Psychotherapy CPD Events

Welcome to our events listings page, giving you a comprehensive schedule of psychotherapy, counselling and psychology CPD events, which is frequently updated directly by all the top providers. Events are sorted by month and cover a range of topics from depression and eating disorders to PTSD and self-harm. Have a browse, or the use the search function below to find your next CPD event.

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How to tell stories that heal – master the art of therapeutic storytelling

All successful psychotherapy and counselling involves storytelling and the use of pertinent metaphors, both of which tap into the natural way our brains work. We can’t know what goes on in another person’s mind but, if you perceive the ‘pattern’ of a story and understand that it could be useful to them at a specific point in their life, that is reason enough to tell it. Their unconscious, creative imagination will seek and find the ‘meaning’ relevant to their situation. No explanation, no direct statement of a story’s meaning can substitute for the way it acts on the hearer’s mind. Join us to discover more and learn how to source and tell such therapeutic tales yourself… - Accredited CPD Certificate - Counts towards Part 1 of the Human Givens Diploma - Includes course notes and lunch - Pay in 3 interest free payments with PayPal - Enjoy 10% OFF by booking 5 or more events. If you have any questions, or if you would like to book over the phone please call us on +44(0)1323 811690. We're looking forward to seeing you at this event.

Date: 2024-02-22

Organiser: Human Givens College

Location: Engineers’ House The Promenade Clifton Down Avon Bristol BS8 3NB

Unsilencing the Menopause in Psychotherapy

1:30 pm - 6:00 pm. Focus: Understanding the physical, emotional & spiritual turbulence of this critical life transition. With Margaret Altemus, Sarah Benamer, Letticia Banton, Yansie Rolston & Jane Catherine Severn. The menopause is a profound bio-psycho-social-spiritual transition and can be a time of great day-to-day uncertainty for women. This can include uncertainty regarding physical signs and symptoms in their reproductive bodies, and the emotional and mental impact of this. While every woman’s transition is unique, phenomenologically it could include: the end of the possibility of motherhood, ageing and mortality, and looking ahead to a different stage of life and shedding regrets, hopes and dreams that may not have come to fruition. Whilst this process can bring deep discomfort and intensity it can also open women up to a great initiation. A connection to a wider and deeper feminine consciousness, leading to a more fulfilled and satisfying second half of life. There is a growing body of clinical and attitudinal research on the menopause, and public discourse on the menopause has increased more recently, led by campaigns to enhance medical treatment and care. But the lived experience of women is often taken for granted, including in psychotherapeutic research, training, and practice. How can we ensure psychotherapy more effectively supports women, particularly women from minority backgrounds, during this transition in a way that can both complement and challenge the dominant medical discourse? How can psychotherapists help women to acknowledge their experience, and find agency within the uncertainty menopause can entail? In this conference, we will take a multidisciplinary view to better understand the place of the menopause transition in women’s lives. We will hear from medical, psychoanalytical, personal and psychospiritual perspectives. While the content will primarily be about women’s experience, we recognise not all women experience menopause and not all people who experience menopause identify as women. We intend this to be an inclusive event that recognises subjectivity. We welcome women, men, and gender non-conforming therapists to join us to learn more about how the menstrual cycle and menopause may impact clients of all genders in a variety of ways. We will close with a panel discussion taking a pragmatic lens, to ensure you leave with some ideas of how you can incorporate working with the menopause in your therapeutic practice. For full event, CPD credit and subscriber discount details, see https://trtogether.com

Date: 2024-02-24

Organiser: TR Together

Location: Online via Zoom

Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy - A Discussion Series for Those Interested in Advanced Training

