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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
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Live Events



Women on the Couch - the seminar series
Thursday evenings, 13 September to 13 December 2018 - London
With Susanna Abse, Dr Meg-John Barker, Sarah Benamer, Roz Carroll, Jocelyn Chaplin, Prophecy Coles, Jane Czyzselska, Marion Green, Janice Hiller, Dr Amanda Jones, Dr Dianne Lefevre, Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga, Anna Motz, Emma Palmer (formerly Kamalamani), Holli Rubin, Anna Santamouris, Dr Maggie Turp, Valentino Vecchietti, Maria Xrisoula and Heba Zaphiriou-Zarifi

Holding in mind that hysteria was considered a female mental disorder for over 4000 years and has been inextricably linked with the origins of psychoanalysis, this unique seminar series asks how far we have come in our understanding of the female psyche and the treatment of female patients in psychotherapy.

Negotiating Endings in the Psychotherapy Relationship
Saturday 6 October 2018 - London
With Professor Jeremy Holmes, Dr John Andrew Miller, Anne Power and Dr Jill Salberg

Endings in therapy can range vastly from abrupt and unexpected ruptures to working towards a fulfilled ending, and anything in between. Of course, endings and loss are inextricably linked, even in the best circumstances. An ending will stir up early experiences of loss that may not have been consciously experienced before let alone worked through in the therapy.

A Body-Based, Trauma-Centered Approach to Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
Saturday 13 October 2018 - Dublin
With speakers Dr Doris Brothers and Dr Jon Sletvold

Embodiment can be simply defined as living life informed through the sense experience of the body. Our bodies are our first lived experience in the world before words and the development of higher intelligence. Unfortunately, as we grow we often attempt to understand our "problems" just through one area, the mind, rather than using all that is available to us for knowledge and insight. Our body offers us a whole area of often untapped knowledge and awareness that is highly effective in creating lasting insight.

Small Earth
Psychotherapists, ecologists, economists, philosophical and spiritual thinkers ask: can we return to living within the terms of Earth's ecosphere?

Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 November 2018 - Suffolk
Judith Anderson, James Barrett, Amrita Bhohi, Dr Kim Brown, Dr Mick Collins, Dr Andrew Fellows, Marion Green, Melissa Harrison, Professor Tim Jackson, Paul Maiteny, Dr Alastair McIntosh, Chris Packham, Mary-Jayne Rust and Dr Yuriko Sato

Among the millions of people worried about our environment, there is a growing community of psychotherapists who are bringing ecological understanding and appreciation closer to the heart of their work. These eco-psychologists share a profound concern for species extinction, environmental degradation and climate change. They view the wild as a place that supports psychological well-being, and that the unconstrained use of the planet as a resource counters all aspects of healthy and sustainable living; that living eco-systemically means appreciating and acting on the reality that humans are an intrinsic parts of Earth's eco-system, not a species separate from it.

Regression: a necessary state of mind for therapeutic growth?
Saturday 17 November 2018 - London
With Dr Lorraine Price, Dr Adah Sachs and Marcus West

This meeting will consider how we respond therapeutically when our client seems to be relating to us from a young or regressed self-state. Each of our speakers will approach the subject by considering what early relational experiences the client may be describing by embodying this younger self. What happened for them at that age? What meanings do we make of such frozen self-states? When the client suddenly speaks in a childlike voice or wears clothes suited to a much younger person, what feelings does that arouse for the therapist? How do we recognise and assimilate a parental countertransference that seems to belong to their story? How can this be thought and talked about to facilitate a therapeutic resolution?

Confer's 20th Anniversary Conference
What is Normal?

Saturday 24 November 2018 - London
With speakers Roz Carroll, Dr Christopher Clulow, Professor Brett Kahr, Dr Phil Mollon, Dr Susie Orbach, Professor Andrew Samuels, Ann Shearer, Dr Valerie Sinason, Lennox Thomas, Dr Felicity de Zulueta

At this special event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Confer's work we have set our speakers a thorny question to answer: what is normal? The subject, while posing important questions about some very binary ideas of sanity and madness, health and illness, predictability and instability, also offers a platform for us to elaborate when and how the concept or normality informs our work - if at all.

Reading, Writing, Listening:
A symposium with Adam Phillips
With Josh Cohen, Howard Cooper and Laura Marcus

Saturday 1 December 2018 - London
With Adam Phillips, Josh Cohen, Howard Cooper and Laura Marcus

Over the course of three decades, Adam Phillips has been exploring and expanding the boundaries of psychoanalytic writing. He has addressed topics from across the broadest range of human experience - among many others, flirtation, escape, sanity, the unlived life and 'unforbidden pleasures'. Yet it's not simply the intellectual richness of his writing that has inspired readers, but his unmistakeable personal voice - playful, paradoxical and profoundly humane.

Ghostly Hauntings
Subliminal and unconscious messages from our ancestors

Friday 7 December 2018 - London
With Lisa Appignanesi, Prophecy Coles, Dr Françoise Davoine, Professor Stephen Frosh and Linda Grant

This conference aims to elucidate a particular experience within the field of intergenerational trauma, the as if experience of being occupied or possessed by another from a different time or place, and feelings that are hard to explain. When working with these clients, a sense of ghostly possession and metaphysical phenomena can come to mind. We are reminded how within the psyche the past and future can collide in the present.

Pre and Perinatal Emotional Health
Saturday 8 December 2018 - London
With Professor Vivette Glover, Dr Cherionna Menzam-Sills, Dr Giuliana Mieli and Franklyn Sills

This conference brings together speakers from the fields of medicine, psychotherapy and research to consider what we know about the impact of the mother's internal working model of attachment on the emotional development of her baby during pregnancy. We will look at how her states of mind are conveyed to the foetus and are inextricably linked to the attachment style and emotional wellbeing of the new baby to-be-born and the importance of the mother allowing and expressing the full array of feelings she has during her pregnancy including her negative emotions.

Working with High Intensity States of Consciousness:
Ego-disintegration or spiritual breakthrough?

Saturday 15 December 2018 - London
With Dr Angela Cotter, Viv Fogel, Dr Tim Read, Dr Malcolm Rushton and Laurie Slade

This conference will explore links between early trauma and high intensity states of consciousness. For some psychotherapists working with 'non-ordinary states', the 'unknowable' and the 'numinous', including archetypal penetration and crisis of meaning, is integral to their work. To others, such heightened types of consciousness are concerning expressions of ego disintegration. Our speakers will describe a stance where understanding, acceptance and normalisation of the client's experience however strange can be a starting point for integration, growth and healing.










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

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