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

 This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online. 

Workshop Session 1: ,8 May 2021

Workshop Session 2: 15 May 2021

Time: 9am - 1.30am

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

Workshop Aims

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

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

 

Outline

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

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

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

Workshop Leader

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 29th April 2021. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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

 

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Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Taster Session

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

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

At the Taster Session you will:  

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

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

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

Applications must be received by Thursday,29 April 2021.

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

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

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

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

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

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

Comments from previous participants: 

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

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

Target Audience:

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

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

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

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

 

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

Workshop Part 1: 05/06/2021

Workshop Part 2: 12/06/2021

Time 10am – 1pm

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

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The complexities of countertransference: a hindrance or a tool? with Daliah Slater and Sarabeth Morrison

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

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

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, 27th May 2021. 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.

 Book here:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/133220434907


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

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

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

By the end of the workshop you can expect: 

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

Outline  

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

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

Workshop Leader

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

Target Audience:

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

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

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

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

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Wellbeing Wednesdays at WPF (Zoom) - Summer 2021 Programme (June Session)

We recognise that the last 12 months have been challenging for therapists many of whom have been called upon to work longer hours and to support clients with the global pandemic. These sessions are designed to specifically support therapists (including therapists in training) who may struggle to make space for their own wellbeing but recognise the importance of prioritising themselves.  

The sessions will focus on wellbeing through art, yoga, dance, meditation, music and other topics. These sessions are for you if: 

  • You can attend at lunchtime. 
  • Have your clinical work at either end of the day. 
  • May be starting to question emotional burnout. 
  • Want to focus on self-care in a group with other practitioners. 
  • Want to have a relaxing session in the middle of your working day. 

All sessions will be on Zoom. You will need too WiFi with stable access to participate.   

June Session - Wednesday 16th June 2021, 12pm-1pm - active relaxation techniques through yoga, movement and dance with Dr Veronika Rakli 

Relaxation and “me time” is essential for renewing our own resources. However, during these recent challenging times, it can be hard to find time to unwind and a struggle to relax. Classic guided meditation and relaxation techniques can offer some help, but it can be difficult to know where to start if you’ve never tried it before. This workshop will help you to follow simple or guided relaxation/meditation techniques, and take time to rewind.

What you will need:  No previous experience is required and there is no need ‘to be a dancer or a yogi’. Music will be selected by the tutor and shared through Zoom. Please bring your yoga mat or a comfortable blanket to join this event. Participants need to be in comfortable clothing to be able to move freely.

By attending this lecture you can expect: 

  1. Explore the stories that live in the body through Yoga, Dance and Movement.
  2. Be mindful ofthe body, it signs and signals. 
  3. Find more creative way of self-expression. 
  4. Learn how to cope with fears and everyday stress.
  5. Use body movement to improve physical health.
  6. Gain a deeper understanding of your own power to create health within you.

Outline  

In Active Relaxation Techniques, participants use their body as an instrument to connect to their natural resources, through yoga, dance and other movements. The session involves different experiential exercises including body & movement meditations, guided visualisation, body tapping techniques and improvisational dance, all designed to awaken the body. Accessing the stories that our bodies can tell will help participants to rewind, relax and find ways to reconnect to their own power.  

Biography 

Dr Veronika Rakli is a Dance Movement Psychotherapist (2015 – Goldsmiths University, London), and aerial fitness, yoga professional. She has a decade of experience in the mental health arena and have worked with a wide range of client groups; including children, adolescents, adults as well as the elderly. At the moment she is working with people experiencing social exclusion in a supported mental health setting. Veronika is the founder of Floating Fitness London, a South East London based aerial fitness company, offering gymnastics, yoga and circus skills for children and adults.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 10th June 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 e-mail events@wpf.org.uk.

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Wellbeing Wednesdays at WPF (Zoom) - Summer 2021 Programme (June Session)

We recognise that the last 12 months have been challenging for therapists many of whom have been called upon to work longer hours and to support clients with the global pandemic. These sessions are designed to specifically support therapists (including therapists in training) who may struggle to make space for their own wellbeing but recognise the importance of prioritising themselves.  

The sessions will focus on wellbeing through art, yoga, dance, meditation, music and other topics. These sessions are for you if: 

  • You can attend at lunchtime. 
  • Have your clinical work at either end of the day. 
  • May be starting to question emotional burnout. 
  • Want to focus on self-care in a group with other practitioners. 
  • Want to have a relaxing session in the middle of your working day. 

