Psychotherapy CPD Events

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Psychoanalytic Treatment of Psychosis

With Danielle Knafo & Michael Selzer (Discussant). Psychoanalytic treatment of psychosis is rarely taught in trainings, and unfortunately a lack of preparedness results in avoidance of such work. Our speakers Dr. Knafo and Dr. Selzer will bring both theoretical understandings, clinical technique and case material in order that psychotherapists may feel more confident to engage with this challenging work. Our speakers conceptualise psychotic symptoms, such as delusions and hallucinations, as a person’s attempt to cope under highly stressful, traumatic or isolating circumstances. They emphasise the importance of therapists reading and responding to unconscious messages embedded within the symptoms. In this work there is an emphasis on the importance of collaborating with and utilising non-psychotic self-parts to aid recovery and the importance of containing strong transference and counter transference experiences. In the first session of the seminar Dr Knafo will introduce a psychoanalytic approach to working with psychosis. The theoretical talk will be followed by a case presentation. Dr Knafo will present the case to which Dr. Selzer will respond. The two speakers will engage in a dialogue regarding the benefits and disadvantages of allowing regression in an outpatient treatment, and more. There will be time for discussion with attendees in both parts of the seminar. The aim of the seminar is to cultivate a deeper understanding of the roots of psychotic illness and the possibilities in working psychoanalytically with this patient group. For full event, pricing and CPD credit details see https://trtogether.com

Date: 2024-07-20

Organiser: TR Together

Location: Online via Zoom

The Kleinan Tradition for psychotherapists, counsellors and professionals in related roles

This clinically oriented study group will meet monthly on Friday evenings from Sept to July. It offers a space for collaborative thinking how psychoanalytic theory and practice can inform therapeutic work. In past years those taking part have trained in art therapy and integrative courses as well as psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In addition to private practice, it has attracted practitioners in a variety of person-facing roles, such as the NHS and the voluntary sector. Both recently qualified and experienced clinicians have found the group thought-provoking and supportive of their professional development. CPD certificates are provided. There will be a maximum of fifteen participants; the fee for the eleven online seminars is £250. Discussion will start out from chapters in my 2023 book "The Kleinian Tradition for Psychotherapists and Counsellors", available from Routledge for £24.99 (a copy is included in the course fee.) Feedback from previous courses: 'I find the seminars well paced and organised and the group work very containing and informative. ' 'This once monthly format is really good value, as I have learnt so much more compared to the equivalent amount of hours in an average 2 days CPD course.' 'The content of the discussion has been excellent - everyone seems to contribute.' 'I have found the reading group really valuable. I noticed this week how I'm consistently using concepts in my thinking about clients that I wouldn't have been able to name let alone use before the course began.' To express interest or for further details please email me at david.smart@spacetothink.org.uk.

Date: 2024-09-27

Organiser: Space to Think practice

Location: Online, online event

Dr Jessica Benjamin on Intersubjectivity, Thirdness, and Mutual Recognition

(Event time: 5.30pm-7.30pm with recording available for 365 days). Jessica Benjamin’s work on intersubjectivity has been pivotal to the field of relational psychoanalysis, as well as social thought. During this workshop, Dr Benjamin will share ideas from her seminal 2018 book Beyond Doer and Done to: Recognition Theory, Intersubjectivity and the Third. A ‘doer/done to’ dynamic is where each person in a dyad, e.g. therapist and client, feels pulled or pushed by the other, rather than their own agent. This generates a one-way, reactive or complementary process instead of creating an intersubjective ‘Third’ space. ‘Thirdness’ is experienced when both people in a dyad hold a mutual recognition of the other person’s subjectivity and recognise an ongoing, shared, process of reciprocal influence between them. Across the two sessions, Dr Benjamin will briefly outline her theory of mutual recognition, which tracks the development of the Third in the infant through the caregiver relationship, and the movement between recognition and breakdown in the self-other relationship. She will demonstrate how it parallels the therapeutic relationship. In the second session, the emphasis will be on the importance of the analyst’s surrender to a breakdown in mutuality during enactments and impasses. This includes the role of using their subjectivity in the process of repairing the co-created relationship, to recover the Third as a transformational space for healing. There will be time for questions and discussion after each session. For full event, pricing and CPD credit details see https://trtogether.com This event is offered by TR Together, Tavistock Relationships' learning and development community. For more information about Tavistock Relationships see tavistockrelationships.org

Date: 2024-09-27

Organiser: TR Together

Location: Online via Zoom, -

An Intercultural Perspective on Psychoanalysis - Where do we stand now?

