Location and timing of lectures

The Society, founded in 1998, sponsors lectures and seminars on all aspects of psychotherapy.  They normally take place at 7pm on the third Tuesday of each month during the academic year (October to July), in the Existential Academy at 61-63 Fortune Green Road, London NW6 1DR. £6 entry fee for if pre-booked via Meetup, or £8 payable at the door. All friends of psychotherapy welcome!

Last meeting before the summer: Simon O’Donoghue on Humanist Pastoral Care, Tuesday 19th. June

TONIGHT’S MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND WILL BE RE-ARRANGED FOR THE AUTUMN

Simon O’Donoghue is the Head of Pastoral Support at Humanists UK and he is responsible for the training, development, and management of a UK wide network of over 200 non-religious pastoral carers. Simon also sits on the board of European Humanist Professionals as their Quality Assurance Officer, and is the first non-religious person to chair the Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Care Network in Health.

In his talk Simon will cover the development of non-religious pastoral care over the last ten years and the significant challenges encountered in establishing the Humanists UK’s Non-religious Pastoral Support Network in the UK. He will also look at how those challenges have been overcome and how non-religious pastoral support has now become an accepted part of the holistic care provision in hospitals, prisons, and universities.

Tuesday the 20th of March: The psychology of political failure lecture with Bob Haris

Why is it that, after thousands of years of philosophy, religion, economics, we still experience global gross poverty, massive inequality and endless wars. Why are people sleeping in shop doorways in the world’s wealthiest countries? Why is suicide the leading cause of death amongst young men in the UK? And why do we still continue with the same political behaviours, hoping that things will turn out different this time around?

Bob Harris will discuss these and other aspects of political failure. He is a group analyst, currently working in the UK, Russia, Albania, and Kalmykia, and recently led a year long Foundation Course in Group Analysis in Kazakhstan. He has a special interest in severe and enduring psychopathology, large groups, is a political activist and an ardent sailor.

Book and pay via our Meetup site for £6 or pay on the door on the evening £8.

Malcolm Peterson 17th of April “Taking Freud into rehab”

In this lecture, Malcolm Peterson will look at the similarities between psychotherapeutic thinking and that of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, firstly exploring some of the early contact between the founders of AA and early psychoanalytic thinkers. He will then look at the work of Winnicott, drawing links between some of his theories and their resonance with the principles of AA & NA. This will be followed by an exploration of further links between group analytic thinking and that of 12-Step Fellowships. He will explore how they could complement each other to help in the treatment

This a fee paying event £6 if booked via meetup or £8 on the door on the evening of the lecture.t of those suffering with addictive disorders.

 

Malcolm Peterson is a  UKCP registered group analytic psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. He has a background in working in addiction treatment services and specialist NHS personality disorder services.

20 February Book launch of The Interbrain. Lecture on the interbrain by Digby Tantam

This event is free, and preceded by a launch (starting at 6pm) of Digby’s new book, published by Jessica Kingsley.  Described by Steve Silberman, author of ‘NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism’ and ‘How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently as “a groundbreaking, wide-ranging, and endlessly fascinating meditation on our innate ability to feel ‘connected’ to other people — and on what can happen when that precious connection is diminished. It’s compelling reading for anyone interested in the subtle mechanisms at work behind the essential experiences that make us human”

20 January 2018 Stranger, other, outsider: Talk by Claire Marshall

Stranger, other, outsider: The conceptualization of forced migrants in contemporary culture.
Refugees, internally displaced people and asylum seekers are all legal terms for people who have been forced to leave their homes because of war, persecution or natural disaster. How forced migrants are conceptualized speaks of our own relationship with identity and community. This phenomenon will be examined in the context of geopolitical discourses, social narratives and humanitarian responses. The psychology of migration also raises issues of ethics and social justice, pertinent to any therapists working with ‘diversity and difference’.
Dr Claire Marshall is a Counselling Psychologist with 10 years of experience in private health care, third sector and management of organisations. She has previously managed a psychotherapy service in North London with key responsibility for overall service and operations, including recruitment, supervision, management of staff, clinical assessments, allocation decisions and evaluating treatment options within the service. She also ran groups and worked with people one to one, providing short and long term psychological interventions for adults with a range of issues.