With Stanley Ruszczynski, Katherine Astill, Dr Avi Shmueli, Alison Bruce & Andrew Balfour. This series of five weekly online seminars offers an opportunity for psychoanalytically oriented therapists working with individuals, children, adolescents or groups to learn more about couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy as developed and practised at Tavistock Relationships over 75 years as well as for couple therapists to develop their theoretical understanding. Seminars will be led by experienced couple psychoanalytic psychotherapists, and will offer a mix of theory and clinical vignettes. There will be the opportunity for discussion in the group, and to develop connections with colleagues working in the field. Places are limited, to allow space for participants to develop their own thinking, and to bring their clinical experiences and their own engagement with the theory. The programme will give consideration to key couple psychoanalytic concepts, as well as to clinical technique. It will cover periods in the life cycle that can bring couples into therapy, including parenthood, and challenges such as ageing and illness which can powerfully rekindle the earliest anxieties. The series will act as a taster for Tavistock Relationships’ Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy clinical qualification, which is being developed so that it can be offered from September 2024 as a hybrid course; online and in person. Each 20 minute talk will be recorded and you will have access to the recording for 365 days after the event, the discussion will not be recorded. For full event, CPD credit and discount details, see https://trtogether.com. Talks' dates are: 26 February 2024, 17.00 - 18.00 GMT; 4 March 2024, 17.00 - 18.00 GMT; 11 March 2024, 17.00 - 18.00 GMT; 18 March 2024, 17.00 - 18.00; 25 March 2024, 17.00 - 18.00.

Date: 2024-02-26

Organiser: TR Together

Location: Online via Zoom

Stopping Addictions: effective treatment and recovery

The numbers of people affected by addictions and substance abuse continue to rise – causing immense mental, physical and financial suffering to individuals, their families and colleagues – while the resources to help are dwindling. But thankfully it is possible to help most addicts transform their lives – often in only a few sessions – as you will discover on this practical day which draws together, from various schools of solution-focused therapy, the most effective and proven techniques for treating addictions (including motivational interviewing and self compassion techniques) with essential neuroscientific insights into the addictive process to create powerful interventions. You will leave the day with renewed confidence knowing how it is possible to help most people with addictions, enabling them to transform their lives, often in a small number of sessions. The skills covered are essential to have (along with guided imagery) if you wish to improve your effectiveness when helping people quit any addiction, including: alcohol addiction, smoking, gambling addiction, shopping, social media addiction, sex, substance abuse, self-harm and eating disorders. - Accredited CPD Certificate - Counts towards Part 1 of the Human Givens Diploma - Includes course notes and lunch - Pay in 3 interest free payments with PayPal - Enjoy 10% OFF by booking 5 or more events. If you have any questions, or if you would like to book over the phone please call us on +44(0)1323 811690. We're looking forward to seeing you at this event.

Date: 2024-02-27

Organiser: Human Givens College

Location: Broadway House Tothill Street London SW1H 9NQ

Understanding Eating Difficulties: 4 hour live online webinar

Dispelling several myths, this informative live online event explains why anyone can experience problems around food, the impact of eating difficulties, symptoms to look out for, the importance of early intervention, how best to help and support – and more… ◾ Accredited CPD Certificate ◾ Recording included ◾ Pay in 3 interest-free payments with PayPal ◾ Live tutor Q&A ◾ The Zoom link will be sent to you (technical support is also available) ◾ ENJOY 10% OFF with discount code TOWN10

Date: 2024-02-27

Organiser: Human Givens College

Location: live online via Zoom

Overcoming Self-harm: How to reduce and prevent self-harming behaviours

You will gain a wealth of new information, proven techniques and useful tips which combined will ensure you give sufferers the best chance of recovering their mental health and moving on in their lives – you will also hear from people who have been able to completely stop self-harming (or dramatically reduced it) and are now living fulfilled lives as a result of this approach. If you would like to make sense of all the fragments of information you have about self-harming and pull them all together into a cohesive and effective treatment strategy, this workshop is for you. - Accredited CPD Certificate - Counts towards Part 1 of the Human Givens Diploma - Includes course notes and lunch - Pay in 3 interest free payments with PayPal - Enjoy 10% OFF by booking 5 or more events. If you have any questions, or if you would like to book over the phone please call us on +44(0)1323 811690. We're looking forward to seeing you at this event.

