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 reception@minstercentre.org.uk.

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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 reception@minstercentre.org.uk 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.


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Friday 2nd December 2016 - 7pm to 9pm

Henrik Lynggaard and Aleda Erskine: Narrative Therapy

Narrative therapy is an approach to therapy and community work which has inspired a growing community of practitioners around the world. Narrative therapy contends that we live our lives according to the stories we tell ourselves and the stories we are told by others. Such stories are often informed by wider stories or discourses of family and culture. In its practice, narrative therapy pays attention to how people make sense of their experiences and assists in changing their relationship with the problems affecting their lives and identities. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills and abilities that may serve to reduce the influence of problems, even if those abilities have become hidden by the weight of problems and predicaments. Rich conversations can provide openings for new, preferred stories of self and future to be created and lived out. In this workshop we will begin by viewing an extract of practice and gradually weave in some of the theories that orient narrative practitioners in their work. Through exercises and practical examples, we will explore some important narrative methods such as the use of externalising language. We will see how externalising can shift an internalised problem focus to a more relational perspective, whilst keeping the person at the centre of conversation.

Henrik Lynggaard is a clinical psychologist and systemic family therapist by professional background. He has more than 20 years’ experience of working in the NHS and other public services, meeting with individuals, couples, families and networks of professionals experiencing and reacting to a wide range of dilemmas and difficulties. He has a long-standing interest in narrative and systemic approaches and has published and taught on these topics.

Aleda Erskine is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in private practice, who worked for many years up to 2015 as Head of Clinical Health Psychology services in an inner London NHS mental health trust. In her practice Aleda draws on a range of approaches, including a psychodynamic psychotherapy training, CBT, and for over 10 years a strong interest and a recent qualification in Narrative therapy.

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

Please contact Reception for booking enquiries: reception@minstercentre.org.uk

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

CPD CERTIFICATES WILL BE PROVIDED

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Saturday 10th December 2016 - 10am to 1pm

This workshop is for qualified practitioners only

Frank Lowe: Working with Race and Class in Ourselves and Our Patients

Psychotherapists are required to be aware of and to work on their own internal conflicts in order that they will bring to their therapeutic work, the capacity to be as effective as possible in their work with patients. This seminar will explore challenges that can arise when working with race and class issues in the therapeutic situation, and how they can be prepared for and worked with when they occur.

Frank Lowe is Head of Social Work Adult Services and the Adolescent & Young Adult Service and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic. He has published several papers on race and psychotherapy and edited 'Thinking Space: Promoting thinking about race, culture and diversity in Psychotherapy and beyond, Tavistock Clinic Series, Karnac Books 2013.

COST: £48 (non-members), £40 (members and students)

Please contact Reception for booking enquiries: reception@minstercentre.org.uk

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

CPD CERTIFICATES WILL BE PROVIDED

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Sunday 11th December 2016 - 10am to 5pm

Sue Murphy and Adella Shapiro: Enactment and Resistance in Supervision

This is a one day workshop for qualified practitioners only, to explore aspects of enactment within the supervisory relationship, drawing on recent thinking and theory regarding the relational unconscious.

The workshop will include theoretical input and experiential work.

In the afternoon there will be an opportunity to explore the use of the embodied experience, intersubjective awareness and the use of reflexivity to identify and examine enactment and resistance as they arise in supervision.

There will be an opportunity for participants to work on some of their own material from their practice.

Sue Murphy is the Course Leader for the Diploma in Supervision and PgDip/MA in Professional Practice (Supervision) at The Minster Centre. Sue has been working for over 25 years as a psychotherapist, trainer, manager of counselling services and supervisor in the NHS, Voluntary Sector, Further and Higher Education. Currently she supervises teams and individuals in the NHS, Higher Education and voluntary sectors.

Adella Shapiro teaches on the Supervision Training at The Minster Centre, and has worked for the past 30 years with individuals and groups in different settings. She has supervised psychotherapy students, NHS managers, group facilitators, psychotherapists and counsellors in the statutory and voluntary sectors.

COST: £95 (non-members), £80 (members and students)

Please contact Reception for booking enquiries: reception@minstercentre.org.uk

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

CPD CERTIFICATES WILL BE PROVIDED

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Saturday 14th January 2017 - 10am to 5pm

Robert Downes: When You Are Knocked Off Your Seat - Working with Power and Authority

As psychotherapists and supervisors we can on occasion lose our seat and with it our therapeutic authority. In these moments we might lose or misuse our power in response to various kinds of challenges. Each of us usually has habitual areas of vulnerability that require our attention and exploration. We may need practice in toning up and making supple our ‘therapeutic muscle’ so that we can maintain our seat at best and recover when we need to. Potential themes:

  • Working with the challenges of the transference matrix.
  • Prejudice and discrimination.
  • Encountering hatred and aggression.
  • Love and idealisation.
  • This workshop will be an opportunity to think about and explore your vulnerabilities in relation to keeping your seat as therapist. We will do this through theoretical considerations and experiential exercises so that the learning becomes embodied.

    Robert Downes trained as an Integrative Body Psychotherapist in the 90s and teaches ‘the Body in Psychotherapy’ module in the second year at the Minster Centre. He is the current chair of The Relational School and drawn to investigate a plurality of therapeutic and transpersonal approaches that supports people to become more of themselves.

    COST: £95 (non-members), £80 (members and students)

    Please contact Reception for booking enquiries: reception@minstercentre.org.uk

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

    CPD CERTIFICATES WILL BE PROVIDED

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    Saturday 18th March 2017 - 10am to 5pm

    Sasha Bates: Reclaiming the Body - "Trauma Sensitive Yoga" for Trauma Survivors and Their Therapists

    Working with trauma can be difficult for both client and therapist. Trauma is often embedded in the body, and research shows that talking therapies can only go so far as a means of accessing those implicit memories and terrors safely. Research by the Boston Trauma Centre in bodily based, non-verbal ways of working has resulted in the development of “Trauma Sensitive Yoga” (TSY) – an enquiring, therapeutic form of yoga that helps those with PTSD and complex trauma reacquaint themselves with their bodies. TSY differs from more conventional yoga by elevating the client’s personal, internal experience above the need to create a certain ‘shape’ or to work at a certain pace dictated by the teacher. There is no expectation to achieve or conform; instead the priority is to create an environment where clients feel safe enough to participate in whatever way they feel able and is also suitable for those with injuries, restricted movement, or limited strength or flexibility. This workshop explores how TSY can be used in a therapeutic setting. It introduces the principles and theories underpinning TSY, practical exercises, including both mat-based and chair-based sequences, to enable participants to feel experientially how it works, and how to offer practical skills to clients. They will also gain an understanding of when it can be helpful, and, importantly, when it may not be helpful, by looking at how misuse, or more standard yoga classes, might paradoxically sometimes work to harden defenses and hinder recovery. You are requested to bring a yoga mat and to wear loose clothing that enables easy movement. Please let us know in advance if you have mobility issues or injury, as most of the exercises can be adapted.

    Sasha Bates (MA, MBACP, UKCP) is an integrative psychotherapist, and a BWY trained yoga teacher. Since her TSY training in 2013 she has used it in her private practice with traumatised individuals and groups suffering from conditions as diverse as anorexia, dissociation, PTSD and CFS, as well as within group settings within the NHS.

    COST: £95 (non-members), £80 (members and students)

    Please contact Reception for booking enquiries: reception@minstercentre.org.uk

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

    CPD CERTIFICATES WILL BE PROVIDED