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Dr Gwen Adshead

Dr Gwen Adshead is a Forensic Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist. She trained at St George's hospital, the Institute of Psychiatry and the Institute of Group Analysis. She is trained as a group therapist and a mindfulness based cognitive therapist and has also trained in Mentalisation based therapy. She worked for nearly 20 years as a Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist at Broadmoor Hospital, running psychotherapeutic groups for offenders, and working with staff around relational security and organisational dynamics. She now works in a medium secure unit in Hampshire. Gwen also has a Masters' Degree in Medical Law and Ethics; and has a research interest in moral reasoning, and how this links with "bad" behaviour. Gwen has published a number of books and over 100 papers, book chapters and commissioned articles on forensic psychotherapy, ethics in psychiatry, and attachment theory as applied to medicine and forensic psychiatry. She was honoured with the President's Medal for services to psychiatry in July 2013; an honorary doctorate from St George's Hospital Medical School in 2016 and was the Gresham Professor of Psychiatry 2014-2017.


Past and present Confer events
Postgraduate Training in Psychopathology
Deep CPD

The Traumatised Mother's Inner World
Saturday 15 June 2019

Insecure Attachment and Unexplained Illness
Saturday 21 April 2018

Live Supervision
Saturday 30 May 2015

The Affronting Patient
2 November 2013

Psychotherapeutic Skills Summer School - Working with 'Borderline patients'
Tuesday 28 June to Saturday 2 July 2011







Book of the Month
Brett Kahr's Top Ten Psychotherapy Books - 2018
Professor Brett Kahr certainly knows something about the art of authoring books. Over the years he has written or edited twelve volumes, and has served as series editor of some fifty further titles. Earlier this year, he published New Horizons in Forensic Psychotherapy: Exploring the Work of Estela V. Welldon (Karnac Books, 2018)... More >>
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Helen Fisher: The brain in love

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The Latest Neuroimaging Findings in Borderline Personality Disorder

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