Continuing Professional Development

We provide a variety of professional development opportunities. Some of these are available only to our members whilst others are available to other qualified psychotherapists and counsellors and we are committed to developing training provision aimed at giving an attachment orientation to other professionals.

Open Days
Clinical Forums
Courses & Conferences
Past Event Archive

Open Days

Psychotherapy Training Open Days

The Open Day provides an opportunity to meet staff from the Bowlby Centre to find out more about our approach and the details of our training programme. The event is a facilitated workshop, with an overview of the curriculum, a clinical vignette and a discussion about our approach and the theoretical influences that have informed our work. It is also an opportunity to meet some of those who may be training alongside you, should you decide to join us.

The Open Days in May and June will be held in person at the Bowlby Centre, 1 Highbury Crescent, London N5 1RN.

Dates:

Saturday October 1st 2022

Saturday November 5th 2022

Saturday January 28th 2023

Saturday March 4th 2023

Saturday May 20th 2023

Saturday June 24th 2023

Saturday July 22nd 2023 tbc

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Clinical Forums

Using the McCluskey Model when working with a person with DIDSpeaker: Mark Linington – Via Video Link

10th September

Time:11.00am –1.00pm

Synopsis: Mark will present some of his long-term psychotherapeutic work with a person with a Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). He will use the Una McCluskey model of attachment-based systems (Careseeking, Caregiving, Self-Defence, Interest-Sharing, Sexuality, Internal Environment and External Environment) to explore a way of understanding and working with some key issues in the person’s internal environment and the relational interactions in the psychotherapy.

About the speaker: Mark Linington is an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist with The Bowlby Centre and the Clinic for Dissociative Studies in London UK. From 2013-2018 he was Chair of the Executive Committee at The Bowlby Centre, where he continues to work as as a training therapist and clinical supervisor. He worked for 12 years in the NHS as a psychotherapist with children and adults with intellectual disabilities, who experienced complex trauma and abuse. He also worked as a psychotherapist for several years at a secondary school in London for young people with special needs, including autism, ADHD and other intellectual disabilities. He has written a number of papers and book chapters about his clinical work and presented papers on attachment theory in clinical practice at a number of conferences, including in South Korea, Hong Kong and Paris. He is currently CEO and Clinical Director at the Clinic for Dissociative Studies, where he is also a specialist consultant psychotherapist working with people with Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D.) and clinical supervisor. He works in private practice with children, adults and families, providing supervision to individuals and groups and training to organisations.

Forum Cost:£30 for non-members, £10 for students from other organisations, (Bowlby Centre members and students –free)

CPD:2 hours –(CPD certificate provided)

£ 0.00
Please contact Carol Tobin carol.tobin@thebowlbycentre.org.uk for any queries

THE ALMOSTNESS OF YOU – ON AMBIVALENT/PREOCCUPIED ATTACHMENT
RELATIONSHIPS, UNRESOLVED GRIEF AND AMBIGUOUS LOSS

SPEAKER: ORIT BADOUK EPSTEIN

Synopsis:
The profound sadness, confusion and disappointment that some of our clients bring to our consulting rooms, is common and can be debilitating to their intimate relationships and everyday life functioning.

The client’s ambivalent attachment to their caregiver in childhood, has sadly left them with a lingering legacy of feeling stuck between despair and lifelong dependency, which is unable to equip them with self-regulation, selfworth, and self-realisation.

Bowlby considered ambivalent attachment as chronic unresolved grief. In essence, the preoccupied attachment relationship is rarely about safe holding, rather it is about what is left missing. The client I will be presenting, arrived in therapy with a soaring depression after her boyfriend of three years had suddenly left her. The intense relationship she had with her mother was equally charged and counted on erroneous misunderstanding and disappointments that hadn’t come to full light. The client’s pursuit of unrequited love made her inhabit a world without, always yearning and pining for an ideal object that lived two miles away from disappointment.

William James, Auden, Beckett, Sylvia Plath, and many other great writers and poets sensitively depicted aspects of such ambiguous loss in their writing. I will be sharing the wealth of metaphors that helped me organise my thoughts around the micro-dynamics of this intriguing attachment style and which has paved the way to resolving the client’s grief, general confusion and earned security.

About the speaker:
Orit Badouk Epstein is a UKCP Attachment based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Supervisor who trained at the Bowlby Centre. She specialises in Attachment Theory and Complex Trauma.

Orit is a teacher, Editor and a writer. She has recently edited and co-authored the book Shame Matters (Routledge,
2021).

Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm
Cost: £30 (Bowlby Centre members and students – free)
£10 for students from other organisations
Chair of Clinical Forum: Helen Everitt, member of the Bowlby Centre
CPD: 2 hours – (CPD certificate provided)

£ 0.00
Please contact Carol Tobin carol.tobin@thebowlbycentre.org.uk for any queries

Understanding and Working with narcissistic abuse

£ 0.00
Please contact Carol Tobin carol.tobin@thebowlbycentre.org.uk for any queries

Courses

Group Supervision via Zoom with Tori Settle

NOW FULL

Online

Saturday, 17th September 2022
and then on a 4 – 6 weekly basis

Cost:  £30 per person

Tori will be running a group supervision session for 6 participants. Participants are welcome to either bring their own material on this occasion or join in discussion with peers. This is the first of a regular set of group supervision sessions with a closed group – so for those of you who wish to bring clinical material at a later date, there will be opportunities to do so. Future dates and times will be agreed when we meet.

Tori Settle
Tori is currently the CEO of the Bowlby Centre and ran the Short Course on Attachment in 2020. She has over 20 years of clinical experience as an Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and is a supervisor and trainer.

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Safeguarding Awareness Training for Counsellors and Therapists September 2022

A two hour online workshop designed and facilitated by Lynn Findlay

Tuesday 27th September 2022
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£30 non-Bowlby Centre members
£20 Bowlby Centre members

What is it about?
The workshop will increase your knowledge and confidence about making safeguarding decisions about children and adults in the therapeutic context. We focus on joined-up thinking across families and networks.

Is it for me?
It is for therapists working with both adults and young people. Many adult clients have contact with children in some capacity, and all children are cared for by adults. You can be in private practice or employed by an organisation.

What will I learn?
The session covers:
•Legislative and statutory framework which promotes and safeguards a child’s welfare, including understanding terminology and comparisons with safeguarding vulnerable adults (joined-up thinking).
•An overview of types of harm and abuse
•The role of the therapist within this framework, exploring issues of confidentiality and contracting in the counselling context, with consideration to GDPR.
•Making sense of your concerns and threshold dilemmas
•Guidance on recording and reporting concerns
•Signposting -what next.

How is it delivered?
This is currently via Zoom, with information sharing, whole group discussion, and opportunities for questions and personal reflection.

Please get in touch if I can help. The training can be tailored directly to your learning needs.

About Lynn:
Lynn is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, working with both adults and young people. She is a registered social worker with over 20yrs experience working in safeguarding, with many years of experience designing and delivering training sessions in social care and therapy.

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Specialised Safeguarding Training for Counsellors and Therapists October 2022

A two hour online workshop designed and facilitated by Lynn Findlay 

Tuesday 4th October 2022
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£30 non-Bowlby Centre members
£20 Bowlby Centre members

Specialised safeguarding training for therapists

Working with non-recent abuse and the LADO process and Domestic abuse, including the DASH risk
assessment and the MARAC process

This workshop is designed for counsellors and therapists, who have either completed the
Safeguarding Awareness session, or who have a sound knowledge of child and adult safeguarding
and are looking to expand their knowledge on working with disclosures of non-recent abuse and
working with domestic abuse in therapy. The workshop offers knowledge of tools and procedures
which can be used in therapy and opportunities for further discussion around thresholds and
safeguarding dilemmas.

This is a two hour session and we spend around one hour on each topic.

Working with non-recent abuse covers:
• What is non-recent abuse?
• Managing a disclosure in therapy – duty of care, confidentiality, and self-care
• Making a referral to the police and/or social care
• Allegations against persons working with children/vulnerable adults: Role of the LADO
• Continuing with therapy alongside an investigation –role of CPS and pre-trial therapy
Working with domestic abuse covers:
• What is domestic abuse?
• How domestic abuse is located within child and adult safeguarding
• Contracting with a client experiencing domestic abuse
• Working with a disclosure of domestic abuse
• The DASH risk assessment tool and how this can be used in therapy
• Understanding the MARAC process

There will be a blend of information sharing and small group work to discuss thresholds and
dilemmas.

About Lynn:
Lynn is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, working with both adults and young people. She is a registered social worker with over 20yrs experience working in safeguarding, with many years experience designing and delivering training sessions in social care and therapy.

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Exploring Attachment Theory October 2022

An online weekend course designed and facilitated by Tori Settle

Saturday, 22nd and Sunday, 23rd October 2022
10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost – £300
Venue – Online

What is it about?
We will be exploring how our ‘attachment system’ is comprised of various elements or sub systems – a care giving system, a care seeking system and a fear system (fight/flight) being just three of them. We will be concentrating on how these three systems are connected and how our internal and external worlds impact on them. We will be referencing Bowlby’s attachment theory and Una McCluskey’s work on the Dynamics of Attachment in professional encounters.

Is it for me?
If you are a professional care giver in any area that covers mental health or wellbeing then this course is for you. Typically participants are counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers, nurses, coaches and teachers – but this course is open for anyone who wants to learn more about their patterns of giving care to others, all through an attachment lens.

