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What is the Goal of Psychotherapy?

Saturday 28 January 2017

Saturday 28 January 2017

09.30   Registration and coffee
10.00   Laurie Slade and Ann Shearer
Due to the fact that Ann Shearer is sadly unable to attend due to an accident, Laurie Slade will be reading her paper and facilitating a discussion on its points. The paper will be distributed to participants in advance.

Therapy as a Search for Enjoyment in Life
For Jung, psyche was purposive, and psychotherapy's task was to understand more of that purpose in the work of 'individuation', as the patient grew towards wholeness. But is this a 'goal' - or rather a never-ending process in which both therapist and patient are mutually engaged? This talk explores some implications of Jung's thinking and suggests that most patients do in fact bring one overriding hope into the consulting room: that they will discover a greater capacity to find enjoyment in their lives. How does psychotherapy, whose theoretical bias is so often towards the tragic, respond to that hope?
11.00   Coffee
11.30   Dr Richard Gipps

Psychotherapy as Morality: Integrity as the Lynchpin of Integration
Psychotherapists sometimes conceive of morality as oppressive moralism, and so consider the liberatory action of therapy as replacing moral thought. Alternatively, they may aim to embody psychotherapeutic and moral values, the latter articulated in codes of conduct seen as important but external to the therapeutic action. In this talk Richard Gipps considers a third possibility: an identity of therapeutic-and-moral action - psychotherapy as morality - and suggests that the moral phenomena of showing respect, offering recognition, the hearing of confession, standing up to anti-moral defences, cultivating ethically perspicuous relationships, developing a reparation-driving conscience, and calling someone out on their nonsense, are best understood as the core drivers of therapeutic change.
12.30   Lunch (not Included)
13.45   Discussion
14:15   Linda Cundy

Building Security
This talk will suggest that the aim of attachment-based psychotherapy is "earned security." Research indicates that people rated "secure-autonomous" have higher self-esteem and emotional resilience, and fare better in relationships with others. They have more internal and external resources to support them, and are less constricted by defences than those rated insecure in the Adult Attachment Interview. There is also evidence that psychotherapy can provide a transformative experience, modifying relationships with other people and the self, enabling the "achievement" of security. Drawing on contemporary attachment theory, this presentation will outline key areas that need to be addressed, implicitly or explicitly, in psychotherapy in order to facilitate change. While the emphasis may differ to take account of each client's relational patterns and defences, these nine dimensions of experience are building blocks of security attachment.
15.15   Tea
15:35   Dr Phil Mollon

Making the Unconscious Conscious
Freud's original psychoanalysis was a pragmatic use of free-association and dream association to explore and resolve psychodynamic factors, deriving from childhood emotional conflicts, impeding the patient's engagement in work and love. Its aim was to increase the domain of the ego, to enhance conscious choice in place of unconsciously driven neurotic strivings. Phil Mollon will propose that the purpose of psychotherapy is still to increase the client's freedom from traumas and unconscious conflicts, so that he or she is better able to love and work and be creative. In achieving this end, the illusory transference relationship may be of much less importance than is commonly assumed.
16.45   Discussion
17.00   End

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Self-funded: £130
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CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:00 Coffee
12:30 Lunch
15:15 Tea
17:00 End