Training Courses

The WPF Therapy CBT Skills course is an entry level training in the foundation theory and skills of Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT). This course is suitable for students in clinical settings new to the field as well as existing therapists, psychologists, counsellors or coaches who wish to add CBT methods to their professional toolkit.

About Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy
CBT is a form of psychological therapy that stresses the role of conscious psychological processes in the maintenance of emotional disorder especially the interaction between negative thoughts, moods and coping behaviours. While most people report experiencing negative thoughts and feelings of low mood and anxiety these are typically transient experiences. In emotional disorder the interaction of negative thoughts and maladaptive coping responses interferes to cause a perpetuation and deepening of disordered cognition and emotion. In addition, many coping strategies cause their own additional problems. CBT aims to break these cycles of maintenance in therapy by increasing the client’s self-awareness and teaching a new and more adaptive repertoire of responses to old triggers like negative automatic thoughts. CBT protocols are frequently recommended in the NICE guidelines as the first-line treatment for common mental health problems.

The Training
Our training is highly interactive and experiential and trainees will get the opportunity to learn CBT “from the inside” through extensive role-play and the application of the principles in their own lives between training sessions. Skills will be demonstrated live by the trainer and using video demonstrations.  The course closely follows the Department of Health CBT Competencies Framework that describes the various activities which need to be brought together to carry out CBT effectively and in line with best practice for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. This course covers basic CBT competencies, specific behavioural and cognitive therapy techniques and some problem-specific competencies.

Course aims
The skills training aims to provide a solid understanding of the basic theory underpinning CBT and to equip participants with the core skills commonly used in therapy with common mental health disorders. At the end of the course participants should be conversant in

  1. The fundamental CBT theory of psychological disorder and particularly maintenance processes
  2. The principles of a collaborative therapeutic relationship
  3. CBT assessment of client problems
  4. CBT case formulation
  5. Setting appropriate goals with the client
  6. Structuring therapy
  7. Using and interpreting some common measures and questionnaires in therapy
  8. Core CBT skills for working with negative automatic thoughts and maladaptive behaviour
  9. Delivering empirically supported protocols for some common presentations

Who is it for?
This course is for mental health professionals who are working clinically.  You may be a social worker, doctor, nurse, counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist trained in another modality, for example.  There is an expectation that participants are already proficient in the generic trans-theoretical therapeutic competencies.  As an entry requirement, you will be able to demonstrate proficiency in relationship skills from prior training and clinical experience. Qualified counsellors and psychotherapists successfully completing this course may be eligible for a clinical placement in the WPF Therapy CBT Service. Please see Entry Requirements below.

Entry requirements
In addition to a completed application form applicants must submit:
i)    a current CV giving details of relevant training (including start date, end date, award gained and any ‘in-house’ training)
ii)   a brief statement giving reasons for wishing to complete the course and evidence of your proficiency in relationship skills
iii)  a copy of our professional accreditation or qualification (e.g. BACP/UKCP/BPC certificate) OR proof of training
Offers of a place will only be made on receipt of copies of all documents, including registration certificates

Winter Intake 2017:      Fridays 5pm – 8.30pm & Saturdays 9am – 5.30pm
Friday 17th November & Saturday 18th November
Friday 24th November & Saturday 25th November
Friday 1st December & Saturday 2nd December

Testimonials from previous participants:

  • “Gerry was excellent in his delivery of the course – inclusive and interactive.”
  • “A very good approach to helping both therapist and patient to understand the workings of the patient’s mind.”
  • “Very helpful new way of thinking within the analytic framework.”

Course Tutor
Gerry McCarron is an experienced CBT therapist, trainer and supervisor. He completed a MSc in Counselling at Goldsmiths College, University of London, in 1993 under Professor Windy Dryden before undertaking CBT training at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre in 1994. He subsequently undertook the MSc in Advanced Cognitive Therapy – Training and Dissemination at Oxford University, completing in 2008. He has also attended training events and workshops internationally with leaders in the field.

