Assessment and Treatment of Suicidality: A Psychological Approach A one-day training workshop with Dr Eoin Galavan London, 22 October 2016, 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
Therapy for Depression: A view from both sides A one day workshop with Professor Linda Gask Dublin, 22 October 2016, Saturday 10:00am - 4:30pm Professor Linda Gask utilizes a pragmatic bio-psychosocial approach in understanding depression and in her psychiatric education underwent training in psychodynamic therapy. Uniquely, she had the opportunity to be the ‘client’ when she sought therapy for depression & anxiety herself – an experience that she has written about in her new book: ‘The Other Side of Silence- A psychiatrists’ memoir of depression.’ Bringing a deep understanding of both therapist and client experiences to the table, Dr Gask helps us in this workshop to focus our attention on how a client experiences the therapeutic process; highlighting what we can learn when a therapist becomes a ‘client’. Aimed at building a deeper comprehension of the multiple facets of depression, the workshop explores: The range of different subjective experiences that the term ‘depression’ embodies Different models for understanding depression and how it is treated- including managing risk Barriers encountered in accessing care and in particular, psychological interventions Experiencing psychological therapy for depression- including insights from a therapist who has experienced different types of therapy during her own life The importance of active ‘engagement’ in developing the therapeutic alliance and the key skills required Issues arising when working with mental health professionals presenting with emotional distress The workshop will aim to examine and challenge assumptions about how and why people seek help, and what their expectations are of therapy. further details & bookings
A Common Factors Model for Therapy with Children and Families When Children Have Experienced Complex Trauma An online webinar with Dr. Jane F. Gilgun 26 October 2016, Wednesday 6:00pm - 9:00pm, London, UK time Psychotherapists who work with clients who have experienced complex trauma respond to a bewildering set of influences that they must comprehend and address, if therapy is to be effective. In this webinar, Professor Jane F. Gilgun will present a common factors model for work with children and families where children have experienced complex trauma. This model is significant because it shows that the therapeutic alliance is the single most important factor in psychotherapeutic effectiveness, except for external influences that, by definition, are out of the control of both therapists and clients. In fact, the therapeutic alliance has more influence on outcome than particular schools of therapy. This webinar is especially of value to psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, and case managers who work in child care services. The content of the seminar is also applicable to adults who have experienced complex trauma. In this practical workshop, Professor Gilgun draws upon research and theory on complex trauma, resilience, attachment, neuroscience, executive function, and self-regulation to present an integrated common factors model. Professor Gilgun will make use of case study material to illustrate the application of these concepts. At the end of the seminar, participants will have a working understanding of: Complex trauma as it affects children and family systems; A common factors model of complex trauma composed of - the therapeutic alliance, personal characteristics of therapists and clients, social service system influences, and external influences; The NEATS (neurobiology, executive function, attachment, trauma, and self-regulation); How to promote child and family resilience in the face of the multitude of influences on client functioning and outcome; The significance of the therapeutic alliance in comparison to a particular school of therapy; The facilitating influences of fortuitous external influences on outcome; and The negative influences of adverse external influences on outcome This webinar is based on more than 30 years of research that Professor Gilgun has conducted on human development under conditions of adversity and factors associated with good outcomes when children have experienced complex trauma. further details & bookings
Transference and Counter-Transference: from pitfalls to efficacy in therapy A one day seminar with Jan McGregor Hepburn London, 28 October 2016, Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm As therapists, we understand that the redirection of our client’s emotions towards us can be manifest in a myriad of ways including rage, mistrust, parentification, overt dependence and attraction. We recognise that such transference lends malleability to our therapeutic relationship and its misinterpretation can impede therapeutic progress. However, when skilfully guided, the same dynamics of transference and countertransference can allow us valuable insights as therapists and enable us to deliver extremely effective therapeutic interventions. At this practical and therapeutically oriented seminar, which would be particularly relevant for psychotherapists, clinical & educational psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, Jan McGregor Hepburn draws on her longstanding experience in social work management and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy to clearly illustrate both theoretical underpinnings of transference and countertransference and their practical linkages to clinical work. She explains how we can miss certain interpretations which might lead to poor clinical outcomes and utilises case vignettes to illustrate how the dynamics of transference / countertransference can be creative tools in the therapist’s hands. further details & bookings
