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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.

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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.

Read the workshop description >>

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

Jan
15
Tue
2019
Bristol Monthly Small Supervision Groups @ Fulcrum House
Jan 15 @ 13:30 – 15:30

Bristol Monthly Small Supervision Groups

Integrative, experiential supervision groups with Michael Soth

These small supervision groups run on a regular monthly basis (Tuesdays) at Fulcrum House in Bristol. There are three groups with 4 participants each during each Tuesday (11.20-13.20; 13.30-15.30; 15.45-17.45).

Currently 1 place available (from 4 Dec 2018) in Group 3 - 15.45-17.45 - suits experienced therapist

For further information, see the dedicated page or download the leaflet

Jan
19
Sat
2019
OTS: The Client’s Conflict becomes the Therapist’s Conflict @ OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre
Jan 19 @ 10:00 – 17:00

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How to spot it and what to do next - a step-by-step recipe book (for processing the therapist’s dilemmas)

Three things stood out from a recent OTS training workshop and the work we did in the small groups (as born out by some of the feedback):

  1. as therapists we don’t always know when we are in conflict;
  2. when we do know, we often hit a blank wall - what to do or how to understand what’s going on;
  3. in order to avoid the discomfort of the conflict, we take refuge in default therapeutic interventions, routine manoeuvres and habitual stances, i.e. mechanisms which dilute the necessary charge and tension in the relationship - in doing so, we abort the therapeutic process or precipitate ruptures in the alliance.

Some of the feedback was: ‘It is scary to feel like you don’t know what to do as a therapist, so it can be a relief to not know you are in conflict.’ (this is rather reminiscent of Bion’s statement: “In every consulting room there ought to be two rather frightened people.”)

Being aware of and acknowledging our internal (countertransference) conflict as therapists usually feels like we’re losing our therapeutic position and that we are failing. In order to avoid the inherent sense of feeling powerless and vulnerable, we resort to our ‘habitual position’ as therapists, trying to shore up our shaky therapeutic position.

One of the most common manoeuvres is to ask more questions of the client in the hope of 'eliciting further information' or ‘getting somewhere else’, where we can feel on safer ground. However, in doing so we then manage to fall into two further pitfalls:

  • by trying to ‘move on’ or ‘hold on’ to our therapeutic position, we give the implicit message to the client that we can’t bear their pain, and can’t sit in it with them;
  • because we are doing so defensively, prematurely and without awareness or preparation, our interventions precipitate us further into enactment: we fall down on one or the other side of our conflict, and fail to ‘hold’ the conflict, or to catch the rupture we are entangled in.

This training day will develop your capacity to be aware of your conflict as a therapist and learn to ‘sit in it’ without being overwhelmed by pressure, fear or shame. It then becomes more possible to extract the precious information which the therapist’s conflict contains about the relational dynamic and the client’s inner world.

Format of the day:

Lunch: As usual we will arrange a bring and share lunch in the week before the event.

Jan
29
Tue
2019
Oxford bi-monthly Supervision & Personal-Professional Development Group @ Botley, West Oxford
Jan 29 @ 10:00 – 16:30

Oxford Ongoing Supervision & Personal-Professional Development Group

An integrative, experiential CPD group for experienced therapists (12+ years) with Michael Soth

meeting bi-monthly on Tuesdays in West Oxford (10.00 – 16.30)

maximum 7 participants - currently closed

For further information, see the dedicated page

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Feb
2
Sat
2019
North London – Ongoing Integrative CPD Group (currently closed) @ The Nebula
Feb 2 @ 10:00 – Feb 3 @ 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.

Oxford: Integrative Trauma Therapy – 3 CPD Days with Morit Heitzler 2018 – Workshop 3 @ OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre
Feb 2 @ 10:00 – 17:00

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Feb
5
Tue
2019
London: bi-monthly Advanced Supervision Group for Experienced Therapists @ Terapia Centre
Feb 5 @ 10:15 – 16:45

London bi-monthly Advanced Supervision Group for Experienced Therapists

An integrative, experiential supervision group for experienced therapists (12+ years) with Michael Soth

This group (maximum 7 participants, meeting once every 2 months on a Tuesday in Hendon, North London 10:15 to 16:45) originally organised by Eamonn Marshall, has been running since 2014, meeting 6 times per year, in varying configurations and with various members. It is open to experienced therapists from across the modalities who have been working for at least 12 years.

