Working with Young People

Working with Young People – Bringing in Soulfulness

A new postgraduate training using the Re-Vision approach
This course, originally scheduled for May 2022 is likely to start in early 2023

The outline below is indicative.

Introduction

(See below for full descriptions of each training weekend and trainer biographies)

The aim of this training is to bring together a professional approach to young people’s therapeutic work with the depth and qualities of a transpersonal perspective that honours the soul’s journey from childhood towards adulthood. We will be looking at working with young people from around 11 years old through to young adulthood.

In a world of ever increasing pressure to address lengthening waiting lists and disturbing presentations with specifically targetted manualized evidence-based interventions in the name of effectiveness and accountability, opening to the subtle signals of what might be calling a young person towards themselves and  their future is often passed over. Symptoms of distress and discontent are seen as a problem to be solved, rather than understood as Psyche’s messages and potential opportunities for steps along the journey towards becoming a person.

Who is it for?
This integrative training is open to qualified counsellors and psychotherapists interested in working with young people ethically and with an opening to depth. It is not suitable for trainee counsellors and psychotherapists. The course is intended to support counsellors and therapists, who are already qualified to work with adults, to explore some of the necessary additional skills and knowledge needed to work safely and ethically with young people. It offers a substantial CPD experience and successful completion of the course and its requirements will lead to the award of a certificate.  The course itself will not lead directly to UKCP registration as a child practitioner, and details of what that would involve can be found on the UKCP website. BACP are currently reviewing their senior accreditation status, but previously this course would have enabled accredited members of BACP to apply for senior accredited status. Further information on senior accreditation can be found on the BACP website.

Learning Style & Framework
Re-Vision’s unique integrative framework has a pluralistic openness to theoretical diversity and to the craft of therapy. The training team brings together different theoretical orientations and areas of experience, as well as a range of practice of a ‘transpersonal perspective.’ Re-Vision’s model of Inside-Out learning asks us to integrate what we’re exploring into our own experience, understanding and practice, offering a rich environment for developing new skills and thinking.

Although there will be no set essays, we will ask you to keep a learning journal throughout the course which will help consolidate your learning and build reflective practice.  You will receive a certificate at the end of the course.

How we will work

Given the current public health situation, while it is hoped that some modules may be held in person in London, the majority of this course is expected to be held online.

How to apply:

Minimum entry requirements:
Applicants are expected to be qualified counsellors to diploma level from a recognised course that is comparable with that of Re-Vision. They will be expected to have at least two years post-qualification experience as a counsellor.

Please consider the following questions:

Why do you want to do this training?
How do you intend to use it?
What experience have you had of working with young people?
How do you satisfy the entry requirements above? (Please detail training, relevant qualifications and field of experience.)
Send your answers together with details of your name, occupation, contact address, telephone number and email address to tara@re-vision.org.uk

We will also need an application fee of £50 (to be set against your full fee if you are accepted) which can be sent by bank transfer – details are: Co-operative Bank, 08-92-99, Account name: Revision Ltd; a/c no: 65301472; Reference: WYP/your name – or by cheque to Re-Vision at 97 Brondesbury Road NW6 6RY,. You may be asked to attend for interview.

Weekend Outlines – all days will run from 10am to 5pm with an hour for lunch

Adolescence, Adolescents & the Re-Vision Approach
Rasha Hammami
In this module we’ll explore experiences and understandings of adolescence, and introduce Re-Vision’s approach to integrative counselling and psychotherapy. We will work with participants’ experience and client vignettes. The weekend’s learning will include explorations of contracting to build safety, trauma informed interventions and creative approaches in working with young people.

