SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS in AUTUMN 2016 and SPRING 2017
Time-limited & Focused Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Children, Parents and Young People An Interactive Approach A one day workshop with Dr Ruth Schmidt Neven London, 27 January 2017, Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm Designed to be of practical value to psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and family mental health practitioners, this workshop by Dr Ruth Schmidt Neven coincides with the publication of her latest book Time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy with children and adolescents: An interactive approach (Routledge Press). At a time when there is increasing concern about the escalation of child and adolescent mental health problems, this workshop provides an innovative, contextual, therapeutic model that engages the child, the young person and their parents. The model is based on evidence that the most enduring therapeutic outcomes involve not only a shift or change in the young person, but also a shift in the parents’ perspective of themselves. The behaviour of the young person is therefore not perceived in limiting pathological terms but rather as an opportunity for us to understand how young people ‘speak’ their family and emotional experiences. At the core of the model is the recognition that dynamic capacity for growth and change in the child and young person by itself creates opportunities for effective therapeutic engagement. The workshop is not intended to provide a manualised programme but rather to describe a set of core principles and a conceptual framework for the practice of time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy. These principles include: the recognition of the primacy of the core developmental task for children and adolescents the need to attend simultaneously to the four interconnected domains of the intra-psychic, the interpersonal, the systemic and the environmental in the therapeutic process This broader approach enables us to encompass the ‘total field’ that surrounds the child, young person and their parents thereby promoting positive change within a relatively short period of time. Through illustrative case vignettes and examples from her clinical work in UK & Australia, Dr Ruth Schmidt Neven helps both new practitioners and those with many years of experience to comprehend a time limited framework, enabling us to: gain insight into how a psychodynamic approach can provide effective results apply the core principles in a practical manner to our clinical work further details & bookings
Resolving Clinical Dilemmas in Therapy A one day seminar with Susie Orbach London, 28 January 2017, Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm As practising therapists and counsellors, we witness a plethora of clinical dilemmas on an ongoing basis – what should be the focus of our first session? How do we deal with erotic transference, perplexing and conflicting client behaviour and the challenges that come with client dyads? We rely on process notes to reproduce narratives of our client sessions and yet realise that sessions are so much more than words. They are the pauses, the hesitations, the breadths, the felt misunderstandings, the projections that occur which may be wordless but are nevertheless palpable and powerful. In addition, there are the internal ruminations of the therapist, both the theoretical and the countertransferential: what are we thinking now, what are we feeling now, what sense do we make of the utterances between the people in the room. These regular dilemmas are made even more challenging given the fact that our intended interventions may have multiple, and indeed co-existent objectives – our words may be directed at facilitating the client’s narrative or at slowing down the narrative and assisting our client in her thought process. At this intellectually stimulating and practical seminar, Susie Orbach relies on a psychoanalytic and developmental approach and draws on therapeutic case examples to help us closely examine the challenging facets of our client interactions. The aim of the seminar is to get as close to the experience of a therapy session as possible. To facilitate the process at the seminar, we will hear excerpts from the two recent Radio 4 series In Therapy which span a variety of clinical situations. We will then dissect parts of the sessions to understand what was said by the therapist and why. Susie will also facilitate similar dissection of clinical material brought by participants with a view to elucidating the crucial aspects of our interventions that make these effective. She explains the best practices that therapists employ to overcome these commonly occurring dilemmas while providing interventions that: focus on affect and examine the complexity of feelings our clients may be experiencing challenge our client’s conceptions of events when these appear out of kilter with the inner world effectively get behind defence structures further details & bookings
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Attachment, Interest Sharing and the personally created External Environment A one day workshop with Dr Una McCluskey London, 4 February 2017, Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm Attachment Theory, as interpreted by Dorothy Heard and Brian Lake, and operationalised and researched by Dr Una McCluskey, explains a dynamic connection between the original attachment systems identified by Bowlby - careseeking and caregiving - and the biological systems of self-defence, sexuality, interests and the personally created external environment. At this practical workshop, which would be especially relevant for psychotherapists, psychologists, and counsellors, Dr Una McCluskey draws on her internationally recognised, attachment-based therapeutic models to address the often neglected areas of interests, interest-sharing with peers and the personally created external environment (our home, its location and organisation). Most of our time as therapists is taken up with a person’s internal environment and the impact of earlier experience on current relationships at home and in the workplace. However, we can sometimes fail to address a person’s interests or the absence of interests in their lives or indeed pay any attention to whether the home that they have created for themselves is supportive or unsupportive of their wellbeing. The workshop offers us an opportunity to acquaint ourselves with the Theory of Attachment-Based Exploratory Interest Sharing (TABEIS) and the concepts of Goal-Corrected Empathic Attunement (GCEA). Through illustrative video vignettes and case examples, the workshop highlights how we can effectively utilise vitality affects instead of theoretical interpretations and how the implications of TABEIS can find effective use in our therapeutic interactions. further details & bookings
