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*Please note change of date for David Hewison's talk "Actually, maybe anything really does go!" Perspectives from psychotherapy research on the place of theory in therapy is on Saturday 20 May 2017.

The clinical challenges of working
       with primitive states of mind             

A workshop with Marcus West

Saturday 28 January 2017
1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY

A new paradigm has been emerging over the last 25 years that allows us to more successfully understand, address and work with early relational trauma and borderline states of mind. In this talk/workshop I will concentrate on the pressures on the analyst that can lead to impasse and breakdown of the analysis. I will explore how the paradigm of early relational trauma and the reconstruction and
co-construction of early traumatic experience, held in implicit memory, can shed vital light on the most difficult of clinical situations so that they can be negotiated safely, effectively and compassionately.

Participants are invited to explore and share their own clinical experiences in the second half of the programme.

Marcus West is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology. He has taught widely in this country and abroad and was joint winner of the Michael Fordham Prize in 2004. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology and is currently Chair of Psychotherapy Sussex. He is the author of a number of papers, and three books, Feeling, Being and the Sense of Self, Understanding Dreams in Clinical Practice, and Into the Darkest Places – Early Relational Trauma and Borderline States of Mind. He works in private practice in Sussex.

Analytical Work In A Time Of War

Richard Wainwright
Saturday 18 February 2017
1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY

The escalation into the ‘hybrid’ war in Ukraine following the ‘Maidan Revolution’ threatened to dismember the country politically, economically and, in a very real sense, psychically, creating an unlikely situation for any continued generation of hope. Questions about what hope might be for and where it might come from in such circumstances have, in the process of supervision, picked up on Jonathan Lear’s notion of Radical Hope which ‘anticipates a good for which those who have the hope as yet lack the appropriate concepts with which to understand it’.

Richard Wainwright is a Jungian Analyst, member of AJA, practising in London. He has also been supervising and teaching with the Kiev Developing group since 2008. Having given many presentations internationally on relationships between theatre and analysis he is at last preparing a book drawing on his experiences of practice in both. He has contributed chapters to the mainly AJA based books on Supervision and Alchemy edited by Dale Mathers and is currently involved with an ongoing project of ‘Recreating the Forensic Patient in Supervision’
with Mario Guarnieri.

Chair: Jan Wiener
A four-week study of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway
with Toby Brothers

30 January, 6 February, 
20 February and 27 February

1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY


She had the perpetual sense, as she watched the taxi cabs, of being out, out, far out to sea and alone; she always had the feeling that it was very, very, dangerous to live even one day.

Mrs. Dalloway
 makes an ideal study: her writing is challenging to read on one’s own, rich as it is in images, references and details that deliver a powerful emotional and intellectual impact. The study format encourages exploration by reading with a group of diverse and questing minds. Together we will work to understand Woolf’s incisive study of human personality – and use some of her contemporaries (Freud, Henri Bergson, Roger Fry) to help make sense of this new writing she creates.

Toby Brothers, who leads this study group, is Director of the London and Paris Literary Salon. Her 25-year student-centred experience and teaching in France, the USA, Japan and the UK includes facilitating literary seminars specializing in the most challenging Modernists (Joyce, Woolf, Faulkner, T. S. Eliot). She uses innovative education techniques that emphasize inclusion and exploration; each participant’s lived experience and knowledge is built into a dynamic reading of the literature.
Recommended edition: Oxford University Press

Puberty Suppression For Children and Adolescents
With Gender Dysphoria: Facilitating Ethical Reflection and Dialogue
Bernadette Wren

Saturday 11 February 2017
Friends Meeting House
43 St. Giles - Oxford OX1 3LW

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When a child is unhappy with their assigned gender role and feels at odds with aspects of the body that define them as male or female, the questions that arise for parents and clinicians often appear deeply moral, as much as medical or psychological. Whilst families, carers and clinicians coming to the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) may share common ethical aims to support and act in the child’s best interests, the ways in which notions of care, autonomy, choice and beneficence are interpreted can diverge significantly, leading to conflict and polarisation which may be described as ethical in character.

In this talk I will focus particularly on the stance of GIDS in relation to puberty suppression. We believe that one important way of supporting these young people to feel more comfortable in their bodies, whilst holding future gender options open to them, is to intervene, in a reversible way, in the developmental trajectory of puberty. I will discuss the ethical concerns bearing on decisions to offer this medical treatment:  finding a developmentally appropriate account of ‘autonomy’, understanding the idea of self-determination in a shifting social landscape, and promoting the capacity for meaningfully knowing ‘who one is’.

I will look at ways of facilitating ethical reflection and dialogue with the aim of empowering clinicians, children, families and carers to explore, share their responses to the ethical landscape in which they are operating and to consider ways in which they can maintain a therapeutic relationship even where there is disagreement and difference.

