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 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 17th June 2016 - 7pm to 9pm

Martin Lawes: Using Music and Imagery in Psychotherapy - The Bonny Method

Martin Lawes will introduce The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), a psychotherapeutic method developed in the USA in the 1970s and now established worldwide. It involves the client engaging in an imagery based process whilst listening to recorded music in a deeply relaxed state of consciousness. The therapist provides non-directive verbal support, dialoguing with the client, the music functioning as a kind of co-therapist. It helps the client access inner resources and work through difficulties in a unique way. The experience of the body and of the transpersonal often feature. Processing of the experience afterwards involves verbal discussion and sometimes artwork (mandala drawing) or creative writing. Martin’s talk will include a discussion of the role of therapist, music and imagery in the process and it will be illustrated with clinical examples where GIM can be used to address wide ranging issues. Whilst the method in its original form is not suitable for those suffering from more severe forms of mental illness, it can be adapted to make it suitable. This will be discussed as will the way GIM can be integrated with verbal psychotherapy. An outline of training in the method will be included.

Martin Lawes is an HCPC registered music psychotherapist with wide ranging clinical experience.

He is additionally trained in The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, and is an endorsed Primary Trainer in the method with the Association for Music and Imagery (http://ami-bonnymethod.org/). He is founder and director of the Integrative GIM Training programme (www.integrativegim.org) which offers training in London. He is a registered supervisor with the British Association for Music Therapy and is published in three peer reviewed journals.

COST: £15 (non-members), £12 (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 25th & Sunday 26th June 2016 - 10am to 5pm

Hosein Djalilian: Working with Refugees

This 2 day workshop will introduce participants to working with people in exile, who are often survivors of state violence in the countries they have escaped. It will explore the impact both of traumatic experiences and the psychological pressures of being an asylum seeker in the UK. It will include the concept of human separation – what divides us as human beings such as war, religion, territory and possessiveness, and the subsequent choices we make. It addresses the unconscious stereotypes and prejudices both client and therapist bring to the counselling relationship. Various modalities, such as EMDR, CBT, psychoanalysis and medication, will be explored in relation to their benefits and limitations when working with this client group. Those who have been threatened with routine violence under the threat of annihilation, unable to defend or flea, end up with pent up energy stored in the body that has to be skilfully and respectfully released. The workshop will consider the body as both sufferer of mental abuse and a conduit for healing.

Hosein Djalilian began his work as a Counsellor in GP services before specialising as a Trauma Therapist, spending 12 years at the Traumatic Stress Service at The Maudsley Hospital. Speaking 6 languages and dialects, he specialises in working with refugees, especially those that have survived trauma, prolonged subjugation to tyranny, both domestic and external, wrongful imprisonment and torture. He also brings to the workshop his own experience as a refugee. He initially trained as a Psycho-sexual Therapist, and brings a unique perspective on how mind meets body in the healing process. He draws on his deep interest in Sufism and Eastern Philosophies to offer alternative frameworks for healing.

COST: £160 (non-members), £136 (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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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: 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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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: reception@minstercentre.org.uk

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

CPD CERTIFICATES WILL BE PROVIDED