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Valerie Sinason PhD, MACP, M Inst Psychoanal

Dr Valerie Sinason is a poet, writer, child and adolescent psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst and was Founder Director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies which she continues to consult to. She is a Trustee of the Institute for Psychotherapy and Disability, Chair of the Trust for the First People Arts Centre, South Africa and Hon Consultant Psychoanalyst at the University of Cape Town Child Guidance Clinic. She trained at the Tavistock Clinic and was a Consultant there for twenty years as well as at St Georges Hospital Medical School Psychiatry of Disability Department. She was given a lifetime achievement award at the ISSTD 2016. She has published over 150 papers and edited or co-edited over 18 books. Her seminal disability book is Mental Handicap And The Human Condition: An Analytic Approach To Intellectual Disability. Valerie Sinason


Past and present Confer events
Postgraduate Training in Psychopathology
Deep CPD

The Nature of Trauma and Dissociation
Online module

Confer's 20th Anniversary Conference!
Saturday 24 November 2018

Dissociative Identities
Saturday 10 March 2018

Dissociative Identities
Saturday 9 December 2017

Psychotherapy is a Cultural Issue
Saturday 22 April 2017

My Most Remarkable Session
Saturday 14 January 2017

Working Psychotherapeutically with Sadism
Friday 7 November 2014

The challenges of working with dissociative disorders
Monday 30 June 2014

The Impossible Profession?
Monday 24 March 2014

Trauma Skills
Wednesday evenings 18 January - 28 March 2012

Trauma Skills School - Edinburgh
Monday 5 - Friday 9 July 2010
Is There Such a Thing as an Impossible Patient? - A Seminar Series for Psychotherapists
Monday evenings 27 September to 6 December 2010
Psychological Trauma and the Child
Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 September 2008
Trauma Skills Summer School
Monday 5 - Friday 9 July 2010
Contemporary Views on Working with Transference
5 June, 26 June, 25 September & 6 November 2010






Book of the Month
Brett Kahr's Top Ten Psychotherapy Books - 2017
Professor Brett Kahr certainly knows something about the art of authoring books. Over the years he has written or edited ten volumes, and has served as series editor of some fifty further titles. Earlier this year, he published Coffee with Freud (Karnac Books, 2017) and, more recently, New Horizons in Forensic Psychotherapy... More >>
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Helen Fisher: The brain in love

Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people in love and people who had just been dumped... view...

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The Latest Neuroimaging Findings in Borderline Personality Disorder

Altered function in neurotransmitter systems including the serotonin, glutamate, and GABA systems was observed in patients with BPD... read more...