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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships

Online Resources

Confer's Online Modules are packages of videoed talks, audio tracks, slides, texts and references contributed by leading theoreticians to support your work.

Working with Sexuality: Bodies, Desires and Imagination

Online Module
This package of resources provides 17 hours of CPD on a range of contemporary clinical perspectives to help support practitioners in working more confidently with this vast and complex subject. It combines a rich archive of video and audio lectures and presentations, interviews and discussions, comprehensive supporting study guides (to come in April), research resources and therapeutic skills.

Speakers
Dr Galit Atlas, Dr Meg-John Barker, Dr Jessica Benjamin, Dr Thaddeus Birchard, Dr Andrea Celenza, Dr Christopher Clulow, Dr Ronald Doctor, Dr Anton Hart, Janice Hiller, Professor Brett Kahr, Cabby Laffy, Professor Dany Nobus, Chris Oakley, Professor Stephen Porges, Christiane Sanderson, Joyce Slochower and Estela Welldon.

CPD value: 17 hours
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Psychopathology: Theory and Practice

Online Module
This newly curated collection of presentations provides a glimpse into the field of psychopathology, ranging from severe manifestations of forensic psychological disorders to the more ordinary neuroses of everyday life. The collection combines 21 hours of edited audio or video material, which has been selected from our other online modules for its relevance to this theme. The package focuses on conditions that are described as mental illnesses, and which satisfy DSM diagnostic criteria but discussed via a range of different theoretical perspectives. For example, viewed as attachment issues, affect dysregulation or post- traumatic stress disorders.

Speakers
Rémy Aquarone, Lucy Biven, Dr David Celani, Dr Ronald Doctor, Mary Haley, Dr Onno van der Hart, Professor Jeremy Holmes, Professor Brett Kahr, Dr Jean Knox, Dr Ruth Lanius, The late Professor Gill McGauley, Dr Susan Mizen, Dr Phil Mollon, Ms Anna Motz, Dr Clara Mucci, Alexandra Richman, Dr Adah Sachs, Dr Allan Schore, Professor Mark Solms, Dr Celia Taylor, Dr Estela Welldon.

CPD value: 21 hours
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Fragile Selves: Working with Narcissistic and Borderline States of Mind

Online Module
This package of resources provides 19 hours of CPD on the subject of psychotherapeutic work with people who have received a diagnosis of a Narcissistic or Borderline Personality Disorder, or those who express personality traits often associated with those definitions such as difficulty regulating extreme affective states in relationships and of maintaining a stable, realistic view of the self and other.

Speakers
Susanna Abse, Dr Anne Alvarez, Dr David Celani, Dr Diana Diamond, Dr Jay Greenberg, Dr Jason Hepple, Professor Jeremy Holmes, Dr Frank Lachmann, Elizabeth Wilde McCormick, Dr Susan Mizen, Dr Phil Mollon, Dr Clara Mucci, Jack Nathan, Jenny Riddell, Dr Allan Schore, Ruthie Smith, Neville Symington and Marcus West.

CPD value: 19 hours
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Eco-Psychotherapy
Synthesising ecology and psychotherapy in practice and theory

Online Module
So much psychotherapy takes place within the confines of a consulting room. But what happens when therapy takes place in a natural setting - or when the natural world is invited into the narrative of self and other? This module brings together the practices of ecology and psychotherapy to illustrate how engagement with nature, which includes ourselves, is a powerful transformative tool, both in itself and - potentially - when integrated into any therapeutic approach.

Speakers
Guy Dargert, Caroline Frizell, Jo Hamilton, Dr Adrian Harris, Professor Paul Hoggett, Chris Johnstone, Emma Palmer, Paul Maiteny, George Marshall, Hayley Marshall, Rosemary Randall, Professor Chris Rapley, Mary-Jayne Rust, Nick Totton, Dr Maggie Turp, Sally Weintrobe, Joanna Wise.