Working with Organisational Contexts
Jo-Ann Roden with Peter Jenkins
In this module we will explore the benefits and struggles of working within an organisational context. Through creative connection with personal and clinical experience we will look at team working and the benefits and pitfalls of collective responsibility and confidentiality. Through case studies and participant experience we will explore how and when to refer on and look at potential blocks and challenges to this, locating this is in part as possible countertransference and field affects.
Session on Legal Issues in Therapeutic Work with Children & Young People with Peter Jenkins:
This workshop will explore the complex legal issues facing practitioners working therapeutically with children and young people in a range of settings in England and Wales. The workshop is based on a model of children and young persons’ rights. The topics to be addressed will include:

  • Perspectives on confidentiality
  • Child protection issues and legal proceedings to protect children
  • The Gillick principle in therapeutic work

NB: This workshop will not cover GDPR and data protection in detail, but looks at broad principles of welfare, participation and autonomy in therapy with CYP.

 Building Relationship
Mario Jerome
The Adolescent psyche is an immense potent area of inquiry. This workshop looks at creative ways to make meaningful contact with challenging young people and to be ‘allowed’ into their worlds to engage with the wounded self underneath.
“That sometimes to hide is a necessary evil
But to never be found is a catastrophe .”
DW Winnicott.
 Holding the Frame Relationally 
Anthea Benjamin
Working with young people within a clear framework has been a long established way of working with young people in organisations. But when we are working with young people who are disenfranchised and have lost trust in the system or come from marginalised groups they often refuse to engage with services. In this workshop we will explore how to engage young people beyond the frame. We will look at how we hold the internalised frame so working with young people outside the clinical therapy room setting can be effective and therapeutic. Using the arts we will explore working with hard to reach young people with heart and soul.

Gender / Sexual Identities and Intersectionality
Giel Luichjes
We will focus on various elements of the broad landscape of gender and sexual identities of young persons, including:

  • reflecting on how this diversity can be reflected on, on a symbolic level
  • the widening landscape of current identities
  • how an intersectionality perspective might support reflecting on the individual’s interaction with the bigger context of peers, society and still existing constructs, myths and stereotypes on gender and sexual identities
  • how identities work out on a neurobiological level

You’ll be invited into an exploration of where your own history on these topics lies, its influence on your attitude, beliefs and constructs – and how that potentially might influence your work.

Revisioning Adolescent Psychopathology
Jo-Ann Roden
In this module we will creatively re-vision adolescent psychopathology by introducing ideas from archetypal psychology, alchemy and the Power, Threat, Meaning Framework (BPS). Drawing on their own experience and that of their adolescent clients, participants will explore soulful pathways to hypothesis and diagnosis. We will move psychopathology away from categorical thinking towards continuum or spectrum approaches, encouraging the question ‘what happened to you?’ By inviting this question as a way of story-telling we will shift diagnosis beyond the medical model and beyond the feeling of something being ‘wrong’ with the young person.

Working Creatively- Using Story, Embodiment and Imagination
Müge Erdogmus
This module will explore creative ways of working with young people, stepping into the landscape of imagination, story and movement. Together we will investigate how the ‘art form’ can give a safe expression to what cannot be spoken and what remains hidden and unseen.
We will also look at how creativity can be a gateway towards a soulful connection with the young people we are working with. We will make compassionate contact with our own “wounded creativity” and listen to the inner young person’s guidance to lead us to our own creative resources as therapists.
The module will be looking at several theoretical approaches to creative therapies underpinned by the Jungian approach. At the end of the weekend participants will have the tools to start building their “creative therapy kit” and begin incorporating new ways of working into their clinical practice.

Counselling in Schools – including the Re-Vision inspired Therapeutic Circle Time model
Rasha Hammami & Mario Jerome
This module explores approaches to the role of ‘School Counsellor’ including working with the educational framing of concerns about young people and the tensions between being part of the life of a school and a therapeutic practitioner. The weekend will also look at the opportunities of working with groups of young people within the school context including supporting the primary-secondary transition, bereavement groups, students perceived to be underachieving, disaffected or otherwise disengaged.
This is the last weekend of the course, and attention will be given to closing the group and integration of the course elements.

