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2019 Workshop Programme

  • Obsessions, Compulsions, Rigid and Obsessive Personality types
    Saturday 19th January 2019

    Obsessions, Compulsions, Rigid and Obsessive Personality types

    Reality TV programs such as Channel 4’s Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners have misrepresented the suffering and torment of clients with OCD to the point where it is not uncommon to hear people say that they “have a touch of OCD” when in fact they are often referring to aspects of their personality.

    Obsessions are unwanted, senseless and unpleasant thoughts, images and impulses that intrude into your mind even though you don’t want them there. Obsessions are associated with significant anguish and torment; sufferers are slow to seek help as they feel ashamed and fearful that they are losing their sanity and literally “Going mad.” They are often misdiagnosed in general practice as suffering from anxiety as their sense of shame leads them to mask the extent of their distress.

    Whilst fears of contamination and an urge to clean excessively are visible and obvious, obsessions are often concealed; John was beset by a thought and image of stabbing his wife that was triggered upon entering the kitchen. Julie is plagued by a recurring thought that she has harmed someone but doesn’t know who, and Graham is troubled by a thought and impulse to shout out four letter expletives in public places - he cannot leave the safety of his home. Just a few of the many variants of obsessions.

    In this one-day workshop we will draw upon psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural theories to understand the origins of obsessions and compulsions and compare these with personality types that are obsessive, rigid and controlling.

    Workshop Aims:
    Participants will learn to:

    • distinguish between OCD, pure obsessions and obsessive personality
    • understand the formation of obsessive symptoms, and
    • consider the function and meaning (psychodynamic and cognitive) of obsessions
    • understand how rituals and compulsions develop as a way of managing anxiety
    • develop some basic skills using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for OCD

    Facilitator – Steve Sharkey
    Steve is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Consultant Psychotherapist at Kent and Medway Partnership NHS Trust. He is a former Executive Council Member of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy.

    Title: Obsessions, Compulsions, Rigid and Obsessive Personality types
    Summary: 1 day workshop presented by Steve Sharkey
    Date: Saturday 19th January 2019
    Venue: CCT, Unit 32, Roper Close, Roper Rd, Canterbury CT2 7EP
    Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
    Fee: £75 (£52.50 Student Rate)
    CPD Hours: 5
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    Course:
    Obsessions, Compulsions, Rigid and Obsessive Personality types (19/1/19)
    Price Band:
    Standard
    £75.00
    Course:
    Obsessions, Compulsions, Rigid and Obsessive Personality types (19/1/19)
    Price Band:
    Student (verification required)
    £52.50
  • Medically Unexplained Symptoms
    Saturday 16th February 2019

    Medically Unexplained Symptoms

    Medically unexplained symptoms or syndromes (MUS) is a term commonly used to describe physical symptoms which cannot be explained by disease specific, observable biomedical pathology. The symptoms can be long-lasting and can cause significant distress and impaired functioning.

    These symptoms constitute a clinically, conceptually and emotionally difficult area to tackle, with clinical presentations varying greatly, from people who regularly attend GP surgeries with minor symptoms to people with recognised functional syndromes such as chronic fatigue syndrome who can have severe enough symptoms to be bed-bound.

    MUS are common, accounting for as many as one in five new consultations in primary care. The unexplained symptoms can cause significant distress to the patient and, in some circumstances, impair functioning.

    Facilitator – Dr Adrian Hemmings
    Adrian is a chartered psychologist and registered with the HCPC as a counselling psychologist. He is a senior practitioner on the British Psychological Society (BPS) Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy. He is also on the BPS register for Expert Witnesses and Chair of the BPS Psychotherapy Section.

    Adrian has worked in the NHS as a psychologist and psychotherapist in a local PCT where he was Professional Head of Psychology. In his private practice he works short and long term and integrates Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Solution Oriented therapy. Adrian also runs training courses in a variety of subjects and offers clinical and academic/research supervision. He is currently a consultant to the Centre for Psychological Therapies in Primary Care at the University of Chester.

