Continuing Professional Development

Many of our Centre's modules may be taken for CPD purposes. A list of all modules plus links to detailed information can be found in the module directory. Please contact us if you are interested in taking individual modules.

Our CPD courses

You'll receive a Certificate of Attendance for our courses.

  • Group Relations Residential Weekend - March 2017

    Un-Expecting The Expected in groups and organisations

    A Group Relations Residential Weekend

    The conference provides an opportunity and invitation to participants to engage with the frequently disorienting and contradictory experiences of group and organizational life, and to creatively 'un-expect the expected' in changing, volatile and difficult times - when it is perhaps more urgent than ever to understand the part we (can) play, individually and collectively, in groups, organisations and society.

    The learning method is experiential - learning from the immediate experience of the conference events. There are no lectures or seminars and the conference does not have any therapeutic purpose.

    • Saturday 4 March - Sunday 5 March 2017
    • Ufford Park, Woodbridge IP12 1QW
    • Fee £750 (a discounted rate of £625 is available to University of Essex students)
    • An 'early bird' discount of £50 is applicable if registering before 16 January 2017
    • The fee includes accommodation and all meals throughout the Conference.

    The conference will include a training group for people who have previously been members of Group Relations Conferences. Fee £850

    Find out more

    Conference flyer (.pdf)

    For further information please contact:

    • Telephone 01206 873640
    • Email

  • Psychodynamic Thinking for Child and Adolescent Work - 31 July to 4 August 2017

    This intensive week is designed to introduce those working with children and adolescents to the essentials of the psychodynamic approach. It will give you a foundation in psychodynamic thinking.

    • 31 July - 4 August 2017
    • Colchester Campus, University of Essex
    • Fee £400

    Book a place via the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies Webshop

  • Basic Jungian Concepts - September 2017

    This is a series of face-to-face seminars suitable for all those with an interest in C.G. Jung’s psychology. The aim of the course is to give students an introduction to analytical psychology’s key concepts and to explore areas onto which Jung applied his theories. The course also serves as the a pre-sessional for those who have enrolled on the later study on the MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies.

    We concentrate on Jung’s model of the psyche, with special attention paid to the definitive concepts differentiating analytical psychology from psychoanalysis:

    • the collective unconscious
    • archetypes
    • complexes
    • psychological types
    • individuation
    • the Self and synchronicity

    We will also explore Jung’s evaluation of, and writings related to, the arts, religion and society.

    We run this course annually in September. We will post details of the 2017 course as soon as these are available.

  • Basic Freudian Concepts - October 2017

    This is a series of reading seminars designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of Freud. The aim of the series is to give students an introductory historical overview of the development of Freud’s thinking as a preparation for later study of his works on the MA Psychoanalytic Studies, or to serve as a free-standing introduction to Freud’s work.

    We will look particularly at the interaction between Freud’s clinical discoveries and his metapsychology: how does his model of the mind determine what he observes and how in turn do clinical phenomena cause him to change his model of the mind. Topics will include the theory of dreams; infantile sexuality; instinct (drive) theory; the economic (affect-trauma), the topographical and the structural models of the mind; narcissism and object relations; the theory of anxiety.

    We run this course annually in October. We will post details of the 2017 course as soon as these are available.

  • Working with Children with Additional Needs and their Families: The MAZE Approach - October 2017 to June 2018

    The MAZE is a unique approach which offers an insight into how children with Special Educational Needs/Additional Needs (SEN/AEN) experience the world around them and provides parents and professionals with information about why the children react and behave the way that they do.

    • Taught on Mondays from 3.30 - 6.00pm in University term times
    • October 2017 to June 2018
    • University of Essex, Colchester Campus
    • Fee £1390 (assessed) / £1250 (unassessed)

    Find out more

    Working with Children with Additional Needs and their Families: The MAZE Approach (pdf.)

Cancellation policy

Fees can only be refunded (less a 25% administration charge) if written notice of cancellation is received no less than 14 days before the course. No refund can be made after that time.

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