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Seminars, conferences and online resources for psychotherapists

Online Modules

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

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

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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Women on the Couch - the seminar series

Thursday evenings, 17 May to 13 December 2018 - London
With Susanna Abse, Dr Meg-John Barker, Sarah Benamer, Roz Carroll, Jocelyn Chaplin, Prophecy Coles, Marion Green, Janice Hiller, Dr Amanda Jones, Dr Dianne Lefevre, Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga, Anna Motz, Emma Palmer (formerly Kamalamani), Holli Rubin, Anna Santamouris, Dr Maggie Turp, Maria Xrisoula and Heba Zaphiriou-Zarifi

Holding in mind that hysteria was considered a female mental disorder for over 4000 years and has been inextricably linked with the origins of psychoanalysis, this unique seminar series asks how far we have come in our understanding of the female psyche and the treatment of female patients in psychotherapy. Female distress was once cured with herbs, sex or sexual abstinence, punished and purified with fire for its association with sorcery. Thankfully, we have come a long way from such confusion about the emotional life of women, but where are we now with psychotherapeutic intervention for those suffering, not from hysteria but anxiety, depression, racism, anger, disempowerment or identity confusion? Do women come to psychotherapy with specific issues? And if so, what do these issues throw up in terms of a continual re-evaluation of the 'female psyche' - if, indeed, such a thing exists. More information >>

The Landscapes of Grief

Saturday 26 May 2018 - Dublin
With speakers John Banville, Ciaran Benson, Dr Tanya M. Cassidy, Dr Anthony McCarthy and Dr Julie Sutton

It is a universal truth that we are all going to die. We know this but we tend to ignore the reality, and to struggle with the inevitability that we will lose people we love. Death in our society is unacceptable and 15 percent of all psychological disorders are due to unresolved grief. But within the last two decades, there has been a revolution of understandings and theories that help us understand the process of healthy mourning. This day brings together therapy, landscape and literature to look at theories and processes that facilitate healthy grieving - both in psychotherapeutic practice and in life itself. More information >>

Bombs in the Consulting Room
How to survive hostile transference and relational dynamics

Saturday 9 June 2018 - London
A 1-day seminar with Professor Brett Kahr and Dr Carine Minne

Although the vast majority of psychotherapy patients comport themselves with great honourability and pose no physical or emotional threat to the clinician, a small number of individuals will, from time to time, hurl "bombs" into the consulting room. Some patients might confess to criminal activities, or might even stalk or terrorise the psychotherapeutic practitioner, causing great distress.

In this special one-day event, Professor Brett Kahr and Dr. Carine Minne, two of our nation's leading specialists, will present material from their work in both independent and forensic settings, examining the ways in which one can better diagnose potential clinical "bombs" in advance and, also, exploring how one might better defuse the bombs which patients hurl, inevitably, on certain occasions.
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Women on the Couch

Saturday 16 June 2018 - London
With Carmen Joanne Ablack, Luise Eichenbaum, Sissy Lykou, Gina Miller and Dr Susie Orbach

With multiple allegations of abuse by powerful men of less powerful women, we (both men and women) are in an extraordinary moment of taking stock of our relative positions to each other. The revelations of transgressions in the entertainment industry - from intrusive touching to actual rape - by intelligent and privileged men are an extraordinary testimony of inequality at the deepest and most primitive level: our relationship to the body and its ownership.