All sessions will be on Zoom. You will need too WiFi with stable access to participate.   

June Session - Wednesday 16th June 2021, 12pm-1pm - active relaxation techniques through yoga, movement and dance with Dr Veronika Rakli 

Relaxation and “me time” is essential for renewing our own resources. However, during these recent challenging times, it can be hard to find time to unwind and a struggle to relax. Classic guided meditation and relaxation techniques can offer some help, but it can be difficult to know where to start if you’ve never tried it before. This workshop will help you to follow simple or guided relaxation/meditation techniques, and take time to rewind.

What you will need:  No previous experience is required and there is no need ‘to be a dancer or a yogi’. Music will be selected by the tutor and shared through Zoom. Please bring your yoga mat or a comfortable blanket to join this event. Participants need to be in comfortable clothing to be able to move freely.

By attending this lecture you can expect: 

  1. Explore the stories that live in the body through Yoga, Dance and Movement.
  2. Be mindful ofthe body, it signs and signals. 
  3. Find more creative way of self-expression. 
  4. Learn how to cope with fears and everyday stress.
  5. Use body movement to improve physical health.
  6. Gain a deeper understanding of your own power to create health within you.

Outline  

In Active Relaxation Techniques, participants use their body as an instrument to connect to their natural resources, through yoga, dance and other movements. The session involves different experiential exercises including body & movement meditations, guided visualisation, body tapping techniques and improvisational dance, all designed to awaken the body. Accessing the stories that our bodies can tell will help participants to rewind, relax and find ways to reconnect to their own power.  

Biography 

Dr Veronika Rakli is a Dance Movement Psychotherapist (2015 – Goldsmiths University, London), and aerial fitness, yoga professional. She has a decade of experience in the mental health arena and have worked with a wide range of client groups; including children, adolescents, adults as well as the elderly. At the moment she is working with people experiencing social exclusion in a supported mental health setting. Veronika is the founder of Floating Fitness London, a South East London based aerial fitness company, offering gymnastics, yoga and circus skills for children and adults.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 10th June 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 e-mail events@wpf.org.uk.

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Working Online: Theory, Ethics and Practice with Dr Kate Anthony - Online workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online. 

By attending this workshop you will expect:

  • To learn the options for using technology in your work, safely and ethically.
  • To learn the psychological processes that occur in the online environment.
  • To gain confidence in this new way of working.
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 The workshop will provide opportunities for participants to gain: 

  1. A surge of confidence and excitement about the future.
  2. A knowledge of the ethical considerations inherent in the work.
  3. Understanding of the importance of transitioning into and out of sessions.
  4. Knowledge of appropriate platforms for client work and pitfalls of technology.

 

Outline  

The first part of this event will be via Powerpoint Presentation via Zoom, led by Dr Kate Anthony and with time for question preparation over lunch for the less structured second part involving smaller groups discussing a fixed point mentioned in Part 1 (e.g transitioning techniques). The tutor will visit each group separately to aid discussion. 

At the end of the session, the groups will return to feedback to the group and attend the final discussion. 

Workshop Leader

Dr Kate Anthony is a Fellow of BACP, ISMHO and ACTO and is CEO and co-founder of the Online Therapy Institute. She is Head of Ethics for the e-clinic Problemshared.net. Her doctoral thesis Developing Counselling and Psychotherapy in the Age of Technology and the Internet was awarded by Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University in 2010. She is author or co-editor of five textbooks on the field, as well as contributing many articles and chapters over the last 20+ years. Her core MSc training was with Greenwich University, and she also has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. Kate’s Certified Cyber Therapist course is available at www.kateanthony.net, and is also available as a Young People specialism. OTI also offers training in Online Supervision, Group Work, Coaching and Virtual Reality. Kate was co-author of all three editions of the BACP Guidelines for Working Online (2001;2005;2009), including Online Supervision, and is currently on the BACP Digital Technologies Expert Reference Group. 

Kate, with her partner Dr Stephen Goss of Metanoia Institute, has upskilled nearly 15000 practitioners to work online since lockdown began as a result of COVID19 - offered free of financial obligation to the profession. She lives near Uxbridge in London on a widebeam barge on the Grand Union Canal. 

