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Your Further Learning & Development

The aim of INTEGRA CPD is to develop a comprehensive cutting-edge programme for continuing professional development, in collaboration with practitioners like yourself and in response to your evolving needs and feedback – a programme of workshops and courses that is based on a broad-spectrum integration of all the therapeutic approaches and on embodied, relational and integral principles.

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How do we make our CPD learning impactful and relevant to our everyday practice? Should our own further development not be informed by the same therapeutic principles which underpin our work? In therapy as in teaching therapy, we aim to 'walk our talk' by focussing on the learning process rather than only the content - creating safe, creative and stimulating learning environments, suited to the variety of learning styles that therapists bring to the group. Our CPD workshops emphasise experiential engagement and the mind-body connection, integrating professional competence with personal process and self-awareness, combining left- and right-brain learning that translates directly into practice.

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In our own work, we are aiming at an integration that draws on the theories, wisdom and gifts of all the therapeutic approaches. We welcome and attract therapists from across the modalities who find inspiration and challenge in the cross-fertilisation between different schools and orientations. You can read more about the main principles of our approach which can be summarised as: full-spectrum integrative - embodied/bodymind connection - relational - informed by modern neuroscience - systemic/multi-dimensional/integral - rooted in the 'Wounded Healer' - embracing uncertainty, conflict and paradox.

Read more about our integrative approach >>

Recent News from INTEGRA CPD

What are therapists looking for in their CPD training?

What have been your experiences of recent CPD events?
Useful? Boring? Inspiring? Effective?
How has it affected your practice?
See some evaluation feedback from a recent workshop.

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Broad-spectrum Integrative North London CPD Group

Some places still available in this ongoing cross-modality CPD group, meeting in North London for 4 or 5 days per year, building an integrative community of practitioners.
Next group days for 2017: 13/14 May, 1 July, 16 Sept. 25 Nov.

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Do not take our word for it! Want to know what our events are like?

Depending on topic, aims and group composition, it's usally some mixture of experiential work (role-plays of vignettes, live sessions, skills practice), theory/discussion as well as individual and group process. Have a look at what other participants are saying:

See Feedback and Testimonials >>

Some places still available:

"Relational dynamics in body-oriented psychotherapy"

CPD in Bristol with Michael Soth: 17 June (Fee: £65)

This workshop is an ideal opportunity for an introduction to Michael’s work, and specifically how he approaches the integration of the paradigm clash between the humanistic and psychodynamic traditions. It is an affordable workshop on a crucial topic, as many integrative therapists struggle to integrate these paradigms rather than oscillate between them, both in their work and in supervision.

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This website is designed to address the continuing professional development (CPD) needs of counsellors, psychotherapists and therapeutic practitioners in general. If you are looking for a therapist, or want to work individually with one of us, please see the following websites:

Oxford Counselling and Psychotherapy

Michael has been running an Oxford-based referral service for about 25 years, helping you find the 'right' therapy for you. Assessment and referral sessions take place in West Oxford, and are primarily oriented towards Oxfordshire, but referrals and recommendations can also be made in London, occasionally nationwide and sometimes internationally.

Michael Soth

To work with Michael individually in Oxford, please use the contact form to e-mail him. He offers short and long-term individual psychotherapy, as well as individual supervision for therapeutic practitioners, coaches and consultants. He currently maintains a waiting list and is usually unable to take anybody on within less than six months.

Morit Heitzler

To work with Morit individually in Oxford, you can refer to her website. She offers short and long-term individual psychotherapy, specialises in trauma treatment (integrative, somatic, including EMDR) and offers individual supervision for therapeutic practitioners as well as complementary therapists.

All published articles & papers / presentations / hand-outs & teaching materials

You can now find all our writing, a list of all presentations (many of them available as pdf's) and all Michael's hand-outs in our new Resources section of this site.

See all Articles & Papers >>
See all Presentations >>
See all Hand-outs >>
See all Recommended Books >>
Audio >> - more mp3's to come

Since June 2013 Michael has been publishing a blog at Psychotherapy Excellence - the UK's national portal for CPD - on the dilemmas of continuing professional development in the 'impossible profession'. To make it easier for you to follow the sequence of entries (as they are really meant to build on each other step-by-step), he has created a dedicated blog site. If you have missed any of the entries, having them all in one place like that will make it easy to catch up. Here is the link:
The Impossible Profession: Counselling & Psychotherapy

Michael has been interviewed several times now for webcasts on various topics, including 'What is psychotherapy?' (see preview) and 'The embodied phenomenology of enactment' (see preview). You can find these webcasts, which feature interviews with many other well-known therapists, on sale at: Psychotherapy Excellence.

