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Can I Really do This?
What are rules of psychotherapy and are they negotiable?

Saturday 25 March 2017

Psychotherapy is governed by highly considered ethical frameworks which form the laws of practice: these are obligatory and clear. In addition, however, our literature offers implicit and more nuanced guidelines that are also of great significance in governing our work. The holding of therapeutic frame, for example, is considered a corner stone of good practice: maintaining boundaries securely in order to provide containment, safety and freedom to the patientís self-expression within that space.

Good therapists are highly sensitive to the risk of transgression and afraid of doing harm. But does that always mean following the soft rules? Can it also be argued, for example, that flexibility in the frame may be more therapeutic than rigidity, and that in certain scenarios it is appropriate for the therapist to bend the rules in order to do the best therapy? Is it ever OK to prolong a session, to help a client to their car, to touch their hand?

In this conference we will consider what we believe we are allowed to do, or not, and the balance between personal ethics and institutional guidelines when making decisions about the best therapeutic intervention. We will examine where the therapistís wide ranging rules originate, how these might support yet impair work with specific patients/clients, and ask: when should the therapist's own judgment to be balanced with received wisdom in order for good practice to take place?


Professor Julia Buckroyd
Julia Buckroyd is Emeritus Professor of Counselling at the University of Hertfordshire. From 2002 -2008 she was Professor of Counselling and from 2004-2008, Director of the Obesity and Eating Disorders Research Unit. She has been working in the field of eating disorders since 1984. Her original training was as an academic historian but she re-trained first as a counsellor at Birkbeck College, University of London and then as a psychotherapist with the Guild of Psychotherapists. Her first post as a student counsellor in 1984 was at London Contemporary Dance School where she became interested in eating disorders. .. More >>

Dr Calum Neill
Calum Neill's research is primarily in the area of Lacanian and post-Lacanian theory. He is editor of The Palgrave Lacan Series and co-editor of the forthcoming three volume Reading the …crits collection, the first complete guide to Lacan's core writings. He is the author of Without Ground: Lacanian Ethics and the Assumption of Subjectivity (Palgrave) and Ethics and Psychology: Beyond Codes of Practice (Routledge). He is currently working on the relationship between experience, expression and failure... More >>

Chris Oakley
Chris Oakley is a psychoanalyst from the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He has written on psychoanalysis in various guises: his book "Football Delirium" was shortlisted for the 2008 Football Book of the Year, and more recently he contributed to "R.D. Laing: 50 years since the Divided Self"... More >>

Maggie Turp
Maggie Turp is a practitioner psychologist and analytically-trained psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice. She is a visiting lecturer at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and an independent trainer, offering workshops on the effects of trauma on self-narrative, the physical expression of psychological distress and - more recently - the psychology of climate change. Her publications include journal papers and two books, Psychosomatic Health: the body and the word (2001 Palgrave) and Hidden Self-Harm: narratives from psychotherapy (2003 Jessica Kingsley). She is also an aspiring fiction writer, currently writing a climate change themed novel under the name Maggie Melrose. .. More >>


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CPD Hours

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

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

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