Target Audience:

Training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. Mental health practitioners, including Coaches, who have need to know more about working therapeutically in the online environment to offer services in the future. Please note that by booking this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 10th June 2021. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

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

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

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The singular agony of partner loss in grief - death denial and the couple in bereaved patients with Juliet Rosenfeld (Lecture)

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

This is a lecture on bereavement which will focus on two aspects Juliet has written about, death denial and partner loss. 

Given the consequences of the Pandemic 2020-21 - ongoing at the time of writing - the experience and effects of bereavement are much more widespread than they have ever been. 

Lecture Aims

In this lecture, Juliet will touch on

  • Talk about two aspects of bereavement: death denial and partner loss. 
  • What happens when a refusal to contemplate impending death is colluded in by the terminally ill and those around them.
  • Partner loss/the death of a spouse and/or the specific difficulties this brings to the survivor. 

Brief Outline  

The talk will be a newly written paper which will contain anonymised patient material which will be sent out with the clinical elements redacted after the talk. 

Participants are simply asked to think in the run up to the lecture about what grief means to them, have they experienced it first hand, and how they work with it and I would very much like it if participants want to bring clinical (or other) examples. 

Lecturer

Juliet Rosenfeld is a psychotherapist who works in private practice in London. She has a particular interest in bereavement and couples. Juliet is the author of the acclaimed memoir The State Of Disbelief (2020) which uses Freud's 1917 paper 'Mourning and Melancholia' as a backdrop for an examination of the experience of terminal illness and partner loss. She has spoken about bereavement at many venues and trainings, is a Board Member of the UKCP and Clinical Trustee at the Freud Museum London, and is currently writing her second book while contributing articles to national publications. 

Chair

Judith Barac has worked in various settings in a number of roles within the NHS as a psychotherapist.

She trained at WPF and works as a supervisor and trainee development tutor currently at WPF. She also works in private practice as a therapist and supervisor. Her special interest is the perinatal period helping women and men overcome psychological difficulties around conception, pregnancy birth and parenthood.

Target Audience:

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 17th June 2021. 

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

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

 

Online

Surviving Coronavirus: working and living with trauma, anxiety and loss with Andy Keefe - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

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. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 24th June 2021. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

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

 

Online

Shame, race and identity with Dr Aileen Alleyne - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

How do we work with the ubiquitous emotion of shame? Can we recognize and think about its specific manifestations in the context of race? Would you like to deepen your confidence and competence in meeting shame presentations in your clinical work?  

Workshop Aims

The workshop will provide opportunities for participants:

  1. To have a deeper understanding of working with shame and black identity wounding. 
  2. To understand how shame is inextricably linked to untreated trauma from racial oppression.   
  3. To feel more competent in addressing shame-based issues in your clinical work. 
  4. To feel more competent in addressing shame-based issues in your clinical work. 

Outline

The ubiquitous emotion of shame has specific consequences for black identity, self-esteem and the process of self-actualisation. Identity is an important signifier through which we try to understand many aspects of our lives - the personal, the political, the racial, the religious, philosophical, gender, class and sexuality. According to Sarup (1996), identity can become an entangled mediating concept between the external and internal, the individual and society, theory and practice.

This workshop will examine Sarup’s ‘I am’ and ‘It is’ aspects of identity, that is, the way we see ourselves and the way society sees us, and highlight where discord, shame and powerlessness reside intra-psychically. The stark contrast between how one is perceived in public and the way we see our private self, can differ widely, and contribute to an inner state of dis…ease. Compounding this psycho-social aspect of shame, is the shame impact of inter/trans generational trauma.

The training will deepen awareness of how the debilitating emotion shame, overarches much of what we deal with in the consulting room. Practitioners will be helped to recognise and work more effectively with the phenomenon and hopefully benefit from a safe (virtual) space to connect personally and professionally with the theme.  The day will be facilitated via a mixture of tutorial input, experiential exercises, clinical vignettes, PowerPoint, and video. 

Dr Aileen Alleyne is a UKCP registered psychodynamic psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and organisational consultant.  In addition to running her private practice in East Sussex and South East London, she is a visiting lecturer at several training institutions and a consultant on issues of race and cultural diversity within various workplace settings, 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. She is currently writing her first book on Trans/ Intergenerational Trauma. 

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. 

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!".

