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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships

Online Resources

Confer's Online Modules are packages of videoed talks, audio tracks, slides, texts and references contributed by leading theoreticians to support your work.

Psychopathology: Theory and Practice

Online Module
This newly curated collection of presentations provides a glimpse into the field of psychopathology, ranging from severe manifestations of forensic psychological disorders to the more ordinary neuroses of everyday life. The collection combines 21 hours of edited audio or video material, which has been selected from our other online modules for its relevance to this theme. The package focuses on conditions that are described as mental illnesses, and which satisfy DSM diagnostic criteria but discussed via a range of different theoretical perspectives. For example, viewed as attachment issues, affect dysregulation or post- traumatic stress disorders.

Rémy Aquarone, Lucy Biven, Dr David Celani, Dr Ronald Doctor, Mary Haley, Dr Onno van der Hart, Professor Jeremy Holmes, Professor Brett Kahr, Dr Jean Knox, Dr Ruth Lanius, The late Professor Gill McGauley, Dr Susan Mizen, Dr Phil Mollon, Ms Anna Motz, Dr Clara Mucci, Alexandra Richman, Dr Adah Sachs, Dr Allan Schore, Professor Mark Solms, Dr Celia Taylor, Dr Estela Welldon.

CPD value: 21 hours
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Fragile Selves: Working with Narcissistic and Borderline States of Mind

Online Module
This package of resources provides 19 hours of CPD on the subject of psychotherapeutic work with people who have received a diagnosis of a Narcissistic or Borderline Personality Disorder, or those who express personality traits often associated with those definitions such as difficulty regulating extreme affective states in relationships and of maintaining a stable, realistic view of the self and other.

Susanna Abse, Dr Anne Alvarez, Dr David Celani, Dr Diana Diamond, Dr Jay Greenberg, Dr Jason Hepple, Professor Jeremy Holmes, Dr Frank Lachmann, Elizabeth Wilde McCormick, Dr Susan Mizen, Dr Phil Mollon, Dr Clara Mucci, Jack Nathan, Jenny Riddell, Dr Allan Schore, Ruthie Smith, Neville Symington and Marcus West.

CPD value: 19 hours
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Synthesising ecology and psychotherapy in practice and theory

Online Module
So much psychotherapy takes place within the confines of a consulting room. But what happens when therapy takes place in a natural setting - or when the natural world is invited into the narrative of self and other? This module brings together the practices of ecology and psychotherapy to illustrate how engagement with nature, which includes ourselves, is a powerful transformative tool, both in itself and - potentially - when integrated into any therapeutic approach.

Guy Dargert, Caroline Frizell, Jo Hamilton, Dr Adrian Harris, Professor Paul Hoggett, Chris Johnstone, Emma Palmer, Paul Maiteny, George Marshall, Hayley Marshall, Rosemary Randall, Professor Chris Rapley, Mary-Jayne Rust, Nick Totton, Dr Maggie Turp, Sally Weintrobe, Joanna Wise.

CPD value: 16 hours
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Forensic Psychotherapy: Pathologies and Treatment Strategies for working with Violence

Online Module
The subject of this online module is the psychotherapeutic treatment of violent offenders and those with abusive tendencies or fantasies. Through 14 hours of videos, audio tracks and papers, we aim to illuminate why human beings can be dangerous, murderous or perverse, and how such tendencies can be psychotherapeutically treated.

Dr Jamie Bennett, Dr Ronald Doctor, Dr Sandra M Grant, Mary Haley, Professor Brett Kahr, The late Professor Gill McGauley, Ms Anna Motz, Dr Adah Sachs, Richard Shuker, Dr Celia Taylor, Dr Estela Welldon, Dr Jessica Yakeley.

CPD value: 14 hours
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Embodied Approaches to Psychotherapy

Online Module
This new collection of videos and papers brings together the work of an extraordinarily diverse and talented group of psychotherapists - from psychoanalysts to body psychotherapists - who see the body as central to the therapeutic process.

Julianne Appel-Opper, Shoshi Asheri, Bill Cornell, Morit Heitzler, Dr Pat Ogden, Dr Susie Orbach, Dr Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar, Dr Yorai Sella, Jon Sletvold, Michael Soth, Dr Kathrin Stauffer, Nick Totton.

CPD value: 16 hours
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Neurobiology and its Applications to Psychotherapy - II

Online Module
This combination of videos, audio tracks, papers and references provides 12 hours of recorded presentations plus notes, papers and research resources on the subject of neurobiology when applied to the practice of psychotherapy.

