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DIPLOMA IN COMMUNITY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

Phenomenology is a discipline which brings into view the phenomena of the world rather than explaining things by some particular schema. Social phenomenology addresses itself to the basic phenomena of ordinary living. The phenomena of ordinary living and community situations has been an enquiry of the PA since its early days. After the Kingsley Hall experiment the PA has fostered some 19 therapeutic community households which have offered refuge and asylum to those who sought it, exploring communal solutions to personal crises to work through situations together in a collective manner. 

 

But it isn’t as easy as saying that community is good and marginalisation is bad. It is possible to feel at home in prison and in prison at home. Thinking about community must also involve thinking about how one group impacts, threatens, ignores, deprives another. Community presupposes conflict. 

In the current economic and political climate of austerity which is ushering in the model of computerised quick-fix therapy, community solutions have all but disappeared. Day centres, youth clubs, libraries and other shared spaces have closed down. What is left is a fragmented and afflicted society in what can feel like a hostile environment. Community as a therapeutic ideal remains as elusive as ever yet the need for it is more and more urgent.

 

Held at the PA premises in Hampstead, north London, the course takes place over six weekends spread out over the academic year. You will encounter various group experiences and seminars discussing Towards a phenomenology of Community, Madness in the Family, Politics and Community, Psychiatry and Institutions, personal journeys.

 

This course serves as both a stand alone course and an introduction to the PA (including the PA communities) Students may apply to the Psychotherapy training after completing this course. 

 

REQUIREMENTS

Students are required to bring their own experience of group or community work to reflective practice

i.e. a facilitated group which invites exploration about crucial issues necessary to understand the nature of organisations, groups and communities.  

Outside of the course weekends students will be offered one tutorial per term and invited to a reading group.

 

Students can also use the course to devise and set up community groups and take advantage of a range of advice provided by experienced community practitioners as part of the course.

 

(b) Completion of a satisfactory 4000-word essay reflecting an experience of community work will lead to a Diploma certificate but students can also attend the course without fulfilling this requirement. 

 

APPLICATION AND FEES

Application is by interview, there is a £50 interview fee.

The course costs £840

 

A limited number of bursaries are available for students surviving on low income.

 

Interviews begin in late April 2023 to apply Click here for the application form or contact the course coordinators for further information

courses@philadelphia-association.org.uk

In addition to the regular meetings of each individual course, students from all the courses will be invited to attend a series of Saturday morning online seminars. Details to follow

WEEKEND DATES FOR 2024/2025

26/27 October, 7/8 December, 18/19 Jaunary, 1/2 March, 12/13 April, 24/25 May

 

 

COURSE PROGRAMME 2023/4

Course Coordinators: 

Andrea Heath & Lucy King

Reflective Practice Facilitator:

Nicola Saunders

Consciousness-raising Group Facilitator:

Paul Atkinson

Reading Group Facilitators 

Daniel Bristow &Iain Strong

Details Here 

Administration:

Sophia Raja

TERM 1

Autumn Term Saturday Online Seminars

25 November & 2 December 2023

10am - 11.30am

Meaning-Fullness 

Jan Resnick 

See Here for Details

WEEKEND 1

Phenomenology of Community

 

Saturday 21 October 2023

Arrivals 10 - 11 

 

Seminar; 

11 -12.30 

Andreas Constandinos & Ian McMillan 

Introductory Seminar

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Seminar;

On Community 

Jake Osbourne

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Reflective Practice

Nicola Saunders

Sunday 22 October

10.30 -11 Arrivals

11—12.30 Seminar

Communities that nominate us as members, and communities we elect to join

Jeremy Cutler 

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Consciousness-raising Group 

Paul Atkinson

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5  Experiential Group

The experiential group has no agenda apart from attending to how this particular group forms and develops, the contribution each person makes, and whether we can learn from the experience to understand what a group is.

WEEKEND 2

Madness in the family, groups 

 

Saturday 9 December

 

10.30 — 11.00  Arrivals 

11- 12.30 Experiential Group

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Seminar 

Scapegoat 

Del Loewenthal 

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Reflective Practice

Nicola Saunders

Sunday 10 December

10.30 - 11 Arrivals 

11—12.30 Seminar 

Hell is other people : existential approach to anorexia 

Lucia Giombini

Kevin Ball

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Consciousness-raising Group

Paul Atkinson

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Experiential Group

Spring Term Saturday Online Seminars

January 27 2024

10 - 11.30am

PA Communities- What are we doing there ? 

Amy Ison, Kay Holmes, Nina Shores

February 3 & 10

11am - 12.30

Kingsley Hall Journals

Paul Zeal

 

WEEKEND 3

Politics and Community

 

Saturday 20 January 2024

 

10.30 - 11 Arrivals 

 

11 - 12.30 Experiential Group

12.30 — 1.30 Lunch

1.30 — 3.00 

Seminar;

Masculinity & can it be called Toxic ?

Lakis Georghiou 

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Reflective Practice

Nicola Saunders

 

Sunday 21 January 2024

11—12.30 Seminar;

The Social Comes First

Paul Gurney

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Consciousness-raising Group 

Paul Atkinson

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Experiential Group

WEEKEND 4

Psychiatric Discussions

Saturday 2 March 2024

10.30—11 Arrivals 

 

11 —12.30 Experiential Group

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Seminar;

Psychiatric Discussions 

Vincenzo Passante 

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Reflective Practice 

Nicola Saunders 

Sunday 3 March

 

10.30 - 11 Arrivals

11—12.30 Seminar; 

The Privacy of the Self, the intricacies of personal ,public and relational life.How much do we really want to reveal about ourselves and our innermost thoughts to others?

James Mann 

 

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Consciousness-raising Group

Paul Atkinson

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Experiential Group

WEEKEND 5

Personal Journeys 

 

Saturday 13 April

10.30—11 Arrivals & Large Group

11 —12.30 Experiential Group

12.30—1.30 Lunch

!.30 - 3.00 

Narratives and Personal Journeys

Emma Stroker

 

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Reflective Practice

Nicola Saunders

Sunday 14 April

11—12.30 Seminar

Learning how to read again (and again), or teaching how to curse: counter-colonial conversations (can reading poetry help us to listen? Can writing help us to read? And what of responding in kind or with kindness?)

Robbie Lockwood

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Consciousness-raising Group 

Paul Atkinson

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Experiential Group

WEEKEND 6

Situations

 

Saturday 8 June

10.30—11 Arrivals

11.00—12.30

Experiential Group

12.30—1.30 Lunch

 

1.30—3 Seminar

Endings

Andreas Constandinos

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Reflective Practice 

Nicola Saunders

Sunday 9 June

10.30 - 11 Arrivals 

11—12.30

Seminar;

Endings

Alia Butt 

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Consciousness-raising Group 

Paul Atkinson

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Experiential Group

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