CPD Course of Study with Online Workshops

With BeeLeaf Member, Dr Deborah Madden (DPhil, MA, BA(Hons), FHistS, FHEA


BEGINS 9TH JANUARY 2023. The course will take place for six weeks between 7.00pm and 9.00pm on 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th January and 6th and 13th February (option to attend in-person for final week).

Why enhance your practice with a greater understanding of feminism?

Recent political turmoil, economic crises, climate change and increased calls for social justice have all brought change in how clients present and the issues that they seek to address through psychotherapy. As individuals struggle to sustain a sense of power over their lives, psychotherapists are observing the impact on client work of the resurgence of feminism in the conversation of everyday life.

Whatever their gender, more and more people are tapping into the resources and possibilities that feminist approaches can offer in the face of seismic social, economic and ecological change.

Sometimes seasoned practitioners can be left out of these emergent discourses within younger client groups. Our different positions within social strata can also inhibit comment or the challenging of particular constructs and mindsets that emerge as part of the therapeutic conversation. Outcome Oriented Psychotherapists believe in meeting clients where they are and in affirming client processes of questioning and self-empowerment. We can be better resourced to align with our client’s individual challenges, strengths and possibilities when we have a more confident and layered grasp of feminism – or “The ‘F’ Word”.

What does this course offer?

The course offers an overview of the historical origins, development and different applications of feminism and its enrichment of psychotherapies. It will start by briefly looking at the emergence of feminist therapy and its emergent debates within the political context of Second Wave feminism. This includes the critical responses made by intersectional feminists. The course explores the core principles of feminist therapy in terms of its analyses of power, gender and identity, as well as specific feminist methodologies and creative practices.


This course is open to Members of BeeLeaf Community for Contemporary Psychotherapy (CCP) and Members of the UKCP College of Outcome-Oriented and Hypno-psychochotherapies of which BeeLeaf is a Member. The course is intended for CPD and enrichment. Accredited Practitioners of counselling and psychotherapy and Trainees on accredited courses of these disciplines may attend. This course is open to people of all genders.


This course is offered as part of BeeLeaf’s commitment to bring affordable benefits to practitioners, trainees and clients. This not-for-profit event is available to members of BeeLeaf (all grades) at £90 total for all six workshops and home study activity for £110 for non-members. That’s 24 hours of CPD for as little as £3.75 per hour!

Attendance and Participation

The course provides pre-recorded resources and reading to be available in-between weekly 2-hour online workshops with the final workshop available as in-person attendance or remote participation. The total allocation for those who complete attendance is 24 hours of CPD. Participants will be afforded a Certificate of Attendance from BeeLeaf Institute.

Trainer Biography

Dr Deborah Madden is a cultural historian, critical theorist and Director for the Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories, based at the University of Brighton. Her work is concerned with feminism and feminist critical praxis. Recently, this has focused on the politics of grief and mourning, examining the ways in which personal, individual and collective expressions of grief can mobilise memories of the historical past. Her current training as a psychotherapist has facilitated research into the relationships between grief, ecological grief, affect, narrative, public pedagogy and contemporary psychotherapy.


To book your place send an email to admin@beeleaf.com providing your name, email contact number and name of your UKCP Training Organisation of which you are currently a Member. We will then send you payment details.

The course begins on 9th January 2023. The booking deadline is 25th December 2022 subject to availability of places.


All cancellations must be made in writing by sending an email admin@beeleaf.com or by writing to:

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

OR Download Cancellation Form HERE.

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 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 this training event and it’s Personnel at any time.


All those present on this course are expected to follow the Codes of Ethics and Practice of their UKCP Member Organisation or equivalent and BeeLeaf Zoom Terms of Use.

Recording of this event using any kind of audio-visual equipment is not permitted.

Views and opinions expressed on this course by the Trainer, Deborah Madden and Participants are their opinions and not representative of BeeLeaf Training, Register & Community.

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.