Time-limited Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Adolescents and Young Adults (TAPP) A 2-day training workshop at London with Professor Stephen Briggs London, 28 and 29 October 2016, Friday and Saturday 9:30am - 5:00pm on both days In this practical and in-depth two-day course, that would be of value to psychotherapists, psychologists, health care professionals and CBT practitioners, Professor Stephen Briggs explains the time-limited approach of TAPP (Time-limited Adolescents and Young Adults Psychodynamic Psychotherapy) – a distinctive, brief (20 sessions), manualised, dynamic therapy model developed at Tavistock Clinic’s Adolescent Department. The model has been specifically developed for working therapeutically with young people across the child / adult divide (14 – 25 years). TAPP innovatively combines a psychodynamic approach with a psycho-social focus on the experiences of transitions in contemporary social contexts. It incorporates a problem solving approach through active client participation in contracting and reviewing. TAPP has the capacity to meet the needs of young people experiencing a wide range of difficulties during the adolescent and early adult years. Experience shows that the model is particularly relevant for young people who have: a) Complex presentations of mental health diagnoses with psychosocial vulnerabilities b) Difficulties in relationships (including e.g. (self) destructive relationships and self-harm/suicidality) c) Anxieties and difficulties around separation d) Depression e) A need for second treatments f) An external time-limit g) Post-traumatic presentations h) To face transitions from children’s to adult services i) Are in complex situations, where longer term treatment plans are not clear Drawing on his work at Tavistock Clinic and using a psychodynamic framework, Professor Briggs elucidates the therapeutic implications for practitioners working with young people; explaining in detail how we can recover a young person’s capacity to meet developmental challenges. The two day course uses theoretical discussions and case vignettes to explain the value and challenges of a time-limited approach. further details & bookings
Existential Therapy: An Introduction A one day seminar with Prof Mick Cooper London, 29 October 2016, Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm With roots that can be traced back to the existential work of Søren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche; Existential Therapy is a diverse, vibrant, and wonderfully rich tapestry of understandings and methods that has the potential to make a valuable contribution to the work of any counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist. It is one of the oldest forms of therapy, and yet one of the most innovative and radical in its approach. Existential therapy is orientated around the development of a deep relational bond with clients, which allows clients to explore the most fundamental aspects of their existence. This includes questions like: ‘What is the meaning of my life?’ ‘What choices can I make?’ and ‘How do I face the limits of my circumstances?’ This workshop will introduce the existential approach to therapy, and focus on three particular aspects of existential work: Helping clients acknowledge their fundamental freedom and capacity to make choices Helping clients to face the givens of their lives, like death and the unattainability of perfect happiness Helping clients to find meaning and purpose in life The workshop will combine a mixture of personal development exercises, skills work, discussion and theoretical input. By the end of the workshop, participants will have developed a greater understanding of the existential approach, and will have developed ideas about how to incorporate existential understandings and methods into their own practice. further details & bookings
The Well-Resourced Therapist: Preventing burnout and vicarious trauma A one day training workshop with Miriam Taylor London, 4 November 2016, Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm Fundamental to our therapeutic work with Trauma is our awareness and active control of vicarious traumatization; empathic engagement with the Trauma narrative can otherwise leave us emotionally drained and professionally ineffective. It is vital for our clients and our own self-care that the process of counter-transferential traumatisation is not just well recognised by us but also prevented proactively, ethically and responsibly. At this practical workshop which would be especially relevant for psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, Miriam draws upon her longstanding experience in specialist trauma services and her somatically informed, relational approach to therapy, as she explains: The evidence offered