Forthcoming Psychotherapy & Counselling CPD Workshops, Courses, & Events

Oct
2
Mon
2017
Limitations & dangers of an integrative approach – and what to do about them @ The Randall Room, All Saints Church
Oct 2 @ 19:30 – 21:30

An evening event for Bristol Psychotherapy Association

Since its origins in the early 1990s, I’ve always been passionately involved with the integrative movement in psychotherapy.

However, are we manifesting its full hoped-for potential?

What are the limitations, dangers and disadvantages of an integrative approach?

What are its challenges and what can we do about them?

Oct
10
Tue
2017
London: bi-monthly Advanced Small Supervision Group for Experienced Therapists @ Oak & Pastor
Oct 10 @ 10:30 – 17:00

This group (maximum 7 participants, meeting once every 2 months on a Tuesday in Archway, North London 10:30 to 17:00) originally organised by Eamonn Marshall, has been running for 3 years now. From September 2017 there are two more places available in this group, which is open to experienced therapists only from across the modalities. All of the current participants work also as supervisors, tutors or teachers alongside their private practice and share a perspective that draws from both humanistic and psychoanalytic traditions. Please enquire soon if you are interested in joining.

This was the initial invitation from Eamonn : "I am canvassing interest from those who might want to form a London-based bi-monthly supervision/CPD group provisionally starting in October 2014. The group leader will be Michael Soth who for many years was Training Director at The Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy, and who has been teaching and running integrative and embodiment-oriented CPD for 20 years.

I participated in Michael's Oxford CPD group for two years and have just decided not to continue this coming autumn due to the expense and effort of travelling up to Oxford from South East London. However, Michael is willing to establish a similar group in London if there is enough interest, and I am obviously keen for that to happen.

Michael has spent much of his career thinking about and formulating what an integrated therapeutic approach might actually look like, and thinking through the inherent difficulties in bringing together theories that seem to be fundamentally incompatible. This is a project that I have been pursuing myself over the last decade or more. For Michael's full biography, in his own words, please see here.

The group will comprise no more than 7 practitioners, and is intended for those with considerable post-qualification experience (10+ years). A gender balance will be actively sought. You should have a curiosity and interest in therapeutic approaches other than your own, and be comfortable with a group supervision format. There will be an emphasis on experiential learning through role play and two-chair work, which naturally opens up the opportunity to discuss therapeutic perspectives, theory and practice, and, significantly, to learn about Michael's highly nuanced take on thinking (and working) across therapeutic divides. As with all supervisory/learning work, there is an overlap between personal and professional development, and Michael and the group will work to find a good balance between the two.

Michael will make all decisions on the eventual membership of the group."

The following Tuesdays are proposed for the academic year 2017/2018:

12 Sep 2017
28 Nov 2017
30 Jan 2018
13 Mar 2018
8 May 2018
26 Jun 2018

Oct
15
Sun
2017
OTS: Witney – Working Relationally – Don’t we All? @ Witney Therapy Centre
Oct 15 @ 10:00 – 17:00

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A FREE CPD workshop for counsellors and psychotherapists.

Workshop description: TBC

If you live in the area and want to join OTS, contact the director, Justin Smith via the website.

Oct
21
Sat
2017
London, Ealing – Ongoing Professional Development Group for Experienced Therapists @ Overton House
Oct 21 @ 11:00 – Oct 22 @ 17:00

This group is for experienced therapists only (practising for 8 years or more), and has had a consistent core group of participants for the last 4 few years, meeting 4 - 5 days per year. There is a pool of 18 participants, and 2 more places are available from 2017. See the dedicated page for detailed info.

Oct
28
Sat
2017
Bristol CPD Workshop: Relational dynamics in body-oriented psychotherapy @ Quaker Meeting House
Oct 28 @ 10:00 – 16:30

Organised by the Association for Core Process Psychotherapy:

This follow-up workshop is another ideal opportunity for an introduction to Michael’s work, and specifically how he approaches the integration of the paradigm clash between the humanistic and psychodynamic traditions. It is an affordable workshop on a crucial topic, as many integrative therapists struggle to integrate these paradigms rather than oscillate between them, both in their work and in supervision.

Following on from a first workshop on the topic in June 2017, the Association for Core Process Psychotherapy is organising a second workshop, to continue and deepen the theme. It will be possible for you to join this day without having attended the first workshop - in preparation you will have access to the teaching materials from the June workshop. Most participants will be a Core Process therapists, which will give the day an emphasis on the body-mind and psychosomatic connection, and how attention to the two bodies in the therapeutic relationship (or better: the two ‘bodyminds’) can provide the experiential foundation for the integration of paradigms.