    Title: Medically Unexplained Symptoms
    Summary: 1 day workshop presented by Dr Adrian Hemmings
    Date: Saturday 16th February 2019
    Venue: CCT, Unit 32, Roper Close, Roper Rd, Canterbury CT2 7EP
    Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
    Fee: £75
    CPD Hours: 5
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    Course:
    Medically Unexplained Symptoms (16/2/19)
    Price Band:
    Standard
    £75.00
    Course:
    Medically Unexplained Symptoms (16/2/19)
    Price Band:
    Student (verification required)
    £52.50
  • Working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Saturday 9th & Saturday 16th March 2019

    Working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Critical Incident Stress, Post Traumatic Reaction and Acute Stress Reaction are terms used to describe a normal emotional response to an abnormal event that is outside of the usual realm of human experience. In contrast the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a pathological variant of the normal survival reaction. Symptoms for PTSD include re-experiencing the original trauma through flashbacks or nightmares, avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma, dissociation, and increased arousal - such as difficulty in falling or staying asleep, anger, and increased startle response.

    This popular and frequently oversubscribed workshop incorporates the latest clinical guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (December 2018) and up to date research findings from Neurobiology that inform many new ways of working.

    The workshop is now delivered over two consecutive Saturdays given consistent requests from participants for an enhanced programme assisting them to develop skills to address common manifestations of PTSD.

    Workshop aims:
    • Recognise the many manifestations of traumatic stress presented in clinical practice
    • Develop assessment skills - assisted by brief psychological measures
    • Understand who to work with and when to refer on for specialist trauma therapy
    • Become familiar with psychological theories informing our understanding of trauma
    • Understand the latest Neurobiological theories and the application to practice
    • What works with PTSD and why - become familiar with research and revised NICE Guidance December 2018 on the effectiveness of therapy
    • Learn to practice evidenced based interventions for Traumatic Reactions

    Who should attend the Workshop?
    All counselling and mental health practitioners wishing to develop a working knowledge and basic skills set for work with traumatic reactions.

    Facilitator
    Steve Sharkey is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Consultant Psychotherapist at Kent and Medway Partnership NHS Trust. Steve is a former Executive Council Member of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy and past Treasurer. He has a special interest in working with Borderline Personality Disorder, and the way in which traumatised people attack their own bodies, as a defence against enacting attacks on others that may unconsciously represent their abusers.


    Title: Working with PTSD & the new NICE Guideline
    Summary: 2 day workshop presented by Steve Sharkey
    Date: Saturday 9th & Saturday 16th March 2019
    Venue: CCT, Unit 32, Roper Close, Roper Rd, Canterbury CT2 7EP
    Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
    Fee: £150 (£105 Student Rate)
    CPD Hours: 10
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    Course:
    Working with PTSD & the new NICE Guideline (9th & 16th March)
    Price Band:
    Standard
    £150.00
    Course:
    Working with PTSD & the new NICE Guideline (9th & 16th March)
    Price Band:
    Student (verification required)
    £105.00
  • Understanding Trauma, Personality and Healing
    Saturday 6th April 2019

    Understanding Trauma, Personality and Healing

    The workshop aims to address the following:

    • PTSD, the Hippocampus, and the Amygdala – How Trauma Changes the Brain
    • How trauma affects the way in which we encode and store memories
    • How trauma affects personality/personality disorders
    • Trauma Processing: When and when not to do it?
    • Talking or processing during therapy for trauma?
    • How we can help in counselling services.

    There will also be space for questions and answers.

    The workshop will involve a combination of didactic teaching, and interactive exercises in order to enhance learning.

    Facilitator - Dr Anna Preston, BSc (Hons), D.ClinPsych, AFBPsS
    I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working as the Lead Psychologist for Acute Care Services across Surrey and North East Hampshire. Since qualifying I have also worked in secure forensic services, learning disability personality disorder services, and in a previous post was the lead for an outpatient personality disorder service.

    As well as working for the NHS I work privately providing therapeutic interventions to clients with a range of mental health difficulties. I also work as an expert witness providing assessments for the Family, Immigration and Criminal Courts.

