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2017


Somatic Transformations
Given the new paradigm in neuroscience… how do we practice with people with trauma?

Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May 2017
Dr Sharon Stanley

The last decade has challenged psychotherapists to integrate a massive amount of data and information into their practice with highly vulnerable patients. How do we decide what is essential to adapt to our practice and with specific patients? Sharon Stanley will outline the major shifts in terms of relational principles governing psychotherapy today and describe six essential practices that emerge from the paradigm shift.

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2015


The Talking Cure
The function of narrative in the psychotherapeutic process

Friday 23 January 2015
Linda Cundy
Before the beginning: We are such stuff as stories are made on
Every baby is born into a unique relational environment. Before we are even conceived, we are conceived of, and these narratives in the minds of both parents are later enacted in explicit and subtle ways in interaction with the child. In turn, each parent was once an infant born into his or her own relational environment, each with a story to tell. This seminar will explore the impact of intergenerational narrative from an attachment perspective, with particular emphasis on the therapeutic application of these ideas.
The Talking Cure
The function of narrative in the psychotherapeutic process

Friday 30 January 2015
Dr Maggie Turp
Narratives of continuity - first steps in learning to tell our stories
From infancy onwards, Winnicott's 'ordinary good enough parents' offer their children running commentaries on the unfolding day - what has already happened and what is still to come. What role do these narratives of past, present and future play in infant and child development? What might be lacking in the experience of an infant or child for whom such narratives are not provided? In this seminar, we will consider these questions with reference to the work of D. W. Winnicott, extracts from infant observation studies and case study material.
The Talking Cure
The function of narrative in the psychotherapeutic process

Friday 6 February 2015
Dr Jean Knox
The making of meaning- imagination, story-telling, memory and the sense of self
This seminar will revolve around meaning making processes - the conscious and unconscious stories we create for ourselves and others to explain our own and other people's behaviour, attitudes and interactions. I shall describe some of the neuroscience research that sheds light on the meaning-making processes of the human mind. Finally, I shall explore the contribution of imagination, dreams and story-telling to our construction of our autobiographical narratives and our sense of identity.
The Talking Cure
The function of narrative in the psychotherapeutic process

Friday 13 February 2015
Dr Steve Farnfield
The use of the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) in formulating treatment plans and 'narrative repair'
The AAI uses patterns of narrative speech as a direct window onto ways in which people process information about safety and danger. This makes it a very sensitive tool for understanding the process by which a particular client has constructed defences against mental and emotional suffering in childhood which may have become maladaptive as an adult. It also offers ways of understanding the impact of trauma and loss on everyday functioning with our children, partners and people close to us. The session focuses on the use of AAI discourse analysis in both assessment and the process of therapy. Case examples will be given drawn from adoptive parents and from birth parents of children removed to state care.
The Psychotic Patient in Therapy
The role of psychodynamic psychotherapy in treating transient psychosis and preventing long-term psychotic illness
Led by Marcus Evans & Dr Brian Martindale

Saturday 14 February 2015
Most psychotherapists will occasionally work with someone who has become psychotic, perhaps unexpectedly in private practice. This day, led by two psychoanalytic psychotherapists with extensive experience in this field, offers an evaluation of the...
Transforming Attachments
How do we progress from an insecure to secure attachment pattern, and what type of psychotherapy facilitates this process?
A 2-day conference with Dr Sarah Daniel, Professor Pasco Fearon, Tirril Harris, Professor Jeremy Holmes, Dr John Andrew Miller, Dr Mario Marrone, Professor Howard Steele, Professor Miriam Steele

Friday 20 & Saturday 21 February 2015
An attachment-sensitive approach to psychotherapy suggests that much psychopathology rests on early attachment problems with primary caregivers. Given that premise, the psychotherapist must ask if the focus of their work is to help the patient manage their attachment insecurity...
The Talking Cure
The function of narrative in the psychotherapeutic process

Friday 6 March 2015
Sarah Walther
What is narrative therapy?
Narrative therapy is a therapeutic approach that holds in mind a relational and contextual understanding of people and the problems they experience. Narratives are seen as being the means through which people make sense of their identities and relationships; that is, narratives have a real effect in shaping lives and the actions that people take. As identity is understood to be constructed in social, cultural and historical contexts, narrative practitioners explicitly consider the politics of experience to create social contexts in which identity can be re-constructed.
Yoga: A Key to Mental Health?
Psychological and physiological mechanisms for emotional regulation
Keynote speakers: Dr Richard Brown, Dr B.N. Gangadhar, Dr Pat Gerbarg, Shaura Hall, Paul Harris, Dr Lisa Kaley-Isley, Heather Mason, Swami Saradananda, Veena Ugargol and Dr Elizabeth Visceglia