CPD value: 16 hours
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Forensic Psychotherapy: Pathologies and Treatment Strategies for working with Violence

Online Module
The subject of this online module is the psychotherapeutic treatment of violent offenders and those with abusive tendencies or fantasies. Through 14 hours of videos, audio tracks and papers, we aim to illuminate why human beings can be dangerous, murderous or perverse, and how such tendencies can be psychotherapeutically treated.

Speakers
Dr Jamie Bennett, Dr Ronald Doctor, Dr Sandra M Grant, Mary Haley, Professor Brett Kahr, The late Professor Gill McGauley, Ms Anna Motz, Dr Adah Sachs, Richard Shuker, Dr Celia Taylor, Dr Estela Welldon, Dr Jessica Yakeley.

CPD value: 14 hours
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Embodied Approaches to Psychotherapy

Online Module
This new collection of videos and papers brings together the work of an extraordinarily diverse and talented group of psychotherapists - from psychoanalysts to body psychotherapists - who see the body as central to the therapeutic process.

Speakers
Julianne Appel-Opper, Shoshi Asheri, Bill Cornell, Morit Heitzler, Dr Pat Ogden, Dr Susie Orbach, Dr Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar, Dr Yorai Sella, Jon Sletvold, Michael Soth, Dr Kathrin Stauffer, Nick Totton.

CPD value: 16 hours
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Neurobiology and its Applications to Psychotherapy - II

Online Module
This combination of videos, audio tracks, papers and references provides 12 hours of recorded presentations plus notes, papers and research resources on the subject of neurobiology when applied to the practice of psychotherapy.

Speakers
Lucy Biven, Dr Nessa Carey, Dr Ruth Lanius, Dr Dianne Lefevre, Dr Dan Siegel, Professor Mark Solms, Dr Sharon Stanley, Professor Oliver Turnbull, Dr Alan Watkins.

CPD value: 14 hours
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The Applications of Attachment Theory to Psychotherapy

Online Module
This package of online presentations provides over 14.5 hours of new videos plus additional resources on the subject of applying attachment theory to clinical expertise.

Speakers
Dr Christopher Clulow, Linda Cundy, Dr Sarah Ingrid Daniel, Professor Pasco Fearon, Tirril Harris, Professor Jeremy Holmes, Dr Dan Hughes, Dr Frank Lachmann, Dr Mario Marrone, Paul Renn, Dr Daniela Sieff, Professor Miriam Steele, Dr David Wallin, Kate White.

CPD value: 20.5 hours
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Advances in Relational Psychotherapy

Online Module
The vast influence of Relational Psychoanalysis in the last 25 years has evolved into one of the most significant paradigm shifts in the field, impacting on almost every psychotherapy modality. This package offers a set of videoed talks on relational theory and practice, presented by some of most influential author-practitioners, and is designed to illustrate relational theory as it is applied to clinical technique.

Speakers
Dr Neil Altman, Shoshi Asheri, Dr Jessica Benjamin, Dr Doris Brothers, Roz Carroll, Dr Muriel Dimen, Professor Maria Gilbert, Dr Adrienne Harris, Dr Nancy McWilliams, Dr Jeremy Safran, Professor Andrew Samuels, Dr Donnel Stern, Dr David Wallin.

CPD value: 20.5 hours
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Psychotherapeutic Work with Intergenerational Trauma

Online Module
This package of online presentations provides 10 hours of new videos plus additional resources on the subject of working with the psychological effects of intergenerational trauma. We are delighted to be hosting these internationally distinguished author-clinicians as our presenters:

Speakers
Dr Pamela Alexander, Dr Aileen Alleyne, Dr Doris Brothers, Prophecy Coles, Dr Françoise Davoine, Dr Dori Laub o Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga, Dr Clara Mucci, Professor Franz Ruppert, Lennox Thomas, Maya Jacobs-Wallfisch, Dr Estela Welldon.

CPD value: 20 hours
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Neurobiology and its Applications to Psychotherapy

Online Module
This combination of videos, audio tracks, papers and references provides 18 hours of recorded presentations plus notes, new papers and research resources on the subject of neurobiology when applied to the practice of psychotherapy.