Gerry currently works part-time as a supervisor in an IAPT service and part-time in a NHS Mental Health Trust secondary care service where he has specialised for several years in the application of CBT to complex clinical cases and the provision of supervision and training to psychologists, CBT therapists, junior doctors and trainees. As part of his role he established an in-house CBT training initiative that has successfully provided foundation training to many staff from different professional groups across the Trust.  He has been Course Director on an IAPT training scheme developed by Barnet, Enfield & Haringey NHS Mental Health Trust and Reading University and course contributor to CBT training courses at Goldsmiths College. For several years, he also led the CBT training and supervision component for specialised medical registrars training in psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic. Gerry has collaborated in research projects exploring clinical interventions for eating disorders and cognitive processes including rumination and self-criticism.


Workshop dates

Winter Intake 2017
Day 1, 17 November 2017, 5pm - 8.30pm
Day 2, 18 November 2017, 9am-5.30pm
Day 3, 24 November 2017, 5pm-8.30pm
Day 4, 25 November 2017, 9am-5.30pm
Day 5, 1 December 2017, 5pm-8.30pm
Day 6, 2 December 2017, 9am-5.30pm

Course Leader

Gerry McCarron


Course fee: £1,350
Registration fee: £100

More information

Jennifer Jones
Programme Administrator  
020 7378 2051


Couples Counselling Course dates are now confirmed, this will be a 6-weeks course from September to November (23 & 30 Sept, 21 & 28 Oct, 18 & 25 Nov).

With Kitty Willis in October 2017   HOLD THE DATES!



Aim: To provide an introduction to the theory and approach of psychoanalysis.
Learning objectives: Particiapants will have a greater understanding of:
  • A psychoanalytic approach to understanding human nature
  • The role of the unconscious, drives and internal objects, and their role in such phenomena as symptom formation and transference
  • The foundational theories of Sigmund Freud
  • The extension of psychoanalytic thinking brought by Melanie Klein
Dates: The course consists of 15 fortnightly seminars that are arranged in three ten-week modules: Sep-Dec, Jan-Mar and Apr-Jun. Trainees can join the course at the beginning of any module
Location: In person at 27 Frognal, London NW3 1AD or remotely via the internet.
Fees: £1,475
Suitable for: Anyone who is interested in learning about psychoanalysis. The course also provides CPD where this is relevant.
Assessment: Successful completion of the course depends upon:
  • Satisfactory attendance at the seminars
  • A pass mark for a 4,000 word paper on an aspect infant development drawn from the course
Note: Successful completion of the course can be counted towards the School's Diploma in Parent Infant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy


call our training administrator on 020 7433 3112 or email

Commencement Date: 25th September 2017

This MBCT Teacher Training Diploma, run by the renowned, Dr Patrizia Collard, a prominent member of the UK Network of Mindfulness-based Teacher Training Organisations is a combination of modern technology and world class content which supports, trains and develops high quality MBCT teachers.

Introduction At the British Mindfulness Institute we are constantly moved and touched by the people who attend our courses and the tremendous change and healing that can happen through the regular practice of mindfulness. This profound impact on people has more recently manifested in a huge demand among people touched by the practice who wish to share it with others. As MBSR and MBCT programmes have spread across the world, there is a growing (and unprecedented) need to provide well-designed training for those who wish to teach MBSR and MBCT and share this practice with a wide variety of people and groups in a whole host of settings.

That is why we are excited to announce our collaboration with Dr Patrizia Collard a prominent member of the UK Mindfulness Network who will direct the teaching of Level 1 and Level 2 of our MBCT Teacher Training Diploma. Intended to support and develop people along their path toward teaching MBCT, this intimate foundational training will provide attendees the opportunities to learn in depth about the programme, but more importantly to explore it “from the inside out” in the role of teacher, through small group exercises, mindful feedback and reflection.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group modality to treat acute anxiety and mood disorders that combines the tools of cognitive therapy with the practice of mindfulness meditation. This rigorous and internationally recognized two-level programme offered by The British Mindfulness Institute was developed to train the teaching competencies set out in the Bangor Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria.

