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

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 will be held in person at the Bowlby Centre, 1 Highbury Crescent, London N5 1RN.

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday 11th May 2024

Saturday 1st June 2024

Clinical Forums


June 8 – Tori Settle
July 13 – Barry Christie

* Speakers are subject to change



Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice – June  2024


Saturday, 15th and Sunday, 16th June 2024, Saturday, 29th and Sunday, 30th June 2024

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.

Mental Health Familiarisation for all 2024
A one-day online workshop designed and facilitated by Gwen Adshead

Saturday 29th June 2024
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
With Gwen Adshead
Venue: Zoom Online

The aims and intention of this workshop are:

  • To provide knowledge and understanding which meets the UKCP criteria for the mental health familiarisation requirement;
  • To provide an opportunity for the audience to hear from an expert in lived experience
  • To provide an opportunity for a discussion, question and answer, session for all delegates

Is it for me?  This course is designed for anyone with an interest in mental health, including qualified and trainee psychotherapists and counsellors and academics with an interest in mental health.

What will I learn? The day will be broken up into 4 sessions which covers:

Session One knowledge and understanding of mental health in England and Wales

  • How mental illnesses are classified
  • Models of assessment

Session Two knowledge and understanding of the mental health system in England and Wales

  • Working within a social responsibility framework
  • Working within a wider system of care

Session Three Panel discussion Gwen with those who have had experience within the mental health system

  • The experiences of those who have used the mental health system
  • Visons of how to develop the mental health system
  • Common problems experienced by those who use the mental health system
  • Ideas about what therapists need to know about the mental health system

Session Four -Question and answer

  • Whole audience participation in questions, opinions and commentary

About Gwen:

Dr Gwen Adshead is a forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist. She trained at St George’s Hospital and the Institute of psychiatry; and she qualified as a group analyst at the Institute of Group Analysis. She is also trained in mindfulness based CBT and in mentalisation based therapy. Gwen has a long standing interest in attachment theory; and its potential implications for the origins of child maltreatment and interpersonal violence and also for delivering therapeutic interventions. Gwen works as both a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in different kinds of clinical settings; from high secure services to the community. She has a long standing interest in the ethics of mental health services and models of health care delivery. In 2013, she was awarded the President’s medal for her work in mental health ethics. Gwen’s most recent publication is for a general audience, and was written with Eileen Horne. Entitled ‘The Devil You Know’, it is published by Faber.

Booking Information: 

Date: Saturday 29th June 2024

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Cost:Bowlby Centre students: Free
Students from outside the Bowlby Centre: £50
Registered members of The Bowlby Centre: £50
Registered non Bowlby Attendees £100

CPD: 6 Hours  – (CPD certificate provided)