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:

22nd January 2022

19th March 2022

7th May 2022

25th June 2022

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Clinical Forums

‘The Unanswered Self’ Speaker: Candace Orcutt – Via Video Link

14th May

Time:1.00pm –3.00pm

Synopsis: James Masterson’s pioneering work in the understanding and treatment of personality disorder gained a vital and “secure base” in the developmental studies of John Bowlby and his contemporary, Margaret Mahler. Bowlby, especially, stressed the importance of the inner “working model” of relationship that the child learns from the early mother/child interaction. Masterson, in turn, demonstrated how personality disorder is the shadow side of this inner model, and showed how early developmental omissions and distortions are carried over in fundamental assumptions that limit and skew adult relationships. Candace will review and illustrate with clinical examples how her recent book describes the patients [clients?] who enter dynamic psychotherapy with this problem, and how Masterson introduced developmentally-directed interventions as part of the therapeutic relationship. In this presentation, she hopes to extend this view by exploring the importance of Bowlby’s balancing of attachment and exploring behaviours—both for the growing child and in treating the recovering patient.You can watch a short film introducing Candace’s book on YouTube here.

About the speaker: Candace is the author of the recently published The Unanswered Self: The Masterson Approach to the Healing of ”” Personality Disorders –a summation and further extension of the life’s work of a pioneer in contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy. A clinical social worker and psychoanalyst, she worked for twenty years as Masterson’s associate, training with him and participating in building the International Masterson Institute. With the IMI, she has taught, supervised and lectured throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa, Turkey and Australia. In addition to her work with Masterson, she is on the faculty of The New Jersey (US) Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis, and has published numerous articles and an earlier book, Trauma in Personality Disorder: A Clinician’s Handbook. Global outreach is prospering in this era of internet communication, and she is pleased to have this opportunity to talk with clinicians in the homeland of object relations and developmental theory.  A 20% discount is available when buying the book at the Karnac bookshop website, using the code SELF20

Forum Cost:£30 (Bowlby Centre members and students –free) CPD:2 hours –(CPD certificate provided)

Tools for working with trauma

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

Misogyny in Psychoanalysis

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

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 (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

Subject: TBC

£ 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

Safeguarding Awareness Training for Counsellors and Therapists June 2022

A two hour online workshop designed and facilitated by Lynn Findlay  THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

Tuesday 7th June 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 experience designing and delivering training sessions in social care and therapy.

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Specialised Safeguarding Training for Counsellors and Therapists June 2022

A two hour online workshop designed and facilitated by Lynn Findlay 

Tuesday 14th June 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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Building Therapeutic Presence and Attachment in Online Therapy June 2022

Online course

Saturday, 25th June 2022
09.30am – 12.30pm

Cost: 

£40 non-Bowlby Centre members
£20 Bowlby Centre members
Free for Bowlby Centre students

The training will cover:

  • The frame: Creating a secure container through clear practices
  • The ‘digital relationship’: What features are created or heightened by the relationship being online?
  • Attachment: Ways we can work to foster secure attachment in online therapy

About Emma

Emma Cameron, MA, PG.Dip., Adv.Dip, is a UKCP registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in Wivenhoe, on the north Essex coast. She has been working online since 2016, when a long-term client moved out of the area and wanted to continue working, which prompted Emma to do a diploma in online therapy. She also has a
diploma in online supervision, and has given trainings on delivering therapy and supervision online to professional organisations and training institutions in the U.K. and Ireland. A level 3 AEDP therapist, Emma draws on extensive training in AEDP (Diana Fosha’s accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy) as well as several years’ experience in online therapy and supervision. Later in 2022, Routledge will be publishing ‘Integrative Arts Psychotherapy: Using an Integrative Theoretical Frame and all of the Arts in Psychotherapy’ (eds. Nash & Vaculik) for which Emma has written a chapter on working online. Emma’s many articles on therapy-related topics can be accessed via her website, https://emmacameron.com

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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, 18th March and Sunday 19th 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 trainingsupervisor and a trainingtherapist. 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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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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