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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships

Online Resources

Confer's Online Modules are packages of videoed talks, audio tracks, slides, texts and references contributed by leading theoreticians to support your work.

Fragile Selves: Working with Narcissistic and Borderline States of Mind

Online Module
This package of resources provides 19 hours of CPD on the subject of psychotherapeutic work with people who have received a diagnosis of a Narcissistic or Borderline Personality Disorder, or those who express personality traits often associated with those definitions such as difficulty regulating extreme affective states in relationships and of maintaining a stable, realistic view of the self and other.

Susanna Abse, Dr Anne Alvarez, Dr David Celani, Dr Diana Diamond, Dr Jay Greenberg, Dr Jason Hepple, Professor Jeremy Holmes, Dr Frank Lachmann, Elizabeth Wilde McCormick, Dr Susan Mizen, Dr Phil Mollon, Dr Clara Mucci, Jack Nathan, Jenny Riddell, Dr Allan Schore, Ruthie Smith, Neville Symington and Marcus West.

CPD value: 19 hours
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Synthesising ecology and psychotherapy in practice and theory

Online Module
So much psychotherapy takes place within the confines of a consulting room. But what happens when therapy takes place in a natural setting - or when the natural world is invited into the narrative of self and other? This module brings together the practices of ecology and psychotherapy to illustrate how engagement with nature, which includes ourselves, is a powerful transformative tool, both in itself and - potentially - when integrated into any therapeutic approach.

Guy Dargert, Caroline Frizell, Jo Hamilton, Dr Adrian Harris, Professor Paul Hoggett, Chris Johnstone, Emma Palmer, Paul Maiteny, George Marshall, Hayley Marshall, Rosemary Randall, Professor Chris Rapley, Mary-Jayne Rust, Nick Totton, Dr Maggie Turp, Sally Weintrobe, Joanna Wise.

CPD value: 16 hours
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Forensic Psychotherapy: Pathologies and Treatment Strategies for working with Violence

Online Module
The subject of this online module is the psychotherapeutic treatment of violent offenders and those with abusive tendencies or fantasies. Through 14 hours of videos, audio tracks and papers, we aim to illuminate why human beings can be dangerous, murderous or perverse, and how such tendencies can be psychotherapeutically treated.

Dr Jamie Bennett, Dr Ronald Doctor, Dr Sandra M Grant, Mary Haley, Professor Brett Kahr, The late Professor Gill McGauley, Ms Anna Motz, Dr Adah Sachs, Richard Shuker, Dr Celia Taylor, Dr Estela Welldon, Dr Jessica Yakeley.

CPD value: 14 hours
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Embodied Approaches to Psychotherapy

Online Module
This new collection of videos and papers brings together the work of an extraordinarily diverse and talented group of psychotherapists - from psychoanalysts to body psychotherapists - who see the body as central to the therapeutic process.

Julianne Appel-Opper, Shoshi Asheri, Bill Cornell, Morit Heitzler, Dr Pat Ogden, Dr Susie Orbach, Dr Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar, Dr Yorai Sella, Jon Sletvold, Michael Soth, Dr Kathrin Stauffer, Nick Totton.

CPD value: 16 hours
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Neurobiology and its Applications to Psychotherapy - II

Online Module
This combination of videos, audio tracks, papers and references provides 12 hours of recorded presentations plus notes, papers and research resources on the subject of neurobiology when applied to the practice of psychotherapy.

Lucy Biven, Dr Nessa Carey, Dr Ruth Lanius, Dr Dianne Lefevre, Dr Dan Siegel, Professor Mark Solms, Dr Sharon Stanley, Professor Oliver Turnbull, Dr Alan Watkins.

CPD value: 14 hours
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The Applications of Attachment Theory to Psychotherapy

Online Module
This package of online presentations provides over 14.5 hours of new videos plus additional resources on the subject of applying attachment theory to clinical expertise.

Dr Christopher Clulow, Linda Cundy, Dr Sarah Ingrid Daniel, Professor Pasco Fearon, Tirril Harris, Professor Jeremy Holmes, Dr Dan Hughes, Dr Frank Lachmann, Dr Mario Marrone, Paul Renn, Dr Daniela Sieff, Professor Miriam Steele, Dr David Wallin, Kate White.

CPD value: 20.5 hours
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Advances in Relational Psychotherapy

Online Module
The vast influence of Relational Psychoanalysis in the last 25 years has evolved into one of the most significant paradigm shifts in the field, impacting on almost every psychotherapy modality. This package offers a set of videoed talks on relational theory and practice, presented by some of most influential author-practitioners, and is designed to illustrate relational theory as it is applied to clinical technique.

Dr Neil Altman, Shoshi Asheri, Dr Jessica Benjamin, Dr Doris Brothers, Roz Carroll, Dr Muriel Dimen, Professor Maria Gilbert, Dr Adrienne Harris, Dr Nancy McWilliams, Dr Jeremy Safran, Professor Andrew Samuels, Dr Donnel Stern, Dr David Wallin.