Applications must be received by Thursday, 24th June 2021. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

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

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail Training Administration events@wpf.org.uk in order to be sent an application form.

 

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Wellbeing Wednesdays at WPF (Zoom) - Summer 2021 Programme (July Session)

We recognise that the last 12 months have been challenging for therapists many of whom have been called upon to work longer hours and to support clients with the global pandemic. These sessions are designed to specifically support therapists (including therapists in training) who may struggle to make space for their own wellbeing but recognise the importance of prioritising themselves.  

The sessions will focus on wellbeing through art, yoga, dance, meditation, music and other topics. These sessions are for you if: 

  • You can attend at lunchtime. 
  • Have your clinical work at either end of the day. 
  • May be starting to question emotional burnout. 
  • Want to focus on self-care in a group with other practitioners. 
  • Want to have a relaxing session in the middle of your working day. 

All sessions will be on Zoom. You will need too WiFi with stable access to participate.   

July Session - Wednesday 7th July 2021, 12pm-1pm - contact improvisation dace workshop in a time of no contact with Lalitarāja Joachim Chandler 

Would you like to: 

  • Come into relationship with your own body? 
  • Find creative responses to your experiences of body and mind? 
  • Find ways to connect with empathy through movement in Zoom? 

This session will help you: 

  1. To be in touch with your physical experience 
  2. To understand some basic concepts and practices from Contact Improvisation  
  3. To find some calm through mindful attention to the body 
  4. To have found some possibilities for creativity through the body 

Outline  

The basic format will be a Zoom dance class, designed for a small (2mx2m) area with the possibility to lie down, sit and interact with furniture that might be to hand.  Participants will be led towards close attention to the body through walking, standing and lying down, eventually moving between the changes in level.  Improvised movement will be facilitated, and participants encouraged to perceive the space that they are in differently, and to find creative responses to what they see.  We may be dancing with our sofas, chairs, tables and other furnishings or just the floor, but we will also dance with each other through the screen. 

Biography 

Lalitaraja is a dance artist and educator based in the dance department at Roehampton University where he teaches choreography, contact improvisation and improvisation. As a performer he has worked with Scottish Ballet, Michael Clark, Adventures in Motion Pictures, Laurie Booth, Yolande Snaith, Kate Brown and Charles Linehan among others. He has presented more than 25 choreographic works and continues to choreograph and perform. His research interests focus on contemplative practices, improvisation and choreography. he has been teaching meditation and Buddhism since the mid 1990s. The name Lalitaraja was given on ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order 1998.

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 1st July 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 e-mail events@wpf.org.uk.

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Thinking about the unconscious with Cate Lyon - Online Workshop

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

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

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

 

By the end of the course you:

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

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

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

Target Audience

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

 

Comment from a previous workshop:

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

Workshop Leader

Cate Lyon is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist trained at WPF Therapy. She is Counselling Lead in NHS Primary Care (IAPT). She practices and supervises in Private Practice. She teaches and trains extensively in the field and consults in these roles in a range of public and private organisations.

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

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

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

 

 

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

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

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

Workshop Aims

During this lecture you will

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

Outline 

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

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

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

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

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

Target Audience:

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

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

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

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

 

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Wellbeing Wednesdays at WPF (Zoom) - Summer 2021 Programme (August Session)

We recognise that the last 12 months have been challenging for therapists many of whom have been called upon to work longer hours and to support clients with the global pandemic. These sessions are designed to specifically support therapists (including therapists in training) who may struggle to make space for their own wellbeing but recognise the importance of prioritising themselves.  

The sessions will focus on wellbeing through art, yoga, dance, meditation, music and other topics. These sessions are for you if: 

  • You can attend at lunchtime. 
  • Have your clinical work at either end of the day. 
  • May be starting to question emotional burnout. 
  • Want to focus on self-care in a group with other practitioners. 
  • Want to have a relaxing session in the middle of your working day. 

All sessions will be on Zoom. You will need too WiFi with stable access to participate.   

August Session -Wednesday 4th August 2021, 12-1.30 pm - Play with drawing with Caroline Banks, 1.5 hour workshop

Time to slow down and relax and gain a different view on how creative thinking works during this interactive, 90 minute session. The session will be on Zoom, and you will need to keep your camera on throughout so that all participants are visible. The aim is for the session to be as close to an “in real life” scenario as possible. 

