Working Successfully with Addiction & Recovery - Week 3 of Summer School

Course Overview 

31st July - 4th August 2017, London

This 5-day experiential training is week 3 of our 5TH ANNUAL SUMMER SCHOOL for Psychotherapists, Counsellors and other Mental Health Professionals. It explores applications in both group and individual psychotherapy settings and the therapist’s role in the dependency matrix. You will come away with a practical, empathic and greater spiritual understanding of “the addict” and their journey from psychic ruin to sustainable recovery. Participants can look forward to learning from participants and trainers from a variety of modalities and to being encouraged to consolidate their application of theory to flexibly effective practice.


This course may be attended as a stand-alone event or learning can be enhanced by integrating with further units in our Advanced Diploma in the related subjects of Trauma and Anxiety & Depression.

'A great combination of theory and experiential learning.  I have learned a lot not only about addiction and recovery but also about myself  and how I can use my existing knowledge, resources and my personal experience to enhance my practice.'

Milka Witkowska, Project Manager & Counsellor

'A great journey where professional knowledge and personal experiences came together to make you grow as a person and as a professional.'

Americo Barros Rego, Psychologist

'Skillfull, well pitched and well paced, knowledgeable delivery, exquisite! Thank you.

Lesley Cameron, Family Support Lead Worker

'The best training I have attended, skills enhancing, experiential, practical.  I can use all the new learnings in my practice tomorrow!'

Yolanda Renjifo, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist


Course Aims 

31st July - 4th August 2017, London

In an information rich course, participants will contextualise their own inner experience of longing and compulsion to gain better empathy and effectiveness for themselves and their clients in greatest need. You will come away with a practical, empathic and greater spiritual understanding of “the addict” and their journey from psychic ruin to sustainable recovery.


Course Content 

31st July - 4th August 2017, London

  • Recognising and understanding the process called “addiction”
  • Implementing psycho-socio-bio-eco models of dependency
  • Understanding why clients with dependency need something more from psychotherapy
  • Identify the most common error of well-meaning psychotherapists and counselors which can perpetuate the system of pain
  • Engaging with the client’s denial and motivation to engage in healing
  • Understanding the emotional syndrome of pain, shame, craving and lapse
  • Identifying crises and cravings as opportunities for healing
  • Locating addiction within family systems and attachment patterning
  • Activating Interpersonal and Social healing systems
  • What key figures such as Jung, Bateson and Erickson contributed to and took from recovery culture
  • The place of interventions such as Motivational Interviewing, CBT, Group Therapy, 12 Step Psychology, Storytelling and Psychodynamics
  • Considering Codependence as the underlying driver of unhealthy dependencies
  •  Enhancing relationship with self, other and world as the site of recovery
  • Addressing the trauma of addiction
  • Sustaining recovery and utilising challenges for further growth
  • Reflecting on the “better than well” phenomenon of successful recovery – what does this offer our understanding of being human
  • Applying the Continuous Becoming model in Addiction and Recovery


Learning & assessment 

  • The variety of teaching methods used on our courses serve to support as many different learning styles as possible.

  • Whilst time is given to inspirational and clarifying ‘chalk and talk’,  you can be sure that live demonstrations and practical exercises are the core of the experience and contribute to making this a warm, fun and friendly environment in which to acquire your new skills.

  • At BeeLeaf, we believe that to work flexibly and ecologically, it is not enough to merely digest the content knowledge of the various techniques and procedures that make up a practitioner’s  toolbox. We believe in a process oriented learning environment that supports the development of your communicational and reflexive skills as a practitioner. By the time you have completed a BeeLeaf course you will have developed practical skills that can be practiced within a whole variety of contexts.

  • Colourful training manuals published by BeeLeaf serve to enhance and enrich the learning experience that is unique to BeeLeaf.

  • Certificate of Attendance for 35 hours of UKCP and NCP Accredited training.  Minimum of 90% course attendance required.



Pamela Gawler-Wright
Pamela Gawler-Wright

MSc B.A. Hons., Dip. EHP, Adv. Dip. THP,  UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapist, Master and Certified Trainer in NLP, Clinical Supervisor. Trainer Member of ANLP, MNCP (Snr Accrd.)
Director of BeeLeaf

Pamela Gawler-Wright is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and has since 1994 been a trainer on many UKCP Accredited trainings across several modalities of training. As Director of Training for BeeLeaf, Pam created the Contemporary Psychotherapy qualifying training as a much needed professional path for today’s psychotherapist. Read more

Entry Requirements 

This course is for Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Hypnotherapists, Coaches, Psychologists, Nurses, Drug & Alcohol Workers, and for all Professionals wanting to enrich their current knowledge, understanding and skills in their work with addictions and dependency issues.

You can attend this training as Continuing Professional Development and as a module of our Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy.


What's included 

  • 5 full days experiential face-to-face training with limited group size.
  • Engaging articles and video links and practical materials to enrich your learning and confident practice.
  • Group exercises, time to ask questions, live demonstrations.
  • Fully comprehensive workbook.
  • Light Refreshments available throughout the day (lunch not included).
  • Certificate of Attendance for 35 hours of UKCP and NCP Accredited training.  Minimum of 90% course attendance required.


How to Pay 

Pay when you book online using Paypal, MasterCard and Visa. Or call us on 020 8983 9699. We accept Visa and MasterCard debit and credit cards.

If you are being funded your organisation must send us an email including full details for invoicing.


Payment Terms and Conditions 

All cancellations must be made in writing by sending an email to or by writing to:

The Administrator
BeeLeaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy
34 Grove Road
E3 5AX

If you cancel within 14 days of your booking being confirmed a full refund will be given.  No refund will be given if you cancel more than 14 days after a booking has been confirmed. In the unlikely event of BeeLeaf cancelling this training, you will be given a full refund including your deposit and BeeLeaf and it’s Contractors will not be held responsible for any indirect or consequential loss you may experience. BeeLeaf reserve the right to make changes to the course and it’s Personnel at any time. BeeLeaf reserve the right to remove a delegate from the course at any time if it is evident that the course is unsuitable for that delegate. Under these circumstances a full refund of the course fee will be given.


Central London E3 close to Mile End Underground Station.

Full details will be issued with your booking confirmation.



Nearest stations on the London Underground are Mile End on Hammersmith and City, District  and Central lines; and Stepney Green on the Hammersmith and City and District lines.

Transport for London publish interactive maps showing Underground, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and bus information.


Application Text 

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