Brief Dynamic Therapy – A Flexible, Psychodynamic Approach

A one day CPD workshop with Jonathan Smith

Saturday 18th January 2020
5 hours CPD

In many of the organisational contexts in which counsellors and psychotherapists work, whether in the NHS, student counselling services in higher education, or the voluntary sector, there is a need to be able to provide counselling or therapy within a short-time frame. Flexibility is another key factor in the provision of effective and evidence based therapeutic work in these settings.

The workshop will enable participants to acquire an understanding of key principles that form the basis of a flexible approach to Brief Dynamic Therapy.   

  • There will be an overview of the of the contribution of a focus in containing and holding the client, limiting regression, and facilitating the development of greater narrative coherence.
  • The role of the triangles of insight and the therapeutic triangle in the initial formulation of a focus and their function in tracking a focus will be described.
  • The elaboration of relational and narrative patterns as a basis for establishing a focus in the form of a cyclical maladaptive pattern will also be outlined. The role of coaching the client, guided by psychodynamic principles, to develop more adaptive interpersonal patterns which result in intra-psychic transformations will be described.
  • There will be an exploration of the contribution of emotional play and creativity and supporting the client’s sense of value and worth, as well as Winnicott’s three transitions in short-term work.
  • Interpretative and supportive features in working with the ending and its meaning in short-term work will be outlined.

Throughout the workshop there will be opportunities to participate in exercises that illustrate the concepts that are presented, as well as discussions of the themes and controversies that emerge during the workshop itself.

For further information please email training@theawarenesscentre.com or telephone 020 8673 4545.

Facilitator: Jonathan Smith

Jonathan is a UKCP registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. He is Clinical Service Lead for the staff counselling and well-being service for South London and Maudsley Mental Health Trust, a student counsellor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a UKCP registered supervisor of student counsellors.

He was formerly an associate lecturer in counselling and course co-ordinator for the foundation degree and BSc in psychodynamic counselling and CBT at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has worked as a senior counsellor in primary care in several G.P. practices for South West London and St. Georges Mental Health Trust for over fifteen years, and as a manager and supervisor of a primary care counselling service for West London Mental Health Trust. He is the book reviews editor for Psychodynamic Practice and has written several articles on Brief Dynamic Therapy and working as a counsellor in the context of Primary Care.

Jonathan Smith

*This fee is non-refundable.

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