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Hate, Threat and Unease in the Consulting Room
Working creatively with rupture in the therapeutic relationship

Saturday 20 January 2018 - Dublin
With Dr Noreen Giffney, Dr Ian Miller, Ann Murphy, Berna O'Brien

What do we do when our client feels hate towards us, or we feel threatened by them? The therapeutic encounter provides a landscape for all human experience to be felt and known about, including experiences of hate and anger. This conference seeks to explore the dynamics at play when these challenging encounters threaten the stability of the therapeutic relationship. There are a number of reasons why a therapy relationship might run into trouble, for example, therapeutic incompetence or the patient's unreadiness for the process.
Infidelity
Working with threats to the couple relationship

Saturday 20 January 2018 - London
With Susanna Abse, Jane Haberlin and Dr Amita Sehgal

Infidelities come in many forms, but it is sexual infidelity that arguably cuts deepest. An affair involving one member of the couple usually also involves breaching an understanding they have with the other, although that contract may not be explicitly expressed. Affairs often bring couples to therapy.

Animal Assisted Psychotherapy with Traumatised People
Saturday 27 January 2018 - London
With Dr Kim Brown, Kelvin Hall, Ella Jones, Mike Delaney

The human and animal bond is a universally accepted dimension of emotional life. Indeed, therapeutic use of the animal-human attachment system, which includes safety, comfort, play and social engagement, has been documented since the 18th century.

Core Emotional Processes in the Mammalian Mind
With implications for effective psychotherapy

Saturday 3 February 2018 - London
With Lucy Biven and Professor Mark Solms

The long-held idea that humans are fundamentally emotionally different from animals has been profoundly challenged by the research findings of the late Professor Jaak Panksepp and colleagues. This has irrefutably demonstrated that all mammals share what he described as 'core emotional processes' - namely SEEKING, RAGE, FEAR, LUST, CARE, PANIC/GRIEF, and PLAY.

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

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

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 he is

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.
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.










Book of the Month
Kamalamani
Bodywise: weaving somatic psychotherapy, ecodharma and the Buddha in everyday life
What can the theory and practice of somatic/body psychotherapy, ecopsychology and Buddhism offer to each other? More >>
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