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Seminars, conferences and online resources for psychotherapists
Live Events Programme

Summer 2017


Live Events



Men on the Couch
Saturday 23 September 2017 - London
With Rotimi Akinsete, Paul Atkinson, Andy Metcalf, Dr Eyal Rozmarin and Professor Andrew Samuels

This conference is about men in therapy - from both sides of the 'couch'. Our speakers will explore the ways in which men manage their vulnerabilities - including their desire for connection and dependency needs - as well as some male relational strategies that are more familiar in our culture: the appearance of invulnerability, emphasis on performance and detachment from others. They will be asking why, often, men still feel required to defend against need and what challenge this can present for men in therapy, and their therapists - whether male or female.

The Self-Disclosure Dilemma
Saturday 30 September 2017 - Dublin
With Sue Cowan-Jenssen, Dr John O'Connor, Marcus West

Traditionally, psychotherapy has been premised on the principle that the relationship should be focused entirely on the patient's process. Reasons include the fiduciary responsibility to attend to the other, the importance of protecting the patient's space, and the great value of working with transference projections. Recently, however, this convention has been challenged by the relational premise that there are two subjectivities of equal weight in the relationship, each playing their part in what occurs in the therapy. When heightened, entangled or difficult moments occur - it is suggested - it is the therapist's duty to explore how their own process or personal history has been activated. Is there a therapeutic value in communicating some of that experience to the client?

Desire in the Consulting Room
Saturday 4 November 2017 - London
With Dr Andrea Celenza, Professor Joy Schaverien and the reading of a play by Laurie Slade

This day puts sexuality back in the frame of psychoanalytic theorising with the aim of demarcating a place for pure erotic longing within psychotherapy. Using clinical histories, relational/field theories and theatre to imaginatively represent a possible scenario of love and desire between a psychotherapist and patient, our speakers will elaborate the meanings of love in the consulting room, both as transferential and real.

The Deepening of the Mind
Saturday 11 November 2017 - London
A day with Neville Symington

In early May 2017 Neville Symington gave four talks on the theme of the development of the mind. He now returns to develop this theme in four new talks. Beginning with two presentations on the psychoanalytic treatment of patients who are psychotic he will then use the clinical insight derived from these to elaborate the principles needed for the mind to deepen and grow, and will consider those factors which become obstacles to that new growth.

Listening to Transmissions between Generation
Saturday 18 November 2017 - London
With Dr Haydée Faimberg and Dr Jill Salberg

It is widely accepted that the traumas of parents, grand-parents and ancestors are deeply woven into the psychological fabric of the living, often manifesting in the form of psychological vulnerability throughout life. But this presents a particular enigma for both patient and psychotherapist alike: how can the material be known and worked with when it belongs to someone else - mother, grandmother, father, grandfather or great grandparent?

Creative Interaction between Analyst and Patient: Development of the ego and creative core of the personality in psychoanalysis
Saturday 18 November 2017 - Dublin
Led by Neville Symington

Neville Symington is a psycho-analyst who has developed a view that there is an underlying pattern of disturbance that generates all the forms of mental illness described in the psychiatric text-books. He also believes that we clinicians at the moment are largely failing to heal that deeper level of disturbance because we lack the right lens with which to see what is in need of healing. This event will be typical of his characteristic invitation to reconsider the theoretical basis of our work.

Transpersonal Narratives in Eco-Psychology
Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November 2017 - Eden Project
With Sophy Banks, James Barrett, Caroline Brazier, Marion Green, Professor Jeremy Holmes, Dr Justine Huxley, Kamalamani, Paul Maiteny, Peter Owen-Jones, Mary-Jayne Rust and Nick Totton

This conference proposes that caring for the natural world of which we are an integral part is critical for our survival and our emotional well-being. Disrespecting that which nurtures us leads to deepening splits, tensions and conflicts within and beyond ourselves, which counter well-being and continue our dissociation from nurturing the planet, our home.
Illness in the Consulting Room:
Working with people who present life-threatening illness in therapy

Saturday 2 December 2017 - London
With Sue Cowan-Jenssen, Dorothy Judd and Julia Segal

The diagnosis of a life-threatening illness will fill almost any individual with terror as they face the fear of dying and the process of death. Cancer in particular arouses huge anxieties. Even though half those diagnosed with cancer in England and Wales survive their disease for ten years or more, the fear of not being one of those survivors, the adjustment of identity of shifting from a healthy person to being seriously ill, the rigours of treatment and the resulting shift in dynamics of that person's relationships - including that with their therapist - form a potentially overwhelming constellation of events that are a profound threat to the self.
Dissociative Identities
Are multiple selves the greatest therapeutic challenge?

Saturday 9 December 2017 - Dublin
With Remy Aquarone, Teresa Moorhead, Dr Valerie Sinason, Dr Adah Sachs

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. This splitting process appears to have the additional benefit of allowing the child to maintain crucial attachment relationships with an abusing adult upon whom s/he is dependent for survival through dis-identification with the abused child and any association with the abusing carer.










Book of the Month
Neville Symington
A Different Path: An Emotional Autobiography


"Our human task is to be lived by Life. Life as a transcendent principle. It seems to me that a reliable test of whether we have lived worthwhile lives is this: is the world a better place for my having lived in it?". Neville Symington has written a dozen books about psychoanalysis but this one is different from all the others...
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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

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