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Psychoanalysis Today:

Relationships, Authenticity and the Social World

Dr Stephen Seligman in interview with Dr Anne Alvarez

Thursday 25 July 2019 - London

Psychoanalysis has fallen on hard times. It's unpopular among psychiatrists, leftists, and rightists alike, and the main attention it gets in universities is from a handful of literature professors. But the analytic sensibility offers a foundational ethic for the construction of a more humane, communicative society. Amidst a multiplicity of cultural pressures to not know what is going on, the psychoanalytic ethic of authenticity stands for the recovery of history, and against concealed repressions and distractions. It insists that emotional cruelty and trauma are as real as physical pain, that the truth matters, and that the deeper truths matter the most.

Psychoanalysis can be a powerful resource for subversive thinking, even if it has sometimes fallen into complacency and been too quick to affirm the prejudices of the cultures within which it has functioned. New developments in the field are affirming the humanism and compassion which was always part of its project. Contemporary psychoanalysis is reaching out beyond its traditional rigidities to affirm the value of relationships and direct responsiveness to basic human needs. Race, gender, history, and political economy are increasingly taken into account in both its theories and practices.


Dr Anne Alvarez
Dr Anne Alvarez, PhD, M.A.C.P is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (and retired Co-Convener of the Autism Service, Child and Family Dep't. Tavistock Clinic, London, where she still teaches.). She is author of Live Company: Psychotherapy with Autistic, Borderline, Deprived and Abused Children. She has edited with Susan Reid, Autism and Personality: Findings from the Tavistock Autism Workshop. A book in her honour, edited by Judith Edwards, entitled Being Alive: Building on the Work of Anne Alvarez was published in 2002... More >>

Dr Stephen Seligman
Stephen Seligman, D.M.H. is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco; Joint Editor-in-Chief of Psychoanalytic Dialogues; Training and Supervising Analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California; and Clinical Professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis. Dr. Seligman has recently authored Relationships in Development: Infancy, Intersubjectivity, Attachment (Routledge), and is co-editor of the American Psychiatric Press' Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Concepts and Clinical Practice... More >>


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Handouts and lunch included
Early bird: £25 (Available until 25 May)
Self-funded: £35
Self-funded x 2: £60
Organisationally-funded: £60
Psychotherapy trainee: £15 (Limited to 10 places)
CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 2 hours will be provided at the event

Herringham Hall
Regent's University London
Inner Circle, Regent's Park

19.00 Registration with wine reception
19.30 Dr Stephen Seligman
20.00 Dr Anne Alvarez will interview Dr Stephen Seligman
21.30 End