    Title: Understanding Trauma, Personality and Healing
    Summary: 1 day workshop presented by Dr Anna Preston
    Date: Saturday 6th April 2019
    Venue: CCT, Unit 32, Roper Close, Roper Rd, Canterbury CT2 7EP
    Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
    Fee: £75 (£52.50 Student Rate)
    CPD Hours: 5
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    Course:
    Understanding Trauma, Personality and Healing (6th April 2019)
    Price Band:
    Standard
    £75.00
    Course:
    Understanding Trauma, Personality and Healing (6th April 2019)
    Price Band:
    Student (verification required)
    £52.50
  • Disappointment, Entitlement & Grievance - An Introduction to Narcissism
    Saturday 11th May 2019

    Disappointment, Entitlement & Grievance - An Introduction to Narcissism

    Misplaced feelings of disappointment and an inflated or excessive sense of entitlement are amongst the most challenging presenting problems that we are likely to face in practice. We delude ourselves into believing that if we offer a safe, caring and therapeutic space, the client will resolve their sense of injustice, but instead the client’s problems begin to deepen, and in time, this includes a growing sense of disappointment, with us!

    Normal or healthy entitlement involves giving and receiving - rights are balanced with responsibilities. In contrast, excessive entitlement is associated with a lack of empathy or appreciation of the other’s point of view - arrogance and a pervasive sense that one has been wronged begin to dominate when life’s realities conflict with unrealistic, polarised or magical thinking. When confronted, underlying feelings of fragility give rise to a sense that one has been mortally wounded. These are all narcissistic traits, and when it comes to working with these clients, we find that their defences are often rooted in disappointing, un-boundaried, or overly permissive early relationships.
    This workshop will look at the spectrum of psychological difficulties associated with feelings of disappointment, entitlement and grievance and introduce participants to the continuum of narcissistic difficulties ranging from mild to the more severe, narcissistic personality disorder.

    Workshop aims

    • gain an awareness of healthy and pathological forms of disappointment and entitlement
    • understanding narcissism in the context of early development
    • assessment - identifying clients with narcissistic tendencies
    • learn how to navigate through the self-defeating coping strategies of the narcissist
    • raise awareness of the feelings generated in the therapist – avoid colluding with the “victim” in favour of working with the “shadow”

    Who is the workshop for?
    All mental health professionals looking for an introduction to narcissism and strategies for practice.

    Facilitator: Steve Sharkey
    Steve is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and Consultant Adult Psychotherapist at Kent and Medway Partnership NHS Trust. Steve combines NHS work with a small private practice. He has a special interest in personality disorder - he completed a post graduate training in forensic psychotherapy in the NHS and managed a Department of Health sponsored residential community for clients with severe and dangerous personality disorder. Steve is a former executive council member of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy.


    Title: Disappointment, Entitlement & Grievance - An Introduction to Narcissism
    Summary: 1 day workshop presented by Steve Sharkey
    Date: Saturday 11th May 2019
    Venue: CCT, Unit 32, Roper Close, Roper Rd, Canterbury CT2 7EP
    Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
    Fee: £75 (£52.50 Student Rate)
    CPD Hours: 5
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    Course:
    Disappointment, Entitlement & Grievance (11/5/19)
    Price Band:
    Standard
    £75.00
    Course:
    Disappointment, Entitlement & Grievance (11/5/19)
    Price Band:
    Student (verification required)
    £52.50
  • Working with Substance Use - an Introductory Day
    Saturday 22nd June 2019

    Working with Substance Use - an Introductory Day

    Therapists can feel deskilled when confronted with clients who have problems with substance use, even to the point where the therapist refers the client on to a ‘Substance Misuse Specialist’. This introductory day explores ways of working with clients with substance misuse from initial assessment to working with motivation and ambivalence.

    We will examine the psychosocial model of substance misuse and look at the relational aspect of it. Once someone is ready to either reduce or abstain from their substance of choice we will explore specific interventions to support them to change and to maintain this. We will also explore the notion of lapse and relapse and examine ways of managing this.
    Finally we will examine our own relationship with a substance of choice, how this originated and how this might impact on the work with clients.

    Facilitator - Adrian Hemmings
    Adrian is a chartered psychologist and registered with the HCPC as a counselling psychologist. He is a senior practitioner on the British Psychological Society (BPS) Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy. He is also on the BPS register for Expert Witnesses and Chair of the BPS Psychotherapy Section.

