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Starting 12/1/18 - Infant Observation Seminars

Starting 12/1/18 - New Infant Observation Seminar invites applicants from current trainees or graduates.Beginning early 2018 at Fairfield House, Frome, BA11 1BH WCP is very pleased to offer a seminar series to accompany an infant observation experience. The seminar meets weekly for 30 weeks per annum to accompany a weekly observation of a mother and baby in their family environment from birth to 18 months for one hour a week. It was D.W. Winnicott who famously said, “there is no such thing as a baby…a baby cannot exist alone, but is essentially part of a relationship” (1964:88). An infant observation experience provides an opportunity to observe and reflect upon this in depth. Infant observation is recognised as an essential component of much psychotherapeutic training and is a potentially enriching experience for all involved. This is as true for the participant who seeks to undertake a period of infant observation in anticipation of further psychotherapy or clinical doctorate training, or to foster deeper understanding about the earliest relationship and the development of the individual, psychological processes and the psyche. For the psychodynamic counsellor or psychotherapist this is invaluable to our own experience within the consulting room.Each participant will find their own mother and baby couple but some help will be given with this.For those participants choosing to write a final paper there will be an additional charge.The paper is not a requirement of participation. The seminar series will be CPD and WCS accredited.Seminars take place on a Tuesday evening at Fairfield House, King Street, BA11 1BH and are led by Jake Spencer, an experienced child psychotherapist with significant experience of working with children and families in the NHS, educational and voluntary sector settings. Application details: Please email Sue Lee, Head of Training, briefly setting out your experience and qualifications and why you would like to participate in the seminars.Cost: £25 per seminar payable annually in advance or by monthly installments. All participants will be enhanced police checked at no extra cost.

27/1/18 - CPD Workshop - Domestic Abuse

Abuse is not a one-off incident, but a systematic method of maintaining power and control within a relationship. This workshop will look at the definition, dynamics & challenges of understanding and working with Domestic Abuse.The day will include theoretical perspectives of domestic abuse alongside cultural beliefs, attitudes & values about anger, aggression, power & control.What leads people into abusive relationships? Why do adults remain in abusive relationships in-spite of on-going fear, control of liberty, and isolation from friends, family and/or supportive professionals? Why are more women than men abused?Is there a connection between predatory sexual behaviour and domestic abuse?Melanie Klein suggests that: ‘these bad parts of the self are not meant only to injure but also to control & take possession of the object.’ Klein, 1946:8.Is projective identification a way to understand the complex dynamics of domestic abuse and how can we speak and think about the victim/perpetrator relationship without pathologising or blaming ‘victims of abuse’? How are developmental processes and a sense of self affected by living in a family in which there is or has been domestic abuse? What is the impact of living with an S/Care-giver?Domestic abuse is a perversion of what a child might rightfully expect from parents/caregivers.It is likely that abuse will have a powerful impact on a child’s attachment style, both as a trauma in itself and in view of the context in which abuse takes placeThe perverse paradox is that the adult care-giver is both the attachment figure to whom the child turns for protection and either the victim of abuse (mother/father) or the source of the threat (father/mother). Holmes, J. The Search for the Secure Base, Ch 9. This workshop will include teaching, small group work and some clinical discussion.It is not an experiential workshop & participants will not be expected to disclose personal history. To book, please contact 453355

Post Graduate Diploma Counselling Children and Young People




Course Dates

The course will begin in January 2018 and will be held in Bristol on 12 Saturdays between January 2018 and December 2018. There will be an introductory ½ day induction on 13th January 2018 and 12 study days on:

20th January, 10th February, 10th March, 14th April, 12th May, 9th June, 7th July, 21st July, 8th September, 13th October, 10th November and 8th December.

Who is the course helpful for?

. Experienced school/FE/young persons’ counsellors seeking to develop their practice and update their knowledge

. Less experienced school/FE /young persons’ counsellors wanting to improve their skills and to develop their counselling practice.

