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Practitioner Events


CPD Training Days & Workshops 2019

CPD Training: OTS run a programme of training days throughout the year, including and annual free CPD event. Make sure you sign up for our newsletter on the right-hand column of the website to be kept up to date as new events are announced!

Working Relationally with Movement & Touch - 16th/17th Nov
Client's Conflict becomes Therapist's Conflict - 24th November
Taster Day for the Certificate in Embodied Therapeutic Practice - 9th February
Some "Do's' and Don'ts" in Trauma Work - 14th March



Certificate in Embodied Therapeutic Practice

This post-qualifying course running over 5 weekends (April - October 2020) is designed for experienced counsellors and psychotherapists (as well as the recently qualified practitioner) who are interested in developing their knowledge and skills in working with the body in the counselling and psychotherapeutic relationship.

We are offering a taster day on 9th February (see above) to help you to decide if this course is for you!

Certificate in Embodied Therapeutic Practice



Groups, Meetings & Talks

OTS Training & Development Group

A new ongoing monthly training and development group is starting at OTS-Witney on Saturday mornings for trainees and newly qualified practitioners.

Personal and Professional Development Group

Practitioners working psychologically and developmentally with clients/patients.

OTS Meetings for this Year

Come and meet us and find out more about OTS.

Oxford Psychotherapy Talks Programme

OPS (Oxford Psychotherapy Society) is a local organisation which runs great talks and workshops throughout the year. Here is the current programme.



Working Relationally with Movement and Touch

Trainers: Allison Priestman and Stephen Tame
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Date: Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th November 2019
Venue: OTS - Oxford Therapy Centre
Fee:
£180 (early bird £150)

About the training:
This workshop is for psychotherapists, counsellors and allied practitioners. Much of our clients' formative experiences are of movement and touch. It is important for our clients that we have some confidence and competence to work in these core channels of their experience.
Our bodies are in constant movement, mostly unnoticed. This is an opportunity to open and refresh our insight into how our clients move, how we move, and how our clients move us. We will be working with small and large movements, intentional and unconscious movement, in a gentle and supported way.

Similarly, our clients are always experiencing touch – the touch of fabric on skin, the touch of our emotional contact. We will be introducing a frame for working more confidently and intentionally with touch, in support of our clients safety and unfolding process. This work will be held and explored through a relational framework. Exploring how to make use of and think about, our complex embodied responses to our clients. The weekend will be experiential, underpinned by theoretic input drawn from Embodied-Relational Therapy.
Group size 8-14 participants. This workshop would serve as useful ‘taster’ for the Embodied-Relational Therapy training starting in Derbyshire in April 2020.

About the trainers:
Allison Priestman - I have been working as a psychotherapist for 18 years and as a trainer for 11 years. I am a member of the Embodied-Relational training collective and have worked extensively with Nick Totton. My professional bodies are the European Association for Body Psychotherapy and Chiron Association for Body Psychotherapists. I'm curious about how play, creativity, movement and the wild can resource practitioners in their work. I continue to be stretched, stimulated and nourished by my work with clients, supervisees and trainees.

Stephen Tame - I am an experienced Embodied-Relational Therapist, supervisor and trainer. I work with individual clients and couples, both indoors and out. I see my job as supporting my clients to find their way to manage and process their life experiences. I aim to take a non-expert position, and continue to learn from my clients.

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The Client's Conflict becomes the Therapist's Conflict

Trainer: Michael Soth
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Date: Sunday 24th November 2019
Venue: OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre
Fee:
£40 - OTS members
£50 - OTS affiliates
£75 - Non-members

About the training:

How to spot it and what to do next - a step-by-step recipe book (for processing the therapist’s dilemmas)

After previous training days on topics such as ‘Relational Dilemmas of First Sessions and Initial Assessments' we have had several enquiries and requests to take the topic further and deeper. There was a clear sense that we needed a Part 2, and it was understood that Michael’s principle that “the client’s conflict becomes the therapist’s conflict” is just the first step in exploring the connection between the client’s and the therapist’s inner world in the context of the working alliance.

Three things stood out from the work we did in the small groups, as borne out by some of the feedback:
1. as therapists we don’t always know when we are in conflict;
2. when we do know, we often hit a blank wall - what to do or how to understand what’s going on;
3. in order to avoid the discomfort of the conflict, we take refuge in default therapeutic interventions, routine manoeuvres and habitual stances, i.e. mechanisms which dilute the necessary charge and tension in the relationship - in doing so, we abort the therapeutic process or unwittingly precipitate ruptures in the alliance

