Postgraduate Diploma in Attachment-based Therapy: Two-Year Conversion Course

Postgraduate Diploma in Attachment-based Therapy: Two-Year Conversion Course

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2 year conversion course OR 1 year certificate of attendance.

1 Saturday per month, September 2015 - June 2017

Course Director: Linda Cundy, UKCP-registered attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer

1 Saturday per month, September 2015 - June 2017 (09.30-16.30) Drake House, 44 St George’s Rd, Wimbledon, SW19 4EF

Fee details: £620 Wimbledon Guild counsellors/ £720 others

PLEASE NOTE THIS POSTGRADUATE COURSE IS ONLY OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED ‘COURSE OF A LIFETIME’ – Year One of the Three Year Diploma.

Overview:

For a number of years, Wimbledon Guild has run a series of courses on Attachment-based therapy. This Diploma-level course1 builds upon and consolidates this work. It is aimed at qualified counsellors and psychotherapists of all modalities. Attachment-based therapy is based on the work of John Bowlby, who identified how our early childhood attachments shape the way we relate to others, the world and ourselves. Throughout life we are confronted with new challenges and anxieties, but the thread of attachment runs from cradle to grave. This diploma draws on theory and research to deepen understanding of attachment themes throughout the life cycle and explores how this understanding can shape our work as psychotherapists and counsellors. The course has a strong experiential component with participants reflecting on their own attachment histories and those of their clients, with the aim of informing therapeutic practice.

The Course:

Year 2: Attachment Gone Wrong

‘Attachment Gone Wrong’ will explore how attachment theory can be used when working with a range of different issues. It will consist of eight one-day modules, focusing on the following topics:

7 Nov 2015 5 Dec 2015 9 Jan 2016 6 Feb 2016 5 Mar 2016 30 Apr 2016 4 Jun 2016 2 Jul 2016

  • Module 1: From Classical to Contemporary Attachment Theory
  • Module 2: Attachment and Anxiety States
  • Module 3: Attachment and Depression
  • Module 4: Attachment and the Body
  • Module 5: Attachment and Eating Disorders
  • Module 6: Attachment and Addictions
  • Module 7: Attachment and Trauma
  • Module 8: Attachment, Loss and Bereavement

Each module will include teaching and discussion elements, as well as opportunities for clinical discussion in small groups. In addition to a personal journal, participants will submit a written paper of 3,000 words on one of the topics covered during the year. Participants will need to achieve a minimum pass mark of 50% for this written paper in order to proceed to Year 3 of the course. A minimum attendance of 7 full days is also required to pass Year 2. Participants failing to complete or pass the written work, or to attend at least 7 full days, will be awarded a certificate of attendance. 

Year 3: Attachment in the Consulting Room

Year 3 focuses upon working with attachment in the consulting room:

5 Nov 2016 3 Dec 2016 7 Jan 2017

4 Feb 2017 4 Mar 2017 1 Apr 2017 13 May 2017 3 Jun 2017

  • Module 1: Assessment
  • Module 2: Defences and Affect Regulation
  • Module 3: Working with Dismissing Attachment
  • Module 4: Working with Preoccupied Attachment
  • Module 5: Working with Unresolved Attachment
  • Module 6: Relational Dimensions of Dreams
  • Module 7: The Therapist’s Attachment
  • Module 8: Endings

In Year 3, participants will work in smaller groups of a maximum of 15 participants. Each group will be run by two facilitators, one of whom will run a morning workshop. The other facilitator will run group supervision and clinical discussion sessions in the afternoons. Participants will be required to prepare a presentation on one of the topics covered during the year, which they will give to the group. They will also need to submit a case study of 3,000 words, demonstrating a thorough knowledge of attachment theory and its application to clinical practice. A minimum attendance of 7 full days is also required to pass Year 3 of the course. Participants will need to achieve a pass for each piece of their written work in order to be awarded a Diploma in Attachment-based Therapy. Participants failing to complete or pass the written work, or to attend at least 7 full days, will be awarded a certificate of attendance.

The Trainer:

Linda Cundy is a UKCP-registered attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer with twenty years’ experience of teaching (Regent’s College, The Bowlby Centre and AGIP). She is approved as a therapist for trainees on a number of psychotherapy and art therapy courses, and as a clinical supervisor for the Bowlby Centre. She is Chair of Hackney Bereavement Service.

Booking Conditions:

Participation in this course is open to qualified counsellors and psychotherapists and those in their final year of a counselling diploma. Years 2 is only open to those who have already completed both a counselling diploma and previously completed Course of a Lifetime (Year One of the Three Year Postgraduate Diploma) at some point. Year 3 is only open to those who have completed both Year 1 and Year 2.

Participants are asked to send a £100 non-refundable deposit together with their registration form, as well as a post-dated cheque for the balance of the payment, dated on or before 12 August 2015. Alternatively, participants may send in a cheque or make a bank transfer for the full fee. Participants may also choose to pay a £100 deposit and set up a monthly Standing Order for the remainder of the fees; please contact us if you would like to use this option.

Refunds (less the £100 deposit) can be requested up to and including 12 August 2015. No refunds will be possible after this date.

Course Fees for Year 2 are £620 (Wimbledon Guild counsellors)/£720 (others)

Students going on to do Year 3 the course fees are £620 (Wimbledon Guild counsellors)/ £720 others

Students completing all 3 years of the Postgraduate Diploma will gain the Postgraduate Diploma, those completing any part of the course will gain a Certificate of Attendance.

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