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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
Live Events Programme

Live Events

Aspergers and Psychoanalysis
Meeting the patient where they are

Saturday 26 January 2019 - 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? Can we find connections or even build connections under these conditions? Working from their experience as psychoanalytic psychotherapists with mildly autistic adolescents, our four speakers will ask if they can stay true to their psychoanalytic roots and still meet the patient where he is, or for that matter, where he is not.

Vulnerability and Gang Life: Therapeutic Perspectives
Saturday 2 February 2019 - London
With Dr Geraldine Akerman, Camila Batmanghelidjh, Feras Al-Bakri, Dr Richard Grove and Mary Haley

This event is designed to introduce psychodynamic understanding of the complex emotional and attachment needs involved in the decision to join a gang - for example, the search for love, attachment, belonging, status and protection. We will also look at the dangerous reality that gang membership actually involves: complying to a rigid, undemocratic leadership hierarchy, exposure to drugs, alcohol and weapons, precocious sexual activity and life-threatening conflicts.

Avoidant Attachment and the Defense Against Intimacy
Saturday 9 February 2019 - London
A one-day seminar Led by Linda Cundy

This day is about the challenge faced by people who were ignored, criticised, rejected or utterly neglected within their families of origin and who thus find it difficult to form close and lasting intimate relationships in adulthood. People who avoid close proximity to others, despite their longing for that closeness, often feel more secure and better able to manage deep feelings when they hold others apart, whether sexual partners, therapists or family members.

Trauma through the lens of neurobiology, attachment theory and the body
Saturday 23 February 2019 - Dublin
A seminar led by
Dr Graham Music

Using developmental research and longstanding clinical experience of working with trauma, this training will highlight how early experiences affect emotional expectations, and psychological patterns. We will see how a child's emotional strategies and sometimes life-saving adaptations can become defensive coping mechanisms.

The Use of Psychedelics in Psychotherapy
Saturday 2 March 2019 - London
With Dr David Erritzoe, Dr Jo O'Reilly, Maria Papaspyrou and Dr Rosalind Watts

In recent years there has been a rekindling of interest into the potential therapeutic benefits of psychedelic drugs. This psychedelic renaissance is producing scientific evidence for efficacy in some psychiatric disorders that are difficult to treat; indeed MDMA assisted psychotherapy for treatment resistant PTSD looks set to become a mainstream treatment. This is obviously a controversial subject and sober appraisal is required. Many psychotherapists will also be aware of reckless use of psychedelics, the vogue for ayahuasca and the dangers of un-integrated experiences. While psychedelic assisted psychotherapy challenges our existing paradigms and opens up areas of psyche that may be unfamiliar, it does appear to offer mutative change and therapeutic promise if used correctly.

Developing embodied awareness in the psychotherapy relationship
A weekend retreat in Dartington

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March 2019 - Dartington
With Julianne Appel-Opper, Margaret Landale, Jon Sletvold and Nick Totton

This rural weekend retreat offers the opportunity for practising and trainee psychotherapists to engage with an embodied approach to clinical work. With recent insights from neuroscience, embodied cognitive science and therapeutic experience, it is now generally accepted that the embodied mind is implicitly at work in the relationships between client and therapist.

Post-Slavery Syndrome: Intergenerational PTSD in the Consulting Room Today
Friday 22 March (eve) + Saturday 23 March - London
With Dr Aileen Alleyne, Robert Downes, Eugene Ellis, Wayne Mertins-Brown, Judy Ryde, Foluke Taylor, Lennox Thomas

This conference is about living and practicing psychotherapy in a society that is deeply damaged by the legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The discussion is premised on the theory that through the mostly unconscious transmission of intergenerational trauma, affect and narratives, we continue to perpetuate a destructive power disparity between today's black and white communities; that we are locked into histories that we didn't create but which control our thinking and which need to be continually challenged in order for us to grow emotionally as a society.

Healing the Traumatised Self: Overcoming Challenging Moments in Trauma Treatment
Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March 2019 - London
A 2-day study group led by Professor Ruth Lanius

This workshop will discuss treatment challenges frequently encountered in trauma assessment and treatment from a clinical and neurobiological perspective. Practical strategies on how to deal with these difficulties will be outlined throughout the seminar through clinical case examples and role-plays. The importance of the therapeutic alliance and the effect of traumatic re-enactments on the part of both the therapist and the client will be discussed.

Self-Harming Clients in Psychotherapy
Saturday 6 April 2019 - London
With Anna Motz, Jack Nathan and Dr Maggie Turp

This one-day workshop is designed to support psychotherapists in their work with clients or patients who are on the self-harming spectrum, from minor self-injury to suicide. Our panel will elaborate how we can identify self-harming behaviours, the aetiology of self-harm and how to work with those who are actively self-harming during their therapeutic treatment.

The Psychotherapy Supervision Lab
Saturday 6 April 2019 - Dublin
A seminar led by Dr Aisling McMahon, Claire O'Dowda and Kay Ferriter

This day will provide a unique opportunity to discover the extent to which different psychotherapy schools diverge in their theory and technique when we compare them through the lens of live supervision. Our three presenters have been chosen both for their extensive experience as therapists and because they represent different modalities: a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist, a counselling psychologist with a psychoanalytic orientation, and a gestalt psychotherapist.

Using the Self in Psychotherapy: A 2-day study group on the relational approach
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April 2019 - Dublin
Led by Dr Aaron Balick

This one-day workshop is designed to support psychotherapists in their work with clients or patients who are on the self-harming spectrum, from minor self-injury to suicide. Our panel will elaborate how we can identify self-harming behaviours, the aetiology of self-harm and how to work with those who are actively self-harming during their therapeutic treatment.

Book of the Month
Brett Kahr's Top Ten Psychotherapy Books - 2018
Professor Brett Kahr certainly knows something about the art of authoring books. Over the years he has written or edited twelve volumes, and has served as series editor of some fifty further titles. Earlier this year, he published New Horizons in Forensic Psychotherapy: Exploring the Work of Estela V. Welldon (Karnac Books, 2018)... More >>
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