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Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training

For over 20 years The Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training has offered counsellors of every level the opportunity to learn new skills and take part in training.

We choose high quality speakers and frequently look for topics that have cross-modality appeal. We have an enduring interest in attachment-based counselling models and, in addition to a CPD programme, we are currently offering the first attachment-based counselling training in Great Britain.

Our courses are accessible to those that work or have other commitments and are most often offered on the weekend.

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Workshops

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Gender, Sexual, & Relationship Diversity for Therapists and Other Practitioners

This interactive and experiential workshop with popular self-help author and sex/gender expert Meg-John Barker prepares you to work with clients across the range of gender, sexual and relationship diversity.

The workshop takes you through their BACP resource on Gender, Sexual & Relationship Diversity (GSRD) (Barker, 2017), drawing also on their book: Sexuality and Gender for Mental Health Professionals (Richards & Barker, 2013).

Through the day you will be encouraged to reflect upon your own ideas and assumptions about GSRD, and those implicit in your therapeutic approaches. We will also consider various ways of understanding GSRD, and their implications for therapy across client groups.

Specifically we will focus on the issues which can be faced by those who fit into normative genders, sexualities and relationship structures, as well as for those who are positioned outside the norm.

We will address the main client groups of which professionals should have a working knowledge - which may be less familiar at present - covering key language and practices (all questions will be welcome!) You will have the opportunity to explore your own experiences of working with clients across GSRD and to discuss case material through the day.

Workshop cost: £125 + booking fee / 10% discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors/ LIMITED early-bird discount of 15% available until available until 7th June 2019 or until sold out.

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(London) Setting Up Your Private Practice - A One Day Workshop

Embarking on working in private practice for any therapist can be challenging but particularly for one towards the beginning of their career. This one day workshop seeks to share recent experience of establishing a private practice. It will cover some of the highlights, learnt lessons and pitfalls as well as providing support and practical advice to manage this transition.

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(London) From Scare-Giving To Care-Giving; A Therapeutic Journey When Working With Clients Suffering Complex

This workshop will focus on the relational aspects of working with survivors of extreme trauma who mainly come from a Disorganised Attachment style and who display symptoms of dissociation namely DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). How can we better relate to the chaos, overwhelming countertransference, contradictory ways of behaving and more importantly their dread of relatedness?

The day will begin with a broad overview of Attachment theory, the transference and countertransference of each attachment style with the aim to then focus on a deeper understanding of the Disorganised Attachment and "Cannot Classify" Attachment styles, trauma and dissociation.

• An overview of Attachment theory

• Trauma, Disorganised attachment, and Dissociation

• Case presentation on working with DID

• Documentary film “The baby” - on dissociation and intergenerational transmission of trauma

• Discussion and conclusion

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The Body In Mind - The Body In The Therapeutic Space

One Day Conference cost: £130+ booking fees / Limited early-bird discount of 15%+ booking fees until 12th July or sold out / 20% discount + booking fee for Wimbledon Guild counsellors ONLY you must purchase your ticket via your Wimbledon Guild email address / 20% discount for trainee counsellors*

On Saturday 12th October 2019 10am-4:00pm Wimbledon Guild Counselling will hold a One Day Conference entitled: The Body In Mind - The Body In The Therapeutic Space

When the Body comes to Therapy - Susie Orbach

Dissociation in the Therapeutic Space: Somatic Empathy and Embodiment- Christiane Sanderson

Opening the Heart - The Application of Love- John Beveridge

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(London) Working Therapeutically With The Possibilities of Uncertainty

Current issues such as global political instability, climate change, and Brexit lead to increased levels of anxiety and confusion. Both pundits and experts constantly remind us that 'we are in an entirely novel set of circumstances wherein we can assume nothing and cannot rely on past solutions.' The disturbing degree of unease and confusion being felt by many - not least, our clients - highlights the extent to which an unwanted and undesirable uncertainty permeates throughout our lives.

And yet, among the various contemporary psychotherapeutic models, the existential approach emphasises the inevitability of uncertainty. As a consequence of the approach's foundational assumption of the inter-relatedness of all beings, no one focus-point (such as "I") can ever fully determine with complete and final certainty what and how the world will be, or others will be, or even "I" will be at any point in time. The inevitability of uncertainty and the openness of existence it proclaims alert us that, any moment, all prior knowledge, values, assumptions and beliefs regarding self, others and the world in general may be "opened" to challenge, reconsideration or dissolution. Paradoxically, existential therapy argues that uncertainty remains a constant given of human experience rather than reveal itself to be just an occasional and temporary consequence arising out of unusual circumstances.

If existential thought is correct in this view, what might it have to tell us about the practical aspects of working with uncertainty as psychotherapists and counsellors? Might significantly creative possibilities open themselves to therapists who are are willing to embrace uncertainty as a pivotal expression of who they are and what they do?

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Shrinks love talking about sex – or perhaps not? What do we need to feel better equipped to address

The Workshop:

• How much is it useful/ necessary to be talking about sex in therapy?