Exploring the tension between ‘authentic’ and ‘transference’ relating

In the lineage of Body Psychotherapy, we come across a set of diverse and to some extent confusing and contradictory assumptions as to what we mean by therapeutic relating and the therapeutic relationship. On the whole, the whole range of body-oriented work as practiced today clearly belongs to the humanistic tradition, with its emphasis on authentic/dialogical and empathic/reparative relating. This sits alongside influences from the psychoanalytic tradition, notably the work of Reich and his ideas about working with transference, as well as his quasi-medical and scientific attitude to treatment (which he shared with Freud). These different paradigms of relating are quite difficult to integrate and bring together, as they are based on polarised attitudes and stances in terms of one-person and two-person psychologies.

That raises the question as to what we mean by being ‘relational', especially in recent years, when that notion has become increasingly fashionable, and is in danger of becoming diluted. As psychotherapists working in the body-oriented traditions, we have the potential to bring a more substantial, embodied and complex notion of relating to the talking therapies.

This workshop is an opportunity to explore your own experience of the tensions between the polarised humanistic and psychoanalytic traditions, and how you integrate them. This tension hinges around the essential conflict between ‘authentic relating’ and 'working with the transference' - two principles which many of us find equally valid and want to equally do justice to in our work.

It has been understood and acknowledged for decades that any direct and directive work with the body, especially if it includes touch, intensifies the transference. However, psychoanalysts have contested that by using directive body-oriented interventions, body-oriented therapists are minimising and sidestepping the transference. In fact, all therapies that are relying exclusively on an empathic, attuned, heartfelt connection are open to that psychoanalytic challenge (keeping things too cosy, encouraging regression or over-dependency, avoiding the negative transference) and the question of whether this is in the client's best interests.

When our intention is to work with the client’s ‘character’, i.e. with all the embodied levels of developmental injury, across the whole bodymind, how do these different traditions and paradigms of relating get in each other's way or complement each other and how might they create an integrative synergy?

Recommended preparatory reading:

Relating To and With the Objectified Body: This was my first public attempt at spelling out some of the difficulties and pitfalls of Body Psychotherapy, as I had increasingly become aware of them in the late 1980's and the early 1990's. From being securely ensconced in the body-oriented subculture, it took years to recognise and formulate the hidden 'medical model' assumptions, the implicit idealisation of the body, the simple reversal of mind-over-body into body-over-mind and how I was in the habit of turning my therapeutic position into an "enemy of the client's ego". Here I state for the first time how it is perfectly possible for Body Psychotherapy to exacerbate the body/mind split whilst intending to 'heal' it.

Humanistic or psychodynamic - what is the difference and do we have to make a choice ? by Lavinia Gomez: This brilliant and helpfully clarifying article by Lavinia Gomez tackles the difficult theme 'humanistic or psychodynamic' in a non-dogmatic and fairly comprehensive fashion. Lavinia poses some challenging questions, especially for integrative therapists: how free and fluid can we allow ourselves to be in terms of combining, mixing and matching different therapeutic traditions, and what are the possible negative effects of switching approaches, especially in terms of the client's sense of containment? - This paper is essential reading for this workshop, as is my response at the time:

Is it Possible to Integrate Humanistic Techniques into a Transference-Countertransference Perspective? (2004): Whilst agreeing with Lavinia's challenges to the integrative project and the mixing of humanistic and psychodynamic paradigms, 
I argue against one of Lavinia's central conclusions, based on a different interpretation of what we might mean by 'containment' and 'enactment'.

What therapeutic hope for a subjective mind in an objectified body? This is my first attempt at formulating the 'relational turn' in Body Psychotherapy, and taking the integration of humanistic and psychodynamic paradigms further. This is the abstract: Our modern attempt to re-include the body in psychotherapy – as necessary and promising as it is – brings with it the inevitable danger that we import the culturally dominant objectifying construction of the body into a field which may represent one of the last bastions of subjectivity, authenticity and intimacy in an increasingly virtual world. Edited from my presentation to the UKCP conference 'About A Body’, this paper addresses the question how embodied subjectivity – Winnicott’s “indwelling of the psyche in the soma” - can be found within a relational matrix pervaded by disembodiment and self-objectification.

 

Nov
18
Sat
2017
Athens: Embodied Dimensions of Transference, Countertransference & Supervision
Nov 18 @ 10:00 – Nov 19 @ 17:00

Engaging with therapeutic impasses, breakdowns and stuckness by integrating non-verbal communication, somatic processes and ‘implicit relational knowing’

“How can we use our own embodied awareness and our perception of the client's bodymind to maximise our understanding of the intersubjective dynamics in the therapeutic process?”

This workshop is based on integrating the wisdom and expertise of two diverse and in many ways contradictory traditions: the psychoanalytic tradition and the body-oriented Reichian and post-Reichian tradition. Psychoanalysis has developed incredible sensitivity to unconscious mental processes and relational vicissitudes, but remains limited to the ‘talking cure’.