CPD value: 20.5 hours
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Psychotherapeutic Work with Intergenerational Trauma

Online Module
This package of online presentations provides 10 hours of new videos plus additional resources on the subject of working with the psychological effects of intergenerational trauma. We are delighted to be hosting these internationally distinguished author-clinicians as our presenters:

Dr Pamela Alexander, Dr Aileen Alleyne, Dr Doris Brothers, Prophecy Coles, Dr Françoise Davoine, Dr Dori Laub o Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga, Dr Clara Mucci, Professor Franz Ruppert, Lennox Thomas, Maya Jacobs-Wallfisch, Dr Estela Welldon.

CPD value: 20 hours
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Neurobiology and its Applications to Psychotherapy

Online Module
This combination of videos, audio tracks, papers and references provides 18 hours of recorded presentations plus notes, new papers and research resources on the subject of neurobiology when applied to the practice of psychotherapy.

Lucy Biven, Dr Mona DeKoven Fishbane, Professor Vittorio Gallese, Dr Jean Knox, Dr Ruth Lanius, Dr Terry Marks-Tarlow, Dr Iain McGilchrist, Dr Jaak Panksepp, Professor Stephen Porges, Dr Allan Schore, Dr Dan Siegel, Professor Mark Solms, Dr Alan Watkins, Dr Felicity de Zulueta.

CPD value: 21.5 hours
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Trauma and Dissociation

Online Module
This combination of videos, audio tracks, papers and references provides 16.5 hours of recorded presentations plus notes, new papers and research resources on the subject of psychotherapeutic work with trauma and dissociation.

Rémy Aquarone, Dr Philip Bromberg, Dr Doris Brothers, Dr Onno Van Der Hart, Professor Brett Kahr, Dr Jean Knox, Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga, Dr Pat Ogden, Alexandra Richman, Dr Allan Schore, Dr Daniel Siegel, Dr Valerie Sinason, Dr Donnel Stern and Dr Felicity de Zulueta.

CPD value: 20.5 hours
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Online Events

Learning from Life: the acquisition of psychoanalytic wisdom

Patrick Casement
3 video lectures

In his fourth and most personal book Learning from Life Patrick Casement gives us a fascinating insight into fundamental questions concerning the acquisition of analytic wisdom and how personal experiences shape the analyst's approach to clinical work. In this 3-part seminar he talks to us about how the psychoanalytic self comes into being, and how our own emotional truths consciously or unconsciously shape our work. These presentations will have a fresh and emergent quality that cannot be summarised in abstracts. Participants can expect to hear inspiring, personal insights that illuminate the practice of psychoanalysis and the engagement with life.

This combination of video lectures provides 2.5 hours of recorded presentations..

CPD value: 3 hours

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Live Events - Conferences and Seminars

Confer's live events are seminars and conferences held in the UK at which we aim to present the cutting edge of research and theory in order to deepen our understanding of the mind and best practice in mental health disciplines.
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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, 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, 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. Female distress was once cured with herbs, sex or sexual abstinence, punished and purified with fire for its association with sorcery. More information >>

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. More information >>

Working with Gender Diversity: Trans, cis, non-binary and beyond

Saturday 19 January 2019 - London
Led by Dr Meg-John Barker

We're in the midst of a massive moral panic about gender. We know that gender is highly related to mental health struggles such as high rates of suicide, addiction, and violence among men, and high rates of depression, anxiety, body image, and self-esteem issues among women. But attempts to question rigid binary notions of gender, or to see gender as something that can be more flexible and fluid are often regarded as highly threatening. Trans people suffer the highest rates of mental health struggles of all under the LGBT banner, due to the cultural stigma attached to being trans. However, government attempts to make life easier for trans people have been met with a massive backlash across mainstream and social media. More information >>

Aspergers and Psychoanalysis
Meeting the patient where they are

Saturday 26 January 2019 - London
With Louise Allnutt, Dr Anne Alvarez, Sue Reid and Graham Shulman

At times we are faced with patients who seem disconnected from us and from other people, and from themselves and within themselves. Or are they really so unconnected? Do we address this condition via psychoanalytic psychotherapy by sometimes forcing connections or reading in connections where there are none? Can we find connections or even build connections under these conditions? Working from their experience as psychoanalytic psychotherapists with mildly autistic adolescents, our four speakers will ask if they can stay true to their psychoanalytic roots and still meet the patient where they are, or for that matter, where they are not. More information >>

Vulnerability and Gang Life: Therapeutic Perspectives

Saturday 2 February 2019 - London
With Dr Geraldine Akerman, Camila Batmanghelidjh, Feras Al-Bakri, Dr Richard Grove and Mary Haley

This event is designed to introduce psychodynamic understanding of the complex emotional and attachment needs involved in the decision to join a gang - for example, the search for love, attachment, belonging, status and protection. We will also look at the dangerous reality that gang membership actually involves: complying to a rigid, undemocratic leadership hierarchy, exposure to drugs, alcohol and weapons, precocious sexual activity and life-threatening conflicts. Our speakers will talk about the types of young people who may be drawn into that culture and the toxic and highly organised psychosocial structures that maintain control of members. More information >>