Parenting and Personality Dysfunction: clinical implications A one day workshop with Dr Gwen Adshead London, 10 February 2017, Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm The ‘orchid-dandelion’ hypothesis of child development (Ellis, 2008) suggests that there are some ‘environments’ that can damage even the most resilient children. Parental harshness, chronic hostility and a rejecting stance might form part of such hazardous environments – the incidence of which may be more common in parents with personality disorders. Evidence shows that such ‘maladaptive parental behaviour’ is not just associated with high rates of child and adolescent psychopathology; but also with higher manifestations of conduct and / or oppositional defiant disorders in children. As therapists, we also realise that parental personality dysfunctions can have attachment implications. Frightened or frightening parenting behaviours lead to disorganised attachment in children, which in turn is symptomatic of a range of abnormal childhood behaviours. Our challenge in working with such parents and families however, is that abusive parents with personality disorders are often hard to engage. They may feel defensive and reluctant to building a trusting relationship over time with therapists. At this practical and therapeutically oriented seminar which would be especially relevant for psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, Dr Adshead draws on her extensive clinical experience, recent neurobiological findings and relational thought to help us comprehend: How personality disorders (across the three DSM-5 clusters) affect the interpersonal function and can be viewed as relational disorders Core parenting skills that create attuned sensitivity (and hence, secure attachment patterns) and how these can be negatively impacted through personality dysfunctions The links between personality disorders and high-risk states of mind The evidence that shows the risk to child development, both in terms of genetic vulnerability and environmental stress factors Clinical interventions for parents with personality disorders Maintaining the view that therapeutic interventions for parents with personality disorders are both effective and preventive, Dr Adshead explains how therapists can apply these learnings in clinical settings and allow for provision of relational security at multiple levels. further details & bookings
Early Relational Trauma and Borderline States of Mind A one day workshop with Marcus West London, 11 February 2017, Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm At this practical workshop, which would be especially relevant for psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, we aim to understand the underlying dynamics of our clients’ apparently destructive and entrenched ways of relating and affective-somatic responses; with a view to enhancing our therapeutic efficacy when working with borderline states of mind. The workshop draws on recent advances in infant development theory, attachment theory, trauma theory, relational and analytic theories to explore how early relational trauma underlies, structures and becomes embodied in the personality. We explore: the patterns associated with early relational trauma and how these emerge in the consulting room how we can, as therapists, look beyond ill-adaptive behavioural patterns and unravel the complex and conflicted nature of what is being expressed how we can recognize and work with the foundational, traumatic experiences of our clients how we can comprehend nihilism, shame, suicidality, anxiety, regression and murderousness within the context of early relational trauma The workshop explores how therapists can be deeply affected by, and drawn into, the dynamics related to relational trauma, and how our own personalities and attitudes play a significant role in the unfolding therapy. Specifically, we explore the kinds of conflicts that can lead to impasse and how these can be worked through by exploring and developing our own primitive reactions, while working within the frame of early relational trauma. The workshop helps us understand: The clinical reasons that have led to trauma becoming sidelined and/or lost in analytic thinking The link between early relational trauma and narcissistic and borderline states of mind The effect of trauma on the psyche-soma: primitive defensive responses, dissociation, the disruption of ego-functioning, and complex PTSD - from Janet, Winnicott and Fonagy to van der Kolk, Shapiro (EMDR), and Porges (Polyvagal theory) The dynamics of the traumatic complex - the key to understanding and working with early relational trauma and borderline states of mind Borderline conflicts and the disruption of identity and ego-functioning - reconsidering the ‘ego-destructive superego’ in the light of trauma Re-construction, co-construction and re-enactment - from Janet to intersubjectivity theory, Bromberg, and the Boston Change Process Study Group Dissociation, regression and negative therapeutic reaction Working with what is unbearable - re-traumatisation, idealisation and the window of tolerance The fight, flight, freeze, collapse responses in relation to anxiety, shame, regression, suicidality and murderousness Accompanying the client 'into the darkest places' - Tronick's dyadically expanded states of consciousness and the therapist’s journey further details & bookings
