Continuing Professional Development

CPD Programme

The Minster Centre is committed to delivering high quality CPD opportunities for counsellors, psychotherapists and other related professions. Our current programme comprises monthly Friday evening talks on contemporary issues that are relevant for therapeutic practice and one day workshops led by leading experts in the field.

Our CPD events are reasonably priced to make them accessible for all practitioners and CPD certificates are issued for attendance. These events are popular and numbers are limited, therefore early registration is recommended. For any general enquiries about the CPD programme please contact Gabor at


The Minster Centre CPD Refund Policy: Tickets for Friday night talks are non-refundable. Tickets can be transferred to another person or used for an alternative Friday night talk. Please contact to arrange this. Limited seats are available on the night. Places booked for weekend CPD events and workshops are refundable if we are informed no later than 1 month before the date of the event. In extenuating circumstances refunds will be granted at our discretion. For further information please contact reception.

E v e n t s

Tuesday 5th July 2016 - 7pm to 9pm

Roddy Slorach: Disability - The Last Civil Rights Movement?

Disability remains much misunderstood, both as a term and as a form of discrimination. It has been referred to by disability activists as ‘the last civil rights movement,’ partly due to its political roots in the US struggle against racism, and partly because it is less widely known or recognised than other ‘equality strands’. Despite the passage of anti-discrimination legislation, disabled people have been among those hit hardest by the austerity agenda, with huge cuts in benefits and services. This talk will discuss the nature of disability, along with the durability and relevance of the social model of disability in the 21st century.

Roddy Slorach is a Senior Disability Advisor at Imperial College London, and also a longstanding equalities campaigner. His publications include the new book, “A Very Capitalist Condition: a History and Politics of Disability”.

COST: £15 (non-members), £12 (members and students)

Please contact Reception for booking enquiries:

Venue: The Minster Centre, 20 Lonsdale Road, Queen’s Park, LONDON, NW6 6RD



Saturday 10th September 2016 - 10am – 5pm

Dr Val Thomas: Working with Mental Imagery

This workshop presents a more inclusive approach to the use of mental imagery in talking therapies. It is designed for counsellors and psychotherapists who want a means of integrating the use of mental imagery more deeply and effectively into their practice. Most therapeutic approaches accept that the client’s mental imagery offers a way of communicating with the nonconscious aspects of the self. However, each school makes therapeutic use of this means of communication in characteristically different ways. In this workshop Val will be presenting a more trans-theoretical framework for practice, one that focuses on the dialogic process between the conscious and nonconscious mediated by mental imagery. This framework allows therapist and client to draw on different functions of mental imagery dependent on therapeutic need.

This workshop consists of theory, case studies and experiential work. Participants will be introduced to the use of ‘framing images’ which are imagery representations of fundamental dimensions of the self (theorised as conceptual metaphors). One framing image, in particular, i.e. the building image that represents the structure of the self, will be explored in more depth to demonstrate how it can be used as a site for ongoing therapeutic work and reflection.

Dr Val Thomas is a counsellor/psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer and was formerly a Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University with course leadership responsibilities for counselling education programmes. She has specialised for many years in developing the use of mental imagery in therapeutic practice. Her book Using Mental Imagery in Counselling and Psychotherapy has been recently published by Routledge.

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COST: £80 (non-members), £68 (members and students)

Please contact Reception for booking enquiries:

Venue: The Minster Centre, 20 Lonsdale Road, Queen’s Park, LONDON, NW6 6RD



Thursday 22nd September 2016 - 6pm to 8pm

Jeremy Holmes: Secular Spirituality - An Attachment/Psychoanalytic Viewpoint

My aim in this talk is to explore the possibility of an authentic ‘spiritual' dimension to psychotherapy. I link the intrinsic unknowingness and openness to surprise of mentalising with the mystery that spirituality addresses. Through a discussion of Tolstoy’s famous ‘oak tree’ metaphor I argue that connectedness represents the psychodynamic end of a continuum that extends into the realm of spirituality. I shall argue a) that there is an intrinsically ‘spiritual’ dimension to psychological health, including the secure attachment that successful psychotherapy hopes to foster, and b) reciprocally, that attachment-informed psychotherapy can make a contribution to a contemporary conception of spirituality.

Professor Jeremy Holmes MD FRCPsych BPC - For 35 years Jeremy was Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist in the NHS first at UCL and then in N Devon. He was Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 1998-2002. He set up and teaches on the Masters/Doctoral Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training and Research Programme at Exeter University; where he is visiting Professor; and lectures nationally and internationally.

He has written 200 + peer reviewed papers and chapters in the field of Attachment Theory and Psychoanalytic psychotherapy. His many books, translated into 9 languages, include the best-selling, John Bowlby and Attachment Theory (1993/2013 2nd Edition, Routledge), The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy (2005, co-editors Glen Gabbard and Judy Beck), Storr’s The Art of Psychotherapy (Taylor & Francis 2012). Exploring In Security: Towards an Attachment-informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Routledge 2010) won the 2010 Canadian Psychological Association Goethe Award. 2013 saw the 6-volume compendium of the 100 most important papers in Attachment (Benchmarks in Psychology: Attachment Theory, SAGE, co-edited with A. Slade).

His 2014 books are: The Therapeutic Imagination: Using Literature to Deepen Psychodynamic Understanding and Enhance Empathy, Attachments: Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis (both Routledge) and Psychiatry, Past, Present and Prospect (co-editors S. Bloch and S. Green), Oxford. He was recipient of the 2009 New York Attachment Consortium Bowlby-Ainsworth Founders Award, and the 2013 BJP Rozsika Parker Prize.

COST: £20 (non-members), £16 (members and students)

Please contact Reception for booking enquiries:

Venue: The Minster Centre, 20 Lonsdale Road, Queen’s Park, LONDON, NW6 6RD