There will be a range of games and exercises performed by participants and facilitated by Caroline. The concept of Play With Drawing will be introduced and a range of mark-making methods demonstrated. Participants will be asked to bring a small object to the session and discuss it using sight and touch. Participants will also be encouraged to draw, according to different instructions, an object that will be shown on screen. There will be the opportunity to select their favourite drawing to discuss. The concept of drawing for information and communication will be discussed. 

Attending this workshop will: 

  • Help you develop your observational skills 
  • Provide you with quick and simple relaxation techniques 
  • Increase confidence in your creative ability 
  • Give a feeling of calm and satisfaction 

A basic list of materials required will be sent in advance of the workshop to all those who register.  

Biography 

Caroline Banks is An Anglo-French visual artist now based in London. After graduating in Mixed Media Textiles from Loughborough University, she had a career in design in both fashion and interiors. She moved to India in 2001 working there then in China and Vietnam before returning to the UK at the end of 2007. She began showing her artwork again in 2014 and is now fully focused on her art career. She exhibits through galleries, with art consultancies and at art fairs including The Other Art Fair (London & New York) and the Affordable Art Fair Battersea. Much of her work is commissioned for specific locations by both private individuals and corporations including the Berkeley Group. Caroline publishes a weekly blog through her website and is a member of the ArtCan advisory committee. 

Since 2018 she has gradually expanded her practice to include drawing workshops which developed into the Play With Drawing project online. This focuses on the wellbeing of mark-making for people to reconnect with their creativity.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 29th July 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 e-mail events@wpf.org.uk.

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Cultural competency workshop with Baffour Ababio - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

 “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 the following: 

  1. Participants will engage and understand how terms such as: Institutional racism/internalised domination/oppression/inferiorisation, operate in the therapeutic setting.  
  2. This workshop aims to enhance participants’ self-awareness, empathic knowledge and understanding of other cultures and conceptualisation of identity formation. Participants in exploring their own processes, whether from dominant or minority groups will be more attuned to the intercultural dynamics in therapeutic engagements with their clients. 
  3. The workshop will allow 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. 

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 26th August 2021. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Comments from previous participants: 

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

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

Target Audience:

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

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

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

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

 

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

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

Why do this course? 

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

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

     

This workshop aims to help practitioners with the following: 

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

Outline  

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

Workshop Leader

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

Target Audience:

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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:

Psychotherapists, Counsellors and Psychologists, Sports Psychologists, Body Psychotherapists, Dance Movement Therapists, Personal Trainers (especially those working in Exercise Referral for Health settings), Pilates or Yoga teachers and other qualified mental health or fitness professionals interested in the therapeutic potential of exercise. 

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

Applications must be received by Thursday, 9th September 2021. 

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

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

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Wellbeing Wednesdays at WPF (Zoom) - Summer 2021 Programme (September Session)

We recognise that the last 12 months have been challenging for therapists many of whom have been called upon to work longer hours and to support clients with the global pandemic. These sessions are designed to specifically support therapists (including therapists in training) who may struggle to make space for their own wellbeing but recognise the importance of prioritising themselves.  

The sessions will focus on wellbeing through art, yoga, dance, meditation, music and other topics. These sessions are for you if: 

  • You can attend at lunchtime. 
  • Have your clinical work at either end of the day. 
  • May be starting to question emotional burnout. 
  • Want to focus on self-care in a group with other practitioners. 
  • Want to have a relaxing session in the middle of your working day. 

All sessions will be on Zoom. You will need too WiFi with stable access to participate.   

September Session - Wednesday 22nd September 12am-1 pm - Music and the wellbeing of the therapist with Stephen Gross 

We all know how important self-care is for therapists, and it has been particularly challenging over the last year.  Music is a major source of regeneration and relevant to our therapeutic work – as therapists we deal in words and music speaks in a different tongue. 

This session will be a chance to explore the regenerative power of music, appreciate the accessibility of music and the significance of self care for therapists as well as consider some of the various ways in being involved in music. 

Biography 

Stephen Gross is an analytical psychotherapist of 45 years standing. He had a 32-year association with WPF as therapist, supervisor and seminar leader; running A.4. Ontology groups for 16 years His book ‘Living in Language’ was launched at WPF in 2018 and a performance of his play ‘Freud’s Night Visitors’ given there 5 years earlier. He describes music of one of the great passions of his life. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 16th September 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 e-mail events@wpf.org.uk.

