The Guntrip trust Lecture – Reading Between the Lines: poetry, therapy and faith. Mark Oakley @ Augustine United Church Tickets
Apr 20 @ 5:30 pm
The Guntrip trust Lecture - Reading Between the Lines: poetry, therapy and faith. Mark Oakley @ Augustine United Church | Scotland | United Kingdom

“one way in which we are able to tear down some of our own imprisoning walls is to enter into the world of narrative”

Mark Oakley is Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral. He writes and broadcasts on the areas of poetry, literature, spirituality and human rights. He is a trustee of the Civil Liberties Trust, an Ambassador for Stop Hate UK, Patron of Tell MAMA and a Visiting Lecturer at Kings College

Conflict Reporting: Trauma? Fear? Elizabeth Blunt in conversation with Marcus West @ SAP Tickets
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Conflict Reporting: Trauma? Fear?

Former BBC Foreign Correspondent Elizabeth Blunt in conversation with Marcus West

Elizabeth Blunt spent several years as the BBC’s West Africa Correspondent. She speaks of her experience as a journalist, reporting on coups, conflicts and life generally. She never set out to be a war correspondent, but found herself caught up in the early stages of Liberia’s brutal civil war. The trauma seemed to leave few after-effects – she only had one bad dream obviously related to the conflict – but when she was back in London and war with Iraq was looming, she found herself ‘preparing’ by going and buying a big bag of rice and some candles.
Elizabeth Blunt, MBE, whose voice on the popular BBC Focus on Africa programme was well known, has been on several missions since being based in West Africa. She studied Amharic at SOAS before spending two years as the BBC’s Addis Ababa reporter. Retired, she is now an election observer and a keen painter and volunteer gardener at Kew Gardens.

Marcus West is a training analyst of the SAP, UK Editor-in-chief of the Journal of
Analytical Psychology and visiting lecturer at the University of Essex. He has published a number of papers and authored three books, one on early relational trauma. He is also trained in EMDR, which was initially developed to address trauma. He has a private practice in Sussex.

Chair: Dr Alessandra Cavalli


The Society of Analytical Psychology
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“The Good Life”: A Conference with Rowan Williams, Deborah Levy and “Wild Strawberries” @ The Cruciform Building Tickets
Apr 21 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

What makes a life worth living? In what ways do our relationships – past and present – help create the people we are? What do psychoanalysis, art and spirituality have to tell us about forging meaningful lives? A Camden Psychotherapy Unit fundraising conference.

A day of talks and discussions with

ROWAN WILLIAMS: Author, poet, former Archbishop of Canterbury

DEBORAH LEVY: Booker-shortlisted author of Hot Milk and Swimming Home

MICHAEL BREARLEY: Psychoanalyst, former England cricket captain, author of On Form

MARGOT WADDELL: Psychoanalyst, author of Inside Lives

DAVID BELL: Psychoanalyst, editor of Psychoanalysis and Culture

And a screening of INGMAR BERGMAN’s 1957 masterpiece Wild Strawberries in the centenary of the director’s birth, followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A.

All proceeds will fund CPU’s efforts to provide access to psychotherapy for those most in need.

Catharsis Revisited: The link with projective identification @ WPF Therapy Limited Tickets
Apr 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • What is the link between catharsis and projective identification?

  • Why do we downplay catharsis within the psychoanalytic model but prioritse projective identification?

  • As psychotherapists are we scared of strong emotion in the consulting room?

  • Are you interested in reconsidering an existing idea, catharsis, within a new context?

  • Would you like to gain a stronger grasp on this clinically relevant concept?

This talk will consider the significance of authentic emotional expression in the analytic situation from a perspective that revisits the concept of katharsis. In insight-oriented therapy the concept has been relegated to a position of unimportance and has even been regarded in a pejorative light, as ‘mere’ ventilation of feelings. Some analytically inclined therapists have come to regard the idea as belonging to ‘other’ approaches, perhaps the Humanistic.

In this presentation, to be followed by discussion, I provide grounds for revisiting the concept in its origins with Aristotle and his fundamentals of Greek Theatre in the Poetics, in order to restore the concept from its marginalised position and to reclaim it for psychoanalysis by showing its correspondence with the theory of Container-Contained (Bion, W. R. 1959, 1962).

This lecture is open to those interested in core ideas relevant to psychotherapeutic practice, and the ideas pertaining to it and stemming from it.

Chris Mawson is a training and supervising analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society and works in private practice as a psychoanalyst. He worked initially with young children and adolescents, first at the Tavistock Clinic and later in the Child Psychiatry Department of the Paddington Green Children’s Hospital in the days when children at that clinic were offered intensive psychoanalytic treatment. His first training was as a clinical psychologist, with a research interest in attention and manic depressive psychosis. As well as the clinical practice of psychoanalysis, he is interested in the study of groups and organizations from a psychoanalytic perspective, particularly that pursued by those of the British Group Relations orientation.

