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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
Spring Programme 2018 - Season Ticket

Spring 2018


Season ticket providing access to all 9 events below for: £495

Working with threats to the couple relationship

Saturday 20 January 2018 - London
With Susanna Abse, Jane Haberlin and Dr Amita Sehgal

Infidelities come in many forms, but it is sexual infidelity that arguably cuts deepest. An affair involving one member of the couple usually also involves breaching an understanding they have with the other, although that contract may not be explicitly expressed. Affairs often bring couples to therapy.

Animal Assisted Psychotherapy with Traumatised People
Saturday 27 January 2018 - London
With Dr Kim Brown, Kelvin Hall, Ella Jones, Mike Delaney

The human and animal bond is a universally accepted dimension of emotional life. Indeed, therapeutic use of the animal-human attachment system, which includes safety, comfort, play and social engagement, has been documented since the 18th century.

Core Emotional Processes in the Mammalian Mind
With implications for effective psychotherapy

Saturday 3 February 2018 - London
With Lucy Biven and Professor Mark Solms

The long-held idea that humans are fundamentally emotionally different from animals has been profoundly challenged by the research findings of the late Professor Jaak Panksepp and colleagues. This has irrefutably demonstrated that all mammals share what he described as 'core emotional processes' - namely SEEKING, RAGE, FEAR, LUST, CARE, PANIC/GRIEF, and PLAY.

The Seductive Allure of the Bad Object: The Childhood Origins of Attachments in Abusive Relationships
Friday 23 February 2018 - London
A 1-day seminar led by Dr David Celani

W. R. D. Fairbairn (1889-1964) assumed that the unconscious develops in childhood and contains dissociated memories of parental neglect, insensitivity, and outright abuse that are impossible the children to tolerate consciously. In Fairbairn's model, these dissociated memories protect developing children from recognising how badly they are being treated and allow them to remain attached to abusive parents.

Exciting Bad-Objects?
Saturday 24 February 2018 - London
With speakers Dr David Celani, David Millar, Anna Santamouris, Dr Estela Welldon

The perception of goodness or badness in the self-and-other is the product of early-developmental experiences, resulting in inner representations in which people are perceived as more or less 'good', 'bad' or an intergrated whole which includes a wide range of emotional resources.

Aspergers and Psychoanalysis
Meeting the patient where they are

Saturday 3 March 2018 - London
With Louise Allnutt, Dr Anne Alvarez 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?
Dissociative Identities
Are multiple selves the greatest therapeutic challenge?

Saturday 10 March 2018 - London
With Rémy Aquarone and Dr Valerie Sinason

The capacity of the mind to create new identities as a form of self-protection when faced with trauma or exploitation in childhood is an extraordinary ability. It enables the child to preserve their core sense of self by creating an alternative personality - or many 'alter' personalities - who experience the abuse on behalf of the core personality.
The Psychotherapist's Self-Care
Developing resilience in relation to the emotional pressures of our work

Saturday 17 March 2018 - London
With Elizabeth Wilde-McCormick and Anthea Millar

While it is a given that psychotherapists robustly expose themselves to distressing stories and painful emotions, we may find that we are unexpectedly thrown by working with a particular person or psychological condition.

Spiritual Trauma - The Forgotten Wound in the Consulting Room
Saturday 24 March 2018 - London
With Rabbi Howard Cooper, the Rev Canon Susannah Izzard, Ruthie Smith

Psychotherapy in general has struggled to integrate the spiritual into the work but, in an age where there is an increasing interest in this domain - whatever we understand that to be - we need to be open to seeing and working with the spiritual wounds which may have been ignored, overlooked or forgotten.

Book of the Month
Brett Kahr's Top Ten Psychotherapy Books - 2018
Professor Brett Kahr certainly knows something about the art of authoring books. Over the years he has written or edited twelve volumes, and has served as series editor of some fifty further titles. Earlier this year, he published New Horizons in Forensic Psychotherapy: Exploring the Work of Estela V. Welldon (Karnac Books, 2018)... 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

Altered function in neurotransmitter systems including the serotonin, glutamate, and GABA systems was observed in patients with BPD... read more...