Lucy Biven, Dr Nessa Carey, Dr Ruth Lanius, Dr Dianne Lefevre, Dr Dan Siegel, Professor Mark Solms, Dr Sharon Stanley, Professor Oliver Turnbull, Dr Alan Watkins.

CPD value: 14 hours
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The Applications of Attachment Theory to Psychotherapy

Online Module
This package of online presentations provides over 14.5 hours of new videos plus additional resources on the subject of applying attachment theory to clinical expertise.

Dr Christopher Clulow, Linda Cundy, Dr Sarah Ingrid Daniel, Professor Pasco Fearon, Tirril Harris, Professor Jeremy Holmes, Dr Dan Hughes, Dr Frank Lachmann, Dr Mario Marrone, Paul Renn, Dr Daniela Sieff, Professor Miriam Steele, Dr David Wallin, Kate White.

CPD value: 20.5 hours
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Advances in Relational Psychotherapy

Online Module
The vast influence of Relational Psychoanalysis in the last 25 years has evolved into one of the most significant paradigm shifts in the field, impacting on almost every psychotherapy modality. This package offers a set of videoed talks on relational theory and practice, presented by some of most influential author-practitioners, and is designed to illustrate relational theory as it is applied to clinical technique.

Dr Neil Altman, Shoshi Asheri, Dr Jessica Benjamin, Dr Doris Brothers, Roz Carroll, Dr Muriel Dimen, Professor Maria Gilbert, Dr Adrienne Harris, Dr Nancy McWilliams, Dr Jeremy Safran, Professor Andrew Samuels, Dr Donnel Stern, Dr David Wallin.

CPD value: 20.5 hours
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Psychotherapeutic Work with Intergenerational Trauma

Online Module
This package of online presentations provides 10 hours of new videos plus additional resources on the subject of working with the psychological effects of intergenerational trauma. We are delighted to be hosting these internationally distinguished author-clinicians as our presenters:

Dr Pamela Alexander, Dr Aileen Alleyne, Dr Doris Brothers, Prophecy Coles, Dr Françoise Davoine, Dr Dori Laub o Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga, Dr Clara Mucci, Professor Franz Ruppert, Lennox Thomas, Maya Jacobs-Wallfisch, Dr Estela Welldon.

CPD value: 20 hours
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Neurobiology and its Applications to Psychotherapy

Online Module
This combination of videos, audio tracks, papers and references provides 18 hours of recorded presentations plus notes, new papers and research resources on the subject of neurobiology when applied to the practice of psychotherapy.

Lucy Biven, Dr Mona DeKoven Fishbane, Professor Vittorio Gallese, Dr Jean Knox, Dr Ruth Lanius, Dr Terry Marks-Tarlow, Dr Iain McGilchrist, Dr Jaak Panksepp, Professor Stephen Porges, Dr Allan Schore, Dr Dan Siegel, Professor Mark Solms, Dr Alan Watkins, Dr Felicity de Zulueta.

CPD value: 21.5 hours
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Trauma and Dissociation

Online Module
This combination of videos, audio tracks, papers and references provides 16.5 hours of recorded presentations plus notes, new papers and research resources on the subject of psychotherapeutic work with trauma and dissociation.

Rémy Aquarone, Dr Philip Bromberg, Dr Doris Brothers, Dr Onno Van Der Hart, Professor Brett Kahr, Dr Jean Knox, Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga, Dr Pat Ogden, Alexandra Richman, Dr Allan Schore, Dr Daniel Siegel, Dr Valerie Sinason, Dr Donnel Stern and Dr Felicity de Zulueta.

CPD value: 20.5 hours
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Online Events

Learning from Life: the acquisition of psychoanalytic wisdom

Patrick Casement
3 video lectures

In his fourth and most personal book Learning from Life Patrick Casement gives us a fascinating insight into fundamental questions concerning the acquisition of analytic wisdom and how personal experiences shape the analyst's approach to clinical work. In this 3-part seminar he talks to us about how the psychoanalytic self comes into being, and how our own emotional truths consciously or unconsciously shape our work. These presentations will have a fresh and emergent quality that cannot be summarised in abstracts. Participants can expect to hear inspiring, personal insights that illuminate the practice of psychoanalysis and the engagement with life.

This combination of video lectures provides 2.5 hours of recorded presentations..

