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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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Counter-Transference, Projective Identification and the Superego with Paul Terry (8 weekly sessions )

Webinar module delivered over 8 weekly sessions.

Maximum attendee number: 14

Paul Terry has been offering workshops on Projective Identification at WPF Therapy for many years.  This is a difficult concept to grasp and his workshops have been sell outs every time.  Paul is able to make this complex concept accessible and help participants to work clinically with more confidence. 

In 2022 Paul is going to be offering his expertise through a weekly webinar over 8 weeks.  This model of delivery will allow time for participants to work with the ideas in their clinical practice and deepen their understanding across the 8 sessions.   

  • Is it counter-transference or projective identification? 
  • Would you like to understand more about emotional experiences with clients particularly feelings which arise during a therapeutic encounter and whether such feelings indicate counter-transference and / or projective identification.   
  • Are these feelings an unconscious communication from the client? 
  • How do you frame interpretations about them that will be helpful for the client?  
  • How does the client’s superego or one’s own superego obstruct or interfere with understanding and processing counter-transference and projective identification?  

 The aims of the webinars are to enable participants to gain an understanding of: 

  1.  Counter transference, projective identification and the destructive superego,  and the relationships between these concepts as they are manifest in therapeutic practice.
  2. The different forms of projective identification whether attributive, evocative or acquisitive; its various motives, whether to communicate, evacuate, possess, control, deny separateness or overcome loss; and its relationship to introjective identification. 
  3. How projective identification relates to counter-transference. 
  4. How the superego drives projective identification and is reflected in what is projected.  
  5. Working through to enable the retrieval of projective identifications and therapeutic technique in the framing and timing of interpretations. 

This event will be delivered through 8 weekly zoom webinars of 1.15h duration each. 

Every Thursday

  • Session 1, 20 January 2022
  • Session 2, 27 January 2022
  • Session 3,  3 February 2022
  • Session 4, 10 February 2022
  • Session 5, 24 February 2022
  • Session 6, 3 March 2022
  • Session 7, 10 March 2022
  • Session 8, 17 March 2022

Time: 10.45 am -12 pm

The webinars will be a mix of theory and illustrations from the clinical practice of the webinar leader and wherever possible will draw upon experiences offered by the webinar members.  Initially the webinars will concentrate on developing a consistent and clear theoretical and practical understanding of the three central concepts.  The webinars will then explore these concepts in practice, and especially the working through and retrieval of projective identifications by studying the moment by moment interaction between therapist and a client suffering from life long depression from a case study of short term psychodynamic therapy.  The discussion will be conducted in the webinar group which will be limited to a maximum of ten participants.  There will also be the opportunity to discuss in smaller breakout groups if this seems helpful. 

 

Target audience

This webinar is suitable for qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. The primary theoretical focus of the workshop will be psychodynamic, but practitioners of other modalities are welcome to attend.  It is important that webinar members bring examples from their own practice. 

Past participant comments

  • "Very well structured and presented session - excellent value and highly informative - very clear."
  • "An extremely important workshop for all therapists at whatever stage of their career."
  • "Paul is a skillful lecturer who makes a complicated subject very accessible."
  • "Excellent presenter who managed to deliver a serious subject in a friendly accessible ambiance."
  • "A very knowledgeable training that one can take and use in all aspects of life."

Workshop leader Paul Terry is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. He has worked in child, adolescent, and adult mental health, and forensic settings, and most recently in a specialist mental health service for older people in the National Health Services. For many years, in tandem with clinical practice, Paul was Lecturer in Counselling at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Paul has written extensively about his clinical work and the application of psychoanalytical ideas to social and political themes. In 2004 Paul won the Annual Essay Prize of the Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the NHS for his article "Dangerous Liaisons: Psychosis and Violence - Working in a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit'. In 2008 he published a revised second edition of his book Counselling and Psychotherapy with Older People: A Psychodynamic Approach (London: Palgrave Macmillan).

Paul has a particular interest in projective identification because it has become a central concept in his teaching and publications. He finds it especially helping in illuminating clinical practice and various social and political issues. For the last several years he has led workshops on projective identification at WPF Therapy in London.