Body psychotherapy has developed a profound understanding of bodymind processes, and a rich and creative toolbox of working experientially bottom-up towards an integration of physical, emotional, imaginal and mental aspects of being, but remains limited by fixed relational stances on the part of the therapist and a lack of awareness around countertransference (where it is understood as the therapist’s problem only, rather than also containing information about the client’s unconscious).

 

By bringing the two traditions together, we get the best of both worlds, leading to profound possibilities of deepening the therapeutic process, making therapy more effective, and dealing with otherwise unmanageable impasses and complications.

Whereas recognising and working with the transference has been an essential aspect of the Reichian tradition, working in the transference and with the countertransference has been a neglected part of the therapeutic relationship in body-oriented work. Most humanistic therapists share with Freud the classical assumption that countertransference boils down to the therapist’s own ‘stuff’ or pathology, and is therefore best dealt with by further therapeutic work on one's own process and character as a therapist, towards authenticity or congruence.
As long as we reduce countertransference - in David Boadella’s terms – to an “interference with contact”, our work can not benefit from what the psychoanalytic tradition calls the ‘countertransference revolution’: the recognition that the transference and countertransference “interlock” (in Heinrich Racker’s terms) and that some of our experience in the therapeutic position can give us deep insight into the client’s inner world, including their early relational experiences which contributed to their character formation. This interlocking depends upon ‘somatic resonance’, but goes way beyond its traditional meaning as ‘feeling the client’s feelings’. The ‘countertransference revolution’ helps us recognise how the “client’s conflict becomes the therapist’s conflict”.
The fact that body-oriented tradition has overlooked and ignored the ‘countertransference revolution’ is curious, because it is precisely embodied perception should enable the therapist to be much more acutely aware of the ways in which the client's unconscious experience is communicated nonverbally, subliminally - via empathic attunement, somatic resonance, projective identification - and thus appears in the countertransference.
“Within the Body Psychotherapy tradition … the relational vicissitudes of the therapeutic endeavour are still under-theorised. Thus, a holistic and phenomenological two-person psychology as bodymind process still awaits formulation.”

Workshop format

Michael has been working on re-integrating the Reichian and psychoanalytic traditions since the 1980’s and is an internationally recognised trainer in this field.

In this workshop, we will use participants’ own personal-professional experience and client material to learn experientially and theoretically, using role-plays to work through supervision vignettes in an embodied and experiential way. Michael will interweave the group process with the learning as well as skills practice, to demonstrate and teach, drawing on our shared experience in the group.

Learning Objectives

to deepen and enhance our ‘implicit relational knowing’

to deepen our awareness of the relational significance of non-verbal communication

to apply the insight of modern neuroscience to our practice

to integrate ‘one-person‘, ‘one-and-a-half-person’ and ‘two-person psychology’

to recognise oscillations in the working alliance in response to unconscious processes

to recognise transference and countertransference as bodymind processes

to understand the principles and application of the countertransference revolution

to recognise the therapeutic potential of impasses and enactments

Επιπλέον κείμενο
Ενώ το να αναγνωρίζουμε και να εργαζόμαστε με τη μεταβίβαση έχει υπάρξει ένα βασικό στοιχείο της Ραϊχικής παράδοσης, το να εργαζόμαστε μέσα στη μεταβίβαση και στην αντιμεταβίβαση έχει υπάρξει ένα παραμελημένο κομμάτι της θεραπευτικής σχέσης στη σωματικά προσανατολισμένη θεραπεία. Οι πιο πολλοί ανθρωπιστικοί θεραπευτές μοιράζονται με τον Φρόυντ την κλασσική υπόθεση ότι η αντιμεταβίβαση συνοψίζεται στα θέματα του ίδιου του θεραπευτή ή στην παθολογία του και συνεπώς αντιμετωπίζεται καλύτερα με περαιτέρω θεραπευτική εργασία επί της προσωπικής διεργασίας και του χαρακτήρα ως θεραπευτή, με στόχο την αυθεντικότητα ή τη συνέπεια.

Όσο αναγάγουμε την αντιμεταβίβαση σε μια «παρεμβολή στην επαφή» (με τους όρους του David Boadella), η εργασία μας δεν μπορεί να επωφεληθεί από αυτό που η ψυχαναλυτική παράδοση ονομάζει «την επανάσταση της αντιμεταβίβασης»: η αναγνώριση ότι η μεταβίβαση και η αντιμεταβίβαση «αλληλοεμπλέκονται» (με τον όρο του Heinrich Racker) και ένα μέρος της εμπειρίας μας στη θεραπευτική θέση μπορεί να μας δώσει βαθιά επίγνωση για τον εσωτερικό κόσμο του θεραπευόμενου, συμπεριλαμβανομένων των πρώιμων σχεσιακών βιωμάτων που έχουν συνεισφέρει στη δημιουργία του χαρακτήρα του. Αυτή η αλληλοεμπλοκή εξαρτάται από τη σωματική αντήχηση (somatic resonance), αλλά είναι πολύ διαφορετική από την κλασσική έννοια του «νιώθω τα συναισθήματα του θεραπευόμενου». Η «επανάσταση της αντιμεταβίβασης» μάς βοηθάει να αναγνωρίσουμε πώς η «σύγκρουση του θεραπευόμενου γίνεται η σύγκρουση του θεραπευτή».