    Adrian has worked in the NHS as a psychologist and psychotherapist in a local PCT where he was Professional Head of Psychology. In his private practice he works short and long term and integrates Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Solution Oriented therapy. Adrian also runs training courses in a variety of subjects and offers clinical and academic/research supervision. He is currently a consultant to the Centre for Psychological Therapies in Primary Care at the University of Chester.

    Title: Working with Substance Use - an Introductory Day
    Summary: 1 day workshop presented by Adrian Hemmings
    Date: Saturday 22nd June 2019
    Venue: CCT, Unit 32, Roper Close, Roper Rd, Canterbury CT2 7EP
    Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
    Fee: £75 (£52.50 Student Rate)
    CPD Hours: 5
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    Course:
    Working with Substance Use - an Introductory Day (22/6/19)
    Price Band:
    Standard
    £75.00
    Course:
    Working with Substance Use - an Introductory Day (22/6/19)
    Price Band:
    Student (verification required)
    £52.50
  • Working with survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
    Saturday 13th July 2019

    Working with survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

    Recent media attention has focused on historical child sexual abuse (CSA) especially by celebrities, establishment figures or through child sexual exploitation yet the majority of CSA occurs within the family which is typically under reported. Current research indicates that only 1 in 8 survivors of CSA in the family report their sexually abusive experiences, often many years later. In addition, survivors and clinicians are often not able to recognise the link between a history of CSA and a range of mental and physical health problem such as emotional dysregulation, addictions, self-harm and suicidal ideation, anxiety disorders, sexual health and relational difficulties, and personality disorders as well as persistent somatic complaints, chronic pain, auto-immune disorders and chronic fatigue syndrome. The danger of not being able to identity the relationship between CSA and presenting symptoms is that CSA remains undetected which can lead to misdiagnosis and pervasive mental and physical health problems. It is critical that practitioners in a wide range of mental and physical health settings have a good understanding of the impact and long-term effect of CSA and how this manifests in a range of clinical settings so that they are able to respond appropriately.

    This seminar aims to enhance awareness of CSA, its impact and long-term effects on survivors and how to work with them using the principles of safe trauma therapy, psycho-education and stabilisation to restore control to allow for the processing of the CSA narrative. Using illustrative case examples it will present a range of skills to facilitate right brain engagement as well as emphasising the importance of the therapeutic relationship to build shame resilience and facilitate post traumatic growth. It will also examine the impact of working with survivors on practitioners and how to minimise vicarious traumatisation and secondary traumatic stress through counsellor self-care. In identifying a range of therapeutic skills and the challenges of working with survivors of CSA, practitioners will feel more equipped when working with survivors and appreciate the transformative effects of post traumatic growth for both client and practitioner. Topics to include:
    • The nature and dynamics of CSA such as the grooming process, secrecy and the distortion of reality
    • CSA as trauma and the neurobiological impact
    • The psychological impact and long-term effects of CSA
    • The intergenerational transmission of CSA
    • The role of shame and self-blame
    • The principles of safe trauma therapy, psycho-education and stabilisation
    • The importance of the therapeutic relationship and right brain based therapeutic skills
    • Challenges and impact of working with CSA on practitioners
    • Post traumatic growth

    Christiane Sanderson
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    Christiane Sanderson is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton.
    With over 30 years’ experience working in child sexual abuse, interpersonal trauma and domestic abuse (and trauma), she has run consultancy and training for parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists, counsellors, solicitors, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Committee, the Methodist Church, the Metropolitan Police Service, the NSPCC and the Refugee Council.

