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Continuing Professional Development

Many of our Department's modules may be taken for CPD purposes. A list of all modules plus links to detailed information can be found in the module directory. Please contact us if you are interested in taking individual modules.

Our CPD courses

You'll receive a Certificate of Attendance for our courses.

    • Group Relations Residential Conference 3 to 4 March 2018

      Mask, Myth and Authenticity in Groups and Organisations

      A Group Relations Residential Conference

      We live in a rapidly changing world in which organisations are constantly shaped and altered. Organisations influence their members knowingly and unknowingly with their cultures, assumptions, values and expectations.

      At the same time, there has been much talk of 'take news' and 'fakery'. in these turbulent times, it is also important to understand the part we play in influencing organisations and society.

      This residential conference is based on the principle of learning from experience in the 'here and now', and the belief that change in organisations requires exploration of unconscious as well as conscious processes.


      The conference will help participants understand the masks we wear and the myths and fears we perpetuate and develop in groups, which can stifle authenticity and our desire to work together.

      Change or doing things differently can feel risky and there is always apprehension in giving up tried and familiar ways of working, even if they don't really satisfy, in order to try out something new and different. A goal of the conference is to support you in gaining greater satisfaction and direction in your working and personal lives, and more awareness of your own capacity for authenticity, creativity and imagination.


      The conference is suitable for all who are interested in developing their understanding of group and organizational life. In particular, practitioners, and service leads in human service organisations.

      Conference Director: Dr Simon Tucker

      Associate Conference Director: Dr Kathy Harrington

      • Saturday 3 - Sunday 4 March 2018
      • Ufford Park, Woodbridge IP12 1QW
      • Fee £775 (a discounted rate of £650 is available to University of Essex students)
      • An 'early bird' discount of £50 is applicable if registering before 15 January 2018
      • The fee includes accommodation and all meals throughout the Conference.

      The conference will include a training group for people who have previously been members of Group Relations Conferences. Fee £875

      Find out more

      Conference flyer (.pdf)

      For further information please contact:

      • Telephone 01206 873640
      • Email

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  • Basic Jungian Concepts - September 2018

    This is a series of face-to-face seminars suitable for all those with an interest in C.G. Jung’s psychology. The aim of the course is to give students an introduction to analytical psychology’s key concepts and to explore areas onto which Jung applied his theories. The course also serves as the a pre-sessional for those who have enrolled on the later study on the MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies.

    We concentrate on Jung’s model of the psyche, with special attention paid to the definitive concepts differentiating analytical psychology from psychoanalysis:

    • the collective unconscious
    • archetypes
    • complexes
    • psychological types
    • individuation
    • the Self and synchronicity

    We will also explore Jung’s evaluation of, and writings related to, the arts, religion and society.

    We run this course annually in September. We will post details of the 2018 course as soon as these are available.

  • Basic Freudian Concepts - September/October 2018

    This is a series of reading seminars designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of Freud. The aim of the series is to give students an introductory historical overview of the development of Freud’s thinking as a preparation for later study of his works on the MA Psychoanalytic Studies, or to serve as a free-standing introduction to Freud’s work.

    We will look particularly at the interaction between Freud’s clinical discoveries and his metapsychology: how does his model of the mind determine what he observes and how in turn do clinical phenomena cause him to change his model of the mind. Topics will include the theory of dreams; infantile sexuality; instinct (drive) theory; the economic (affect-trauma), the topographical and the structural models of the mind; narcissism and object relations; the theory of anxiety.

    We run this course annually. We will post details of the 2018 course as soon as these are available.

    Cancellation policy

    Fees can only be refunded (less a 25% administration charge) if written notice of cancellation is received no less than 14 days before the course. No refund can be made after that time.

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