• How might our own histories be impacting on how we approach or avoid this subject in the consulting room?

• Might we risk inflaming an erotic transference?

• How is this different for male and female therapists? For gay or straight therapists?

• How do we help clients think about desire and disappointment, or think about their sexual development and identity?

Our trainings do not always prepare us well to think with clients about the physicality of sex. We may feel that we should be cool about sex but often we feel the opposite. In this workshop I aim for us to create a safe environment for reflection and curiosity – about the work and about ourselves.

Workshop cost: £125 + booking fee (20% discount + booking fee for Wimbledon Guild counsellors ONLY you must purchase your ticket via your Wimbledon Guild email address).

Limited Early-bird discount of 15% + booking fee available until 16th August 2019 or until sold out.

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The neuroscience of early relational trauma and its relevance to clinical work with Dr Briony Nicholls

Throughout the history of psychotherapy and counselling researchers have looked for explanations and descriptions in neuroscience that correlate with our experiences of clients and of ourselves. We are now in a position to use that research to inform our thinking about our professional practice.

Our brains are designed to adapt to challenges of our environment, to help us survive. Its structures develop and are shaped through attachment and in relationship with others. In this workshop, we will investigate what happens to the brain when early nurturing and attunement are less than optimal, and in the context of early relational trauma.

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Psychoanalysis and Anxiety: From Knowing to Being

Kierkegaard, following Lucretius, said that we cannot help but flee from anxiety, that anxiety is universal, and that in anxiety we suffer from our being. Such anxiety arises from the human condition and, in contrast to specific fears, cannot simply be related to a ‘cause’ that can be ‘treated’. Our natural tendency is to flee from that which cannot be altered or modified.

My research, which takes in writings on anxiety from antiquity through to a consideration of the role of anxiety in the writings of Freud, Klein, Winnicott, seeks to understand what, as analysts and therapists, we might be able to offer our patients in the presence of the kind of anxiety to which we are also subject — as fellow human beings.

I will be exploring with you Freud’s early writing on the mother’s availability to her infant in states in which both the infant and she fear it will die at any moment, and Bion’s container-contained theory in which the mother takes the baby’s anxiety into herself. These both require the mother to be with the baby’s experience to become informed of the infant’s predicament, and to meet it with something in herself.

The role of interpretation is key in psychoanalysis, and in my book I consider its function in relation to anxiety. Drawing upon insights from a daseinsanalytic approach, which recognises as one of its core principles that our being is revealed in and disclosed by anxiety, I show how I prioritise the experience of being with the patient and becoming informed through being with them, before making an interpretation in the realm of knowing (K).

In an interactive workshop we will work through some exercises and scenarios which present us with the challenge of how this approach might help us to attend to anxiety in our patients, in a way that is helpful to them, whilst remaining psychoanalytic in our thinking and understanding

The trainer:

Chris Mawson is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He trained at the Tavistock Clinic in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children and adolescents, and in psychoanalysis at the British Psychoanalytical Society and Institute. He worked for nine years in St Mary’s Hospital Department of Child Psychiatry, Paddington Green, in the days when children at that clinic were offered intensive psychoanalytic treatment within the care of the National Health Service. He now works as a psychoanalyst in private practice.

As well as the clinical practice of psychoanalysis, he is interested in the study of groups from a psychoanalytic perspective. He has a special interest in the work of Wilfred Bion and is the editor of The Complete Works of W. R. Bion (2014, Karnac Books).

Other publications include:

Psychoanalysis and Anxiety: From Knowing to Being (2018) Routledge; Three Papers of W. R. Bion (Ed. 2018, Routledge); Interpretation as Freud’s specific action, and Bion’s container–contained (2017, International Journal of Psychoanalysis); Review: Between Mind and Brain: Models of the Mind and Models in the Mind by Ronald Britton (2017, International Journal of Psychoanalysis); Bion Today (editor, 2010, Routledge); The use of play technique in understanding disturbed behaviour in school (1986, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy); and Containing anxiety in work with damaged children, in Anton Obholzer and Vega Zagier Roberts (eds), The Unconscious at Work: Individual and Organisational Stress in the Human Services (1994, 2nd Edition, 2019 Routledge).

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Providing Help at the Point of Need: Insights from Single-Session and One-at-a-Time (OAAT) Therapy: A One Day Workshop with Windy Dryden

While Carl Rogers discussed the importance of the 'core conditions' in counselling and therapy, clients often claim that what is also therapeutic is being seen at the point of their need rather than at the point of service availability. In this workshop, I will discuss the nature, principles and practice of single-session and one-at-a-time therapy that has been developed to provide a response to that need and to reflect the fact that the most frequent number of sessions that clients have internationally is '1'. I will make the point that single-session and one-at-a-time work is best viewed as a mindset rather than as an approach and will stress that SST/OAAT can be practised by therapists using their preferred orientation. I will demonstrate my approach to this way of working with volunteers from the audience who seek help for current issues that they are prepared to discuss in front of an audience of their peers.

