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1-to-1 Counselling & Psychotherapy - Group Therapy & Workshops in Oxford and Witney

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Ongoing Groups for Practitioners


OTS is committed to continuing professional development for practitioners. From our experience of practitioners from many different training schools, we have understood the need for language and concepts which bring together an understanding of the work we do which crosses the modality boundaries.

The importance of our work in this area was reflected strongly in a recent article on the 'Gold Standards in Psychotherapy' which is linked below.

If you would like to find out about ongoing groups for practitioners, let us know.

Gold Standards in Psychotherapy

Personal & Professional Development Group

OTS Training & Development Group


Personal & Professional Development Group for the Helping Professions

Practitioners working psychologically and developmentally with clients/patients

This is a rare opportunity to deepen your awareness and appreciation 
of the relational dynamics in the therapeutic relationship, which is increasingly understood to be at the heart of the outcome of therapeutic and developmental work.

These groups is particularly rare, as they are open to counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, coaches and other professionals in the helping professions. This multi-modal dynamic makes for a rich learning environment, in which we will use both the process of the group and client work to develop a deeper awareness of the impact inter and intrapersonal dynamics have on the client relationship. Justin believes that by embracing whole-heartedly the difficulties, paradoxes, shadow aspects and complexities of the client/practitioner process, we stand the best chance of doing justice to our clients, as well as our own authority, effectiveness and satisfaction as a practitioner.

Justin facilitates these groups of around 8 members each. His style is relational and integrative, so practitioners from all modalities, orientations and areas of the helping professions are invited to apply, and will find plenty of opportunities to learn from the diversity within the group.

Groups are run on Tuesdays & Fridays. They are closed each year, and run every 4 or 5 weeks between October and June. Please contact him for more details.

There is an initial commitment for 1 year (9 or 10 sessions) for these groups – dates to be confirmed once we have established all group members and a definite start date. If you are interested in but are unable to make Tuesdays or Fridays on 4/5 weekly basis, let us know, and we will add you to a list for if a group gets set up at a different time.

Please contact us for further information, and sign up for the newsletter to be kept up to date.

Group Leader:
Justin Smith

Venue:
Witney Therapy Centre
2a Corn Street
Witney
OX28 6BL
(OTS-Witney Therapy Centre Location)

Group Fees:

Fee: £45 per session
Interview fee: £55

If you are not already a member of OTS.....

Please complete the application form here



OTS Training & Development Group

A new ongoing monthly training and development group is starting at OTS-Witney on Saturday mornings from January. This multi-modality group is mainly being set up to support the development of a new group of trainees joining us on placement, but is open to others who are interested in joining.

The group will not primarily be a supervision group, but we will use the client material that participants bring to explore and deepen our understanding of the therapeutic relationship, both practically and theoretically. Building on participants’ established ways of working and reflecting as therapists, we will develop together an integrative language to describe the intricacies of the client-therapist relationship and the therapeutic process. We may introduce some ideas and elaborate key concepts of the relational training that has been delivered at OTS over the last few years. Some of you will be still be relatively new to OTS, and may have missed out on the trainings that we have had, and so may want to join this group. It will be most suitable for trainees and newly qualified practitioners, but if you already have a few years in practice and want to explore if the group is suitable for you, let me know.

We will seek to bring together training concepts on:

  • working alliance
  • the wounded healer
  • habitual positions
  • relational modalities
  • therapist dilemmas
  • working with ruptures
  • object relations


    We will also consider many of the practical aspects of therapy - boundaries, fees, times, holidays etc. and how to deal with them and their deeper meaning in any given therapeutic relationship.

    Fees: £45 per session
    (the intention is for members to attend all sessions, but one sessions fee per year can be missed)

    Times & Dates:

    Start Time: 9:30 - for 2-3 hours depending on group size.

    Dates for 2019:

    19/1
    9/2 provisional
    23/3
    20/4
    4/5
    8/6
    13/7
    Summer Break
    14/9
    12/10
    9/11
    14/12

    Let me know if you are interested.

    Group Fees:

    Fee: £45 per session
    Interview fee: £55

    If you are not already a member of OTS.....

    Please complete the application form here



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