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.


E v e n t s

Saturday 14th January 2017 - 10am to 5pm

Robert Downes: When You Are Knocked Off Your Seat - Working with Power and Authority

As psychotherapists and supervisors we can on occasion lose our seat and with it our therapeutic authority. In these moments we might lose or misuse our power in response to various kinds of challenges. Each of us usually has habitual areas of vulnerability that require our attention and exploration. We may need practice in toning up and making supple our ‘therapeutic muscle’ so that we can maintain our seat at best and recover when we need to. Potential themes:

  • Working with the challenges of the transference matrix.
  • Prejudice and discrimination.
  • Encountering hatred and aggression.
  • Love and idealisation.
  • This workshop will be an opportunity to think about and explore your vulnerabilities in relation to keeping your seat as therapist. We will do this through theoretical considerations and experiential exercises so that the learning becomes embodied.

    Robert Downes trained as an Integrative Body Psychotherapist in the 90s and teaches ‘the Body in Psychotherapy’ module in the second year at the Minster Centre. He is the current chair of The Relational School and drawn to investigate a plurality of therapeutic and transpersonal approaches that supports people to become more of themselves.

    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 20th January 2017 - 7m to 9pm

    Jake Yearsley: The Gendered Self - Working with Transgender Identities, Bodies and Relationships

    Transgender identities have always existed. In our western culture today trans people are beginning to have a voice, which is creating a level of existential anxiety for the heteronormative narrative. As therapists, how do we position ourselves with a gender that is different to our understanding of the gender dichotomy we were brought up to believe in? In this presentation the lived experience of being trans will be the cornerstone of the talk. We will look at the issues and struggles that trans identified people have to deal with on a daily basis. We will unpack the myths of what it is to be trans, assumptions we may make and how to avoid ‘othering’ a trans client.

    Gender fluidity and non-binary identities will be explained, alongside the subjectivity of trans and evolving labels. We will look at ‘trans’ as a social and personal developmental process, taking into account a biopsychosocial perspective. The medical pathway will be explained, with the difficulties trans people experience within the medical system discussed. We will learn how we can best support those clients who wish to follow this pathway and the options for those that don't.

    We will look at trans bodies, pre and post op and how a post op trans client comes into relationship with their new body, consciously connecting and integrating a new part, or grieving a lost part. We will consider how trans people learn to negotiate different configurations and dynamics in personal, social and work relationships. Finally we will look at best practice and how we can support a validating model of gender, which champions gender variance as a normal expression of humanity diversity.

    Jake Yearsley is a trans masculine identified therapist working with LGBT adults and young people. He works for the Brighton charities ‘All Sorts’, as counsellor for young LGBTQU people and Switchboard for LGBT identified adults. He also works as a psychosexual therapist at NHS South London Maudsley Hospital, and is a trainer for Gender and Sexual Diversity at The Minster Centre.

    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 10th February 2017 - 7m to 9pm

    Phil Mollon: Pyschoanalytic Energy Psychotherapy

    Over the last 20-30 years, a family of therapeutic methods have evolved which combine attention to the thoughts and emotions in the mind with stimulation of the body's subtle energy system - by having the client tap or hold acupoints, chakras, and other 'energy centres'. These procedures are found to have a significant effect in immediate reduction of stress and negative emotion. By targeting painful mental states and adverse childhood experiences, a surprisingly rapid, deep, and gentle process of change can take place. By making use of a natural somatic signalling system, the body is brought into the therapeutic conversation. This enables rapid identification of psychodynamic conflict. The process can also be greatly enhanced by drawing upon the 'higher' healing resources within the person's own mind-body-energy system. Phil Mollon will describe the principles of these methods, their history, and how he has integrated them with his psychoanalytic background.

    Phil Mollon PhD is a psychoanalyst, energy psychotherapist, and clinical psychologist. He has 40 years of clinical experience, 37 of which were spent in full time practice in the. Dr Mollon is well known as a speaker and is the author of 11 books, the most recent being The Disintegrating Self: Psychotherapy with Adult ADHD and Autistic Spectrum (Karnac 2015). Currently he is president of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP).

    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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    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 - 7am 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