Is there a demand for MBCT Teachers? The World Health Organisation recently stated that by 2030, mental health issues will form the biggest burden on health care resources including heart conditions and cancer.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) for preventing relapse in patients with recurrent depression, and is successful in half of all cases. Such findings have been backed up by neuroscience. MBCT is becoming a treatment of choice for prevention of recurrent depression in the UK National Health Service.

More recent work has led to major breakthroughs in understanding how mindfulness can reduce suicidality in depression, emotional turbulence in bipolar disorder and serious health anxiety.

What is the MBCT Teacher Training Diploma?

This programme is designed for anyone who wishes to deepen their existing mindfulness practice in order to develop MBCT teaching skills with others from a place of authenticity, compassion and confidence. Applicants are welcome from those who meet the minimum pre-requisities right through to those with many years experience.

The programme is a blend of online and live training and was designed by Dr Patrizia Collard and The British Mindfulness Institute. Dr Patrizia Collard has been teaching the content of this MBCT teacher training programme for the past 10 years and offers the programme in two learning stages with two modules to each stage.

Level 1:

Module 1 – 6 week online programme.
Module 2 – Two day live training workshop

Certificate of Completion: ‘MBCT Teacher in Training Diploma’ which equips you to run meditation sessions in various work contexts. You must complete both parts of Level 1 to receive the certificate.

Level 2:

One week of live training and silent retreat combined.

Certificate of completion: ‘MBCT Teacher Training Diploma’ accredites you as an ‘MBCT teacher’ and equips you to run MBCT programmes in various work contexts. You must complete both parts of Level 1 and 2 to receive this certificate.

(Please note anyone wishing to run MBCT with clinical populations will need an appropriate professional clinical training, and will need to follow the good practice guidelines of their own professional body).

The programme has been developed in this manner so that students have clarity and flexibility with regard to the training path and continual access to trainers and fellow students online as part of our Mindfulness training community.

Level 1 will run in September-November 2017. Level 2 will run in 2018.

What to expect during the programme?

The main focus of this programme will be on developing sound teaching skills in MBCT and skills in inquiry and dialogue. During the online part of the course, you will intensively practice the main exercises of the programme (body scan, mindful movement, especially gentle yoga, sitting and walking meditation) and learn how to teach them to others. The live training session is largely interactive and experiential, and you will be required to demonstrate teaching skills in small groups and discuss your experiences with one another, as well as doing meditation homework.

This training programme will facilitate the deepening of your personal mindfulness practice. A teacher’s embodiment of mindfulness is integral to teaching a mindfulness-based approach and we focus on looking at and working with all the aspects of this.

We support you in sharing your experiences with your colleagues online once the training program is finished because this can be an important resource for you to discuss your future work as a teacher.

This teacher training programme will fully prepare you to teach MBCT. The practically oriented online learning units, combined with the individual mentoring by an experienced teacher, both online and in live sessions, as well as the nurturing of one’s own meditation practice, build an approach that has been shown to be highly effective and supportive for trainee teachers.

It’s very important is check the validity of Mindfulness training

It is very important when you are choosing a Mindfulness training organisation, that you pick one which is proven to be affiliated to the UK Mindfulness Network. These mindfulness trainers are among the best in the field because they undergo the appropriate training and they abide by the UK Network for Mindfulness based teachers Good Practice Guidelines. This network meets every year and decides together on improving and upholding the standards. Please see the following link for all organisations affiliated to this network:

Dr Patrizia Collard, who is running this programme is a prominent member of this network and her company is Enter Mindfulness. You know you are in safe hands.




You will a 6 week online module which will include videos, guiding teacher teaching, assignments, webinars, inclusion on our Discussion Forum etc.


WHAT YOU’LL BE GETTING Level 1: Module 2


In this highly experiential workshop where you will practice the learnings from the online programme. A maximum of 12 participants are accepted on this programme ensuring that it is a highly personalised, supportive and effective environment for producing highly trained MBCT teachers.


