The Political Mind Seminars 2018 – The role of the unconscious in political and social life @ Sigmund Freud Lecture Theatre, Institute of Psychoanalysis 112a Shirland Road Maida Vale London W9 2BT Tickets
May 1 – Jul 17 all-day

Tuesday evenings from 1 May to 17 July 2018

at the Institute of Psychoanalysis

In times of political turmoil, where does one turn for insight? These seminars explore the role of the unconscious in political and social life, in the light of contemporary issues such as racism, terrorism, totalitarian thinking, the NHS, the market economy, ecology, gender and sexuality.

To see the full list of lectures and speakers click here

To book the full series, please click the REGISTER NOW button at the top of this page

Students with a valid ID card can buy concession tickets – we will ask you to provide your ID after purchase.

We offer BPC members a £20 discount on the full series – please provide your BPC number when registering.

When you book a full series – you get free entry to a special one-off seminar at BPAS Shirland Rd 14 May for The ‘Authoritarian Personality’ reconsidered: Adorno, Marcuse and the spectre of ‘Left Fascism’

Political Minds 2018 Tickets
1 May – Prof Cathy Bronstein: Working in fear: Psychoanalysis in complex politic environments
8 May – Dr Tomasz Fortuna: Notes from the inside and from the outside: Diversity in the intrapsychic and socio-political context
15 May – Prof Michael Rustin: Epistemic anxiety in education and society
22 May – Dr David Bell: Neoliberalism is bad for your Mental Healthe Climate change in a culture of uncare.
29 May – Dr Jonathan Sklar: Hatred and racism: Evocations of the Confederacy in today’s America
5 June – Prof Stephen Frosh: Post-memory and the politics of trauma
12 June – Prof Josh Cohen: The psychopolitics of Non-Work
19 June – Fakhry Davids: Further thoughts: Psychoanalysis and Israel-Palestine; a personal angle
26 June – Prof Jaqueline Rose: The legacy: Political protest and the denial of history- Fear of Strangers: whose home is it?
3 July – Philip Stokoe: Where have all the adults gone? The search continues: Further thoughts about the struggle to face reality
10 July – Dr Roger Kennedy: Tolerating strangers: Is a respectful and human world possible in intolerant times?
17 July – Sally Weintrobe: Climate change and Neoliberal exceptionalism


£20 per lecture

Working with the couple relationship through the adoption process @ Tavistock Relationships Tickets
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This training will be held at our central London premises and will examine the transition to parenthood for adoptive couples and challenges they face during and after the adoption process.

Drawing on our recently published handbook Conversations with Adoptive Couples participants will be helped to work with the couple during assessment, matching and post adoption.

Keeping the couple relationship in mind and opening difficult conversations will form part of the training offered during this study day.

The content is designed for practitioners from a variety of settings working in the adoption field who would like to learn more about engaging couples in their work.

British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA) Summer School 2018: Body and Mind, bedfellows? @ Queen Mary University Tickets
Jun 30 @ 9:30 am – Jul 1 @ 4:00 pm

Body and Mind: bedfellows?

A psychoanalytic introductory weekend, to consider the value of psychoanalytical principles in clinical practice. With presentations and films from psychoanalysts and medical professionals, with plenty of opportunities for interactive participation.

The Summer School is for members and students of the medical, nursing and caring professions e.g.doctors, social workers, Occupational therapists and psychologists: research scientists:: and anyone interested in the intricacies human mind.

Children and Divorce: Understanding the impact on and use of the child in the context of divorce and separation @ Tavistock Relationships Tickets
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

In our work with individuals and couples we encounter many clients who are going through divorce, may be worried about the effect of a recent divorce on their children or who may still be suffering from the after effects of their own parents’ bitter divorce.

The workshop will approach the subject of children in the context of divorce and separation from two perspectives. Firstly, the use made of the child by the couple as part of the process of divorce. Secondly, and following on from this, the impact of divorce on the child and how this will be affected by the developmental stage of the child/children. Throughout, implications for the clinician’s technique will be considered and commented upon.

There will also be a consideration of the legal processes in relation to children in the process of divorce.

Tavistock Relationships’ Summer School 2018 Tickets
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am – Jul 12 @ 5:00 pm

Tavistock Relationships’ Summer School is an intensive CPD programme which offers students the opportunity to learn about couple work or to develop their existing practice. Most evenings are kept free for students to enjoy London’s rich arts calendar of theatre, concerts and exhibitions.

The following schools are available for students depending on their level of experience:

  • Introduction to Couple Therapyfor people with little or no experience of working with clients who are interested in finding out about working clinically with couples, and learning more about the couple relationship.
  • Developing Skills in Couple Work: for qualified professionals in individual, child, family & group therapy who are interested in finding out more about the couple relationship.
  • Advanced Couple Therapy: an opportunity for qualified couple-trained therapists to explore theory and techniques in couple therapy.

Our summer school programmes are taught in Central London and are popular with professionals living in the UK as well as international students from countries across the globe. Tavistock Relationships is located on Warren Street in central London. Close to Euston Tube stations and St Pancras International railway station, we are in the heart of London with a diverse range of entertainment, shops, restaurants and bars in the area.

