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Enhancing ‘presence’

A weekend CPD workshop with Manu Bazzano

The Grove is proud to announce the next in its growing series of CPD workshops. In November 2012, the theme is presence: how you can add greater depth to your work by improving the quality of your presence in the therapeutic relationship.

Workshop dates, times and venue

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th November 2012.

The workshop will run from 10am to 4:30pm each day and will be held at our central London training venue near Oxford Circus, W1.

Catering is not included in the course fee. But there are plenty of coffee shops and cafes nearby offering refreshments and lunches, accessible during the breaks.


Who should attend this workshop?

Designed for experienced counsellors or psychotherapists, as well as those still in training, who would like to learn how to develop and enhance presence in their therapeutic work.

This workshop is also open to other professionals such as solicitors, mediators, psychologists, or other executives for whom presence and rapport are important in their work.


What makes this workshop different?

Recent research and theory maintains that developing therapeutic presence enhances the well-being of the therapist, makes the practitioner more attuned and receptive, increases spontaneity and creativity in the therapy room.Trainings in any orientation focus on what to do, on how to best respond to a client in distress. This is of course very important – yet equally important is to learn how to be, how to best tune the therapists’ self so that we can be more effective.

There will be presentations relating presence to various theoretical models.

We will use Zen meditation, dyad and group exercises.  This will be an experiential workshop where attendees are expected to participate fully in the discussion and exercises, in order to enhance the richness of the learning both individually and for the depth of the group.

Facilitator profile

Manu Bazzano, UKCP, MBACP, is a qualified psychotherapist and lecturer in humanistic psychotherapy and modern European philosophy and an ordained Zen monk. Manu is also a supervisor, as well as a trainer running a number of workshops. He is a regular contributor to magazines such as Therapy Today, PCEP, Dharma, and Journal of Existential Analysis. He wrote several books including: Zen Poems (2002) Haiku for Lovers (2004), Buddha is Dead: Nietzsche and the Dawn of European Zen (2006), The Speed of Angels. His latest book is Spectre of the Stranger: towards a Phenomenology of Hospitality

Fee and application process

The fee for this 2-day workshop in central London is £240 + VAT = £288. The fee is payable by cheque or online transfer.

Please email for an application form and payment details.