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.

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Conference 2022


A Bowlby Centre Conference
26th February 2022

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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.

There is a charge of £30 for attendance via Zoom.  Please note that Zoom is free to download and the facilitator will send you a link to join the Open Day.  All papers will be emailed to you beforehand.

We hope that some Open Days will be at the Bowlby Centre, 1 Highbury Crescent, London N5 1RN, however, 27 November and 19 March will be held via Zoom.


22nd January 2022 – In person at the Bowlby Centre/Zoom

19th March 2022 – Zoom

7th May 2022 – In person at the Bowlby Centre/Zoom

25th June 2022 – In person at the Bowlby Centre/Zoom

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Clinical Forums

“Pandemics, people with an intellectual disability, loss and trauma”

Saturday, 13th November 2021, 11am to 1pm, Via Video Link
Cost: £30 (Bowlby Centre members and students – free)
Presenter: David O’Driscoll

Synopsis:The Covid-19 pandemic affected people with an intellectual disability disproportionately from the rest of the general population. In this presentation David will reflect on their experiences, their families and staff teams. He will discuss whether we should mark their deaths in some way.

About the speaker:David O’ Driscoll works as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist for Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. This involves individual and group work with service users with an intellectual disability as well as training and consultancy to staff teams. His background prior to working in NHS has been in social work with over twenty-five years of experience. He is conveyor for the intellectual disability section of the Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector a founder member of the Institute of Disability and Psychotherapy (IPD) and is its current chair He is also a member of the Social History of the Intellectual Disability Research Group based at The Open University. David is also a Visiting Research Fellow at Centre for Intellectual Disability Research, Hertfordshire University.

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Safeguarding Awareness Training for Counsellors and Therapists April 2022

A two hour online workshop designed and facilitated by Lynn Findlay 

Saturday, 2nd April 2022
11.00am – 1.00pm
£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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Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice March 2022

Saturday, 5th and Sunday, 6th March 2022
Saturday, 19th and Sunday, 20th March 2022
10.00am – 4.00pm

Cost: £600

The Bowlby Centre
1 Highbury Crescent
London, N5 1RN

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 • Dismissing • 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 jigsawI have been looking for and brings together many things…”

Orit Badouk Epstein is a UKCP registered Attachment based Psychoanalytic psychotherapist, a trainee supervisor and a trainee therapist. She trained at the Bowlby Centre, London where she is 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, Routledge (in Press) 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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