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The Psychic Impact of War and Terrorism on our Mental Health
What is our therapeutic approach to the pervasive social phenomenon of bloodshed?

Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December 2016

This conference will examine the psychological significance of macro social ruptures of war and terrorism on collective consciousness. We will consider the symptoms of collective post-traumatic stress as having an inevitable impact upon our mental health, both as individuals and as a society. The speakers will look at ways in which historical and political divisions penetrate the social, family and personal unconscious - particularly when the war experience was psychologically unendurable, unacceptable and thus not fully integrated. We will explore how military conflicts enter the psyche – most likely of us all - to create a subliminal sense of enduring threat that permeates our daily sense of safety, even when those events are only experienced vicariously in the news, are the result of distant terrorism or when a sense of threat was passed on from a previous generation. The conference will thus look at non-specific anxieties and the narratives about war than underlie neurosis, or even form the delusional elements of psychosis. We will talk about how psychotherapy offers an opportunity for our fears and fantasies of mass violence to emerge and how these might be reconciled with mental health. How do we discuss these concerns in the consulting room? And how do we develop a theory of war trauma that recognises its impact upon us all?


Dr Neil Altman
Neil Altman, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and psychoanalyst, best known for his writing on psychotherapeutic work in the public sector from a psychoanalytic perspective. He has also written extensively on child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Dr. Altman is the author of The Analyst in the Inner City: Race, Class, and Culture through a Psychoanalytic Lens.. More >>

Jon Blend
Jon Blend is a relational gestalt /integrative child and adult psychotherapist and Lifemusic practitioner with a background in psychiatry. He works in private practice and teaches at The Gestalt and Minster Centres and internationally. He has co-led dialogue groups with descendants of Holocaust survivors. Jon performs with Playback South , a ‘communitas’ oriented theatre company and is the son of a Viennese Kindertransportee. More >>

Roz Carroll
Roz Carroll is a Chiron-trained body psychotherapist. She teaches ‘Contemporary Theories of Psychotherapy’ on the MA in Integrative Psychotherapy at The Minster Centre. She is the author of numerous articles and chapters, including: ‘The Blood-dimmed Tide: Witnessing war and working with the collective body in Authentic Movement’ in the Journal of Psychotherapy and Politics International. She and Jon Blend have been exploring the themes of war and intergenerational trauma in a series of workshops. More >>

Dr Françoise Davoine
Dr Françoise Davoine has worked as a psychoanalyst at a French psychiatric hospital for over thirty years. She also works in private practice as a supervisor and training analyst. She is retired professor at the École des Hautes Études en Science Sociales in Paris. She has an advanced degree in classics (French, Latin and Greek literature) and a doctorate in sociology. More >>

Professor Andrew Samuels
Andrew Samuels is Professor of Analytical Psychology at Essex and holds visiting chairs at New York, Roehampton, Macau and Goldsmiths, University of London. He works internationally as a political consultant. He is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology, in practice in London. He was the founder (with Judy Ryde) of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility and the founder consultant editor of Psychotherapy and Politics International. Former Chair, UK Council for Psychotherapy. . More >>

Jelena Watkins
Jelena Watkins is a London based psychosynthesis psychotherapist, working both in private practice and for ASSIST Trauma Care, an organisation specialising in working with individuals affected by homicide or terrorism. Originally from former Yugoslavia, she was one of the founding members of September 11 UK Families Support Group which was formed in 2002. . More >>


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Friday evening only: £5
Self-funded: £130
Self-funded x 2: £190
Organisationally-funded: £220

CPD Hours

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

Tavistock Centre
120 Belsize Lane

19:00 Registration and drinks
19:30 Start
21:30 End

08:30 Social Dreaming Matrix
09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea
17:00 End