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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
The Impossible Profession?
A series of talks examining the experienced clinician's most difficult dilemmas

10 and 17 February, 3, 17, 24 and 31 March, 7 April 2014

Being a psychotherapist is obviously challenging work: one is offering one’s psyche in the service of another. As all therapists know, this can take one to the extreme edges of one’s capacity for wisdom, balance and integration.

Such sharing of self-states requires a basic interpersonal skill set: a combination of ego strength and open atunement; of knowing oneself and being available to the object-relational projections of the other; of containment yet flexibility. It also requires a set of structural supports that are provided by the profession, such as a viable theoretical framework, codes of conduct, an encouraging association of colleagues, supervision and CPD. Ideally, the inner structures of the therapist’s mind will be well sustained by these external structures but, when not, both the therapist and their clients may be in difficulty. Therapists clearly have a duty of care to both their patients and to each other, and the therapist working in isolation is at far greater risk of making therapeutic mistakes.

Taking vignettes that illuminate the interface between a clinical challenges and the professional community’s answer to such challenges, this programme of talks will be asking how we can best meet the greatest clinical demands, both privately and collectively:

Monday 10 February 2014
Dr Marie Adams
Work as a Refuge: therapists in pain

Monday 17 February 2014
Dr Dianne Lefevre
Being on the receiving end of hatred

Monday 3 March 2014
Adah Sachs
Innocent until proven guilty? On the vicissitudes of receiving a complaint

Monday 17 March 2014
Professor Andrew Samuels
When your client complains: emotional and professional perspectives

Monday 24 March 2014
Dr Valerie Sinason
Boundaries in ethical and sustainable practice

Monday 31 March 2014
Annie Power
Reaching the limit: ethical negotiation of unendurable work

Monday 7 April 2014
Professor Karl Figlio
Confidentiality and Ethics – The Internal world of the Psychotherapist


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Please read our booking conditions before making your booking

  • Whole series self-funded: £200
  • Whole series organisationally-funded: £300
  • Individual seminars: £40
CPD Hours

Certificates of Attendance for 2 hours will be provided at seminar

5th Floor Lecture Theatre
Tavistock Centre
120 Belsize Lane

Registration 19.00
Start 19.30
End 21.30

Monday 10 February 2014
Monday 17 February 2014
Monday 3 March 2014
Monday 17 March 2014
Monday 24 March 2014
Monday 31 March 2014
Monday 7 April 2014