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The Establishment on the Couch
A psychological exploration of class wounding - in the consulting room & society

A 1 day conference led by Prophecy Coles, Nick Duffell, Steve Potter & Professor Joy Schaverien

Saturday 9 May 2015

09.30   Registration and coffee
10.00   Prophecy Coles

The shadow of the second mother in the consulting room
In her recent book The Shadow of the Second Mother, Prophecy Coles explores the neglected area that delegated maternal care-givers, such as wet nurses and nannies, have had upon the emotional life of the children they have nursed. In this presentation she will use examples to illustrate some of the psychological effects upon such children. Such issues as loss and the ensuing difficulty in trusting others will be examined. The rupture in the relationship with the mother will be highlighted, as well as power and privilege, class and race as the unconscious dynamic gets played out in therapy.
11.15   Coffee
11.45   Professor Joy Schaverien

Boarding School Syndrome: trauma, attachment and loss
This clinically based and illustrated presentation will offer a psychological analysis of the long-established British and colonial boarding school tradition demonstrating how some forms of enduring distress in adult life may be traced back to the early losses of home and family. Developed from clinical research and informed by attachment and child development theories ‘Boarding School Syndrome’ is a new term that offers a theoretical framework on which the psychotherapeutic treatment of ex-boarders may build. We will consider the nature of this form of exile: the broken attachments, loss, bereavement and captivity are sometimes compounded by physical, sexual and psychological abuse. Many boarders adopt unconscious coping strategies, including dissociative amnesia, resulting in a psychological split between the ‘home self’ and the ‘boarding school self’. This pattern may continue into adult life, causing difficulties in intimate relationships, generalised depression and separation anxiety amongst other forms of psychological distress.
13.00   Lunch break (Lunch is not included at this event)
14.00   Steve Potter

Voicing class difference therapeutically
Class differences are expressed in our expectations, speech patterns and cultural narratives, not only in society but in our therapeutic relationships. This presentation will offer a method of conversational mapping that can help rethink, re-voice, re-word and re-write the dynamics of our own class relationships both as they occur in the reciprocal roles in therapy and other intimate relationships. Based on the principles of Cognitive Analytic Therapy, this presentation will examine theory and practical methods with examples and an opportunity for participants to explore class issues that arise with specific clients.
15.15   Tea
15.30   Nick Duffell

Family abandonment, normalised deprivation and wounded leaders
Psychotherapy and politics aren’t easy bedfellows in Britain but, since we groom our political elite by means of ‘privileged abandonment’ in childhood, this dangerous liaison can no longer be avoided. The boarding habit is so normalised in this country that we ignore how extraordinary it is to foreigners, how traumatic to children, how regressive for society. It is the primary means for maintaining the anachronistic class-ridden culture and for failing to establish a proper social democracy like our European neighbours. Many of our leaders have not had enough proper belonging in childhood and so are incapable of the collective decision-making that our current world requires. We will consider how this normalised social abandonment impacts on both the psyche and the system and why, rather than being limited by the myth of individualism, psychotherapy needs to boldly address the political, both in and beyond the consulting room.
16.45   Plenary Discussion
17.30   End

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Self-funded: £130
Organisationally-funded: £200
CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6.5 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and drinks
10.00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:15 Lunch
15:15 Tea
17.30 End