schaverien PhD is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology (London) with a private analytic and supervisory practice in the East Midlands. She is Visiting Professor for the Northern Programme for Art Psychotherapy and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. Joy has published extensively on topics related to art and analytical psychology and her recent books include: Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged” Child, (June 2015) which was a Routledge and Amazon bestseller and The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy. Erotic Transference, Dreams and Individuation (which is soon to be republished by Routledge).

Target Audience

This workshop is open to qualified and training counsellors and psychotherapists. The orientation of the workshop will be psychodynamic but practitioners of all modalities are welcome to apply.


Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy: A case study erotic transference and countertransference with Joy Schaverien - Online half-day Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

This talk will focus on the meaning and purpose of the erotic transference in psychotherapy, the boundary issues raised when working with the terminally ill, and the reason for abstinence when dealing with intense transference - countertransference dynamics.

The first part of the talk will be a case presentation and lecture. This is a story of love and death mediated in psychotherapy. When a patient in psychotherapy is confronted with a life-threatening illness the therapeutic relationship inevitably intensifies. The work becomes time limited but the end date is uncertain. Boundaries of the analytic frame may come under extreme pressure especially when an erotic transference –countertransference dynamic emerges. A series of dreams reveals how, as analysis deepens, the pace of individuation quickens. Theoretical and clinical material will give the background to what is hoped will be a lively discussion.

All counsellors and psychotherapists, both qualified and in training, will find this a valuable day where they will have the space and the expert guidance to:

  • think more about working with the dying in psychotherapy
  • think about the challenges and implications of working with erotic transference and dreams
  • explore the countertransference issues faced in both these situations.

Workshop Leader

Professor Joy Schaverien PhD is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology (London) with a private analytic and supervisory practice in the East Midlands. She is Visiting Professor for the Northern Programme for Art Psychotherapy and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. She has published extensively on topics related to art and analytical psychology and her recent books include: The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy (Routledge, 2020) and Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged” Child, (Routledge, 2015) which was a Routledge and Amazon bestseller.

Target Audience

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


Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

 

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Attachment narratives in couple and family therapy with Dr Arlene Vetere - Zoom Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

The workshop will offer some starting points for therapeutic work with intimate relationships, couples and families. This attachment narrative approach to integrative formulation has relevance for individual, couple and family therapy. 

  • How to work with healing and repair following relational trauma? 
  • How to apply attachment theory in therapeutic practice, with a special focus on client and practitioner self-protective strategies? 
  • How to orient therapeutic intervention towards felt security and safety? 

By attending this workshop you will: 

  1. Develop skill in integrative formulation: attachment theory, narrative theory, relational trauma theory with systemic theory and practice. 
  2. Gain an understanding of self-protective/adaptive strategies and their implications for safety in the therapeutic work.
  3. Learn the formats for exploration: activities that help translate theoretical ideas re attachment strategies into therapeutic practice.
  4. Have an integrative framework for therapeutic formulation: attachment, narrative and systemic theory and practice. 

Workshop Leader

Arlene Vetere is professor of family therapy and systemic practice at VID Specialized University, Oslo, Norway. She is a clinical psychologist and systemic psychotherapist and supervisor, registered in the UK, where she resides. She has co-authored and co-edited twelve texts and numerous articles, including the second edition of ‘Systemic Therapy and Attachment Narratives: Applications in a range of clinical settings’, with Prof Rudi Dallos, published by Routledge in 2022. 

Target Audience:

This workshop is designed for counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health practitioners who are engaged in client work. 


Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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

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Introduction to Relational Psychoanalysis with Meghan Kelley and Teresa Finlay - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

How to make use of the interaction between therapist and client? 

Which parts of ourselves, and our clients, do we attend to in any given clinical moment? 

How do we reveal ourselves without intruding? What can a focus on the here-and-now interactions do to deepen intimacy in a treatment, and lead to a more complex understanding of both the client and the dyad?

In this workshop, participants will learn about contemporary relational psychoanalytic theory, how it both converges and diverges with classical drive models and how it fits with other evolving fields such as neuro-science, affect regulation, attachment and trauma focused modalities. 

By the end of the workshop you will: 

  1. Learn how to describe the origins of Relational theory.  
  2. Be able to identify contributing theorists to Relational theory.
  3. Be able to identify key concepts in Relational theory.
  4. Learn how to relate key Relational concepts to their own clinical work.    

Outline  

This one-day training will introduce participants to the fundamental concepts of Relational theory. Participants will learn about the evolution of the theory, incorporating aspects of British Object Relations, Self-Psychology, Interpersonal and Intersubjective theories, along with Feminist, Queer, and Race Studies. Learning methods will include didactic lecture, role play, large and small group discussion, and live supervision. Participants are invited to bring case material to share. 

Workshop Leader

Meghan Kelley, LCSW-R is a licensed clinical social worker and Relational psychoanalyst. She holds a Master of Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany and a four-year Certification in Psychoanalysis from the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy. Meghan served as a member of ICP’s four-year Psychoanalytic Training Program training committee, and was active in the Institute’s Trauma, Family and Couples, and Gender and Sexuality divisions. She was a faculty member of the Institute for Expressive Analysis, and a guest lecturer at New York University Silver School of Social Work. After maintaining a private psychotherapy and supervision practice in New York for nearly 20 years, Meghan moved to London in September 2019 to assume the role of Global Wellness Counsellor at NYU’s Study Away site in London. She is certified in Dialectic Behavioural Therapy, Maternal Mental Health, and Social Work Field Instruction, and is registered with Social Work England. 

Teresa Finlay is a UKCP accredited Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Mentalization Based Practitioner. Teresa spent many years working in a therapeutic community model under the supervision of relational psychoanalysts and has always had a strong interest in this field of psychoanalytic theory. Teresa was a member of the counselling service at the University of Sussex for several years and has facilitated and delivered workshops, lectures, and clinical presentations at CPD events for trainee and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. Teresa is now a senior accredited psychotherapist and clinical supervisor with The Therapy Clinic in Brighton.  

Teresa is a member of the Relational School and the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and has continued her passion for this subject by taking on further study in interpersonal and relational thinkers through the William Allenson White Institute in New York. 

Target Audience:

This workshop is suitable for qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. Primarily post-qualified psychodynamic counsellors and psychotherapists and psychoanalytic psychotherapists who are interested in learning more about relational psychoanalysis. This may also be of interest to person centred and humanistic therapists.  


Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

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

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

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

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.    


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