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, Crossing the Lines: Finding Voice and Identity in Unfamiliar Places, will take place on 2 and 3 March 2019

This is an experiential learning event designed to support reflection at a time of significant change.  At international, national and community level this is a period of “ shifting  sands”.  With so much personal and social movement, what does it take to hold  one’s place?  But equally, how do we find the courage to encounter the new, instead  of just defending one’s position.  These are the proposed themes of the conference.

This event is for all those who are interested in exploring aspects of leadership, followership and role in the workplace and elsewhere. The weekend consists of a range of small group, large group and inter-group events which enable participants to learn about the impact they have on others, and the impact others have on them, in a managed context.

The conference makes use 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 09.30 on Saturday 2 March to 18.00 on Sunday 3 March.  The conference is full board with single room accommodation provided for all participants 

£550 for external participants - £50 early bird  discount for bookings made by  28 January 2019.
£500  concessions - £50 early bird discount  for bookings made by 28 January 2019.

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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.