Counsellors, Therapists and Professional Negligence: A Duty of Care?
Friday 13 February 2015 / 6.30pm-8.30pm / £7.50 (free to members) / includes light refreshments
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.
Being in Time
Friday 13 March 2015 / 6.30pm-8.30pm / £7.50 (free to members) / includes light refreshments
Working with Clients with Long-term Depression: Adapting psychodynamic counselling
Frank Kelley an NHS psychodynamic counsellor
Friday 10 April 2015. 6.30pm-8.30pm. Cost £7.50 or free to members. This includes light refreshments.
On ‘Strictly Bipolar’
Andrew Shepherd, a doctoral research fellow at the University of Manchester and higher trainee in Forensic Psychiatry
Friday 8 May 2015, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Cost £7.50 or free to members. This includes light refreshments.
Friday 12 June 2015, 6.30pm-8.30pm, Cost £7.50 or free to members. This includes light refreshments.
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.
Three Words in Therapy
Friday 11 July 2015, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Cost £7.50 or free to members. This includes light refreshments.
For our end of season event we’ve invited three members to speak for 20 minutes each on a favourite word or phrase used in their therapy or counselling. They’ll be lots of time for questions and discussion.
The NWRPA takes a holiday in August
Working with Unformulated Experience
Friday 11 September 2015, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Cost £7.50 or free to members. This includes light refreshments.
Some clients find it difficult to verbalise their early experience let alone consider how it relates to the challenges they currently face. Steff works with such clients by attending to both her own and her client’s body and internal experience. This evening she discusses this phenomenological process along with Lawrence Hedge’s idea of ‘working the organising experience.’
Steff Oates qualified as a Transactional Analyst in 1997. She runs a private practice in Cheshire, provides supervision and training, and regularly writes and speaks on TA theory and practice.
Desire in Perversion
Friday 9 October 2015, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Cost £7.50 or free to members. This includes light refreshment.
Mariel’s presentation draws on psychoanalysis to look at different clinical structures, focusing on perversion. She will consider whether we can diagnose perversion just on the basis of observable symptoms, how the perverse position is different from the neurotic with regards to desire, and whether we can treat perversion.
Mariel Barclay trained as a Lacanian psychoanalyst in Argentina and worked with young adults in the day centre of a psychiatric emergencies hospital. She later changed careers and moved to the North West where she continues her psychoanalytic studies.
Reflective Writing and Side Glances
Friday 13 November 2015, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Cost £7.50 or free to members. This includes light refreshments.
In our second presentation this season on working with clients for whom verbalising presents difficulties, Alan describes research into the effectiveness of reflective writing as a means for clients to process and symbolise trauma. Illustrated by case studies – including his own research – Alan offers practical guidance on how reflective writing can become integrated into talking therapy.
Alan Priest is a UKCP Registered integrative psychotherapist and BACP Accredited counsellor. He teaches at the University of Salford and runs a private practice in Yorkshire.
Three More Words in Therapy
Friday 11 December 2015, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Cost £7.50 or free to members. This includes light refreshments.
Katherine will talk about dissociative identity disorder as a multiple response to early trauma. Katherine is a psychologist in secondary care with the NHS Mental Health Services in Bolton and has a specialist interest in trauma.
As therapists we are aware of the richness and usefulness of the ideas about the unconscious from the founding of psychoanalysis onwards. Frank has some reservations about the nature of the unconscious. These were originally theoretical but later came to cast a different light on therapeutic practice and a different answer to the question of where do unconscious thoughts come from. Frank Kelley is a retired NHS psychodynamic counsellor.
“Honour your mistake as a hidden intention.” On the function in therapy of the mistake, accident, blot, blunder, boo-boo, boob, botch, bugger up, bungle, clanger, cock-up, error, faux pas, fiasco, fluff, forgetting, gaffe, goof, howler, lapse, mislaying, misreading, misspelling, misunderstanding, mix-up, muddle, muff, omission, overlooking, screw-up, slip and stumble. Illustrated with examples and with time to share your own favourite mistake. Paul Melia is counsellor and psychotherapist at TherapyInManchester.co.uk