The self in context: working with psychosocial factors in the consulting room
Dates: 4 Saturdays, 10.30-4.00, with an hour for lunch.
2nd Mar 2019, 30th March 2019, 27th April 2019 and 1st June.
The course is limited to 20 participants.
What does this course have to offer?
The course will help participants begin to develop a psychosocially-informed awareness of counselling and psychotherapy practice in a pluralistic world.
What does “psychosocially-informed awareness” mean?
Being psychosocially-aware means:
- Thinking about the social and cultural context of lived experience, the struggles of living, and the diversity of that experience.
- Critically considering the inter-connectedness between the social and cultural world and the inner world of the individual.
- Reflecting on how the social and cultural context impacts our work as counsellors and psychotherapists.
Who is it for?
This course is open to qualified counsellors and psychotherapists who are willing to:
- Explore, reflect and think critically about themselves as practitioners, bringing some of their own experience, case-examples and dilemmas.
- Reflect on the social and cultural contexts of themselves within the group.
- Bring an open mind.
- Embrace ambiguity and complexity.
About this course
This four-day course explores some of the assumptions that underpin counselling and therapy, including:
- Thinking about the roles others play in the development of self and other, how we construct senses of self and other, and the purposes of these identities.
- Exploring the ways we think about the things we struggle with in life (including the role of diagnosis and mental illness/wellbeing).
- Opening up spaces to look at how we construct our roles as counsellors and therapists, from a range of counselling modalities, within the social and cultural context.
- This course draws on developments in counselling and psychotherapy literature and psychosocial studies. Reading material will be given ahead of each day.
Each day builds on the previous day, and will consist of discussion, input, some experiential work, case examples or supervision of client work, or audio-visual resources.
A written reflection on the day - after each workshop each participant is invited to email me a short (maximum 400 words) reflection on how you find yourself responding to the topics discussed and what questions you’re finding yourself asking. Further details about this reflective task will be given nearer the time.
Delegate information required for the course
In order for you to have the best training experience on our course, we require you to fill in a form detailing information regarding your previous training and experience, which will be sent to you after booking. Please complete this form within one week of booking your course via Eventbrite and return to: email@example.com.
In the unlikely event that Wimbledon Guild counselling decides the course is not suitable based on the received application form, we will then reimburse full fees.
Additionally, when booking onto the course, we would be unable to honour bookings where this form has not been completed.
In the unlikely event that Wimbledon Guild counselling decides the course is not suitable based on the received information form, we will then reimburse full fees.
Please see www.wgtraining.org.uk for full details and suggested pre-reading.
The trainer: Stephen Callus is a BACP and UKCP registered psychotherapist, trained in integrative/body psychotherapy at the Chiron Centre in London. I have a private practice in central London.
I also teach on the Foundation Year at The Minster Centre, in North London, and at Birkbeck College.