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Certificate in the Study of the Couple Relationship


Starting on Saturday 19th May, in Frome, in partnership with Tavistock Relationships.
The Certificate course in Frome provides an understanding of psychoanalytic theory and technique as they relate to the adult couple relationship and provides participants with an opportunity to think about how to apply this to their own clinical material.

For more details and an application for please see:

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

*payment is required at time of booking; no refunds can be given for cancellation 7 days before the event

16/6/18 - CPD event: Do be my enemey, for friendship's sake


A presentation and discussion of research into the
similarities and differences between humanistic and psychodynamic approaches

With Dr Mary Lister Ashby

How do a group of psychodynamic and humanistic
practitioners who work alongside each other differ in their
approach to their clinical work?

Background to the research project and a presentation of the
findings arising from the discussion of the three clinical
concepts therapeutic alliance, transference and containment.

Power dynamics, theoretical language & therapy relationship

We will discuss these three themes which were identified from a
thematic analysis of the discussions.We will also look at how the
research confirms the relevance of the unconscious processes within the organisation under study.

£65 (£50 WCP trainees)

To book, contact or call 01373 453355

*payment is required at time of booking; no refunds can be given for cancellation 7 days before the event

24/4/18 - 10 week Introduction to Counselling and Listening Skills


Our short 10 week, part time course will run in Frome for anyone interested in a career in counselling, in a helping profession or for self development.

The next course will start on Tuesday 24th April 2018.

Please contact 01373 453355 or email for more details. To book, a form can be downloaded from our website.

Infant Observation Seminars

New Infant Observation Seminar invites applicants from current trainees or graduates. Held 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 babya 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.