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

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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


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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