Είναι περίεργο που η σωματικά προσανατολισμένη παράδοση έχει παραβλέψει και αγνοήσει «την επανάσταση της αντιμεταβίβασης», επειδή ακριβώς η ενσώματη ακρίβεια είναι η οποία θα έπρεπε να επιτρέπει στον θεραπευτή να είναι πολύ περισσότερο ενήμερος των τρόπων με τους οποίους η ασυνείδητη εμπειρία του θεραπευόμενου επικοινωνείται μη λεκτικά, υποσυνείδητα δια μέσω ενσυναισθητικού συντονισμού, σωματικής αντήχησης, προβολικής ταύτισης και συνεπώς παρουσιάζεται στην αντιμεταβίβαση.

«Εντός της παράδοσης της Σωματικής Ψυχοθεραπείας… οι σχεσιακές δυσκολίες της θεραπευτικού εγχειρήματος είναι ακόμα ελλιπώς θεωρητικοποιημένες. Έτσι, μια ολιστική και φαινομενολογική ψυχολογία των δύο προσώπων ως διεργασία ψυχοσώματος ακόμα παραμένει να αναπτυχθεί.»

Oxford: Integrative Trauma Therapy – 2 CPD Days with Morit Heitzler – Workshop 2 @ Asian Cultural Centre
Nov 18 @ 10:00 – 17:00

For all the background information and a detailed workshop description of these CPD days, see the dedicated page.

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Nov
25
Sat
2017
North London – Ongoing Integrative CPD Group @ The Nebula
Nov 25 @ 10:00 – 17:00

An ongoing, broad-spectrum integrative group

This semi-closed group has been running for several years now, with new participants joining the 'pool' of members as places become available. Led by one of the most experienced integrative trainers in the UK, this group will provide an ideal relational container for your ongoing development as a therapist. By immersing yourself in a diverse group of colleagues from different schools and orientations, you will widen your perspective, deepen your practice, draw both inspiration and challenge from the co-created wide-ranging experiential work and have a reference point as well as resources and teaching to support your further development.

You can find a detailed description of the format and objectives of this group on the dedicated page.

Nov
28
Tue
2017
London: bi-monthly Advanced Small Supervision Group for Experienced Therapists @ Oak & Pastor
Nov 28 @ 10:30 – 17:00

This group (maximum 7 participants, meeting once every 2 months on a Tuesday in Archway, North London 10:30 to 17:00) originally organised by Eamonn Marshall, has been running for 3 years now. From September 2017 there are two more places available in this group, which is open to experienced therapists only from across the modalities. All of the current participants work also as supervisors, tutors or teachers alongside their private practice and share a perspective that draws from both humanistic and psychoanalytic traditions. Please enquire soon if you are interested in joining.

This was the initial invitation from Eamonn : "I am canvassing interest from those who might want to form a London-based bi-monthly supervision/CPD group provisionally starting in October 2014. The group leader will be Michael Soth who for many years was Training Director at The Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy, and who has been teaching and running integrative and embodiment-oriented CPD for 20 years.

I participated in Michael's Oxford CPD group for two years and have just decided not to continue this coming autumn due to the expense and effort of travelling up to Oxford from South East London. However, Michael is willing to establish a similar group in London if there is enough interest, and I am obviously keen for that to happen.

Michael has spent much of his career thinking about and formulating what an integrated therapeutic approach might actually look like, and thinking through the inherent difficulties in bringing together theories that seem to be fundamentally incompatible. This is a project that I have been pursuing myself over the last decade or more. For Michael's full biography, in his own words, please see here.

The group will comprise no more than 7 practitioners, and is intended for those with considerable post-qualification experience (10+ years). A gender balance will be actively sought. You should have a curiosity and interest in therapeutic approaches other than your own, and be comfortable with a group supervision format. There will be an emphasis on experiential learning through role play and two-chair work, which naturally opens up the opportunity to discuss therapeutic perspectives, theory and practice, and, significantly, to learn about Michael's highly nuanced take on thinking (and working) across therapeutic divides. As with all supervisory/learning work, there is an overlap between personal and professional development, and Michael and the group will work to find a good balance between the two.

Michael will make all decisions on the eventual membership of the group."