 

Before booking please read our Terms and Conditions for CPD events:https://wpf.org.uk/cpd-events-terms-and-conditions-2020-2021/

 

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

 

Website link:http://wpf.org.uk/want-to-train/workshops-and-events-types/workshops/?goto=37975 Contact email: events@wpf.org.uk

 

Phone: 020 7378 2050

 

If you are interested in WPF upcoming events, please check our Eventbrite page:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/wpf-therapy-6019238779

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WPF Therapy Reading Group 2021 - 2022

This unique reading group is now entering its 17th year and is still going strong. We are delighted to be able to offer an opportunity to explore, examine and enjoy the books below. Our presenters have been stimulating and challenging, and have introduced us to new delights or opened up fresh vistas onto pre-loved favourites.

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

All are welcome to attend this event.

Friday 29th October 2021 7-8.30pm A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro

Led by Stephen Crawford

'A Pale View of Hills' was Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel published in 1982. Partly set in Nagasaki in the aftermath of the atomic bomb and the Second World War, and partly in England, it concerns the life of Etsuko, a Japanese widow, who has also been bereaved by her daughter's suicide. The novel is understated, enigmatic and haunting, and leaves much unsaid, but touches on profound, and sometimes disturbing, questions about being human in the modern world.

Please book your ticket for the October Reading Group via Eventbrite here.

Friday 26th November 2021 7-8.30pm A Grief Companion and Languages of Loss by Sasha Bates

Led by Sasha Bates

We are delighted that the author Sasha Bates will host this reading group.

Sasha Bates, MA, MBACP, is an integrative psychotherapist, yoga teacher and author.

Her first book “Languages of Loss: a psychotherapist’s journey through grief” was published in April 2020. In it, she describes her experience of losing her husband from two perspectives – that of a confused, grieving widow, and that of a psychotherapist truly understanding for the first time what psychotherapeutic theory can offer the bereaved. She explores the usefulness, and otherwise, of some of the grief theories, and looks more broadly at different approaches - psychodynamic, body, transpersonal, attachment and more – investigating how each may be useful when working with one’s own and a client’s grief.

Her latest book “A Grief Companion” was published in June 2021 and was, largely, a response to the many requests she received for a more practical ‘guidebook’ or ‘manual’ that could help people through the early months of grieving. With more people than ever before encountering loss due to the Covid pandemic, A Grief Companion offers reflections and suggestions on how mind, body and spirit can affect, and be affected by, loss of all kinds.

Please book your ticket for the October Reading Group via Eventbrite here

Friday 28th January 2022, 7-8.30pm Attachment, Relationships and Food: From Cradle to Kitchen edited by Linda Cundy

Led by Linda Cundy

We are delighted that the editor Linda Cundy will host this reading group.

Where there is food, there is attachment. This book explores relationships with other people, with oneself, and between client and therapist through our connection with food. We comfort, nurture, numb, neglect or attack ourselves through what we consume; food metaphors spice up a therapy session or, more concretely, clients may bring breakfast or edible gifts into the consulting room. Preparing meals and sharing them are therapeutic activities in themselves, helping to bring together couples, groups, and communities. The aim of this book is twofold: to examine the nature of attachment through narratives of feeding, and to enrich psychotherapy practice by encouraging exploration of clients’ food-related memories and associations. Like individual courses of a feast, every chapter has its own distinct flavour, but each author addresses the complex connection between what we eat and how we relate from an attachment perspective.

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

 

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

There are opportunities to facilitate reading groups in theprogramme, so please e-mail events@wpf.org.uk if you are interested.

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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 online.

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

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.

 

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Working with suicide with Kirstie Adamson

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.

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.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 3rd February 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.

 

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The power of transference in the therapeutic relationship with Daliah Slater and Sarabeth Morrison

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.

Transference is ubiquitous. Yet whilst it is often elusive and complex in its nature, working with this unconscious process is an integral part of the therapeutic process.

This workshop will enable you to gain a better theoretical understanding of the complexities and powerful phenomenon of transference and its different types.

