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How Siblings Shape our Lives – online event with Val Parker

February 4, 2023 @ 10:00 am-4:30 pm

£95 – £105

This is a live ONLINE-ONLY EVENT with full interaction/participation

How Siblings Shape our lives with Val Parker

Exploring the Sibling Matrix

How Siblings Shape our Lives

Back by popular demand, this CPD workshop for therapists will be both informative and interactive, giving you a chance to explore your own sibling issues and reflect on your clinical work, as well as expand your knowledge and expertise.

Sibling relationships have a huge impact on our lives, and yet they are curiously neglected in the theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy. Basing this workshop on her recently published book: A Group Analytic Exploration of the Sibling Matrix: How Siblings Shape our Lives Val will invite you to consider the vital importance of sibling relationships in our lives – not only how they influence our early emotional development but how they continue to impact on us throughout the life cycle.

Sibling issues often have much more influence and power than we realise, and can be overlooked in therapy, concealed by an over-emphasis on parental dynamics. This workshop will help you to recognise hidden sibling issues and work more confidently with them in the consulting room, ultimately enabling your patients to develop more constructive and collaborative relationships not only with their own siblings but also with friends, partners and colleagues.

Attention will be given to:

  • Exploring your personal sibling matrix including its impact on your life and relationships and on you as a therapist.
  • Considering the developmental importance of siblings.
  • Reflecting on specific sibling issues such as step-families, sibling loss, adoption and fostering.
  • Expanding your ability to engage with sibling issues in therapy, including working with the sibling transference.
  • Reflecting on the impact of the sibling matrix in groups, organisations, and communities.

About Val Parker

Val Parker is a psychodynamic psychotherapist, group analyst, supervisor and writer working in private practice in West Oxfordshire. She is an experienced teacher and trainer and was a tutor for 12 years in the Department of Psychodynamic Studies at the University of Oxford. She currently teaches on the Oxford Foundation Course in Group Analysis, is a member of the staff team on the Qualifying Course in Group Analysis in Tirana, Albania, and a dissertation supervisor for the UK qualifying courses in Group Analysis. Her recent book A Group Analytic Exploration of the Sibling Matrix: How Siblings Shape our Lives has been received with widespread critical acclaim:

“…this is an important contribution to our thinking about sibling relationships, clearly and engagingly written, succinct and persuasive.”

– Christine Thornton, Group Analysis: The International Journal of Group-Analytic Psychotherapy

“This is a gem of a book…Parker’s handy little volume will need to be put on every reading list of every psychodynamically and psychoanalytically orientated training course in the country, indeed on the reading list of every psychotherapy or psychology training course, whatever its denomination. This is essential reading.”

– Amélie Noack, Psychodynamic Practice

“One of the great pleasures in reading this book was the many sibling memories it evoked in me. Perhaps it was not just the topic itself but also the straightforward way the book is written and the author’s use of both clinical and personal material……the …achievement of the book is bringing the sibling matrix to our attention in a lively, well-written and skilfully presented way.”

– Sue Einhorn, British Journal of Psychotherapy

Open to psychological therapists (including trainees) from all modalities and health professionals.

CPD certificates supplied. Refreshments and a light lunch will be supplied for in-person attendees (parking not included).

The vast majority of our professional CPD events are led by psychotherapists. Each delegate is responsible for self-care should material during the event trigger difficult personal feelings.

Location: Online only

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£95 early bird before 4th Jan 2023

£105 from 4th Jan 2023

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Attend online

£95 early bird booking before 4th January 2023

£105 from 4th January 2023

Alternatively to book: email or phone 07599 369566 with the name of the event(s) you wish to attend plus the following information: your full name; postal address; best contact telephone number and job title.

Postal address for cheques: Wendy Bramham, 47C Kingsbury St, Marlborough SN8 1JE.
A confirmation and receipt will be emailed to you.


February 4, 2023
10:00 am-4:30 pm
£95 – £105


United Kingdom


Wendy Bramham
07599 369566