LONDON 2019


Come experience the rich cultural heritage, vast array of historical art galleries and museums, and countless theaters of performing arts that London has to offer. Witness architectural landmarks and experience the preservation of London's history through a multitude of museums.

Participants will enhance clinical counseling skills through a two day workshop focused on Psychodrama and a half-day workshop focused on incorporating sound and musical instruments into individual counseling and systemic therapy. These professional development workshops are experiential in nature and facilitated by highly experienced London-based psychotherapists.

Service projects will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about the local issues related to mental health as well as the opportunity to exchange mental health expertise with local psychotherapists. This is a program you don't want to miss!

Overview

WORKSHOPS & LECTURES
-Psychodrama Workshop with Anna Chesner, MA, UKCP psychotherapist, HCPC Dramatherapist
-Lifemusic workshop with Jon Blend, MA Dip Child, CQSW, UKCP registered psychotherapist
-Bethlem Royal Hospital Museum of the Mind Tour and lecture
-Sigmund Freud Museum Tour and lecture

SERVICE LEARNING
-Develop counseling resources for use with underprivileged community
-Exchange mental health expertise with local psychotherapists

TOURISM
- London Tower and Tower Bridge
- Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
- Trafalger Square and Picadilly Circus
- River Thames Boat Cruise
- Kensington Palace

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS ADD-ONS
The Harry Potter Experience ($250): Limited availability due to high demand. Spellbinding tour of Warner Bros. Studio, spectacular broadway performances of The Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2 at the Palace Theatre, and a coveted photo-op session at the famous Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station.

The Avant Garde Experience ($200): Experience the Broadway masterpiece, Hamilton, and witness the the creative spaces of neighbors, George Frederich Handel and Jimi Hendrix. Explore Shoreditch's indie breeding ground for infusing art, food truck cuisine, and handmade goods. Stroll down Brick Lane for a plethora of street art then experience the eclectic, artsy vibe of shipping container shoppes at Box Park.

GENERAL
- Location: United Kingdom
- Language: English .
- Weather: Daytime temperatures range from 68F-90F. Rains often.
- Currency: Pounds (1 pound = 1.29 US Dollar).
- Government: Parliamentary Democracy with a constitutional Monarch (Queen Elizabeth II) as Head of State and the Prime Minister as Head of Government.

Itinerary

SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Wednesday, October 9th: Depart

Thursday, October 10th: Arrive in London, England. Check-in at 3pm and rest. Evening: Optional Excursions 1: The Cursed Child Part One. Optional Excursion 2: Hamilton.

Friday, October 11th:Morning: Rest and breakfast on your own. Mid-morning/Afternoon: Westminster Abbey followed River Thames boat cruise to tours of Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Nearby The Shard. Evening: Optional Excursions 1: The Cursed Child Part Two. Optional Excursions 2: Handel and Hendrix Museum.

Saturday, October 12th: Day one of the Psychodrama Experiential Workshop at Three Boroughs Day Service, Maudsley Hospital with psychotherapist Anna Chesner. Evening: Reflection and explore local cuisine for dinner.

Sunday, October 13th: Day two of the Psychodrama Experiential Workshop at Three Boroughs Day Service, Maudsley Hospital with psychotherapist Anna Chesner. Evening: Rest or explore on your own.

Monday, October 14th: Morning: Breakfast at The Orangery Room followed by Kensington Palace Tour. Afternoon tea at The Pavillion. Afternoon/Evening: Service opportunity.

Tuesday, October 15th: Morning: Bethlem Museum of the Mind. Afternoon/Evening: Explore on your own near Piccalilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. Options include St. Martin-in-the-fields (brass rubbings, Cafe on the Crypt), The National Gallery (pieces by famous artists such as Picasso, Da Vinci, Van Gogh), The National Portrait Gallery, Covent Garden Market, Benjamin Franklin House, The London Transport Museum, and more.

Wednesday, October 16th: Morning: Lifemusic Workshop facilitated by psychotherapist, Jon Blend at The Temple Lodge Club, Lantern Room. Afternoon: Freud Museum. Evening: Explore on your own.

Thursday, October 17: Optional Excursion 1: Harry Potter tour at Warner Bros. Studio, Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross. Optional Excursion 2: Shoreditch; Brick Lane, Box Park, and Spitafields.

Friday, October 18: Depart London

PSYCHODRAMA WORKSHOP

Presenter

Anna Chesner is an integrative psychotherapist, registered with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and is trained as a psychodrama psychotherapist and group analytic psychotherapist. She is registered as a Senior Trainer with the BPA (British Psychodrama Association), qualified in drama therapy, and registered with HCPC and BADTh. Anna is also a trained clinical supervisor, registered with BPA, UKCP and BADTh and is also registered as a practitioner and trainer of playback theatre (ATPT) through the International Centre for Playback theatre. Her approach to psychotherapy is based on the values of creativity and appropriate spontaneity, underpinned by psychodynamic, systemic and existentialist thinking.