Bernadette Wren Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Psychotherapist, is trust-wide Head of Psychology at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. She has degrees in philosophy and psychology and a continuing interest in the relevance of each discipline to the other.  She works clinically with transgender young people and their families in the Trust’s nationally-commissioned Gender Identity Development Service. She is an Honorary Senior Research Associate in the Dept of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at UCL.

Clinical Dialogue: Future Perfect: Reflections on the Sense of Anticipation in Ordinary Infancy and in Psychoanalytic Work

Anne Alvarez

24 February 2017
1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY

Anne Alvarez will try to extend some of her ideas on the importance of other people being able to dream of a child’s future by examining additional features in the role of internal figures in the growing child’s or developing adult’s sense of the future.

How does the future seem to beckon for some people and not for others?
Clinical material from despairing and apathetic patients, together with observations of babies’ crawling and walking will be used to relate Bion’s theory of knowledge to Panksepp’s neuroscientific work on the Seeking System.

Anne Alvarez, Ph.D, M.A.C.P, is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (and former Co-Convener of the Autism Service, Child and Family Department, at the Tavistock Clinic, London, where she still teaches). She is the author of Live Company: Psychotherapy with Autistic, Borderline, Deprived and Abused Children and has edited with Susan Reid, Autism and Personality: Findings from the Tavistock Autism Workshop. A book in her honour, edited by Judith Edwards, entitled Being Alive: Building on the Work of Anne Alvarez was published in 2002. She was Visiting Professor at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Society in November 2005 and her latest book, The Thinking Heart: Three Levels of Psychoanalytic Therapy with Disturbed Children was published in April 2012 by Routledge. She teaches child analysts at the San Francisco Centre for Psychoanalysis and at the British Psychoanalytic Society.

Muslim Beliefs, Cultural contexts, Psychology and Current Affairs With Quilliam Foundation’s Shaykh Dr Usama Hasan and Farhana Mayer
Respondent: Mr. Fakhry Davids

Saturday 4 March 2017
120 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BA

This half-day workshop will cover some of the basic beliefs and cultural contexts of Islam; conflict and extremism within the Muslim-majority world; human rights issues, especially within the cultural context of Muslim families; and an introduction to Islamic approaches to psychology and psychotherapy. It will be a dialogue between experts who will think about Islam and its impact in the modern world.

The public will be welcomed to contribute with questions, reflections and thoughts.

Shaykh Dr. Usama Hasan is a UK-based Islamic scholar, scientist and activist, currently Head of Theology at Quilliam. He is a member of a number of international initiatives and the author of several articles and papers. Shaykh Usama has translated a number of  Islamic texts from Arabic and Urdu into English, including Hajj – The Journey of Love, The Character of the People of the Qur’an and Way of the Prophet. His latest academic papers address Islamic thought, law and their relationship to science and scientific ethics.

Farhana Mayer is a former lecturer at SOAS (on Sufism) and at The Institute of Ismaili Studies (on the Qur’an and its interpretations, Sufism and the sharia) where she was also the Academic Coordinator of the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities. Farhana is also engaged in inter-faith and
intra-community dialogue and speaks regularly at various faith forums. She endeavours to promote the peaceful, pluralistic and humane interpretation of Islam, which upholds human rights and freedoms, seeking to highlight the common ground between different persuasions.

Respondent: Fakhry Davids, a psychoanalyst, will attempt to bring perspectives from the consulting room, and the profession at large, into the dialogue. He is in full-time practice in London, a Fellow and Training Analyst of the Institute of Psychoanalysis, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London, and Visiting Lecturer, Tavistock Clinic, London.  He is a Founding Board Member of Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities (PCCA), and a Member of the EPF Ad Hoc Working Group on Psychoanalysis and Muslim Backgrounds. He has written on Islamophobia, and on racism in the mind (Internal Racism: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Race and Difference, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011).

Quilliam is a non-partisan, counter-extremism think tank, and stands for religious freedom, equality, human rights and democracy. Quilliam challenges extremism and promotes pluralism and positive change.

“On Revelation”

         Presentation of clinical material by Alessandra Cavalli

Saturday 18 March 2017
10:00am to 12:30pm
Cambridge – Friends Meeting House
91 Hartington Grove - Cambridge CB1 7UB

‘The gap between nipple and mouth as the source for intuitions concerning the tragic elements in life’ (Rohde, E. 2014)

In this talk I will describe my work with a three year old boy who created in the gap between mouth and nipple a private world of madness. I will show how the dramatic dismantling of his delusional world occurred, and how a slow apprehension of reality took place.  I will give particular importance to the experience of weaning, and the shift from a world in which everything is sensation to another in which thinking is possible.

