In this section, we publicise information on upcoming events, courses and training.
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Play Group Therapy with Children
Edinburgh: February to June 2018
(one weekend day per month)
This training will introduce participants to the characteristics and dynamics of play group therapy for primary aged children.
Learning will include the theoretical knowledge and skills base required in order for adults to work in a transformational way with children’s vulnerabilities and lack of confidence. The qualities of deep sensitivity and developmental understanding that inform the course provide children with some of the conditions needed to support their longing for corrective emotional experiences, true resilience and developmental fluency. Play and behaviour are children’s most immediate, effective and natural forms of communication. Through their behaviour and play children are communicating information about their life struggles, their defences and areas of developmental arrest, anxieties and fear, and their strengths and resources.
The role and function of the adult in this model is central to the creation of a therapeutic group climate. It is both a very challenging and profoundly satisfying role. The most significant principle is that demonstrations of kind and skilful resilience by adults, promote feelings of security and confidence in children.
Aspects of Eastern and Western psychology, attachment theory, child development, and various models of play group therapy will be drawn on to enrich the power of learning about sensitive relationship, use of self and therapeutic attunement, and group dynamics.
The first day will be a general introduction, followed by four additional dates covering course components in more detail. Each day can be booked separately.
Dates: Feb 18; March 18; April 15; May 20 and June 17 2018
Cost: £50 for each day booked
Location: Wellspring, 13 Smith’s Place, Edinburgh
Tutor: John MacFadyen, Therapist at Wellspring, a Core Process Psychotherapist and member of the teaching team at Karuna Institute, Devon. John has many years of working therapeutically with children and families. Play group therapy has been an area of specialisation.
A Wellspring Workshop
Core Process Psychotherapy Skills Development Days
Mindfulness within a Therapeutic Relationship
Expanding Deep Listening – Edinburgh – Feb 17, 2018
Mindfulness has the potential to transform how we experience ourselves, others, and the world. Grounded in the belief that awareness is inherently healing, the workshops explore how cultivating awareness, compassion, presence and spaciousness can help us to move beyond wounded perceptions and emotional habits, and deepen our capacity for challenging life and relationship situations (both inner & outer). These workshops offer opportunities to deepen into the domains of Core Process Psychotherapy. It is a model rooted in a Buddhist understanding of mind and embodied sensitivity, integrated with a relational understanding of early life developmental psychology.
We will engage in mindful-awareness practices, playful experiential exercises and learning about Buddhist psychology to help explore aspects of our human potential, the loops and knots of unhappiness we get caught in and become blinded by, and how relational mindfulness and creativity can be accessed to help dissolve patterns of developmental arrest and self-limitation. You will have the shared opportunity to deepen into the central concepts which inform Core Process Psychotherapy and how it interfaces with other psychotherapy modalities.
The workshops are open to anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of how mindfulness in relationship can be drawn upon as a profound basis for self development, enquiry into the dynamics of personal/professional relationships, and how this learning can be applied in counselling, psychotherapy and other helping roles within the workplace or community life. It may also be useful for anyone considering applying for one of Karuna Institute’s professional trainings. No affiliation to Buddhism is required.
Dates: February 17, March 17, April 14, May 19 & June16
Location: Wellspring, 13 Smith’s Place, Edinburgh Time 9:30 – 5:00
Tutor: John MacFadyen, Core Process Psychotherapist and member of the
teaching team at Karuna Institute, Devon
The first day will be a general introductory day followed by four further dates. The modules can be booked into individually. Cost: £60 per module
Therapeutic Supervision Webinar Course
27 February – 31 July 2018
Tuesday evenings 1.5 hrs (30 hours CPD)
£300 per term
Seminar leader Dr Fiona Henderson Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
This course is delivered online over two terms of ten weekly webinars with breaks midway. It provides a forum for practitioners to explore with others their emerging supervision work and the evolution of their own style and approach. The emphasis is less on ‘how to do supervision’ and more on promoting a developmental process involving reflexivity, internal change and growing confidence about technique. We approach this by reading relevant psychoanalytic literature together and through live supervision of our work. Confidentiality ethics will apply in the usual way. The course is structured around salient themes with key and supplementary references provided. Participants are expected to read key references before each webinar and to think about links with their own work. Supervision sessions are presented through written recordings of observation and process and we explore our responses to this detailed approach to the work.