Date: 2024-02-28

Organiser: Human Givens College

Location: Broadway House Tothill Street London SW1H 9NQ

Annual Research Lecture

'In this talk we will review evidence concerning the efficacy and effectiveness of the spectrum of psychoanalytic therapies, with a focus on longer-term psychoanalytic treatments, including psychoanalysis. I will also summarize the evidence that has emerged over the past decades for long-term effects, cost-effectiveness and potential mechanisms of change of psychoanalytic therapies. This is followed by a discussion of research on similarities and differences between psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapies, and differences between outcomes of therapists/analysts in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapies, based on a number of well-known and exemplary quantitative and qualitative studies. Finally, I will discuss the relevance of this body of research for psychoanalytic practice and training'

Date: 2024-03-01

Organiser: The Institute of Psychoanalysis

Location: Byron House, 112a Shirland Road and online via zoom, w9 2bt

10 Windsor Walk's Film Festival

This event is an introduction to the idea of journey which will be the theme of IOPA's upcoming 12th European Psychoanalytic Film Festival to be held in November 2024. At this event, we will screen three films followed by a discussion chaired by a psychoanalyst, focusing on the idea of internal and external journeys: the journey of making a film, the psychoanalytic journey and the internal, psychic journey. The highlight of the festival will be a showing of Blind Trust (dir. Molly Castelloe, 2022), an award winning film about Dr Vamik Volkan's work as a psychoanalyst, bringing representatives of enemy groups together for dialogue in traumatised regions of the world. More topical than ever, filmmaker Molly Castelloe and Dr Vamik Volkan will join for the screening and discussion. Wild Strawberries (dir. Ingmar Bergman, 1957) and After Love (dir. Aleem Khan, 2020) also feature in the programme.

Date: 2024-03-01

Organiser: The Institute of Psychoanalysis

Location: 10 Windsor Walk, SE5 8BB

The Analyst’s Torment: Unbearable Mental States in Countertransference

Part of TR Together's Karnac Author Series. With Dhwani Shah. In contrast to exploring the patient's mind from a safe distance, this conference will focus on the clinician’s feelings, subjective experiences, and histories, and their impact on the intersubjective space of the therapeutic encounter. Understanding our own motivations and difficulties with painful mental states generated in therapy is at the heart of an ethical clinical practice. This authentic self-exploration is vital for every unique encounter within the shared space of both the analyst and patient. In this program, Dhwani Shah will explore how the analyst’s uncomfortable and disowned emotional states of mind are inevitably entangled with the therapeutic process and have the potential to derail or facilitate therapeutic work. Specific emotional and mental states will be explored in detail, including dread, arrogance, dissociation, and shame. These experiences illustrate common ways in which therapists stop listening and struggle in the face of uncertainty and intensity. Through theoretical and clinical material, Dhwani will attempt to demonstrate how the analyst’s capacity to experience and work with these states is vital to understanding and metabolizing patients' emotional experiences and maintaining an ethical and therapeutic stance. Please join us for a talk followed by a discussion. For full event, CPD credit and subscriber discount details, see https://trtogether.com

Date: 2024-03-04

Organiser: TR Together

Location: Online via Zoom

Clinical Impasse Series – Session Four Impasse as Enactment: Shaping the Destiny of the Racial Moment 

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm. With Narendra Keval & Zack Eleftheriadou (Chair). In this five-part series we will explore why, with some clients, the therapy ‘gets stuck’. You can engage in the entire series, there are recordings if you are unable to attend any of the dates. Alternatively you can attend the ones that work for you. A therapeutic impasse can lead to self-doubt among therapists, as well as concerns that the client may terminate the therapy prematurely. We aim to demonstrate that these challenging moments can offer great insights for both client and therapist, if they can be worked through. More recently impasses, collisions, and collusions have been acknowledged as inherent and valuable aspects of clinical practice. This means that the experience of getting stuck or encountering a therapeutic impasse can actually help the therapist to understand more about the client's inner world and potentially shed light on how the histories of both the client and therapist are interacting unconsciously. Identifying, naming, and making sense of these clinical impasses can serve as a way forwards. Our speakers will cover themes including the recognising unconscious dynamics between therapist and patient which maintain a stasis in the therapy, the impact of intergenerational transmissions on progress, the phenomenon of "othering" within the context of relational psychoanalysis and racialized enactments, and the delicate art of being affected by the therapeutic process without becoming overwhelmed by it. The primary objective for this series is to support therapists' capacity to navigate and work through these challenging phases. By participating in this series, therapists can gain the confidence and skills necessary to effectively address moments when they and their clients find themselves in the challenging position of feeling "stuck." For full event, CPD credit and subscriber discount details, see https://trtogether.com

