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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

Recent fears about the role of the establishment as an increasingly uncaring and un-empathic entity lead to question: what are the deep, psychological structures of those people who govern and control with so little apparent concern for those who have less – less money, opportunity, safety, education and cultural capital?

This day begins our enquiry into the psychological impact of deeply rooted inequalities in Britain, and the interpersonal behaviour of those who have experienced privilege and yet relational deprivation as children. We want to examine both the mind-set of entitlement on which this societal structure is founded, and its shadow of broken attachments, loss and abuse. How do we manage class issues in the consulting room?


Prophecy Coles
Prophecy Coles trained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the Lincoln Clinic and is a member of the London Centre for Psychotherapy. She is the author of many scholarly articles on sibling relationships, eating disorders, sexuality and on intergenerational trauma. Her books, The Importance of Sibling Relationships in Psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2003) and The Uninvited Guest from the Unremembered Past: An Exploration of the Unconscious Transmission of Trauma Across the Generations (Karnac, 2003) have received great acclaim... More >>

Nick Duffell
Nick Duffell studied Sanskrit before becoming a carpenter; after a breakdown, he re-trained as psychotherapist. He has led men's groups since 1987 and co-founded the Centre for Gender Psychology in 1996. He now calls himself a psychohistorian, promoting a depth-psychology perspective of issues that affect public life very deeply, like identity and emotions, fear and vulnerability... More >>

Steve Potter
Steve Potter is a psychotherapist who trains and supervises a wide variety groups both in the NHS in the UK and internationally in doing and using psychotherapy to develop reflective practice and reflective capacity individually and in teams. He is widely involved in teaching relational intelligence to various professional groups using the shared activity of making personal maps... More >>

Professor Joy Schaverien
Joy Schaverien PhD is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology in Private Practice in the East Midlands. She is a Training Therapist and Supervisor for the BJAA and visiting Professor at the Northern Programme for Art Psychotherapy in Sheffield. A member of the IAAP she lectures widely in Britain and internationally. Her many publications include: The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy 2002 and Gender, Countertransference and the Erotic Transference. Her new book Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged” Child will be published by Routledge in June 2015.


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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