Alessandra Cavalli, PhD, trained as a child and an adult analyst at the Society of Analytical Psychology.  She works in private practice and teaches at the Tavistock Clinic and the Society of Analytical Psychology in London. She is the organising tutor of a Tavistock certificate course, “Understand unconscious communications in children and adolescents”, held in Mexico and in Russia.  She has published extensively in the Journal of Analytical Psychology, and is co-editor with Lucinda Hawkins and Martha Stevns of the book Transformation, published by Karnac Books in 2013.

Chair: Martha Stevns

The Future of Jungian Analysis Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats(‘SWOT’)

      Speaker: Professor Andrew Samuels  
Respondent: Professor Toshio Kawai

Saturday 25 March 2017
9:30am to 12:30pm
The Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Andrew will range widely over the fields of Jungian analysis and Jungian studies, including a discussion of the main political and economic dangers facing these activities. He will suggest that some of the weaknesses may have a secret strength, and vice versa. Expect controversial and contrarian views on topics such as the relationship between the Jungians and psychoanalysis; analytical psychology and the psychological therapies approved by the UK Government; Jung, gender and sexuality; Jung and anti-Semitism/racism; and the cultural and political mission (or lack of it) of Jungian psychology. Is the 21st century to be the Jungian century, as Andrew wrote in the Guardian in 2012? Or not?

Speaker: Professor Andrew Samuels, ‘the most celebrated of today’s Jungian analysts’ (American Imago), has made contributions to the emergence of Jungian studies as an academic discipline, and to developing links to other psychotherapies, such as humanistic psychotherapy and relational psychoanalysis. He has also played a part in the ‘political turn’ currently under way in the Jungian community, exemplified by the conferences on ‘analysis and activism’ under the auspices of the IAAP. Andrew is a training analyst of the SAP, professor of analytical psychology at the University of Essex, a former chair of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, and co-founder (with Judy Ryde) of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility. His books have been translated into 21 languages. The first was Jung and the Post-Jungians in 1985 and the most recent is A New Therapy for Politics? (2015)

Respondent: Professor Toshio Kawai, President-elect of the IAAP
Social, scientific and professional challenges: Jungian psychology is based on a peculiar mixture of pre-modern content and modern psychic structure, which results in its weak and strong points. These challenges and difficulties can turn out to be new opportunities for Jungian psychology today and in the future.
I would like to discuss these within the context of Andrew Samuels’s contribution.

Toshio Kawai, PhD, is a Jungian Analyst and Professor at the Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University for Clinical Psychology. He was educated in clinical psychology at Kyoto University and in philosophical psychology at Zurich University. He is interested in the cultural and historical background of psychotherapy, his concern being how consciousness today is reflected in psychotherapy. Toshio has published articles and books and book chapters in English, German, Italian and Japanese. He has been active in the psychological relief work after the 2011 East Japan Earthquake.

Chair: Jan Weiner
“Actually, maybe anything really does go!”
Perspectives from psychotherapy research on the place of theory in therapy.

David Hewison

Saturday 20 May 2017
10:00am to 12:30pm
Cambridge – Friends Meeting House
91 Hartington Grove - Cambridge CB1 7UB
This talk addresses the challenge that contemporary psychotherapy research makes to the different schools and brand-names of therapy and analysis. It takes its title from Paul Feyerabend’s oft-cited claim in Against Method – Towards an anarchist theory of science (1975) that “anything goes” in terms of scientific method and from the rallying call by the eminent psychoanalyst David Tuckett in 2005 that psychoanalysis needs to defend itself from such a claim when defining what competence in analysis looks like. I shall survey some of the debates about claims for and against the superiority of one therapy over another and put forward the idea that although theory has an important place for the clinician to help them understand what they are aiming to do, it is probably much less relevant for the patient/client. I indicate what the research suggests is more important.

The talk will span a range of therapeutic approaches and will address shibboleths and certainties that we all hold dear in one way or another, whilst keeping sight of the fact that, generally, psychotherapy works and that there should be more of it.

Anyone trying to make sense of the claims for and against one therapy or another, whether it is CBT or Jungian Analysis, interested in how research in psychotherapy has developed since Eysenck’s 1952 attack on psychoanalysis, and seeking to understand what might make therapy more effective would find this talk of interest. It aims to open up questions rather than give answers, though answers won’t be avoided when the evidence points towards them!

David Hewison, PhD, is a Jungian Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology and a Consultant Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Head of Research at Tavistock Relationships, where he runs a Professional Doctorate Programme. He developed an integrative behavioural model of couple therapy for depression for use in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Services, and ‘Couple Therapy for Depression – A Clinician’s Guide to Integrative Practice’, written with Clulow and Drake, was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. He has taught internationally and has published widely on analytic theory and practice, with an emphasis on creativity and the imagination.

Chair: Hilary Pounsett
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