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Unravelling Psychopathy
Psychodynamic perspectives on working with personality disorders
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With Dr Colin Campbell, Dr Ronald Doctor, Anna Motz, Dr Celia Taylor, Dr Estela Welldon and Dr Jessica Yakeley

Saturday 12 March 2016

Following our previous conference on the psychodynamics of murderousness, and again in association with the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy, this day offers five talks by eminent forensic mental health professionals on the topic of personality disorders. The presenters will address the nature of personality disorder – sometimes known as psychopathy or as sociopathy or antisocial personality – in an effort to understand the causes and the possible treatments. The lectures will address some compelling questions: What causes personality disorders? How might we become more adept at detecting such patients, many of whom hide behind a façade of charm and deception? How best should we treat these people, and are they amenable to psychotherapeutic processes? Can liars be psychoanalysed? Are men more psychopathic than women? Join us for cutting-edge psychodynamic thinking about personality disorders and their treatment.


Dr Colin Campbell
Dr Colin Campbell is Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at the Forensic Intensive Psychological Treatment Service (FIPTS) in the South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and at the London Pathways Progression Unit, HMP Belmarsh. He trained at the Maudsley Hospital and the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. At the Institute of Psychiatry, his research focuses on the developmental neurobiology of aggression, the use of neuroscience in criminal justice settings and the evaluation of services for personality disordered offenders. More >>

Dr Ronald Doctor
Dr Ronald Doctor is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at West London Mental Health NHS Trust, a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and the British Psychotherapy Foundation. He is a Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College and has edited two books; Dangerous Patients; psychodynamic approach to risk assessment and management, 2003 and Murder; a psychotherapeutic investigation, 2008. He is a member of the Board of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy. More >>

Anna Motz
Anna Motz is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working with adults and adolescents, and also a consultant clinical and forensic psychologist with extensive experience of assessing and treating people who have long-standing difficulties with violence against themselves and others. Anna works as a consultant psychologist with the Oxford Family Assessment and Safeguarding Service and A is also the author of The Psychology of Female Violence: Crimes Against the Body [1] (Routledge, 2008) editor of Managing Self Harm: Psychological Perspectives [2] (Routledge, 2009) and Toxic Couples: The Psychology of Domestic Violence [3] (Routledge, 2014.) More >>

Dr Celia Taylor
Dr Celia Taylor trained in Forensic Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry in London and in 1995 went on to work as an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, and Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at Broadmoor Hospital. She then established a medium secure personality disorder service in the private sector, before moving to East London NHS Foundation Trust in November 2003 to establish Millfields Unit on the campus of the John Howard Centre in East London. More >>

Dr Estela Welldon
Dr Estela V. Welldon MD DSc (Hon) FRC PSYCH is the Founder and Honorary Elected President for Life of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy; Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists; Honorary Doctor in Sciences Oxford Brookes University; Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at Tavistock Portman NHS Clinics; Honorary member of the American Psychoanalytic Association for Psychoanalysis. More >>

Dr Jessica Yakeley
Jessica Yakeley is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy at the Portman Clinic and Director of Medical Education and Associate Medical Director, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytic Society. She has published widely on topics including medical education, violence, risk assessment, prison health, and antisocial personality disorder, and is Editor of the journal Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. More >>


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CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 5.5 hours will be provided at the event

Tavistock Centre
120 Belsize Lane

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:00 Coffee
13:30 Lunch
15:30 Tea
17:00 End