Advanced Couple Therapy International Summer School 2019: Psychic Space and Psychic Retreat
Our four-day Advanced Summer School will take place from Tuesday July 16 to Friday 19 July 2019.
Fee: £699 course fee (includes £50 deposit to be sent in with application form)
Popular with couple therapists all over the world, the 2019 summer school will examine ideas around psychic space and psychic retreat and the development of psychic capacity.
This year’s advanced summer school will explore how a couple can be helped in analytic couple therapy to develop psychic space in their relationship. Anxieties about intimacy, relating and sharing psychic space can result in different forms of psychic retreat within a relationship. Meaningful contact with the other and the world can cease and one or both partners can withdraw behind a system of defences of one kind of another. Theoretical and clinical presentations will explore these challenging difficulties in a couple relationship and offer potential ways forward.
It is for couple-trained therapists already working in the field and provides a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in cutting-edge thinking at a world-leading couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy institute in the heart of central London.
You will learn and grow as a couple therapist through lectures and twice-daily intensive clinical discussion groups and will study alongside like-minded people from the UK and around the world. Seminars and clinical discussion groups will be led by Tavistock Relationships staff members, all experienced couple therapists, including Mary Morgan, Reader in Couple Psychoanalysis and Head of MA in Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, David Hewison, Head of Research and Ethics and programme leader of the Professional Doctorate in Couple Psychotherapy, and Andrew Balfour, CEO.
This special one day event organised to fall between Tavistock Relationships International Summer School, and the week leading up to the London IPA Congress (happening in London for first time since 1950s), is a collaboration between Tavistock Relationships and the Couple and Family Psychoanalysis Committee of the IPA (COFAP).
Following Tavistock Relationships 70th anniversary last year, this will be an opportunity to further understand, explore and elaborate one of Tavistock Relationships key concepts, ‘Shared Unconscious Phantasy’. International perspectives from North and South America, Europe and other parts of the world will create a dialogue between leading members of the field and participants that we hope will lead to an enrichment of our couple analytic concepts.
The morning will focus on the theory of Shared Unconscious Phantasy and other theoretical perspectives that might differ from or elaborate the concept. Clinical vignettes will be offered to clarify meaning and deepen understanding. In the afternoon, an application of the ideas from the morning will be applied to detailed clinical material. There will be time given to audience participation and panel discussion.
Please also note that the conference is on the 4th floor and unfortunately there is no lift.
The current programme is below:
Shared Unconscious Phantasy: Perspectives from Object Relations and Link Theory
9.00 – 9.30: Registration and coffee
9:30 – 9.45: Welcome: Andrew Balfour (TR) and David Scharff (COFAP)
9.45 – 11.15: 3 X 20 minute TR presentations on SUP plus 30 minutes audience discussion
11.15 – 11.45: Coffee
11.45 – 1.15: 3 X 20 minute COFAP presentations offering different perspectives on SUP plus 30 minutes audience discussion
1:15 – 2:15: Lunch break
2:15 – 3:25: Clinical presentation from TR (30 mins) with response (10 mins) from COFAP plus 30mins audience discussion
3:25 – 3:35: Break
3:35 – 4.45: Clinical presentation from COFAP (30 minutes) with response (10 mins) from TR plus 30 mins audience discussion
4:45 – 5:30: Concepts and Clinical Application – discussion among presenters and large group
Child and adolescent mental health is in crisis and needs to be addressed more than ever. This is not just because children and young people who are suffering need help, but also helping them can be the basis upon which they might build a more solid, healthy and constructive adult life. Beyond the familiar internal and external issues affecting children and adolescents which influence their mental health, we have to take into account societal changes that impact them. These include the challenges brought about by changing sexualities and family structures, new technologies, societal and political disruption and the extension of knowledge in the areas of diagnosis and treatment.