Date: 2024-03-08

Organiser: TR Together

Location: Online via Zoom

An Evening with Galit Atlas and Susie Orbach at the Freud Museum, London

Focus of talk: Emotional Inheritance - Unpacking the legacy of trauma. With Galit Atlas & Susie Orbach. Includes a drinks reception and recording of the conversation with access for a year. In this intimate, in-person conversation, the two acclaimed psychoanalysts Galit Atlas and Susie Orbach will discuss ideas from Galit's bestselling book Emotional Inheritance. A therapist, her patients and the legacy of trauma they will talk about family secrets, love, sexuality, the shameful and the forbidden, and the many ways in which we can locate the ghosts of the past that hold us back and interfere with our lives. In the last decade, contemporary psychoanalysis and empirical research have expanded the literature on epigenetics and inherited trauma, investigating the ways in which trauma is transmitted from one generation to the next and held in our minds and bodies as our own. In studying the intergenerational transmission of trauma, clinicians investigate how our ancestors’ trauma is passed down as an emotional inheritance, leaving a trace in our minds and in those of future generations. Galit and Susie will think together about what this means for the practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. There will be an opportunity for questions and comments from participants as well as time to explore the museum, and join a drinks reception on the ground floor. For full event, CPD credit and discount details, see https://trtogether.com

Date: 2024-03-10

Organiser: TR Together

Location: Freud Museum, London, 20 Maresfield Gardens, NW3 5SX

How to reduce suicide risk – the practical steps you need to know

This life-saving online training shows you how to assess risk and work compassionately and successfully with anyone thinking about or planning suicide, or who has survived a previous attempt… Accredited CPD Certificate Recording included Pay in 3 interest-free payments with PayPal Live tutor Q&A The Zoom link will be sent to you (technical support is also available) ENJOY 10% OFF with discount code TOWN10

Date: 2024-03-12

Organiser: Human Givens College

Location: live online via Zoom

Guided imagery and visualisation for therapeutic change

Guided imagery is one of the most powerful psychotherapeutic tools available to us – and one you need in your ‘toolkit’. Essential skills for successfully treating a wide range of conditions – such as trauma, addictions, anxiety and depression – as well as making long-lasting behaviour changes and much more… - Accredited CPD Certificate - Counts towards Part 1 of the Human Givens Diploma - Includes course notes and lunch - Pay in 3 interest free payments with PayPal - Enjoy 10% OFF by booking 5 or more events. If you have any questions, or if you would like to book over the phone please call us on +44(0)1323 811690. We're looking forward to seeing you at this event.

Date: 2024-03-18

Organiser: Human Givens College

Location: live online via Zoom

The Rewind Technique: Effective treatment for trauma (PTSD) and phobias

Essential skill for all mental health professionals. The refined version of the Rewind Technique you will learn on this 2-day workshop is an extremely safe and reliably effective psychological intervention for treating trauma and phobias. - Accredited CPD Certificate - Counts towards Part 1 of the Human Givens Diploma - Includes course notes and lunch - Pay in 3 interest free payments with PayPal - Enjoy 10% OFF by booking 5 or more events. If you have any questions, or if you would like to book over the phone please call us on +44(0)1323 811690. We're looking forward to seeing you at this event.