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19 November 2017 Shared values – Working together existential and cognitive therapy. Talk by Melvyn Flitman

Despite its effectiveness, cognitive-behaviour therapy has been criticised for its brevity, symptom-focused orientation, and application scope. Existential therapies tend to be longer and encourage overall meaning-making.

This talk presents valuable insights based 254 accredited cognitive theorists who were inquired about their views and attitudes regarding cognitive-behaviour therapy, existentialist therapies, and the integration of both modalities.

Results of the research showed that existentialist therapies could compensate for cognitive-behavioural therapies’ eventual lack of depth, fluidity, authenticity, humanity, and application scope. They were a more personalized approach, suitable and/or beneficial for certain therapists, clients, circumstances, and/or problems. They were sometimes utilized and unsystematically integrated with cognitive-behavioural therapies. Institutional power struggles, existentialist therapies’ limitations, and therapists’ lack of training and/or knowledge prevented their more extensive use. That is, compounding whatever familiarity issue was the hesitance to use such approaches, led in part by institutional biases in favour of cognitive-behaviour therapy and against approaches that are less easily measured. Nevertheless, their combination appeared as a promising endeavour that, if implemented properly, such as through training, could arguably marry the strengths of both approaches.

21 November 2017 at 7pm “Life as literature; exploring the ‘literary mind’ in psychotherapy. With Martin Weegmann

“Life as literature; exploring the ‘literary mind’ in psychotherapy.

Please note this is a fee paying event £6 if booked via our meet up site and £8 on the door.

In this talk, Martin will summarise the notion that human beings have inherent ‘literary minds’, that most of our therapies involve a ‘permission to narrate’, and that we can learn a great deal about psychotherapy through the perspective of narrative psychology. This can be helpful across differing orientations. he will offer some interactive exercises and illustrations from his work with clients.

Martin is a clinical psychologist, group analyst and author. he has long experience in the NHS and independent practice. a well-known trainer too, he has specialised in substance misuse, personality disorder and complex needs. His first book was Psychodynamics of Addiction (Wiley, 2002) and his latest book, Permission to Narrate: Exploration in Group Analysis, Psychoanalysis and Culture (karnac, 2016). He has completed a new edited book, Psychodynamics of Writing (Karnac, 2018).

17 October 2017 What is post-existentialism? Lecture by Professor Del Lowenthal

Professor Del Loewenthal What is post-existentialism?

Professor Lowenthal provides this introduction: “Post-existentialism is an attempt to offer a space where we might still be able to think about how alienated we are through valuing existential notions such as experience and meaning (e.g. Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty); whilst questioning other aspects such as existentialism’s inferred narcissism and the place it has come to take up with regard to such aspects as psychoanalysis and the political. Consideration is also given to the extent to which we might include some implications of more recent ideas—for example, those of Saussure, Levinas, Derrida, Foucault, Lacan, and Wittgenstein without becoming too caught up in them”

Del Loewenthal is Professor of Psychotherapy and Counselling and directs the Research Centre for Therapeutic Education, Department of Psychology, University of Roehampton, UK, where he also convenes Doctoral programmes. Del is also a Visiting Professor at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand and the University of Athens, Greece.
Del is an existential-analytic psychotherapist (having trained at the Philadelphia Association, London, established by R.D. Laing and others), chartered psychologist and photographer. He chairs the Southern Association for Psychotherapy and Counselling’s (SAFPAC’s) Critical Existential-Analytic UKCP/UPCA Psychotherapy Training Programme at Roehampton; and both the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association and the Universities Training College. He is co-founder of the Society for Critical Psychotherapy and founding editor of the European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling (Routledge).
Del’s recent books include: Post-existentialism and the psychological therapies: Towards a therapy without foundations (Karnac, 2011), Phototherapy and Therapeutic Photography in a Digital Age (Routledge 2013), Relational Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and Counselling: Appraisals and reappraisals (with Andrew Samuels, Routledge, 2014), Critical Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and Counselling: Implications for practice (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) and Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling after Postmodernism (Routledge, 2017).

Windy Dryden, 20 June 2017 Very Brief Therapeutic Consultations: What Can Be Achieved?

Very Brief Therapeutic Consultations: What Can Be Achieved?

In this session, I will discuss what might be gained from very brief therapy consultations of 30 minutes or less. I will demonstrate how I work in this modality with volunteers from the audience wishing to to be helped with genuine concerns. This work will then be discussed by those present.

Windy Dryden is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths University of London. He works part-time in independent practice of therapy and coaching/