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Psychotherapy and Social Justice
How to reach the people who don't find therapy

Saturday 21 January 2017

Developing models for working with marginalised people who rarely have access to therapy through the usual channels requires considerable thought, flexibility and cultural sensitivity. This conference is about how as a professional community we can extend our practice to people who may never otherwise encounter a psychotherapist or counsellor, whose needs are rarely noticed and who do not ask for help. How do we offer a service to those who are not within the system, are not aware of what therapy can offer or who have fallen through the net?

The pathways to those people are often hard to find, and require exploration. How, for example, do we work with refugees in detention centres, Gypsy Roma and Irish Traveller women on site, the isolated elderly, survivors of institutional abuse, the homeless? We will explore the routes through community organisations and NGOs, drop-in centres or the homes of those people, considering what kind of therapies are relevant and useful, building trust within communities and developing our ability to make a difference outside the comfort-zone of the consulting room. We will also consider some challenging questions: Is psychotherapy a desired intervention by some of the most marginalised groups within society? Are psychotherapists sufficiently equipped to offer an appropriate service?


Marion Green
Marion Green is an HCPC Registered Art Psychotherapist and Certified Trauma Therapist. She initially worked as a social worker in Child Protection, in schools (running a gardening project for non- attenders) and in adoption. She trained in Horticulture and Biodynamics and facilitated a women’s gardening and self-development project in Honduras.. More >>

Dr Miltiades Hadjiosif
Dr Miltos Hadjiosif is a Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology at the University of the West of England, Bristol and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is an integratively trained therapist, who is heavily influenced by psychodynamic ideas. His research has focused on the discursive and narrative dimensions of psychotherapeutic knowledge and calls for an interrogation of popular culture in order to nuance the relationship between the consulting room and the ‘real world’. Miltos is a Committee Member of the BPS Community Psychology Section and has worked with young offenders at risk of custody. He volunteers for a number of community projects. .. More >>

Yvonne MacNamara
Yvonne MacNamara is the Chief Executive Officer of The Traveller Movement an organisation made up of Gypsies, Traveller and Roma and members of the settled population working together for the realisation of human rights for these minority groups. She joined the staff team of the Traveller Movement as CEO April 2008. Yvonne is a well-seasoned practitioner within the field of community development and equality and has held a number of senior management roles. She currently sits on a number of advisory groups across government and within the wider sector. .. More >>

Andy Metcalf
Andy Metcalf is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in Central London. He also facilitates professional development groups for newly qualified social workers in Haringey. He has a long-standing interest in Relational Psychoanalysis and is a member of IARPP.. More >>

Maureen Slattery-Marsh
Maureen Slattery-Marsh is a therapist, supervisor and lecturer working in the voluntary sector and in private practice in Birmingham. She has been involved with Icap (immigrant counselling and psychotherapy) since 2007, a charity offering therapeutic support to immigrants, primarily from the Irish community living in Britain ( She spent six years in Northern Ireland developing programmes in community reconciliation and commenced her training as a therapist in Edinburgh in 1995. She specialised in addictions counselling for five years before moving to Birmingham in 2003, completing her MA in Psychodynamic counselling in 2007. She is currently chair of BACP's Spirituality division and engages in research on the relationship between psychotherapy, spirituality and belief... More >>

Lennox Thomas
Lennox Thomas is a former Co Director of the MSc Course in Intercultural Therapy at University College London, a former Clinical Director of the NAFSIYAT Intercultural Therapy Centre, a member of the British Association of Psychotherapists and of the Institute of Family Therapy... More >>


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Self-funded: £90
Self-funded x 2: £150
Self-funded (with the online module Psychotherapeutic Work with Intergenerational Trauma): £190
Organisationally-funded: £200
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
11:20 Coffee
12:30 Lunch
15:20 Tea
17:00 End