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 March 2015
As yoga's original purpose was to calm the mind, its many practices are all geared towards the cultivation of psychological ease. Whether focusing on postures, breath-work, or meditation each element of yoga was development to evoke mental energy and to quieten the mind. Thus, it is not surprising that research into the benefits of yoga reveal that it enhances mood.
The Talking Cure
The function of narrative in the psychotherapeutic process

Friday 13 March 2015
Martin Weegman
'Sound, fury, sense': narratives of addiction & recovery
Substance misuse is a devastating disorder, involving major biographical disruption. Drug-using and its accompanying lifestyles create 'spoiled identities' that are difficult to move beyond. The narratives associated with substance misuse hold individuals in self-justifying repertoires, unhelpful defences and reduced coherency (all 'sound and fury'). Using clinical examples, Martin will explore how narrative approaches deepen our understanding of addiction. In part two, with the help of interactive exercises, he will explore the way in which people make sense of previous addictions and build individual 'narratives of recovery'.
The Talking Cure
The function of narrative in the psychotherapeutic process

Friday 20 March 2015
Eva Hoffman
Narrating Ourselves
Humans are meaning-making animals, and in order to make sense of our experience, we need to make connections between the past and the present (as well as, more hypothetically, the future). How does the process of making such links happen on the level of the brain, the psyche and the imagination? What are the various categories of interpretation through which we can understand ourselves? How does a psychological (and therapeutic) narrative differ from, say, a historical understanding of our life-trajectories? And what is the relationship between narrative and structure in the self, and in imaginative writing -- for example, the novel and the memoir?


2014


Mirror Neurons, Embodied Empathy and the Boundaries of the Self
The art and science of deep therapeutic connection

Friday (eve) 10 and Saturday 11 January 2014
The relational trend in psychotherapy, which encourages the therapist to embrace an interpersonal process based on two subjectivities of equal importance is a well-theorised paradigm; it is widely accepted that a capacity for profoundly and compassionately sharing in another's self-states is essential for therapeutic change.

The Assessment and Treatment of PTSD from an Attachment Perspective
A one-day seminar led by Dr Felicity de Zulueta

Saturday 25 January 2014
This seminar, led by Dr Felicity de Zulueta - one of the UK's foremost experts on working with PTSD, complex PTSD and dissociative disorders - offers an appraisal of contemporary psychotherapeutic approaches to working with trauma and the most recent developments in our understanding of how trauma is embedded in the mind-body system.
Working Therapeutically with Uncertainty - An Existential Perspective
A one-day seminar facilitated by Professor Ernesto Spinelli

Saturday 1 March 2014
The current degree of anxiety and confusion brought about by the world-wide 'credit crunch' and its ramifications has forced both individuals and organisations to confront uncertainty. Pundits and experts remind us on a daily basis that 'we are in an entirely novel set of circumstances wherein we can assume nothing and cannot rely on past solutions'.

Video Interaction Guidance: Introductory Training Programme
Friday 7 and Saturday 8 March 2014
This two day course provides an introductory training in the approach of Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) for professionals who work with parents and children, couples or carers who are experiencing difficulties in communication in their closest relationships.

The Therapist's Well-Being
Saturday 22 March 2014
Self-protective strategies for maintaining your health - A one-day seminar facilitated by Dr David Beales

The Right Brain, Left Brain Divide
A seminar led by Professor Iain McGilchrist

Saturday 22 March 2014
In a work of unparalleled depth, Professor Iain McGilchrist has examined a vast body of recent brain research to reveal that the differences between the right and left hemisphere of the brain are complex, specific and profound.
Yoga and Health: Research and Practice
An international conference

3, 4, 5 and 6 April 2014
Examining yoga as an effective treatment for cardiovascular disease, immunological, respiratory, metabolic and neurological disorders, pain, stress and the care of cancer patients

The Impossible Profession?
A series of talks examining the experienced clinician's most difficult dilemmas

10 and 17 February, 3, 17, 24 and 31 March, 7 April 2014
Confidentiality and Ethics – The Internal world of the Psychotherapist
Talking about one's patients presents a special problem and, to address it, one has to decide whether clinical evidence is needed to back up one's argument. This presentation will focus on the internal discussion in the mind of the psychotherapist in reaching this decision, both in relation to the need and to the legitimacy of sharing such material. Such a condition holds even in the case of presenting a qualifying paper, for which the professional organisation lays down the requirement and takes over the role of critic. In addition, this internal conversation points to a distinction between an ethical stance and a code of practice.