A Two Day Live Webinar. Friday, November 1, 2024 - Saturday, November 2, 2024. With Prof Salman Akhtar. How can a ‘westernised’ psychoanalytic framework be used to think about the psychology of people from across the globe today? Where does psychoanalysis tap into something that might be considered ‘universal’ about the human experience, and where might it misconstrue the subjectivity of people from different cultures and societies? What does a psychoanalytic approach mean when we think about ‘power’ and ‘culture’ in the therapy room, and how do we navigate this complexity as therapists? In this thought-provoking live webinar with Professor Salman Akhtar, we will use these questions to explore the intercultural application of psychoanalysis. We will consider both its impact and limitations across three sessions, focusing on the profession, theory and practice. Salman will draw on his wide-ranging clinical, academic, and personal insight to illuminate key ideas and help you understand the implications for practice. Salman will speak from his experience as both a professional and an Indian-American person. These two sessions over two days offer time for integration and discussion and we look forward to a lively exchange of ideas to support clinical work with an intercultural lens. For full event, pricing and CPD credit details see https://trtogether.com

Date: 2024-11-01

Organiser: TR Together

Location: Online via Zoom

Certificate in Body Psychotherapy: Developing embodied relational resonance

Certificate in Body Psychotherapy: Developing embodied relational resonance with Anne Marie Keary and Kimcha Rajkumar Our bodies are shaped by our experience, and it is how we come to know ourselves, and the world. The practise of Body Psychotherapy offers a route to support us in opening by addressing our embodiment directly. The therapeutic relationship is an embodied relational communication and the more we learn to make more use of our felt experience, the deeper our therapeutic contact can be. This post-qualification certificate course offers you the chance to gain knowledge of the body’s place in psychotherapy and to deepen your embodiment experience in a supportive and nourishing environment. This year long course will offer an opportunity to integrate some of what Body Psychotherapy has to offer with practices that can inform and extend our work with clients. It will cover: 1. Working with breathing and grounding The breath is both voluntary and involuntary. Building an awareness of our own and others’ breathing patterns provides us with another way of supporting and working with emotions. Developing reliable grounding capacities for ourselves that are rooted in an understanding of the Social Engagement System deepens therapeutic contact. 2. Focusing on embodied resonance and the transference matrix Through learning to trust what our bodies are telling us by paying attention to its subtle messages, we will develop an understanding of sensation and feelings. From this awareness, a language of embodiment starts to emerge. 3. Looking at energetic patterns in the body and how to work with them Here we will use traditional Body in Psychotherapy theories on character and segments to develop our energetic understanding. We will include getting to understanding our relationship to charge and aliveness. 4. Embodied power relations and vulnerabilities as we work Here we will be focusing on embodied difference and building our capacity to be with the challenging dynamics that emerge when looking at embodiment and how we other. 5. The nature of touch in Body Psychotherapy Here we will explore our relationship to touch, how to work with embodiment and the contact boundary. 6. Clinical issues and supervision from an embodied perspective Including working clinically with our inner critic and supporting the “self-care system” of both client and therapist. “The importance of working with our own embodiment is that it gives an integrity to the discipline of psychotherapy, taking seriously the fact that it’s an embodied, relating matrix; I am impacted by how I experience you, you are impacted by how you experience me.” – Anne Marie Keary Who should apply: This certificate course is suitable for counsellors who want to gain understanding of how to incorporate working with the body in their therapy practise. It is also suitable to Minster graduates who want to consolidate and expand their learning after completing the 2nd year Body and Psychotherapy module. It is open to practicing psychotherapists, counsellors and finalist students from the Minster Centre, and other institutions. There will be an application form and an introductory meeting with the course facilitators before the course starts. Assessment: There will be an ongoing learning reflection, submitted a week after each teaching day. There will be an embodied reflective piece submitted towards the end of the course. There will be readings and resources available online via Moodle for each day. Course dates: 10am-5pm, 10 days x 6 hours training Friday 8 November 2024; Friday 6 December 2024; Friday 10 January 2025; Friday 7 and Saturday 8 February 2025; Friday 7 March 2025; Friday 4 April 2025; Friday 9 May 2025; Friday 27 and Saturday 28 June 2025. (Total 60 hours) Fees: £1850 (Minster Centre members £1750) How to apply: Applications are online now, on our course page. If you have any queries, contact admissions@minstercentre.ac.uk. Course Facilitators: Anne Marie Keary: A Relational Body Psychotherapist (Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy), she has worked at The Minster Centre since 2010. Anne Marie is currently a tutor on the Body and Intersectionality in Psychotherapy module and Joint course lead of the second year of training. She is also a certified Diamond Approach teacher. Anne Marie has a special interest in working with issues around disability and childhood sexual abuse and facilitates workshops in these areas. She comes from a teaching background and also works in private practice in Old Street. Kimcha Rajkumar: An Embodied Relational Psychotherapist (MA from The Minster Centre & Advanced Diploma in Embodied Relational Therapy), she is a tutor on the Body and Intersectionality in Psychotherapy module at The Minster Centre. Kimcha has a special interest in working with issues around identity and belonging, creativity, disability and illness. Previously a sculptor and jeweller she works in private practice with individuals and relationships in St Albans and London.

