The Growth-Promoting Role of Mutual Regressions in Deep Psychotherapy Master Class with Dr Allan Schore London, 23 September 2017, Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm Dr Allan Schore’s ground-breaking work on enactments, mutual regressions, and deep psychotherapy has influenced recent neuropsychoanalytic theory and research, and informed therapeutic work of practitioners around the world. At this new workshop, in which Dr Schore draws on his next two Norton volumes, Right Brain Psychotherapy and The Development of the Unconscious Mind – he elucidates and explains his ongoing work on the mechanisms of psychotherapeutic change that operate at implicit levels of the therapeutic alliance, beneath the exchanges of language, explicit cognitions, and voluntary behaviour. The workshop cites neurobiological research which highlights that the creative therapist’s interpersonal skill in empathically resonating with and regulating the client’s conscious and especially unconscious affective communications is central to facilitating structural changes and promoting growth. Such neuroplastic changes are vital for adaptive progressions of the client’s right brain emotion processing, relational, and stress regulating systems. In line with the current two-person relational trend in psychotherapy, Dr Schore explains that such interpersonal neurobiological mechanisms occur in heightened affective moments of clinical regressions – defined as the process of returning to an earlier stage of development, a place of origin. Although the paradoxical process of regression may reflect a clinical deterioration, it may also represent a creative return to fundamentals and origins that can facilitate a potential reorganization; leading to better integration, healthy individuation, and increases in the adaptive capacities of play and intimacy. Citing from his forthcoming books and using clinical case examples, Dr Schore presents neuropsychoanalytic models that differentiate spontaneous regressions in enactments of attachment trauma from controlled mutually synchronized regressions at different stages of therapy. He argues that the concept of regression, banished by the end of the last century, needs to return to the therapeutic domain. further details & bookings
Affect Regulation Theory: Clinical Applications A 2-day interactive training workshop with Dr Allan Schore Dublin, 25 & 26 September 2017, Monday and Tuesday 9:30am - 5:00pm on both days At this interactive training workshop over 2 days, Dr Schore describes his ongoing work on Affect Regulation Theory, an evidence-based interpersonal neurobiological model of development, psychopathogenesis, and treatment of the early forming emotional core of the right brain subjective self. Of particular relevance to psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists, the workshop uses a series of PowerPoint lectures, audience dialogues and examples of early Attachment Trauma; together with essential themes from Dr Schore’s latest book, The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy to elucidate how, as therapists, we can: focus on our own right brain functions so we can effectively process and regulate our client’s unconsciously communicated bodily-based affective states gain a deeper comprehension of regulated enactments and allow these to inform our therapeutic approaches interpret recent neurobiological data – that allows us to enhance our therapeutic creativity and understand data from neuroscience, developmental psychology, pediatrics, endocrinology, and psychiatry that explains gender differences in brain and developmental psychopathology Overall, the workshop focusses on the pragmatic clinical applications of Affect Regulation Theory, with specific attention to the psychoneurobiological change mechanisms embedded in the psychotherapy relationship. About the speaker Dr Allan Schore is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. He is author of four seminal volumes, most recently The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy, as well as numerous articles and chapters. His contributions appear in multiple disciplines, including neuroscience, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, developmental psychology, infant mental health, attachment theory, trauma studies, behavioral biology, clinical psychology, and clinical social work. He is past editor of the Norton series on Interpersonal Neurobiology and a reviewer or on the editorial staff of 45 journals across a number of scientific and clinical disciplines. He has received a number of honors for his work, including an Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology from the Division of Trauma Psychology and the Scientific Award from the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association, Honorary Membership by the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center Award for outstanding contributions to Child and Adolescent Mental Health. He has had a private psychotherapy practice for over four decades. further details & bookings
