DIPLOMA IN COMMUNITY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

The Philadelphia Association Diploma in Community and Psychotherapy is a one-year practice-oriented block course, which offers students the opportunity to develop therapeutic work in community settings. Like the Experiential Course, the Diploma is based on the idea that therapy is an important form of social engagement

at a time when community cohesion is under attack.

OVERVIEW

One-to-one psychotherapy is very valuable in helping people come to terms with painful experiences and emotions. But it is inevitably removed from a social context. The two people meeting together during a psychotherapy session build a secure space that is to some degree sealed off from the world and out of time. The approach of the Philadelphia Association has, though, always combined one-to-one therapy with a commitment to working within communities, especially the households which the PA has run for more than fifty years. Beginning at Kingsley Hall, the PA households were set up in order to explore communal solutions to personal crises, to work through trouble and conflict in a collective manner. This is still the aim and the hope, and for some people it succeeds where nothing else does. That this can be so demonstrates the value and healing potential of group dialogue. 

 

In the current economic and political climate of austerity, which is ushering in the model of computerised quick-fix therapy, community solutions have all but disappeared. Day centres, youth clubs, libraries and other shared spaces have closed down. What is left is a fragmented and afflicted society in what feels like a hostile environment.

The aim of this course is to develop the idea of community through therapeutic practice. Such work needs resilience and practicality as well as compassion and hope, but it also needs a rigorous and affordable framework of study which this new course offers.    

The Diploma course is designed to provide both continuing professional development and pathways into community engagement. 

 

REQUIREMENTS

This is a practice-oriented course. It is expected that students will fall into one of the following categories:

(a) People who have completed the PA Introductory Course or Experiential Course.

(b) Qualified therapists who wish to develop community perspectives and insights,

(c) Healthcare, charity and other workers in community settings who wish to explore psychotherapeutic ideas and approaches,

(d) Activists and community organisers.

It is possible to attend the course informally, without a qualification at the end of it, but in order to obtain the Diploma, students need to meet the following requirements:

(a) To undertake group or community work for at least three months on a regular basis during the course period. A main component of the Diploma course is work reflection  i.e. discussing ongoing work with other course members and seminar leaders during the six course weekends Some students will already be undertaking community work, in which case the course is an opportunity to present work and gain feedback. Other students can use the course to devise and set up a community group, take the advantage of placement opportunities, the community room at Marty’s Yard  and a range of advice provided by experienced community practitioners as part of the course. The Diploma course is designed to provide both continuing professional development and pathways into community engagement.

(b) Completion of a satisfactory 4000-word essay which describes the community work undertaken during the course and reflects on it against the background of the course itself. Support and advice on essay-writing will be available as part of the course.

APPLICATION AND FEES

Application is by interview. There is no interview fee for applicants who have already completed (or be about to complete) either the Introductory Course or the Experiential Course. For others there is a £50 interview fee, which must be paid in advance. For those who enrol, the course fees of £840 are payable by 1 October 2019.

There are a limited number of bursaries available for students surviving on low income.

To set up an interview, email the Courses Administrator courses@philadelphia-association.com and office@philadelphia-association.org.uk.  

Autumn 2020

WEEKEND 1

Saturday 17 October 

11 - 12.30 Welcome & Course Introduction 

Lucy King, Andrea Heath 

1.30 - 3  The PA past and present

Barbara Latham 

3.30 - 5 Reflective Practice

Nicola Saunders 

Sunday 18 October

 

11-12.30 The ‘foreigner’, ‘homelessness’ and ‘homecoming’- with particular reference to the work of Heidegger, Levinas and Kristeva - in the context of Psychotherapy

Melike Kayhan 

1.30 - 3 Consciousness Raising Group

Paul Atkinson 

3.30 - 5 Clinical Discussions

Lucy King, Andrea Heath 

WEEKEND 2

Sat 28 November

 

11 - 12.30 Zoom and its discontents

Nick Mercer 

1.30 - 3 Structures for voluntary and community organisations

Antony Bewick-Smith

 

3.30 - 5 Reflective Practice

Nicola Saunders 

Sunday 29 November

 

11.00 - 12.30 Suicide, community and trust

Ben Scanlan 

1.30 - 3 Consciousness Raising Group

Paul Atkinson 

3.30 - 5 Clinical Discussions

Lucy King, Andrea Heath 

Winter/spring 2021

WEEKEND 3

Saturday 9 January  

11 - 12.30 The organisation as a viable source of

individual purpose

Dan Sofer 

1.30 - 3 Justice, action and community: from issue identification to implementation and evaluation

Del Loewenthal 

3.30 - 5 Reflective Practice

Nicola Saunders 

Sunday 10 January

 

11.00 - 12.30 Thinking about Solitude and Community 

with reference to the current pandemic

Alison Davies & Fliss Cadbury 

1.30 - 3 Consciousness Raising Group

Paul Atkinson 

3.30 - 5 Clinical Discussions

Lucy King, Andrea Heath 

WEEKEND 4

Saturday 6 March

11 - 12.30 Community Scapegoat

Del Loewenthal 

1.30 - 3 Psychosis in Communities

Andreas Constandinos 

3.30 - 5 Reflective Practice

Nicola Saunders

 

Sunday 7 March

 

11 - 12.30 Psychoanalysis for movements of liberation

Ian Parker. 

1.30 -3 Consciousness Raising Group

Paul Atkinson 

3.30 - 5 Clinical Discussions

Lucy King, Andrea Heath 

WEEKEND 5

Saturday 25 April  

11 - 12.30 Irony and solidarity

Jake Osborne 

1.30 - 3 Seminar (TBC) 

3.30 - 5 Reflective Practice

Nicola Saunders 

Sunday 26 April

 

11 - 12.30 Being Exiled

Salma Bhatti 

1.30 - 3 Consciousness Raising Group

Paul Atkinson 

3.30 - 5 Clinical Discussions

Lucy King, Andrea Heath 

WEEKEND 6 

Saturday 5 June 

11-12.30 Rescued Communities

Emma Stroker

1.30 - 3 Psychoanalysis & Beyond! 

Amanda Ferhoza 

3.30 - 5 Reflective Practice

Nicola Saunders 

Sunday 6 Jun

 

11.00 - 12.30 Art Therapy

1.30 - 3 Consciousness Raising Group

Paul Atkinson 

3 .30 - 5 Clinical Discussions

Lucy King, Andrea Heath