This conference aims to address some of these issues from a psychoanalytical perspective. Whether we think of psychoanalysis as a particular tool to help psychological disorders – and/or as a theory of mind that informs many other approaches such as those involving family work, parental help, etc.- psychoanalysis continues to provide the most in-depth understanding of the mind and of how to help those in need.
The London Jungian Umbrella Group invites all qualified analysts to a clinical discussion with Joe Cambray
Moments of Complexity in Cross-Cultural Work: cultural components in countertransference dreams
Joe Cambray, Ph.D. is President/CEO & Provost at Pacifica Graduate Institute, is Past-President of the IAAP and was U.S. Editor for the JAP. He serves on various editorial boards. He was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies.
Dr. Cambray is a Jungian analyst based in Santa Barbara, California. His numerous publications include Synchronicity: Nature and Psyche in an Interconnected Universe, a new volume: Research in Analytical Psychology: Applications from Scientific, Historical, and (Cross)-Cultural Research (with Leslie Sawin), and Analytical Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives in Jungian Psychology (edited with Linda Carter). He has published numerous papers in a range of international journals.
Limited spaces available please book early to avoid disappointment.
‘There is no such thing as a baby’
Even before it is born, a baby is alive in the minds of its parents and those around them.
When born, it develops in a complex biological, psychological, and social milieu. It can never
be regarded “alone”: it is always in relation—hence Winnicott’s famous statement that
there is no such thing as a baby. Traditionally, psychotherapeutic practice has found it hard
to work with the perinatal period. Equally, in the past Perinatal Psychiatrists have tended to
focus on major mental illness. This conference seeks to discuss new thinking around
therapeutic work in the family where a new child is expected or has arrived; and looking at
what role we as psychotherapists and as psychiatrists can play in these critical periods of the
development of all family members consulting us.
Gerry Byrne, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist; Clinical Lead for
Family Assessment and Safeguarding Service & Infant-Parent Perinatal Service
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Roch Cantwell, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist, Leverndale Hospital;
Lead Clinician, Perinatal Mental Health Network Scotland
Jessica James, Consultant Parent Infant Psychotherapist
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Sheila Ritchie, Group Analyst & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist; Parent-Infant
Psychotherapist at North East London Foundation Trust Perinatal Parent Infant
Mental Health Service
Optional Extra: Social Dinner (Thursday)
Venue: Amarone, Edinburgh
This year’s event takes us to the Apex Waterloo in the city centre of Edinburgh.
TO REGISTER: Please email Susan.Richardson@rcpsych.ac.uk and we will keep you updated
with the programme and booking information.
A one-day conference exploring the fascinating world of Infant Observation with speakers, a fishbowl demonstration and small group discussions.
This event is for everyone who works with people including therapists, analysts & counsellors and those with an interested in human development, the infant-parent relationship, non-verbal communication and the unfolding psyche.
programme for the day:
09.30 – Registration
10.00 – Corrie Pope, 2018 Gold Kelnar Prize Winning paper
11.15 – Coffee
11.35 – Alessandra Cavalli: A paper in response to thoughts stimulated by Corrie’s paper
12.50 – Presentation of Kelnar Prize Certificates
12.55 – Lunch
13.45 – Fishbowl discussion of an observation by Dimitrios Chartonas, 2018 Kelnar Silver Prize Winner (tbc). Dimitrios and a group of bpf Infant Observation Seminar Leaders &
students will discuss an observation together.
14.45 – Break-out groups
15:30 – Plenary
16.00 – Close
This interactive and experiential workshop will explore the nature of rupture and repair in the therapeutic journey between psychotherapist and client(s). We will examine how and why rupture occurs in the consulting room, and look at ways in which the therapeutic alliance can be repaired.
Most therapists will have experienced a sense of ‘getting it wrong’, feeling caught in an ethical dilemma, a negative transference or counter-transference or a boundary error. How we manage both the clients’ and our own feelings can be difficult. We will explore the various ways in which the experience of rupture can occur in the treatment of individuals and couples, and consider a range of strategies that may be deployed to offer containment and to secure the progress of treatment.