It currently has 6 members; the maximum group size is 7 participants, so from autumn 2018 there is one more place available in this group. Currently we have two men and four women, so potential male participants are especially welcome.

For further information, see the dedicated page

 

Feb
9
Sat
2019
London, Ealing – Ongoing Professional Development Group for Experienced Therapists @ Overton House
Feb 9 @ 10:00 – Feb 10 @ 17:00

This group is for experienced therapists only (practising for 10 years or more), and has had a consistent core group of participants for the last few years, meeting 4 - 5 days per year, usually for a whole weekend (10.00 - 17.00 both Saturday & Sunday). There is a pool of 18 participants, and 1 more place may be available from 2019.

The group consists mainly of integrative psychotherapists with a relational orientation, many of whom had a humanistic training initially, many years ago. Over the years the culture of the group has evolved, from an emphasis on CPD and supervision to include increasingly personal and group process. The format over a typical weekend varies creatively between working in the whole group, sessions in the middle of the group, small group work, with Michael facilitating in collaboration with the emergent processes in the group. Occasionally, Michael will give some theoretical input relevant to the process, or summarise the emerging themes.

See the dedicated page for detailed info

Feb
12
Tue
2019
Bristol Monthly Small Supervision Groups @ Fulcrum House
Feb 12 @ 13:30 – 15:30

Bristol Monthly Small Supervision Groups

Integrative, experiential supervision groups with Michael Soth

These small supervision groups run on a regular monthly basis (Tuesdays) at Fulcrum House in Bristol. There are three groups with 4 participants each during each Tuesday (11.20-13.20; 13.30-15.30; 15.45-17.45).

Currently 1 place available (from 4 Dec 2018) in Group 3 - 15.45-17.45 - suits experienced therapist

For further information, see the dedicated page or download the leaflet

Mar
2
Sat
2019
How to Work when Therapy isn’t Working @ Brighton, East Sussex
Mar 2 @ 10:00 – 16:30

HelplessShakespearePerceiving and understanding 'enactment' in the therapeutic relationship

Over recent years the most exciting developments in our field have come via neuroscience, psychotherapy integration (i.e. cross-fertilisation between approaches) and the inclusion of the body. We now understand that whatever psychological wounds the client is bringing to us and into the consulting room, we will in some ways become involved and implicated with them in ways that go far beyond verbal interaction. The term ‘enactment’ is being used to describe the ways in which the therapist is - inevitably and necessarily - drawn into the client’s wounding, leading to impasses and breakdowns in the working alliance.
There is great therapeutic potential in these cycles of rupture and repair that occur in the client-therapist relationship, but much of it occurs subliminally. So if it occurs unconsciously, outside of awareness, how can we perceive and understand enactment and respond creatively from within it? Whilst there are a multitude of ways of ignoring, avoiding and counteracting enactment, there is also increasing understanding that it has deep transformative potential*.

This CPD workshop is dedicated to deepening our engagement with difficult dynamics in the therapeutic relationship, and to finding ways of accessing the therapeutic potential locked within them. It is open to all practising therapists, and suitable for practitioners from all modalities.

What you can expect to learn on the day …

  • perceive the ways in which the client’s wound enters the consulting room
  • register significant and charged moments in the relationship
  • understand these moments in the context of the ‘three kinds of contact'
  • collect in these moments bodymind information which would otherwise remain subliminal
  • collect in these moments images, fantasies, scenarios, narratives which deepen our engagement from within the enactment
  • link these moments to the client’s habitual relational patterns
  • process the charge and pressure impacting on the therapist
  • begin to consider interventions for relieving or intensifying the enactment pressure

* ‘Deep’ psychotherapy, according to Allan Schore, for example (i.e. therapy that addresses early developmental injury and attachment and character patterns) depends on apprehending, engaging in and transforming spontaneous enactments which occur in the interaction between client and therapist inspite of the client’s repressive and dissociative defences

Organisers: Brighton Therapy Partnership

This workshop is expertly organised by Shelley Holland from Brighton Therapy Partnership, who has been running an inspiring and well-attended CPD programme for many years now. You can find some feedback in response to previous workshops on Michael's tutor page there.