by neuroscientific research for vicarious traumatisation and how this can be utilised in a preventive manner The resources that are available to us, as therapists, through which we can not only enhance our resilience but also bear witness to the trauma narrative without dissociating or allowing ourselves to be pulled into the trauma contagion Paying close attention to our own history of trauma and caretaking and the impact these can potentially have on the therapeutic relationship Building our own somatic awareness and that of our clients with a view to enhancing safety, grounding and resilience Applying reflective practice for mutual healing How we can rethink our traditional theoretical models from a relational standpoint, so as to best prevent occupational burnout Utilising clinical vignettes that illustrate the key dilemmas faced by therapists, together with relational and somatic examples, the workshop allows us to reflect on our therapeutic approaches while highlighting the most effective methods for building and sustaining resilient, relational containers. further details & bookings
Sexuality: Contemporary Frameworks in Clinical Psychoanalysis A one day seminar with Professor Rosine Jozef Perelberg London, 5 November 2016, Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm “It is my belief that, however strange it may sound, we must reckon with the possibility that something in the nature of the sexual instinct itself is unfavourable to the realisation of complete satisfaction”. – Freud, 1912 Why should human sexuality be traumatic? What disorganising factors give sexuality this specific dimension of being impossible to realise? At this intellectually charged and practical seminar, Professor Rosine Jozef Perelberg draws on her extensive experience and internationally acclaimed psychoanalytical writings to relate the conceptualisations propounded by Freud, Melanie Klein and Jean Laplanche with our contemporary comprehension of sexuality. She explains: In what ways has Freud’s repudiation of femininity and focus on oedipal structure influenced current clinical approaches How do Kleinian explanations of paranoid-schizoid positions integrate with contemporary Kleinian views on the Oedipus complex The role of enigmatic signifiers and our understanding of the repressed unconscious Primary homosexuality, as explained by modern French psychoanalytic thought The paternal function and its relevance in understanding different manifestations of psychopathology In a unique manner, Professor Perelberg utilises phantasy symbolism, case vignettes and a deep understanding of psychoanalytic thought to help us understand Sexuality in the modern context. further details & bookings
A Practical, Integrative Approach to Treatment of Clients with Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders A one day seminar with Kathy Steele, MN, CS London, 8 November 2016, Tuesday 10:00am - 4:00pm Therapists can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the challenges and complex presentations of clients who have been chronically traumatized. This highly practical workshop will offer in-depth skills to understand and work with clients who suffer from Complex PTSD and dissociative disorders. The integrative approach explained in this workshop is drawn from psychodynamic, attachment, affect regulation, neurobiological, hypnotic, and sensorimotor psychotherapy perspectives. Complex developmental trauma is both a physiological and psychological problem, with a need for interventions that address both effectively. A brief overview of the concept of dissociation from the perspective of child development and neuroscience will be provided, as well as an outline of phased or sequenced treatment, which is the current standard of care for these disorders. The need for careful dilution of traumatic memory work in many clients will also be discussed. The following issues will be specifically addressed: The inner organization of the highly traumatized client who maintains dis-integration How to work systemically to support the individual as a whole person, using approaches that facilitate integration of mind and body Specific skills include increasing reflective abilities; approaches to improve daily life functioning; overcoming the phobia of inner experience; improving self and relational regulation; decreasing suicidality and self-harm; increasing the capacity to have positive emotions and experiences; managing dissociation and triggers; containing overwhelming traumatic memory and distressed dissociative self states; grounding; mindfulness, and development of self-compassion Trauma-related phobias and their treatment will be described as a central part of treatment, particularly the phobia of inner experience, that is, of emotions, thoughts, wishes, needs, fantasies and body sensations While techniques are helpful adjuncts to treatment, a consistent and predictable therapeutic relationship is a primary factor in whether and how clients improve. Participants will learn how to maintain optimal relational closeness/distance with clients who simultaneously experience the therapist as both needed and dangerous, as well as how to effectively repair frequent ruptures in the relationship. Ample case examples will illustrate specific approaches and interventions. further details & bookings

