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Who is SAPC?

SAPC aim to enhance the development and experience of those interested in psychodynamic thinking. We are a member organisation founded in 1998 committed to promoting individual and community wellbeing by supporting psychodynamic practice in Scotland.

 SAPC is a small membership organisation with big ideas – dynamic ideas! 

As its name suggests, SAPC is primarily concerned with the support and development of psychodynamic counselling practice and thinking in Scotland.

It was founded with its own Constitution in 1998 as the “Scottish Association of Psychodynamic Counsellors”, by a dedicated group of psychodynamic counsellors who, having completed their training saw the need for an association that could support for their practice and provide opportunities for continuing professional development. Later it changed its name to the “Scottish Association for Psychodynamic Counselling” in recognition of the increasing interest in psychodynamic ideas and thinking in general and to include interested practitioners from other counselling modalities.

As our original strapline indicates, we are “Committed to Professional Development” and although our foundations are psychodynamic we have sought to enhance professional development of our members and other counselling practitioners through our meetings and discussions to which non-members are always welcome. Recently we have added a second ‘strapline’ to our title: “Exploring the Dynamics of Personal Relations” to emphasise that psychodynamic thinking can be usefully applied in other contexts beyond counselling specifically, to offer ways of exploring how we relate to ourselves and others over time and through life experience. We are also responding to contemporary research that emphasises that in any counselling, and probably any ‘caring’ situation, it is the relationship between the caregiver and the careseeker that holds the greatest potential to lead to therapeutic or developmental benefit.

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SAPC – Theoretical Orientation

The theoretical orientation is derived from the psychoanalytic tradition.  Psychodynamic ideas provide a rich body of theory, knowledge and research regarding the mind, interpersonal relationships and human growth and development. 

Different ‘paradigms’ and ways of working therapeutically have emerged over the years, and psychodynamic ideas continue to evolve as we learn more about what it is to be human and how we relate to ourselves and to others. Recently counselling in general has tended to be defined within a medical model of mental health accompanied by a demand for ‘evidence-based’ practice which is sometimes difficult to acquire in the more reflective, less ‘goal-directed’ counselling approaches, such as the psychodynamic way of working with clients. However, it is encouraging that psychodynamic ideas, which can usefully inform counselling practice but are less readily proven scientifically, are increasingly accepted in light of supporting evidence emerging from the new sciences of neurobiology, brain imaging, neurochemistry epigenetics etc.

At the core of psychodynamic thinking, are concepts of the inner world through which outer reality is perceived, unconscious processess and the dynamic influence of the past on the present. 

Furthermore the psychodynamic perspective can offer much to the many and various ways by which we endeavour to make sense of human existence and to live fulfilling lives, be that through the arts and the sciences, philosophy and religion, therapy and personal growth, or family and society.

SAPC – what does it do?

SAPC hosts CPD events in Edinburgh and Glasgow. We hold 3 members’ meetings/year which are free to members but we also welcome non-members who can pay a fee to attend individual events. In addition we hold an Annual Lecture, also open to non-members, after our AGM in early October. These events alternate between venues in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

We hope soon to expand the range of our meetings to include training/workshop events and to facilitate meetings in other areas of Scotland.

SAPC also facilitates:

Member networking

Peer supervision / reading groups (where there is demand and interest)

and welcomes suggestions for other activities, eg we are responding to a suggestion to gauge the interest of the membership in ‘Film Groups’.

SAPC members can also enjoy and contribute to:

Member’s Newsletter

Website Communication (Member’s Only area starting soon)

The SAPC Committee

Suzie Mosson: Chair
Sarah Carlile:  Secretary
Mark Cuddihy: Treasurer
Marijke Moerman: Membership Secretary
Marion Blain: Newsletter
Alison Brown: Committee Member
Sarah Somner: Committee Member
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! Please Note:

SAPC does not provide counselling services nor provides details of counsellors.

SAPC is not a regulatory body!

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