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Therapy Failures Unraveled
With Dr Doris Brothers and Dr Mario Marrone

Saturday 1 November 2014

We will all be familiar with the painful and inevitable moments of misattunement between a psychotherapist and patient as a central part of the therapeutic process. The issue of interpersonal rupture that is the product of an unconscious, intersubjective field is a highly theorised aspect of relational psychotherapy. But what about interactions that seem beyond repair, and may even lead to an early and abrupt ending to a therapy? What sense can we make of words that seem to have wounded or even harmed the patient despite our years of training, skill and best intentions? This day addresses the issue of 'therapy failure', asking both how we get to a place of offering a bad intervention (the put-down, the lecture, the dismissive shrug) and how to work back from an apparent failure. What should we do next when we have made a regrettable comment or taken an unhelpful stance? Is there really such a thing as a failed therapy? How are the therapist's inevitable limitations to be theoretically accounted for?


Dr Doris Brothers

Doris Brothers, is a co-founder of the Training and Research in Intersubjective Self Psychology Foundation (TRISP). She is co-editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IJPSP) and chief editor of eForum, the online newsletter of the International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP). She serves on the executive and advisory boards of IAPSP. She has published numerous articles and three books: The Shattered Self with Richard Ulman (1988) Falling Backwards (1995) and Toward a Psychology of Uncertainty: Trauma-Centered Psychoanalysis (2008). She has taught and presented her work throughout the U.S and in many other countries. She is in private practice in New York.

Dr Mario Marrone

Dr Mario Marrone qualified as a medical doctor at the University of Rosario, Argentina (1973) and holds a Diploma in Psychiatry (Medical College of the Santa Fe Province, Argentina, 1976). He trained in group analysis at the Institute of Group Analysis (London) and in psychoanalysis at the Institute of Psycho-Analysis (London). He has had clinical supervision with a number of senior psychoanalysts, including Martin Miller, Patrick Casement, Pearl King and John Bowlby. He studied attachment theory with John Bowlby over a period of ten years. He was a full time hospital psychiatrist and psychotherapist in the National Health Service (United Kingdom) between 1977 and 1991, where he gained extensive experience in the fields of neurosis, psychosis, personality disorders, puerperal depression, family crisis intervention, fostering and adoption, transcultural psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, trauma, assessment of suitability for psychotherapy and psychotherapy with severely disturbed young patients. He is a founder member and Chairman of the International Attachment Network and co-founder of the Journal Attachment and Human Development. He has published many papers and book including Attachment and Interaction (Jessica Kingsley, first edition 1998, second edition 2014), Attachment Theory and the Psychoanalytic Process (with Mauricio Cortina, Whurr, 2003) and Attachment and Intersubjectivity (co-authored with Nicola Diamond, Whurr, 2003). He has also published books in Italian and Spanish and lectured internationally.


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CPD Hours

Certificates of Attendance for 7 hours will be provided at the event

Grange Fitzrovia Conference Suite
Bolsover Street

Registration: 09.30
Start: 10.00
End: 17.00