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

Friday 30th June 2017 - 10am to 5pm

Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga: Working with the Multi-dimensional Impact of Opression and Racism

This workshop will engage participants in a thoughtful process of actively working with the context of oppression, when racism may also be a feature of the intergenerational and socio-cultural experience. What does it take to address and facilitate the process of emerging from the personal and social impact of oppression and racism? How do therapists voice the unbearable? How do we untangle internalized oppression and the impact of racism on personal development and the psyche? How do we work integratively with traditional approaches and culturally empathic facilitation?

Isha will present a talk, and exercises based on concerns presented in her books: ‘Black Issues in the Therapeutic Process’ Palgrave Macmillan Publishers (2009) and ‘The Challenge of Racism in Therapeutic Practice’ (2016).

Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga is a Published Writer/Poet and Psychotherapist, Lecturer, trainer and supervisor. She has published chapters in a variety of counselling anthologies. Isha has worked in mental health, with women impacted by violence in relationships and as a student counsellor. Her approach facilitates dialogue and exploration of oppression, internalised oppression, stereotyping and power relationships. She is now semi-retired and she facilitates online transcultural supervision and therapeutic support. She has created a series of workshops supporting her books www.isha

COST: £95 (non-members), £80 (members), MC Students £50

Please contact Reception for booking enquiries:

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



Saturday 15th July 2017 - 10am to 5pm

Claire Asherson Bartram: A Taste of Gestalt Therapy - Awareness, Contact and the Here and Now

Gestalt is a German word meaning ‘whole’ in the sense of the whole being a sum of its parts. It has a robust theory and emphasises creativity, and awareness of what is happening in the here and now. Gestalt practitioners devise creative experiments that stretch the boundaries of what is familiar into new territory. Contact and boundaries are important in Gestalt theory and its practitioners have a reputation for being direct, relational and welcoming authentic encounter.

On this workshop we will explore key aspects of Gestalt through experiential exercises and discussion. Participants will be encouraged to pay attention to their emotional and physical feelings throughout the day and to engage in dialogue that focuses on what is taking place in the present. The aim is for participants to gain a sense of the flavour of Gestalt and its contribution to therapeutic practice and human potential.

Claire Asherson Bartram DPsych: I am a therapist, group facilitator, supervisor and tutor at the Minster Centre. I qualified with a diploma in Gestalt Therapy in 1991 and have a degree in music and a doctorate in Psychotherapy through Metanoia Institute (2009). I have been through my own years of therapy and find that learning about myself and others never stops. Key points of my life’s journey include being a hippy in the late sixties, a busker, meditation, an administrator for Brent MIND, a single parent, a stepmother and now a grandparent. What I have always loved about Gestalt is its immediacy, liveliness and the depths of exploration and contact that can arise through its practice.

COST: £95 (non-members), £80 (members) and £50 (MC students)

Please contact Reception for booking enquiries:

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