    She is the author of Counselling Skills for Working with Shame, Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse, Introduction of Counselling Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma, Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse, Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse 3rd Edition, The Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse - all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers; and The Warrior Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Childhood Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence, The Spirit Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Religious Sexual Abuse Across All Faiths and Responding to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A pocket guide for professionals, partners, families and friends - all published by One in Four

    A sandwich lunch and refreshments will be provided in the price of this seminar

    Title: Working with survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
    Summary: 1 day workshop presented by Christiane Sanderson
    Date: Saturday 13th July 2019
    Venue: Terrace Room, Augustine House, Christchurch University, Rhodaus Town, Canterbury CT1 2YA
    Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
    Fee: £95 (student rate not available)
    CPD Hours: 5
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    Course:
    Working with survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (13/7/19)
    £95.00
  • Mentalising Skills for Mental Health Professionals
    Saturday 12th & Saturday 19th October 2019

    Mentalising Skills for Mental Health Professionals

    Mentalising refers to our ability to attend to mental states in ourselves and others as we attempt to understand our own actions and those of others on the basis of intentional mental states. Mentalisation Based Psychotherapy (MBT) is an evidenced based psychotherapy developed by Professor Peter Fonagy and Professor Anthony Bateman for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). It is now being developed for wider application with depression, families, and eating disorders.

    This workshop conducted over two days will introduce participants to Mentalising skills that can be used with a range of clients and patients in many contexts. The workshop, is suitable for any mental health professional interested in integrating some MBT skills into their therapeutic practice.

    You will learn about the theoretical foundations of Mentalisation and then proceed to develop some MBT skills through case discussion, clinical demonstration, videos, and role play. Active engagement with the workshop is encouraged as the capacity to generate and develop curiosity about one’s own mind (client and therapist) and the minds of others, is central to this approach. Reading material and a participant skills manual is included as well as CPD certificate.

    Important - this Skills workshop is not an alternative to the Basic Training and Practitioner Level MBT Trainings offered at the Anna Freud Centre London. It acts as a taster for those considering or wishing to undertake these trainings. Participants must attend both days of this workshop to benefit.

    Facilitator – Steve Sharkey
    Steve is a Consultant Psychotherapist at Kent and Medway Partnership NHS Trust. Steve is a former Executive Council Member of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy. He has a special interest in working with Borderline Personality Disorder. He has undertaken MBT training to advance and skills trainer levels at the Anna Freud Centre, London.

    Title: Mentalising Skills for Mental Health Professionals
    Summary: 2 day workshop presented by Steve Sharkey
    Date: Saturday 12th & Saturday 19th October 2019
    Venue: CCT, Unit 32, Roper Close, Roper Rd, Canterbury CT2 7EP
    Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
    Fee: £150 (£105.00 Student Rate)

    CPD Hours: 10
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    Course:
    Mentalising Skills for Mental Health Professionals (12th & 19th Oct)
    Price Band:
    Standard
    £150.00
    Course:
    Mentalising Skills for Mental Health Professionals (12th & 19th Oct)
    Price Band:
    Student (verification required)
    £105.00
  • Working Effectively with People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
    Saturday 9th November 2019

    Working Effectively with People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder

    The workshop aims to address the following:

    • An introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including Asperger’s Syndrome
    • Understanding peoples’ experiences of ASD
    • The differences between males and females in presentations with ASD
    • Myths and misconceptions in ASD
    • How do we spot ASD?
    • Working with people with ASD in counselling; challenges and creative solutions

    There will also be space for questions and answers.

    The workshop will involve a combination of didactic teaching, and interactive exercises in order to enhance learning.

    Facilitator - Dr Anna Preston, BSc (Hons), D.ClinPsych, AFBPsS
    I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working as the Lead Psychologist for Acute Care Services across Surrey and North East Hampshire. Since qualifying I have also worked in secure forensic services, learning disability personality disorder services, and in a previous post was the lead for an outpatient personality disorder service.

    As well as working for the NHS I work privately providing therapeutic interventions to clients with a range of mental health difficulties. I also work as an expert witness providing assessments for the Family, Immigration and Criminal Courts.


    Title: Working Effectively with People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
    Summary: 1 day workshop presented by Dr Anna Preston
    Date: Saturday 9th November 2019
    Venue: CCT, Unit 32, Roper Close, Roper Rd, Canterbury CT2 7EP
    Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
    Fee: £75 (£52.50 Student Rate)
    CPD Hours: 5
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    Course:
    Working Effectively with People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (9/11/19)
    Price Band:
    Standard
    £75.00
    Course:
    Working Effectively with People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (9/11/19)
    Price Band:
    Student (verification required)
    £52.50

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