Structured Phase Oriented Therapy including EMDR: for Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders A one day workshop with Mariëtte Groenendijk London, 26 May 2017, Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm The multi-stage phase-oriented approach has been shown to effectively decrease dissociation and related symptoms, when applied in therapeutic work with complex PTSD, structural dissociation of the personality and/or attachment-disorders. Therapy progresses over three logical and clearly defined phases, starting with stabilization, then integration of traumatic memories, followed by (re-) integration of the personality. As therapists, while we might realize that EMDR could be a useful methodology after self-regulation has been addressed; we might hesitate in its application at the requisite stages of Trauma Therapy. Some of us may even have stopped with EMDR as client manifestations appear to deteriorate and we struggle to retain control over the therapeutic process. Mariëtte has worked with severely traumatized clients for almost three decades now and was one of the pioneers in the Netherlands for treating dissociative clients in the integration phase of treatment with EMDR. At this practical and therapeutically oriented workshop which would be especially relevant for psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists across modalities (with or without an initial EMDR training), Mariëtte draws on her long-standing experience to provide us with the understanding, the practical tools and the inspiration required to carefully and systematically implement EMDR in the treatment of Complex PTSD (with dissociative symptoms) and dissociative disorders. She utilizes a video case demonstration of EMDR with a DID client to highlight and explain how we can: Work with different dissociative parts, including the perpetrator-imitating parts, helping our clients to overcome the phobia of traumatic memory Engage in effective processing of traumatic memories while maintaining safety Enable realization and further integration of traumatic memories Assist our clients in resolving attachment bonds with perpetrators incorporating a resolution of conflicts arising from loyalty and fear, love and hate The workshop provides practitioners with a structured process of treating survivors of early, chronic and severe traumatization, that progresses through different themes and goals defined through 8 sub-phases. We also learn how to can gain control over self-destructive client manifestations; and consider how we can assess the best timing for EMDR. Overall, the workshop allows us to appreciate that EMDR can be a viable therapeutic strategy for complex PTSD and dissociative disorders, while equipping us with practical tools for managing potential pitfalls including phobia triggers and client decompensation. further details & bookings
Safe Trauma Therapy: Accurately Gauge and Modulate Arousal Level – In Clients and Yourself A one day seminar with Babette Rothschild, author of The Body Remembers, Volumes 1 & 2 London, 29 May 2017, Monday 10:00am - 4:00pm In her newest book, The Body Remembers, Volume 2, Revolutionizing Trauma Treatment (WW Norton, 2017), Babette Rothschild presents, among other topics, an updated and integrated view of the Autonomic Nervous System that includes a new, innovative tool for more precise observation and modulation of arousal states. At the start of Chapter 2 she writes: Three or so decades ago, one of my clients, Greta, after much preparation, was ready, we agreed, to process memories of a very traumatic childhood incident. This was the first time she had wanted to talk about it and I was interested. Too interested. We both became so engrossed in her account that it was only when she was finished that either of us realized something had gone terribly wrong. Rather than feeling better from the telling, she was extremely anxious and so stiff she could barely move. During the next week she was plagued with panic attacks and called me multiple times for support and stabilization. For her, what should have been an exciting progression in her therapy backfired into regression. In another situation, a new client, Hans, easily answered all of the usual intake and assessment questions and told me he was, “fine.” Nonetheless, when he left my office he became very confused and lost his way several times on his familiar route home. He was so distressed that he cancelled the next appointment we had scheduled and never returned. Could I have prevented these therapeutic disasters? Babette goes on to lament that a more nuanced understanding of the ANS could have spared suffering … … I would have noticed as Greta’s facial expression gradually lost its animation, her respiration quickened, and her skin tone slowly blanched. Those observations would have led me to slowing down or stopping her narrative, putting on the brakes, to reduce arousal and stabilize before she went on. It might even have meant pacing her memory processing in a different way, taking it slower and in smaller pieces. Likewise, with the necessary information and greater understanding, I might have seen that Hans was not “fine,” that his pupils were dilating, I could have enquired about the temperature of his hands and feet, and I may have noticed as his posture became more collapsed. Such experiences and reflections led to the theory and tools that form the basis for this seminar … … [they] peaked my interest in passing on what I learned about making trauma treatment safer through observation and modulation of the ANS…I aim to give trauma therapists a new and improved tool that they can use to gauge and monitor their client’s—and their own –level of autonomic arousal at any given moment in time. By doing so, therapists will always be in the position to know whether their clients are able to safely manage what is happening and if they are able to integrate what is being worked on in therapy. Likewise, the therapist will also know if she, herself, is able to think clearly despite the level of stress in herself and her client. At this practical and unique seminar, which would be particularly relevant for psychotherapists, psychologists, body psychotherapists, counsellors and psychiatrists, Babette Rothschild draws on her longstanding experience to explain both traditional and more recent theories of ANS organization, including those of Stephen Porges. The result is an integrated, cohesive understanding that is more precise and easier to monitor, leading to trauma therapy that is much more safe for both client and therapist. further details & bookings