Jung Today: Clinical and Cultural Perspectives


a carefully created day designed to appeal to those who are curious about Jungian psychology, as well as to those familiar with it


Christopher Hauke, Andrew Samuels, Joy Schaverien

London, 12 November 2016, Saturday

9:45am - 5:00pm


Interest in Jungian and post-Jungian approaches to psychotherapy, counselling and analysis continues to grow. Jung is understood by many to have been a pioneering figure whose work anticipated many of today’s most exciting trends in psychotherapy and counselling. These may be in humanistic and integrative psychotherapy, and also in several schools of psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.


Jung’s work and that of those who took up Jung’s original ideas – the post-Jungians – are also taught to a varying extent on courses in psychotherapy, counselling, psychoanalysis and the expressive arts therapies - as well as in departments of counselling and clinical psychology. Often, this leaves students and trainees hungry for more.


Jungian approaches to the therapy process address down-to earth questions of meaning and purpose, encompassing both personal and also transpersonal and spiritual dimensions of experience. The Jungian style of psychotherapy is relational with a special concern for embodied imagery, whether via dreams or creative expression.


During the morning session, three well-known Jungian analysts will share why they continue to find Jung to be an inspiring and reliable guide to therapy theory and practice. In the afternoon, they will introduce us to the latest contemporary applications of Jungian ideas in clinic and in culture.


Participants are encouraged to bring clinical vignettes and dilemmas.


By the end of the day:


(1) Participants with varying degrees of pre-existing knowledge will have learned about ideas and practices being employed in contemporary Jungian and post-Jungian analysis, psychotherapy and counselling.


(2) Participants will have understood the relationship of the Jungian body of work to other traditions within psychotherapy and counselling, and in connection with a range of contemporary thinkers.


(3) Participants will be able to evaluate the potential value of utilising Jung and post-Jungian ideas and practices in their own clinical work.


(4) Participants will be able to evaluate the potential value of utilising Jungian and post-Jungian ideas in connection with artistic, cultural and political phenomena.




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Advanced Therapeutic Techniques using Attachment Theory A 2-day training workshop with Dr Gwen Adshead London, 18 & 19 November 2016, Friday & Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm on both days Equipped with a core understanding of Attachment Theory concepts, practitioners can assess a client’s Attachment representations. An effective incorporation of such assessments in our therapeutic approaches however requires a deeper comprehension of the clinical applications of Attachment Theory. At this practical and in-depth two day training course, that would be of value to psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors, health care professionals and psychiatrists, Dr Gwen Adshead draws on her long-standing psychodynamic and clinical experience to help us comprehend the development of Attachment bonds & Psychopathology (Day 1) and the Applications of Attachment Theory in clinical practice (Day 2). On Day 1 of the course, we review the building process of Attachment patterns, styles and representations; looking at supporting factors, the impact of traumatic events, the relationship with temperament and the rupture and repair of Attachment across the life span. We also look at the development of mentalization as it relates to the underlying Attachment representations and specifically consider parental mentalization; and the relevance of childhood attachment for adult attachments; especially in terms of care giving and care eliciting behavioural systems. We also start looking at connections with psychopathological manifestations as preparation for Day 2 of the course. Day 2 of the training course focusses on the applications of Day 1’s concepts for therapeutic processes. We compare and contrast the literature on mentalization led therapies and other therapeutic schools, while looking at the relevance of Attachment Classifications for therapeutic interactions, therapy as a ‘Strange Situation’, Attachment and Transference and the implications of ruptures in therapeutic attachments. The two day course uses theoretical discussions and case vignettes to explain the value and challenges of an Attachment led therapeutic approach and equips delegates with a deeper understanding of practical therapeutic applications. further details & bookings
The Web of Shame in the Therapeutic Space A one day seminar with Christiane Sanderson London, 3 December 2016, Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm As practitioners, we often witness that shame can become chronic or even toxic, having a crippling effect on our clients, especially those who carry the burden of intergenerational shame and are raised in shame prone families, or who have histories of abandonment, prolonged or systematic emotional, physical or sexual abuse, neglect or exposure to domestic violence. Our therapeutic interactions can be even more complicated if there exists practitioner shame that we are either not aware of, or haven’t fully addressed. At this practical and unique seminar which would be relevant for psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists, across modalities, Christiane draws on her extensive experience in working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse to examine the complex nature of shame, its origins, its functions and its long term effects, to explain how we can: distinguish between healthy and chronic shame, shame and guilt – while looking at their relationships to hubristic and authentic pride assist our clients through the process of defences against shame – these defences could be manifest as withdrawal, attacking self, avoidance and attacking others and bear linkages to self-harm, addictions, repugnant obsessions, perfectionism, narcissism, grandiosity, rage and violence identify our own patterns of shame and the impact these might be having on our therapeutic relationships build shame resilience for clients and ourselves through specific therapeutic techniques Through experiential exercises, case vignettes and emphasis on creative, right brain based exercises such as the embodiment of shame, unpeeling the masks of shame, use of nesting dolls, re-apportioning shame and compassion focused exercises; the seminar allows us to promote healing, restore authentic pride and build shame resilience, while minimising the risk of re-shaming our clients. further details & bookings