. Graduate counsellors looking to take on work as a school/FE counsellor/young persons’ counsellor.

Fees and Application

Cost: £1,500 per annum (monthly payment option). Excludes cost of clinical supervision.

We are now interviewing for 2017-2018 - see Wessex Counselling & Psychotherapy website ( to download an application form.

The Course

Delivered over thirteen Saturday’s per annum in Bristol from January 2018 to December 2018, the course focusses on psychodynamic approaches to therapy with children and young people, developmental and neuroscience theory. A work discussion group and process group run alongside individual supervision of your work/placement which can be arranged locally with an approved supervisor. The course is taught by highly experienced and qualified staff within the field.

Participants will be assessed on attendance, participation and engagement in the Programme alongside three written submissions throughout the year at post-graduate level.

You will be required to complete a minimum of 60 hours client work with children or young people in a school/FE college or other institutional setting. If you do not already work in a paid or unpaid capacity with children or young people, we may be able to provide some support in finding a placement.


Applicants must hold a recognised Diploma in Counselling or a Psychotherapy qualification. Your Diploma does not need to be in Psychodynamic Counselling but you will find it helpful to have a basic grounding or knowledge of psychodynamic theory. It is anticipated that applicants will already be working with children/young people or attempting to find paid or unpaid work as counsellors with this client group.

MA/Post-Graduate Diploma with Bath Spa University

The course is run in parallel with Bath Spa University (BSU) and completion of the course can count towards accreditation with Bath Spa University for the MA or PGD in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice allowing you to obtain an academic qualification alongside your counselling training i.e. 60 points credit for Counselling Diploma and a possible 30 points APEL credit for the Counselling Children and Young people Course towards the MA (180 points).

There is an additional fee payable to BSU for registration and for additional modules

which will be required to achieve the MA/PGD awarded by the university.

17/3/18 - Understanding the Couple Relationship


Tavistock Relationships in partnership with Wessex Counselling & Psychotherapy

Understanding the Couple Relationship with Dr David Hewison,
Tavistock Relationships’ Head of Research and Consultant Couple Psychotherapist

Saturday 17th March, Frome

This event is aimed at those with significant experience of (and
qualifications in) working in therapy or counselling with individuals.
It will centre around a number of key couple concepts including
interpersonal projective identification, the relationship as the patient, unconscious partner choice, shared unconscious phantasies and

As a group, we will look at a piece of couple material and think
together about how applying couple theory to practice can helpfully
illuminate some of the unconscious dynamics driving relationship

There will be the opportunity to find out more about the Certificate in Couples work commencing monthly on
Saturdays from May 2018 in Frome.Course Dates:19th May 2018 23rd June 201821st July 2018break for August22nd September 201820th October 201817th November 201815th December 2018

Cost of the day: £65. Concessionary rate for WCP trainees: £50

Payment required at time of booking.

01373 453355

To apply for the Certificate contact: E: T: 020 7380 8288 For more info and to apply online visit

28/4/18 - CPD Workshop: Ethics and Confidentiality Today


Ethics and confidentiality today—the challenges of the modern media

With Fiona Palmer Barnes,
Analytical Psychologist and Psychotherapist

Fiona Palmer Barnes is an Analytical Psychologist and
Psychotherapist with a career long interest in Ethics and Practice.

Fiona worked with the secretariat at BACP to set up their Complaints Process which she then chaired for 7 years, and was chair of the UKCP’s Ethics committee for 3 years in the early 2000s.

Inthis workshop we will look at how the modern media, including skype, facebook and twitter, challenge our work as therapists.We will also look at the specific issues for private practice and agency work as
counsellors and psychotherapists in complying with the new
legislation in this area.

Fiona has written a number of articles and
‘Complaints and Grievances in Psychotherapy’ (1998),
and edited with Leslie Murdin: Values and Ethics in the Practice of
Psychotherapy and Counselling (2001).

Cost of the day £65 with a £50 concessionary Rate for WCP trainees

To book: 01373 453355