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Live Supervision
Managing anger and aggression in the consulting room

Led by Dr Gwen Adshead & Jack Nathan

Saturday 30 May 2015

From hostility in the session to acts of violence or aggression in the world, anger can present itself as an emotional and behavioural issue that demands immediate attention in therapy. Destruction, domination, hatred, revenge and sadism that emerge in the patient’s narratives are ultimately likely to arise in the dynamics of transference, countertransference, projective identification and enactments between patient and therapist when deep therapeutic engagement begins. These two presentations with accompanying live supervisions will focus on working with people whose predominant relational position is destructive It offers a day of considering clinical approaches that can support the patient in understanding the early causes of their aggression, the threats from which they are attempting to protect the self, and skills in helping them to set more healthy boundaries around these intolerable feelings.


Dr Gwen Adshead
Dr Gwen Adshead has been a Consultant Psychotherapist at Broadmoor Hospital since 1998. She is a practising group psychotherapist and a Member of the Institute of Group Analysis. Dr Adshead has published over 100 papers on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Forensic Psychotherapy, and Ethics in Forensic Psychiatry in peer reviewed journals and chapters of books. Her current research interests include moral reasoning in psychopathy and the attachment characteristics of maltreating mothers. She is founder member of the International Association of Forensic Psychotherapy and has been a member of two Royal College of Psychiatry working parties, and three Department of health sub-committees. She was Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists for 5 years. Dr Adshead is registered with the Law Society as an Expert Witness and approved under Section 12 of the Mental Health Act as having special experience in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorder.

Jack Nathan
Jack Nathan is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and Consultant Adult Psychotherapist at the Maudsley Hospital Psychotherapy and Self-Harm Out-Patients Service. He is particularly interested in how to work with this patient group - which was once openly referred to as ‘the patients psychiatrists dislike’ - what countertransference difficulties they arouse and the meaning attached to their self-destructive behaviours. He is author of numerous papers as well as the book Self-harm: a strategy for survival and nodal point of change (2006) and co-authored with Dr. Duncan Mclean, Treatment of Personality: Limit Setting and the use of Benign Authority (2007).


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Self-funded: £130
Organisationally-funded: £200
CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6.5 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and drinks
10.00 Start
11:00 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:00 Tea
17.00 End