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Burrswood
Groombridge
Tunbridge Wells
Kent, TN3 9PY
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Into Dangerous Places: inside the mind of a sexual and violent offender by Elisabeth Ross MBACB (Accr), AdvDip in Forensic Counselling and Psychotherapy. 

Friday 12th May 2017

Who will benefit:

This workshop is for psychotherapists, counsellors and trainees and explores the way in which our own Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) informs our work with clients as they progress towards a greater sense of self awareness. Although Chaplains are welcome, the workshop will be less about how to work with religious dimension to our lives and more about recognising how we expose ourselves to the non-rational. For example, the religious are not necessarily spiritual and vice versa.
 
The workshop is specifically aimed towards psychotherapists and counsellors in private practice who work with male and female sex offenders as well as violent offenders who : 
are on bail, 
have been convicted in the past and still struggling, 
were on forensic secure / units in the past, 
have left prison,
are people who want to harm adults and children, but have not committed the crime yet, or
are individuals who were in a gang or organisation involved in criminal activity.
 
In the morning, we will be going into the mind (through a group constellation) of a real convicted sex offender, who was also convicted for extreme violent offences in the past.  He has kindly agreed for me to use his ‘messed up head’ (his words), in order to give us therapists an opportunity to understand and learn from him by being literally ‘in his mind’: 
how it feels to be him, 
the challenges to feel ‘not a human being’, 
the compulsion to harm others, and 
understanding the necessary stages of healing to ‘become a human’.
 
The group constellation will enable us to experience directly the main issues male and female offenders may struggle with, eg the impact of trauma on attachment , being labelled  ‘borderline personality disorder’  and/or  ‘psychopath’, as well as the experience of  ‘wanting to harm others’
 
In the afternoon, we will learn about the differences between the general and forensic therapeutic relationship, including
working with ‘anti-social personalities’ and the concept of ‘open and closed doors’, 
Tony Ward’s ‘Good Live’s Model’, 
how to do a relapse prevention plan with clients, and 
contracting with clients who might pose a risk to the public.
 
Throughout the day, offender’s experience of what works, creative work and art material from offenders will underpin the workshop.  The participants need to be aware that the constellation of the client’s mind will not be sanitised, and there will be swearing, bad language and ‘offensive re-enacted’ behaviour.  The presenter expects therapists to take care of themselves, as the day might be very challenging. 
 
The Trainer: Elisabeth is a psychotherapist, counsellor and supervisor in general and forensic practice in south London.  Her specialism in forensic therapy is working with all kinds of sex offending, and working with people who are thinking of offending against adults and children, but have not done the crime yet.  She is also interested in terrorism, extremism and mental health.
 
Her second clinical specialism is in extreme abuse (spiritual, satanic, ritual abuse and mind control) and working with survivors of organised crime.
 
She provides general supervision and specialist supervision for therapists within both specialist fields. She has held key posts including Director of One in Four UK, working with survivors of child sexual abuse (2005-09), and Chair of the UK Forensic Therapists Association (2008-14)
 
About the seminar: Each day will start at 10.00am and end at 4.00pm and the completed course will count as 6 hours CPD. Certificates will be provided by the trainer. The fee for the one-day course is £97.50. To book please call our reservations team 01892 863637, as there are a limited number of places please book early.
 
Lunch is not included but you are welcome to bring your own and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Burrswood's beautiful surroundings. Alternatively do book into our Tea Room on 01892 865991 for delicious home made snacks, lunches and tea. Burrswood welcomes people of all faiths and none. Burrswood also offers very comfortable Guest Rooms for those wishing to attend and needing overnight accommodation. Burrswood welcomes people of all faiths and none.
 
Please note:
This course will only go ahead if a minimum number of delegates are signed up by Friday 5th May 2017. If there is insufficient demand the course will not proceed. Once confirmed, payments are non-refundable and will be used to support Burrswood Health and Wellbeing and its charitable activities.

To book please complete the attached form or call Reservations on 01892 865988.

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