Applications must be received by Wednesday, 12th April 2018. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

If you experience any problems during the application process then please call or e-mail Katherine on 020 7378 2052/katherine.ahluwalia@wpf.org.uk in order to be sent an application form.

Who do we think we are? The myth of the individual mind @ ACP, CAN Mezzanine Tickets
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

In today’s social and political context it seems more important than ever to understand not just the mechanisms but the roots of mental disturbance. Evidence from a number of disciplines, child psychotherapy alongside child development research, neuroscience, physiology and social studies clearly points to the formative nature of relational experience.

It becomes increasingly untenable to think of minds as an individual possession, each of us in the driving seat of our own little self vehicle (Eagleman, 2011). Yet as a society, we tend not to acknowledge this. The myth of the individual holds sway.

Here, I want to challenge this myth and show how it obscures the relational context. Gene research (Rose, 2016) has made nonsense of the idea that there is ‘a gene for’ any particular human characteristic. There is an alternative, more coherent way of making visible how minds are made. We are in fact social animals, in continual emotional and neurobiological call and response with the people around us. This makes evolutionary sense. We are born ready to adapt to the social and cultural norms of the world in which we find ourselves, and though a degree of brain plasticity continues, this adaptation sets our navigational course, our sense of meaning, informing the story of our lives.

PCS 3rd Annual Mental Health Forum (in Prague) Tickets
Apr 28 – Apr 29 all-day

Theme: Rolling out Research for Better Life. This is the latest conference news from PCS 3rd Annual Mental Health Forum (MHF-2018) which is taking place on 28-29 April, 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The updated scientific programme now is available online. Few speech opportunities left as last chance for your application.


Scientific Program of MHF-2018


Keynote and Plenary Forum

Track 1: Basic Research for Mental Health

Session 1-1: Biological Evidence in Mental Illness

Session 1-2: Pathogenesis and Mental Illness

Session 1-3: Psychology and Behaviour

Session 1-4: Other Hop Topics in Basic Research


Track 2: Clinic Management

Session 2-1: Healing with Mental Disorders

Session 2-2: Surgery Intervention

Session 2-3: Indigenous Healing

Session 2-4: Other Therapeutic Strategies


Track 3: Research with Subgroups

Session 3-1: Child and Youth Mental Health

Session 3-2: Women’s Mental Care

Session 3-3: Mental Health in Elder

Session 3-4: Migrates

Session 3-5: Other Vulnerable Groups


Track 4: Plenary Forum-Regional, National and International Challenge

Session 4-1: Mental Healthcare in Low-Income Countries and Developing Countries

Session 4-2: Mental Healthcare in Developed Countries

Session 4-3: Suicide and Survival

Session 4-4: Stigma, Education and Prevention


Track 5: 2018 AnnualTopic for Discussion-PCS Dementia Symposium

Session 5-1: Early Detection and Diagnosis

Session 5-2: Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences

Session 5-3: Clinical Management

Session 5-4: Research Innovation and Novel Strategies

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 the Frontline Club on 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

Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy Taster Day Tickets
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Are you thinking of training but have lots of questions? Do the questions below sound relevant to you?

Why do this workshop?

  1. Do I want to be a counsellor not a psychotherapist? Do  I want to be a psychotherapist?  What is counselling and what is psychotherapy?  Are psychotherapists like psychiatrist?   What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?
  1. What does psychodynamic mean? Isn’t that Freud?  How do I know what model of therapy is right for me?  If I do the introductory course at WPF Therapy can I go on to train somewhere else?
  1. What does training as a therapist involve? Why does it take so long to train?  Why do I have to be in therapy?
  1. I’m a good listener already. Why should I do an introductory course?
  1. What does it take to be a good therapist? How do I know if it’s right for me?  What qualities do I need to have?
  1. Why is the introductory course at WPF Therapy so long? Why does it cost so much money?
  1. Why should I come to WPF Therapy rather than go somewhere else? How do I know what is a good training?  What can I do at the end of the training?  How much money will I make?  What are the professional bodies?  Is it important?

What can you expect at the end of this workshop?

 By the end of the workshop we hope that you will have answers to many of the above questions, or if not, a clear direction.  You will also:

  1.  Have a clearer understanding of what a psychotherapy training involves and specifically what is required of you on the introductory course at WPF Therapy.
  1. Have a basic understanding of the psychodynamic perspective and how this fits in with other theoretical models such as humanistic, CBT and integrative therapy etc.
  1. Have begun to explore how you relate to others and to yourself and why therapy training requires deep, personal work.
  1. Have a greater appreciation of the skills involved in active listening and how these are developed on the introductory course at WPF Therapy. 

Brief Outline 

The course will be taught using a variety of techniques including discussion in small and large groups and paired exercises.  The day will be broken down into 4 segments although there may be some changes depending on the group.

Session 1. The Mystery of Psychotherapy
We will look at the differences between psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and counselling. What are the different models of counselling and psychotherapy and where does psychodynamic psychotherapy sit on that spectrum? We will also explore what we need to think about if we want to train.

