Continual Professional Development

Our studio events are for continual professional development (CPD) and are open to those who have qualified or are in training at Diploma level.

Continual professional development refers to the process of tracking and documenting skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work. Learning beyond your initial training.
Keeping a record of what you experience, learn and apply in your development as a professional demonstrates your commitment to your work.

Upcoming CPD Studio Dates:

Please note our maximum number of participants is generally 12 per studio event. Bookings must be made two weeks prior to the start date as cancellation will be decided at that time.
Places are not secured without payment.
Refunds for studio events cancelled by Dunamis will be made in full. Participant cancellation will be paid in full if cancellation is made at least two weeks before the studio day.

Autumn Studio days at Dunamis

Autumn is the time of mellow fruitfulness and our studio days are bountiful. Take a look at the studio days below and book your place as soon as possible. With such popular speakers on offer places will go fast!

October 19th – Virtual Therapy – A different journey

Thinking of working on-line, or new to it and wanting to know more? This studio day might be for you.

Our journeys with clients are as unique as individuals are. Working face to face is not without its challenges in forming sound therapeutic relationships and developing our understanding and attunement to our clients’ worlds. When we introduce another dimension into our work – the virtual or online one, things change yet again.

Whether an obstacle to be mitigated or a valuable adjunct to our therapeutic ways of working, much might depend on how well we have considered and planned for the differences as on our ability to see, hear and feel our clients in a virtual world.

The studio will consider technology and what tools are available to use, and some tips and hints to help you avoid pitfalls. We will spend time looking at how the virtual contact process needs to be managed, and the different ways we can engage virtually, what issues are unique to this way of working and how do we manage when things go awry. Contracting, payment and the legal position may all differ in the virtual work. The day will also explore how the therapeutic process is changed, when working this way might be an advantage and also when it may be contra-indicated.

The tutor for this event is Robert Haddock. Robert has been in private practice since 2000 working with a variety of clients in both group and traditional one to one settings. Robert has trained in humanistic integrative modalities and Transactional Analysis and has managed and tutored on diploma level courses.

Fee: £65 including lunch and refreshments and CPD certificate

Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm

Please download, complete and return the event booking form. We require dietary needs information and acceptance of the event terms and conditions.

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November 9th – Domestic Abuse Power, Coercion and Control and its effects on individuals, children and families

This one day workshop is to familiarise participants with issues of power, coercion and control in abusive relationships and how this dynamic is created, maintained and the difficulties with separation. Together we will understand the view point of the victim, child and perpetrator and look at the mechanisms of protection available to keep individuals safe.

The facilitators are an experienced Domestic Abuse Case Manager and an Advanced Practitioner, Domestic Abuse specialist both from West Sussex County Council.

Fee: £70 including lunch and refreshments and CPD certificate

Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm

Please download, complete and return the event booking form. We require dietary needs information and acceptance of the event terms and conditions.

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November 23rd – Obsessions, Compulsions, Rigid and Obsessive Personality Types

Reality TV programs such as Channel 4’s Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners have misrepresented the suffering and torment of clients with OCD to the point where it is not uncommon to hear people say that they “have a touch of OCD” when in fact they are often referring to aspects of their personality.

Obsessions are unwanted, senseless and unpleasant thoughts, images and impulses that intrude into your mind even though you don’t want them there. Obsessions are associated with significant anguish and torment; sufferers are slow to seek help as they feel ashamed and fearful that they are losing their sanity and literally “Going mad”. They are often misdiagnosed in general practice as suffering from anxiety as their sense of shame leads them to mask the extent of their distress.

Whilst fears of contamination and an urge to clean excessively are visible and obvious, obsessions are often concealed; John was beset by a thought and image of stabbing his wife that was triggered upon entering the kitchen. Julie is plagued by a recurring thought that she has harmed someone but doesn’t know who, and Graham is troubled by a thought and impulse to shout out four letter expletives in public places – he cannot leave the safety of his home. Just a few of the many variants of obsessions.

In this studio-day we will draw upon psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural theories to understand the origins of obsessions and compulsions and compare these with personality types that are obsessive, rigid and controlling.

Studio aims

Participants will learn to:

  • Distinguish between OCD, pure obsessions and obsessive personality
  • Understand the formation of obsessive symptoms, and
  • Consider the function and meaning (psychodynamic and cognitive) of obsessions
  • Understand how rituals and compulsions develop as a way of managing anxiety
  • Develop some basic skills using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for OCD

Facilitator: Steve Sharkey is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Consultant Psychotherapist at Kent and Medway Partnership NHS Trust. He is a former Executive Council Member of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy Steve has experience of working with Obsessions in NHS and private practice.

Fee: £65 including lunch and refreshments and CPD certificate

Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm

Please download, complete and return the event booking form. We require dietary needs information and acceptance of the event terms and conditions.

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All Studio Days will be delivered at The Lodge, 9A High Street, Crowborough unless a larger venue is required. If so, participants will be informed prior to the event.

Upcoming Events for Spring 2020

Supervision – January 2020

12 Saturdays – Dates to be confirmed.

Course entry requirements – 3 years post Diploma with a minimum practice of 400 hrs. Part of the training will require you to offer voluntary practice Supervision for a minimum of 24 hours.

Contact us for more information

Fee: £1,650
Early bird booking fee of £1,600 If you book before 1st December 2019

Time: 9:30am – 4pm

Please download, complete and return the event booking form. We require dietary needs information and acceptance of the event terms and conditions.

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Feb 29th – Voicemotion

This is a taster studio day for anyone interested in actively exploring the link between voice, movement and emotion. An opportunity to explore this emotionally liberating approach to blending vocal sound and movement. Through a combination of active observation and group/individual improvisational exercises, we will explore how we can access emotional qualities within ourselves and ‘play’ with the vocal-physical patterns they contain. Emotionally challenging but a chance to experience the power of our own and others emotional voice-body in an exciting way, while developing our sense of presence, play and spontaneity.

The Actor/ tutor for this event is Guy Dartnell. Guy is a counselling associate at The Marylebone Centre, London, and runs his own practice in Hastings. He is an inter/national award winning solo and collaborative performance artist, teacher and mentor. A specialist in voice-movement integration and spontaneous expression, Guy has run his Voicemotion workshops extensively across a variety of contexts in the UK and abroad. This includes delivery at the Esalen institute, California.

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