Vicarious Trauma: understanding the risks and developing resilience An online webinar with Dr Gertie Quitangon and Dr Mark R. Evces Online Webinar, 2 June 2017, Friday 6:00pm - 9:00pm, London UK Time Around the world, therapists experience secondary trauma exposure in the process of empathic engagement with clients. Vicarious trauma, or lasting negative changes in beliefs about the self, the world, and others, is an inadvertent response to such secondary trauma exposure. This emotional residue of exposure that we have, when we hear narratives of pain, fear and terror – has the potential to have debilitating effects on our health and productivity. Without a conscious cognizance of such risks, our responses to vicarious trauma can include: disruption of positive beliefs in trust, intimacy, safety, self-esteem and control decreased work productivity cynicism and loss of meaning at work poor work-life boundaries health issues including depression, eating disorders, loss of sleep and anxiety disorders diminished feelings of satisfaction and personal accomplishment avoidance of work with severely traumatized clients withdrawal and isolation from colleagues over-involvement in details and obsessive-compulsive manifestations At this practical and engaging webinar by Dr Gertie Quitangon and Dr Mark R. Evces, we consider specific ways in which individual therapists and organizations can address vicarious trauma. We look at case studies, vicarious trauma theory and practical, individualized tools that are aimed at early recognition of vicarious trauma and the development of effective safeguards. Specifically, we look at: the nature of resilience required to combat vicarious trauma a resilience checklist for a personal risk assessment and action plan best practices for psychological safety that can be used in both individualized and organizational settings. further details & bookings
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Transactional Analysis: working with narrative experience, groups and dreams A one day seminar with Dr Anna Emanuela Tangolo London, 9 June 2017, Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm Therapy with Transactional Analysis (TA) can be viewed as an integration between a cognitive and contractual dimension and a psychodynamic dimension. Within the cognitive space, therapy is aimed at developing an equal relationship between the client and the therapist, while the psychodynamic dimension allows for the client and therapist to undertake profound experiences of internal emotional restoration and renovation. At this therapeutically oriented seminar, which would be especially relevant for psychotherapists, counsellors and clinical psychologists, we consider psychotherapy with TA through three important components: Working with the narrative experience Therapeutic interventions for both individual and group settings The significance of dreams in TA By highlighting the practical efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy that integrates with TA and through illustrative case examples, the seminar helps us comprehend how: The four key concepts of TA psychotherapy: the ego state model, the concept of the script, transactions and games facilitate situating the client within a diagnostic frame of reference and developing a therapeutic plan We can identify the client’s main conflict from some of our earliest interactions As therapists using TA – we cannot simply read a client’s language and emotions, we need to utilize these to rid our clients of contradictions, ominous influences of past messages and pathological introjections We can integrate essential TA skills into our therapeutic work: interrogation, specification, confrontation, explanation, illustration, confirmation, interpretation and crystallisation We can work with the central phases of TA therapy: decontamination and deconfusion Therapy can be enhanced through a group setting which has the potential to increase the effects of the analytic process of change It is a fallacy to suppose that finding out the meaning of a dream is the important thing. (as Berne wrote in 1968). The meanings need to be felt not merely understood, for the interpretation to be effective. We consider: Dreams as elements of a client’s internal dialogue The evolution of dreams during the therapeutic process How to use dreams in group therapy Dreams following therapy further details & bookings
The Role of the Unconscious in Clinical Work A one day workshop with Dr Giuseppe Craparo London, 10 June 2017, Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm While conceptually we have recognised ‘the role of the unconscious’ as central to psychoanalytic practice, we often find ourselves still debating its practical, clinical implications. Our attempts at operationalising this important concept are also made more challenging on account of its multiple classifications: How is the past unconscious different from the present unconscious for example, and how do these interact with each other, so as to explain severe pathologies (including borderline disorders, psychoses, perversions and addictions)? How can we link repressed unconscious and the unrepressed unconscious respectively to explicit and implicit memory structures? How do we comprehend the concept of the emotional-receptive unconscious and how does this help us to understand the emotional functions of intrapsychic and relational communication in our therapeutic interactions? At this intellectually stimulating and clinically oriented seminar, Dr Giuseppe Craparo draws on current thinking from the psychoanalysis and neuroscience domains and the works of Fonagy, Schore, Bromberg, Mancia, Masi and Bion to help us understand the above classifications with a view to informing our therapeutic endeavours. The seminar helps us understand: the impact of the repressed unconscious on both normal and abnormal pathways repressed and unrepressed unconscious from a developmental-relational point of view the linkages between Attachment, implicit memory and the unrepressed unconscious how the unsaid can open up a space through which unconscious truth can break into the analytical relationship – and how we can be prepared for this as therapists in the absence of conscious naming, how psychic representations of the unconscious can be a source of conflict in the therapeutic relationship from a transference perspective making sense of clients acting out working with enactment and traumatic emotions the relationship between enactment and projective identification therapeutic implications that incorporate: the role of psychopathology interventions aimed at enhancing mentalization further details & bookings