 

Mar
5
Tue
2019
Bristol Monthly Small Supervision Groups @ Fulcrum House
Mar 5 @ 13:30 – 15:30

Bristol Monthly Small Supervision Groups

Integrative, experiential supervision groups with Michael Soth

These small supervision groups run on a regular monthly basis (Tuesdays) at Fulcrum House in Bristol. There are three groups with 4 participants each during each Tuesday (11.20-13.20; 13.30-15.30; 15.45-17.45).

Currently 1 place available (from 4 Dec 2018) in Group 3 - 15.45-17.45 - suits experienced therapist

For further information, see the dedicated page or download the leaflet

Mar
19
Tue
2019
London: bi-monthly Advanced Supervision Group for Experienced Therapists @ Terapia Centre
Mar 19 @ 10:15 – 16:45

London bi-monthly Advanced Supervision Group for Experienced Therapists

An integrative, experiential supervision group for experienced therapists (12+ years) with Michael Soth

This group (maximum 7 participants, meeting once every 2 months on a Tuesday in Hendon, North London 10:15 to 16:45) originally organised by Eamonn Marshall, has been running since 2014, meeting 6 times per year, in varying configurations and with various members. It is open to experienced therapists from across the modalities who have been working for at least 12 years.

It currently has 6 members; the maximum group size is 7 participants, so from autumn 2018 there is one more place available in this group. Currently we have two men and four women, so potential male participants are especially welcome.

For further information, see the dedicated page

 

Mar
26
Tue
2019
Oxford bi-monthly Supervision & Personal-Professional Development Group @ Botley, West Oxford
Mar 26 @ 10:00 – 16:30

Oxford Ongoing Supervision & Personal-Professional Development Group

An integrative, experiential CPD group for experienced therapists (12+ years) with Michael Soth

meeting bi-monthly on Tuesdays in West Oxford (10.00 – 16.30)

maximum 7 participants - currently closed

For further information, see the dedicated page

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Mar
30
Sat
2019
Exeter: The Embodiment of Relational Stances, Spaces & Modalities – Weekend 1 @ The Wheelhouse
Mar 30 @ 10:00 – Mar 31 @ 16:00
Apr
2
Tue
2019
Bristol Monthly Small Supervision Groups @ Fulcrum House
Apr 2 @ 13:30 – 15:30

Bristol Monthly Small Supervision Groups

Integrative, experiential supervision groups with Michael Soth

These small supervision groups run on a regular monthly basis (Tuesdays) at Fulcrum House in Bristol. There are three groups with 4 participants each during each Tuesday (11.20-13.20; 13.30-15.30; 15.45-17.45).

Currently 1 place available (from 4 Dec 2018) in Group 3 - 15.45-17.45 - suits experienced therapist

For further information, see the dedicated page or download the leaflet

Apr
6
Sat
2019
Athens: Integrative Embodied-Relational Trauma Work with Morit Heitzler (tbc) @ Athens (tbc)
Apr 6 @ 10:00 – Apr 7 @ 17:00
Apr
30
Tue
2019
Bristol Monthly Small Supervision Groups @ Fulcrum House
Apr 30 @ 13:30 – 15:30

Bristol Monthly Small Supervision Groups

Integrative, experiential supervision groups with Michael Soth

These small supervision groups run on a regular monthly basis (Tuesdays) at Fulcrum House in Bristol. There are three groups with 4 participants each during each Tuesday (11.20-13.20; 13.30-15.30; 15.45-17.45).

Currently 1 place available (from 4 Dec 2018) in Group 3 - 15.45-17.45 - suits experienced therapist

For further information, see the dedicated page or download the leaflet

May
11
Sat
2019
North London – Ongoing Integrative CPD Group (currently closed) @ The Nebula
May 11 @ 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.

May
14
Tue
2019
Oxford bi-monthly Supervision & Personal-Professional Development Group @ Botley, West Oxford
May 14 @ 10:00 – 16:30

Oxford Ongoing Supervision & Personal-Professional Development Group

An integrative, experiential CPD group for experienced therapists (12+ years) with Michael Soth

meeting bi-monthly on Tuesdays in West Oxford (10.00 – 16.30)

maximum 7 participants - currently closed

For further information, see the dedicated page

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May
21
Tue
2019
London: bi-monthly Advanced Supervision Group for Experienced Therapists @ Terapia Centre
May 21 @ 10:15 – 16:45

London bi-monthly Advanced Supervision Group for Experienced Therapists

An integrative, experiential supervision group for experienced therapists (12+ years) with Michael Soth

This group (maximum 7 participants, meeting once every 2 months on a Tuesday in Hendon, North London 10:15 to 16:45) originally organised by Eamonn Marshall, has been running since 2014, meeting 6 times per year, in varying configurations and with various members. It is open to experienced therapists from across the modalities who have been working for at least 12 years.