  • What is transference? Do you struggle with the potentially confusing concept of transference?
  • Have you ever experienced strong or inexplicable feelings when working with a client?
  • Have you ever felt stuck, uncomfortable or overwhelmed?
  • Have you ever found yourself getting confused or ‘into something’ with your client? It may be that you are caught in the powerful phenomenon of transference.
  • Do you want to be better able to identify and make sense of the complexities of this?
  • Do you want to feel more confident in how to work with the transference, so it becomes a tool for your practice

Through experiential exercises and focused discussions, in partners and in groups, you will explore the transference looking for clues and reflecting on this as a means of unconscious communication. Using case studies and film you will explore different transferences 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 unravelling and working with the transference. 

By attending this workshop you will expect: 

  • To broaden the understanding of transference theoretically, experientially and practically.
  • To gain confidence in recognising, exploring and using transference.
  • To reflect on the transference within clinical work and to consider interpretations practical ways of working with it.
  • To feel more skilled at working with the transference in clinical practice.  

Outline 

The day will consist of theoretical presentations that will link theory with practice, experiential exercises, case study discussion and film. Ample time will be allowed for discussion of clinical work 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

Daliah Slater is an accredited and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Daliah holds a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from The Counselling Foundation. She also holds a BA Hons in Psychology and Social Studies. In addition to her private practice, Daliah has worked for over 14 years with different organisations, including the charity, No Panic. Daliah works with a wide range of issues from cultural issues to trauma and depression and has a particular interest in anxiety.

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.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 10th February 2022. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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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Sex, Lies and Technology with Susan Tyler - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

Why are people having less sex than ever? What role does technology play in this and how can we understand it clinically?  

  • Would you like toexplore the impact of technology, artificial intelligence and the internet on sex, desire and relationships to address these issues in therapy? 
  • How technology has affected sexual and erotic norms over the last two decades? 
  • Would you like to learn how the sexual use of technology (via internet porn, AI and fantasy relationships) can be understood and used therapeutically to enhance connection and avoid dehumanisation? 

Workshop Aims

By the end of this workshop you will: 

  1. Have abroader understanding of how technology influences and subverts the work of desire. 
  2. Be able to link ways technology can be used to express internal conflicts. 
  3. Gain ideas of how to help clients use technology as a bridge to connection rather than an escape or psychic retreat. 
  4. To know how therapy can help when the use of technology has become addictive or perverse. 

Outline 

The day will lead with a power point presentation about how technology is affecting sex and how to understand this clinically. There will be opportunities for small group discussions which will be brought back to the larger group. There will be a presentation of a clinical example and a chance to discuss clinical examples.  

Workshop leader

Sue Tyler is a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice working in Brighton and central London (www.londonapc.co.uk). She holds an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies from WPF. She is currently training to be a Jungian Analyst at the Society of Analytical Psychology.  

Target Audience:

Psychotherapists and counsellors in private practice and trainees. This event should be interesting for anyone interested in how artificial intelligence is affecting our sexual life and shaping our desire. The focus will be a mixture of theory and its practical application. It has a psychoanalytic basis but practitioners from other modalities are welcome to apply.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 17th February 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.

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

 

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The Unconscious from Freud to Lacan with Conor McCormack (Lecture)

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

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

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

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

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

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

Workshop Aims

What can you expect at the end of the event: 

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

Outline 

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

Conor McCormack is a 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 on this event 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.

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Attachment theory – relationships and mental health with Katherine Berry - 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.

Attachment theory has taken a leading position in working as a psychotherapists. It is crucial that as clinicians we are able to understand relationship patterns with our clients. Many come to us because of issues in relationships. 

Developing your understanding of the role of attachment difficulties in adult mental health problems will give you more tools for your clinical work. It can also inform therapy assessments, formulation and intervention. 

Workshop Aims  

By the end of the workshop you can expect:  

  1. To understand the basic tenets of attachment theory throughout the life span.
  2. To understand how attachment difficulties can increase vulnerability to the development and maintenance of mental distress in adulthood.
  3. To understand how attachment theory can inform therapy with adults. 

The workshop will include the following: 

Attachment theory was developed by John Bowlby to explain the importance of human relationships to psychological well being across the lifespan. Insecure attachment styles are a vulnerability factor for the development of mental health difficulties and a growing body of research has explored attachment difficulties in people experiencing mental health problem.  

