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Seminars, conferences and online resources for psychotherapists

Online Modules

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

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, Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga, Dr Clara Mucci, Professor Franz Ruppert, Lennox Thomas, Maya Jacobs-Wallfisch and 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

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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Spiritual Trauma - The Forgotten Wound in the Consulting Room

Saturday 24 March 2018 - London
With Rabbi Howard Cooper, the Rev Canon Susannah Izzard, Ruthie Smith

Psychotherapy in general has struggled to integrate the spiritual into the work but, in an age where there is an increasing interest in this domain - whatever we understand that to be - we need to be open to seeing and working with the spiritual wounds which may have been ignored, overlooked or forgotten. People suffer from spiritual trauma in all sorts of different ways. The profound loss when the object of trust lets you down - whether God, Buddha, the universe - is fundamentally destabilising. Losing your faith, the bedrock of a belief system which has held a person together as their fundamental base and attachment, can be deeply traumatic. More information >>

Insecure Attachment and Unexplained Illness
A therapist's map

Saturday 21 April 2018 - London
With Dr Gwen Adshead, Professor Helen Payne and Professor David Peters


At this one-day discussion, we will attempt to map out the association between insecure attachment experiences and medically unexplained symptoms. While theories about hypersensitivity, environmental impacts and post-viral conditions offer certain routes into understanding such conditions, on this occasion we are looking at disorganised attachment as a possible predisposing factor when these illnesses are intractable. We will also consider the impact of attachment on how the condition is managed by the patient. Gwen Adshead explains that, "Attachment style can buffer or increase the perceived stress of illness (either explained or unexplained) and can influence response to psychological interventions aimed at reducing medically unexplained symptoms. Attachment style may mediate between childhood abuse and adult somatisation." More information >>

Women on the Couch - the seminar series

Thursday evenings, 10 May to 6 December 2018 - London
With Susanna Abse, Dr Meg-John Barker, Sarah Benamer, Roz Carroll, Jocelyn Chaplin, Prophecy Coles, Marion Green, Janice Hiller, Dr Amanda Jones, Dr Dianne Lefevre, Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga, Anna Motz, Emma Palmer (formerly Kamalamani), Holli Rubin, Anna Santamouris, Dr Maggie Turp and Maria Xrisoula

Holding in mind that hysteria was considered a female mental disorder for over 4000 years and has been inextricably linked with the origins of psychoanalysis, this unique seminar series asks how far we have come in our understanding of the female psyche and the treatment of female patients in psychotherapy. More information >>

Wild Therapy
Bringing therapy into the wild, and wildness into therapy

Saturday 12 May 2018 - London
A 1-day workshop led by Nick Totton

Psychotherapy has recently experienced the turn to relationality, and the turn to the body. Now we are beginning to see the turn outside - to out of the consulting room, out of the obsessive focus on the private world of humans, and towards a realisation that we are wholly dependent on the wider world of which we are a part, on the other-than-human and more-than-human, on the wildness that surrounds and contains our familiar domesticity. But just as important as taking therapy outside is what happens when we bring it back into the therapy room, and find that it has changed - leading us to revise our conceptions of what therapy is, and of the relationship between individuals and larger networks, in ways which support a deeper, humbler and wilder approach to our work. More information >>

The Inner Baby on the Couch
Infant Development and Relational Psychoanalysis

Friday 18 May 2018 - London
A 1-day seminar led by Dr Stephen Seligman

This seminar will be anchored in the immediacy and vitality of direct experience with infants and their parents, and of the lived experience of therapeutic relationships. Stephen Seligman will consider analogies between infant-parent and patient-therapist patterns of interaction, how looking at babies brings the lived experience of the body back into analysis, and helps us think about the non-verbal, emotional and interactive realms. An orientation to the history of developmental psychoanalysis and the place of infancy and childhood in different analytic approaches will be offered. The different "analytic babies" are described and compared -Freud's baby, Klein's baby, Winnicott's baby, the Relational baby. Video illustrations will be included, and case material will be considered. More information >>

Psychoanalytic Babies:
Towards a Relational-Developmental Psychoanalysis

Saturday 19 May 2018 - London
A conference with Dr Anne Alvarez, Dr Graham Music and Dr Stephen Seligman

Welcoming back Dr Stephen Seligman (who is also leading a seminar for us on 18 May), this conference will consider how analytic practice can be affected by thinking about infants and children, asking how and whether we can talk about babies and adult patients in the same breath. More information >>

Bombs in the Consulting Room
How to survive hostile transference and relational dynamics

Saturday 9 June 2018 - London
A 1-day seminar with Professor Brett Kahr and Dr Carine Minne

Although the vast majority of psychotherapy patients comport themselves with great honourability and pose no physical or emotional threat to the clinician, a small number of individuals will, from time to time, hurl "bombs" into the consulting room. Some patients might confess to criminal activities, or might even stalk or terrorise the psychotherapeutic practitioner, causing great distress. More information >>

Women on the Couch

Saturday 16 June 2018 - London
With Carmen Joanne Ablack, Luise Eichenbaum, Sissy Lykou, Gina Miller and Susie Orbach

With multiple allegations of abuse by powerful men of less powerful women, we (both men and women) are in an extraordinary moment of taking stock of our relative positions to each other. The revelations of transgressions in the entertainment industry - from intrusive touching to actual rape - by intelligent and privileged men are an extraordinary testimony of inequality at the deepest and most primitive level: our relationship to the body and its ownership. More information >>

Toxic Couples in Therapy
Attachment and unconscious processes in relationship conflict and abuse

Saturday 23 June 2018 - London
With Damian McCann, Andy Metcalf, Anna Motz and Kate Thompson

One of the most complex ironies of the human condition is that our need for intimacy - so essential for survival from the moment of birth - often results in relationships that persistently thwart our deepest emotional and embodied prerequisites for contentment in adulthood: tenderness, empathic atunement and sexual fulfilment. At the beginning of a new relationship these desires may appear attainable and yet, as we see so often in therapy, unconscious processes can disrupt the most loving intentions, bringing the weight of negative, deeply held expectations about the self and the other into the core experience of the couple relationship, leading to great pain and disappointment. More information >>

Emotion-Focused Therapy
The transforming power of affect

Saturday 14 July 2018 - London
A 1-day seminar with Professor Leslie Greenberg

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy approach developed by Professor Leslie Greenberg and colleagues that views emotions as centrally important in human functioning and in therapeutic change. It is an integrative, neo-humanistic treatment based on a program of psychotherapy research that began in the 1970s. It integrates Person-Centred, Gestalt and Existential Therapy traditions with a psychodynamically informed approach, all within an emotion theory and neuroscience perspective that views emotion as a source of meaning, direction and growth. It has been shown to be effective in the treatment of depression, anxiety, complex trauma, eating disorders and couple distress, as well as interpersonal problems and problems in living. More information >>

Existential Uncertainty
A 1-day workshop facilitated by Professor Ernesto Spinelli

Saturday 28 July 2018 - Dublin
With Professor Ernesto Spinelli

Current issues such as political and economic instability, climate change, and Brexit have provoked ever-increasing levels of anxiety and confusion. In turn, these concerns serve to highlight the degree to which uncertainly permeates our lives. Among contemporary psychotherapeutic models, existential psychotherapy emphasizes the inevitability of uncertainty. Its foundational stance of relatedness makes it evident that no individual "I" can ever fully determine, with complete and final certainty, what and how the world will be; how another or others will be; or even how "I" will be at any point time. More information >>