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April 2020

Let’s Stop Pretending We Know What We Are Doing – Robin Shohet

April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm BST
Robin Shohet

What would happen if we really embraced the idea of not knowing, or, in the words of the brilliant analyst Wilfred Bion, we entered a session without memory, desire, or understanding, another way of saying be in the now, or loving what is. There are so many ways the spiritual texts point to our not knowing and yet we insist on trying to quote evidence, create maps, models and use definitions.

The gift of the corona virus is to expose our fragile hold on reality, breaking through the need for control and the fear that lies behind it. Come to this session empty as we sit together in a space of not knowing and open ourselves to what might emerge.

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Supervision As Spiritual Practice – Robin Shohet & Joan Wilmot

April 24 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm BST
Robin Shohet & Joan Wilmot

In our book, 'In Love With Supervision: Creating Transformative Conversations', we describe 23 principles of supervision, ending with supervision as spiritual practice. We will describe the 23 principles and look at how they might have relevance, both for supervision and our lives beyond.

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The Client’s Perspective: Pesso Boyden System of Psychotherapy (PSBP) – Juliet Grayson

April 28 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm BST
Juliet Grayson

Juliet will interview John about his experience of attending a 4-day PBSP Intensive as a client. This was a residential workshop, where she was the therapist leading client sessions using PBSP. This was John's first experience as a client, and Juliet will be asking him about the immediate impact and the longer term effects of one session of PBSP.

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The F Factor: How Facebook Has Helped Grow My Private Practice – Antonia Higgins

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm BST
Antonia Higgins

Since I started in private practice in 2016, I have worked on building an active social media presence, particularly on Facebook, as a way of being visible to potential clients. And it works for me. I receive a significant number of enquiries through Facebook and often these enquiries translate into client work.

John has invited me to explore with him how I use my Facebook presence, what has worked for me, and why I would encourage therapists to use it as a marketing tool.

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Online Therapy: Processes, Tasks, Integration, and Energetic Holding (McDonald, 2019 Textbook) – Renee McDonald

April 28 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm BST
Renee McDonald

Holding the energetic therapeutic space: Working with the quantum energetic field and the transpersonal within online therapy for maximum client results.

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All Trauma Is Treatable – Justin Havens

April 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm BST
Justin Havens

All trauma is treatable.

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Nature-Based Soul Dreaming – Wendy Robertson Fyfe

April 28 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm BST
Wendy Robertson Fyfe

In this Interview in nature/eco-based work, Wendy is in conversation offering another way of dreamwork through a Soulcentric perspective. From this perspective, every dream is an opportunity for transforming the ego in a shift from ego-centric identity to soulcentric identity into living the full mythopoetic, enchanted (and enchanting) human being we are born to be. Wendy is also in conversation about how wandering on the land in conversation with our dreams can deepen our experience of ourselves, the land and the dream leading us to next steps in the conversation between crossing into the Mysteries between nature and psyche on the Journey to Soul. If you have a short, fresh dream, do bring it and we will see if there's a moment to experience the work. Otherwise, there is a two-part workshop in December to be dreamed into for a deeper taste of the work.

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For Therapists Struggling With Private Practice Anxiety: When Are We Ready? – Alison Moore

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm BST
Alison Moore

As someone who has been through many years of training, you may have been told you're not qualified to be an independent counsellor in private practice. Well – possibly. However, for Alison, it's not as clear cut.

In this conversation, we will discuss what is needed to be fit for private practice, to be an independent counsellor. And, if we're not fit yet, what our next steps could be.

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May 2020

The Secret Lives of Men: Ten Keys to Unlock the Mystery – James Hawes

May 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm BST
James Hawes

Men from all walks of life are entering therapy including professional footballers, cage fighters, nightclub owners, politicians, builders, CEOs, army veterans, doctors, teachers, mechanics, and religious ministers.

Some men are left feeling confused when their partners struggle to accept their vulnerability and they may hear the negative refrains of, 'Man-up' or 'Grow a pair'. For men to move from their secret selves to being more emotionally open, then societal expectations will need to be challenged and changed. Men and women will need to agree to allow the other to break out of their stereotypical straitjackets and emotional restrictions that have been accepted and enforced by society.

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Working As A Counsellor With A Chronic Condition – Olivia Djouadi, Kel O’Neill, & Kristine Abercrombie

May 19 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm BST
Olivia Djouadi, Kel O'Neill, & Kristine Abercrombie

Some comments I heard in the past made me feel dismissed such as saying 'counsellors should be in good health' which is very unclear. I have good health, however, as I'm on medication and have medical input, others may not see good health. I will be discussing how one might manage and what additional areas of importance are there for those juggling clinical work and health.

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Autism Awareness For Counsellors – Allan Turner

May 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm BST
Allan Turner

This presentation will give you an insight into typical Autistic traits. The descriptions of these traits are often applied by others, living or working with Autistic people. Some Autistic people will even describe themselves in this language because they have been told so often. "People say that I don't listen, am too controlling, and see things in black & whites".

Autistic people often have difficulty in social interactions, that they might call "small talk" which they may struggle to understand or are simply not interested in them.

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Working With Older People: Clinical And Ethical Implications – Helen Kewell

May 19 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm BST
Helen Kewell

Following the first interview in this series of working with older people, looking at the theory and psychology behind the work, this interview explores some of the practical, ethical, and clinical considerations for this work.

Practical suggestions and ideas about how to contract and set up this work for those interested or considering it.

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June 2020

PCT Scotland: The Benefits, Changes, And Challenges Of Membership Associations – Antonia Higgins

June 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm BST
Antonia Higgins

PCT Scotland's Secretary, Tonia Higgins, will talk about the changes the association is working towards and the challenges of remaining valuable and relevant to members today.

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You’re A Qualified, Insured Counsellor. Now, How Do You Attract Clients? – Jane Travis

June 23 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm BST
Jane Travis

In my Facebook group, people often ask "what's the best way of getting clients" and then lots of lovely counsellors say what has worked for them. The problem is, their answers are all different, which can feel confusing and overwhelming. And herein lies the problem, because all marketing works.

So, how do you decide what's right for you?

In my book, 'Grow Your Private Practice', I de-mystify the marketing process for counsellors.

In this event, we'll be discussing some of the issues I cover in the book and I'll be answering your questions about attracting clients.

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September 2020

Talking About Sex, Gender, and Relationships With Meg-John Barker

September 15 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm BST
Meg-John Barker

In this interview, we will talk with popular author and author of the BACP resource on gender, sexual, and relationship diversity, Meg-John Barker, about their work and how to talk about sex and relationships with clients. The interview will cover why understanding gender, sexual, and relationship diversity is so important when working with all clients - not just those from marginalised groups. We will also delve into how to help clients to explore their sexualities and genders, to tune into their desires and fantasies, and to communicate with others about their sexual and relationship styles. We will explore the importance of consent in client-work around sexuality and in general.

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