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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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

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Friday 24th March 2017 - 7pm to 9pm

Begum Maitra: 'The Cultures of Psychotherapy'

What Brexit, the rise of Donald Trump, and all the emerging right-wing ideologies we see today suggest is that we are far from an unproblematic acceptance of ‘difference’. All the differences that early experience lodges deep within us and that the vagaries of chance, ability, and personal preference later add, constitute ‘culture’. It is this inescapable uniqueness of each client that the therapist must grasp. This talk will suggest, using clinical material, film and a wide research base that a paradigm-shift may be necessary, rather than the ‘add-ons’ of cultural competence trainings if we are to address the power and significance of the groups we live in and through.

Begum Maitra is a psychotherapist, trainer, and supervisor. Her route to psychotherapy through medicine and psychiatry informs her understanding of the power invested in particular forms of expertise. Her experience of growing up and training in India alerted her to how difference is dressed up as ‘race’ (or ‘class’, religion, etc) and she has been working, writing and lecturing on these matters ever since. Apart from publishing papers and book chapters she has co-edited Critical Voices in Child and Adolescent Mental Health in 2006 with Sami Timimi, and co-authored Culture and Madness in 2014 with Inga-Britt Krause.

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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Friday 9th June 2017 - 7pm to 9pm

Pennie Aston: 'Mad, Bad and Sad....or Just Dyslexic?'

10% of the population are thought to be dyslexic with about 4% being severely so. Many will be adults and, given that it is only in the last twenty years or so that dyslexia in adulthood has been widely recognised, a great number of this group will be ignorant of how dyslexia can impact on the emotions thinking it's just about reading and writing. They may have spent a lifetime feeling confused and frustrated by their seeming inability to achieve their potential, labelling themselves as mad, bad and sad amongst a raft of punitive emotions. An assessment in adulthood can result in a 'riptide' of emotions regarding 'what might have been' had they known. A person's sense of identity can feel fragmented and lost and they may consider having counselling. How aware should a therapist be of dyslexic traits and how might this impact on the therapeutic alliance? Does it matter? This talk is about the constitutional nature of dyslexia and neuro-diversity in general and how it can impact on the emotions and thus, on every aspect of a person's life. We will discuss whether any particular approach better facilitates the development of self-knowledge, self-efficacy and resilience. We will also question whether we need specific dyslexia aware knowledge as counsellors and if so, does it help for the counsellor to be dyslexic - or is empathy enough?

Pennie Aston is the Director and Founder of GroOops Dyslexia Aware Counselling - a registered charity that focuses on developing resilience building therapeutic dyslexia aware approaches and promoting awareness generally of the emotional repercussions of dyslexia.

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