Date: 2024-03-19

Organiser: Human Givens College

Location: live online via Zoom

How to help troubled and troublesome teenagers

The programme is varied and intensive, yet lively with a strong focus on gaining skills. It clarifies what healthy teenage development looks like, why things can go wrong and the best ways to help young people overcome obstacles and begin to create lives for themselves that work well. Accredited CPD Certificate Recording included Pay in 3 interest-free payments with PayPal Live tutor Q&A The Zoom link will be sent to you (technical support is also available) ENJOY 10% OFF with discount code TOWN10

Date: 2024-03-19

Organiser: Human Givens College

Location: live online via Zoom

Guided Imagery II – essential techniques

The guided imagery and visualisation techniques you will learn on this workshop are essential for helping people successfully overcome depression, addictions, anxiety and more…. - Accredited CPD Certificate - Counts towards Part 1 of the Human Givens Diploma - Includes course notes and lunch - Pay in 3 interest free payments with PayPal - Enjoy 10% OFF by booking 5 or more events. If you have any questions, or if you would like to book over the phone please call us on +44(0)1323 811690. We're looking forward to seeing you at this event.

Date: 2024-03-21

Organiser: Human Givens College

Location: Broadway House Tothill Street London SW1H 9NQ

Couples Therapy with Orna Guralnik

4:00 pm - 6:30 pm. Focus: Holding the frame - with Orna and Colleagues. With Orna Guralnik, Nuar Alsadir, Ken Corbett, Kali Cyrus & Eyal Rozmarin. In the acclaimed television series "Couples Therapy," clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, Orna Guralnik, takes viewers on an intimate journey into the complexities of couples' relationships and how to support change through psychotherapy. In this online webinar, Orna will be joined by her peer supervision group to reflect on casework. Orna will present two cases from the show including Sean & Erica and Christine & Nadine, whose backgrounds are outlined below. Both cases offer an opportunity to think about relationship dynamics underpinned by cultural differences, including religion, ethnicity, race and gender, and how these factors intersect. The importance of taking an intersectional and transcultural approach to think about the couples’ presenting problems will be central to the discussion. The impact of the therapist’s and peer supervision group’s own cultural perspectives will be considered. From a technical perspective, we will think about countertransference responses related to intercultural and relational dynamics, and the essential need for depth exploration in supervision to understand what might support development for the couple. Orna will present each couple, the peer supervision group will respond. We will then open up for live discussion with participants. For full event, CPD credit and subscriber discount details, see https://trtogether.com

Date: 2024-03-22

Organiser: TR Together

Location: Online via Zoom

Complex Trauma: how to work effectively with challenging cases

This practical workshop covers the unique challenges of working with complex trauma cases and gives you clear guidance on the most effective ways to help. - Accredited CPD Certificate - Counts towards Part 1 of the Human Givens Diploma - Includes course notes and lunch - Pay in 3 interest free payments with PayPal - Enjoy 10% OFF by booking 5 or more events. If you have any questions, or if you would like to book over the phone please call us on +44(0)1323 811690. We're looking forward to seeing you at this event.

Date: 2024-03-22

Organiser: Human Givens College

Location: Broadway House Tothill Street London SW1H 9NQ

Trauma Awareness Training: Patterns of the past

Recovery is possible – understanding is key Understanding what causes PTSD symptoms, how our brains and bodies react to distressing events and what makes us vulnerable to becoming traumatised, are all key to successful recovery. This knowledge creates a firm foundation on which to build successful coping strategies and clarifies what needs to happen to enable successful self-help and recovery. During the day you will also gain a clear understanding of how to spot the ‘early warning signs’ of trauma, before they go on to affect further areas of someone’s life, which red-flag signs indicate that it is time to seek professional help, and how trauma specialists are able to help people recover, from even the most difficult times, effectively – and lots more. Accredited CPD Certificate Recording included Pay in 3 interest-free payments with PayPal Live tutor Q&A The Zoom link will be sent to you (technical support is also available) ENJOY 10% OFF with discount code TOWN10

Date: 2024-04-16

Organiser: Human Givens College

Location: live online via Zoom

How to Control Chronic Anxiety – the practical skills you need

High levels of anxiety can be very debilitating – this workshop gives you important insights and a wide range of proven techniques to help reduce long-term anxiety, panic attacks, GAD and much more… - Accredited CPD Certificate - Counts towards Part 1 of the Human Givens Diploma - Includes course notes and lunch - Pay in 3 interest free payments with PayPal - Enjoy 10% OFF by booking 5 or more events. If you have any questions, or if you would like to book over the phone please call us on +44(0)1323 811690. We're looking forward to seeing you at this event.