CPD value: 3 hours

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Live Events - Conferences and Seminars

Confer's live events are seminars and conferences held in the UK at which we aim to present the cutting edge of research and theory in order to deepen our understanding of the mind and best practice in mental health disciplines.
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Trauma through the lens of neurobiology, attachment theory and the body

Saturday 23 February 2019 - Dublin
A seminar led by Dr Graham Music

Using developmental research and longstanding clinical experience of working with trauma, this training will highlight how early experiences affect emotional expectations, and psychological patterns. More information >>

The Use of Psychedelics in Psychotherapy

Saturday 2 March 2019 - London
With Dr David Erritzoe, Dr Jo O'Reilly, Maria Papaspyrou and Dr Rosalind Watts

In recent years there has been a rekindling of interest into the potential therapeutic benefits of psychedelic drugs. More information >>

Developing embodied awareness in the psychotherapy relationship
A weekend retreat in Dartington

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March 2019 - Dartington
(Limited places)
With Julianne Appel-Opper, Margaret Landale, Dr Jon Sletvold and Nick Totton

This rural weekend retreat offers the opportunity for practising and trainee psychotherapists to engage with an embodied approach to clinical work. With recent insights from neuroscience, embodied cognitive science and therapeutic experience, it is now generally accepted that the embodied mind is implicitly at work in the relationships between client and therapist. More information >>

Post-Slavery Syndrome: Intergenerational PTSD in the Consulting Room Today

Friday 22 March (eve) + Saturday 23 March - London
With Dr Aileen Alleyne, Robert Downes, Eugene Ellis, Wayne Mertins-Brown, Judy Ryde, Foluke Taylor and Lennox Thomas

This conference is about living and practicing psychotherapy in a society that is deeply damaged by the legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The discussion is premised on the theory that through the mostly unconscious transmission of intergenerational trauma, affect and narratives, we continue to perpetuate a destructive power disparity between today's black and white communities; that we are locked into histories that we didn't create but which control our thinking and which need to be continually challenged in order for us to grow emotionally as a society. More information >>

Healing the Traumatised Self: Overcoming Challenging Moments in Trauma Treatment

Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March 2019 - London
A 2-day study group led by Professor Ruth Lanius

This workshop will discuss treatment challenges frequently encountered in trauma assessment and treatment from a clinical and neurobiological perspective. Practical strategies on how to deal with these difficulties will be outlined throughout the seminar through clinical case examples and role-plays. The importance of the therapeutic alliance and the effect of traumatic re-enactments on the part of both the therapist and the client will be discussed. More information >>

Self-Harming Clients in Psychotherapy

Saturday 6 April 2019 - London
With Anna Motz, Jack Nathan and Dr Maggie Turp

This one-day workshop is designed to support psychotherapists in their work with clients or patients who are on the self-harming spectrum, from minor self-injury to suicide. Our panel will elaborate how we can identify self-harming behaviours, the aetiology of self-harm and how to work with those who are actively self-harming during their therapeutic treatment. Ideas and clinical theory will be offered in lecture format as well as via workshops in which to hone clinical skills. More information >>

The Psychotherapy Supervision Lab

Saturday 6 April 2019 - Dublin
A seminar led by Dr Aisling McMahon, Claire O'Dowda and Kay Ferriter

This day will provide a unique opportunity to discover the extent to which different psychotherapy schools diverge in their theory and technique when we compare them through the lens of live supervision. Our three presenters have been chosen both for their extensive experience as therapists and because they represent different modalities: a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist, a counselling psychologist with a psychoanalytic orientation, and a gestalt psychotherapist. More information >>

Using the Self in Psychotherapy: A 2-day study group on the relational approach

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April 2019 - Dublin
Led by Dr Aaron Balick

Who are you as a psychotherapist and how does your subjectivity affect your practice? Whatever your clinical background or theoretical modality, it is your "personal factors" that are most likely to have an effect on your clients - and their personal factors that will equally have an effect on you. Overall, it is the relationship between the two of you that counts. Relational Psychoanalysis offers a way to understand this complex relationship, so you can begin to get a handle on the unconscious dynamics that infuse the therapeutic situation. More information >>

Borderline Bodies
Working with the Right Brain and Affect Regulation in Developmentally Traumatised Patients

Saturday 4 May 2019 - London
A 1-day seminar led by Dr Clara Mucci

This training day will focus on how to work with adults who have experienced protracted interpersonal trauma in childhood and who go on to attack their own body in adolescence or adulthood. Such self-harm could include eating disorders, particularly bulimia; self-cutting or any attack on the body, which for these clients is experienced as the depository of negative introjects and is therefore considered to be an alien self that needs to be abused, controlled, destroyed or reduced in its power, even though such action is destructive to the self. More information >>