Working Therapeutically with Offenders: clinical challenges A one day workshop with Dr Gwen Adshead London, 16 June 2017, Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm Criminal offending can take many forms: theft and fraud, violence that involves a weapon, and violence within the family are some of the commonest. As therapists, we may be called upon to help clients who have histories of criminal convictions and who want to understand their offending; or we may work in institutionalised settings where convicted offenders require therapy. In each of these roles, we face significant challenges, including exposure to extreme stressors and ethical dilemmas unique to forensic settings. At this practical and interactive workshop that would be relevant for psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, counsellors, probation professionals and psychiatrists, Dr Gwen Adshead draws on tenets of Attachment Theory and psychological theories that seek to explain the development of antisocial states of mind. We specifically discuss violent offending, especially family violence and homicide and consider the key aspects of risk assessment and reduction; with a view to understanding therapeutic approaches for working with offenders. Dr Adshead will use examples from her long-standing experience of clinical work in forensic settings to explore: Comprehending crime perpetrators – what conclusions can we draw from theories of personality disorders and Attachment? Relational Violence: understanding toxic attachments and rupture risk Theories of criminal offending and the links with national data Coming to terms with the development of antisocial and violent states of mind Effective psychological formulation for an act of violence Planning for therapy with offenders – being prepared for unique challenges Safety and ethics of forensic work Creating safe and secure spaces for therapeutic change What are the therapeutic options we have at our disposal? Gwen will not only present material based on published evidence; but also, use group discussion and ‘live supervision’ of cases brought by participants as part of the workshop. Participants are welcome to bring vignettes of clinical material that can be shared and discussed within the normal boundaries of confidentiality. further details & bookings
Shame and Guilt: Impediments to Therapy A one day seminar with Jan McGregor Hepburn London, 17 June 2017, Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm As therapists, we understand that the presence of persecutory guilt in our clients can be a considerable obstacle to internal change. While through the therapeutic process we can try to replace persecutory guilt by feelings that lead towards reparation; progress can be challenging and can often be thwarted if the client feels too worthless to be reprieved. Our therapeutic challenges are further exacerbated when guilt coexists with shame, although it may not be explicitly manifest. To make any therapeutic progress now, we need to overcome the fact that shame is more than a primitive precursor to guilt; for shame to exist there has to be a person. If the self has been depersonalised, there is essentially no one to feel shame. How do we work in such situations where shame and guilt co-exist or reinforce each other’s debilitating effects? At this practical and unique seminar, which would be particularly relevant for psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, Jan McGregor Hepburn draws on her longstanding experience in social work management and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy to clearly illustrate two distinct processes which both carry the nomenclature of guilt: feelings of remorse and wishes to make reparation, which are in the service of development, and persecutory guilt, which is experienced as crippling and pervasive but which cannot be mediated by forgiveness or reparation, and is sterile and anti-development She illustrates that in adult life or pathology these feelings are not in fact on a continuum, or indeed intimately connected with one another; they are different internal systems, and it is the persecutory sort which severely affects our clients’ ability to live their lives and which produces severe clinical challenges. Linking these assertions with the co-existence of shame, Jan also explains how shame and remorse, when temporary and mitigated are part of normal development. Persistent shame can be pathological however, and the absence of shame can be manifest of a psychotic state of mind. She explains how shamelessness is a defensive projection against persecutory guilt and how this interplay can create therapeutic impasses. Overall, the workshop explains how we can comprehend the main drivers for the acquisition and maintenance of persecutory guilt and persistent shame, enabling us, as therapists to recognise what cannot be repaired and what can. further details & bookings