WHAT YOU’LL BE GETTING SUPPORT During each stage of the programme our Guiding Teachers will be present both online and live to direct the learning process by synthesizing emerging themes, answering questions, and providing ongoing participant feedback.

The two members of our faculty who will be running this programme are Dr Patrizia Collard and Helen Stephenson. Both are highly experienced practitioners and teachers of mindfulness, who are experts in the fields of teaching mindfulness-based interventions. (For more details of the Faculty click the ‘About Us’ tab).


Why are we different? The reason our training programme is so successful is because we have responded to people’s requirements to have a flexible, convenient and cost effective MBCT training programme while not compromising on teaching and personal support. Our world class learning management system facilitates the teaching of this programme in a highly effective way and is followed by a very personalised live training programme with highly experienced Mindfulness trainers. Embarking on this course, you will achieve a huge transformation in your life and that of your patients/clients.

Our training organisation is a participating member of the UK Network of Mindfulness-based Teacher Training Organisations. Our trainers adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines for Trainers and we encourage the teachers we train to adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines for Teachers.


Next MBCT Teacher Training Diploma (Level 1) LEVEL 1 – Module 1: 6 Week Online Programme Monday 25th September 2017 – Sunday 5th November 2017 LEVEL 1 – Module 2: 2 day workshop 11th – 12th November 2017, 10.30 – 6.30, Honor Oak Park, London, SE23



Fee: £1,199

A deposit of £500 is payable on acceptance onto the training. The balance can be paid in full before the start of the training. Payment can also be made in two remaining installments prior to the start date of the course.




This course and introductory workshops encourage a dialogue and reflection. They are offered in the context of our encounters with ‘difference’, exploring its impact on us within the wider society and how we may be affected by this on a personal level or how it impacts in the workplace.  The workshops provide a rare opportunity to engage in some challenging, sensitive and controversial topics within a safe and supportive environment. This course is facilitated by Ounkar Kaur MSc.

Ounkar Kaur MSc.

Member of The Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy.

Registered with The British Psychoanalytic Council.

Professional Member of The International Association for Counselling.

Ounkar is a training consultant with FORWARD, which is committed to gender equality and safeguarding the right of African girls and women. 

She previously worked for The Refugees and Asylum Seekers Counselling Service with Womankind (Bristol). Ounkar has a private practice in Bristol and is an accredited Race Equality Trainer.



29th September: Identity

6th October: Developing Cultural Competences

20th October: Working with Diversity in ‘Changing Times and Evolving Cultures’

27th October: Managing intercultural dynamics in a teaching environment 

3rd November: Safeguarding and culture- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Radicalisation

17th November: Unconscious Bias – Assumptions and Prejudices 

24th November: Mental Health in the Context of ‘Difference’

Each workshop will consist of a theoretical seminar, an opportunity to observe interactions between listener/speaker and an open space/discussion group.



Counsellors/psychotherapists, social workers, medical and mental health professionals, teachers, individuals from statutory and non-statutory services, workers from the third sector, those working in the care industry and anyone with interest or studies in the above topics.


  • The opportunity for personal and professional development in the context of encountering ‘difference’.
  • An opportunity to further develop and enhance existing listening/counselling skills.  

An awareness of cultural competences to support individuals to become more responsive when working with a diverse client group or staff team.

DATE AND TIME: This is an open course and consists of a series of workshops which will be delivered on Saturdays: 29th Sept 6th, 20th, 27thOct and 3rd, 17th and 24th Nov 2018, 2pm – 6.30pm. 

VENUE: The Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy, 11 Orchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5EH.  Light refreshments will be provided on the day.

FEES: The cost is £325 for the whole course which consists of all seven workshops. However, if you would like to attend selected individual workshops then this is also an option chargeable at £45.00 per workshop.

Two student/trainee places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis at £250 if you are planning to attend all workshops and £35 for individual ones, this is a gesture to support your learning. All fees are paid in full in advance

TO APPLY: If you would like to attend the whole course and/or individual workshops, please send in a short piece of reflective writing describing an experience of when they felt ‘different’ and you will be contacted to book a place.  For further details on booking contact or call 07480 943378.