Treating anxiety from neuropsychoanalysis to CBT: distinct perspectives and treatment approaches
Monday 12, 19 May and 2 June 2014
Treating Anxiety: a neuroscientific perspective
This seminar will offer an understanding of anxiety disorders that rests on research into the emotional systems that we share with all other mammals. Beginning with a brief discussion of Panksepp's emotional taxonomy with special emphasis on the GRIEF, FEAR & SEEKING SYSTEMS, Lucy Biven will explain how one type of anxiety is generated by issues in the FEAR system, while another separate pattern of anxiety is generated by GRIEF.
Psychotherapeutic insights into resolving intergenerational trauma
31 May and 1 June 2014
The traumas of our parents, grand-parents and ancestors – particular those that are unknown and thus unformulated in consciousness - are deeply woven into the psychological fabric of the living.
Contemporary intersections in psychotherapy
A day led by Professor Jeremy Holmes

Saturday 7 June 2014
After 30 years as a NHS psychiatrist, and 40 as an attachment-oriented psychoanalytic psychotherapist, Jeremy explores some of his current preoccupations as a way of enabling us to consider and assimilate some of the sweeping shifts that recently occurred in our field - in particular, theoretical intersections that are creating new paradigms.
From collusion and collision to collaboration - How the therapist's own attachment patterns shape therapy
2-day seminar led by Dr David Wallin

Friday 11 and Saturday 12 July 2014
Following his sell-out seminar in 2013, David Wallin is returning to London to continue to explore the significance of attachment theory for the therapy relationship itself. This 2-day seminar is a further opportunity to look at ways in which your own attachment experiences may be shaping your therapeutic disposition and thus the kind of attachment relationship you are offering the patient.
The challenges of working with dissociative disorders
9, 16, 23 and 30 June, 7 and 14 July 2014
Dissociative disorders are a range of conditions that involve the involuntary separation of feelings, thoughts and awareness from the dominant state of consciousness. These can be seen as an adaptive response to trauma, which is highly effective in protecting one's psychological integrity at the time but which thereafter can become an embedded and problematic structure of the mind which can be very disruptive.
Working Psychotherapeutically with Sadism
A seminar series for psychotherapists and psychologists

3 October 2014
Sadomasochism in family life: the simulation of intimacy and the fantasy of belonging
Emotional deprivation creates a longing for closeness while denying the means of achieving it. In the emotionally deprived person the capacity to give and receive love is equated with possessiveness and control.
Working Psychotherapeutically with Sadism
A seminar series for psychotherapists and psychologists

10 October 2014
Sexual cruelty in the marital bed: unconscious sadism in non-forensic couples
One need not be a violent, acting-out, forensic patient to perpetrate acts of deep cruelty. Often some of the "nicest" people will treat their intimates with shocking viciousness. Many, in fact, save their most primitive, aggressive urges for their long-term marital partners; and not infrequently, the bedroom becomes the boxing ring in which otherwise normal-neurotic couples will concretise some of their most sadistic tendencies.
Working with Eating Disorders: Psychodynamic Perspectives
Led by Em Farrell and Marilyn Lawrence

Saturday 11 October 2014 - SOLD OUT
This day is led by two psychoanalytical psychotherapists whose careers have been dedicated to working with people with eating disorders. The programme offers participants a theoretical overview exploring the psychodynamics of eating problems, and two workshops applying such theory to clinical technique.
Therapy Failures Unraveled
With Dr Doris Brothers and Dr Mario Marrone

Saturday 1 November 2014
We will all be familiar with the painful and inevitable moments of misattunement between a psychotherapist and patient as a central part of the therapeutic process. The issue of interpersonal rupture that is the product of an unconscious, intersubjective field is a highly theorised aspect of relational psychotherapy.
Working Psychotherapeutically with Sadism
A seminar series for psychotherapists and psychologists

7 November 2014
Sexual sadism in ritual abuse: the dilemma of the perpetrator
Professionals in the field of ritual abuse are dealing with a level of sexual sadism that is rarely seen within forensic clinics. Indeed, it is usually only in the course of a civil war that such combinations of crimes are openly seen rather than hidden away.
Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy
With Professor Phil Cowen, Dr Diane Hammersley and Dr Susan Mizen