The following Tuesdays are proposed for the academic year 2017/2018:

12 Sep 2017
28 Nov 2017
30 Jan 2018
13 Mar 2018
8 May 2018
26 Jun 2018

Dec
2
Sat
2017
Exeter: Body-oriented CPD Weekend Group with Michael Soth
Dec 2 @ 10:00 – Dec 3 @ 17:00

Exeter: Body-oriented CPD Weekend Group 2017 (Weekend 4 of 4 with Michael)

with Nick Totton & Michael

These workshops, designed for counsellors and psychotherapists from across the approaches, are an opportunity to work with and learn from two of the most experienced trainers at the forefront of bringing embodiment into psychotherapy.
Rather than grafting the body onto established practice as one more eclectic technique, Nick and Michael have been working towards a non-dualistic embodied way of being and relating in the therapeutic relationship.
This series of CPD training events provides an ideal container for your continuing professional development, rooted in your own embodied process.

For full details  regarding this unique venture in Britain's Southwest, see the dedicated page: Exeter: Body-oriented CPD Weekend Group 2017.

It is likely that the group will continue in 2018 with another series of four weekends.

Jan
27
Sat
2018
London, Ealing – Ongoing Professional Development Group for Experienced Therapists @ Overton House
Jan 27 @ 11:00 – Jan 28 @ 17:00

This group is for experienced therapists only (practising for 8 years or more), and has had a consistent core group of participants for the last 4 few years, meeting 4 - 5 days per year. There is a pool of 18 participants, and 2 more places are available from 2017. See the dedicated page for detailed info.

Jan
30
Tue
2018
London: bi-monthly Advanced Small Supervision Group for Experienced Therapists @ Oak & Pastor
Jan 30 @ 10:30 – 17:00

This group (maximum 7 participants, meeting once every 2 months on a Tuesday in Archway, North London 10:30 to 17:00) originally organised by Eamonn Marshall, has been running for 3 years now. From September 2017 there are two more places available in this group, which is open to experienced therapists only from across the modalities. All of the current participants work also as supervisors, tutors or teachers alongside their private practice and share a perspective that draws from both humanistic and psychoanalytic traditions. Please enquire soon if you are interested in joining.

This was the initial invitation from Eamonn : "I am canvassing interest from those who might want to form a London-based bi-monthly supervision/CPD group provisionally starting in October 2014. The group leader will be Michael Soth who for many years was Training Director at The Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy, and who has been teaching and running integrative and embodiment-oriented CPD for 20 years.

I participated in Michael's Oxford CPD group for two years and have just decided not to continue this coming autumn due to the expense and effort of travelling up to Oxford from South East London. However, Michael is willing to establish a similar group in London if there is enough interest, and I am obviously keen for that to happen.

Michael has spent much of his career thinking about and formulating what an integrated therapeutic approach might actually look like, and thinking through the inherent difficulties in bringing together theories that seem to be fundamentally incompatible. This is a project that I have been pursuing myself over the last decade or more. For Michael's full biography, in his own words, please see here.

The group will comprise no more than 7 practitioners, and is intended for those with considerable post-qualification experience (10+ years). A gender balance will be actively sought. You should have a curiosity and interest in therapeutic approaches other than your own, and be comfortable with a group supervision format. There will be an emphasis on experiential learning through role play and two-chair work, which naturally opens up the opportunity to discuss therapeutic perspectives, theory and practice, and, significantly, to learn about Michael's highly nuanced take on thinking (and working) across therapeutic divides. As with all supervisory/learning work, there is an overlap between personal and professional development, and Michael and the group will work to find a good balance between the two.

Michael will make all decisions on the eventual membership of the group."

The following Tuesdays are proposed for the academic year 2017/2018:

12 Sep 2017
28 Nov 2017
30 Jan 2018
13 Mar 2018
8 May 2018
26 Jun 2018

Feb
24
Sat
2018
Brighton: The Body Speaks – 1-day Conference
Feb 24 @ 10:00 – 17:00
Brighton: The Body Speaks - 1-day Conference @ Brighton | Colorado | United States

A conference with presentations by Margaret Landale & Michael Soth

Michael's presentation: Techniques for expanding talking therapy into bodymind process

Even the best therapeutic intervention can only be as good as the client's receptivity to it, and that is not mainly a left-brain issue. Whether a therapist's words 'land' in the client is not only a question of their content and meaning. Whether or not a therapist's response is being received gets determined, largely pre-reflexively, by the client's whole bodymind system, and that depends interpersonally on the 'felt sense' of the working alliance. Readiness for change (i.e. neuroplasticity) occurs at the edge of the window of tolerance (which Michael will introduce as having both intra-psychic and intersubjective dimensions). Practically, this often boils down to charged moments of heightened affect when the working alliance is in crisis and enactments are manifesting.