For further information, please click here.

Let’s Talk About Sex @ Tavistock Relationships Tickets
Jul 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

A half day workshop for psychotherapists, health workers (nurses, doctors, physiotherapists) and youth workers whose clients may have health, emotional or relationship issues which could affect the quality of their sexual relationships.

How do we talk about sex with clients and patients? How much do we know about psychosexual dysfunctions and sexual anatomy? Are we being intrusive if we ask direct questions about a client’s sex life? Is having a satisfactory sex life important?

This half day workshop will explore these questions as well as looking more closely at common psychosexual difficulties our clients might bring.

Psychology, Imagination and the Arts – Summer Course Tickets
Aug 5 – Aug 10 all-day
Psychology, Imagination and the Arts - Summer Course

Psychology, Imagination and the Arts

THIS YEAR’S THEME aims to explore and play with the various meanings of power, and the emotions evoked by it. By unwrapping the imagery and unconscious fantasies underlying the theme, and by looking at the troubling darkness of the shadow side, we may find a balance, both within and outside ourselves. This is a rich and varied 5-day programme of creative workshops, inspiring talks and discussions, based on CG Jung’s depth psychology, a unique immersive experience, refreshing for soul, heart and mind. VENUE Hothorpe Hall, Theddingworth, Leics LE17 6QX

COSTS Shared room per person £830 (*£775). Single room per person £1230 (*£1150).
*Early bird prices apply when 50% deposit is paid by 30th November 2017.
Contact administrator for details of staged payments. The Champernowne Trust reserves the right to cancel the course in the event of insufficient attendance, and would refund all deposits in full.

PAYMENT OPTIONS BACS 60-23-06, 75192748. (Make your reference your name please),
or Cheque made payable to The Champernowne Trust, and post to address below.

QUERIES Tel. 020 8870 4815. Email:

APPLICATIONS To Administrator: 24B Cranbourne Parade, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, Herts. EN6 3BA.
Email: Tel. 07766 704941.

Michael Vannoy Adams
Jocelyne Quennell
Patricia Skar

Writing – Michel Vizard
Music – Alison Davies
Fairy Tales – Antonia Boll
Dance – Aleka Loutsis
Drama – TBC

Catriona MacInnes and Clare Lee facilitate drawing, painting, clay modelling and 3D – open all day. First class accommodation in the heart of the English countryside. Presentations, discussion,  dancing, singing, creative opportunities, healthy and delicious meals, and lively conversation. 20 hours CPD.

Being in the Moment @ Tavistock Relationships Tickets
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The actor and the therapist focus on what happens between people in the immediacy of their encounter. Attention to what is truthfully expressed, revealed and co-created “in the moment”, when the script and the theory have been put aside, is what makes the performance and the session come to life. This experiential workshop will offer participants an opportunity to discover and practise techniques used by actors to access, observe and respond to affect in others and themselves. It will give therapists a new take on how to enhance their ability to engage and be present in the here and now of the consulting room. Exercises will also raise awareness of the natural tendency to make assumptions about meaning rather than respond to the interaction and the truth of the moment.

It will be jointly run by Perrine Moran, an experienced psychotherapist and Scott Williams, the founder and director of the Impulse Company which has offered training to actors since 1996.

English Speaking Weekend Conference 2018 @ Royal College of Physicians Tickets
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm

The English Speaking Weekend Conference is open to members and candidates of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) and its component societies, and also to members of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and of the Association of Child Psychotherapists (APC).

This conference will explore the vicissitudes of affects and the capacity to develop mental representations in relation to the body, in both adult and child analysis. Affects are rooted in the body and profoundly affect the functioning of the body and the mind. The quality and/or lack of the capacity to hold representations is paramount to the functioning of both mind and body. The speakers will explore these issues, focussing on three broad areas: psychosomatics; pain, self-harm and violence; and autism and autistic defences. Two clinical papers will be presented in each of these areas, followed by an open dialogue between the speakers and with the audience.

Anger and Creativity – The dynamics of aggression in intimate family relationships @ Tavistock Relationships Tickets
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

In the therapeutic encounter clinicians are often presented with the struggles their patients have with aggression, whether that be linked to repression and the inhibition of anger or conversely, difficulties with managing overwhelming affect.

This workshop will review theories of aggression and explore clinical presentations that illustrate the dynamics of aggression as played out in intimate relationships as well as between patients and therapists. Using attachment and psychoanalytic frameworks, the workshop will enable clinicians to gain a deeper understanding, and an increased capacity to work with this area of difficulty.

Unconscious conflicts about aggression can lead to a wide range of presenting problems such as difficulties with autonomy and separation, self-harm and other destructive tendencies.

Therapists can learn to identify, understand and work with the defensive strategies that can be employed to avoid conflict. Equally, therapists, daunted by the levels of anger and abuse which some clients express in sessions, can learn how to contain and work with this anger creatively. Understanding projective processes and unconscious anxieties can enable the therapist to orientate their interventions. Techniques derived from mentalization-based therapy (MBT) can help therapists to feel more confident when working with anger and uncontained affect.