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 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



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:

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