Continuing Professional Development

Post Graduate Diploma – Psychodynamic Approaches to Counselling Children and Young People in an Educational and Community Settings (CCYP)

Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy in association with The Bridge Foundation

This is a post-qualification certificate for counsellors or psychotherapists who are adult trained and wish to specialize in working with children and young people. Although it uses a psychodynamic approach your professional qualification does not have to be psychodynamic.

Applicants must hold a recognized Diploma in Counselling or Psychotherapy qualification.  Your Diploma need not be in Psychodynamic Counselling but it is helpful to have a basic knowledge of psychodynamic theory. 

All applicants must undergo a DBS check.  This is provided by Wessex at no extra cost.

The course will take place in Bristol on 13 Saturdays (Induction and 12 study days) over a 12-month period.  The course content will focus on psychodynamic approaches to therapy with children and young people, developmental and neuroscience theory.  A work discussion group and process group run alongside individual supervision of your work/placement which can be arranged locally with an approved supervisor.

Participants will be assessed on attendance, participation and engagement with the programme and three written submissions at post-graduate level.  Also satisfactory completion of a placement of at least 60 hours with a child or young person and associated supervision with an approved supervisor.

For information on fees click here

Training Application Form Counselling Children & Young People

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    The Selection Committee Wessex Training Fairfield House King Street Frome BA11 1BH Please mark the envelope CONFIDENTIAL Please enclose a copy of your up to date CV. Payment of the interview fee can be made by: Cheque made payable to Wessex Counselling Or Bank Transfer to: sort code: 40 52 40 account: 00019093
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All the study days will take place in Bristol at the Bridge Foundation on a Saturday.


Each student can expect to have two tutorials with a named tutor during the 12 day study experience.

For an application form for WCP/Bridge CCYP click here



Mitchell Wilson Seminar

Saturday 1st May 2021 5.30pm – 8.30pm online via zoom

Mitchell Wilson is a training and supervising analyst at the San Francisco Centre for Psychoanalysis, U.S.A. His central idea is at the same time simple and complex; that the analyst’s desire (also applicable to the counsellor and psychotherapist) has a great impact on the patient/client.
He explains: ”The direct impact of the analyst’s desire on the patient is of great clinical consequence when something is amiss in their relating and interacting. I believe that when the analyst is confronted by a clinical impasse of any variety – with confusion or boredom, or from a tense moment, to an enactment, to an ongoing stalemate – she is in a state of desire relative to her patient. That is, the analyst wants something she is not getting from the patient, at that moment, but does not know what this wanting amounts to or that she is in such a state to begin with. This state of desire unacknowledged is usually tucked under the umbrella of the countertransference, a state of mind in the analyst that is presumed to be caused by or intimately related to the patient’s unconscious conflicts and struggles” (From the Preface of Mitchell Wilson’s book – The Analyst’s Desire. The Ethical Foundation of Clinical Practice. 2020.).

Mitchell Wilson will be running an online seminar on Saturday May 1st from 5.30 – 8.30pm in which he will present this idea and its relation to countertransference and ethics. Places will be limited in order to enable maximum participation and discussion. The unusual timing of the seminar is due to the time difference between the UK and USA. Participants will be asked to read two papers on the subject so as to acquaint themselves with Mitchell’s ideas beforehand.

Please contact Jill Brown if you have any questions about this seminar.

Cost of the event: £40 ((£30 concessionary rate for Wessex CP trainees)

Places are limited; to book your place, please make payment to:

Wessex Counselling
Sort code: 40 52 40
Account: 00019093

Please quote your name and ‘Mitchell Wilson 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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  • Course Progression to Professional Qualification
  • Introduction Course and Foundation Certificate (Stage 1)
  • Diploma Course (Stage 2)
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Stage 3)
  • Continuing Professional Development Courses

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