This workshop will draw on Professor Berry's extensive research and experience of working with individuals with mental health problems using an attachment model. The session will begin by exploring the relevance of attachment theory for adulthood relationships and adult mental health. The session will also focus on ways of assessing adult attachment patterns in clinical practice and present a range of standardised methods to assess attachment. This will be followed by a discussion and case examples of how attachment theory can inform formulation and therapy. The focus will be on how ideas can be integrated into existing evidence-based therapies, as well as the design and delivery of mental health services.  

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.

Workshop Leaders

Katherine Berry is a Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester and Co-director of the Complex Trauma and Resilience Research Unit (C-TRU) at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Her research has focused on understanding the psychosocial mechanisms underlying the development of psychosis and using psychological formulations which draw on psychological theories of understanding distress to improve multi-disciplinary mental health care. She is currently Chief Investigator on a large multi-site programme grant and randomised controlled trial (Talk, Understand and Listen for Inpatient Settings, TULIPS) that aims to increase access to psychological therapies and psychologically-informed care on acute mental health wards. She has edited two books on attachment theory: Attachment theory and adult mental health: A clinical guide (Routledge, 2013) and Attachment theory in psychosis: Current perspectives and future directions (Routledge, 2019). She is also joint Editor of the British Psychological Society journal Psychology and Psychotherapy, Theory, Research and Practice.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 24th February 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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Addiction as an attachment disorder: Attachment gone wrong with Sarah Pennock - Online workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

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.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 3 March 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.

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


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The Art of Listening with Anouchka Grose (Lecture)

This event will be delivered via Zoom online.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please check our Eventbrite page.

‘Anna O’, or Bertha Pappenheim, is famously credited with coining the phrase ‘the talking cure’. What gave her the idea that talking helped? And was it the talking or the listening? While her analyst, Josef Breuer’s, naivety about the explosive potential of listening led to an abrupt, catastrophic end to the treatment, together they opened the way to Freudian analysis, the plethora of modern talking cures and, most recently, therapy bots. 

So, what makes a good listener? We will look at some of the most commonsensical ideas — patience, tolerance, availability, responsiveness, lack of moral judgement — and ask whether it’s really so simple. In the early 1960s, Jozeph Weizenbaum developed a robot therapist, christened Eliza after the parroting protagonist of George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion’. Eliza was designed to respond like a Rogerian, human-centred therapist, mainly repeating people’s words back to them, slightly differently inflected. Weizenbaum was horrified that his creation was so well-received — people really seemed to like talking to it — and went on to become a forceful critic of A.I. 

If Josef Breuer’s listening was somehow ‘too much’ — his patient fell madly in love with him, causing him to run away in panic — and Eliza’s listening risked being ‘too little’ — the software just offered a vapid semblance of a human response — what would be ‘just right’?  

 

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.

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

 

Online

Self-regulation - what is it, why do we need it, and how do we get it? - 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.

Recent research suggests that caring for others can impact on health - your own, and that of your clients. This workshop will explore the science behind this claim, whilst also offering opportunities to experience the counterbalancing effects of self-care. 

Self-care can be an alien concept to those whose empathic temperaments have led them to a career in which they prioritise others at the expense of themselves. Compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, emotional contagion, or burnout can result and lead to depression, anxiety, addiction, and physical illness. As a therapist, it can feel shameful, and might even suggest that we can no longer do our jobs. We often ignore our own needs, and feel guilty at saying no to others and yes to ourselves. Neuroscience, polyvagal theory, right brain to right brain communication, and much of the current research is showing that our body-minds and nervous systems non-verbally communicate our lack of self-care to our clients, affecting their ability to experience us as a safe, holding, regulated presence. 

By attending this workshop you should have gained some: 

  • Time to think about and discuss the somatic consequences of your self-care choices on your clients.
  • Exploration of the impact on your own health, happiness and career longevity. 
  • Engagement in experiential exercises to look at how effective your current self-care might be and what might be preventing you from prioritising it.