Session 2 Psychodynamic Concepts- Is this perspective for you?
A basic introduction to psychodynamic concepts. Is the psychodynamic the model for us, or are other options better suited to our personalities?

 Session 3- Our emotional world
We will begin to explore ideas of emotional intelligence and our reflective capacity. What qualities does a counsellor or therapist need and is this really what I want to do?

Session 4- Communication and therapy today
Where does therapy and counselling belong in today’s world? What jobs are there at the end of the training? What will I learn at WPF Therapy and is it the right place for me to begin this journey?

Target Audience: This course will be of interest if you want to learn more about counselling, therapy or psychotherapy training and/or you wish to develop counselling skills in your current work.  No previous knowledge is required.

Comments from previous workshop:

  • “Thought provoking and fascinating.”
  • “Really helps as part of the decision making process.”
  • “Very clear and encouraging.”

Applications must be received by Thursday, 26th April 2018. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

If you apply for the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills starting in July following attendance at this Taster Day we will waive the course selection fee of £35.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please call or e-mail Katherine on 020 7378 2052/katherine.ahluwalia@wpf.org.uk in order to be sent an application form.

The Bridge Foundation Annual Clinical Conference: Beating the Bounds Tickets
May 12 @ 9:45 am – 1:00 pm

Robin Anderson

Beating the Bounds: A Clinical Investigation of the Psychoanalytic Frame

Robin Anderson is a training analyst in adult, child and adolescent analysis at the Institute of Psychoanalysis. He is also a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist and from 1991 was consultant psychiatrist at the Tavistock Clinic and until 2000 was chair of  the Adolescent Department. Whilst there he developed a special interest in adolescent suicide and self harm, an interest that has continued. He retired from this post in 2007 but still continues to teach the senior staff there.  He now concentrates on teaching and working in his private psychoanalytic practice.  He has published papers, numerous book chapters and has edited two books: Clinical Lectures on Klein and Bion and Facing It Out: Clinical Perspectives on Adolescent Disturbance with Anna Dartington.

Lisa Miller

The establishment of boundaries in infancy and early childhood with some reflections on how clinical work with disturbed children demonstrates early failure in this process

Lisa Miller is now retired from clinical work at the Tavistock Clinic where previously she was a consultant child psychotherapist, but she is still active in the profession and engaged in teaching, supervision, lecturing and consultation. She has a particular interest in work with very young children and chaired the clinic’s under fives service for some years; and also in infant observation. She has been editor of both the Journal of Child Psychotherapy and of the Journal of Infant Observation.  

Chair: Dr. Judy Malone

Judy Malone works as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in Bristol.   She originally trained as a general practitioner then worked in adult mental health services for 25 years.  She maintains links with the NHS through supervision and Balint groups and is involved with developing Balint projects, groups and training in Bristol.

Out of this world: Suicide examined @ WPF Therapy Limited Tickets
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Would you like to increase your understanding and challenge concepts of mental illness and suicidality?

  • Do you want to address the fear we all have about suicide and its power to render us impotent?

  • Are you interested in becoming more confident in your effectiveness in working with the suicidal?

It is hoped that by attending the workshop this will empower you to intervene, support and work with, or simply stand alongside, those who are suicidal.

In this workshop we will explore:

  • What is suicide?  – Theories and ways of understanding of suicide
  • Commonalities of suicide and myths about suicide
  • The suicidal fantasy – Examining the unconscious fantasy of the suicidal act
  • Signs and Clues – Getting a sense of the suicidal mind
  • Exploring the consequences – When suicide happens

This workshop is suitable for qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. All trainee therapists will need to be engaged in their own therapy and working with clients. The primary theoretical focus of the workshop will be psychodynamic, but practitioners of other modalities are welcome to attend.

Workshop Leader
Antonia Murphy 
is a graduate of WPF Therapy, a UKCP registered psychotherapist with over 25 years of clinical experience in the NHS, the third sector and private practice.

Antonia managed the primary care counselling service in Derbyshire from 1998 – 2006. She was a founding director, responsible for professional and training standards, of Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Primary Care (CPC). Her training portfolio includes design and delivery of CPC’s multi modality supervision training programme and training on The Therapeutic Frame: Working at the Coal Face and Working with Envy.  More recently she has developed her long term clinical interest in working with suicide into a training which has been delivered to over 40 universities and other settings.

She is the author of several papers on clinical aspects of psychotherapeutic practice in organisations. She is the former editor of the Journal for the Foundation of Psychotherapy and Counselling and an editorial board member of the Journal of Psychodynamic Practice.  She is co author of Psychological Therapies in Primary Care : Setting up a Managed Service (Karnac 2004) and author of Out of This World : Suicide Examined ( Karnac 2017).

Antonia works as a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in Nottingham.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 3rd of May 2018. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please call or e-mail Katherine on 020 7378 2052/katherine.ahluwalia@wpf.org.uk in order to be sent an application form.