The course develops a model of supervision which brings a therapeutic ear to bear on the day-to-day struggles of frontline casework by individuals, organizations, and teams. It is assumed that many of those we are supervising have little or no experience of formal psychotherapeutic help and so discussions in supervision will at times touch on personal dynamics and history in ways that affect the experience of work. Therapeutic supervision makes careful use of linking between personal and professional, at all times anchoring interventions in the primary task. The model draws on three related theoretical strands of psychoanalytic thought – organisational dynamics, infant observation and triangularily.
We will work with concepts like projection, containment and countertransference to think about supervisory relationships with individuals and teams, and we will look at what is entailed in being open to something new in order to be able to learn. There will be ample opportunity to bring practical and ethical dilemmas about setting up the work, as well as to problem-solve practice issues arising along the way.
The course is designed for practitioners working with individuals, organisations and teams in a supervisory or consultative way, or people looking to develop this kind of work. There is a requirement to bring supervision casework which can be at a very early stage. The course is of relevance to those in private and public sectors including education. An interest in how organisational dynamics affect individuals and teams is important.
A facilitated, online Work Discussion Group is likely to run from autumn 2018 where we will present supervision and therapy casework and read relevant papers together.
Dr Fiona Henderson is an experienced clinical psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London and held posts in adult and family services there for 12 years. She has worked in NHS mental health teams for 22 years as well as being an assessor for the family court and a trainer and supervisor in private practice. She is a full member of APPCIOS and has previously co-run a similar webinar series on Therapeutic Supervision which was very well received. She pioneered a model of ‘live supervision in situ’ for social workers and published chapters and articles on supervision for frontline health and social care professionals.
It is possible to put you in touch by email with previous participants of this course who would be pleased to tell you about their experience. Meanwhile please do not hesitate to contact me for any further information.
Fiona Henderson firstname.lastname@example.org M +44 (0) 7817 868410
Lesley Caldwell: Being and Communicating
Ken Robinson: Creativity in Everyday Life
Fee: £30 including refreshments.
Presented by: Susie Orbach
What does Therapy have to say about personal and political life and how do we do it?
Monday 30th October 5.00pm for lecture at 5.30pm
Central Hall, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh, EH3 9BP
Refreshments, included in the ticket price, will be available from 5.00pm
Dr. Susie Orbach is a psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, writer and social critic and co-founder of The Women’s Therapy Centre. Susie is the author of several books including Fat is a Feminist Issue and Bodies. In her most recent book, In Therapy, she explores what goes on in the process of therapy – what she thinks, feels and believes about the people who seek her help – through five dramatised case studies which were originally broadcast as a Radio 4 series.
In this lecture, Susie will play an untransmitted episode and talk about the issues that come up. She will use the session to make links to and reflect on the pressing political issues of our times.
Tickets: £15 (£7.50, student and unwaged) available at Queen’s Hall Box Office
Box Office hotline: 0131 668 2019, 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday
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Creating opportunity for clients seeking support
We often hear from clients and therapists the long waiting lists and lack of support in many parts of the UK for clients and their partners seeking help with sexually compulsive behaviours. Referred again and again until finding a suitable therapist, some clients travel great distances to see a qualified practitioner.
Building a collaborative network of specialised therapists
Our training programme aims to provide the theoretical knowledge, ethical competence, and practical confidence to work with out of control sexual behaviours. More information and a downloadable brochure about our Diploma programme in sex addiction therapy can be found on our ‘Training’ page, or by contacting Cecily Criminale, Director of Education (email@example.com).
Edinburgh 2017 Course Dates:
22 – 25 September
27 – 30 October
1 – 4 December