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, some writing exercises, and experiential movement including yoga, breathing, meditation and relaxation exercises – all proven methods of self-regulation and designed to influence your nervous system, improve polyvagal tone, and help you to ground yourself.  

Target Audience

This course 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.

 

Online

Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy A Taste of Training on 19th & 26th March 2022

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


Workshop date: Part 1: 19/03/2022

Workshop date: Part 2: 26/03/2022

Time:10-1pm

Are you thinking of training as a counsellor or psychotherapist but have lots of questions? If so, this online two-part A Taste of  Training will help you explore what therapy training involves and what it can lead to. This experiential event offers the opportunity to explore your own motivations for training and busts the myths about therapy training.

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 andpsychotherapy? 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."

Applications must be received by Thursday, 10th March 2022. 

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.


Online

Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Taster Session-online event

This event will be delivered online via Zoom.

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

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

At the Taster Session you will:  

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

Pre-course reading

There is some pre-reading provided for this Taster Session which will enhance your experience of the day. This should take approximately 1 hr reading time.

History, a lens to the future: why we become therapists (in) The myth of the untroubled therapist: private life, professional practice, Marie Adams, 2014

Workshop leader

Alice Cowley works in private practice as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and supervisor. She has extensive experience of working as a psychotherapist in the voluntary sector and in the NHS, and has taught and supervised at WPF Therapy. As a former trainee at WPF Therapy she brings her experience and understanding of the process of training to the Taster Day.

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

Applications must be received by Friday, 18 March 2022.

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

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

Online

Difference and Discomfort: here and now with Suzanne Worrica - 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.

Identity and difference between client and practitioner in the therapy room are sometimes partially worked with or left in the background. The ongoing dis-ease in the social and political field outside the therapy room that our clients bring into the therapy room calls for practitioners to attend to their own thoughts, feelings and the background they bring into the space between client and practitioner. Gestalt therapy theory, with its focus on present awareness, will give participants the opportunity to explore intersections of identities, differences and discomforts in relation to each other. 

After recent social movements all of us are being asked to consider our own social location, the socio-political fields and systems we inhabit. This also includes the microcosm of the therapy room. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to explore where they stand and will support exploration with clients. 

This workshop aims to facilitate discussion and embodied dialogue between participants, leading to greater awareness of their own identities in relation to others and the wider social and political field. Among the main points that will be introduced are intersecting identities and unconscious bias. 

By attending this workshop you will: 

  1. Be able to explore identities and difference in an experiential way and by paying attention to their embodied experience. 
  2. Notice how discomforting feelings can be useful to facilitate further dialogue. 
  3. Have greater awareness of transgenerational messages that are brought into the therapy room and how that might affect the space between client and practitioner. 
  4. Have an embodied experience of the session and learn/practice at least one method of self-regulation practice. 
  5. Explore their own, often surprising, identities and differences including what they have learned from family introjects. 

Outline

This workshop will include experiential exercises, a presentation and genogram work. There will be pair work and small group work, including group process time. Participants will be invited to stay with their embodied experience throughout. 

Target Audience

This workshop is designed for counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health practitioners who are engaged in client work. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Workshop Leader

Suzanne Worrica has several years’ experience practicing Gestalt Therapy in private practice and as an associate in clinics in London and Brighton. She is a Visiting Tutor at the Gestalt Centre London and have facilitated Gestalt groups, a dynamic arena for growth and change. Prior to this Suzanne worked in the field of mental health for 15 years. She has also written for theatre which brings a creative, intuitive aspect to her practice. Suzanne offers a contemporary approach to talking therapy, integrating contemporary Gestalt therapy with current thinking on neuroscience and the mindbody relationship. The current areas of her research are relationship dynamics, intersections of identity and how the wider socio-political field shows up in the therapy room. Check out her podcast here.  


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

Freud, music and the unconscious with Stephen Gross (Lecture) Online

This event will be delivered via Zoom.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please check our Eventbrite page.

During this online talk Stephen will use musical illustrations from the 10th to the 20th century, to show how music as well as language is able to express the unconscious mind. With both language and music functioning as modes of communication mediating between the material of the unconscious and the listener.