Date: 2024-04-17

Organiser: Human Givens College

Location: Broadway House Tothill Street London SW1H 9NQ

How to lift depression – the practical skills you need

Discover how to combine key new insights into the causes and symptoms of depression with a range of powerful psychological techniques to make treatment easier and more consistently effective… - Accredited CPD Certificate - Counts towards Part 1 of the Human Givens Diploma - Includes course notes and lunch - Pay in 3 interest free payments with PayPal - Enjoy 10% OFF by booking 5 or more events. If you have any questions, or if you would like to book over the phone please call us on +44(0)1323 811690. We're looking forward to seeing you at this event.

Date: 2024-04-17

Organiser: Human Givens College

Location: Broadway House Tothill Street London SW1H 9NQ

The Confusional Link: Exploring Early Relational Trauma, Fusion and Infinity in Psychotherapy

With Judy Eekhof Working with patients who have been traumatized as infants and young children can be confusing for the therapist who is accustomed to working in the symbolic order. In order to cope with traumatic, psychic overwhelm, these patients have retreated from object relations and continue to relate to others concretely as things or functions. Their relations are body relations, consisting of unconscious symbiotic union with others. Since often trauma survivors become adept in the world, often well educated and finding professional jobs, their concreteness and difficulty processing emotion may go unnoticed. There can be a display of pseudo-maturity and pseudo-object relations. For therapists and analysts working the somatic relational process in therapeutic work with this traumatized client group can be confusing and disorienting. Analysts and therapists frequently report confusion by not being able to find meaning in a patient’s words or emotion and in their narratives. This confusion is uncomfortable and frightening, sometimes eliciting in the analyst a need for an immediate answer, an immediate understanding. When that does not appear in the analyst’s confused mind, unmediated affect such as rage or extreme maternal care, intense love or violent hate, can arise inside the analyst. These experiences contribute to the confusion and disturbance, while the violent affects and emotions seemingly create an illusion of certainty. This seminar will offer an opportunity to think about how the therapist or analyst can learn to value this confusion as information. This challenging process can give rise to the containment of previously unrepresented experience which can result in the development of a three-dimensional analytic space and be internalized by the patient for a successful outcome. Through the seminar there will be lectures and time for Q&A with our speaker and colleagues. For full event, pricing and CPD credit details see https://trtogether.com

Date: 2024-04-19

Organiser: TR Together

Location: Online via Zoom

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Effective Pain Management (Accredited live online CPD training)

Help with chronic pain – learn the powerful psychological and behavioural techniques that alleviate persistent pain and accelerate healing with pain specialist Dr Grahame Brown. This online workshop – with leading pain and musculoskeletal medicine consultant Dr Grahame Brown – gives you important new information about how we experience pain – derived from the latest neuroscience – and a powerful range of psychological techniques for managing pain naturally, preventing it from escalating and speeding up healing. You will discover how people can be helped out of the vicious cycle of chronic pain and how, by working holistically through the bio-psycho-social model, suffering can be dramatically reduced. Accredited CPD Certificate Recording included Pay in 3 interest-free payments with PayPal Live tutor Q&A The Zoom link will be sent to you (technical support is also available) ENJOY 10% OFF with discount code TOWN10

Date: 2024-04-24

Organiser: Human Givens College

Location: live online via Zoom

British Psychoanalytical Society, Edinburgh Conference The Dynamics of Influence

A day conference organised by the British Psychoanalytical Society, to explore the influence the patient and the analyst have on each other, the understanding of which has implications for both the clinical situation and beyond. Three senior psychoanalysts will give papers followed by discussion with the chair and the audience.