What will I learn?
We will be exploring how our attachment patterns influence how we give and receive care and how, when we become anxious or fearful in relationship, our capacity to give and receive care effectively break down. A good therapeutic encounter relies on this care exchange being secure and attuned. When it becomes insecure, the therapeutic relationship can be vulnerable to breaking down – resulting in therapeutic encounters being prematurely terminated and professionals or caregivers feeling deskilled or dreading the work.

About Tori:
I am currently the CEO of The Bowlby Centre and have a private practice in Kent. I have a passion for teaching and am a registered attachment based psychoanalytic psychotherapist and supervisor

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Attachment and Complex Trauma March 2023

Saturday, 25th March and Sunday 26th March 2023
Time:10 am to 4pm
Cost:£350
Venue:The Bowlby Centre, 1 Highbury Crescent, London, N5 1RN

About the course
The course will be covering key principles of attachment theory as it originated by John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth along with its application in clinical practice. In addition, the course will focus on the Disorganised attachment status and its characteristics as is often shown in clients who suffer complex trauma and the intergenerational transmission of trauma. The emphasis on teaching disorganised attachment and complex trauma has arisen based on the demand from practitioners who often find themselves grappling with challenging situations when working with the more traumatised client groups. The course is aimed at therapists, psychologists, counsellors, social workers, GPs and other practitioners in the caring profession who want to expand their understanding of attachment theory with the emphasises on complex trauma, intergenerational transmission and adverse childhood experiences.

Participants will be meeting in person and the number of places are limited

Seminar Leader
Orit Badouk Epstein is a UKCP registered Attachment-based Psychoanalytic psychotherapist, a training supervisor and a training therapist. She trained at the Bowlby Centre, London where she was the Editor of the journal “Attachment-New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis”. She specialises in attachment theory and trauma and regularly lectures, teaches, writes and presents papers and book chapters on these topics and consults worldwide on attachment theory. She runs a private practice and works relationally with individuals, couples and parents. Orit has a particular interest in working with individuals who have experienced extreme abuse and trauma and have displayed symptoms of dissociation. She is the co-author of the books “Ritual Abuse and Mind Control: The Manipulation of Attachment Needs” (Badouk Epstein, Wingfield & Schwartz, 2011 Karnac), “Terror within& without” (Yellin, Badouk Epstein, 2013, Karnac), Shame Matters (2021), Routledge and was the co-editor of the ESTD (European Society for Trauma and Dissociation) newsletter for 10 years as well as being a regular contributor of articles and film reviews. In her spare time Orit enjoys the cinema, reading philosophy and writing poetry.

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AttachmentTheory in Clinical Practice – May 2023

Saturday 13th May and Sunday 14th May, Saturday 27th May and Sunday 28th May 2023
10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost – £650
Venue – The Bowlby Centre
1 Highbury Crescent
London N5 1RN

About the course

Seminars will include the following themes

• Introductions – our relationship to attachment theory.
• Attachment theory in context
• Separation, loss and mourning
• Patterns of attachment and their internal representation
• Secure • Avoidant • Preoccupied • Unresolved/disorganised • Not classifiable
• Evaluating adult attachment states of mind
• Internal working models
• Reflective functioning
• Intersubjectivity

Clinical work will consider the role of mourning, narrative, mutuality and recognition, affective attunement and cycles of rupture and repair in the therapeutic process.
The objectives of this course are to introduce Attachment theory and deepen your understanding of it. It’s designed to be of practical value with implications for therapy and human relatedness. The course is aimed for Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists
and Social Workers.

“I was surprised how this course touched on all areas of my life… for me it has been the missing piece of the jigsaw I have been looking for and brings together many things…”

Participants will be meeting in person and the numbers of places is limited.

Seminar Leader:
Orit Badouk Epstein is a UKCP registered Attachment based Psychoanalytic psychotherapist, a training supervisor and a training therapist. She trained at the Bowlby Centre, London where she was the Editor of the journal “Attachment-New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis”. She specialises in attachment theory and trauma and regularly lectures, teaches, writes and present papers and book chapters on these topics and consults worldwide on attachment theory.
She runs a private practice and works relationally with individuals, couples and parents. Orit has a particular interest in working with individuals who have experienced extreme abuse and trauma and have displayed symptoms of dissociation.
She is the co-author of the books “Ritual Abuse and Mind Control: The Manipulation of Attachment Needs” (Badouk Epstein, Wingfield & Schwartz, 2011 Karnac), “Terror within & without” (Yellin, Badouk Epstein, 2013, Karnac), Shame Matters (2021), Routledge and was the co-editor of the ESTD (European Society for Trauma and Dissociation) newsletter for 10 years as well as being a regular contributor of articles and film reviews. In her spare time Orit enjoys the cinema, reading philosophy and writing poetry.

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