As a therapist, how do you 'catch' and make use of these moments that are characterised by spontaneous bodymind processes, which occur between client and therapist before, alongside and in spite of left-brain reflections and words?

In this presentation Michael will focus on the principles of embodied- relational practice, not so much in terms of body-oriented techniques that can be used to deliberately pursue heightened affect, but mostly in terms of embodied ways of being and working in those critical moments that arise spontaneously as part of the normal talking interaction between client and therapist. Rather than grafting new 'body techniques' onto their existing style and practice, the aim of this presentation is to help therapists to become more deeply embodied in moments of crisis and to craft spontaneously and creatively embodying interventions from within enactments.

Mar
13
Tue
2018
London: bi-monthly Advanced Small Supervision Group for Experienced Therapists @ Oak & Pastor
Mar 13 @ 10:30 – 17:00

This group (maximum 7 participants, meeting once every 2 months on a Tuesday in Archway, North London 10:30 to 17:00) originally organised by Eamonn Marshall, has been running for 3 years now. From September 2017 there are two more places available in this group, which is open to experienced therapists only from across the modalities. All of the current participants work also as supervisors, tutors or teachers alongside their private practice and share a perspective that draws from both humanistic and psychoanalytic traditions. Please enquire soon if you are interested in joining.

This was the initial invitation from Eamonn : "I am canvassing interest from those who might want to form a London-based bi-monthly supervision/CPD group provisionally starting in October 2014. The group leader will be Michael Soth who for many years was Training Director at The Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy, and who has been teaching and running integrative and embodiment-oriented CPD for 20 years.

I participated in Michael's Oxford CPD group for two years and have just decided not to continue this coming autumn due to the expense and effort of travelling up to Oxford from South East London. However, Michael is willing to establish a similar group in London if there is enough interest, and I am obviously keen for that to happen.

Michael has spent much of his career thinking about and formulating what an integrated therapeutic approach might actually look like, and thinking through the inherent difficulties in bringing together theories that seem to be fundamentally incompatible. This is a project that I have been pursuing myself over the last decade or more. For Michael's full biography, in his own words, please see here.

The group will comprise no more than 7 practitioners, and is intended for those with considerable post-qualification experience (10+ years). A gender balance will be actively sought. You should have a curiosity and interest in therapeutic approaches other than your own, and be comfortable with a group supervision format. There will be an emphasis on experiential learning through role play and two-chair work, which naturally opens up the opportunity to discuss therapeutic perspectives, theory and practice, and, significantly, to learn about Michael's highly nuanced take on thinking (and working) across therapeutic divides. As with all supervisory/learning work, there is an overlap between personal and professional development, and Michael and the group will work to find a good balance between the two.

Michael will make all decisions on the eventual membership of the group."

The following Tuesdays are proposed for the academic year 2017/2018:

12 Sep 2017
28 Nov 2017
30 Jan 2018
13 Mar 2018
8 May 2018
26 Jun 2018

Mar
23
Fri
2018
Athens: Two-chair Work – a creative experiential technique @ tbc
Mar 23 @ 10:00 – Mar 25 @ 17:00

Solutions to the technique's recurring pitfalls

Anticipating the recurrent pitfalls of the 2-chair technique and making therapeutic and transformational use of them

When it comes to shifting the focus of therapeutic interaction from 'talking about' to 'exploring the experience', there are few techniques more useful than 'empty-chair' or 'two-chair' work (this applies to supervision as well as therapy).
However, when therapists risk using the technique, it often does not produce the intended or intuited results. Having started with what seemed a burning, vibrant issue, the spark gets lost, and the interaction ‘goes flat’ or starts going round in circles.
From many years of using the technique myself, as well as supervising it, I have concluded there are some built-in recurring pitfalls which we can anticipate and prepare for; when understood and addressed, these pitfalls can actually enhance our use of the technique and make it more elegant and effective.

These three CPD days are designed to engender both detailed knowledge and skill as well as confidence, whatever level of experience you are currently bringing to this type of work.
I am expecting that in terms of the nitty-gritty detail of technique (what you actually do and say as a therapist and how and in what sequence), these days will be amongst the most specific and useful you will ever do. In terms of this particular technique, it's as close to a 'recipe book' or ‘manual’ of therapeutic intervention as is feasible when what we are really interested in is the aliveness and spontaneity of the client-therapist interaction.

For more detailed inofrmation about the background, format and content of the weekend workshop, download the  leaflet.

 

May
8
Tue
2018
London: bi-monthly Advanced Small Supervision Group for Experienced Therapists @ Oak & Pastor
May 8 @ 10:30 – 17:00

This group (maximum 7 participants, meeting once every 2 months on a Tuesday in Archway, North London 10:30 to 17:00) originally organised by Eamonn Marshall, has been running for 3 years now. From September 2017 there are two more places available in this group, which is open to experienced therapists only from across the modalities. All of the current participants work also as supervisors, tutors or teachers alongside their private practice and share a perspective that draws from both humanistic and psychoanalytic traditions. Please enquire soon if you are interested in joining.