Assessment and Treatment of Suicidality: A Psychological Approach A one day workshop with Dr Eoin Galavan Manchester, 17 June 2017, Saturday 10:00am - 4:30pm The effective assessment of Suicidality and its treatment can be overwhelmingly anxiety provoking for therapists. Over the last two decades, new psychological theories of suicidal behaviour have been described with evidence to support their credibility. New models of treatment and techniques have been designed to help aid those of us who encounter suicidality in our work. This practical and therapeutically inclined one day workshop by Dr Eoin Galavan, which will be especially relevant for psychotherapists, psychologists, CBT practitioners, psychiatrists and counsellors, overviews current psychological research and clinical approaches to managing suicidality, with specific emphasis on explaining the therapeutic approach of the evidence-based model: Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) (authored by Professor David Jobes). The one day workshop first introduces the psychology of suicide, and then proceeds to overview, demonstrate, and allow practice of the CAMS model. By the end of the workshop, participants will: Gain familiarity with psychological theories of suicide and suicidal behaviour (including an understanding of the works of Professor Thomas Joiner, Professor Edwin Scheidman, Professor Israel Orbach and Professor David Jobes) Be able to identify suicidal risk early in the clinical engagement and use the Suicide Status Form (SSF) to collaboratively assess suicidal risk Develop SSF-based suicide specific outpatient treatment plans that emphasize the development of a stabilization plan and the identification of suicidal ‘drivers’ as a focus of treatment Clinically track, assess and treat drivers with problem-focused interventions Be able to prepare a stabilisation or crisis response plan Handle and document a range of clinical outcomes using CAMS Overall, the workshop helps us as practitioners to comprehend the myriad challenges stemming from the client’s suicidal wish, provides us with a working model of handling suicidality in our therapeutic relationships and familiarises us with evidence-based therapeutic techniques that are at the cutting edge of our work. further details & bookings
Challenges in Trauma Therapy: Working effectively with Chronic Shame and Resistance A 2-day training workshop with Kathy Steele London, 20 and 21 June 2017, Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00am - 4:00pm on both days Resistance can be interpreted as phobic avoidance of what is perceived as overwhelming or otherwise beyond the capacity of our clients to realize. Framing resistance thus, as a phobia of realization, can aid our psychotherapeutic approaches by allowing us to: View therapeutic impasses as co-created stalemates instead of placing the blame on resistant or untreatable clients Return our therapeutic focus to underlying causes of avoidance instead of keeping us fixated on resistance as a problem by itself Recognize and distinguish between physiological and psychological resistance – where client responses of attachment cry, fight, flight, freeze, or collapse are recognized as physiological conditions and not deliberate impediments to the therapeutic process Progressing past resistance is just one of the challenges of therapy for trauma, however, another therapeutic inhibitor we need to address is chronic shame. Just like resistance, shame can involve intense physiological activation – our clients may want to disappear, hide, camouflage themselves or shut down, impeding our therapeutic endeavours in multiple ways. To effectively work with chronic shame, whether co-existing with resistance or otherwise, we not only need to fully comprehend its functions, but the profound disconnection and hiddenness of shame must be compassionately experienced by client and therapist together. Designed to be of practical value to psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, this 2-day workshop by Kathy Steele helps us explore ways of improving our therapeutic effectiveness with two of the most challenging aspects of trauma therapy. On Day 1, we explore chronic shame – how we can recognize it and how we can work effectively with it. We also learn to identify and approach our own shame with compassion and acceptance. The workshop discusses: The several important functions of shame The four main defences against shame that actually maintain chronic shame antidotes to shame and how our clients can build resilience in the face of shame Utilizing therapeutic interventions that deploy relational, somatic and imagery approaches to chronic shame (with the understanding that cognitive approaches may not be sufficient) Recognizing and addressing the dynamics between inner shamer and inner ashamed ego states On Day 2, we focus on understanding ‘resistance’ as protection, and as an inevitable part of therapy that should be both welcomed and expected. The workshop discusses: Identifying our own possible contributions to our client’s resistance from a systems perspective Different types of resistances; ways to approach resistance with compassion and clarity Collaborative goal-setting as a strategy for diminishing resistance At least four different therapeutic interventions we can deploy to reduce and resolve resistance Throughout the workshop, we will consider the role of disorganised attachment and dependency conflicts in addressing both resistance and chronic shame. further details & bookings
