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2019 Workshop Programme

  • Working with Substance Use - an Introductory Day
    Saturday 22nd June 2019 * Apologies - Course cancelled *

    Working with Substance Use - an Introductory Day

    * Apologies but this course has been cancelled *

    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: Cancelled
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  • 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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  • 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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    Mentalising Skills for Mental Health Professionals (12th & 19th Oct)
    Price Band:
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    £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)
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    Working Effectively with People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (9/11/19)
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