Some of the feedback was: ‘It is scary to feel like you don’t know what to do as a therapist, so it can be a relief to not know you are in conflict.’ (this is rather reminiscent of Bion’s statement: “In every consulting room there ought to be two rather frightened people.”)
Being aware of and acknowledging our internal (countertransference) conflict as therapists feels like we’re losing our therapeutic position, and a sense that we are failing. In order to avoid the inherent sense of feeling powerless and vulnerable, we resort to our ‘habitual position’ as therapists, trying to shore up our shaky therapeutic position. One of the most common manoeuvres is to ask more questions of the client in the hope of ‘getting somewhere else’, where we can feel on safer ground. However, in doing so we then manage to fall into two further pitfalls:
- by trying to ‘move on’ or ‘hold on’ to our therapeutic position, we give the implicit message to the client that we can’t bear their pain, and can’t sit in it with them;
- because we are doing so defensively, prematurely and without awareness or preparation, our interventions precipitate us further into enactment: we fall on one or the other side of our conflict, and fail to ‘hold’ the conflict, or to catch the rupture we are entangled in.
This training day will develop your capacity to be aware of your conflict as a therapist and learn to ‘sit in it’ without being overwhelmed by pressure, fear or shame. It then becomes more possible to extract the precious information which the therapist’s conflict contains about the relational dynamic and the client’s inner world.

Once you have registered for this event, and paid the relevant fee, we will send you preparatory materials to enable you to get the most out of the day.

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Taster Day for the Certificate in Embodied Therapeutic Practice

About the Bodies: Embodiment in the Therapeutic Relationship

Trainer: Robert Downs
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Date: Sunday 9th February 2020 (priority given to those needing the taster day as a decision-making process for the course, but this taster day can be done as a standalone experience)
Venue: OTS - Oxford Therapy Centre
Fees:
£40 - Trainee Members
£50 -Full Members
£60 - Trainee Non-members
£75 - Qualified Non-members

About the training:
This taster day is precisely that – to give you a sense of whether you want to commit to the 5-weekend certificate course. Priority for applicants for the taster day will be given first to people who have also paid a deposit (refundable 30-days prior to the first weekend) of the certificate course. You do not have to do the course, and the taster day will be a useful standalone experience for many. We simply want to and the best chance of filling the course. So, read on and decide if you would like to do the taster day – we may well run the course again in the future anyway!...

This post-qualifying course is designed for experienced counsellors and psychotherapists (as well as the recently qualified practitioner) who are interested in developing their knowledge and skills in working with the body in the counselling and psychotherapeutic relationship. This course will be an opportunity to develop your understanding and clinical practice with regard to the body and its place and potential within the therapeutic relationship.

The course will consist of experiential exercises, theoretical input and exploration, skills practice, self study and play - there is no learning unless there is play (and some pain of course). The course will be experiential and touch on your own process and history. Self care practices will be explored. It will also be a place for exploration and integration of the theoretical underpinnings of working with embodiment.

Course Aims:
The course is designed to broaden your awareness and engagement with embodiment to enhance your way of working within your therapeutic approach & modality.

Experientially - our own experience is the main teacher so there will be personal explorations of your experience of embodiment. Doing this in a learning community extends the learning considerably as we learn from and sensitise to the diversity of experiences of embodiment. This resources our work.

Theoretically - we will explore some of the key ideas and theories that underpin embodied therapeutic practice in a variety of ways to support embodied integration - theory is best integrated through experience.
About the trainer:

About the trainer
I practice as a body psychotherapist and supervisor in London and I have done so for 20 years. I trained at the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy in the 90s and have continued my education since through exploring a diversity of traditions and practices including transpersonal perspectives. I have been particularly interested in what body psychotherapy has to offer all therapeutic modalities. My current areas of focus have been on working with chronic shame and exploring racism and whiteness in the therapeutic encounter. I have taught in a range of institutions as well as independently. I also like to make art, write and wander.

For more details about this taster day click here

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Some "Do's' and Don'ts" in Trauma Work

Trainer: Morit Heitzler
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Date: Saturday 14th March 2020
Venue: OTS - Oxford Therapy Centre
Fee:
£40 - Trainee members
£50 - Full members
£60 - Trainee non-members
£75 - Qualified non-members

About the training:
Part 2 to Morit’s CPD training on trauma invites practitioners from the previous workshop as well as any new interested attendees. Morit will design the day to briefly re-cap and then develop those topics covered in Part 1 as well as introduce new themes in order to create a day that is inclusive and welcoming to all participants.
Working with traumatized clients can be challenging and at times overwhelming. Often therapists are familiar with some of theories that underpin trauma and its manifestation but feel under-resourced when it comes to the actual work that needs to be done in order to enable the traumatized system to undo layers of defences and patterns of internal and external relating.
Where do we start? What would be re-traumatizing? How do we know when to stop a client re-telling their trauma story and when to encourage it? What do we do when we feel overwhelmed, depleted or confused?

In this practical workshop Morit will review some methods and techniques that can be used as a foundation for working with trauma and PTSD. The aim of the day is to expand the tool-box of therapists and support them in their work with various degrees of trauma presentation. Through a series of experiential exercises, amongst other things, Morit will review concepts such as:

  • Safety and boundaries

  • Windows of tolerance

  • Resources

  • Somatic counter transference

  • Her emphasis will be on practical methods and tools. Some theory will be shared as a way of making those tools more accessible. The workshop is suitable for therapists who work with trauma, no previous experience is required.