Trauma Therapy: working with Fear and Dissociation A one day workshop with Miriam Taylor London, 23 June 2017, Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm For individuals who have suffered severe trauma, fear and dissociation can tend to determine their way of being in the world. Hypervigilance and avoidance can define behaviour for our clients for whom, it isn’t just a recurring fear of traumatic triggers in their external environment that is causing significant anxiety – their internal world, somatic experience and felt sense have also become sources of terror. Therapeutic interactions can become extremely challenging, especially since concomitant dissociation may be leading to an absence of association, integration, assimilation, coherence and engagement. At this practical and clinically oriented workshop which would be relevant for all practitioners working with Trauma (including PTSD, Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders), Miriam Taylor highlights the case for therapists to adopt a trauma-oriented mindset, while explaining the neurobiological bases that maintain fear and dissociation. She explains how this core understanding can then be used to inform trauma sensitive interventions, including working with the body to open up the possibility of gaining control over distressing symptoms. The workshop considers dissociation as a natural consequence of extreme experience and explores the ways that this can manifest in clinical settings. Through experiential elements and case vignettes, the workshop helps us comprehend: The neurobiology of trauma – the triune brain, the vagus nerve, HPA axis and the window of tolerance; Hebb’s axiom Positive and negative triggers that elicit dysregulated arousal, an autonomic defensive response or both State dependent memory and the challenges this presents for the therapeutic alliance How being in therapy itself carries the risk of relationship, of reliving traumatic events, of remembering what dare not be remembered The neurobiological processes that explain why response to threat involves visceral, sensory and motor elements, making the experience of fear a whole-body phenomenon The hierarchy of defensive responses (including heightened orienting responses, Attachment and social engagement systems) that we, as therapists, are tasked to reverse during the therapeutic process How we can handle therapeutic engagements where dissociation may be causing shutting-down rather than high-alert The ambiguous relationship many trauma victims can have with pain and how we can work with somatoform dissociation Dissociation, distorted perceptions of space and working with boundary difficulties Working with self-states, attentional shifts and intervening at a somatic level further details & bookings
Working Therapeutically with Violent Behaviour A one day workshop with Dr Eoin Galavan London, 24 June 2017, Saturday 10:00am - 4:30pm It can be especially challenging for therapists to work with clients who have had a history of violent behaviour or who continue to rely on violence or aggression as a coping strategy. It is critical that therapists feel confident and well equipped in assisting clients in managing such potentially violent manifestations. The challenge is further accentuated by the fact that therapists are simultaneously trying to avoid vicarious traumatisation and struggling with the countertransference issues that such behaviour provokes. This practical and therapeutically inclined one-day workshop by Dr Eoin Galavan, which will be especially relevant for psychotherapists, psychologists, CBT practitioners, psychiatrists and counsellors, overviews current psychological research and clinical approaches to managing violent behaviour, elucidating the relevance of attachment experiences, mentalisation, modelling and conditioning. The workshop explores effective assessment and therapy within a non-forensic setting and uses case vignettes to highlight appropriate psychological approaches to working with violent behaviour. Drawing on his long standing experience and the works of Peter Fonagy & James Garbarino, Dr Galavan helps us, as practitioners to not just understand the underlying psychology of violent behaviour but feel confident in our assessment, frameworks and therapeutic approaches when faced with aggression. further details & bookings
Supervision in Psychotherapy: A Psychodynamic and Relational Approach A one day workshop with Dr Diana Shmukler London, 1 July 2017, Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm Utilising learnings from a case-study of an extremely challenging and yet successful long-term individual therapy, this workshop considers how even experienced therapists can sometimes feel exasperated with certain therapeutic relationships. Progress seems stalled and psychoanalytic techniques allow for little headway. While supervision may be at hand, the dilemma remains whether we are being too rash in translating supervision input into therapeutic action. Equally, we might have delayed the call for supervision adding to the sense of therapeutic urgency. Drawing on Winnicottian thought and real-life clinical material, the workshop explains why supervision is an integral part of any therapeutic endeavour. By integrating theory and practice, elucidating the efficacy of two-person psychology and drawing attention to our subjectivities – Dr Shmukler demonstrates how the skilful use of supervision can have demonstrable impact on therapeutic outcomes – both for straightforward and complex cases. The workshop will be especially relevant for psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, practitioners and students of integrative psychotherapy, counsellors and psychiatrists. By drawing our attention to how our clients perceive therapy, when and how we should seek supervisory assistance; and also explaining how our provision of supervision can benefit from a flexible approach – Dr Shmukler’s explanations allow us to: Respond better to relational needs Work cognitively with transference with a view to re-evaluating our theoretical approach, and hence enhancing our therapeutic efficacy. further details & bookings

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