Workshop Description

This 15 contact hour workshop is designed to give an opportunity for personal exploration and development in a safe environment, as well as an understanding and experience of the method. Psychodrama is a deep psychological method of psychotherapy using role, symbolisation and enactment.Anna's approach draws on psychodynamic, existentialist and systemic traditions as well as her experiences as a psychotherapist, dramatherapist and playback theatre practitioner.



LIFEMUSIC WORKSHOP

Presenter

Jon Blend MA Dip Psych Dip Child is a UKCP registered adult and child psychotherapist. He holds the European Certificate of Psychotherapy and is a trainer (UK and internationally), clinical supervisor and Lifemusic practitioner. Jon has 40 years’ experience of working with emotionally distressed people including 15 years’ clinical experience of working with children and families in an NHS Family Consultation Service. He maintains a private practice in West London, offering arts-based psychotherapy and supervision. Jon is affiliated with The United Kingdom Association for Gestalt Practitioners (UKAGP), the European Interdisciplinary Association for Therapeutic Services for Children and Young People (EIATSCYP). He is a Board member of the Association for Advancement in Gestalt Therapy (AAGT), external moderator for London Centre of Psychodrama and guest tutor with the Violet Solomon Oaklander Foundation.

Workshop Description

This 5 contact hour experiential workshop introduces Lifemusic, a highly accessible and socially inclusive form of improvised music-making, devised by composer, musician and author Dr Rod Paton. Lifemusic aims to promote creativity, inter-connectedness, enjoyment and well-being. Commonly used in a variety of therapeutic group work settings Lifemusic has also been adapted for one-to-one therapy situations and systemic therapy. The approach has particular benefits for the therapist too: it enhances attuned listening, flexible response, the ability to experiment with improvising ‘here and now’ in relationship. It also develops one’s ability to remain in contact whilst experiencing dissonance and /or uncertainty.

Participants will explore making sounds together using simple ‘instant-access’ instruments (mostly tuned and unturned percussion) that anyone can play without prior experience or skill. Freestyle vocalizing also plays a part in a Lifemusic approach. We will begin with some simple exercises to help prepare our bodies and voices for music-making, then experiment with finding easy, fun and intriguing ways of exploring sound and its polarity, silence.



BETHLEM ROYAL HOSPITAL MUSEUM OF THE MIND

Guided Learning Tour

Experience the artistic manifestation of hallucinations, delusions, and other mental health symptoms as expressed by past and present patients. The Bethlem Royal Hospital Museum houses the famous statues, Raving and Melancholy Madness, from the gates of the original 17th century Bethlem Hospital. This museum boasts an internationally renowned collection of archives and historical objects that provide a rich history of mental healthcare and treatment over time.



SIGMUND FREUD MUSEUM

Guided Learning Tour

Visit the final residence where Sigmund Freud spent the last year of his life writing, consulting, and providing psychoanalysis after fleeing Austria during the Nazi annexation. Freud lived for one year here until 1939 and then his daughter, Anna, remained in the home until her passing 1982. This museum opened in 1986 and showcases the preservation of Freud's collection of books, paintings, antiques, consulting room and his couch famous for use during psychoanalysis.

FEES

London Program Fees: $2,900

Program fees include:
- Roundtrip, economy class airfare from SLC
- Lodging in double occupancy room.
- 24 hour trip leader knowledgeable of local medical and crisis resources.
- Workshops, trainings, and lectures.
- London Pass for entrance into 80+ attractions, including those listed in itinerary.
- Oyster Card for subway, bus, and other ground transportation
- 20 contact hours of NBCC-approved credit

Program fees exclude:
- Optional excursions. Harry Potter Experience ($250). Avant Garde Experience ($200)
- Food expenses and personal.
- Passport.
- Medical and travel insurance.

To Reserve Your Place:
Space is limited to 12 participants and is reserved on a first come first serve basis. A down payment of 50% is required at the time of application to reserve your spot. Full payment will be due 8 weeks prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy:
More than 90 days prior to departure - full refund less the cost of any booked airfare or events.
90-31 days days prior to departure – participant forfeits 75% of the deposit and program fees.
0-30 days prior to departure – participant forfeits 100% of deposit and program fees.

Requirements


- Interest and/or background in mental health field.

- Completed application, informed consent, and release.

- Valid ID and passport.

- Attend pre-trip preparation meeting.

- Participants must be at least 18 years old.

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