This was the initial invitation from Eamonn : "I am canvassing interest from those who might want to form a London-based bi-monthly supervision/CPD group provisionally starting in October 2014. The group leader will be Michael Soth who for many years was Training Director at The Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy, and who has been teaching and running integrative and embodiment-oriented CPD for 20 years.

I participated in Michael's Oxford CPD group for two years and have just decided not to continue this coming autumn due to the expense and effort of travelling up to Oxford from South East London. However, Michael is willing to establish a similar group in London if there is enough interest, and I am obviously keen for that to happen.

Michael has spent much of his career thinking about and formulating what an integrated therapeutic approach might actually look like, and thinking through the inherent difficulties in bringing together theories that seem to be fundamentally incompatible. This is a project that I have been pursuing myself over the last decade or more. For Michael's full biography, in his own words, please see here.

The group will comprise no more than 7 practitioners, and is intended for those with considerable post-qualification experience (10+ years). A gender balance will be actively sought. You should have a curiosity and interest in therapeutic approaches other than your own, and be comfortable with a group supervision format. There will be an emphasis on experiential learning through role play and two-chair work, which naturally opens up the opportunity to discuss therapeutic perspectives, theory and practice, and, significantly, to learn about Michael's highly nuanced take on thinking (and working) across therapeutic divides. As with all supervisory/learning work, there is an overlap between personal and professional development, and Michael and the group will work to find a good balance between the two.

Michael will make all decisions on the eventual membership of the group."

The following Tuesdays are proposed for the academic year 2017/2018:

12 Sep 2017
28 Nov 2017
30 Jan 2018
13 Mar 2018
8 May 2018
26 Jun 2018

Jun
26
Tue
2018
London: bi-monthly Advanced Small Supervision Group for Experienced Therapists @ Oak & Pastor
Jun 26 @ 10:30 – 17:00

This group (maximum 7 participants, meeting once every 2 months on a Tuesday in Archway, North London 10:30 to 17:00) originally organised by Eamonn Marshall, has been running for 3 years now. From September 2017 there are two more places available in this group, which is open to experienced therapists only from across the modalities. All of the current participants work also as supervisors, tutors or teachers alongside their private practice and share a perspective that draws from both humanistic and psychoanalytic traditions. Please enquire soon if you are interested in joining.

This was the initial invitation from Eamonn : "I am canvassing interest from those who might want to form a London-based bi-monthly supervision/CPD group provisionally starting in October 2014. The group leader will be Michael Soth who for many years was Training Director at The Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy, and who has been teaching and running integrative and embodiment-oriented CPD for 20 years.

I participated in Michael's Oxford CPD group for two years and have just decided not to continue this coming autumn due to the expense and effort of travelling up to Oxford from South East London. However, Michael is willing to establish a similar group in London if there is enough interest, and I am obviously keen for that to happen.

Michael has spent much of his career thinking about and formulating what an integrated therapeutic approach might actually look like, and thinking through the inherent difficulties in bringing together theories that seem to be fundamentally incompatible. This is a project that I have been pursuing myself over the last decade or more. For Michael's full biography, in his own words, please see here.

The group will comprise no more than 7 practitioners, and is intended for those with considerable post-qualification experience (10+ years). A gender balance will be actively sought. You should have a curiosity and interest in therapeutic approaches other than your own, and be comfortable with a group supervision format. There will be an emphasis on experiential learning through role play and two-chair work, which naturally opens up the opportunity to discuss therapeutic perspectives, theory and practice, and, significantly, to learn about Michael's highly nuanced take on thinking (and working) across therapeutic divides. As with all supervisory/learning work, there is an overlap between personal and professional development, and Michael and the group will work to find a good balance between the two.

Michael will make all decisions on the eventual membership of the group."

The following Tuesdays are proposed for the academic year 2017/2018:

12 Sep 2017
28 Nov 2017
30 Jan 2018
13 Mar 2018
8 May 2018
26 Jun 2018

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INTEGRA CPD - Trainers

Michael Soth
Michael SothIntegral-Relational Body Psychotherapist (UKCP)
Michael is an Oxford-based integral-relational Body Psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor, with more than 28 years' experience of practising and teaching from an integrative perspective.
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Morit Heitzler
Morit HeitzlerIntegrative Body Psychotherapist (Msc, UKCP)
Morit is an Integrative Body Psychotherapist (UKCP) based in West Oxford, where she maintains a private practice. She has been teaching in the UK and in Israel for more than 15 years.
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