[no events organised for August 2015]
Friday 10 July 2015, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Three Words in Therapy
Three therapists speak for 20 minutes each on a favourite word or phrase used in therapy and counselling. They’ll be lots of time for questions and discussion.
Stella Dickson on Cure
Stella completed her clinical training in Transactional Analysis in 2012 and is working towards her Certificate in TA. Stella is completing a placement in Primary Care and is in the process of starting private practice.
Peter Lindsay on Communication
After a career in finance, Peter became a counsellor in 2008 after receiving an MA in Relationship Counselling. He practised for seven years with Relate and now works in private practice in Knutsford with couples, families and individuals.
Veronique Raingeval on Loss
After a course in psychodynamic counselling and transactional analysis in 1998, Veronique completed her MSc in career counselling in 2002. In 2011 she established ‘Connection Factor’ to offer counselling, coaching and training services. Veronique is currently in clinical counselling training with Elan Training, Manchester.
Friday 12 June 2015, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Presented by Katherine Skaife
Katherine Skaife invites us to reconsider the usefulness of ‘projective identification’ by drawing on arguments put forward in the book, Projective Identification: The Fate of a Concept (2012) by Elizabeth Spillius and Edna O’Shaughnessy.
During the course of the evening Katherine discusses the development of the concept, which had important antecedents in the work of Freud and others, but was given a specific name and definition by Melanie Klein. She goes on to consider the ways it has been modified in practice by therapists working in a wide variety of locations, and asks whether this unusually widespread interest in ‘projective identification’ suggests it is a universal aspect of human interaction and communication. Katherine Skaife is a clinical psychologist who works full-time in the NHS Secondary Care using an Integrated Approach.
Friday 8 May 2015, 6.30pm-8.30pm
On ‘Strictly Bipolar’
Presented by Andrew Shepherd
Andrew’s begins his presentation on ‘bipolar’ by considering Darian Leader’s book Strictly Bipolar. At only 90 pages long this is a stunning piece of writing that in his opinion ought to be read by almost anyone with any form of interest in the experience of mental distress. Andrew is a doctoral research fellow at the University of Manchester and higher trainee in Forensic Psychiatry.
Friday 10 April 2015, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Working with Clients with Long-term Depression
Presented by Frank Kelley
Frank draws on the idea of the Freudian harsh superego to consider ways of clients can be helped to live more easily with the depressing dominance of this part of their inner world. Frank Kelley is a psychodynamic counsellor in the NHS and secretary of the NWRPA.
Friday 13 March 2015, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Being in Time
Presented by Robin Hobbes
Robin will consider the presence of time in our work as therapists and counsellors: time as a being-already (past), as a being-always (present), and as a being-ahead (future). How do they co-exist and what difference does a knowing of them make to the therapeutic project?
Robin Hobbes founded Elan Training and Development in 1982 and spends his professional life teaching, supervising and practising psychotherapy and counselling. The former Chairperson and Chair of Ethics of the British Institute of Transactional Analysis, Robin is Ethical Advisor to the European Transactional Analysis Association and writes a regular column on supervision for the Transactional Analyst.
Friday 13 February 2015, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors and Professional Negligence: A Duty of Care?
Presented by Peter Jenkins
This workshop will explore the controversial issue of professional negligence in relation to the therapeutic work of counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists. Our focus will be a detailed case study involving alleged boundary breaches with a client. Group discussion will be followed by a consideration of some of the key factors that counsellors and therapists need to be aware of in order the minimise the likelihood of hostile litigation by clients.Peter Jenkins is an experienced counsellor and trainer, and author of several books on the law including Counselling, Psychotherapy and the Law (Sage, 2007). He has extensive experience of running training workshops on legal aspects of therapy. He is a Senior Lecturer in Counselling at Manchester University and an honorary counsellor at Manchester University Counselling Service. Peter has been of a member of both the BACP Professional Conduct Committee and the UKCP Ethics Committee.
Friday 12 December 2014, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Four psychotherapists speak for 15 minutes each on a therapy topic of their choosing. They’ll be plenty of time for questions and discussions.
Ann Heathcoate: why are we psychotherapists?
Ann will explore our reasons for becoming psychotherapists and counsellors by considering some of the literature regarding the psychological underpinnings of this choice of career. Ann is a certified transactional analyst (psychotherapy) and director of The Worsley Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, Manchester.
Natalie Marshall-Shore: the client’s desire for change
How many therapists does it take to change a light bulb? One – but the light bulb has got to want to change! How do clients arrive at this moment of change, and how do we help them seize it? Natalie is an integrative counsellor at Rise Above Counselling, Manchester.
Patrick Wright: making faces
A talk about pareidolia – the seeing of faces or other meaningful patterns in apparently random phenomena – illustrated using stories drawn from British tabloid newspapers. Patrick Wright is a mental health worker and poet based in Manchester.
Frank Kelley: the hundred worlds of therapy
A few years ago Frank read a therapy article in which the author referred to projective identification as a therapeutically useful fiction. This started him thinking..! Frank is a psychodynamic counsellor in the NHS and secretary of the NWRPA.
Friday 14 November 2014, 6.30pm-8.30pm
An Introduction to Sociopathy
Presented by Amanda Onwuemene
Amanda is Director of Psychotherapy and Counselling North West with offices in Liverpool and Manchester.
Friday 10 October 2014, 6.30pm-8.30pm
We don’t want to get all worked up over a tomato stalk again, do we? The Function of Phobia in Therapy
Presented by Paul Melia
Anxiety is the radical danger to be avoided at all costs: even a phobia is preferable to anxiety. So rather than regarding phobia as a purely negative phenomena this evening is given over to understanding phobia as a protective formation, one that transforms anxiety into fear by focusing on a specific object. Most of our time will be spent talking about an audio recording of a middle-aged comedian describing their life-long fear of spiders. And we’ll reflect on what’s involved when clients choose to ‘work-through’ their phobia in therapy. Paul Melia is a psychotherapist at Therapy in Manchester.
Friday 12 September 2014, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Donald Meltzer and Analytic Formation
Presented by Dr Mark Fisher
Donald Meltzer (1922-2004) was a psychiatrist and Kleinian analyst who worked with both children and adults. He gained an international reputation not only through his clinical writings, but also for his work as a teacher and supervisor. This paper presents some of his thoughts on psychoanalytic training.
Mark Fisher’s introduction to psychoanalysis took place during the 1970s when he worked at Oxford University. He subsequently spent many years in the NHS as professional lead in psychotherapy. He now works in private practice from Liverpool. In July 2014 he became a member of a new analytical grouping called The School of the Freudian Letter.
Friday 11 July 2014, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Eco-Psychotherapy – Therapeutic Practice in Outdoor Natural Spaces
Presented by Hayley Marshall
Working psychotherapeutically within natural environments is a growing area of interest in the UK. This seminar will offer participants an opportunity to learn about this new field of psychotherapy practice. Through experiential exercises and discussion, we will explore the presence of a ‘living third’ in the relational dynamic.
Hayley Marshall MSc (TA Psych) CTA, PTSTA, is an indoor & outdoor psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer working from Buxton and Stockport.
For several years I facilitated a reading group for counsellors, psychotherapists and people in related professions. Details of these groups can be found under the supervision page of this website.