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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy
With Professor Phil Cowen, Dr Diane Hammersley and Dr Susan Mizen

Saturday 8 November 2014

This conference tackles the complex and controversial issue of how the medical model of prescribing psychotropic medication converges with the process-oriented and relational approach of psychotherapy - especially when both methods come together in the work with an individual patient. We have asked our speakers to first inform us of the nature of the current psychotropic drugs available, particularly for depression, anxiety and psychosis. Secondly, to consider how their effects might facilitate or hinder the work of psychotherapy. What might the psychotherapist expect from working with a client on certain drugs? What drug interventions might make it possible for someone to get to a starting point with a psychotherapist? When are drugs an obstacle to psychotherapeutic work? The conference will also ask if there is hope for new developments in psychopharmacology based on recent developments in affective neuroscience that are more finely tuned to specific emotional issues.


Professor Phil Cowen

Professor P J Cowen trained in medicine at University College Hospital, London, and then in psychiatry at King's College Hospital. He then went to Oxford to work in the MRC Unit of Clinical Pharmacology under David Grahame-Smith and Richard Green. Since 1983 he has been an MRC Clinical Scientist and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry in Oxford. He was elected to a personal chair in Psychopharmacology in the University of Oxford in 1997 and the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2001. His main interests are in the biochemistry and treatment of mood disorders, particularly the pharmacological management of resistant depression.

Dr Diane Hammersley

Dr Diane Hammersley B.Sc., M.Ed., Ph.D., C.Psychol., C.Sci., AFBPsS., MBACP is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist practicing independently as a psychotherapist, supervisor, trainer and expert witness. Having worked in a clinical and research team concerned with dependence on prescribed medication, she ran workshops around the UK. Later her doctoral research explored therapists' experience of clients who had been taking medication, how that impacted on the therapeutic process and how medication might be viewed more realistically and metaphorically. She is the author of the book Counselling People on Prescribed Drugs (Sage, 1995) and several chapters on this subject.

Dr Susan Mizen

Dr Susan Mizen is a Consultant Medical Psychotherapist and Jungian Analyst. Having trained at the Cassel Hospital and the Society of Analytical Psychology, she worked as a Consultant Medical Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital Fulham before moving to Devon where she has developed a service for patients with Severe and Complex Personality Disorder working with a therapeutic team using a psychoanalytic model in a day and outpatient setting. She has a long standing interest in Neuroscience and Neuro-psychoanalysis.


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Full-time students: £68
Self-funded: £135
Organisationally-funded: £210
CPD Hours

Certificates of Attendance for 7 hours will be provided at the event

The Tavistock Centre
120 Belsize Lane

Registration: 09.30
Start: 10.00
End: 17.00