Core Study Courses

BCPC Core Study Courses


Core Study Courses form part of the MA programme in Modules 2 and 3, and students are offered optional units in Module 3. These courses are also open to practitioners from outside BCPC and are of interest to graduates for CPD purposes, refreshment or further study (subject to availability). See below for examples of the courses that are available. To check the availability of any course please visit the Workshops and CPD page


Ecological Self- Kelvin Hall.

This course emphasises the view that relationship with other-than-human life is fundamental to our existence, particularly at a time when ecological crisis has an impact on the psyche.


Working with Body process- Tree Staunton

This course represents an introduction to Somatics, offering insights into a spectrum of approaches within body-oriented psychotherapy, drawing on the work of Reich, Boyeson, Lowen, Pierrakos, Johnson, Woodman, Grof and including contemporary theory and practice.


Reflection and Presence: A Contemplative Approach to Psychotherapy- Nigel Wellings

This course seeks to establish a small beginning in the essential skill of Bare Attention or mindfulness and establishing an atmosphere of generosity and unconditional friendliness, together making the foundation of a contemplative clinical practice. 


Relational Process- David Slattery & Ailin Kelleher

This course is designed to provide support for furthering theoretical understanding but with a particular emphasis on translating that into effective work in the therapeutic setting. Here, there is a focus on listening for how the client is structuring her understanding of herself and her world, as revealed principally in the interaction between client and therapist, while being aware also of how the therapist's own contribution may help rather than hinder the client's progress.


Intersubjective Dialogue in Working with Difference- Dr Judy Ryde

During this course we will explore cultural difference in its widest sense, and the implications for the intersubjective meeting of psychotherapy. These differences will include differences of colour, class, disability, gender, sexuality and others. 


The Relational Brain:  Neuroscience for Practitioners - Dr Barbara Dowds

This workshop sets out the current state of our knowledge as it concerns psychotherapy and explores specific ways in which recent thinking in neuroscience can inform our work with clients.

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