For CPD short courses for therapists see Continuous Professional Development
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The Ground of Psychotherapy
A one year course led by Nick Totton
Spiral Centre – February to November 2018
Five weekend workshops £1250
Nick Totton – I am a therapist and trainer with over 30 years experience. Originally a Reichian body therapist, I have explored widely in a number of therapy modalities, and now practice and teach Em- bodied-Relational Therapy and Wild Therapy. I have a grown up daughter. I have written several books, including Body Psychotherapy: An Intro- duction; Wild Therapy; Not A Tame Lion; Embod- ied Relating: The Ground of Psychotherapy; and Press When Illuminated: New and Selected Poems. I live in Cornwall with my partner and grow vegetables. www.nicktotton.net.
Embodied-Relational Therapy – Embodied-Relational Therapy (or ERT, for short) is an holistic integrative approach focusing on two facts about human beings: we are embodied and in relationship. ERT draws a great deal from other therapies, particularly those from the body psychotherapy tradition, and brings these ideas and techniques into a new synthesis with its own unique flavour and values. We describe this in terms of seven metaskills: Awareness, Trust, Contactfulness, Spontaneity, Spaciousness, Relaxation and Wild Mind.
For more information on ERT, including the two year training with an optional third year on Wild Therapy, go to www.erthworks.co.uk.
Course structure – The course consists of five non-residential weekend workshops at the Spiral Centre, 2 Shelburne Road, Islington N7 6DL, London.
Venue – The Spiral Centre, www.spiralcentre.org, is a holistic therapy centre in Islington, London, offering counselling, psychotherapy and complementary therapy. The workshop will be in a large ground floor room with a breakout space and garden access. Teas, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
Dates and times – The workshops will take place on February 24th-5th, April 21st-2nd, June 30th-July 1st, September 29th- 30th and November 24th-5th. They will start at 10 am each day and end at 5 pm each Saturday and 4.30 pm each Sunday.
Cost – The course will cost £1250. This is payable as a deposit of £250 to secure a place, then £200 on or near each weekend. Some bursaries may be available, please ask.
Participants – There will be between eight and fourteen group members. Most members will be practising therapists or counsellors, but I may make exceptions in particular circumstances; please contact me if you want to explore this.
Booking – To book or find out more please contact Nick, 01726 817620, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you haven’t worked with me before, you will need to arrange to have a chat.
This course is based on Nick’s book: Embodied Relating: The Ground of Psychotherapy, and aims to give the ideas of the book a base in experience, and to apply them to clinical situations.
Grace and Chaos:
A short group facilitation course
with Stephen Tame and Allison Priestman
Starting November 4/5 2017, January 20/21 2018, April 14/15, June 16/17
Four weekends in London, at Spiral, cost £1100, concessions available.
For further information and booking please contact Allison http://www.allisonpriestman.
This course, which has run successfully for the last four years, is for anyone who wants to learn more about groups, how they function, and how to facilitate them.
Grace and Chaos: opposite poles, yet both crucial for successful group process.
Grace – the gracefulness of a well-functioning group or good group facilitation, effortlessly yielding to reality. Joanna Macy describes what she calls group synergy: ‘It is like grace, because it brings an increase of power beyond one’s own capacity as a separate entity’.
Mythologically, Chaos is the primal state from which the world is created. Groups need to go down into Chaos in order to pass a certain point in their alchemical journey; so group leaders need the courage and grace to allow chaos to happen, and to model openness to chaos, openness to not knowing, for the rest of the group.
We will learn about groups by being one: holding an open space for the group to do what it needs to do, and using theory in a creative and accessible way to make sense of our experience. You will have opportunities to practice and develop facilitation skills by ‘taking the wheel’ of the group for a while.
Diploma in Integrative Psychosexual Therapy
with Cabby Laffy
Current course: January 2016 – November 2017, London Venue: Spiral
Next course: September 2017 – June 2019, London Venue: Spiral
This two-year training in Integrative Psychosexual Therapy is aimed at practitioners working in the fields of counselling and psychotherapy, sexual health and/or complementary and alternative medicine. It offers an opportunity for personal and professional development for those wishing to enhance their work with clients’ psychosexual health issues. The course is accredited with the National Council of Psychotherapists.
Our approach is integrative, holistic, and appreciative of diverse sexualities.
For details and a brochure, see http://www.psychosexualhealth.org.uk/#!diploma/c1ylx
Certificate in Couple Therapy
with Cabby Laffy
Next course: four weekends in 2017, London Venue: Spiral
September 16th and 17th
October 21st and 22nd
November 18th and 19th
December 16th and 17th
This 8-day certificate course is designed for qualified counsellors, psychotherapists or psychologists who would like to become more skilled in working therapeutically with couples. Through teaching and experiential work, including role-plays and skills practice you will gain some insights and tools to work with the dynamics of a couple client, as well as common issues arising in couple therapy.
For further details and to book please contact: http://www.counselling.org/certificate-couple-therapy/
Trainings elsewhere with trusted facilitators:
Practitioner Development and Training in Shamanic Practice
and Soul Retrieval
Lorraine Grayston & Dawn Russell
courses in London and East Susses East Sussex
The Shamanic Journey is about exploring and affecting what is happening within our individual energy world and moving beyond the individual into the place where all things are connected.
Soul Retrieval uses the medium of the shamanic journey to re-member ourselves i.e. to re-connect with parts of our life force that we dis-connected from through traumatic experiences.
The course is for women and men who find themselves to be in a healing situation with another.