Certificate in Clinical Assessment Skills

The psychodynamic assessment can be “one of the most momentous days of [a client’s] life.” (Coltart, 1986). The first meeting between assessor and client can be highly charged. The skilled assessor must quickly engage the client in a complex and emotional encounter which may surprise, disturb or disarm. The quality of the assessment meeting and the skill of the assessor form a crucial part of the process of beginning and its emotional impact often resonates well beyond the encounter itself. Sound assessment skills are crucial to effective clinical practice. However, professional trainings can often give insufficient time and focus to developing understanding of the assessment process.

The aim of this course is to understand the importance of the assessment as essential to good beginnings, to gain an overview of some theory and practice of clinical assessment and an understanding of the emotional impact of the assessment encounter, and its transference implications, to develop skills in assessment interview technique, psychodynamic formulation and approaching the assessment report.

Day 1: Introducing Assessment: Saturday, 19th May 2018

This day will introduce some key clinical concepts and attitudes for sound psychodynamic assessment.  Participants will consider the impact and influence of the assessment encounter and a range of assessment skills including the conduct of the psychodynamic assessment interview, the maintenance of an evaluative/therapeutic balance, making a recommendation and considering limits. All content will be considered in terms of providing formal clinical assessment in organisational settings and in private practice.

Day 2: Assessment – Essential Skills: Saturday, 2nd June 2018

This day will build on learning and skills from Day 1. Participants will explore a range of assessment techniques including approaches to initial contact, risk assessment and management, psychodynamic formulation skills and writing the assessment report.   All practice will be considered in terms of providing formal clinical assessment in organisational settings and in private practice.

Day 3: Assessment Supervision: Saturday, 23rd June (Day 3a) or Saturday, 30th June 2018 (Day 3b)

Participants on this day will engage in a live supervision of clinical assessments presented by course participants who have volunteered to conduct an assessment following Day 2. This day will consolidate learning from Days 1 and 2 and enables both presenters and participants to engage fully in the assessment process through supervisory discussion.

*WPF Therapy reserves the right to cancel either Day 3a or Day 3b if there are insufficient participants to run both days. Please indicate if you could attend either day.

Comments from previous participants:

  • “The pace and sensitive attention to detail at each level of the assessment process felt just right.”
  • “Invaluable information for both experienced and inexperienced assessors.”
  • “Cate communicated a sense of pleasure in carrying out assessments. I enjoyed her relaxed but erudite style.” 
  • “The course was very well balanced – theory, insight, practicalities.”

Course Leader
Cate Lyon trained at WPF Therapy. She practices and supervises in NHS Primary Care and in Private Practice. She also supervises in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT). Cate has a specialist interest in brief therapeutic encounters, working at pace and depth. As a seminar leader, supervisor, tutor and clinical assessor, Cate teaches and trains extensively in the field. She provides professional CPD workshops for a range of public and private organisations.

Course requirements
The course will be helpful to qualified and training counsellors and psychotherapists who are interested in developing their understanding and technique in clinical assessment. This course is psychodynamic in orientation although practitioners of other modalities are welcome to attend. You must be currently engaged in clinical work in order to be eligible to attend this course. Ideally, you should be in a position to carry out assessments in your work. Participants who volunteer to conduct and present an assessment for Day 3 must be qualified practitioners or in supervised honorary placements with permission to conduct an assessment. We will need four volunteers on Day 3a and 3b so if you are interested in volunteering to present please indicate your availability to do so and ensure that you can make arrangements to conduct an assessment.

Please Note:
Those wishing to volunteer to present an assessment on Day 3 should ensure they are in a position to do so and have secured permission from their organisations where necessary. Assessments can only be conducted at WPF Therapy Clinic by participants who are currently WPF Honorary Assessors and with the prior agreement of their supervisor.

Please state on your application your first and second preference to attend either Day 3a or Day 3b, or if you could attend either. We will do our best to accommodate your first choice but this may not always be possible.

Participants must complete all 3 days of the course to receive a Certificate for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

 

Participants must complete all 3 days of the course to receive a Certificate for Continuing Professional Development purposes. Workshop dates

Day one, 19 May 2018
Day two, 2 June 2018
Day three (a), 23 June 2018
Day three (b), 30 June 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm

Course Leader

Cate Lyon

Venue

WPF Therapy Limited, 23 Magdalen Street, London SE1 2EN

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £400
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £350
WPF Therapy Trainees: £300

More information

Katherine Ahluwalia
Programme Administrator
katherine.ahluwalia@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2052

Type of course: 
Short
Provider: 
WPF Therapy
Location: 
WPF Therapy Limited, 23 Magdalen Street, London SE1 2EN
Commencement Date: 
19 May 2018