This course adheres to safeguarding guidelines, in keeping with this, 

Kaur Therapy & Training Services have their own policies and procedures.




This award-winning and innovative one-year course will run at GCS in Stroud from September 2018, weekly on Thursday afternoons and monthly on Fridays. It is one of the most popular courses within the Tavistock and Portman training portfolio, whose innovative quality has been recognised internally and externally through winning the Heath Education and North and Central East London (HENCEL) award of "Inter-professional Education and Training programme” and "Trainer of the Year award" 2014". The course is now delivered within a number of regional centres across the UK, such as GCS in Stroud.

Developed by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, the course was validated by the University of East London in 2010 and 2014 and is now validated by the University of Essex. It interweaves developmental, psychodynamic and systemic theoretical ideas, into a therapeutic practice orientated course.

We welcome all those who work in the field of child, adolescent or family mental health who wish to improve their knowledge and capabilities. You may be in one of the following roles:

  • Counsellor/psychotherapist who wishes to gain more experience in their field
  • Social Worker
  • Health Visitor
  • Nurse / School Nurse
  • Education Professional
  • Child and adolescent primary mental healthcare worker
  • Child and adolescent mental health services (CYPS) practitioners
  • Working with children in the voluntary or statutory sector
  • Or working, or wanting to work with children and families

Course outline

  • Theoretical seminars and lectures
  • Infant observation and/or family observation seminars
  • Work practice discussions
  • Experiential groups
  • Personal tutorials

Course time & dates 2018-19

  • Thursdays 12.30 - 18.30,  Term 1 4th Oct - 13th Dec 2018; Term 2 10th Jan - 28th March 2019; Term 3 25th April - 23rd May 2019
  • Friday Symposiums 09.30 - 15.30, 7 sessions dates TBC
  • Group Relations Conference, 4 days April 2019 dates TBC (London location)


For more information and details of how to apply please go to:


The course will take place at Alma House, Stroud or suitable alternative facilities.


Applications 2018-19

Applications for this course should be received by Tuesday 31st July. This is to ensure applicants have sufficient time to arrange the details of their work placement with their employer or other organisations / voluntary groups.


Open Days

Open Days are often planned, for further information on the next Open Day please contact the GCS office or check their website.  




This is a programme for qualified Psychoanalytical Psychotherapists, qualified OR in at least the third year of training,, interested in developing the ability to evaluate critically analytic practice and theory. Central to the programme are critical reflective practice and the utilisation of various research methodologies.

The programme will draw upon participants' existing clinical learning and experience and complement this with training in research methods and practice, relevant to psychotherapeutic practice. It aims to help clinicians develop their own clinical work, contribute to the building of an evidence base for psychodynamic practice and influence the development of psychoanalytically informed services.  

The programme is made up of a modules that include:

  • Reflective Clinical Practice
  • Research and Critical Appraisal skills
  • Major Research Project Proposal
  • Major Clinical Research Project



Advanced Clinical Skills and Critical Appraisal 90
Advanced Theoretical Skills in Clinical Practice 90
Service Related Research Project 60
Major Research Project Proposal 60
Major Clinical Research Project 240
Total credits 540



Participants will have access to experienced psychoanalytic practitioners and researchs, as teachers, research supervisors and tutors who will be able to help programme members develop and implement their own research ideas.

Staff include:

  • Dr Maggy Cairns
  • Dr Jo-Anne Carlyle - Senior Lecturer 
  • Professor Jeremy Holmes
  • Dr Jean Knox - Associate Professor
  • Dr Georgia Lepper
  • Gillian Miles
  • Richard Mizen, Programme Director
  • Dr Nick Sarra - Group analyst
  • Dr Janet Smithson - Senior Lecturer
  • Professor Judith Trowell

A range of assessment methods are utilised to assess the modules within the programme. Assessments are innovative and are designed to prepare you for research and leadership in the real world. The programme utilises both formative assessments to help develop you and provide feedback to enhance your performance, and summative assessments to evaluate your progress. 


Programme Lead: Richard Mizen.