A major focus will be on the fact that Sigmund Freud’s attitude to music tells us as much about the personal psychology of the man, as it does about the character of music itself. We shall see how Freud's general mistrust and actual hostility to most music, with the exception of a couple of 19th century operas, was founded on two differing anxieties. The first being its power to penetrate to, and then activate, the dark forces and phantasies of the personal unconscious against which Freud was personally so resolutely defended. The other being that three of the major thinkers of the 19th century; the philosophers Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche, the former especially, and composer Richard Wagner all wrote significantly about music. In doing so they expressed ideas which could be understood as anticipating Freud’s own ideas about the unconscious and even psychoanalysis itself. Freud’s immense narcissism could not tolerate such possibilities.

With regard to the power of music we shall consider the degree to which the personal psychological life especially that of the unconscious is expressed in the music itself; as well as perhaps a collective unconscious and how that musical communication may be experienced by the listener. The combination of words with music will also be addressed.

Participants will leave this presentation, not only with some new insights into Freud himself as a result of his complex relationship to music, but also able to consider more fully the role that modes of art forms, particularly music, may have in expressing and communicating unconscious material. In addition, how for the listener, music might be seen as being as much of a mediator between the unconscious and the conscious mind as language itself.

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.

Speaker

Stephen Gross is a psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice who qualified at the BAP in 1986. For over 30 years he has been working at WPF Therapy principally as supervisor and tutor. For the last 15 years has been facilitating the Ontology seminars. His play Freud’s Night Visitors was performed at The Freud Museum in 2012 and at WPF Therapy. IN 2018 his book Living in Language: Poetry and Prose was launched at WPF Therapy. He is particularly interested in the relationship between language and music.

Applications must be received by Thursday,31st March 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.

 

Online

Sexual Difference from Freud to Lacan and its clinical consequences with Anne Worthington - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online across two Saturdays.

Workshop Session 1: 7 May 2022

Workshop Session 2: 14 May 2022

Time:10-1 pm

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

Psychoanalytic ideas about sexual difference are a site of contention. For some, they serve only to create and sustain ideologies of oppression and pathologisation whereas for others they challenge the binaries of biology/culture or nature/nuture and have radical potential. 

This workshop offers an opportunity to consider how sexual difference is differently conceptualised by Freud and Lacan, to think about how questions of sexual difference manifest in the contemporary clinic and explore responses from the 'psychoanalysis or psychotherapy practitioners'. 

Day one will consist of small group exercises, a lecture, a case presentation, clinical examples from participants.

Day two will comprise a large group exercise, a talk and clinical presentations on sexual difference and neurosis, plus sexual difference and psychosis. There will be time and opportunity for clinical questions from participants. 

Workshop Aims  

By attending this this two day workshop you will have: 

  1.  An understanding of Freud’s theory of sexual difference.
  2. An understanding of Lacan’s theory of sexual difference.
  3. Participated in an exploration of how questions of sexual difference present in the clinic/consulting room and how they might be understood.

Target Audience

This course is open to psychoanalytic practitioners and trainees. 

This course should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in psychoanalysis, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training. There is no prior knowledge required. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Workshop Leader

Anne Worthington is a Lacanian psychoanalyst, a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, the Guild of Psychotherapists and the College of Psychoanalysts - UK.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 28th April 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.

 

Online

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

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

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.

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

 

Online

Fashion and Psychoanalysis with Anouchka Grose (Lecture)

This event will be delivered via Zoom online.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please check our Eventbrite page.

In psychoanalytic literature fashion appears again and again as something ambiguous, both good and evil; something that shares with the psychological symptom a structure of enjoyment and suffering, pleasure and pain, irritation and relief. On the one hand clothes can supposedly help you out with embodied life, conceal the bits you feel ashamed of and accentuate the bits you’re proud of. But then again, fashion isn’t really about clothes in any practical sense, but about the endless replacement of clothes by other clothes — and especially the vilification of certain styles and the elevation of others. Fashion is therefore a system that’s perfect for producing the kind of anxiety that keeps people captivated — you have to stay constantly attuned or risk committing a shameful faux pas.  