This workshop is dynamic, and will include theoretical understanding of the analysis of negative transference in the context of case presentation. Psychoanalytic and attachment-based models will be kept in mind. Participants are encouraged to attend with a case in mind for discussion in small groups later in the day.
In order to understand a suicide attempt, it is incumbent upon the clinician to understand the nature and function of a pre-suicide state of mind, which is influenced by a suicide fantasy that reflects the self’s aggressive relationship with its body and its primary objects. Anticipating Suicide begins with Freud’s view in Mourning and melancholia (1917) that “sadism alone … solves the riddle of the tendency to suicide…” and will explore the nature of ruthless and sadistic violence. Five common suicide fantasies will be discussed and illustrated with clinical vignettes. The father’s critical role in the outcome of a pre-suicide state will be described with particular attention to the way it is experienced in the counter-transference.
Registration, tea and coffee start at 10.30 am. Tickets are also available on the door at £20.
This event is organised by the bpf Wessex.
Donald Campbell is a training and supervising analyst, Distinguished Fellow and past President of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He is also a former Secretary General of the International Psychoanalytical Association. He worked for 30 years at the Portman Clinic, an NHS out-patient facility in London, assessing and treating in psychoanalytic psychotherapy children, adolescents and adults who were violent or delinquent or suffered from a perversion. He has published on the subjects of suicide, violence, metaphor, child sexual abuse, fetishism, doubt, adolescence and horror films.
The subject of illness and how it relates to couple functioning is often an overlooked area of research and clinical practice. This workshop will seek to redress that balance, and to offer up new ways of understanding the ways in which illness can play out dynamically between a couple. After all, as Susan Sontag puts it, serious ‘illness is the night-side of life’, and is likely to affect us all at certain times.
Illness can be difficult to work with therapeutically due to a shared avoidance within the couple, which may be colluded with defensively by the therapist. It can be difficult to put words to the loss that a couple is facing, and to the challenges illness poses to the pre-illness projective system, including those demanded by the new roles of carer and cared-for. It can also be daunting for therapists to become involved with embodied experiences, and to consider the body as an object on a par with other objects that inhabit our inner worlds.
Christopher Vincent, Liz Salter and Andrew Balfour will bring their experiences of working with couples where one or both partners suffer from serious illnesses which include Huntington’s disease, dementia and cancer. They will examine the idea of illness as an existential state, and one which can be thought about across a range of different long-term and chronic health conditions.
They will draw on research and their clinical experience to flesh out a rich psychoanalytic account of the effects of illness on the couple relationship – and how to work with these therapeutically. This workshop is aimed at clinicians working with couples who are suffering from a broad range of illnesses as well as those seeking to expand their expertise in this area. Delegates are encouraged to bring material for case discussion.
In this event Coline Covington and Christopher Wintle will speak and expand upon their chapters in the book ‘Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Shadow of the Parent’.
Coline will look at the personal psychological repercussions and conflicts that children of Holocaust perpetrators face, as well as more recent material covering the shadow with which ordinary people whose parents were involved in brutalities contend, particularly in terms of the cultural shadow that the younger generation inherits from the previous one.
Christopher will look at the question of why Electra dies in the opera by Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Richard Strauss when in Sophocles – its source – she lives on? He will present two interpretations: Elektra epitomizing self-sacrifice to an ideal on the one hand, and on the other, falling prey to the ‘shadow of the object’. He will look at the overshadowed space occupied by the troubled children in Agamemnon’s family but also sibling relationships – they too overshadowed by jealousy and the legacy of murder, love and deceit.
The event, to be introduced by Serena Heller, will be chaired by Jonathan Burke who is the editor of the book.
Please do join us for this stimulating event. Refreshments will be available. This event counts as 2.5 CPD hours.
Cost: £25 standard / £20 bpf members /£10 trainees
10% early bird discount using code SHADOW10 if booked before 1st july