The Current BPA Programme (and speaker follow-up information)

The programme for the 2016 Spring/Summer/Autumn Terms can be viewed below, or click here to download a pdf version.

Please note that we have just transitioned from planning our programme within the academic year to using the calendar year. Thus only the last three talks below (for the Autumn Term) are new.

If you would like to make a suggestion for a future programme or offer your own talk or presentation, please contact a member of the committee on the 'Contacts' page.

Please note that all BPA meetings are held at The Randall Room, All Saints Church, Clifton, BS8. Click here for a google maps link. The entrance is on the corner of Pembroke Road and Alma Vale Road in Clifton [in terms of access: up 10 steps with lift then available]. Evening meetings start at 7.30pm. Non-members £10

2016 - Spring/Summer/Autumn Terms

Monday 18th January, 2016

Birth Trauma: The life long consequences on our physical and emotional wellbeing

Matthew Appleton Matthew Appleton is a body-psychotherapist working in private practice in Bristol and a member of the International Society of Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine. He facilitates workshops for adults to explore their prenatal and birth experiences, as well as training health professionals to work therapeutically with babies.

Further information (20th Jan 2016) -

Matthew has kindly made this article available for download: Every Baby Has a Story to Tell

Monday 1st February, 2016

The Phone Call From Hell: What do we do as a therapist when a sex offender calls?

Juliet Grayson Juliet Grayson is a UKCP Psychosexual therapist (and supervisor) who has specialised in working with relationships and sexual problems since 1994. She strongly feels that all therapists should be willing and able to discuss sex with all their clients.

Further information (6th Feb 2016) -

Juliet has pointed us to a quiz on UK Law on offending and disclosure, available for download. Feel free to pass the link to colleagues: Know Your Law (Psychotherapist magazine, UKCP) 

Monday 7th March, 2016

The Looser Thread: The Yin and Yang of untangling knots in experience

Rob Porteous Rob Porteous spent 28 years teaching English before retraining as a counsellor at BCPC. For the last 15 years he has worked in private practice in Bristol. He was administrator of the C.G.Jung lectures. He is doing an apprenticeship in Movement Medicine and is a volunteer for Bristol Refugee Rights.

Monday 4th April, 2016

Making sense of things - the neglected core of therapy...?

Arthur Musgrave Arthur Musgrave works in private practice in Bristol. Two decades ago he sat on the then BACís Standards and Ethics Committee. Heís now more critical of some of the long-term trends in counselling and psychotherapy.

Further information (5th Apr 2016) -

Arthur has kindly made the list of books referenced during his talk available for download

Monday 16th May, 2016

Spirit Possession - an uninvited visitor in the therapy room?

Xanthe Parkin Xanthe Parkin is a Chiron trained Body Psychotherapist working primarily in London. Intrigued by altered states and the many layers of self which emerge in the consulting room, she has undertaken further extensive trainings in Shamanic Healing and Amanae Energetic bodywork, elements of which she integrates into her psychotherapeutic approach.

Further information (19th May 2016) -

Xanthe has kindly made a booklist covering the subject of Spirit Possession available for download

Monday 6th June, 2016

Moving from Shame to Compassion in Supervision

Karl Gregory Karl Gregory is an integrative counsellor using relational, existential and systems approaches with 18-years of private practice in Brockworth, Gloucestershire. He is co-founder of Severn Talking Therapy, established as a vehicle to run an annual supervision conference, a Diploma in Supervision course and workshops.

Further information (17th August 2016) -

Karl has kindly made several pages of extra material available for download (as a compressed folder): Shame and Supervision

Monday 3rd October, 2016

Building Resilience in Older People: A new approach based on humanistic psychology

Guy Robertson Guy Robertson is the Director of Positive Ageing Associates and author of 'How to Age Positively: a handbook for positive change in later life'. Positive Ageing Associates is an organisation specialising in promoting positive approaches to later life at both personal and organisational level.

Further information (23rd Oct 2016) -

Guy has kindly made a set of slides from his talk  available for download

Monday 7th November, 2016

Staying Relational Despite All the Rules

Dr Els van Ooijen Dr Els van Ooijen Dr Els van Ooijen is a relational-integrative psychotherapist, counsellor and supervisor in private practice in Bristol. She has more than twenty years experience, has written several books and was instrumental in the development of the Postgraduate Diploma in Consultative Supervision at the University of South Wales.
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Monday 5th December, 2016

Tackling Abuse on the Front-Line - a community based charity perspective

Dr Mike Peirce MBE Dr Mike Peirce MBE is founder and chief officer of The Southmead Project, a charity that provides therapeutic and practical support to adult survivors of child abuse who have turned to drugs, alcohol and other ways of self-harming in order to suppress the emotions that follow such trauma. Mike will discuss his work and share his learned experience.


All meetings are at the Randall Room, All Saints Church, at the Pembroke Road end of Alma Vale Road, Clifton (up 10 steps, or disabled access through church with lift). Evening meetings are from 7:30 to 9:15pm.

A new programme for 2017 will be available by early January 2017 at the latest.

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