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Intergenerational Trauma, with particular focus on black identity wounding with Dr Aileen Alleyne

Intergenerational trauma is a form of historical trauma that affects many people or even an entire generation. The collective trauma is transferred from the first generation of trauma survivors to the second and further generations of off-springs of the survivors. These effects are passed on via complex post-traumatic stress disorder mechanisms, which can be psychological, physical, mental and spiritual. Commonly cited examples of historical trauma include, the Holocaust and African Slavery, but famine, natural disaster, war, terrorism, and displacement, can also produce similar effects of intergenerational trauma. As clinicians we may struggle to understand the part that history plays for our clients. This workshop is an opportunity to explore how history still plays a part in creating ongoing challenges for our cultural, social and racial identity. Our history is deeply embedded in the unconscious and understanding the impact of this phenomenon can help facilitate awareness of and insight into struggles that clients bring into the consulting room. The workshop will be facilitated with a particular focus on black identity wounding, will also provide a space to increase and deepen cross-cultural competence in this area of clinical practice.

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Infidelity and the Couple Relationship

Infidelity is a distressing and common theme in couple therapy, and one which has a high prevalence despite societal condemnation. For both partners, an intense relationship outside the primary one can be interpersonally traumatising. There are usually multiple determinants, but the need to know why it happened can be very strong, leading to destructive exchanges and emotional turmoil. This training day will explore the complex themes that arise when infidelity in its various forms impacts on the couple relationship.

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Working with dreams in clinical practice: realising the full richness, depth and significance of dreams with Marcus West

This workshop will give an overview of the history of dreams and dream interpretation, Freud’s and Jung’s approach to dreams, the neuroscience controversies around dreams, and an exploration of how the unconscious works in respect to dreams, but will centrally focus on working with dreams in clinical practice.

Although it primarily looks at dreams from a Jungian perspective, the workshop offers an approach that can be applied by all practitioners, supplementing their existing way of working. Essentially this involves unpacking the many levels and layers of meaning embedded in dream symbols and dynamics. My central interest is in the way that dreams illuminate our internal working models - our implicitly-held early relational experience - that are central of therapeutic practice. I will illustrate this approach by looking at four of Jung’s own key dreams, which will also elucidate the heart of Jungian psychology.

Conferences

Conference

Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training Conference 2020: An attachment perspective on our relationship with eating

On Saturday 29th Feb 2020 10am-4:00pm Wimbledon Guild Counselling will hold our One Day Conference. This year’s theme will be: An attachment perspective on our relationship with eating

Chair: Linda Cundy

Speakers: Professor Jeremy Holmes, Linda Cundy, Penny Forster

Further details to follow:


The Speakers:

Linda Cundy is an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist, supervisor, and independent trainer who has a long association with the Wimbledon Guild. She has written and edited three books to date (Love in the Age of the Internet: Attachment in the Digital Era; Anxiously Attached: Understanding and Working With Preoccupied Attachment; and Attachment and the Defence Against Intimacy:

Understanding and Working with Avoidant Attachment, Self-Hatred, and Shame)

as well as a number of articles published in professional journals. She has a private psychotherapy practice in North London.

Professor Jeremy Holmes MD was for 35 years Consultant Psychiatrist/Medical Psychotherapist at University College London (UCL) and then in North Devon, UK, and Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 1998-2002. He is visiting Professor at the University of Exeter, and lectures nationally and internationally.

In addition to 200+ peer-reviewed papers and chapters in the field of psychoanalysis and attachment theory, his books include John Bowlby and Attachment Theory (2nd edition 2013), The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy (2005 co-editors Glen Gabbard and Judy Beck), Exploring In Security: Towards an Attachment-informed PsychoanalyticPsychotherapy (2010, winner of Canadian Goethe Prize) , and The Therapeutic Imagination: Using Literature to Deepen Psychodynamic Understanding and Enhance Empathy (2014) and Attachment in Therapeutic Practice (2017, with A Slade). He was recipient of the Bowlby-Ainsworth Founders Award 2009.

Penny Forster is a senior psychotherapist, highly specialised in the treatment of eating disorders. She has built up over 15,000 hours of supervised clinical practice over 23 years, throughout this time exclusively seeing people with all types of eating disorder.

After an initial training in group therapy, she gained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy at Roehampton Institute (University of Surrey), and then went on to train more extensively in attachment-based psychodynamic therapy, completing the Post-Graduate Diploma in Attachment-Based Psychotherapy at the Wimbledon Guild in 2015.

Penny worked as an independent psychotherapist with the Eating Disorder Unit at the Priory Hospital Roehampton for many years, seeing individual patients and running groups as part of their extensive therapy programme. She currently works with her colleagues as a partner in the Chelsea and Harley Street Eating Disorder Service, seeing patients individually and running a weekly support group for patients who are approaching recovery.

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