    Testimonials:
    “Having attended several training weekends with Morit, I can say with experience her capacity to support the learning process for me, both as practitioner and personally is considerable. Her ability to help translate what have been personally powerful learning experiences for me into digestible meaning is deeply appreciated and valuable" J Stone

    "I have been inspired by the workshop today and all the previous workshops delivered by Morit. The personal growth for myself and working with clients is amazing. Working with embodied trauma therapy brings a dimension that adds potency to my work as a psychotherapist. Well facilitated group with lots of experiential learning. Thank you Morit" Anonymous

    "I value the clarity with which you explain theoretical ideas and therapeutic processes, and your ability to summarise the 'heart of the matter' in complex interactions. I learn a lot from you about supervision as well as therapy."
    Malcolm R, UKCP Reg Psychotherapist, UKCP Approved Supervisor.

    About the trainer:
    Morit is an experienced therapist, supervisor and trainer with a private practice in Oxford. She has been teaching on various training courses in the UK, Israel and in Europe, and regularly leads workshops and groups. Through her work in Israel, at the Traumatic Stress Service of the Maudsley Hospital, the Oxford Stress and Trauma Centre, her supervision at Oxford Refugee Resource, as well as her private practice, Morit has gained experience in treating a wide variety of PTSD symptoms and traumatised clients, including refugees and asylum seekers. Over two decades, she has been developing an integrative approach to trauma work, incorporating - within an overall relational perspective - Body Psychotherapy, attachment theory, EMDR, modern neuroscience and Family Constellations. In recent years she has been focussing on delivering intermediate and advanced CPD and supervision for trauma therapists, specifically on integrating the various trauma therapies. More information can be found on her website here.

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    Certificate in Embodied Therapeutic Practice

    About the Bodies: Embodiment in the Therapeutic Relationship

    Trainer: Robert Downs
    Time: 10:00 – 17:00
    Dates: Five weekends: 25th-26th April, 23rd-24th May, 27th-28th June, 19th-20th September, 24th-25th October
    Venue: OTS - Oxford Therapy Centre
    Fees:
    Trainee Members - £40 per day
    Full Members - £50 per day
    Trainee Non-members - £60 per day
    Qualified Non-members - £75 per day

    Commitment Requirements:
    Payment for each of the 5 weekends is due in the week before each weekend. Please note: once you have paid a deposit for the first weekend, withdrawal is only possible up to 30 days prior the first weekend in April. Beyond that, you are committed to pay for the entire course, even in the event of foreseen or unforeseen circumstances.

    About the training:
    This post-qualifying course is designed for experienced counsellors and psychotherapists (as well as the recently qualified practitioner) who are interested in developing their knowledge and skills in working with the body in the counselling and psychotherapeutic relationship. This course will be an opportunity to develop your understanding and clinical practice with regard to the body and its place and potential within the therapeutic relationship.

    The course will consist of experiential exercises, theoretical input and exploration, skills practice, self study and play - there is no learning unless there is play (and some pain of course). The course will be experiential and touch on your own process and history. Self care practices will be explored. It will also be a place for exploration and integration of the theoretical underpinnings of working with embodiment.

    The course is not accredited. A certificate of attendance will be provided and you will take away extensive learning and experience to resource and extend your capacity to be with your own embodiment and that of others in the therapeutic relationship.

    Course Aims:
    The course is designed to broaden your awareness and engagement with embodiment to enhance your way of working within your therapeutic approach & modality.

    Experientially - our own experience is the main teacher so there will be personal explorations of your experience of embodiment. Doing this in a learning community extends the learning considerably as we learn from and sensitise to the diversity of experiences of embodiment. This resources our work.

    Theoretically - we will explore some of the key ideas and theories that underpin embodied therapeutic practice in a variety of ways to support embodied integration - theory is best integrated through experience.

    About the trainer:
    I practice as a body psychotherapist and supervisor in London and I have done so for 20 years. I trained at the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy in the 90s and have continued my education since through exploring a diversity of traditions and practices including transpersonal perspectives. I have been particularly interested in what body psychotherapy has to offer all therapeutic modalities. My current areas of focus have been on working with chronic shame and exploring racism and whiteness in the therapeutic encounter. I have taught in a range of institutions as well as independently. I also like to make art, write and wander.

    Further details about this certificate course can be found here

    Click here to apply

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    OTS Meetings for this Year

    We have a variety of meetings throughout the year, which any practitioners who are interested in finding out more about OTS are welcome to come to. Just send us an email and let us know you would like to come, and we will invite you when they are arranged.

    As part of our community culture of development, some meetings are member led on a subject of interest, and some meetings are just about getting together, having coffee and constructing the meeting together on the day!

    Meetings for this year: watch this space for more details!
    Additional events are planned from time to time where you can come and meet us and find out more about OTS - please email us here for details.



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