Eco-Psychotherapy: Therapy with the earth in mind

Saturday 11 May 2019 - London
With Eco-Psychotherapist Mary-Jayne Rust

As the reality of climate change is now sinking into mainstream society, people are beginning to suffer from "climate anxiety" and "climate grief". While many of us declare that we "love nature", we are also part of a system which is poisoning and destroying much of life on earth. This grave reality can trigger strong feelings such as overwhelm, guilt, rage, grief, impotence and fear which clients may bring to sessions in a variety of ways. More information >>

The Masks of Masculinity
Exploring the Links Between Male Vulnerability and Violence

Friday 17 May (eve) + Saturday 18 May 2019 - London
With speakers Rotimi Akinsete, Michael Boyle, Professor Stephen Briggs, Dr Mick Collins, Tamsin Cottis, Nick Duffell, Anthony Howells and Tim Foskett

An astonishing 13 British men each day take their own lives, and 90 per cent of all violent crimes are perpetrated by men. How can we make sense of these statistics and what do they mean for our society? Men and women are realising there is a problem with masculinity. This conference will address how we can expand our psychological understanding of masculinity in order that we can move away from fixed characteristics and given attributes that limit the possibilities of change and social reorganisation. More information >>

The Traumatised Mother's Inner World: Implications for the Child's Development

Saturday 15 June 2019 - London
With speakers Dr Gwen Adshead and Dr Amanda Jones

This seminar aims to elaborate the significance of the mother's emotional capacities on her baby's forming mental health. Our two presenters will consider how far attachment, systemic and psychoanalytic theories can help us to support psychologically fragile mothers so they can grow in their capacity and confidence in offering maternal love. In particular, we will focus on women who have experienced serious and ongoing emotional adversity in life. More information >>

Queering Psychotherapy

Saturday 22 June 2019 - London
With speakers Dr Meg-John Barker, Leah Davidson, Dominic Davies, Pamela Gawler-Wright, Amanda Middleton, Monty Moncrieff, David Richards, George Taxidis and Judy Yellin

This unique conference will explore the advances made in improving the mental health of gender, sexuality and relationship diverse (GSRD) people in the UK. We have enlisted some of the key figures in British LGBTQ+ psychotherapy to share significant developments in the fields of analytic, systemic, person-centred and contemporary psychotherapy. More information >>

A Couple State of Mind: Insights into Couple Relating and Therapeutic Work with Couples

Saturday 29 June 2019 - London
With speakers Mary Morgan and Stanley Ruszczynski

This conference, inspired by our speaker Mary Morgan's new book A Couple State of Mind (Routledge, 2019) for psychotherapists who are looking for further insight into couple relating and concepts for working with couple relationships. Understanding what the couple creates together as their own developmental journey will be richly examined by Mary Morgan, drawing on psychoanalytic concepts such as shared unconscious phantasy, projective systems and narcissistic relating. More information >>

The Voiceless and Unheard
Understanding Primitive Bodily Communications in Psychotherapy

Saturday 6 July 2019 - London
With speakers Gabrielle Brown, Raffaella Hilty, Professor Brett Kahr, Dr Valerie Sinason and David O'Driscoll

Every psychotherapist practitioner will know only too well what it means to experience the rage and hatred of one's most vulnerable clients and the challenges that this raises in countertransference work. Most often these clients will express their hateful feelings verbally. But, what about those clients who cannot talk? Or those clients who are capable of talking but carry a complex range of unprocessed embodied feelings that cannot be verbally expressed? More information >>

The Need to Forget: The Capacity to Remember

Saturday 13 July 2019 - London
With speakers Richard Curen, Dr Ronald Doctor and Katya Orrell

At this seminar we will consider two possible relationships to past traumatic events: remembering, and working-through on the one hand; repressing, disavowal and acting-out on the other, and how the tension between these can be skilfully managed in the therapy relationship. Memories are core to our accumulating experience of life, providing a sense of an ongoing self and meaningful continuity. More information >>

The Future in the Consulting Room: Thinking and Working Prospectively in an Uncertain World

Saturday 27 July 2019 - London
With speakers Dr Galit Atlas, Dr Susie Orbach and Professor Andrew Samuels

In this conference, our speakers will explore the challenging proposition that holding our future selves in mind needs to be considered a central aspect of the psychotherapeutic dialogue - one in which patient and therapist experiment with, dramatise and dream-up the patient's future, visualising possible new and adaptive self-states. More information >>