Saturday 8 November 2014
This conference tackles the complex and controversial issue of how the medical model of prescribing psychotropic medication converges with the process-oriented and relational approach of psychotherapy - especially when both methods come together in the work with an individual patient.
Working Psychotherapeutically with Sadism
A seminar series for psychotherapists and psychologists

21 November 2014
Sado-masochistic dynamics in the consulting room
In this talk I will present different clinical situations where a sado-masochistic dynamic, apparent from patients' histories, appears in the consulting room and how this can be approached.
Epigenetics Demystified
A conference with Dr Nessa Carey and Professor Marcus Pembrey

Saturday 22 November 2014
Experiences, whether positive or negative, have a profound effect on the way our DNA is expressed in relation to the environment, and it is well established that relational and emotional experiences - like any other - can change the expression levels of a gene.
Working Psychotherapeutically with Sadism
A seminar series for psychotherapists and psychologists

28 November 2014
Surviving the sadistic patient
This presentation will address how we understand the development of states of mind and behaviours which seem to be dominated by the need to dominate and control the other, in subtle ways or in more aggressive ways, and gain satisfaction and pleasure from doing so?
Neuroplasticity: Implications for New Clinical Technique
Dr Ruth Lanius and Dr Mark Solms

Saturday 29 November 2014
One of the most exciting developments of neuroscience research has been how and in what ways the brain changes throughout life as synaptic connections are constantly removed or created resulting in new cortical maps. Adding to the studies of brain plasticity in patients suffering from brain injury and the way people learn, the field of affective neuroscience has introduced the proposition that relationships are a powerful factor in neuroplasticity, and that we create new neural pathways in response to emotional and interpersonal stimuli.
Working Psychotherapeutically with Sadism
A seminar series for psychotherapists and psychologists

5 December 2014
Working with sadism - an embodied relational approach
Clients who experienced sadistic dynamics - whether they were on the victim or the perpetrator - bring into the therapeutic space many shadow aspect of the human psyche. Cruelty, domination, humiliations, manipulation, aggression are only a few of the emotions that will be expressed and often manifest in the therapeutic relationship whilst working with the patterns and implications of sadism.
Psychotherapeutic Listening with the Body
A skills development workshop led by Margaret Landale and Jon Sletvold

Saturday 6 December 2014 - SOLD OUT
Contemporary theory suggests that in order to truly understand the client's inner world the therapist has to be willing to be open to their bodily self and to experience the feelings and sensations that surface in relation to the other person; it is in that embodied domain that essential clues to the patient's subjectivity can be found.
Working Psychotherapeutically with Sadism
A seminar series for psychotherapists and psychologists

12 December 2014 - SOLD OUT
Working therapeutically with consensual kink
This talk provides an overview of consensual kink and the place of sadism, dominance or topping within this. Research demonstrates that people engaged in kink are no more likely to be psychopathological or abusive than any other group, and there are many community practices for ensuring consent.


2013


Relatedness Uncertainty and Anxiety: The Practice of Contemporary Existential Psychotherapy
Saturday 19 January 2013
A One-Day Seminar led by Professor Ernesto Spinelli

Existential therapy assumes a foundational basis of relatedness (or inter-relation) upon all human subjective reflections (be they cognitively, emotionally, behaviourally or feeling focused) of lived experience. As such, the issues, disorders and dilemmas presented within the therapeutic relationship are seen as expressions of that client's ways of relatedness and are considered, examined and illuminated through the experience of relatedness within the therapeutic encounter itself.

The Right Brain, Left Brain Divide: What is its Relevance to the Task of Psychotherapy?
Saturday 2 February 2013
A seminar led by Professor Iain McGilchrist

In a work of unparalleled depth, Professor Iain McGilchrist has examined a vast body of recent brain research to reveal that the differences between the right and left hemisphere of the brain are complex, specific and profound. This division is offered by the speaker as a way of illustrating some of the core tensions in human behaviour, which if not elucidated, leave us at risk of misjudging the nature of our relationships with others and to the world in which we live.

Energy Psychology - Its Explosive Healing Potential
Saturday 9 February 2013
A one-day seminar led by Ruthie Smith and Dr Phil Mollon

In this seminar, Ruthie Smith and Phil Mollon will be showing how energy psychology work interfaces with all kinds of conventional psychotherapy approaches but also takes it deeper and allows the work to move much more quickly.

Live Supervision - The Body
18 January, 1 February, 8 February and 19 Apri 2013
Does embodied psychotherapy go deeper that other modalities?

