I am not currently offering any training, but you will fnd examples of previous workshops and course below. Feel free to contact me with suggestions for future events or to invite me to run a training.
A new personal and practice development group for therapists
co-facilitated by Mark Gullidge and Ian Morrow
January – November 2019
We are offering a monthly group for practicing therapists, including those still in training, to explore their work, lives and personal development interests.
Like entering a clearing in the woods, where we can slowly begin to see where we are and what surrounds us, we want to create a breathing space and time for orientation, thought, sharing, experiment and finding new directions.
We envisage the group’s work emerging from the participants’ personal and practice interests, as well as the embodied experience of being in a group with other therapists.
We will invite participants to be open to an emerging group process in the meeting place between everyday life, self, culture, theory and the craft of therapy.
The group will meet on the third Monday of each month 6pm – 9.30pm.
The first group meeting will be on 21st January. There will be no meeting in August.
There will be space for 12 participants in this closed group.
The fee for the year is £700 and two reduced-fee spaces will be available.
Certificates will be provided for 35 hours of CPD
Venue: Elders Voice, Kensal Green (near Kensal Green underground station)
Mark is an experienced psychotherapist, group facilitator, teacher and supervisor. He works to help people reflect on and develop themselves thoughtfully and creatively in the service of their practice and themselves.
Ian is a therapist, facilitator, trainer and supervisor. He is interested in embodiment, deep democracy, trauma and shame, and believes that therapy can evolve to include more diverse, flexible and open forms of relating. www.ianmorrow.info
Please contact one of us for more information or to reserve a space in the group
This workshop in June is now fully booked, but we are offering it a second time on 17th and 18th of November at The Skylight Centre, Highbury, London. Please get in touch with me if you would like to book a place.
A workshop with IAN MORROW and NICK TOTTON
16th & 17th June 2018
10am-5pm Saturday, 10-4.30 Sunday
at Aashna, North Finchley
£220 (some reductions available)
Many psychotherapy and counselling trainings teach us ways of working which are not actually fit for purpose. Most trainings hold to a theoretical or academic orthodoxy and are also partly driven by ‘bums on seats’ thinking. For these reasons, they are often unable to support each trainee to find her/his own mature judgement of what is useful and appropriate in the therapy room. There is, therefore, a reliance on explicitly or implicitly conveyed crude rules – for example:
- Don’t disclose
- Don’t touch
- Don’t show uncertainty
- Don’t show strong emotion
- Don’t be visibly or audibly sub-cultural
- Don’t treat the client as an equal
- Don’t be flexible
- Always know what to do
It can be difficult to challenge these explicit and implicit rules for fear of being judged.
Subliminally communicated codes of behaviour and language can marginalise certain individuals and groups, as well as parts of our human relating. This can leave us feeling overly cautious about our behaviour and go on to marginalise parts of ourselves and our clients when we relate.
On this weekend, we want to explore the possibility of replacing such essentially defensive rules with an attitude of openness, generosity, negotiation, spontaneity and relational availability. Such an approach inevitably involves a degree of risk, and we will be looking at ways to maintain good-enough safety while remaining fully open. We believe that this attitude offers a much greater degree of richness, depth and potential for change, as well a more respectful way of relating.
This weekend is open to psychotherapists and counsellors both qualified and in training. It is intended as deprogramming: questioning rule-based assumptions and offering an alternative model on both intellectual and experiential levels. Through group process, experiment in pairs and small groups, supervision and discussion, we aim to uncover some of these assumptions, examine their histories and find what requires remodelling, rewriting or scrapping altogether.
Ian is a therapist, supervisor and trainer with twenty years’ experience and interests in embodiment, deep democracy, identity, shame and trauma. www.ianmorrow.info
Nick has been working in the field for about 35 years; having trained originally as a Reichian therapist, he developed his own approach, Embodied-Relational Therapy. He has published a number of books on therapy, especially in relation to embodiment, ecology and politics. www.nicktotton.net
Booking and enquiries email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 07762736434
I am taking some time out from running large courses and groups, but you can take a look at a previous programme below.
It is likely that I will be offering something in the future which will bring together some of the embodied content of the previous course and embrace more ideas about practicing in unusual ways and unusual settings.
Feel free to get in touch if you’d like to be informed when I have planned this new training.
This course grew out of a number of conversations with colleagues and supervisees over the past few years. The overall focus will be on ways to use, understand and integrate embodied experience while we work: attending to embodied countertransference, intuition and our understanding of symbolic and physical processes.
Our organic and embodied responses are often compromised by contextual, interpersonal and intrapersonal conditions. We live in a culture which is, increasingly, preoccupied with risk management, defensive practice, regulation and governance; where trust is compromised by the lack of traceability of almost everything. These conditions can act in a paralysing way on our human, intuitive and empathic responses, as well as our capacity to think clearly. Our own histories and characters also inform the ways we limit our responses and tend to cherish certain biases. Our countertransferance relationships with clients may add to this cocktail and further restrict our ability to relax into the unfolding nature of relationship. Trying to apply theory to our work can be misleading if we use thought alone – we can plant feathers and think they will grow hens!
How can we relax enough to notice what we are experiencing and respond in a thoughtful way which is not determined by fear or defensiveness?
I will be drawing on a wide range of ideas from psychotherapy traditions, as well as comparative religion, philosophy and the arts.
My hope is that the group will become an experimental learning community which challenges assumptions and relies on lived experience as the starting point for theorising.
If you are interested in joining this experiential training or would like more information, please get in touch with me.
Similarly, if you would like to attend but are concerned about the fee, please talk it over with me.