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Bombs in the Consulting Room

How to survive hostile transference and relational dynamics

A 1-day seminar with Professor Brett Kahr and Dr Carine Minne

Saturday 9 June 2018 - London

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.

In this special one-day event, Professor Brett Kahr and Dr. Carine Minne, two of our nation's leading specialists, will present material from their work in both independent and forensic settings, examining the ways in which one can better diagnose potential clinical "bombs" in advance and, also, exploring how one might better defuse the bombs which patients hurl, inevitably, on certain occasions.

The two speakers will not only present some very riveting and, often, shocking details from their own practices but will also facilitate small discussion groups and provide "live" supervision so that conference participants will have an opportunity to benefit from Kahr's and Minne's many decades of professional experience.

This conference will coincide with the publication of Brett Kahr's latest book, Bombs in the Consulting Room: Surviving Psychological Shrapnel, which will be published by Routledge / Taylor and Francis in June, 2018.


Professor Brett Kahr
Professor Brett Kahr has worked in the mental health profession for over 40 years. He is Senior Fellow at Tavistock Relationships at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology in London, as well as Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health and, also, a Consultant Psychotherapist at The Balint Consultancy. A Trustee of the Freud Museum London and of Freud Museum Publications, he is the author or editor of ten books on a range of topics, including D.W. Winnicott: A Biographical Portrait, which received the Gradiva Award for Biography, as well as Sex and the Psyche, the best-selling study of the traumatic origin of sexual fantasies. His most recent book, New Horizons in Forensic Psychotherapy: Exploring the Work of Estela V. Welldon, contains a chapter by Carine Minne. He has also served as Series Editor for over fifty books on forensic psychotherapy, on couple and family psychoanalysis, and on the history of psychoanalysis. Formerly the Resident Psychotherapist at B.B.C. Radio 2, he maintains a long-standing interest in the dissemination of psychological knowledge to the general public... More >>

Dr Carine Minne
Dr Carine Minne has worked in NHS mental health settings for over 30 years and in particular, forensic psychiatry settings due to her special interest in working with mentally disordered offender patients. She trained as a forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and brings these two specialties together in her work at the Portman Clinic and the high security hospital of Broadmoor, where she has been Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy for 20 years. One of her main interests is the provision of essential long-term therapeutic interventions for these patients due to the chronicity and deeply engrained nature of their damaged mental structures as a result of very early traumas, and how to convince policy makers and commissioners of this need. She is also committed to her work with Paul Kassman, designer of Changing the Game, a therapeutic intervention for gang members (90% BME in London) and the importance of knowledge of race and cultural issues in psychotherapy, an area of neglect in psychotherapy trainings and practice here. She is Vice Chair of the Loudoun Trust, a charity that works for the improvement of Child Protection from abuse. She trains, teaches and supervises junior doctors, professionals from different disciplines within mental health organisations. She is also involved in training Probation Officers and is the Mental Health lecturer for the Police Chiefs' Strategic Command Course. She has published papers and chapters in a number of books and lectures nationally and internationally... More >>


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Handouts and lunch included
Self-funded: £120
Self-funded x 2: £200
Organisationally-funded: £200
Under 25's: £70

CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea
17:00 End