It currently has 6 members; the maximum group size is 7 participants, so from autumn 2018 there is one more place available in this group. Currently we have two men and four women, so potential male participants are especially welcome.

For further information, see the dedicated page

 

May
28
Tue
2019
Bristol Monthly Small Supervision Groups @ Fulcrum House
May 28 @ 13:30 – 15:30

Bristol Monthly Small Supervision Groups

Integrative, experiential supervision groups with Michael Soth

These small supervision groups run on a regular monthly basis (Tuesdays) at Fulcrum House in Bristol. There are three groups with 4 participants each during each Tuesday (11.20-13.20; 13.30-15.30; 15.45-17.45).

Currently 1 place available (from 4 Dec 2018) in Group 3 - 15.45-17.45 - suits experienced therapist

For further information, see the dedicated page or download the leaflet

Jun
25
Tue
2019
Bristol Monthly Small Supervision Groups @ Fulcrum House
Jun 25 @ 13:30 – 15:30

Bristol Monthly Small Supervision Groups

Integrative, experiential supervision groups with Michael Soth

These small supervision groups run on a regular monthly basis (Tuesdays) at Fulcrum House in Bristol. There are three groups with 4 participants each during each Tuesday (11.20-13.20; 13.30-15.30; 15.45-17.45).

Currently 1 place available (from 4 Dec 2018) in Group 3 - 15.45-17.45 - suits experienced therapist

For further information, see the dedicated page or download the leaflet

Jun
29
Sat
2019
London, Ealing – Ongoing Professional Development Group for Experienced Therapists @ Overton House
Jun 29 @ 13:32 – Jun 30 @ 14:32

This group is for experienced therapists only (practising for 10 years or more), and has had a consistent core group of participants for the last few years, meeting 4 - 5 days per year, usually for a whole weekend (10.00 - 17.00 both Saturday & Sunday). There is a pool of 18 participants, and 1 more place may be available from 2019.

The group consists mainly of integrative psychotherapists with a relational orientation, many of whom had a humanistic training initially, many years ago. Over the years the culture of the group has evolved, from an emphasis on CPD and supervision to include increasingly personal and group process. The format over a typical weekend varies creatively between working in the whole group, sessions in the middle of the group, small group work, with Michael facilitating in collaboration with the emergent processes in the group. Occasionally, Michael will give some theoretical input relevant to the process, or summarise the emerging themes.

See the dedicated page for detailed info

Jul
16
Tue
2019
Oxford bi-monthly Supervision & Personal-Professional Development Group @ Botley, West Oxford
Jul 16 @ 10:00 – 16:30

Oxford Ongoing Supervision & Personal-Professional Development Group

An integrative, experiential CPD group for experienced therapists (12+ years) with Michael Soth

meeting bi-monthly on Tuesdays in West Oxford (10.00 – 16.30)

maximum 7 participants - currently closed

For further information, see the dedicated page

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Jul
23
Tue
2019
London: bi-monthly Advanced Supervision Group for Experienced Therapists @ Terapia Centre
Jul 23 @ 10:15 – 16:45

London bi-monthly Advanced Supervision Group for Experienced Therapists

An integrative, experiential supervision group for experienced therapists (12+ years) with Michael Soth

This group (maximum 7 participants, meeting once every 2 months on a Tuesday in Hendon, North London 10:15 to 16:45) originally organised by Eamonn Marshall, has been running since 2014, meeting 6 times per year, in varying configurations and with various members. It is open to experienced therapists from across the modalities who have been working for at least 12 years.

It currently has 6 members; the maximum group size is 7 participants, so from autumn 2018 there is one more place available in this group. Currently we have two men and four women, so potential male participants are especially welcome.

For further information, see the dedicated page

 

Sep
14
Sat
2019
Exeter: The Embodiment of Relational Stances, Spaces & Modalities – Weekend 2
Sep 14 @ 10:00 – Sep 15 @ 16:00

Exeter: The Embodiment of Relational Stances, Spaces & Modalities (Weekend 2 of 3)

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 2019.

It is likely that the group will continue in 2020 with another series of four weekends.

See Calendar with all Events >>

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.
More about Morit >>