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Exciting Bad-Objects?

Recovering from splits in our perception of self-and-other

With speakers Dr David Celani, David Millar, Anna Santamouris, Dr Estela Welldon

Saturday 24 February 2018 - London

The perception of goodness or badness in the self-and-other - this conference will suggest - is the product of early-developmental experiences of relationship, which result in inner representations in which people are perceived as more or less 'good' or 'bad'. When attachments have been secure these inner representations can include a wide range of emotional positions that are fluidly negotiated and accepted and which are anchored in reality rather than imagination. With reference to Fairbairn, Klein and Freud's perspectives, this day will explore where 'good-safe' and 'bad-dangerous' (or pleasure and death drives, depending on your theoretical model) are situated in the patient's mind. We will discuss how these positions are played out in the issues they bring to therapy and how someone can be helped to achieve a level of integration that can bear the rich complexity of the flawed but loveable in each of us.


Dr David Celani
David P. Celani, PhD, is retired from private practice. His publications focus on the application of Fairbairn's model to the treatment process and include: The Treatment of the Borderline Patient: Applying Fairbairn's Object Relations Theory in the Clinical Setting (1993), The Illusion of Love: Why the Battered Woman Returns to Her Abuser (1994, Korean edition, 1995, Russian edition, 2013), Leaving Home: How to Separate From Your Difficult Family (2005, Korean edition 2007, Romanian edition, 2008), and Fairbairn's Object Relations Theory in the Clinical Setting (2010). He has presented workshops on Fairbairn throughout the country since 2001... More >>

David Millar
David Millar is a child psychotherapist, forensic, and adult psychotherapist who trained at the Tavistock and Portman Clinic. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex and Visiting Lecturer at the Tavistock Clinic. He recently retired as a full-time NHS clinician as Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist and now works part-time. He lectures widely on issues of violence and psychopathology, and the treatment of the forensic patient... More >>

Anna Santamouris
Anna Santamouris has been in private practice as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist since 2006. In the early 1990's, she began some training in counselling and specialist courses in adolescent delinquency and family work, spending 2 years working in a residential home for adolescents who were wards of the state. After travelling around Europe, she spent a year living and working in Greece after which she settled in London and resumed her teaching in inner London schools. Building on her experience in the social care sector she began working at a needle exchange project and a residential rehabilitation centre in Crystal Palace for addicts and alcoholics who had the HIV virus or Aids. She continued this trajectory at The 493 Project in Bethnal green, a drop in and needle exchange for the drug addicted and then onto the Westminster drug project... 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. She is a Member of the BAP, the CBP, IGA, AGP, IAGP and Honorary member of the Society of Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists, Tavistock Clinic. She works privately as a psychoanalytical psychotherapist. and lectures worldwide... More >>


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Handouts and lunch included
This event only
Self-funded: £130 (Sold out)
Self-funded x 2: £200 (Sold out)
Organisationally-funded: £200 (Sold out)

This event and the seminar The Seductive Allure of the Bad Object on Friday 23 Feb 2018
Self-funded: £230 (Sold out)
Self-funded x 2: £390 (Sold out)
Organisationally-funded: £380 (Sold out)

CPD Hours

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

Grange Fitzrovia Hotel
Bolsover Street

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