Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy NOW 2013
Getting to Grips with Society's Ills: A Psychoanalytic Perspective
Holiday Inn, London Bloomsbury
This year’s PP NOW conference will consider the changing political landscape in the UK: the Government dramatically changing the welfare state and social contract with increased use of language such as ‘strivers’ and ‘shirkers'. Coupled with a rise in reality TV shows, and a cult of celebrity, we seem to be living in an increasing individualistic and narcissistic society.
Picking up on themes identified by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (individualism; consumerism and a decline of community; drugs and alcohol; a decline of values; families and young people; inequality and poverty; institutions, apathy and a democratic deficit), PP NOW 2013 will explore what psychoanalytic thinking can say to these issues, and how it can inform and support the Government and policy makers in responding.
Iain McGilchrist (The Master and his Emissary) will be presenting at the Friday night public lecture
Panel: Jim Hopkins (Kings College, UCL) and Rowan Williams (Magdalene College, Cambridge, Archbishop of Canterbury 2002-12)
Chair: Jean Knox (University of Exeter)
Venue: Tuke Hall, Regent's University, London
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Coffee and registration
Welcome and introduction: Gary Fereday, Chief Executive, BPC
Keynote Session: The Mental Pain of Minorities
The discord between the subjectivity of minorities and their ecological and cultural ‘holding environment’ causes them chronic mental pain, arising from their being used as dehumanized targets of the majority’s projections, as well as the figure-ground discord in their subjectivity. Minorities may retreat from social participation, idealize times and places where they were not the minority, and, at times, discharge impotent rage via acts of ‘terrorism'. Societal measures that assure their presence in history and in embodied communal narratives help diminish their distress.This is not only good for them; it is beneficial for society at large and raises all sections of society to a higher humanitarian ground.
Keynote speaker: Salman Akhtar, Jefferson University
Respondents: Matthew Taylor, CE RSA
Chair: Maxine Dennis
Coffee break (tea and coffee available all day)
1. Living without history: identity and fixed-term contracts
Exploring the impact of short-termism and the loss of collective memory on therapeutic, social and work relations.
2. Family Values and Patterns of Male and Female Violence
This session will discuss the origins, functions and treatment of violent behaviour from a psychoanalytic perspective, highlighting the different manifestations in men and women. Clinical material and criminological data will be presented.
3. The assault on human values in a consumer society: the marginalization of vulnerability, compassion and relationships
Society increasingly rewards the pursuit of ruthless self-interest and seeks to marginalize vulnerability, emotional need and relationships. This session explores the consequences of the relentlessness of working life and the need for possession of the crucial material ‘objects of desire’ that reassure us of our value in society, and the contribution of these issues to the August 2011 riots.
Jean Knox The success agenda and the shaming society
Frank Lowe The August 2011 riots: Them and Us
4. Governance, perversion, politics: what’s going on in the public sector?
This session will consider the public sector’s state of flux.
Rosemary Rizq Perverting the course of therapy: the audit culture
in mental health services
Paul Hoggett The ‘fairness agenda’ and the politics of resentment
Chair James Johnston
5. Entrepreneurs of the Self
Psychoanalytic reflections on the psychic and social functions of reality TV makeover shows.
Chair Richard Graham
1. ‘Major Tom, Bion, Lucy and the Psychotic Vacuum’: making sense of drug misuse
Trying to make sense of the way in which drug misuse becomes a psychotic ‘concentration for annihilation’.
Chair David Vincent
2. Psychodynamic interventions with staff in prisons and probation: impacts on staff, offenders and organisational culture
This session looks at supervision and training of staff in Psychologically Informed Planned Environments, which work to change the culture of prison environments; and at work with London Probation Trust providing clinical supervision to frontline Probation Officers, which aims to support staff development and so to improve engagement and outcomes with service users.
3. Beyond the rhetoric of ‘biopsychosocial’: finding common ground
‘Biopsychosocial’ has become a cliché for integrative or holistic mental health care that neither addresses deeper individual experience, nor societal determinants of ‘health’ adequately.
4. Thinking psychoanalytically about dementia: from exploration to intervention
This workshop will discussing dementia from a psychoanalytic point of view, and will describe the development of a new intervention for couples where one partner has a dementia.
5. 2. Families and Young People, Resilience and Relationships: What now for the modern family?
Thoughts and debate on children and families in times of austerity.
Susanna Abse Through Thick and Thin - family resilience, austerity and the obsession with change
Closing Plenary: Panel discussion reflecting on the key themes of the day and dialogue with the audience
Panel Salman Akhtar Patrick Pietroni Mary Target
Chair Julian Lousada
Reception and Awards Ceremony
Presentation of the PP NOW 2013 Awards
- Innovative Excellence Award
- Outstanding Professional Leadership Award
- Bernard Ratigan Award for Psychoanalysis and Diversity
PP NOW will be held at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury London on Saturday 5 October, preceded by the public lecture on Friday 4 October at Tuke Hall, Regent's College. The Holiday Inn Bloomsbury is conveniently located near Russell Square underground station, next to the Brunswick Centre (handy for shopping, eating, pubs and the Renoir cinema).
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London WC1N 1HT
|PP NOW Conference - Saturday|
|Full-fee delegate||£ 125.00|
|BPC / APP / ACP member||£ 99.00|
|BPC Trainee||£ 63.00|
|Other student||£ 83.00|
|Paid by institution||£ 175.00|
|Friday evening lecture||£ 15.00|