Date: 2024-11-08

Organiser: The Minster Centre

Location: The Minster Centre, 20 Lonsdale Road, NW6 6RD

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The Twelfth European Psychoanalytic Film Festival (epff12)

In our contemporary culture ‘journey’ seems to make regular appearances as a shallow cliché but it does evince concepts deeply rooted in human consciousness and human prehistory, ancestral themes now surfacing as currency in popular culture. The 12th European Psychoanalytic Film festival honours the tradition of bringing together film makers and psychoanalysts to discuss the resonance between our different but overlapping journeys. When November 15th, 2024 2:30 PM through November 17th, 2024 4:00 PM

Date: 2024-11-15

Organiser: The Institute of Psychoanalysis

Location: In person at The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London , W1G 0AE

The Psychology of Erotic Fantasies and Behaviours: Curing Sexy Couples

(Event time 2pm-5:30pm with recording available for 365 days.) With Professor Brett Kahr. In this seminar, Professor Brett Kahr, one of the world’s leading researchers on the structure and function of sexual fantasies, will offer participants insights as to how we might address the private erotic lives of individual and couple clients in a more honest, more straightforward, and more clinically impactful manner. The confidence to practise in this way will support therapists and counsellors, helping us to discover the often hidden, traumatic, unconscious foundations of sexual symptomatology, which often cause quite complex challenges for clients. Participants will be able to think about how clients might integrate and work through sexual difficulties, regardless of how theses traumata erupt among couples. Kahr will share his clinical insights as Principal Investigator of the British Sexual Fantasy Research Project (2002-2008), in which he studied the private masturbatory and coital fantasies of over 25,000 adult participants, aged eighteen to ninety-plus years of age, in both the United Kingdom and in the United States of America, undertaken in collaboration with the international polling agency YouGov. He will then explore key concepts, including the “intra-marital affair”, the “erotic tumour”, and the “conjugal aneurysm”. He will draw upon his multi-decade experience of treating couples to investigate the deep and often traumatic origins of sexual challenges within the relational context, examining the ways in which sadism enters the adult bedroom. In speaking about these complex and often ignored topics, Professor Kahr will help us all to develop a greater capacity for “sexpertise” within our consulting rooms. For full event, pricing and CPD credit details see https://trtogether.com This event is offered by TR Together, Tavistock Relationships' learning and development community. For more information about Tavistock Relationships see https://tavistockrelationships.org

Date: 2024-11-15

Organiser: TR Together

Location: Online via Zoom, -

Diagnosis and Its Clinical Implications

With Nancy McWilliams, PhD & ABPP. Ever since the 1980 revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, descriptive and categorical taxonomies such as the DSM and the ICD (International Classification of Diseases) have aimed at facilitating better research and providing a common language for categories of psychopathology. Every edition of the DSM since DSM-III has warned, however, that descriptive psychiatric diagnosis is insufficient to guide clinical treatment, and that for purposes of psychotherapy, clinicians must develop more nuanced case formulations. Despite such caveats, it has become common for researchers to create manualized treatments for specific DSM-defined disorders, to test them on individuals who meet criteria for the chosen disorder without reported comorbidities, and to argue that such empirically tested treatments constitute the “gold standard” for clinical practice. Dr. McWilliams notes that our current taxonomies reflect the influences of insurance companies particularly in the US, pharmaceutical corporations, governmental cost-cutters, and some academics more than the needs of patients and clinicians to mitigate psychological suffering in the most humane and effective ways. She will put the DSM and ICD taxonomies in historical context, mention several alternative approaches to diagnosis, and emphasize the value, with clinical examples, of a dimensional, inferential, contextual understanding of personality in guiding psychotherapy. This workshop will include three sessions as well as time for discussion after each. For full event, pricing and CPD credit details see https://trtogether.com

Date: 2025-01-24

Organiser: TR Together

Location: Online via Zoom

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