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CLINICAL SUPERVISION GROUP for professionals with Prof. Ernesto Spinelli

20th January 2018
28th April 2018
£140 for the day – £280 for the two dates
(10 participants max.)

Ernesto SpinelliOption 1: 10am to 1pm
Option 2: 2pm to 5pm
at 10 Harley Street W1G 9PF




with Karen Weixel Dixon

The proposal that Being-in-the-world is always being with others is one that provides a sound basis for therapeutic group work in the existential model: (12 participants max.)

Part 1: 9th September from 1pm to 5pm

Part 2: 18th November from 1pm to 5pm

£120 for each Seminar





“Group supervision sessions seek to provide participants with a safe, yet challenging, space, to consider and address the issues that arise for them when discussing their own, or another participant’s, experience of being a therapist. They provide the opportunity to ‘look again’ at their practice and re-view their assumptions and expectations regarding being a therapist and doing therapy. Group supervision can be a valuable and enriching experience for all participants since even though the focus may be on a particular supervisee’s account, it is likely that all participants will discover broader issues and concerns that resonate with their own encounters with clients.” Prof. Ernesto Spinelli


“Psychology is neither ‘individual’ nor ‘group’, except by abstraction” S.H. Foulkes

KarenThe proposal that Being-in-the-world is always being-with-others is one that provides a sound basis for therapeutic group work in the existential model.

No-one can do nothing in a group: everyone is in some part, and in some way, responsible for the quality of relationship(s) that are created. What better stage on which to discover how you are experienced, how clear or ambiguous are your communications, and under what circumstances might you retain or modify your intentions and strategies of being-with-others?

Facilitator and group members are all in this together. Anyone can be a participant/observer, but in any case, everyone is being and doing.

Part 1 of this two-part CPD event will consider some queries about the nature of the format. Why group work? What are the therapeutic possibilities and what might be the risks  for both facilitators and members? How is it the same and different from individual work?

In discussing these we will refer to some existential proposals that are particularly relevant for group work; inter-subjectivity, time, choice, uncertainty, the self, meaning/meaninglessness- to name a few. These topics will serve to illuminate the process of group work and what it offers in terms of an existential phenomenological endeavour.

Theory and practice will be presented as aspects of an attitude that informs an existential model. This premise will facilitate explorations of such issues as: What is the role of the facilitator?  What is the responsibility of the members? What are the possibilities for therapeutic interactions and effects? What are the possible implications of facilitator styles? These proposals are likely to be complementary to any humanistic model of therapy and counselling.

Part 1 and 2 of this series are interconnected, but may be taken independently.

Subsequent to a brief summary and review of the basic points explored in part 1, part 2 of this CPD event will continue with an exploration of process and procedure. This will include the issue of themes, in contrast to ‘problems’, and ‘dialogue’, in contrast to structured interventions.

There will also be an opportunity to consider the temporal stages of the group: beginning, middle and end, all of which may be characterised by similar qualities and difficulties. ‘Endings’ as an issue that is present from the very beginning of the group will be discussed as a significant factor in all human relationships.

There will be a presentation of an existential phenomenological theory of emotions, what makes them important, and how to work with them. A review of common difficulties with procedure, such as boundary settings and with inter-personal engagements, such as conflict and drop-outs, will facilitate a deeper appreciation of these aspects.

leafThese proposals are likely to be complementary to any humanistic model of therapy and counselling.

Those in attendance will be welcome to offer their own experiences and questions.
Come join us for a one day afternoon seminar that will provide both experiential and theoretical material for the facilitation of and participation in existential groupwork.

Karen Weixel Dixon 2017

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  • Well organised, very interesting topic"

  • I found Ernesto charming and his words very informative. I could have read 20 books but listening to him speak about am and being really brought it to life for me. Very well organised, thank you!"

  • Exceptional quality of speaker, looking forward to March 4th!"

  • Thank you, very interesting!"

  • It was excellent!"

  • As a non-therapist I throughly enjoyed the accessibility of the conference and learn a lot. So thank you!"

  • I can't think of any way it could be improved. Excellent!"

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