Certificate In Working with Addictions (24 hours – Online)

Dates & Times (Online):

March 5th: Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm

March 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th: Wednesday Evenings 6:00pm – 9:00pm

April 2nd: Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm

Course Content:

In recent years there has been a significant paradigm shift in our understanding of addiction and its’ manifestation in later life. We are moving beyond genetic determinism to begin to fully grasp the relationship between addiction and the experience of stress and trauma in early development. This psycho-social-neurobiological basis implicates key treatment areas for therapeutic practitioners who are working with addictive processes in their practice.

This 24 hour certificate in working with addiction aims to provide an overview of addictions from this perspective, with an emphasis on how these ideas are relevant to clinical practice. We want attendees to take-away ideas and skills that can be readily transferred to their clinical work. The course will be delivered using a range of didactic, experiential and discussion-based teaching styles to support attendees integration of the material, including opportunities to discuss case material that brings these ideas to life. The theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of the course will combine ideas from a broad base of contemporary and traditional thinking around the topic of addictions.

Participant Numbers: There will be a maximum of 20 participants on this course

Pre-Course requirements: Participants should be qualified counsellors or in training and ideally seeing clients in placement.

Course Cost: £455 – For early bookings a deposit of £55 to be made when booking, with the balance of £400 being paid by 5th February. For later bookings the full fee is payable on booking.

Course Delivery: Online using Zoom

Refund Policy: Payment The deposit is non-refundable. 50 % of balance will be refunded for cancellations with more than 7 days’ notice

Course Tutors: –

Dr Rachel Hopping is a Counselling Psychologist and a UKCP registered Psychotherapist who has specialised in the field of Personality Disorder. During her training she joined the clinical team in an NHS Personality Disorder treatment programme and remained there for over 10 years. The programme delivered an intensive, long-term combined group and individual therapy developed using Mentalisation and Therapeutic Community principles. Rachel went on to develop the research unit for the service, encouraging an examination of the treatment model upon a range of clinical outcomes for clients diagnosed with personality disorder.

Rachel utilises an Integrative Relational model of psychotherapy, which centralises early relational experience upon the development of the self and later pathology. She incorporates these perspectives into both her practice and teaching, placing the quality of relating between therapist and client as the primary factor for growth and change.

Geoff Hopping CTA (P) TSTA (P)

Geoff has worked in the field of mental health since 1970. Initially trained in psychiatric nursing and social work he started his psychotherapy training in 1990, firstly in TA and later in psychoanalysis- he also did a Jungian supervision training.

After 20 years in private practice, he joined the clinical team at Whitemoor Prison initially as a group therapist and then as a Consultant Psychotherapist in the personality disorder service.

Geoff has trained a wide range of people in the field of personality disorders as well as being very experienced in general psychotherapy training and supervision.

He is currently in ministry training at the One Spirit interfaith foundation. He is particularly interested in the relationship between culture, oppression and personal mental ill health and is currently running courses that integrate ideas at the interface between spirituality and psychotherapy.

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£455 - A deposit of £55 to be made when booking, with the balance being paid a month before the course starts. Details will be sent regarding payment of the balance.

Booking and Dates

5th March to 2nd April 2022


Upcoming Dates:

2 x Saturdays + 4 Weds evenings:-

March 5th: Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm

March 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th: Wednesday Evenings 6:00pm – 9:00pm

April 2nd: Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm

Cancellation Policy:

The deposit is non-refundable.  50% refund of the balance will be given on cancellations with more than 7 days’ notice


Online Event (Zoom)


Rachel Hopping

Geoff Hopping CTA (P) TSTA (P)


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