We offer bespoke training to meet the organisational needs of local authorities, housing associations, health services and other organisations working with those who have complex needs.

Our training offer includes:

  • Leadership in Trauma-informed Care
  • Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Neurobiology
  • Psychodynamic Theory & Practice
  • Trauma-Informed Approaches in Mental Health
  • Presenting Issues & Diagnoses in Mental Health
  • Enabling Recovery in Mental Health
  • Social Dynamics in Mental Health
  • Professional Skills in Mental Health
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Based on the principles of Therapeutic Communities and Psychologically Informed Environments, our approach to working with people with complex mental health needs places relationships at the heart of the treatment.

Through our expertise and experience, we have developed unique and innovative training courses that are rooted in Relational Practice, Trauma-informed Care and Psychologically Informed Environments.

Postgraduate Diploma in

‘Relational Practice in Mental Health’

Bespoke Mental Health Training

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All CHT staff have the opportunity to complete our unique and innovative work-based training course.

Our Level 7 ‘Diploma in Relational Practice in Mental Health’ is accredited by Qualifi Ltd and offers staff a postgraduate level qualification whilst gaining practical experience.

Our course includes modules in: neurobiology, psychodynamic theory, and practice; trauma-informed approach in mental health; presenting issues and diagnoses in mental health; enabling recovery in mental health; social dynamics in mental health, and professional skills in mental health.

Neurobiology, psychodynamic theory & practice

  • The Mind
  • Object Relations Theory
  • Psychopathologies
  • The Individual with the Social

Enabling recovery in mental health

  • Main focus on psychoanalytic understandings of the relation between the group & the individual
  • Different group approaches as well as psychotic presentations in groups

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Social dynamics in mental health

  • The family
  • Groups & culture
  • To be able to facilitate formal & informal groups
  • Concepts and appreciation of different cultural perspectives of ‘madness’ & ‘recovery’
  • Social nature of suicide & social/cultural attitudes to suicide
  • Psychodynamics of suicide
  • Relational practice as a risk-management tool

Trauma-informed approaches in mental health

  • In-depth knowledge of the effects that trauma have on the mind & body
  • How practitioners work with this and work alongside individual psychotherapists & organisations to manage risk-taking behaviour in the community

Presenting issues & diagnoses in mental health

  • Psychosis
  • Personality Disorders
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Substance dependency
  • Self-harm

Learners will cover the history, social and cultural contexts, treatment models, and theory/practice

Professional skills in mental health

  • Provides learners with the knowledge & skills needed to take a professional approach to working in the field of mental health
  • Learners will gain critical understanding of evidence & research in theory & practice
  • Acquire an ethical approach to work relationships
  • Continual professional development

Meet our

training team

Peter is a UKCP-registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with almost 20 years post-qualification experience in the NHS, voluntary and private sectors; prior to coming to CHT, Peter worked in homelessness for over 20 years, specialising in complex needs, latterly as a consultant and trainer with Intapsych Ltd, and previously as Director of Health & Recovery for St Mungo’s; as well as psychotherapy, he also has qualifications in adult education and leadership.

Peter was one of the originators of the Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) approach and a co-author of the DCLG-published national guidance; he is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s committee on Enabling Environments, a founding member of the Faculty of Inclusion and Homeless Health, and a Director of The Consortium of Therapeutic Communities. He has a long track record in delivering services focusing on recovery, client involvement, and psychologically informed approaches to working with people with complex needs and experiencing social exclusion, and has published a book on this as well as various articles and book chapters.

Iwona Munia

Head of Services

Andreas is a UKCP-registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist having trained at the Philadelphia Association. Since qualifying he has remained involved at the Philadelphia Association and currently undertakes the roles of both the treasurer and co-chair of the organisation. In addition to his private practice, Andreas worked within the homelessness sector for almost 10 years before joining CHT as Lead Psychotherapist in June 2020.

Iwona Munia has worked in Health and Social Care for over 15 years, including forensic unit for adults with mental health problems and a service for autistic adults. She started working for CHT in 2011 as a Service Manager before becoming a Senior Manager. Iwona studied Special Education (QTS) and Clinical Psychology at Warsaw, Poland. She has interest in group work and group dynamics, participated in several group workshops like Learning from Action in UK and Italy.

Dr Andreas Constandinos

Head of Psychotherapy

Dr Peter Cockersell

Chief Executive Officer

Kirsty is a fully accredited member of the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) and BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists). She is a psychodynamically trained Art Psychotherapist with 9 years clinical experience working with adults and children in secure hospital settings, in the community and in private practice. Kirsty joined CHT in March 2019, as the service psychotherapist at Lilias Gillies House. She is now a Senior Psychotherapist and Creative Therapies Lead, providing clinical supervision to our honorary trainee psychotherapists. Kirsty holds a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy and her background prior to becoming a therapist is in public and third sector health and social care and in community arts and culture.

Jalil Kane

Chief Operating Officer

Kirsty Toal

Senior Psychotherapist & Creative Therapies Lead

Valentina is trained as Jungian Psychotherapist and has worked in supported housing within mental health and young people settings for the past 10 years in a variety of roles including therapeutic ones.

She is passionate about wellbeing in general and believes society needs much more education and support around emotional intelligence and community building. As human beings do not thrive in isolation she believes psychological wellbeing, empathy and community building are the basis for a real change in this world.

Jenna is an Integrative Psychotherapist (UKCP registered) who joined CHT in November 2019. She has 9 years practice experience working within various charity settings and the NHS. Jenna offers weekly individual psychotherapy to residents in CHT’s Supported Living communities. She also supports the communities to think about relational dynamics and facilitate reflective community meetings.

Jalil Kane is currently Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this he has worked for CHT for as Clinical Director, Service Manager and Referrals Manager. Jalil has a background in Psychology and Neuroscience, and has co-authored a paper on the subject of perception.

He has completed CHT’s in house Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy in Therapeutic Environments, accredited by Middlesex University and he has a particular interest in Neuropsychoanalyis and is currently training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Valentina Chiricallo

Community Psychotherapist

Jenna Bartlett

Senior Psychotherapist