I am chair of the North West Regional Psychotherapy Association (NWRPA) and organise monthly talks and workshops for therapists, members of related professions and interested members of the public. Each talk or workshop represents two hours of Continuing Professional Development.
Events are free to members of the NWRPA, £7.50 to guests. For information about NWRPA and membership please see the NWRPA website.
Three Words in Therapy
Friday 8 December 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
We’re looking for three therapists (counsellors or psychotherapists) to speak for 15 minutes each on a word of their choosing from the world of therapy. The emphasis is on sharing your interest and enthusiasm rather than impressing others with knowledge. Which word would you choose? Words chosen for earlier events include cure, communication, loss, dissociation, unconscious, mistake, creativity, bullying, transference, silence, mothers, curiosity, storytelling, abstinence and boundaries. Please email if you’d like to take part.
Friday 10 November 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Our profession has become increasingly concerned with convincing others (like funding providers) that we do good work – that is, with establishing an ‘evidence-based practice’. This session will invite us to consider the process by which experience can become evidence, what we mean by ‘evidence’ and how it should be used. Alan will also explain how the nature of evidence is intertwined with the concept of ‘attention’ and will make a case for the value of ‘not knowing’. Dr Alan Priest is a UKCP Registered psychotherapist, lecturer and researcher at the University of Salford with over 20 years experience in both NHS and private practice.
Lacan and Client Work
Friday 13 October 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Amelia Mangani will consider the work of the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan and some of the ways this might inform our work with clients. Amelia is a NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in private practice, Manchester.
The Many Faces of Shame
Friday 8 September 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Amanda will discuss how shame is experienced, the process of internalisation, the impact of this on our development and consider the therapeutic interventions open to us. Amanda Phillips is a relational-centred Integrative Psychotherapist with 15 years experience of working with individuals, families and young people.
No events are held during August
Three Words in Therapy
Friday 14 July 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Three therapists speak for 15 minutes each on a therapy word of their choosing. They’ll be plenty of time for questions and discussion.
Maria is an Integrative Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist in training. She will differentiate between the ‘language of imagery’ and the ‘language of thinking’ to consider the place of storytelling for clients. Maria will include a brief experiential exercise.
A reading of Freud’s principle of abstinence – given in his ‘Observations on Love in Transference’ (1915) – illustrated with references to complaints received by BACP under its Professional Conduct Procedure. A copy of Freud’s essay is available to read online here http://tinyurl.com/ybp8xj7p
Frank will consider both the importance of keeping to boundaries and the judicious use of flexibility. Illustrated with clinical vignettes from the writings of Patrick Casement and Donald Winnicott as well as his own therapeutic work. Frank Kelley is retired and was a psychodynamic counsellor in the NHS.
Eric Berne, Transactional Analysis and the Therapists from Mars
Sunday 18 June 2017
Therapy in Manchester’s Paul Melia delivered this seminar at MANTAC 2017 (Manchester Transactional Analysis Conference). The handout is available for download here
Compassionate Mind Focused Therapy
Friday 9 June 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
An introduction to CMFT illustrated with clinical material. Katherine is a psychologist in secondary care with the NHS Mental Health Service in Bolton and has a specialist interest in trauma.
Impasse and Change in Therapeutic Work
Friday 12 May 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
It is true that we need to keep faith with our therapeutic approach, particularly at times of pressure and crisis in our therapeutic work. It is equally true that keeping this faith in our approach can lead us and our clients into an impasse. An impasse may be the sign that our approach imposes limitations on our work with particular clients, or groups of clients, and is a sign that we need to ask ourselves about changing our way of working. This is the story of that change and it is a long story. Like changes in therapy it happened quickly but also had a very long gestation. Frank Kelley is now retired and was a psychodynamic counsellor in the NHS.
Zen and the Art of Gestalt Therapy
Friday 7 April 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Rodney will provide an overview of the theory and practice of gestalt psychotherapy. He will also consider the influence of (and parallels with) Zen Buddhism giving specific consideration to the gestalt concepts of the creative void, working at the impasse and Beisser’s Paradoxical Theory of Change, all of which reflect key elements of Zen practice. Rodney Hill is a qualified gestalt executive coach and is working to full accreditation as a gestalt psychotherapist.
Binge Eating: On the Other Side of the Pleasure Principle
Friday 10 March 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
We’ll listen to a 20-minute radio programme of women in a therapy group talking about binge eating. As one woman comments, ‘I think the thing to realise is that [binge eating has] nothing to do with normal eating. It’s not a little bit extra, it’s not having a pudding when you shouldn’t or over indulging occasionally. It’s a kind of robotic, almost pleasureless loss of control…’ We’ll see how binge eating has nothing to do with instinct and everything to do with drive: that strange, silent world on the other side of the pleasure principle – indifferent to our happiness, indifferent to our well-being, indifferent to our life.
The programme – ‘I Wanted to Explode’ – is available to listen here, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p045vff0
“It’s gone… what it is…”
Friday 10 February 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
In this workshop Amanda invites us to pay attention to the power of language in the therapy room.
Amanda Onwuemene is an integrative psychotherapist and clinical supervisor, and manages Psychotherapy and Counselling North West, a psychotherapy service based in Liverpool and Manchester, see http://www.pcnw.co.uk.
January 2017 – the NWRPA does not meet in January
For several years Therapy in Manchester’s Paul Melia facilitated reading groups for counsellors, therapists and members of related professions. Details of these groups can be found under the supervision page of this website.