‘Novel connections’- Exploring literature and psychotherapy

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19 November 2022

Time: 10:00 - 16:30

Price: Qualified Practitioners: £85; Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £75; WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £60

Location: online


This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

Why do this course? 

The world of literature – including novels, poetry and other written forms – can provide great insights into the work of the counsellor and psychotherapist. Freud himself acknowledged that, as for his insights, the poets had always ‘been there’ before him.

In this workshop, we will draw upon literary resources and thus widening the reference base of psychotherapy.

This workshop aims to help practitioners with the following:

1. To consider how literature in general can assist our understandings as therapists.
2. To learn about the paradigm of the ‘literary mind’.
3. To draw upon literary examples- including Virginia Woolf, Eugene O’Neil, others, including an opportunity to talk about novel you enjoy.
4. Engage in a creative writing exercise that helps us to appreciate the creative, generative role that writing can play in developing our awareness.


Martin will use a combination of formal presentation, and guided discussion, ending the day with whole group dialogue.

Workshop Leader

Martin Weegmann is a Clinical Psychologist, Group Analyst & Narrative Therapist, with many years NHS experience. He has specialised in substance misuse, personality disorder and complex needs, including psychosis. He has delivered teaching and training to a wide range of organisations throughout the UK, including the WPF. His latest books are Permission to Narrate: Explorations in Group Analysis, Psychoanalysis, Culture (Karnac, 2016) and Psychodynamics of Writing, Ed. (Routledge, 2018) and is busy on a new book, Novel Connections: Between Literature & Psychotherapy.

Target Audience:

This workshop is suitable for qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. The theoretical focus of the workshop will draw upon cultural, narrative and psychodynamic approaches. No specialised pre-knowledge is required.

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for Continuing Professional Development purposes.


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