Since we launched INTEGRA CPD in spring 2010, the response to our independently organised events has been fairly overwhelming, and that part of our schedule has expanded significantly. There is now a range of CPD groups - especially ongoing ones - in various locations, and in varying formats and frequencies.
Every year we get invited by a variety of regional therapy associations and conferences for one-off workshops, keynotes and seminars. And we get invited as guest tutors by training organisations - often these events are for closed groups, and therefore not listed in our calendar.
For all these events, you typically need to book your place through the organisers - you can find booking, venue and contact details provided with each course that is listed.
The calendar allows you to display the events in four different formats (using the drop-down menu on the far right above the calendar to switch between them - it's usually set to 'Agenda'): Calendar, Agenda, Stream, and Posterboard.
You can use the Categories and Tags drop-down menus to filter the display and restrict it to certain kinds of events. To de-select categories or tags and show all events, click the crossed circle next to the currently displayed category/tab.
Ongoing CPD Groups with Michael
All these groups have a supervision element related to practice, but some are framed more widely in terms of personal-professional development, including teaching, group process and skills practice.
A similar group, for very experienced therapists only, is running in London, also on bi-monthly Tuesdays, for 6 days per year (this is over-subscribed for now, but you can go onto the waiting list)
These groups are semi-closed, to allow for continuity and group cohesion. That means participants form a ‘pool’ of about 15 to 18 group members, with the aim of attending as many days as they can, though not everybody is expected to participate every time.
The dates are planned together and set a long time in advance, so in practice we have at least 12 people present at each of the days. When people drop out of the ‘pool’, Michael may invite new group members to join. Currently some places are available in the North London group).
Oxford Weekends with Nick Totton & Michael
These groups are open and take shape in response to the unfolding group dynamic, and there is usually a significant element of group and individual process alongside CPD teaching and learning.
These weekends are an opportunity to directly work with Nick and Michael who are both recognised as significantly influencing and contributing to the cutting edge of embodied therapy.
"I came home feeling nourished and alive from so much immediacy and honest exchange. Thank you to Nick and Michael for holding the space in which I felt safe enough to be challenged into my edges. I would definitely like to come next year - please reserve me a place."
One-off CPD Events with Michael
Bringing embodied and relational perspectives together sheds new light on many difficult areas of practice (e.g. working alliance, enactment, projective identification, transference and countertransference, trauma, therapist self-disclosure, etc).
Next year there will be only one such workshop (2 separate days), on the topic that has been most in demand: 'How To Work When Therapy Isn't Working?'. As that workshop has not been offered in London for a while, it is likely to fill quickly.
Monthly Supervision Groups with Morit Heitzler
for Complementary Therapy Practitioners
These groups for bodyworkers and other complementary therapists (osteopaths, acupuncturists, etc) have been running for several years now (monthly Saturdays in Oxford). Through the ongoing supervision of patients, Morit is making the basic principles of the therapeutic relationship - as understood and used in psychotherapy - accessible to therapists whose training rarely includes the basics of psychology and psychotherapy.
However, as most complementary therapists know, their actual day-to-day practice depends significantly on these therapeutic skills (and not only their competence in their chosen approach and discipline). From a complementary, holistic perspective the emotional, psychological and relational dimensions of the patient are obviously considered relevant in theory and in principle, but are rarely attended to as factors which impinge on how patient and therapist actually manage their work together - or not!
If you want to develop your understanding of the practitioner-patient dynamic, but don’t want to pursue a course in counselling or psychotherapy, then these groups are for you!
“Learning with Morit has had an enormous influence on my practice. Her insight reaches directly into the fundamental issues, which underpin my relationship with my patients. I leave each session feeling challenged yet wiser and more capable.”
Proposed Events for 2015/2016
New Body-oriented CPD Weekend Group in Exeter
3 more wekends in 2015 - see course details
This new CPD group is being organised by Judy Shaw, a senior Transactional Analysis therapist and trainer, who practises in Exeter. This will be a cross-modality integrative group, with the aim of shared learning towards a more embodied practice and personal-professional development. The cost will be around £220 per weekend (without accommodation). The group takes place at a beautiful residential centre on Dartmoor, the East Down Centre. If you are interested, please get in touch with Judy.
Group Facilitation Course (Groupleader's Training)
I have had several new requests for this project of a groupleaders' training course, so it's jumped up several places on the to-do list. What I wrote last time is still valid, i.e. there are currently more courses on offer than have been for a good few years - Nick Totton is offering a short course on group facilitation (called Grace & Chaos) over several weekends. ReVision in London are offering a year-long course. And Guy Gladstone has started a 2-year course, entitled Humanistic Alchemy, and there is a 1-year course offered by NAOS Institute.
None of these quite offer what I have in mind, in terms of on an integrative approach to groupwork, drawing specifically from psychoanalytic as well as humanistic traditions of group work, including also systemic work with constellations as well as Arnie MIndell's large group work. Also, in terms of the format of the learning, I am envisaging something more innovative: participants would learn and practice by leading the group itself, based on joint prior reflection and preparation and detailed feedback after each groupleading experience.
If this kind of course is going to happen, it would probably start in autumn 2015 (unless somebody takes it on and does the organisation for me ??), and I will need some feedback as to what would be a realistic frame and commitment for you if you were to take part. How many weekends and at what frequency? What is a manageable cost?
Body Psychotherapy Summer School
This idea has not been quite laid to rest, and Nick Totton and I are thinking about whether it is realistic to organise it together for the summer of 2015 - otherwise it might need to wait for a year until 2016.