BPC Trainees Conference
17 January, London
Where are we now? A thought provoking day reflecting on where the profession is, where it might be heading and what the future might hold for all trainees of psychotherapy.
Speakers include eminent psychoanalysts Ron Britton and Rosine Perelberg.
Look out for the programme details coming soon and save the date!
Senior associate members of APPCIOS who are committed to ongoing learning are eligible for membership of the BPC as trainees.
If you are unsure about whether or not this applies to you, consult your tutor, or ring us on 0207 6908849
This forum has been very little used in the last couple of months. This is because many people who first visited this forum as friends of APPCIOS have now joined as members – and have become very active on the other blogsites that we run.
We have been putting a great deal of energy into constructing a supportive association for our members, and that has included creating confidential blogsites where small groups of members can share special interests and talk about their work. We also carry out all our administrative business via blogsite, and as we develop more committees we will be creating confidential blogsites for each of them.
Each work discussion, special interest, and committee blogsite will be posting updates on the members’ blogsite about the themes and decisions that are of general interest and importance, and we hope to contribute something to the community forum as well.
We hope that anyone thinking of joining will take a look at this blogsite, and contribute to it. We are particularly hoping that our associate members will become lively contributors.
So meanwhile, here is a map of our other APPCIOS blogsites:
- Members’ blogsite: this is the general noticeboard for all APPCIOS members, and we hope to post a full list of our members here. This blogsite is confidential to all full members, accredited and non-accredited.
- Committee members blogsite: this is the blogsite we have traditionally used to post agendas and minutes for the Management Committee meetings, and for the sub-committees formed by the Management Committee, including the Accreditation Sub-Committee. We plan to subdivide this blogsite to provide separate confidential blogsites for the growing number of committees dealing with different areas of our work. These will include:
- The Management Committee
- The Accreditation Committee
- The Development Committee
- The Scottish Committee
- Work discussion and special interest blogsites. These are blogsites with three-to-five members in each. Members hold Skype meetings as well as blogging regularly with one another. Special interest groups that we are currently planning are for:
- Work in schools
- Work with old people
- Associate members working towards full membership
- The Community Forum: this is the blogsite you are currently reading, and which has been so shamefully neglected. We plan to remedy this, and hope that you will help by posting your thoughts and comments.
We are currently beginning to work on a structure for brief certificated courses, that can be offered to the staff of organisations by APPCIOS members. We hope to be able to create a protocol whereby these courses can earn credits for staff that undertake them, leading incrementally towards the possibility of completing modules, and then attaining qualification as an APPCIOS counsellor. We would welcome comments from anyone interested in thinking about this with us.
The blogsite has been rather quiet – unsurprisingly – over the summer. This doesn’t reflect the level of activity that has been going on here: we have been processing a number of new applications for membership, and working hard to develop structures that will be able to sustain a larger organisation.
But we are very invested in creating lively and helpful forums where friends and members can talk to one another: this means developing our blogsites. We know that people will have anxieties about using blogging – it’s unfamiliar to most of us, and feels unsafe and exposing. But for an organisation that needs to maintain close contact between far-flung, busy people, it is a very helpful resource, to supplement conferences and workshops, Skype conferencing, emailing and telephone calls.
Our first formal accredited in-house training is starting this September. It is being established within a small private fostering agency, Greater London Fostering. This is an agency that offers placements to around ninety children, and has a longterm commitment to psychodynamic thinking. They are adding theory seminars and additional facilitated dynamics meetings to the programme of consultation and work discussion that has existed there for some time. The input is being carefully planned to fit in with what staff there can manage, so that no-one will feel over-burdened by trying to go at too fast a pace. I hope that they will achieve clinical accreditation for the senior managers and for several of the senior supervising social workers there within a relatively brief time scale.
I know that some of our members are also negotiating consultations with other social care providers in the private sector, with an accredited APPCIOS training in view: but these will obviously take a little longer to develop.
I would be very interested to hear from people who are already consulting to a staff group or providing role consultancy or supervision for managers. I hope we can help to develop work like this into formal in-house trainings on a similar model to the training at Greater London Fostering.
I’m Jenny Sprince. I’m a consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist, an organisational consultant and a founding member of APPCIOS. I was a nursing assistant at the Cassel Hospital, many years ago, then trained as a child psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, and then worked as consultant psychotherapist to Thornby Hall Therapeutic Community.