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Space in Mind

Psychotherapy with people with dementia

With Andrew Balfour, Claire Craig, Sandra Evans, Penny Garner, John Killick, Danuta Lipinska, Anastasia Patrikiou, Anne Power, Pam Schweitzer and Kate White

Monday evenings 18 January 21 March 2016

Psychotherapy is based on certain expectations about the capacity of the client to engage in a meaningful dialogue that rests on reasonably reliable memory. But if, in its place, there are disconnected feelings, narrative voids or spaces in consciousness, where then does the therapeutic conversation go? This series of seminars is about connecting with people who have severe memory loss, offering techniques for effective therapeutic work with this ever-increasing disability. Our speakers will be offering medical reasons for impaired memory and an understanding of how memory works, bearing in mind that memory loss could be due to dissociative conditions or depression as well as dementia. We will be considering the subjective world of the person with dementia and what it is like to lose ones sense of self in this way. We will discuss communication: without the capacity to recount events how does the client begin to engage with the other person in the room, and what kind of therapy can take place? Many creative solutions are being discovered. This series aims to deepen our understanding of how to relate therapeutically in the emotional spaces offered by the client with a memory disorder, and to facilitate connections between the client and their own world.

Dementia is a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning." OED


Penny Garner
Penny Garner began working at Burford Hospital in 1990, setting up a project known as SPECAL, building up a small, passionate team working alongside the NHS until the hospital closed in 2000. Penny's work began as a direct result of her earlier experience gained whilst caring for her mother. More >>

John Killick
John Killick was a teacher for 30 years before taking up writing full-time in 1989. He began full-time writing by working as a writer in residence in a prison and a hospice before beginning an 11 year stint as Writer in Residence for a private healthcare company concentrating on people with dementia living in nursing homes. More >>

Anastasia Patrikiou
Anastasia Patrikiou is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. After training and working as an architect for a number of years, she completed a post-graduate diploma in Person-Centred Counselling at Strathclyde University and an Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy training at The Bowlby Centre. More >>

Dr Sandra Evans
Dr Sandra Evans, is Consultant Psychiatrist, East London NHS Foundation Trust, Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Chair of the Older Adults Section of the Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the NHS; Senior Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry and Mental Health Care for Older People and Associate Dean for Psychiatry at St Bartholomews Hospital and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London. More >>

Anne Power
Anne Power trained as an analytic psychotherapist at the Bowlby Centre, as a couple counsellor with Relate and as a supervisor with WPF. She is a Visiting Lecturer at Regents University London and has a private practice in London. In her first career as a nurse she worked in services for the elderly; recently she has written about closing a practice for illness or retirement, in Forced Endings in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis: Attachment and loss in retirement. More >>

Dr Claire Craig
Dr Claire Craig is a Reader in design and creative practice in health and is Co-director of Lab4Living, an interdisciplinary research group which brings together designers, health care practitioners, engineers, psychologists with the aim of designing products, services and environments to improve the quality of life and well-being for individuals. More >>

Andrew Balfour
Andrew Balfour has been Clinical Director at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships for 10 years. He developed 'Living Together with Dementia', an intervention for couples with the help of innovation grant funding from Camden Council and from City & Hackney CCG. More >>

Danuta Lipinska
Author of 'Person-centred Counselling for People with Dementia: Making Sense of Self' (Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2009) Danuta Lipinska has pioneered counselling with persons with dementia. A qualified nurse, she has a BA in Psychology and Master's Degree in Counselling from the University of New Hampshire, USA. More >>

Kate White
Kate White is a training therapist, supervisor and teacher at The Bowlby Centre. She is also editor of the journal, Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis. Prior to training as a psychotherapist Kate was a senior lecturer at The South Bank University, London, in the Department of Nursing and Community Health Studies where she developed an innovative diploma in district nursing. More >>

Pam Schweitzer
Pam Schweitzer was founder and Artistic Director of Age Exchange Theatre Trust from 1983 - 2005, the first full- time professional theatre company to specialise in touring reminiscence theatre across the UK and Europe. In 2000 she was awarded the MBE for services to Reminiscence and she continues to direct the European Reminiscence Network, lecturing, directing and training in reminiscence. More >>


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All 9 seminars:
Early bird: £220 (Sold out)
Self-funded: £280 (Available)
Organisationally funded: £340 (Available)
Single evenings: £40 (Available)
CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 16 hours will be provided at the event

Tavistock Centre
120 Belsize Lane

19:00 Registration
19:30 Start
21:15 End

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