This talk will focus on the phenomenon of fashion, the clothing of psychoanalysts, and the kinds of behaviours around fashion you might come across in the consulting room. 

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.

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

 

Online

Navigating Self and Other in a Changing World with Suzanne Worrica - 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.

During this day participants will be invited to explore embodied and habitual patterns of relating to the other/the world and how shifts in the wider social/political field outside the therapy room might be shaping this sense of self. 

We have been required to move differently in the public space – to keep a social distance – thereby continuously repeating a physical habit that the body remembers. For many this has been reinforced by social isolation; the body forgets deep and intimate touch or the smell of a close other, that affects social bonds. At the same time we have been moved to consider the way systems in society are structured unfavourably for people of colour and for other marginalised groups. How might this impact on a sense of self and how we relate to the other? 

The focus of the workshop is to consider how these changes in the wider field intersect. How might this impact on sense of self, and how might our ‘self’ start dialogue with the client’s? Participants will be invited to embody patterns of movement to explore identities. How might the non-verbal contribute to dialogue or maintain power differentials in the therapy room? 

By attending this workshop you will: 

  • Increase your awareness of how recent and ongoing social change in the wider field intersects and impacts ‘selfing’ – the process of growth and change - and what this means in relationship to others (close others and unknown others) . You will have the opportunity to consider how this shows up in the therapy room and what might be useful to ask. 
  • Give a better understanding of how patterns of relating, including embodied movement patterns, are shaping our sense of self and how this might impact relationships. 
  • Lead to a better understanding of unconscious bias and how the body might unknowingly play a part in othering. 
  • Provide the space to explore fears and hopes for future relationships with ourselves and others. 

Outline

This workshop will include a presentation and case studies. There will be experiential exercises, such as role play and visualisation in individual and pair work. There will be exercises designed to explore body posture and inner sensations.

Target Audience

This workshop is designed for counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health practitioners who are engaged in client work. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Workshop Leader

Suzanne Worrica has several years’ experience practicing Gestalt Therapy in private practice and as an associate in clinics in London and Brighton. She is a Visiting Tutor at the Gestalt Centre London and have facilitated Gestalt groups, a dynamic arena for growth and change. Prior to this Suzanne worked in the field of mental health for 15 years. She has also written for theatre which brings a creative, intuitive aspect to her practice. Suzanne offers a contemporary approach to talking therapy, integrating contemporary Gestalt therapy with current thinking on neuroscience and the mindbody relationship. The current areas of her research are relationship dynamics, intersections of identity and how the wider socio-political field shows up in the therapy room. Check out her podcast here.  


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

Therapy Online - The Impact of Working Online on the Therapeutic Relationship with Susan Tyler - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

Many therapists were forced into working online as a response to the pandemic and lockdown. Now we are moving out of the crisis having discovered that online work is more convenient and expands possibilities. 

This is an opportunity to explore the losses and gains of this way of working so that we can adapt our clinical practice in the most beneficial and effective way.

  • Would you like to explore the impact of working online on transference dynamics? 
  •  Would you like to learn ways of compensating for the missing embodied presence and the capacity for reverie? 
  •  Do you need ideas on how to facilitate the creative use of boundaries without a shared space in a way that promotes rather than impedes psychic change? 

Workshop Aims

By the end of this workshop you will have:

  1. A better understanding of the impact of technology on the psychotherapeutic relationship. The workshop will look at how to think about the use of technology clinically.
  2. A clearer understanding of how important tolerating frustration is for internal development and how technology affects this process.  
  3. Have more knowledge about how to bring in the body and somatic states to facilitate depth work.
  4. A summary of how boundaries are affected and how to individually tailor these for the benefit of the therapy.

 

Workshop leader

Sue Tyler is a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice working in Brighton and central London (www.londonapc.co.uk). She holds an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies from WPF. She is currently training to be a Jungian Analyst at the Society of Analytical Psychology.  

Target Audience:

Psychotherapists and counsellors in private practice and trainees. This event should be interesting for anyone interested in how online therapy is affecting our practice and how we can make the most of it.  The focus of the workshop will be psychodynamic but practitioners in other 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.