Working with Multilingual Clients:

with and without an interpreter


An evening workshop with Beverley Costa

London, 23 February 2017, Thursday

6:00pm - 9:00pm


At this practical workshop that would be especially useful for psychotherapists, psychologists and counsellors across modalities, Beverley draws on her extensive experience to elucidate how we can work most effectively with multilingual clients – with or without the benefit of an interpreter. Through case studies and practical examples, she acknowledges that while multilingual work can be demanding; the language gap can, in fact, sometimes be a source of creativity and therapeutic potential.


For example, the workshop will refer to research which demonstrates that people are able to access emotions in a second language that have been repressed in the client’s native culture and language and that traumatic scenes experienced in one’s native language may be explored more readily by switching to a second language in order to gain sufficient emotional distance.


The workshop also explores the challenges involved in working with interpreters. Traditionally, clinical work and psychotherapy is conducted between two people and the idea of incorporating a third person into the therapeutic relationship can be unsettling. The workshop will provide ideas and a reflective space to think about the best way in which a collaborative relationship can be formed between the Interpreter and the Practitioner for the best possible outcome for clients. Specifically, the workshop explores the following topics:


• The relationship between the practitioner and interpreter and the implications this has for the therapeutic alliance

• The ways of working therapeutically as a triad rather than as a dyad

• The extent, limitations and professional boundaries of roles in such a triad

• Communicating effectively with interpreters about the nature of therapeutic change


Using case examples that highlight the topics above and drawing from contemporary research, Beverley also presents a series of guidelines and suggested code of practice for working in multilingual settings.



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Working with Adolescents: Separation from Parental Figures & the Ending of Therapeutic Relationships A one day training workshop with workshop with Professor Stephen Briggs London, 25 February 2017, Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm Working with the emotional and relational aspects of the separation process is central to therapeutic work with young people and their families. This workshop explores how an understanding of the separation process can helpfully inform therapeutic work; while highlighting how the ending of therapeutic relationships represents a significant experience of separation – and potentially of growth - for young people. At this practical and therapeutically oriented workshop which would be especially relevant for psychotherapists, psychologists, student counsellors and psychiatrists, Professor Briggs draws on his long-standing psychodynamic and clinical experience to explore the specific challenges we encounter as therapists when working with the separation process. The workshop explains how we can: negotiate the experiences of loss, and defences against the pain of loss comprehend adolescents’ difficulties in becoming more separate from parents, and the emotional and developmental problems that can ensue appreciate the complex and demanding situations where parents have difficulties in relating to adolescent emotionality work with the emotional aspects of ending therapeutic relationships with young people comprehend the impact of social media and the changing nature of transition to adulthood – and apply this in therapeutic interactions with young people Overall, the workshop highlights how we can identify the positive developmental aspects of parental separation and allow this to inform our therapeutic work with young people. The workshop also explains how we can effectively manage the process of ending therapeutic relationships – a necessary stage which, though emotionally exacting for both therapist and young person, can significantly help a young person’s development. further details & bookings

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