Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

Continuing Professional Development

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Building on our academic and practical expertise, we offer a range of CPD opportunities. These have been developed to support individuals and organisations in the health, social care and education sectors, in their work with both children and adults.

Many of our modules may be taken for continuing professional development purposes.

Our courses

Group Relations Conference

Our next conference, Borders and Boundaries: Tension and Imagination, will take place on 7 and 8 March 2020

This is an experiential learning event designed to support reflection and insight,  at a time of  uncertainty and complexity.  At personal,  group,  and societal levels how we understand and negotiate borders and boundaries has a profound impact on identity and relationality. How do we balance the desire to preserve the continuity and integrity of the “known”,  whilst finding the courage and imagination to encounter the “unknown”?

This event is for all those interested in exploring these matters.  Discovering the  opportunities and boundaries of the conference ,enables participants to think deeply about issues of role, personal authority, followership, and the place of group culture. The weekend consists of a range of small group, large group and inter-group events which provides space to reflect on the impact of the individual  on others, and the impact others have on the individual, in a managed context

The conference makes use  of group relations methodology. It is designed and delivered by staff and associates of the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex.

Conference Director: Chris Tanner.  Associate Director: Jo-anne Carlyle.

Conference arrangements

The conference runs from 9.30am on Saturday 7  March to 6.00pm on Sunday 8 March.  The conference is full board with single room accommodation provided for all participants

£750 external participants   / Early bird  discount by  20.1.20 £700
£650  Essex participants/ Early bird discount by 20.1.20 £600
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Working with children with additional needs and their families using the MAZE approach

MAZE is for you if you work with children and young people with Additional Needs (CAN) and, or, their families.

It provides insight into additional needs such as autism and understanding of the particular impact of such needs on children's experience of the world and their impact on those caring for them.