Administration and enquiries:

tel: +44 (0)1392 725762


The British Psychotherapy Foundation, in partnership with the University of Exeter, is now offering four year programmes of qualifying training as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist or Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, uniquely designed to accommodate trainees from across the UK.


The first part of the qualifying training consists of a 2 year part time Msc in Psychological therapies practice and research. The Msc may also be taken as a free standing programme.


The MSc programme offers an excellent standard of academic and clinical teaching delivered by experienced psychoanalytic psychotherapy practitioners, supervisors, academics and researchers. This two year programme consists of academic and clinical work leading to the award of a Msc in Psychological Therapies and Research. On successful completion of the MSc students are eligible to apply for Qualifying Training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy or Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. This entails a third year of clinical seminars and two years of clinical work leading to a qualification as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, or with a fourth year of seminars and clinical work, as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. Trainees will be competent to work independently and gain membership of the British Psychotherapy Foundation and registration as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist or a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with the British Psychoanalytic Council.


As well as the clinical trainings, successful completion of the Msc also makes participants eligible to apply for the Doctor of Clinical Practice programme and in this way continue their academic studying in a way that is complementary to their clinical work.


The programme is particularly orientated to people who have an existing mental health qualification, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and nurses. However, applications will also be considered from other suitably qualified and experienced people.


Contact us

For further information or if you have any questions please contact the Programme Administrator. Your enquiry will then be followed up by Maggy Cairns, Admissions Tutor or one of the academic team.

Programme administrator:

Jo Rees,
College of Life and Environmental Sciences,
University of Exeter,
Washington Singer,
Perry Road,
Exeter, EX4 4QG.

Tel: +44 (0)1392 723122


30 Sept, 4 Nov& 2 Dec 2017. 6 Jan, 3 Feb, 3 March, 7 April, 5 May, 2 June & 7 July 2018.

This introduction to Psychoanalytic and Jungian thinking is aimed at people interested in learning more, and in looking at how these ideas can be applied in the world we live in. The course provides a sound basis for those considering psychotherapy training, but is suitable for anyone curious about this way of thinking and its relevance.The course consists of seminars exploring a range of contemporary issues through the understanding that Psychoanalytic and Jungian theory offer. Each seminar is followed by a facilitated discussion, in which the ideas and issues raised can be further opened up and links made to current events.  The course aims to kindle curiosity, encourage critical thinking, make connections, and investigate differences in a creative and inclusive group setting, enabling students to develop their own associations and ideas.

Birkbeck University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX. 

This course will also be run in the South West in Exeter from September 2017

 Psychotherapy Today Sample Syllabus
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The course starts in September 2017. 


30 September, 4 November and 2 December 2017.

6 January, 3 February, 3 March, 7 April, 5 May, 2 June and 7 July 2018.



Teachers and discussion facilitators will all be bpf psychoanalytic psychotherapists, jungian analysts, child and adolescent psychotherapists or psychoanalysts working in private practice, the voluntary sector and the NHS.

Each student will have the support of a mentor, also a bpf member, who is able to offer guidance through the course and, for those wishing to go further, advice about pathways towards one of the bpf professional trainings.


Please contact:Sandra Pereira, MSc, Postgraduate & Public Courses Officer, British Psychotherapy Foundation,

37 Mapesbury Road, London NW2 4HJ,
Tel: 020 8452 9823

For more information on syllabus and course content please contact: Rowena Deletant, Psychotherapy Today Course Coordinator via email


Disabledgo Information about accessibility at Birkbeck University. 


To be confirmed.

Fees can be paid in instalments, please discuss with Sandra Pereira.


All cancellations must be made in writing and subject to an admin fee of £25.
100% refund will be given for cancellations up to 60 days before the course start date.
50% refund will be given for cancellations up to 30 days before the course start date.
No refund for cancellations received in less than 30 days before the course start date.

DISCLAIMER: The bpf will  not be held  responsible for travel/ hotel expenses made or incurred in the unlikely event of this course either being cancelled or postponed.

The bpf values diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.