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Seminars, conferences and online resources for psychotherapists
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The Seductive Allure of the Bad Object: The Childhood Origins of Attachments in Abusive Relationships
Friday 23 February 2018 - London
A 1-day seminar led by Dr David Celani
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W. R. D. Fairbairn (1889-1964) assumed that the unconscious develops in childhood and contains dissociated memories of parental neglect, insensitivity, and outright abuse that are impossible the children to tolerate consciously. In Fairbairn's model, these dissociated memories protect developing children from recognising how badly they are being treated and allow them to remain attached to abusive parents.

Exciting Bad-Objects?
Saturday 24 February 2018 - London
With speakers Dr David Celani, David Millar, Anna Santamouris, Dr Estela Welldon
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The perception of goodness or badness in the self-and-other is the product of early-developmental experiences, resulting in inner representations in which people are perceived as more or less 'good', 'bad' or an intergrated whole which includes a wide range of emotional resources.

Aspergers and Psychoanalysis
Meeting the patient where they are

Saturday 3 March 2018 - London
With Louise Allnutt, Dr Anne Alvarez, Sue Reid and Graham Shulman

At times we are faced with patients who seem disconnected from us and from other people, and from themselves and within themselves. Or are they really so unconnected? Do we address this condition via psychoanalytic psychotherapy by sometimes forcing connections or reading in connections where there are none?
Existential Uncertainty
A 1-day workshop facilitated by Professor Ernesto Spinelli

Saturday 3 March 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.
Dissociative Identities
Are multiple selves the greatest therapeutic challenge?

Saturday 10 March 2018 - London
With Rémy Aquarone and Dr Valerie Sinason

The capacity of the mind to create new identities as a form of self-protection when faced with trauma or exploitation in childhood is an extraordinary ability. It enables the child to preserve their core sense of self by creating an alternative personality - or many 'alter' personalities - who experience the abuse on behalf of the core personality.

Clinical Shame: therapeutic issues unpacked
Saturday 10 March 2018 - Dublin
With Dr Olga Cox Cameron, Elaine Martin, Dr Rosaleen McElvaney

Shame frequently reflects a deeply meaningful struggle within the self, and yet often precludes being witnessed by others, inhabiting the mind as an invisible default position in which the person feels chronically inadequate, unlovable and at fault. Though usually considered an emotion, shame is more accurately a condition of the self, which can severely restrict the individual's capacity for engagement with life, and which operates as an oppressive and accusing shadow in that person's mind.

The Psychotherapist's Self-Care
Developing resilience in relation to the emotional pressures of our work

Saturday 17 March 2018 - London
With Elizabeth Wilde-McCormick and Anthea Millar

While it is a given that psychotherapists robustly expose themselves to distressing stories and painful emotions, we may find that we are unexpectedly thrown by working with a particular person or psychological condition.

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.

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, for example, inflammatory systemic disorders.

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.










Book of the Month
Brett Kahr's Top Ten Psychotherapy Books - 2017
Professor Brett Kahr certainly knows something about the art of authoring books. Over the years he has written or edited ten volumes, and has served as series editor of some fifty further titles. Earlier this year, he published Coffee with Freud (Karnac Books, 2017) and, more recently, New Horizons in Forensic Psychotherapy... More >>
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Helen Fisher: The brain in love

Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people in love and people who had just been dumped... view...

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The Latest Neuroimaging Findings in Borderline Personality Disorder

Altered function in neurotransmitter systems including the serotonin, glutamate, and GABA systems was observed in patients with BPD... read more...