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

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

Play, creativity and digital culture with Karen Cross (Lecture)

This event will be delivered via Zoom.

  • What is the connection between childhood play and aspects of creativity in later life, and how does the capacity to play enable a greater sense of feeling creative in the world? 
  •  What insights can psychoanalysis bring to understanding play and creativity, and how can these be applied at individual, group and institutional levels of the uses of technology in the digital age? 
  •  How can psychoanalytic insights bring greater understanding to people’s ordinary and everyday uses of digital technologies, including social media? How is it possible to think of the uses of such technologies in terms of play? 

By attending this lecture you can gain:

  1. An understanding of various approaches to theorising play and creativity within the psychoanalytic field.
  2. Further insight into the emergence of child-centred approaches with a special focus on the work of Melanie Klein and Donald Woods Winnicott.
  3. An introduction of how play in infancy builds a sense of creativity and ability to live a creative life, as well as the various impacts that this has upon cultural life.
  4. An understanding of how insights relating to play can be applied more broadly to the use of media particularly in digital and online contexts, including aspects of visual social media. 

Outline

The session will be delivered as an interactive lecture with plenty of time given for reflection on contemporary culture, personal life and practice.  It will begin with a brief introduction to the various contributions to understanding play and creativity that have been made by key psychoanalytic thinkers. Lots of contemporary examples of media use, ranging across the more personal to larger institutional cases will be used to generate relatable discussion.  

Finally, the session will provide space for reflection on some of the less formal ways in which encounters with play and its absences present themselves within everyday life, and potentially also come to light in the clinical context.   

Lecturer

Dr Karen Cross is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton. She researches on topics ranging across digital culture and social media and is author of the book Toy Story and the Inner World of the Child: Animation, play and creative life (forthcoming in the Psychoanalysis and Popular Culture series at Routledge). She is also a founding scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council. 

 

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.

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

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please check our Eventbrite page.

Online

Surviving Coronavirus: working and living with trauma, anxiety and loss with Andy Keefe - Zoom 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.

The high death toll, personal experiences of severe illness, hospitalisation and loss, the length of the crisis and the constant reminders in the media, social media and society are creating a particular form of trauma related to Covid, compounded by the isolation and dislocation of personal relationships, caused by the lockdown. All of which is having an unprecedented impact on the mental health of society, as well as physical health.  Pre-existing inequalities have been excacerbated. 

2020 saw the highest number of excess deaths in one year since the Second World War. Thousands of people are bereaved, at a time when lockdown regulations restrict numbers of people at funerals and prevents people comforting each other and sharing their experience of grief. 

Psychotherapists play an important role in supporting those affected by the virus but face a unique challenge, seeking to contain and process the trauma, anxiety and grief of their clients, even as they struggle with their own experiences of Covid-19, perhaps having lost people close to them or having been ill themselves and facing the physical and emotional process of recovery. 

Workshop Aims

By attending this workshop you can expect: 

  • To understand the experience of Covid-related trauma and the impact of living in conditions of on-going threat, including anxiety. 
  • To have developed a framework for working psychotherapeutically with patients experiencing Covid-related trauma and anxiety in conditions of on-going threat. 
  • To understand the experience of grief at a time of pandemic and social-restriction and the principles of grief-work with patients at this time.
  • To have explored the impact of the therapist’s own experience of the virus on the therapeutic relationship and to have developed strategies for self-care and to ensure such experience enhances rather than impedes the therapy. 

Outline 

The workshop will cover: 

  1. How has the pandemic affected us?  
  2. The neurology and physiology of trauma: what happens in the brain and body when we are traumatised.                          
  3. Psychotherapy with people living in situations of continuing threat: when the trauma isn’t over.                                             
  4. Grief in the Time of Coronavirus. 
  5. Self-Care and Recovery: Staying physically and mentally healthy before, during and after the virus. Maintaining the therapeutic frame at a time of shared experience. 

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. Since the start of the pandemic, he has been working with clients, including health professionals, living with Covid-related trauma, grief and anxiety. 

Target Audience:

Qualified and training psychotherapists, counsellors, clinical psychologists and other health professionals, working with people affected by the virus. 


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.