In this set of 3 brief interviews, Jane Ryan invites Michael Soth, Margaret Landale and Nick Totton to talk about why they believe that an embodied approach to psychotherapy is the deepest way to reach and work with our clients or patients.

Learning From Life
Saturday 20 April 2013
A one-day workshop led by Patrick Casement

In his fourth and most personal book, Learning from Life, Patrick Casement gives us a fascinating insight into fundamental questions concerning the acquisition of analytic wisdom and how personal experiences shape the analyst's approach to clinical work. In this seminar he will talk to us about how the psychoanalytic self comes into being, and how our own emotional truths consciously or unconsciously shape our work.

Attachment Theory in Practice
Monday evenings 28 Jan - 22 April 2013
Developing a therapeutic approach that reflects our understanding of attachment needs

Applying Video Interaction Guidance as a new therapeutic techniqu
Saturday 11 May 2013
Video Interaction Guidance was born out of research on intuitive parent-infant communication by Harrie Biemans, Daniel Stern, Colwyn Trevarthen and others, using detailed micro-analysis from film and video of the subtle rhythms, tones and narrative turns that contribute to an emotionally attuned interaction. It has a purpose of engaging patients, parents or clients actively in the posture, facial expressions, voice and gestures of their interactions with closely attached others.

The Power of Non-verbal Communication in the Talking Cure
Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May 2013
A conference with Dr Amanda Jones, Dr Jean Knox, Dr Iain McGilchrist, Dr Phil Mollon, Dr Bonnie Meekums, Paul Newham, Dr Dan Siegel and Dr Colwyn Trevarthen
Lost and Gained in Translation
Saturday 15 June 2013
A 1-day conference exploring the nature of giving or receiving psychotherapy in a non-mother tongue language

We are the tools of our trade - How the therapist's own attachment patterns shape therapy
A 2-day seminar led by Dr David Wallin

Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June 2013
Sparked by Bowlby's original insights, attachment research has revolutionised our understanding of human development and the internal world.

The Gift of the Wounded Healer
An exploration of the clinical qualities and personal risks that arise from the psychotherapist's own experience of suffering

Saturday 28 September 2013
This event invites experienced clinicians to explore how we should position ourselves in relation to a patient's perceived misdemeanours or convicted crimes.

The Assessment and Treatment of PTSD from an Attachment Perspective
A one-day seminar led by Dr Felicity de Zulueta

Saturday 19 October 2013
This seminar, led by Dr Felicity de Zulueta - one of the UK's foremost experts on working with PTSD, complex PTSD and dissociative disorders - offers an appraisal of contemporary psychotherapeutic approaches to working with trauma and the most recent developments in our understanding of how trauma is embedded in the mind-body system.

Psychotherapy and Soul
Contemporary perspectives on spirituality and the transpersonal in clinical practice

Monday evenings 16 September - 28 October 2013
In recent years, there has been a wave of renewed interest in teachings that have been long held by mystical and indigenous traditions. Concomitantly there has been a widening and deepening of the terrain for therapy with a greater emphasis on the nature of consciousness and reality.

The Affronting Patient
Working with people whose behaviour is ethically disturbing

Saturday 2 November 2013
This event invites experienced clinicians to explore how we should position ourselves in relation to a patient's perceived misdemeanours or convicted crimes.

The Early Bonds of Mutual Love
1-day seminar with Dr Allan Schore

Saturday 9 November 2013
The centrality of the early bonds of mutual love between a mother and her infant to later human development has been emphasised by many scientists and clinicians.

Energy Psychology - Its Explosive Healing Potential
A one-day seminar led by Ruthie Smith and Dr Phil Mollon

Saturday 23 November 2013
In this seminar, Ruthie Smith and Phil Mollon will be showing how energy psychology interfaces with conventional psychotherapy approaches to allow the work to move much more quickly.
Evoking Resilience - Strategies, skills and insights for finding strengths in the face of adversity
A 1-day training day led by Dr Chris Johnstone

Saturday 30 November 2013
This one-day workshop explores ways of helping our clients grow in their ability to withstand and recover from adversity.
Intergenerational Trauma
Recognising and healing cycles of ancestral pain

Monday evenings 4 November - 16 December 2013
Hidden, and often shrouded in shame and silence, the traumas of our parents, grand-parents and ancestors are deeply woven into the psychological fabric of the living, operating within the psyche as an unseen but potent force, often manifesting as a psychological fixity that leads to vulnerability throughout life.



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