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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 with our Wounds - 1st June
Do's and Don'ts in Trauma Work - 22nd June
Dilemmas of First Sessions and Initial Assessments - 13th July
Touch and Embodiment - 29th September
Client's Conflict becomes Therapist's Conflict - 24th November
Erotic Transference - TBA



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 with our Wounds

Trainer: Lizzie Cummings
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Date: Saturday June 1st 2019
Venue: Dean Court Community Centre, Pinnocks Way,
Oxford, OX2 9DG
Fee:
£50 or £40 if booked by April 15th

About the training:
When the poisoned arrow of Heracles pierced the immortal centaur, Chiron, in the thigh he was destined to spend eternity searching for a cure for his pain. This search led him to the deep knowledge of healing, which he used to help and teach others whilst still bearing his own wound. This is a myth that speaks to therapists.

It is often our wounds that draw therapists into our chosen profession. As we strive to understand and help our clients in their suffering, so we find our own pain being tended to in the process. Therefore, the purpose of this CPD event is two-fold:

1. For personal development and self-care: An experiential enactment of the Greek myth of Chiron. This means we will experience the myth through guided group improvisation and movement, beginning with some play around the main themes to warm us into the story itself. As we explore together the journey of Chiron, you will begin to discover how this wounded healer archetype resonates within you personally and also how it resides within you as a therapist. Relevant material that arises from engaging with the myth will be incorporated into the afternoon clinical work.

Do I have to be good at drama or movement?
Not at all. This is a self-exploratory creative process that allows for each individual to work at their own depth, relating personally to the myth, whilst remaining engaged in the shared and supportive experience of the group.

2. Clinical development: To continue developing an awareness and understanding of how our own suffering interacts with that of our clients in the therapy room. The main focus will be:

•Exploring a particular therapeutic relationship in which an aspect of your own history has been activated significantly by the client or vice versa
•Working with material that arose from the morning’s myth work

The more familiar we are in how we tend (and why we don’t tend) to our own wounds, the more versatile we become in the presence of our clients’ suffering. In other words,
“As much as I can bear my wound, so might I bear yours”.

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Helping the Helper: some "Do's" and "Don'ts" in Trauma Work

Trainer: Morit Heitzler
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Date: Saturday 22nd June 2019
Venue: OTS - Oxford Therapy Centre
Fee:
£40 - OTS members
£50 - OTS affiliates
£75 - Non-members

About the training:
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.

    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 focusing 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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    Dilemmas of First Sessions and Initial Assessments

    Trainer: Michael Soth
    Time: 10.00 – 17.00
    Date: Saturday 13th July 2019
    Venue: OTS - Oxford Therapy Centre
    Fee:
    £40 - OTS members
    £50 - OTS affiliates
    £75 – Non - members

    About the training:
    First sessions and initial assessments are different and, in some ways, more difficult than regular sessions within an established process. In a first session we do not yet have a shared understanding nor an agreed therapeutic frame. It is one of the main tasks of a first session to develop such a frame, but not just routinely or as an arbitrary or standard given, but in service of the specific work required and therefore appropriate and maybe adjusted to each individual client.

    A first session, especially if it includes an assessment, therefore comprises some quite contradictory modalities of engagement (all of which have matter-of-fact, practical implications as well as therapeutic and relational ones): some quasi-medical interactions, a business negotiation, a meeting of two humans / strangers, as well as therapeutic considerations throughout, plus the tensions between the four, manifesting to some extent as contradictory pulls between the therapist's presence as a person and their presence within the role. Hopefully at the end of the hour all of that will culminate in a sufficiently solid and mutually understood and negotiated working alliance (another relational modality).

    The special dilemmas of such initial sessions arise because, after all, these are quite contradictory relational modes, and thus reveal more clearly just what a confusing mix of relational modalities the therapeutic relationship consists of.
    So that means that a workshop on this topic is of interest and has benefits for a wide range of therapists, including specifically beginners as well as experienced practitioners.

    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.

    Full workshop description here

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    Touch and Embodiment

    Trainer: Michael Soth
    Time: 10:00 – 17:00
    Date: Saturday 29th September 2019
    Venue: OTS - Oxford Therapy Centre
    Fee:
    £40 - OTS members
    £50 - OTS affiliates
    £75 - Non-members

    About the training:
    This workshop will be an opportunity to explore how your embodied experience and perception contribute to your way of working as a therapist.

    How much of your awareness - when you are engaged in the relationship with a client – is attentive to the process between the two bodies (or better: the two bodyminds)?
    From your moment-to-moment perceptions of the two bodyminds, how do you extract meaningful information relevant to the therapeutic process?
    How can this information help us to deepen the relationship and the process and make it more effective?
    How can it give us a context for making therapeutic decisions about whether or not to touch or be touched, and if so, how?

    So for the purposes of therapists’ CPD learning, to clarify the safety and parameters of the relational space we are entering into for such a workshop becomes as important an issue as for a client entering into therapy.
    For this workshop we will focus on a simple distinction between spontaneous versus reflective processes throughout the bodymind, and how the tension between the two plays out in the relational dynamic between client and therapist moment-to-moment. We will use the diamond model of diverse relational modalities (Michael’s further evolution of Petruska Clarkson’s ideas) to bring a neglected relational perspective to the question of touch between client and therapist, i.e. different kinds of touch corresponding to different relational spaces in therapy.

    Full workshop description here.

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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: Witney 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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    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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