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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 check 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. 


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. 

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 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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Alchemy Today with Christine Driver - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

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

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.  

There will be direct trainer input, PowerPoint presentations and exploratory exercises.  

Workshop Leader

Dr. Christine Driver is a Jungian Analyst and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and a member of the Society of Analytical Psychology (SAP) and Fellow of the Foundation for Counselling and Psychotherapy (FPC). She was Director of Training at WPF Therapy, teaches, supervises and works in private practice. She has recently published The Self and the Quintessence: A Jungian Perspective (2020, Routledge) and co-written and co-edited Being and Relating in Psychotherapy (2013, Palgrave), Supervision and the Analytic Attitude (2005, Whurr) and Supervising Psychotherapy (2002, Sage).  

Target Audience:

People involved in the counselling/psychotherapy and helping professions. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 30th September 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 Alchemy of Dreams and Lucid Dreaming in Therapeutic Practice with Melinda Powell - Online Workshop

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

Maximum number of places - 20

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How can alchemy help us understand therapeutic processes at work in dreams and dreamwork?  

In Carl Jung’s alchemical model, dreams are viewed as taking us through an alchemical process that reveals our inner gold. When working with our dreams, we can learn how an understanding of alchemical stages and imagery helps us to recognise the psychological and spiritual development that is mirrored in our dreams. By tracking alchemical processes, we can learn how to develop dream awareness in order to better identify and withdraw our projections, transforming how we view ourselves and others. 

During this workshop, we will explore the ways that the alchemical model reveals the therapeutic potential of lucid dreaming. I will begin by sharing a recent dream and use it to illustrate the alchemical principles introduced. This will also be used for an experiential exercise. After an introduction to the lucid state, I will show how the practice of what I call ‘Lucid Surrender’™ can facilitate the withdrawal of projections within the dream. This original application of Jung’s alchemical model to dream lucidity brings new dimensions to our understanding of alchemy, therapeutic practice and lucid dreaming. 

I will outline four alchemical process – separate, dissolve, recombine and fix, explaining how these relate to stages in therapy involved in the recognition, and withdrawal, of projections. To illustrate the process of dream alchemy, I will then draw on alchemical emblems from the Rosarium Philosophorum (The Rosary of the Philosophers, 1550), featured in Carl Jung’s ‘The Psychology of the Transference’. Participants may be asked to share in cluster activities to generate ideas for amplifying the discussion. We will then apply the alchemical model to the introductory dream. Creative Imagination visualisations related to dream illustrations and guided meditations will also form part of the day. Volunteers will be invited to share their new insights with the group. 

 

Workshop Aims 

By the end of the workshop you will: 

  1. Be able to discuss what dream awareness is and how it relates to dreamwork dream lucidity and alchemy 
  2. Outline fundamental alchemical processes that can be observed in dreams and dream lucidity including colours, imagery and themes associated with the alchemical process.  
  3. Recognise how the alchemical model relates to the dynamic of projections and their withdrawal.  
  4. Have an understanding of how to apply this recognition both to the therapeutic process and everyday life.  

 

Workshop Leader

Melinda Powell, M.A. (Psychology of Religion, Heythrop College), Advanced Diploma Psychotherapy, Advanced Diploma Supervision, Certification in Transpersonal Dreamwork.

Melinda co-founded the Dream Research Institute, with Nigel Hamilton, at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, London, to promote research into the relationship between dreams and wellbeing. She has served as past vice-president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and as director of HELP Counselling Centre. She works as a psychotherapist, teaches Lucid Surrender and writes about dreams and dream lucidity. Her writings have appeared in a variety of publications, including Lucid Dreaming: New Perspectives on Consciousness in Sleep (Praeger, 2014) and Dreams: Understanding Biology, Psychology and Culture (ABC CLIO,2019). In her book, The Hidden Lives of Dreams (March 2020), she foregrounds the importance of dreaming for human development and mental health. Her next book Lucid Surrender: The Alchemy of the Spirit in Lucid Dreaming will be published in 2021. 

Target Audience:

This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. People involved in the counselling/psychotherapy and other mental health professions and anyone interested in the psychological processes involved in lucid dream alchemy. Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 21th October 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 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 online.

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

  • 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.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 28th October 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.