Avoidant Attachment and the Defense Against Intimacy

Saturday 9 February 2019 - London
A one-day seminar Led by Linda Cundy

This day is about the challenge faced by people who were ignored, criticised, rejected or utterly neglected within their families of origin and who thus find it difficult to form close and lasting intimate relationships in adulthood. People who avoid close proximity to others, despite their longing for that closeness, often feel more secure and better able to manage deep feelings when they hold others apart, whether sexual partners, therapists or family members. More information >>

Trauma through the lens of neurobiology, attachment theory and the body

Saturday 23 February 2019 - Dublin
A seminar led by Dr Graham Music

Using developmental research and longstanding clinical experience of working with trauma, this training will highlight how early experiences affect emotional expectations, and psychological patterns. We will see how a child's emotional strategies and sometimes life-saving adaptations can become defensive coping mechanisms. Resulting relational, attachment and body-based nervous system templates can become deeply ingrained, profoundly affecting life-trajectories. More information >>

The Use of Psychedelics in Psychotherapy

Saturday 2 March 2019 - London
With Professor David Nutt, Dr Jo O'Reilly, Maria Papaspyrou and Dr Rosalind Watts

In recent years there has been a rekindling of interest into the potential therapeutic benefits of psychedelic drugs. This psychedelic renaissance is producing scientific evidence for efficacy in some psychiatric disorders that are difficult to treat; indeed MDMA assisted psychotherapy for treatment resistant PTSD looks set to become a mainstream treatment. This is obviously a controversial subject and sober appraisal is required. Many psychotherapists will also be aware of reckless use of psychedelics, the vogue for ayahuasca and the dangers of un-integrated experiences. While psychedelic assisted psychotherapy challenges our existing paradigms and opens up areas of psyche that may be unfamiliar, it does appear to offer mutative change and therapeutic promise if used correctly. More information >>

Developing embodied awareness in the psychotherapy relationship
A weekend retreat in Dartington

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March 2019 - Dartington
(Limited places)
With Julianne Appel-Opper, Margaret Landale, Dr Jon Sletvold and Nick Totton

This rural weekend retreat offers the opportunity for practising and trainee psychotherapists to engage with an embodied approach to clinical work. With recent insights from neuroscience, embodied cognitive science and therapeutic experience, it is now generally accepted that the embodied mind is implicitly at work in the relationships between client and therapist. This event offers the opportunity to feel and make sense of this embodiment and to develop the capacity to work with embodied processes flowing between client and therapist. More information >>

Post-Slavery Syndrome: Intergenerational PTSD in the Consulting Room Today

Friday 22 March (eve) + Saturday 23 March - London
With Dr Aileen Alleyne, Robert Downes, Eugene Ellis, Wayne Mertins-Brown, Judy Ryde, Foluke Taylor and Lennox Thomas

This conference is about living and practicing psychotherapy in a society that is deeply damaged by the legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The discussion is premised on the theory that through the mostly unconscious transmission of intergenerational trauma, affect and narratives, we continue to perpetuate a destructive power disparity between today's black and white communities; that we are locked into histories that we didn't create but which control our thinking and which need to be continually challenged in order for us to grow emotionally as a society. More information >>

Healing the Traumatised Self: Overcoming Challenging Moments in Trauma Treatment

Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March 2019 - London
A 2-day study group led by Professor Ruth Lanius

This workshop will discuss treatment challenges frequently encountered in trauma assessment and treatment from a clinical and neurobiological perspective. Practical strategies on how to deal with these difficulties will be outlined throughout the seminar through clinical case examples and role-plays. The importance of the therapeutic alliance and the effect of traumatic re-enactments on the part of both the therapist and the client will be discussed. More information >>

Self-Harming Clients in Psychotherapy

Saturday 6 April 2019 - London
With Anna Motz, Jack Nathan and Dr Maggie Turp

This one-day workshop is designed to support psychotherapists in their work with clients or patients who are on the self-harming spectrum, from minor self-injury to suicide. Our panel will elaborate how we can identify self-harming behaviours, the aetiology of self-harm and how to work with those who are actively self-harming during their therapeutic treatment. Ideas and clinical theory will be offered in lecture format as well as via workshops in which to hone clinical skills. Motivations for self-harm are complex. More information >>

Using the Self in Psychotherapy: A 2-day study group on the relational approach

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April 2019 - Dublin
Led by Dr Aaron Balick

Who are you as a psychotherapist and how does your subjectivity affect your practice? Whatever your clinical background or theoretical modality, it is your "personal factors" that are most likely to have an effect on your clients - and their personal factors that will equally have an effect on you. Overall, it is the relationship between the two of you that counts. Relational Psychoanalysis offers a way to understand this complex relationship, so you can begin to get a handle on the unconscious dynamics that infuse the therapeutic situation. More information >>