By the time that this conference takes place, the revelations and protests of #metoo and Time's Up will no longer be news, but what will persist is the imbalance of power between the genders, and the fact that a possible 1 in 5 women or children have been on the receiving end of violence by a man - an astonishing 1.4 billion individuals who are left with some fear of men. Shame and an infused sense of inferiority go hand-in-hand with this anxiety and we also need to consider the function of internalized misogyny in this arrangement of power.
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Toxic Couples in Therapy
Attachment and unconscious processes in relationship conflict and abuse

Saturday 23 June 2018 - London
With Damian McCann, Andy Metcalf, Anna Motz and Kate Thompson

One of the most complex ironies of the human condition is that our need for intimacy - so essential for survival from the moment of birth - often results in relationships that persistently thwart our deepest emotional and embodied prerequisites for contentment in adulthood: tenderness, empathic atunement and sexual fulfilment. At the beginning of a new relationship these desires may appear attainable and yet, as we see so often in therapy, unconscious processes can disrupt the most loving intentions, bringing the weight of negative, deeply held expectations about the self and the other into the core experience of the couple relationship, leading to great pain and disappointment. More information >>

Women on the Couch

Saturday 30 June 2018 - Dublin
With Ellen O'Malley Dunlop, Dr Maria Leahy, Marlene French Mullen, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and Louise O'Neill

Uachtarain) of Ireland acknowledged that the women of Ireland, Mná na hÉireann had, at the time, rocked the system. Do Irish women feel that this remains a truism? 2018 has been marked by events such as the Belfast rape trial, the campaign to repeal the 8th amendment and the cervical screening debacle. How do these events impact on the lives of women and men in our society? How are these moments in history showing up in our consulting rooms? What space is allowed for therapeutic concerns that are specifically about what it means to be a woman today? What do women want and need in therapy? How do we work therapeutically with issues of femininity, safety, empowerment, self-representation and relationships? More information >>

Emotion-Focused Therapy
The transforming power of affect

Saturday 14 July 2018 - London
A 1-day seminar with Professor Leslie Greenberg

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy approach developed by Professor Leslie Greenberg and colleagues that views emotions as centrally important in human functioning and in therapeutic change. It is an integrative, neo-humanistic treatment based on a program of psychotherapy research that began in the 1970s. It integrates Person-Centred, Gestalt and Existential Therapy traditions with a psychodynamically informed approach, all within an emotion theory and neuroscience perspective that views emotion as a source of meaning, direction and growth. It has been shown to be effective in the treatment of depression, anxiety, complex trauma, eating disorders and couple distress, as well as interpersonal problems and problems in living. More information >>

Existential Uncertainty
A 1-day workshop facilitated by Professor Ernesto Spinelli

Saturday 28 July 2018 - Dublin
With Professor Ernesto Spinelli

Current issues such as political and economic instability, climate change, and Brexit have provoked ever-increasing levels of anxiety and confusion. In turn, these concerns serve to highlight the degree to which uncertainly permeates our lives. Among contemporary psychotherapeutic models, existential psychotherapy emphasizes the inevitability of uncertainty. Its foundational stance of relatedness makes it evident that no individual "I" can ever fully determine, with complete and final certainty, what and how the world will be; how another or others will be; or even how "I" will be at any point time.

Paradoxically, existential therapy argues that uncertainty remains a constant given of human experience, not just an occasional and temporary consequence of unusual circumstances. This inevitability of uncertainty, and the openness of existence it proclaims, alerts us to the awareness that prior knowledge, values, assumptions and beliefs regarding self, others and the world are problematic.
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Ghostly Hauntings
Subliminal and unconscious messages from our ancestors

Saturday 7 December 2018 - London
With Lisa Appignanesi, Prophecy Coles, Dr Françoise Davoine, Professor Stephen Frosh and Linda Grant

This conference aims to elucidate a particular experience within the field of intergenerational trauma, the as if experience of being occupied or possessed by another from a different time or place, and feelings that are hard to explain. When working with these clients, a sense of ghostly possession and metaphysical phenomena can come to mind. We are reminded how within the psyche the past and future can collide in the present.

The conference will offer a psychodynamic perspective on what we might call the haunting of the living by the unknown experiences of ancestors - those traumas that they were never able to talk about. We will consider the importance of being open to the possibility that our clients carry 'uninvited' guests searching for a voice and seeking to be heard. It can be that a parent or grandparent's silenced past, that is infused with loss, grief or terror, is making itself known in the present in unexplained emotional or relationship difficulties.
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