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The Landscapes of Grief

With speakers John Banville, Ann Chalmers, Dr Avril Maddrell, Adam Phillips, Julia Samuel, Laurie Slade

Saturday 15 July 2017 - London

It is a universal truth that we are all going to die. We know this but we tend to ignore the reality, and to struggle with the inevitability that we will lose people we love. Death in our society is unacceptable and 15 percent of all psychological disorders are due to unresolved grief. But within the last two decades there has been a revolution of understandings and theories that help us understand the process of healthy mourning. This day brings together therapy, landscape and literature to look at theories and processes that facilitate healthy grieving - both in psychotherapeutic practice and in life itself.


John Banville
John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of fifteen novels including The Sea, which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize. He lives in Dublin... More >>

Ann Chalmers
Ann Chalmers is Chief Executive of Child Bereavement UK and has been involved in multi-disciplinary training of professionals in areas of loss and bereavement for over 20 years. Her qualifications include a BACP Accredited Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and a University Accredited Diploma in Bereavement Counselling. She has extensive experience of running bereavement support groups, and as part an NHS Trust bereavement team provided counselling for both individuals and couples... More >>

Dr Avril Maddrell
Dr Avril Maddrell is Associate Professor in Human Geography at the University of Reading. Her work as a social and cultural geographer is focused on historical and contemporary issues. Her research interests include gender, emotional-affective geographies, deathscapes, sacred mobilities, place, landscape and heritage, historiography, and charity shops as socio-cultural spaces... More >>

Adam Phillips
Adam Phillips is a psychotherapist and essayist. Since 2003 he has been the general editor of the new Penguin Modern Classics translations of Sigmund Freud. He is also a regular contributor to the London Review of Books. His influences include D.W. Winnicott, Roland Barthes, Stanley Cavell and W.H. Auden. .. More >>

Julia Samuel
Julia Samuel is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and BACP Accredited Psychotherapist who has worked at St Mary's Hospital Paddington as Psychotherapist for Paediatrics for the last 23 years supporting staff and families when a child is dying or has died. She is Founder Patron and Trustee of Child Bereavement UK which supports families when a child is bereaved or when a child dies, in this role she is involved in many aspects of its work, strategy, teaching and fundrasising. .. More >>

Laurie Slade
Laurie Slade is a UKCP registered analytical psychotherapist, in private practice in West London. He is a member of the Guild of Psychotherapists, the Confederation for Analytical Psychology, and the International Neuropsychoanalysis Association. He has been involved in social dreaming since 2001, hosting sessions in a variety of settings, in the UK and internationally, and regularly at Confer events. He has an active interest in theatre, having previously worked professionally as a stage manager. His plays have been performed at London's Trafalgar Studios and King's Head theatres, at Coventry's Belgrade theatre, in Nairobi, and on BBC Radio 3. More >>


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CPD Hours

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

Tavistock Centre
120 Belsize Lane

08:30 - 09:45 Social Dreaming Matrix
09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:15 Tea
17:00 End