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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships

A Couple State of Mind:

Insights into Couple Relating and Therapeutic Work with Couples

With speakers Mary Morgan and Stanley Ruszczynski

Saturday 29 June 2019 - London

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. Some couples have challenges that impair their creation of a positive developmental relationship. Here, Stanley Ruszczynski will explore perverse and violent states of mind and behaviour as a consequence of insensibility to each other's needs and subjectivity. In a more primitive psychic state, the other is absent and perceived as a threat; or there is an anxiety about separateness, which feels like a betrayal. Such states can be enacted in an attempt to manage threats and a strong theoretical framework for the therapist is needed in order not to be derailed by splitting, unpredictable and hostile enactments.

The talks will be followed by a live supervision session with both speakers.


Mary Morgan
Mary Morgan is a Psychoanalyst, Consultant Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society. At Tavistock Relationships she is the Reader in Couple Psychoanalysis and Head of the Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy training. She is the European member of the IPA Committee on Couple & Family Psychoanalysis (COFAP). She is on the boards of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Couple & Family Psychoanalysis & Interatzioni. Her book 'A Couple State of Mind: Psychoanalysis of Couples and the Tavistock Relationships Model' has recently been published by Routledge... More >>

Stanley Ruszczynski
Stanley Ruszczynski is a psychoanalyst and a couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist. He is a Consultant Adult Psychotherapist at the Portman Clinic (where he was Clinic Director 2005-2016), part of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, which offers psychotherapeutic treatment to patients disturbed by their criminality, violence or damaging sexual behaviours. He was Deputy Director of Tavistock Relationships between 1987 and 1993. He is the author of a number of papers and book chapters, and the contributing editor and co-editor of Psychotherapy with Couples (Karnac, 1993), with James Fisher, Intrusiveness and Intimacy in the Couple (Karnac, 1995) and with David Morgan Lectures on Violence, Perversion and Delinquency (Karnac, 2007). In addition to his clinical work, he has a particular interest in offering organisational consultancy and teaching in the UK and abroad... More >>


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Handouts and lunch included
Self-funded: £120
Self-funded x 2: £200
Organisationally-funded: £200
Psychotherapy trainee: £80 (Limited to 10 places)
This event + the online module Advances in Relational Psychotherapy: £210
CPD Hours

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

6th Floor
Foyles Bookshop
107 Charing Cross Road

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