Clinical Assessment Course

Clinical Assessment Course

A psychoanalytic approach in further developing core assessment practice

A one-term CPD clinical training course for counsellors, psychologists and analysts registered with BACP, UKCP, BPS or BPC.

Course Aim

This psychoanalytic course has been developed for therapists of all modalities to support them in further development of their therapeutic skills as assessors, whether new to assessing or for clinicians wanting to further explore their assessment capacities. Assessment may be considered as the most challenging, yet fascinating function of therapeutic work. It is a complex and demanding task and yet there seems to be limited clinical training and writing in this field when compared with other areas of therapeutic intervention.

When undertaking an assessment the therapist needs to be able to evaluate  models of mind; while simultaneously being aware of the patient’s risk and scope for therapeutic dialogue.

The therapist will also be aware of the subtle conscious and unconscious communications of the patient whilst at the same time, assessing their availability to relating, and noting their needs and concerns during the assessment interview. In addition to this the therapist is attempting to make contact with the most troubled aspects of the patient in the hope of being able to evaluate potential, and the capacity to engage with and tolerate psychological change.

General course information

Convenors: Elizabeth Richardson & Mary Chadwick

Fees: £240

Proposed Programme

12 May 2018
Session 1An Overview of AssessmentJan Wiener
Session 2Moments of meeting that arise between self and other in the assessment processJudith Woodhead
9 June 2018
Session 1Past – Present – Future: Evaluating Psychodynamic Capacity for LinkingMaggie McAlister
Session 2Considerations of Frame and Ethics in AssessmentSusanna Wright
7 July 2018
Session 1Engaging with other professionals, when and how to refer onAnna Bravesmith
Session 2Assessing Availability for attachment, separation and dependency and assessing indicators of early trauma versus life experience traumaMalcolm Rushton


You can download a detailed Course Prospectus and Application Form here.

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