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


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

Saturday 10th September 2016 - 10am to 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



Saturday 17th September 2016 - 10am to 1.30pm

Alyson Jaffe: Working with Disability

This event is for qualified practitioners only.

This is a half day workshop for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists who want to deepen their understanding of, and personal responses to working with disability. The session will be in a small group and include some theoretical input, experiential exercises and discussion. It will provide a forum for exploring embodied and relational aspects of working with disability.

Alyson Jaffe is a Deputy Director of Training, and a member of The Minster Centre Supervision Training Team, and has extensive experience as a psychotherapist and supervisor, with a particular interest in difference and diversity. She has worked with a wide range of disabilities, including people who have a brain injury, physical difficulties and learning disability.

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

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

CPD CERTIFICATES WILL BE PROVIDED ___________________________________________________________________________________

Saturday 29th October 2016 - 10am to 1.30pm

Sue Daniels: Leave or Remain - Psychotherapy and Brexit

Since the recent referendum there has been upheaval, confusion and insecurity in many different parts of Britain. People no longer know what they can expect and strong feelings of hate and rage have emerged on all sides of the conflict. Splits have been uncovered between different groups of people, that have been of an unexpected intensity. These have been experienced in many ways: racial conflict; metropolitan against provincial: class conflict; old versus young; educated against less educated. People are looking for whom to blame. Can psychotherapy do anything useful in this situation? Concepts that we use every day, such as projective identification or the paranoid schizoid position could be useful here both as a ways to work with our clients and as a way for us, as therapists, to make sense of the society in which we are living .In this workshop I hope we can explore these issues in large and small groups and contribute to a wider discussion on the subject.

Sue Daniels: I have been a psychotherapist for the past 25 years. I trained at the Institute of Psychotherapy and Social Studies where there was a particular interest in the overlap between psychotherapy and the social/political world. Before becoming a therapist my qualifications and interests had been in politics and society, both theoretically and in a variety of campaigns fighting for a fairer society. For many years at the Minster Centre I taught courses on the MA that explored the external political world and the interaction with our internal psychological processes. To understand the recent referendum I believe we need an understanding of social change as well as experience of psychotherapy.

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

Please contact Reception for booking enquiries:

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