Course Dates and Calendar of events

Introduction to Counselling & Listening Skills 10-week Course - bookings being taken now

22 September 2021 - Wednesdays 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Online via zoom

Counselling Children & Young People in Education & Community Settings

11 September 2021 (Induction and course day)
9 October 2021
13 November 2021
11 December 2021
15 January 2022
19 February 2022
19 March 2022
23 April 2022
21 May 2022
18 June 2022
2 July 2022
16 July 2022

Place available for September course start


Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Skills & Attitudes

Wednesdays or Thursdays 5pm - 9pm
commencing 22 and 23 September 2021

Additional Workshops run in 2 groups:

1 - either 20 or 21 November 2021

2 - either 5 or 12 March 2022

Places still available for Wednesday course option

Intensive Option (dates subject to change)

22/23 January 2022

22/23/24/25 February 2022

26/27 March

19/20/21/22 April

21/22 May

18/19 June

Additional Saturday Workshop (2 groups either 5 or 12 March)

Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling

Mondays early and late options
commencing 20 September 2021

Application deadline 4/5/21
Interviews will start to take place after 20/3/21; first selection panel meeting 4/6/21

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training

Commences 24 September 2021

Fridays 9.30am - 5.15pm

Application deadline 30/7/21


Marguerite Reid – The replacement child or penumbra baby

Saturday 16th October 2021     10 am – 2 pm online via zoom

Marguerite Reid is a consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist and couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She co-founded the Perinatal Service at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where she specialised in perinatal mental health problems. Her doctoral research was in the area of perinatal loss and the mother’s experience when she gives birth to the next baby, this research interest followed her work as a child psychotherapist with replacement children.  She has taught in the UK and abroad, and co-founded the Infant Observation Course in Izmir, Turkey where she has taught for many years. She has published in the area of perinatal mental health and
co-edited with Aleksandra Novakovic ‘Couple Stories:  Application of Psychoanalytic Ideas in Thinking about Couple Interaction’ (2018).  She now works in private practice in South Kensington, London.

The replacement child or penumbra baby
This study day will focus on the impact of a perinatal loss on the child born following that loss.  This child has often been called the replacement child, although Marguerite prefers the term the penumbra baby, that is the  baby born in the shadow of a perinatal loss.
Thought will be given to the impact on the various life stages of many children when this has been their position in their family of origin.  Initially, Marguerite will focus on the mother’s state of mind and the parental couple’s state of mind following a perinatal loss and the way that this may affect their emotional well-being during the next pregnancy. Family dynamics will also be considered.
How do these children and adults present in therapy?  There is often a sense of their not feeling good enough, there is the presence of survivor guilt and a fear that they are haunted by the dead baby, who is angry that they are living with the parents of the dead infant. These anxieties often continue during adolescence presenting as social relationship problems, depression and anxiety or they may give rise to risky behaviours.  Conception and pregnancy can also be a particularly difficult time for replacement children.
Although the focus will be those children born following a perinatal loss, a birth that follows the loss of an older child will also be considered.

Please note: This Study Day might be disturbing to pregnant women.

Provisional programme:

Registration from 9.45am for prompt start at 10 am
10.00 - 11.30   The mother’s state of mind and the parental couple’s state of mind following a perinatal loss. Consequences for the next pregnancy.
11.30 - 12.00   Questions /discussion.
12.00 - 12.30   break.
12.30 -   2.00   Impact on subsequent children, or ‘penumbra’ child.

Cost of the event: £50 (£40 concessionary rate for Wessex CP trainees)
To book your place, please make payment to:

Wessex Counselling
Sort code: 40 52 40
Account: 00019093

Please quote your name and ‘M Reid CPD’ as reference.

Once payment has been made, please email to confirm and the link to the event will be sent to you.

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