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Writing workshops with Farhad Dalal

Posted on by Stephen Mennell

Some subscribers to the blog may be interested in these workshops, taught by Farhad Dalal, the group analyst and Elias enthusiast.
Non-Fiction Writing in the Company of Others – one year
Supervision as Inquiry – one dayYou can download flyers here – Writing workshop              Supervision as inquiry

Non-Fiction Writing in the Company of Others

A  Year Long Writing Workshop for Established and Aspiring Writers.

The workshop is premised on the belief that the activity of writing is not only an intellectual challenge, but that it is also fraught with emotional difficulties. Writing is not only a test of intelligence and creativity, it is also a test of courage and stamina.
The intention is to build a close-knit group culture that is safe enough to enable participants to risk revealing their work, as well as risk voicing their sincere views on the work of others. The primary mode of exchange within the group will not be didactic, but conversational and dialogical in ways that draw on participant’s reflected experiences of each other’s work.For whom? This year long endeavour will be of interest to you:

  •  If you are already in the midst of a project that you are developing into a book, journal paper, or talk, and would like to work on it in the company of others.
  •  If you have an idea but have not yet embarked on your project, or perhaps are unsure how to begin.
  •  If you find yourself prevaricating with some form of writer’s block.
  • If you have a wish to write, but don’t know where or how to begin

Over the Year:

  • 5 Residentials in  Totnes – Bi-monthly – Fri eve to Sun noon.
  •  5 x 2 hr individual meetings: in-depth feedback on ongoing work.
  •  Reading and feedback on each other’s work.

Participants: 4 to 6 (max)
Cost: £900  + stay during  residentials

About me:
Farhad Dalal brings a mix of skills and experience particularly suited to the task of facilitating this venture. Before becoming a psychotherapist, he taught in secondary schools in London. Over the years he has taught and helped a number of trainees write their clinical and theoretical papers. In university environments he has supervised a number of doctoral level learning sets. He has a track record as an established  writer, having published numerous papers and three books to date. More info on

Supervision as Inquiry

A Workshop for Experienced Therapists Interested to Explore the Premises of their Evolving Practice

Date: Sat, April 18
9 am to 6 pm
 Venue: Totnes, Devon
Cost: £90 (Lunch included)
Participants 4 to 6 (max)Rationale

Day to day psychotherapy practice continually tests established convention; one inevitably finds oneself breaking one or other of the ‘rules’. We either keep these slips to ourselves because of feeling ashamed, or we take them to supervision where they are often understood as some form of ‘acting out’. Despite this, over time this drift become consolidated as new norms which come to constitute ‘my way of working’. Consequently, therapists one can come to feel increasingly at odds with the ways of thinking in the community they trained with.

Are these really new ways of working and thinking, or mere lapses on the part of the practitioner born of drift, sloppiness and a lack of rigour? The workshop will invite participants to take up the transgressions as opportunities for inquiring into and questioning the taken for granted premises of the theories and ways of thinking that the therapist subscribes to.

Structure of the day
Group discussion will be the primary mode of engagement and learning.
Participants will be  required to prepare for the workshop by

  • doing some prescribed reading
  • bringing case material pertinent to the questions and themes of the workshop.

About me:
I am a training group analyst for the Institute of Group Analysis, London. I have supervised the work of counsellors and  psychotherapists from a range of schools working in a wide range of settings (statutory, voluntary, education & independent practice), for very many years.
My first training was in Humanistic psychotherapy, which was followed by a training in Group Analysis. I find that my way of working has drifted from a Humanistic ethos, to an ‘analytic’ stance, and then on  towards the ‘relational’.
Visit for two papers (and videos) that describe my  current  take on psychotherapy (‘Specialists without Spirit; Sensualists without Heart’: Psychotherapy as a Moral Endeavour’ and ‘A Rumination on Intimacy & its Defences in the Consulting Room’.

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