Trainer Biographies

Anthea Benjamin
Anthea Benjamin is a UKCP / BACP registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, Group Analyst and Supervisor. Anthea has worked extensively with children, adolescents, adults, families, couples, and groups for over 18 years in various settings including schools, community projects and within the NHS. She works as a therapist delivering training and consultancy in a range of professional and educational contexts. Anthea also offers therapeutic services such as self-reflective groups and team supervision both in organisations and within her private practice in south London. Anthea has a special interest in racial trauma, particularly working with racial trauma in the body.

Giel Luichjes
Starting from his training in the transpersonal philosophy of psychosynthesis 20 years ago, Giel continues to study until today. He is particularly interested in identity and has specialized in working with identity, including gender, romantic and sexual identities and (early childhood) trauma. In addition, Giel has a special interest in existential psychotherapy and social constructivism in trying to understand complex social phenomena and the dynamics in human relations. Giel is a trainer of students and graduates in Psychosynthesis in Sweden, the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium. In Giel’s private psychotherapy practice, his clients are predominantly adolescents and young adults. Website: www.sinteze.nl

Jo-Ann Roden
Jo-Ann Roden is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and supervisor. She originally studied experimental psychology and philosophy and retains an interest in the problem of dualistic thinking in theory and method. For ten years Jo-Ann worked as a therapist in a local authority young persons’ substance misuse team where she co-established a schools counselling service, designed and delivered professional trainings and was commissioned by the local safeguarding board to research and report back on the ‘Hidden Harm’ specifically in relation to children affected by parental substance misuse and abuse. Following this Jo-Ann worked as a freelance schools counsellor alongside an ongoing private practice. Jo-Ann trained at Re-Vision and now coordinates stages 4 and 5 of the psychotherapy training where she is also a trainer and supervisor.

Mario Jerome
Mario Jerome is a psychotherapist. He was also a school teacher for over 25 years , then a counsellor in a secondary school for thirteen years, coordinating a large counselling service in that school for a few years.

Müge Erdogmus-Turnbull
Müge is a Re-Vision trained psychotherapist and supervisor and is on the psychotherapy training team as a tutor. She is a Drama and Movement Therapist trained in the Sesame Approach and holds an MA in Counselling Children and Young People.
She has many years of experience in working with young people; founding and leading the Dramatherapy department in a mental health charity. Her therapeutic interests include post Jungian studies, trauma and the body, stories and dreamwork.

Peter Jenkins
Peter Jenkins has extensive experience of training counselling practitioners and organisations on legal aspects of therapy, and has published widely on this topic. He has been a member of the BACP Professional Conduct Committee and the UKCP Ethics Committee. His publications with a particular focus on work with children and young people include:
A model for understanding children and young people’s rights within therapy:
“The rights of the child”, (2020) Children, Young People and Families, September, pp. 6-10. https://www.bacp.co.uk/bacp-journals/bacp-children-young-people-and-families-journal/september-2020/the-rights-of-the-child/ (access for BACP members)
Therapy With Children: Children’s Rights, Confidentiality and the Law. (Co-authored with Debbie Daniels, Second edition, Sage, 2010)
Children’s Rights: A Participative Exercise To Introduce The Issues Around Children’s Rights In England And Wales. (Pavilion, Second edition, 2013)
Children’s Rights and Counselling. (Pavilion, 2013)
A Confidential Space: Ethical Considerations When Counselling Children and Young People. (2011) Peter Jenkins in conversation with Judith Mulcahy (DVD and workbook, School of Health and Social Sciences, University of Wales, 2012: for link, go to https://sites.google.com/site/counsellingdvds/a-confidential-space)
Professional Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Ethics and the Law. Sage, 2017).

Rasha Hammami
Rasha Hammami is a UKCP accredited psychotherapist & supervisor for adults & young people aged 11+.
With a background in teaching and education, her turn towards therapeutic work with young people developed alongside training to work with adults. She ran a school counselling service – used by staff and parents as well as students – for over a decade.
Rasha trained at The Minster Centre before coming to Re-Vison for the psychotherapy diploma, and has been a member of the team offering introductory events at Re-Vision for many years. She works primarily in private practice now, but still hasn’t left school!

Last updated 24/01/2022