This is an eight part Study Group series running on Fridays throughout May and June 2017, 10.00am - 12.00pm each Friday (16 hours in total)
May 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th
June 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
Short term focused psychodynamic counselling and therapy has a long and distinguished research evidence base in Britain and the United States. The evidence base refutes the stereotype that psychodynamic therapy is solely synonymous with long term clinical work and applicable only to a limited group of patients. This eight week training will enable participants to be able to understand how to apply the key principles of psychodynamic therapeutic work in short term therapy with a wide range of clients and patients who present with a variety of different problems.
The training is suitable for psychologists and other mental health practitioners working in current clinical practice in public and private settings. The training is an intensive learning experience and is limited to a maximum of 16 people.
The training covers three main areas:
1. Introduction to the history of research into short-term psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy. What we can learn from the evidence?
2. Overview of the protocol with specific reference to short term psychodynamic counselling and therapy.
- The connection between relationships, attachment and the brain
- The primacy of the core developmental task
- The impact of separation, loss and trauma
- Individual, interpersonal and systemic connections
- The therapeutic relationship and the therapeutic alliance
- Understanding group and organisational processes in the work setting and their impact on clinical practice
3. The Psychodynamic Method
The training sessions are intended to be practical and applicable to participants’ work situations. Learning will be both factual and experiential. Prior to the training each participant is requested to select a case or small number of cases they are currently working with. Through the ongoing discussion and small group exercises in each seminar, they will learn how to apply the protocol to their clinical work by focusing on the following areas:
- The dynamics of the assessment process - from hypothesis to formulation
- Creating change within a time-limited format
- Trusting the process rather than the strategy
- Understanding the presenting problem – how children ‘speak’ the family, how adults ‘speak’ their life experience
- Working in partnership with parents
- Developing therapeutic communication – the primacy of the therapeutic encounter
- Managing beginnings, endings and returns
- Understand core principles of the psychodynamic method
- Know how to work with the reflective hypothesis in the therapeutic encounter
- Recognise the impact of early separation, loss and trauma
- Developed skills in focusing on the core conflict and finding the leverage in short - term work