Date: 2024-04-27

Organiser: The Institute of Psychoanalysis

Location: 11 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ

The Therapeutic Power of Language – a psychotherapy skills masterclass

The language we use has a huge impact on others – on this practical, inspiring course you will learn how to combine solution-focused techniques and effective language skills to help relieve distress and improve outcomes, as quickly as possible… - Accredited CPD Certificate - Counts towards Part 1 of the Human Givens Diploma - Includes course notes and lunch - Pay in 3 interest free payments with PayPal - Enjoy 10% OFF by booking 5 or more events. If you have any questions, or if you would like to book over the phone please call us on +44(0)1323 811690. We're looking forward to seeing you at this event.

Date: 2024-04-30

Organiser: Human Givens College

Location: Broadway House Tothill Street London SW1H 9NQ

Sex in the Brain: A Neuropsychosexual Approach to Love and Intimacy

Karnac Author series. With Janice Hiller. This 2 hour workshop will offer an overview of what happens in neural pathways during the development of romantic and sexual relationships. Janice Hiller will describe the brain processes underpinning couple relationships and sexual behaviour, drawing on recent neuroscientific research. Feelings of attachment, desire, and exhilaration at the start of a relationship are common, but pleasure during physical contact, and levels of emotional connectedness, frequently change over time, causing considerable distress. Positive and negative experiences between partners can now be described in terms of hormonal release and brain activation. In this talk Janice will demonstrate how neuroscience can be integrated with psychotherapy, to provide a “neuropsychosexual” perspective, which, in her view, can enhance our current therapy techniques. Advanced imaging procedures and hormone testing methods offer fascinating insights into what happens in the brain during intimate couple interactions. Why is sex often much more enjoyable at the start, and why do endings hurt so much? What brain factors underpin sex outside the committed relationship, and what brain changes occur in parents after childbirth? Is sex an essential part of long-term relationships or can partners stay together contentedly without physical intimacy? Neurobiological research offers some answers to these questions. A neuropsychosexual approach can add valuable insights, and influence clinical work both subtly and directly, when clients are struggling with intimacy. For full event, pricing and CPD credit details see https://trtogether.com

Date: 2024-05-10

Organiser: TR Together

Location: Online via Zoom

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The 10 Windsor Walk International Therapeutic Playgroup Conference

This conference will focus on psychoanalytically informed playgroups for babies, toddlers and their parents. Held in collaboration with the Institute of Psychoanalysis and the Austrian Cultural Forum.

Date: 2024-05-18

Organiser: The Institute of Psychoanalysis

Location: 10 Windsor Walk, SE5 8BB

Working with Dissociative Clients

Clinical Insights from Valerie Sinason. Working with dissociation is complex, and an area that requires a trauma-informed approach. In this comprehensive live webinar, Valeria Sinason will help us to grapple with difficult but fundamental questions including ‘what is trauma in the first place?’, ‘how do we respond to it?’ and ‘why do we dissociate?’ to increase confidence in working with dissociative, traumatised states therapeutically. In many cases, dissociation can be a natural response to help us navigate the stresses of daily life, when it does not feel safe to be fully present. For example, we might ‘zone out’ when we are bombarded with devastating news stories on social media. Or we might ‘compartmentalise’ when we are faced with the disappointment of a rejection. But dissociation is also a response to trauma, neglect and abuse, which may often start in childhood and results in neurological changes in the brain. In many cases, it can take on more severe forms, such as depersonalisation and derealisation. In cases of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), people can experience fragmented ego states. Research demonstrates a person’s attachment patterns can impact the severity of the dissociative states they experience. Overall, we can think of dissociative states as a set of related mental phenomena. Understanding the mechanisms of those affected by major states of dissociation, such as DID, can inform us about less severe states of dissociation, and vice versa. While dissociation is an adaptation to protect us in traumatic circumstances, it becomes problematic when it continues to be used after the experience of ‘trauma’ has ended, and a person becomes stuck in a dissociative state. So how do we build therapeutic relationships that can empower clients to revisit their unbearable experiences in a way that is tolerable, and help them to exist more in the ‘present’, without risk of re-experiencing trauma or re-entering severe dissociative states? Valerie will share her wealth of experience and expertise in traumatology, including case examples, to provide strategies and ideas for working with dissociation effectively and compassionately in practice. There will be time for questions and discussion after each session. For full event, pricing and CPD credit details see https://trtogether.com