Speakers
Lucy Biven, Dr Mona DeKoven Fishbane, Professor Vittorio Gallese, Dr Jean Knox, Dr Ruth Lanius, Dr Terry Marks-Tarlow, Dr Iain McGilchrist, Dr Jaak Panksepp, Professor Stephen Porges, Dr Allan Schore, Dr Dan Siegel, Professor Mark Solms, Dr Alan Watkins, Dr Felicity de Zulueta.

CPD value: 21.5 hours
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Trauma and Dissociation

Online Module
This combination of videos, audio tracks, papers and references provides 16.5 hours of recorded presentations plus notes, new papers and research resources on the subject of psychotherapeutic work with trauma and dissociation.

Speakers
Rémy Aquarone, Dr Philip Bromberg, Dr Doris Brothers, Dr Onno Van Der Hart, Professor Brett Kahr, Dr Jean Knox, Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga, Dr Pat Ogden, Alexandra Richman, Dr Allan Schore, Dr Daniel Siegel, Dr Valerie Sinason, Dr Donnel Stern and Dr Felicity de Zulueta.

CPD value: 20.5 hours
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Online Events

Learning from Life: the acquisition of psychoanalytic wisdom

Patrick Casement
3 video lectures

In his fourth and most personal book Learning from Life Patrick Casement gives us a fascinating insight into fundamental questions concerning the acquisition of analytic wisdom and how personal experiences shape the analyst's approach to clinical work. In this 3-part seminar he talks to us about how the psychoanalytic self comes into being, and how our own emotional truths consciously or unconsciously shape our work. These presentations will have a fresh and emergent quality that cannot be summarised in abstracts. Participants can expect to hear inspiring, personal insights that illuminate the practice of psychoanalysis and the engagement with life.

This combination of video lectures provides 2.5 hours of recorded presentations..


CPD value: 3 hours

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Live Events - Conferences and Seminars

Confer's live events are seminars and conferences held in the UK at which we aim to present the cutting edge of research and theory in order to deepen our understanding of the mind and best practice in mental health disciplines.
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Using the Self in Psychotherapy: A 2-day study group on the relational approach

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April 2019 - Dublin
Led by Dr Aaron Balick

Who are you as a psychotherapist and how does your subjectivity affect your practice? Whatever your clinical background or theoretical modality, it is your "personal factors" that are most likely to have an effect on your clients - and their personal factors that will equally have an effect on you. Overall, it is the relationship between the two of you that counts. Relational Psychoanalysis offers a way to understand this complex relationship, so you can begin to get a handle on the unconscious dynamics that infuse the therapeutic situation.

This workshop will address some of the major themes of Relational Theory, enabling you to think more intersubjectively about your practice. Across the weekend you will be offered a theoretical frame, clinical examples, practical tools to draw on for practice, and time for reflection on your clinical practice.
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Borderline Bodies
Working with the Right Brain and Affect Regulation in Developmentally Traumatised Patients

Saturday 4 May 2019 - London
A 1-day seminar led by Dr Clara Mucci

This training day will focus on how to work with adults who have experienced protracted interpersonal trauma in childhood and who go on to attack their own body in adolescence or adulthood. Such self-harm could include eating disorders, particularly bulimia; self-cutting or any attack on the body, which for these clients is experienced as the depository of negative introjects and is therefore considered to be an alien self that needs to be abused, controlled, destroyed or reduced in its power, even though such action is destructive to the self. The discussion will bring to light the victim-persecutor dyad at the root of this type of borderline pathology. More information >>

Eco-Psychotherapy: Therapy with the earth in mind

Saturday 11 May 2019 - London
With Eco-Psychotherapist Mary-Jayne Rust

As the reality of climate change is now sinking into mainstream society, people are beginning to suffer from "climate anxiety" and "climate grief". While many of us declare that we "love nature", we are also part of a system which is poisoning and destroying much of life on earth. This grave reality can trigger strong feelings such as overwhelm, guilt, rage, grief, impotence and fear which clients may bring to sessions in a variety of ways. While climate change has become the focus of concern, it is part of a much bigger story about our dysfunctional relationship with the rest of nature, in which we humans see ourselves as separate from, and superior to, the more-than-human world. More information >>

