A Taste of Training (Counselling and Psychotherapy)

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29 April 2023

Time: 10:00 - 15:00

Price: £85.00


WPF Therapy
23 Magdalen Street

United Kingdom

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Are you thinking of training as a counsellor or psychotherapist but not sure where to start? This experiential event offers the opportunity to explore your own motivations for training and busts the myths about therapy training.

Here are some of the questions which are addressed at A Taste of Training events.

Why do this workshop?

Do I want to be a counsellor or a psychotherapist?  What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?  Are psychotherapists like psychiatrists?  What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?
What is right for me? If I do the introductory course at WPF Therapy, can I go on to train somewhere else?
What does training as a therapist involve? Why does it take so long to train? Why do I have to be in my own therapy?
I’m a good listener already. Why should I do an introductory course?
What does it take to be a good therapist? How do I know if it’s right for me? What qualities do I need to have?
Why should I come to WPF Therapy rather than go somewhere else? How do I know what makes a good training? What am I qualified to do at the end of the training? How much money will I make once I qualify?  What are the professional regulatory bodies?  Why are they important?
What can you expect at the end of this workshop?

By the end of the workshop, we hope that you will have answers to many of the above questions, or if not, a clear direction. You will also:

  • Have a clearer understanding of what a psychotherapy training involves and specifically what is required of you on the introductory course at WPF Therapy.
  • Have a basic understanding of the psychodynamic model of therapy and how this relates to other theoretical models such as humanistic, CBT and integrative therapy etc.
  • Have begun to explore how you relate to others and to yourself and why therapy training requires deep, personal work.
  • Have a greater appreciation of the skills involved in active listening and how these are developed on the introductory course at WPF Therapy.

Brief Outline

The workshop will be taught in-person using a variety of techniques including discussion in small and large groups and paired exercises. The day will be broken down into 4 segments although there may be some changes depending on the group.

Session 1: The Mystery of Psychotherapy

We will look at the differences between psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and counselling. What are the different models of counselling and psychotherapy and where does psychodynamic psychotherapy sit on that spectrum? We will also explore what we need to think about if we want to train.

Session 2: Psychodynamic Concepts- Is this perspective for you?

A basic introduction to psychodynamic concepts. Is the psychodynamic the model for us, or are other options better suited to our personalities?

Session 3: Our emotional world

We will begin to explore ideas of emotional intelligence and our reflective capacity. What qualities does a counsellor or therapist need and is this really what I want to do?

Session 4: Communication and therapy today

Where does therapy and counselling belong in today’s world? What jobs are there at the end of the training? What will I learn at WPF Therapy and is it the right place for me to begin this journey?

Feedback from past participants:

“Really helps as part of the decision making process.”
“Very clear and encouraging.”
“After much research online I was so confused about the first step into the world of psychotherapy and counselling. This course answered all the questions on my list and many more that I hadn’t anticipated. Expertly laid out with exercises that really help you to help clarify whether this may be the right route for you.”
If you apply for the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills course starting within 6 months of completing an ‘A Taste of Training’ event, we will offer you a £30 voucher from our selection/interview fee. Please note that the this will apply if we receive your application after attendance at this workshop (not before).

Refund Policy

We will only issue you a refund if you cancel in writing to events@wpf.org.uk 14 days before the date of the event. Please note that sending a refund request via Eventbrite will not be accepted.

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

How to contact the Organiser?

If you experience any problems please e-mail us.

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