The Web of Shame in the Therapeutic Space A one day seminar with Christiane Sanderson Dublin,11 February 2017, Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm As practitioners, we often witness that shame can become chronic or even toxic, having a crippling effect on our clients, especially those who carry the burden of intergenerational shame and are raised in shame prone families, or who have histories of abandonment, prolonged or systematic emotional, physical or sexual abuse, neglect or exposure to domestic violence. Our therapeutic interactions can be even more complicated if there exists practitioner shame that we are either not aware of, or haven’t fully addressed. At this practical and unique seminar which would be relevant for psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists, across modalities, Christiane draws on her extensive experience in working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse to examine the complex nature of shame, its origins, its functions and its long term effects, to explain how we can: distinguish between healthy and chronic shame, shame and guilt – while looking at their relationships to hubristic and authentic pride assist our clients through the process of defences against shame – these defences could be manifest as withdrawal, attacking self, avoidance and attacking others and bear linkages to self-harm, addictions, repugnant obsessions, perfectionism, narcissism, grandiosity, rage and violence identify our own patterns of shame and the impact these might be having on our therapeutic relationships build shame resilience for clients and ourselves through specific therapeutic techniques Through experiential exercises, case vignettes and emphasis on creative, right brain based exercises such as the embodiment of shame, unpeeling the masks of shame, use of nesting dolls, re-apportioning shame and compassion focused exercises; the seminar allows us to promote healing, restore authentic pride and build shame resilience, while minimising the risk of re-shaming our clients. further details & bookings
Working with Adolescents: Separation from Parental Figures & the Ending of Therapeutic Relationships A one day training workshop with workshop with Professor Stephen Briggs London, 25 February 2017, Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm Working with the emotional and relational aspects of the separation process is central to therapeutic work with young people and their families. This workshop explores how an understanding of the separation process can helpfully inform therapeutic work; while highlighting how the ending of therapeutic relationships represents a significant experience of separation – and potentially of growth - for young people. At this practical and therapeutically oriented workshop which would be especially relevant for psychotherapists, psychologists, student counsellors and psychiatrists, Professor Briggs draws on his long-standing psychodynamic and clinical experience to explore the specific challenges we encounter as therapists when working with the separation process. The workshop explains how we can: negotiate the experiences of loss, and defences against the pain of loss comprehend adolescents’ difficulties in becoming more separate from parents, and the emotional and developmental problems that can ensue appreciate the complex and demanding situations where parents have difficulties in relating to adolescent emotionality work with the emotional aspects of ending therapeutic relationships with young people comprehend the impact of social media and the changing nature of transition to adulthood – and apply this in therapeutic interactions with young people Overall, the workshop highlights how we can identify the positive developmental aspects of parental separation and allow this to inform our therapeutic work with young people. The workshop also explains how we can effectively manage the process of ending therapeutic relationships – a necessary stage which, though emotionally exacting for both therapist and young person, can significantly help a young person’s development. further details & bookings
Embodied Mentalisation: Sociality and the Body A one day workshop with Dr Katerina Fotopoulou London, 3 March 2017, Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm The question of whether our mental processes are initially and primarily shaped by our embodied dimensions or social interactions is debated across multiple fields, including psychotherapy, psychology and cognitive neuroscience. At this practical and intellectually stimulating workshop, we examine the development and maintenance of the psychological self in relation to two central influences: embodiment and sociality. Our aim is to uncover mind-body linkages from somatic, psychoanalytical and neuroscientific perspectives with a view to aiding our therapeutic interactions. The workshop helps us understand: how the physical presence of other people, as well as our interactions and relationship with them, modulates our (inter)subjective experience of our body the radical claim that even some of the most minimal aspects of selfhood, namely the feeling qualities associated with being an embodied subject, are fundamentally shaped by embodied interactions with other people in early infancy and beyond how such embodied interactions allow us and our clients to mentalize and maintain stable equilibrium between our psychological processes the neurobiological mechanisms by which bodily signals are integrated and re-mapped in the brain to ultimately form our coherent, conscious sense of embodiment what do we mean by proximal intercorporeality and how this concept can help our clinical interpretations The sculpturing of the mentalization process by which our clients come to understand themselves, their therapists and others How embodied, social interactions contribute to the constitution of the minimal self, including the progressive sophistication of mental distinctions between: subject-object, self-other and even pleasure-pain By drawing linkages between cognitive neuroscience research and psychoanalysis, Dr Fotopoulou explains why gaining an understanding of such mind-body functioning is well worth the effort given the intrinsically multifaceted nature of the mind and the ‘dual’ self as subject and as object of our consciousness. further details & bookings
