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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 can feel 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 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.

(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, 

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

To set up an interview, email office@philadelphia-association.org.uk.

Interviews begin in April 2021  

2021/22 COURSE DATES

2021 weekends: October 16/17 2021, November 27/28 

2022 weekends: January 15/16, March 5/6, April 23/24, June 11/12

COURSE PROGRAMME

Course Coordinators: 

Andrea Heath & Lucy King

Reflective Practice Facilitator:

Nicola Saunders

Consciousness-raising Group Facilitator:

Paul Atkinson

Clinical Discussions Facilitators:

Andrea Heath & Lucy King

WEEKEND 1

 

Saturday 16 October 2021

10—10.30 Arrivals

10.30—11 Introduction to the Course

Andrea Heath & Lucy King

11—12.30 Consciousness-raising Group (jointly with Experiential Course)

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Reflective Practice

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Seminar: The Organisation as a Source of Individual Purpose

Dan Sofer

Sunday 17 October

11—12.30 Seminar (jointly with Experiential Course): Community Online: Is It Possible?

Rob White

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Seminar (jointly with Experiential Course):

The History of the PA

Lucy King 

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Clinical Discussions

WEEKEND 2

 

Saturday 27 November

10—10.30 Arrivals

10.30—12.30 Seminar: Structures for Voluntary and Community Organisations

Antony Bewick-Smith

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Reflective Practice

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Seminar: Activism and Solidarity

Becky Coles

Sunday 28 November

11—12.30 Seminar (jointly with Experiential Course): 

On Community

Jake Osborne

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Consciousness-raising Group (jointly with Experiential Course)

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Clinical Discussions

WEEKEND 3

 

Saturday 15 January 2022

10—10.30 Arrivals

10.30—12.30 Seminar: Suicide, Community, Trust

Ben Scanlan

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Reflective Practice

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 [tbc]

Luke Reynolds

Sunday 16 January

11—12.30 Seminar (jointly with Experiential Course): Psychoanalysis and Movements of Liberation

Ian Parker

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Consciousness-raising Group (jointly with Experiential Course)

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Clinical Discussions

WEEKEND 4

 

Saturday 5 March 2022

10—10.30 Arrivals

10.30—12.30 Seminar: Psychopolitics (On Mark Fisher, Byung-Chul Han)

Rob White

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Reflective Practice

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Seminar (continued): Psychopolitics

Rob White

Sunday 6 March

11—12.30 Seminar (jointly with Experiential Course): 

The Scapegoat

Del Loewenthal

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Consciousness-raising Group (jointly with Experiential Course)

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Clinical Discussions

WEEKEND 5

 

Saturday 23 April

10—10.30 Arrivals

10.30—12.30 Seminar: Philadelphia Association Houses

[tbc]

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Reflective Practice

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Seminar: Psychotherapy and Beyond

Amanda Ferozha

Sunday 24 April

11—12.30 Seminar (jointly with Experiential Course): 

Jean-Luc Nancy's The Inoperative Community: Questioning the Sovereignty of Nations and Selves

Robbie Lockwood

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Consciousness-raising Group (jointly with Experiential Course)

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Clinical Discussions

WEEKEND 6

 

Saturday 11 June

10—10.30 Arrivals

10.30—12.30 Seminar: [tbc]

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Reflective Practice

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Seminar: Rescued Communities

Emma Stroker

Sunday 12 June

11—12.30

Endings and Course Reflection (jointly with Experiential Course)

Andrea Heath & Lucy King

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Consciousness-raising Group (jointly with Experiential Course)

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Clinical Discussions