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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships

The Need to Forget:

The Capacity to Remember

With speakers Richard Curen, Dr Ronald Doctor and Katya Orrell

Saturday 13 July 2019 - London

09.30   Registration and coffee
10.00   Dr Ronald Doctor

Forensic Patients: Acting out as a resistance to repressed memories
In Remembering, Repeating and Working Through (Freud 1914), acting-out is defined in opposition to remembering, as a compelling and urgent need to repeat the forgotten past, not only reliving the emotional experiences transferred to the analyst, but transferring the entire scope of the situation to the present. The patient does not remember anything of what has been forgotten and repressed, but acts it out instead without, of course, knowing that this is a repetition. Acting-out is understood as replacing the desire to remember, as a function of resistance; the greater the resistance, the more extensive the acting out will be. Therapeutic work will be considered.
11.00   Coffee
11.30   Katya Orrell

Tabula rasa: The attempt to forget what cannot be remembered
Using the Belgian television series 'Tabula Rasa' and the phrase "why can't I forget what I can't remember" (Hale 2015), Katya will explore how destructive aggression becomes the forensic patient's method of not remembering something too overwhelming to face. If what they are attempting to forget is too painful to remember and is acted-out instead, then it is the task of the therapist to help the patient remember. Through Freud and Winnicott's concepts of repetition compulsion and fear of breakdown, she will look at how this happens both individually and on a societal level when we unwittingly collude with the patient's mindset through our criminal justice system.
12.30   Richard Curen

Mind the gap: Repressed memories and perverse solutions for the forensic patient
This presentation will explore a number of interventions with forensic patients who appear to employ perverse solutions as a means to avoid the realisation of repressed memories. Using clinical material, Richard will illustrate how some forensic patient's repressed memories are at the roots of their psychopathology and offending behaviours. The talk will draw on psychoanalytic theories around repression, dissociation and perversion to demonstrate the analysis of perverse enactments, both inside and outside the consulting room.
13.30   Lunch

Live Supervision: participants are invited to bring cases for our speakers' consideration
  1. Dr Ronald Doctor
  2. Katya Orrell
  3. Richard Curen
16.00   Tea

Panel discussion bringing together live supervision experiences
17.00   End

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Handouts and lunch included
Self-funded: £120
Self-funded x 2: £200
Organisationally-funded: £200
Psychotherapy trainee: £80 (Limited to 10 places)
This event + the online module Trauma and Dissociation: £215
CPD Hours

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

The Tavistock Centre
120 Belsize Lane

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:00 Coffee
13:30 Lunch
16:00 Tea
17:00 End