The Masks of Masculinity
Exploring the Links Between Male Vulnerability and Violence

Friday 17 May (eve) + Saturday 18 May 2019 - London
With speakers Rotimi Akinsete, Michael Boyle, Professor Stephen Briggs, Dr Mick Collins, Tamsin Cottis, Nick Duffell, Anthony Howell and Tim Foskett

An astonishing 13 British men each day take their own lives, and 90 per cent of all violent crimes are perpetrated by men. How can we make sense of these statistics and what do they mean for our society? Men and women are realising there is a problem with masculinity. This conference will address how we can expand our psychological understanding of masculinity in order that we can move away from fixed characteristics and given attributes that limit the possibilities of change and social reorganisation. More information >>

Polyvagal Theory, Oxytocin and the Neurobiology of Love and Trust: The Therapeutic Use of the Body's Social Engagement System to Promote Feelings of Safety, Connectedness, Intimacy and Recovery

Saturday 8 June 2019 - London
A workshop with Professor Stephen Porges and Professor Sue Carter

In this workshop Porges and Carter will demonstrate the clinical applications of their research into Polyvagal Theory and oxytocin and social behavior. Their scientifically validated advancements in neuroscience offer a new way of considering brain-body medicine. Safety is critical in enabling humans to optimize their potential. The neurophysiological processes associated with feeling safe are a prerequisite not only for optimal mental health and social behavior but are also relevant in the clinical setting. Physiological states that support feeling safe enhance therapeutic opportunities to access both the higher brain structures that enable humans to be creative and generative and the lower brain structures involved in regulating health, growth, and restoration. More information >>

The Traumatised Mother's Inner World: Implications for the Child's Development

Saturday 15 June 2019 - London
With speakers Dr Gwen Adshead and Dr Amanda Jones

This seminar aims to elaborate the significance of the mother's emotional capacities on her baby's forming mental health. Our two presenters will consider how far attachment, systemic and psychoanalytic theories can help us to support psychologically fragile mothers so they can grow in their capacity and confidence in offering maternal love. In particular, we will focus on women who have experienced serious and ongoing emotional adversity in life. Problematic emotional states can suddenly emerge on giving birth, sometimes fulfilling psychiatric diagnostic criteria such as a "personality disorder" but often in women who do not have any previously diagnosed emotional condition. More information >>

Queering Psychotherapy

Saturday 22 June 2019 - London
With speakers Dr Meg-John Barker, Leah Davidson, Dominic Davies, Pamela Gawler-Wright, Amanda Middleton, Monty Moncrieff, David Richards, Laurie Slade, George Taxidis and Judy Yellin

This unique conference will explore the advances made in improving the mental health of gender, sexuality and relationship diverse (GSRD) people in the UK. We have enlisted some of the key figures in British LGBTQ+ psychotherapy to share significant developments in the fields of analytic, systemic, person-centred and contemporary psychotherapy, as well as hearing from two British pioneers Dominic Davies, Founder of Pink Therapy and Dr Meg-John Barker, psychologist-activist and author of many books on gender and sexuality. More information >>

A Couple State of Mind: Insights into Couple Relating and Therapeutic Work with Couples

Saturday 29 June 2019 - London
With speakers Mary Morgan and Stanley Ruszczynski

This conference, inspired by our speaker Mary Morgan's new book A Couple State of Mind (Routledge, 2019) for psychotherapists who are looking for further insight into couple relating and concepts for working with couple relationships. Understanding what the couple creates together as their own developmental journey will be richly examined by Mary Morgan, drawing on psychoanalytic concepts such as shared unconscious phantasy, projective systems and narcissistic relating. More information >>