Attachment & Psychosis: developmental psychopathology of severe mental health A one day seminar with Professor Matthias Schwannauer London, 4 March 2017, Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm Psychosis may be viewed as a threatening life event which disrupts core attachment, interpersonal and affect regulatory processes – all of which impact an individual’s developmental trajectories. Alternatively, psychosis might exploit pre-existing vulnerabilities, further undermining transition and recovery from psychosis. At this practical workshop, which would be especially relevant for psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, we aim to examine first episode psychosis from a developmental perspective. We start with a fundamental premise that Attachment Theory offers a promising, psychodevelopmentally grounded framework for understanding onset, help seeking, adaptation and resilience in the experience of first episode psychosis. By considering attachment theory as a constructive context, the seminar helps us understand: the role of affect dysregulation and other related psychological processes such as the impact of trauma on first presentations of psychosis the developmental processes underlying the psychological factors instrumental in psychosis, and an up-to-date developmental psychopathology of psychosis the considerable overlap of common experiences in psychosis and in normal adolescent experiences that might be deemed psychotic if viewed from a purely clinical perspective life experiences and transitions that might heighten an individual's vulnerability to the development of a psychotic disorder how positive attachment experiences can aid the development of reflective function and mentalisation, serving as catalyst for self-regulatory processes The processes that are essential to any psychological formulation of a psychotic symptom experience or psychotic episode By considering the above, our aim is to present an individually based psychological intervention targeting emotional recovery and relapse prevention. The seminar outlines an overall psychological framework for developing individually tailored strategies for case formulation, recovery and staying well that primarily focus on emotional and interpersonal adaptation to psychosis. further details & bookings
Disorganised Attachment Behaviour A one day workshop with Professor David Shemmings London, 11 March 2017, Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm At its very extreme, insecure attachment can manifest as Disorganized Attachment Behaviour (DAB) – when the careseeker no longer views his / her attachment figure as a provider of protection, but rather as a source of fear (or even danger). Chronic ‘fear without solution’ experiences can have emotionally and developmentally debilitating effects that may last throughout an individual’s life. As practitioners, it is important that we can effectively identify DAB, appreciate connections with unresolved loss and trauma as well as offer effective therapeutic interventions. At this practical workshop, which would be especially relevant for psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors, student advisors and psychiatrists, Professor Shemmings helps us understand Disorganized Attachment Behaviour (DAB), the proxy measures we can use for identification and assessment, the key differences of DAB with Attachment Disorders, the consequences and sequalae of attachment disorganization and the different approaches we can utilize (including VIPP, VIG, ABC and CoS) to provide long lasting therapeutic interventions. By looking at the working constructs of ‘Attachment’, the key components of the ‘Strange Situation Procedure’, the challenges inherent in risk assessment of child maltreatment and video case vignettes, we will explore: The way we currently assess ‘risk’ when working with children and families and why we need to redirect our gaze How proxy measures including parental sensitivity, unresolved loss and trauma and low mentalizing capacity can assist in assessment Latest research on DAB and the history of its development Causes and limitations of DAB Consequences of disorganized attachment and its connection with relational trauma Connections between unresolved loss and insensitive or frightening parenting Our developing understanding of the neurobiology of maltreatment and disorganization Distinguishing DAB with Attachment Disorders A brief outline of four similar (but different) therapeutic approaches that can be used for DAB further details & bookings
Attachment-Informed Interventions in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy An online webinar with Dr Gail Myhr 15 March 2017, Wednesday 6:00pm - 9:00pm, London, UK time Liotti (2007) has described cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as a dance between therapist and client, who alternate between two modes – a joint, problem-focused mode and a second, more intensely personal, attachment-caregiving mode. Explicitly targeting attachment-related beliefs, feelings and behaviour activated within the therapeutic relationship, can potentially enhance attachment security and lead to healthy changes in a client’s internal working models of attachment. And yet, while such attachment-informed interventions have become a mainstay of psychoanalytic modalities – integration with cognitive behavioural therapies has been hesitant and tepid. At this practical and engaging webinar by Dr Gail Myhr, we make the assertion that attachment-informed interventions, when combined with cognitive approaches have the potential to deliver a higher remission of symptoms in our clients. We consider how integration of attachment theory into the cognitive behavioural conceptualization of cases, and the use of implicit and explicit attachment-related interventions in CBT might be expected to improve outcomes, while increasing attachment security for our clients. The webinar will be especially useful for psychotherapists, psychologists and counsellors who are interested in learning how to integrate specific attachment-related interventions in their work with clients. Specifically, we will consider: The secure base concept as a blueprint for our therapeutic engagements Recognition of the client’s attachment style, as well as our own Deliberate anticipation of “noncomplementary ways” in which therapists must act to counteract their clients’ expectations of attachment figures How to recognize the activation of the attachment system in session Specific ways to respond to a client’s hyperactivation or de-activation strategies Case examples of insecure attachment prototypes will be presented to illustrate key concepts underlying attachment-related interventions further details & bookings
