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 an enhanced DBS check.  This is not provided by Wessex.

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.

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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


Forthcoming CPD Programme:

Tuesday 7th June 2022 - 19:00 – 20:30 BST

Professor Alessandra Lemma – The Body One Has and the Body One Is


In this lecture Alessandra will give an overview of some of the clinical and ethical challenges we may encounter when supporting therapeutically individuals who identify as transgender. As well as giving a general overview, Alessandra will also share some more specifically psychoanalytic perspectives on transgender identification based on her work with both adolescent and adult transgender patients.

Bio: Professor Alessandra Lemma is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. She is Visiting Professor, Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London and was Visiting Professor, Istituto Winnicott, Sapienza University of Rome and "Centro Winnicot", Rome until 2020. For many years she worked at the Tavistock Clinic where she was, at different points, Head of Psychology and Professor of Psychological Therapies. She was the Editor of the New Library of Psychoanalysis book series (Routledge) for ten years until 2020 and was one of the regional Editors for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis until 2018. She has published on psychoanalysis, the body, the impact of new technologies and trauma. Her most recent book is Transgender Identities (2021, Routledge) and her forthcoming book is: First Principles: Applied Ethics for Psychoanalytic Practice (OUP).

This event will not be recorded.


Saturday 10th September 2022 - 15:00 – 17:30 BST

Karen Maroda: Conflict avoidance, enactment & negative countertransference


Why are therapists, including psychoanalysts, so conflict avoidant? And how does our reluctance to engage in conflict impact the therapeutic process. Guilt and shame over perceiving the patient in a negative light have contributed to the ongoing practice of minimizing or denying negative feelings toward patients. Yet patients themselves report greater benefit from treatment when the therapist’s feelings are expressed appropriately. Psychoanalysis seems to be moving more in the direction of waiting for enactment to take place rather than actively negotiating conflict and minimizing enactment. This position is justified using the argument that negative countertransference cannot be known until it is acted out, a concept that is not supported by either case reports or the neuroscience literature. Maroda argues for therapists’ responsibility for facilitating conflict, including using constructive self-disclosure to promote ongoing affective engagement.

About the presenter: Karen J. Maroda, Ph.D., ABBP, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Medical College of Wisconsin and in private practice in Milwaukee, WI. She is board certified in psychoanalysis by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis. The author of four books, The Power of Countertransference, Seduction, Surrender and Transformation, Psychodynamic Techniques, and The Analyst’s Vulnerability, as well as numerous journal articles and book reviews. She also sits on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She gives lectures and workshops both nationally and internationally.


Friday 18th November 2022 – 18:00 GMT
Professor Brett Kahr
Event details tbc

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CPD Recordings Available to Purchase 

Mitchell Wilson – The Analyst’s Desire
Marguerite Reid—The Replacement Child (or Penumbra Baby)
Darian Leader - Mourning and Melancholia

We are pleased to be able to offer access to recording of these seminars.

The cost is £25 and the recording link will be emailed to you and is valid for 10 days from the date it is sent to you.

To receive the link, payment of £25 can be paid to:

Wessex Counselling

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Account: 00019093

Please quote your name and CPD required as reference.

Once payment has been made, please email to confirm and receive the link.



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  • Course Progression to Professional Qualification
  • Introduction Course and Foundation Certificate (Stage 1)
  • Diploma Course (Stage 2)
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Stage 3)
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