Avoidant Attachment and the Defence Against Intimacy

Saturday 29 June 2019 - Dublin
A one-day seminar Led by Linda Cundy

This day is about the challenge faced by people who were ignored, criticised, rejected or utterly neglected within their families of origin and who thus find it difficult to form close and lasting intimate relationships in adulthood. People who avoid close proximity to others, despite their longing for that closeness, often feel more secure and better able to manage deep feelings when they hold others apart, whether sexual partners, therapists or family members. In this one-day seminar, attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist Linda Cundy will talk about how we can understand avoidant attachment as a self-protective system that guards the self from the risk of repeated rejection, humiliation and shame. Some couples have challenges that impair their creation of a positive developmental relationship. Here, Stanley Ruszczynski will explore perverse and violent states of mind and behaviour as a consequence of insensibility to each other's needs and subjectivity. In a more primitive psychic state, the other is absent and perceived as a threat; or there is an anxiety about separateness, which feels like a betrayal.
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The Voiceless and Unheard
Understanding Primitive Bodily Communications in Psychotherapy

Saturday 6 July 2019 - London
With speakers Gabrielle Brown, Raffaella Hilty, Professor Brett Kahr, Dr Valerie Sinason and David O'Driscoll

Every psychotherapist practitioner will know only too well what it means to experience the rage and hatred of one's most vulnerable clients and the challenges that this raises in countertransference work. Most often these clients will express their hateful feelings verbally. But, what about those clients who cannot talk? Or those clients who are capable of talking but carry a complex range of unprocessed embodied feelings that cannot be verbally expressed? This conference will explore psychotherapy work with severely traumatised and learning disabled patients who must rely on a non-verbal type of language in order to communicate their most dreadful states of mind. Specifically, it aims to elucidate the little-discussed, yet not infrequent, clinical experience of working with individuals who communicate through the use of their body and bodily fluids, manifesting with this lack of bodily containment and lack of mental containment. More information >>

The Need to Forget: The Capacity to Remember

Saturday 13 July 2019 - London
With speakers Richard Curen, Dr Ronald Doctor and Katya Orrell

At this seminar we will consider two possible relationships to past traumatic events: remembering, and working-through on the one hand; repressing, disavowal and acting-out on the other, and how the tension between these can be skilfully managed in the therapy relationship. Memories are core to our accumulating experience of life, providing a sense of an ongoing self and meaningful continuity. They can make us feel comfortable with the familiar, and securely connected to the past, while providing a framework for the future; it is our collection of conscious and unconscious memories that, in part, makes us who we are. But what is the experience of a client/patient, who by repressing, splitting off or disavowing past events which are too painful to bring into consciousness? What is the cost of that repression? What strains are placed on the embodied psyche by such efforts to block-out reality? How do we enable someone to loosen their defenses and safely allow unacceptable past events to surface into conscious awareness? More information >>

Psychoanalysis Today: Relationships, Authenticity and the Social World

Thursday 25 July 2019 - London
Dr Stephen Seligman in interview with Dr Anne Alvarez

Psychoanalysis has fallen on hard times. It's unpopular among psychiatrists, leftists, and rightists alike, and the main attention it gets in universities is from a handful of literature professors. But the analytic sensibility offers a foundational ethic for the construction of a more humane, communicative society. Amidst a multiplicity of cultural pressures to not know what is going on, the psychoanalytic ethic of authenticity stands for the recovery of history, and against concealed repressions and distractions. It insists that emotional cruelty and trauma are as real as physical pain, that the truth matters, and that the deeper truths matter the most. More information >>

The Future in the Consulting Room: Thinking and Working Prospectively in an Uncertain World

Saturday 27 July 2019 - London
With speakers Dr Galit Atlas, Dr Susie Orbach and Professor Andrew Samuels

In this conference, our speakers will explore the challenging proposition that holding our future selves in mind needs to be considered a central aspect of the psychotherapeutic dialogue - one in which patient and therapist experiment with, dramatise and dream-up the patient's future, visualising possible new and adaptive self-states. Fresh nuances in the therapeutic relationship may be needed, ones in which greater attention is paid to imagining the full range of our potential multiple selves and their equally multiple social contexts. In our era of exceptional social fluidity, when we cannot grasp the ways in which our selves are externally moulded, such an approach seems especially important. But it also raises some theoretical questions: is the future an emerging and uncharted space that belongs to the client to discover or one that is co-imagined by the therapy couple? More information >>