Date: 2024-06-14

Organiser: TR Together

Location: Online via Zoom

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ADHD & ADD in Adult Psychotherapy

ADHD & ADD in Adult Psychotherapy: Hidden neurodivergence that can mislead the clinician and short-change the patient. With Phil Mollon. Most psychotherapists will at some point have clients who have ADHD or related forms of neurodivergence but many will be unaware of the nature of these conditions that are part of the neurobiological template. Although the name directs a focus on a disorder of attention, this is not the main problem. ADHD is condition of deficit in the brain’s regulation of itself resulting in impulsivity, difficulties in affect regulation, outbursts of rage, states of anxiety and panic, and moods of depression. ADHD can be a core condition giving rise to the spectrum that attracts a diagnosis of ‘borderline personality disorder’. There are overlaps and comorbidity with autistic spectrum, addictive personalities, and bipolar. The person with ADHD has an enhanced need for empathic responsiveness from others to assist in regulating their own brain and emotions. The genetically inherited ADHD characteristics of the person’s developing brain interact with the environment, often in ways that result in profound pain for both families and the individual. If that person subsequently sees a psychotherapist who does not understand the nature of the problem, the feelings of shame and despair are intensified. Any attempt to understand the ADHD characteristics purely in terms of psychodynamics will be futile and misleading. Instead, the focus can more usefully be upon helping the person understand their basic temperament, their sensitivities and needs, and how their personality has been shaped by the interplay of neurobiology and the family, school, and peer environment. Shame is often a key feature of the ADHD experience. For full event, pricing and CPD credit details see https://trtogether.com

Date: 2024-06-21

Organiser: TR Together

Location: Online via Zoom

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Contented Couples: Magic, Logic or Luck?

Karnac Author series. With Anne Power. This two-hour event will look at the ingredients that contribute to a contented couple. It will comprise a forty-five-minute talk, followed by a discussion and then a workshop using breakout rooms. We will think about the factors operating in partners at the selection stage as well as the behaviours which sustain or undermine the couple during the following years and decades. Anne will be speaking from an attachment theory perspective. We will look at unconscious processes in partner choice as well as thinking about selection in different traditions – arranged marriage and forms of quasi-arrangement through agencies and other channels. The talk will draw on interviews with long term self-proclaimed contented couples drawn from Anne’s book research. These couples include gay and straight pairs as well as those from different faith groups. After outlining the ingredients, we see in successful couples, Anne will look at what makes it hard for some people to form and sustain couple relationships and consider what therapists working with individuals can do to help. How does early attachment impact our readiness for relationship? How come some very insecure people can manage relationships? What can therapy do to prepare people for becoming part of a couple? For full event, pricing and CPD credit details see https://trtogether.com

Date: 2024-07-05

Organiser: TR Together

Location: Online via Zoom

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The Couple through the Life Cycle

The Couple through the Life Cycle: Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy International Summer School 2024. Tuesday, July 16, 2024 - Friday, July 19, 2024, 10am to 5pm each day. The Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy Summer School is for couple-trained therapists already working in the field, and provides a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in cutting-edge thinking with a world-leading couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy institute. In order to join this course, you will need to apply by filling out the application form below. This course will explore the challenges to the couple relationship at key points in the life cycle; the developmental obstacles to the capacity to form and sustain intimate relationships, the difficulties of parenthood, and the move from two to three or more, the capacity to survive challenging life events, including illness, and, later in the life cycle, the difficulties inherent in retirement and old age. You will learn and grow as a couple therapist through theoretical seminars and twice-daily intensive clinical discussion groups, and will study alongside like-minded people from the UK and around the world. Included in the course fee is the cost of a theatre ticket to a London show, which will be attended as a group on the Wednesday evening, and discussed in a seminar the following day. Seminars and clinical discussion groups will be led by experienced members of Tavistock Relationships. The programme is currently in development and will be available in March. For full event, application, pricing and CPD credit details see https://trtogether.com

Date: 2024-07-16

Organiser: TR Together

Location: Online via Zoom

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