Attachment and Intimacy: Developing Love Relationships A one day Seminar with Dr Christopher Clulow Manchester, 18 March 2017, Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm The secure attachment of an infant to its mother or other primary carer as the basic building block of strong interpersonal relations in adulthood has held particular sway in the thinking of practitioners ever since Freud described it as “the first and strongest love object and the prototype of all later love relations”. This one-day seminar by Dr Clulow widens our understanding of how our earliest love relationships provide the foundations for – if not necessarily the prototypes of – all adult love relationships, especially those we have as partners and parents. The seminar considers how adult love relationships differ from those of childhood and enhances our understanding of what secure and insecure partnerships look like. Through clinical vignettes and attachment informed concepts, Dr Clulow explores the nature of love, and applies this to relationships in the therapeutic domain. The seminar pays particular attention to Winnicott’s concept of mirroring, in highlighting processes that are central to regulating affect in close relationships and fostering change. further details & bookings
Working with Extremely Disturbed and Borderline Clients A one day seminar with Dr Anne Alvarez London, 18 March 2017, Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm Dr Anne Alvarez has worked extensively with extremely disturbed and borderline clients and found that therapeutic work with such clients can be very challenging. The clients can be unresponsive to traditional approaches and methods of ascribing meaning. Crucially, such clients appear not to be able to manage spatial, temporal and causal ‘two-tracked thinking’ (i.e. some capability to think symbolically). She found that due to ego impairment and extreme disturbance, the therapist’s assumption that the client had a sense of self that could be talked to & a clear sense of other people to whom the therapist could refer, proved false. At this practical seminar which would be of particular relevance to psychotherapists, clinical & educational psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists; Dr Alvarez builds on 50 years of experience as a psychotherapist, and explains how three different levels of analytical work and communication: • the explanatory level, • the descriptive level and • the intensified vitalizing level; can work best to address these challenges. She argues that our traditional understanding of ‘interpretation levels’ needs to be revised taking psychopathological and developmental priorities into account. Illustrating her explanations with practical case vignettes, Dr Alvarez helps us comprehend, as practitioners, when we need to progress from traditional therapy and apply a second level of work – that of containment and empathic description – with fragmented, under-integrated or overwhelmed clients. In even more severe cases, where the sense of self and object is very weak, a third, more intensified level of work may be necessary. She also explains how our therapeutic approach can make use of a counter-transference sense of urgency with clients in states of severe chronic dissociation. Blending a solid theoretical foundation with practical case studies at this seminar, Dr Alvarez helps us also understand how the timing of these therapeutic interventions may need to shift from moment to moment even within a single session. further details & bookings
Working with Domestic Abuse A one day workshop with Christiane Sanderson London, 25 March 2017, Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm On average, two women a week in the UK are murdered by their partner or ex-partner. While much of the clinical literature focuses on physical violence in domestic abuse (DA), there is increasing evidence that power, control, coercion and emotional abuse is used to control partners in intimate relationships. This workshop, which would be especially relevant for psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists, aims to enhance our comprehension of DA, its impact and long term effects on survivors; while explaining how, as practitioners, we can work effectively using the principles of safe trauma therapy, psychoeducation and stabilisation to restore control and to allow for the processing of the DA narrative. It will look at the spectrum of DA, including the dynamics of control and coercion in emotional abuse, and the role of shame and humiliation that silences those who are being domestically abused. The workshop will consider the use of physical force, sexual violence, financial abuse, spiritual abuse and revenge porn, and identify those most at risk of DA. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the processes involved in DA such as grooming victims, the cycle of abuse, the role of dissociation and thought blindness that supports the trauma bond which binds the couple. The aim is to understand the role of attachment and fear of abandonment that underpins much of DA and how this manifests relationally both for the couple and practitioners working with DA. We also look at the importance of the therapeutic relationship in restoring relational worth, mitigating the de-humanising effects of DA and restoring autonomy and self-agency. Conceptualising DA within the complex trauma framework, we consider the processing of the DA narrative and the facilitation of post traumatic growth. By identifying the challenges of working with DA and introducing a range of therapeutic skills, practitioners will feel more equipped when working with survivors of DA and enhance their comprehension of the transformative effects of post traumatic growth for both clients and practitioners. Specifically, we will consider: The nature and dynamics of DA, such as the role of charm and enticement, the use of control and coercion, the cycle of abuse, the nature of thought blindness that facilitates the trauma bond and the role of silence, secrecy and shame The intergenerational transmission of DA through attachment and relational deficits The characteristics of male and female perpetrators DA as complex trauma and its neurobiological impact The psychological impact and long term effects of DA on partners, and children Obstacles to leaving an abusive relationship The importance of developing safety plans when leaving The principles of trauma informed practice model when working with survivors of DA The role of the therapeutic relationship in restoring autonomy and self-agency The impact of working with DA on practitioners and the role of self-care further details & bookings
Transference and Counter-Transference: from pitfalls to efficacy in therapy A one day seminar with Jan McGregor Hepburn Dublin,25 March 2017, Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm As therapists, we understand that the redirection of our client’s emotions towards us can be manifest in a myriad of ways including rage, mistrust, parentification, overt dependence and attraction. We recognise that such transference lends malleability to our therapeutic relationship and its misinterpretation can impede therapeutic progress. However, when skilfully guided, the same dynamics of transference and countertransference can allow us valuable insights as therapists and enable us to deliver extremely effective therapeutic interventions. At this practical and therapeutically oriented seminar, which would be particularly relevant for psychotherapists, clinical & educational psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, Jan McGregor Hepburn draws on her longstanding experience in social work management and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy to clearly illustrate both theoretical underpinnings of transference and countertransference and their practical linkages to clinical work. She explains how we can miss certain interpretations which might lead to poor clinical outcomes and utilises case vignettes to illustrate how the dynamics of transference / countertransference can be creative tools in the therapist’s hands. further details & bookings
Narcissism in Clinical Contexts and Everyday Life A one day seminar with Frances Thomson Salo, Jan McGregor Hepburn & Anne Manne Melbourne, Australia, 29 April 2017, Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm From outwardly senseless acts of rampage to the disturbing rise of assaults in public life, narcissistic expressions of individuality are increasingly all around us – in society, in mainstream media, in our patients and amongst ourselves. Is self before all here to stay and is it a phenomenon that is shaping our identities as therapists and societal beings? At this intellectually stimulating and thought provoking one-day seminar, we look at this issue from multiple, practical perspectives – through the latest works in psychology, through the lens of infant-observation and through its inextricable linkages with reparative and persecutory guilt. The seminar draws together leading thinkers in the field - Anne Manne, author of the recent bestselling book ‘The Life of I - The New Culture of Narcissism’; Frances Thompson- Salo, author of the recent seminal book – ‘Infant Observation- Creating Transformative Relationships’ and Jan McGregor Hepburn who is internationally renowned for her research and clinical expertise in Guilt and Infant-Observation – who discuss, debate and bring to life new ways of thinking about and working with narcissism in all its forms. Through interactive engagements with participants and seminar sub-sections, we specifically consider: Narcissism on the rise?: is narcissism on the rise in society and amongst our patients? How do we look past the interpretations offered by popular media and make up our own minds? What tools from psychology help us comprehend the developmental pathways through which narcissism develops? Clinical challenges of narcissism: we are aware that ‘a narcissistic illusion of being loved’ can alter a patient’s interpretations of reality. How do we meet the therapeutic needs of a patient where client presentation is overshadowed by narcissistic relational expectations? As practitioners, what can we learn from narcissistic functioning and how can we apply this understanding to enhance the efficacy of our therapeutic work? Narcissism and infant-observation: How can infant observation illuminate the pathways to narcissistic expressions? How does parent-infant psychotherapy help us comprehend the linkages between guilt and narcissism? Through discussions between the speakers and audience members, this stimulating and innovative day attempts to link perspectives across psychology, social philosophy and infant-observation. The aim is to consider the ways in which both clinical work and citizenship can be informed by thinking about narcissism and guilt. Jointly, we will look at constructive ways in which we can ameliorate the effects of a family and societal culture which can tend to stimulate pathological narcissism. The day will be of interest to psychotherapists, psychologists, student counsellors, philosophers, teachers and all those who study and think about culture and society. further details & bookings

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Continuing professional development through seminars, workshops and conferences for psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists.