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Breakout Sessions for PP NOW conference 2017
1. The Inner World of Children and Young People, in association with ACP
- How do we support their mental health in the midst of complex current events?
Tam Baillie & Katie Argent
Chaired by Julia Mikardo
The incidence of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety is growing in our population of children and young people (CYP). The pressures and challenges to their internal equilibrium are many and varied, at a time when resources to support them are scarce or patchy, and world events seem fast-moving and out-of-control. Just as many parents struggle to manage to focus on their child - perhaps because of socio-economic reasons, or the impact of these on their own mental health - so the state as parent seems unable to consistently recognise and support the emotional and psychological needs of the next generation. Psychoanalytic thinking can provide a vital containing structure for both individual CYP, and professionals working with them, to understand how these complex processes impact on the internal world of the CYP, and therefore their behaviour and mental health symptoms. But in the field of Child & Adolescent Mental Health, this thinking is not always welcome or sought. The aim of this workshop is to share ideas on how this thinking can more effectively contribute to policy...how to make our voices heard.
Tam Baillie is the former Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland - a position he held for 8 years from 2009 to May 2017. As Commissioner Tam had a duty to promote and safeguard the rights of all children and young people in Scotland under the age of 18 (and those under 21 if they are care experienced) as set out in the UNCRC. This high profile post involved influencing legislation, policy and practice at the highest levels as well as frequent media engagement. Prior to working as Commissioner Tam worked in Scotland and England as a manager and practitioner with children and young people for over 30 years. Tam has worked with children and young people with issues covering: youth homelessness; leaving care; young offenders; sexual exploitation; domestic abuse; substance misuse; and mental health.
Katie Argent is the Head of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She is a consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist in the Fostering, Adoption and Kinship Care Team and manages a portfolio of psychoanalytic applied training courses at the Tavistock. She has a special interest in the usefulness of psychoanalytic thinking outside the clinic and in school-based psychotherapeutic work.
Julia Mikardo is Lead Child Psychotherapist at Westminster CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service). She was a Social Worker for Looked After Children before qualifying as a Child Psychotherapist and has worked in NHS child mental health settings since the late 80’s. She has held various roles within the Association of Child Psychotherapists and teaches on the child psychoanalytic psychotherapy training at the bpf.
2. How can the Psychoanalytic Professions and Criminal Justice services Collaborate?
Chaired by Nick Benefield
Criminal Justice services must manage and rehabilitate those sentenced by the Courts. The service faces serious difficulties, compounded by offenders’ high levels of psychological and social difficulties. Availability of staff with psychoanalytic understanding and skills to train and support staff in these services is limited.
What operational and political pressures face the day-to-day operation of prison and probation services? How can we test new ways in which community and custodial services can work together? How can custodial operations and psychoanalytic professions collaborate better?
The Offender PD Pathway programme is a model of cross-departmental (NHS/NOMS) and professional collaboration, where relational work is central and staff are supported to deliver consistent and reliable psychosocial environments for those in their care. Early evaluations show greater recognition of a relational perspective of prison life, substantive improvements in engagement and reductions in risk behaviour.
Justice work needs to better attend to the interpersonal dynamics of justice work and its significance to safety, improved staff effectiveness and rehabilitation outcomes. This requires greater engagement between traditional health and justice operations. The psychoanalytic community can support political and organisational commitment in this project and help tackle the cultural, practical and professional barriers between Health and Justice services.
Michael Spurr, Cheif Executive, HM Prison and Probation Service
Michael has had a long career working in Prisons and Probation. He joined HM Prison Service as a Prison Officer at HMP Leeds in 1983 and worked in a range of operational roles in various establishments and at Headquarters where he led the work to create a network of Close Supervision Centres to manage the most challenging prisoners in the system. He was Governor at HMYOI Aylesbury; HMP Wayland in Norfolk and at HMP/YOI Norwich.
Michael joined the Prison Service Agency board as Director of Operations in 2003 and worked closely with the Department of Health to transfer responsibility for health care in prisons to the NHS. In April 2008 Prisons and Probation were brought together under the new National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Agency and Michael was appointed as Chief Operating Officer taking responsibility for operational performance, service integration and the creation of Probation Trusts.
Michael became Chief Executive of NOMS in June 2010 leading the organisation through a substantial change programme to reduce costs and to implement the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reforms which restructured Probation in England and Wales and extended post release supervision to all convicted offenders released from prison.
On 1 April 2017, Michael was appointed Chief Executive of a new Agency – HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) which replaced NOMS and has responsibility for the operational management and performance of prisons, probation and youth custody in England and Wales.
Nick Benefield has recently retired as Department of Health Lead for Personality Disorder and as Joint Head of the NHS/NOMS Offender Personality Disorder Team. He trained in social work and as a Jungian Analyst He has a background in the therapeutic treatment of young offenders, inner-city community social group work and community mental health services. He has worked as a clinician, trainer, manager, commissioner and policy maker and has an ongoing interest in the development of psycho social environments in the criminal justice and wider social and educational settings. His major interest is the improvement in collaborative working and the closer integration of a wider range of professional roles and operational tasks in public sector services.
3. Europe's Identity Post Brexit in partnership with the EFPP
Anne-Marie Schlosser, Catherine Fieschi & Lene Auestad
Chaired by Julian Lousada
This session will promote a discussion about the state of mind post-Brexit and the response that social policy and psychoanalysis might bring to bear.
Catherine Fieschi is the Director of Counterpoint, the London-based cultural and social risk advisory group. Counterpoint works across the globe to provide governments, businesses, and NGOs with research and analysis on how cultural and social dynamics shape politics, policy-making and markets. Catherine advises business and political leaders around the world and serves regularly on national and international government task-forces. Prior to founding Counterpoint, Catherine was head of research at The British Council and between 2005 and 2008 she was the Director of the leading London-based think tank Demos. She is the author of In the Shadow of Democracy (2008), as well as of numerous essays on extremism, mobilisation and identity politics. Catherine holds a PhD in Political Science from McGill University. Her expertise is on forms of mobilisation and the attitudes and values that have shaped them historically and will shape them in the 21st century.
Anne-Marie Schlosser; Studies of Psychology at the University of Goettingen, Scientific Assistant at the Department for Medical Psychology University of Goettingen,
Psychoanalyst and supervisor IPA, DPG, DGPT. Schlosser has worked in private practice since 1993, is an Expert member of German government boards for Psychotherapy and
President of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy EFPP
Lene Auestad is a Dr. of Philosophy from the University of Oslo. Her recent publications include: Respect, Plurality, and Prejudice: A Psychoanalytical and Philosophical Enquiry into the Dynamics of Social Exclusion and Discrimination (Karnac, 2015), Shared Traumas, Silent Loss, Public and Private Mourning, (Karnac, 2017), and Nationalism and the Body Politic: Psychoanalysis and the Rise of Ethnocentrism and Xenophobia (Karnac, 2014). She is the founder of the international and interdisciplinary conference series Psychoanalysis and Politics (www.psa-pol.org).
Julian Lousada is a Psychoanalyst, former chair of the BPC and former Clinical Director of the Adult department Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Julian is also an organisational consultant a founding partner in Peopleinsystems and he is now working in practice.
4. How is Class Relevant?
Lynsey Hanley & Joanna Ryan
Chaired by Gary Fereday
Class, an identifier of inequalities, largely disappeared from political and academic discourse in the recent past, but now it is reappearing as economic inequality has increased and as social mobility flatlines, with the ensuing political fall-out. Within psychoanalysis class is an absent presence - mainly absent from professional and clinical discussions but significantly present in the economic, cultural and social capitals at play in the field. However, some contemporary clinical writings and recent psychosocial research seek to understand the ways in which class becomes embodied in the psyche, for different class positionings, creating internally divided subjects and often toxic divisions between people. Do we, as Jo Cox, the former Labour MP said, “have far more in common than the things that divide us”, and how could psychoanalytic understandings help us make this less a wishful ideal (that fatally enraged the far right) and more a contribution to solidarity in the face of huge structural inequalities?
Lynsey Hanley was born in Birmingham and lives in Liverpool. She is the author of Estates: An Intimate History, and Respectable: The Experience of Class. She is a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement.
Joanna Ryan, Ph.D., author of Class and Psychoanalysis: Landscapes of Inequality (Routledge, 2017), is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, supervisor and independent researcher. Her previous books include The Politics of Mental Handicap (1980/87); Sex and Love: New Thoughts on Old Contradictions (edited with S.Cartledge, 1983); Wild Desires and Mistaken Identities: Lesbianism and Psychoanalysis (1993/2003,) with N.O’Connor, as well as many other publications.
Gary Fereday is the Chief Executive of the British Psychoanalytic Council. He has worked in the health sector for over 20 years in a range health policy, management and leadership roles; the last decade in mental health. Previously he was the Chief Executive of icap, a provider of psychotherapy and mental health services working with the Irish community in Britain. Other roles have included: Development Manager at the Healthcare Commission; Policy Manager at the NHS Confederation; and health policy roles at the Association of Community Health Councils for England and Wales, and the Nuffield Institute for Health, University of Leeds. Gary also worked for the Rt. Hon Dame Margaret Beckett MP when she was the Shadow Secretary of State for Health in the mid 1990’s. He has been a Trustee of the Mental Health Providers Forum, the umbrella body for mental health charities, and a trustee of Irish in Britain, the umbrella body for charities working with the Irish Community.
5. Contemporary Developments in Sexuality and Gender and their Impact on the Consulting Room
David Richards & Noreen Giffney
Chaired by Juliet Newbigin
Noreen Giffney and David Richards open a discussion about the ways in which social, cultural and historical attitudes towards sexuality can impact on the therapeutic relationship both consciously and unconsciously.
David Richards is a psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice. He previously worked in the NHS and voluntary sector, both within the HIV field in the 1990s, and then for many years managing a community counselling service for older adults. He is also a senior tutor on the MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy at Birkbeck. He has a long-standing interest in questions of sexuality, sexual orientation and identity, and speaks and writes on these themes; he is a member of the Advisory Group on Sexual and Gender Diversity in the BPC, where he also currently serves on the Executive.
Dr Noreen Giffney is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in private practice and a Lecturer in Counselling at the University of Ulster. She has published extensively in clinical and academic contexts. Her most recent book is Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory (New York: Punctum Books 2017), edited with Dr Eve Watson. She is writing a book entitled Developing Clinical Insight Using Non-Clinical Case Studies in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: Visual Culture and the Transference and Countertransference Experience. She is the Director of Psychoanalysis +, an interdisciplinary initiative that brings together clinical, academic and artistic approaches to, and applications of, psychoanalysis. Web: www.psychoanalyticpsychotherapyclinic.ie
Juliet Newbigin is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy member of the BPF and FPC. She works in private practice and teaches seminars on the impact of significant differences – those of gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity, for example – on the clinical relationship. Juliet’s interest in the subject of gender and sexuality goes back to her work as a trainer in self-development with young people and adults in the 1970’s when the impact of discrimination on individual identity was a hot topic.
She was involved in the working party that wrote the BPC’s Position Statement on Homosexuality and is currently chair of their Advisory Group on Sexual and Gender Diversity.
6 Our Mental Health and the way we Live Now
Carey Oppenheim & Karen Newbigging
Chaired by Susanna Abse
By the year 2020, depression is projected to be the second leading medical cause of disability as measured by premature mortality and years of productive life (WHO) and in the UK CAMHS and adult services are struggling to meet demand. Whilst the provision of good therapeutic help is vital, should we simply aim to increase access to treatment or should we be thinking more deeply about what might be at the heart of this increase in difficulties? The workshop will discuss the wider social determinants of psychological problems, looking at how issues such as income, inequality, and our working lives might impact on our mental health. The workshop will also explore whether we need to intervene earlier and what kinds of preventative policies might be developed which would promote better mental health for us all.
Dr Karen Newbigging is a Senior Lecturer in Health Policy and Management at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. Karen originally qualified and worked as a clinical psychologist in the NHS, and is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and member of Mental Health Europe. She is also a Trustee of a service user-led charity, Calderdale Healthy Minds, and a member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare.
Karen has over 30 years’ experience in mental health and she has experience of commissioning, research, consultancy, postgraduate teaching and organisational and system development, working with a broad range of organisations, using participatory methods. A main focus for her work has been the involvement and voice of people with personal experience in system development with equality for all being a central strand of her work. Karen sees this as critical to generating new understandings of social issues and achieving greater social justice.
Carey Oppenheim has been Chief Executive of the Early Intervention Foundation since 2013. Her previous roles include Co-director of the Institute of Public Policy Research, Special Advisor to Tony Blair in the Number 10 Policy Unit, specialising in employment, social security, childcare and poverty. Carey has also been a senior lecturer in social policy at the South Bank University, deputy director and head of research at the Child Poverty Action Group, chaired the London Child Poverty Commission and advised the Treasury on welfare reform, and the DfE on childcare and early years strategy. She lately trained to be a teacher and taught history and politics at an inner-city London school.
Susanna Abse is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who has worked in private practice with couples, parents and individuals since 1991. She was CEO of the charity Tavistock Relationships from 2006 until 2016 and now also works as an Executive Coach and Organisational Consultant. She is an accredited member of the British Psychoanalytic Council and serves as a member of its Executive Board. Currently she is also devising resources and an advanced training programme to enhance adoption social workers practice with couples.
Susanna is a Fellow of the Centre for Social Policy at Dartington; a Leadership Fellow at St George’s House, Windsor Castle, as well as a Member of the Editorial Board of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, and Series Co-Editor of “The Library of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis” for Karnac Books. She is currently serving as a member of the policy commission, “Closing the Mental Health Treatment Gap” for the University of Birmingham, examining the best practice based evidence for a new paradigm for mental health that looks to the wider social determinants, adopts assets based approaches and early intervention across the life course.
Previously, she was a member of the Department of Health’s Action for Choice in Therapy Committee, and has sat as an expert advisor on many research and governmental advisory groups; most recently for the NSPCC’s project to develop an early intervention for families at risk of domestic violence. She has published widely on couple therapy, parenting, post separation conflict and family policy and how these areas need to be at the heart of progressive welfare provision, a subject on which she lectures and teaches. Her publications include writings for the New Statesman and for the Open Society European Policy Institute.
7 Political Engagement
Andrew Samuels, Lene Auestad
Chaired by Alan Colam
Western societies are currently polarised between apathy on the one hand and passionate expression of views on the other. This makes the question of engagement and participation in politics a key one for our conference. In the session, we will explore psychological aspects of participation in politics, paying attention to the ways in which people’s social, economic and cultural location influences what they feel they can (or ought to) contribute.
Lene’s will look towards ‘Spaces for Engagement’. She will look into the qualities of the social and physical spaces that further active participation and political engagement with a view to the causes of political alienation. This will involve thinking about the practical relevance of representation in politics.
Andrew will focus on ‘The Good-Enough Citizen’. He will look at different ways to be a citizen, focusing on the personal and psychological experience of participation in politics. This will be based on the work Andrew has carried out with politicians here and abroad, political parties and activist groups, and for the NHS. He will describe ‘heroic citizens’, ‘citizens-as-siblings’, ‘apathetic citizens’, and ‘the good-enough citizen’.
Andrew Samuels is a former chair of UKCP and co-founder of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility. Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex. Training Analyst, Society of Analytical Psychology. Works internationally as a political consultant. Founder of the journal Psychotherapy and Politics International. His books have been translated into 21 languages and include The Political Psyche (1993), Politics on the Couch (2001), and A New Therapy for Politics? (2015). www.andrewsamuels.com
Lene Auestad is a Dr. of Philosophy from the University of Oslo. Her recent publications include:
Respect, Plurality, and Prejudice: A Psychoanalytical and Philosophical Enquiry into the Dynamics of Social Exclusion and Discrimination (Karnac, 2015), Shared Traumas, Silent Loss, Public and Private Mourning, (Karnac, 2017), and Nationalism and the Body Politic: Psychoanalysis and the Rise of Ethnocentrism and Xenophobia (Karnac, 2014). She is the founder of the international and interdisciplinary conference series Psychoanalysis and Politics (www.psa-pol.org).
Alan Colam is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist/Psychoanalyst, South-African born, and trained in Cape Town as a Clinical Psychologist in 1984. Colam worked in South Africa for some years, including political work in mental health within the anti-apartheid structures in the last years before the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994. Having developed an interest in psychoanalysis from undergraduate years, Colam came to the UK twenty years ago to train as a psychotherapist at the Tavistock Centre and then as a psychoanalyst at the British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA). Colam works in the NHS, leading on a psychodynamic psychotherapy service, but also teaches and supervises on psychodynamic trainings at the Tavistock Centre and has a private practice. Colam is a member of the bpf and of the BPC, and chair of the Ethics Committee of the BPC.
8 Social Work
John Simmonds & Sharon Shoesmith
Chaired by Andrew Cooper
Social work is entering yet another phase of acute tensions about its future, as some controversial government agendas for the profession coalesce with the impact of cuts and deteriorating life circumstances for vulnerable communities and groups in our society. Yet large numbers of social workers continue to aspire to practice in a relational or therapeutic manner, and many therapists retain an interest in their own roots in social work. In different ways, each of us on this panel believes that conflict, tension and ambivalence lie at the heart of the social work role and must be negotiated within ourselves and between ourselves and our clients and organisations. How can modern practitioners be best trained and supported for the challenges the profession faces? What political as well as psychological capacities and stances can promote the health of the workforce in these constricted times?’
Dr. John Simmonds is Director of Policy, Research and Development at Coram BAAF, formerly the British Association for Adoption and Fostering. He is a qualified social worker and has substantial experience in child protection, family placement and residential care settings. He is currently responsible for Coram BAAF’s contribution to the development of policy and practice in social work, health, the law and research. John’s recent research has focussed on unaccompanied asylum seeking children in foster care with the Universities of York and Bedfordshire, a study of 100 women adopted from Hong Kong into the U.K. in the 1960s with the Institute of Psychiatry and a DfE funded study on Special Guardianship with York University. John sits on the Adoption Leadership Board and the DfE’s Advisory Group on Adoption Support.He was awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours list 2015.
Dr. Sharon Shoesmith – Researcher, writer and public speaker
Sharon Shoesmith worked for children for almost 40 years in a career which included her role as Director of Children’s Services in the London Borough of Haringey, and a nationwide role as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors. Sharon completed a PhD in 2015 at the University of London and her first book, “Learning from Baby P: the politics of blame, fear and denial” was published in 2016. She currently works as a researcher, writer and public speaker in areas related to education, social care and public policy and she is a volunteer at London’s MacMillan Cancer Centre.
Andrew Cooper is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, teacher, writer and researcher. He works at the Tavistock Centre where he teaches and trains social workers and mental health practitioners, and practises as a family therapist.
9 Climate Change: The Need for a New Narrative
Paul Hoggett & Nicholas Crane
Chaired by Sally Weintrobe
Why can’t we get our heads around climate change? Is it the story we’ve been telling ourselves, that ‘We’ – our species, our nation - is exempt from the rules that apply to others? Psychoanalysis knows that people who imagine themselves to be exceptions can become resentful victims, especially when it’s suggested that they face reality. How can we get ‘the exception’ that lurks in all of us to face the reality of the harm being done to our world? A 12,000-year story would shift the narrative of Britain away from history towards geography, a geo-story interweaving people, places and the environment. As we go into the Anthropocene, can we re-imagine place and human/nature relations?
Paul Hoggett is Chair of the Climate Psychology Alliance, a BPC registered psychotherapist and Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at UWE, Bristol. He is the author and editor of several books exploring the interface between psychoanalysis and society and is a Fellow of OPUS.
Nicholas Crane is a geographer, author and broadcaster.
In recent years, Nick has become best known for presenting the BBC2 TV series Coast, Map Man, Great British Journeys, Britannia and Town.
Nick’s travels include a solo, 10,000-kilometre walk across Europe, a bicycle ride across the Himalayas, Tibet and Gobi Desert to the geographical centre of Asia and a horse-back journey through the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan.His books include Clear Waters Rising, Two Degrees West and Mercator: The Man Who Mapped the Planet and Coast. Nick’s most recent book, The Making of the British Landscape, was published in October 2016. Nick is President of the Royal Geographical Society.
Sally Weintrobe, Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and past Chair of its Scientific Committee, edited and contributed to (2012) Engaging with Climate Change: psychoanalytic and interdisciplinary perspectives. She is currently writing a book on how current culture undermines our sense of reality. Some of her talks can be found at: www.sallyweintrobe.com
Fakhry Davids & Pragna Patel
Chaired by Maxine Dennis
This workshop is a dialogue between Pragna Patel and Fakhry Davids, a psychoanalyst who extends the psychoanalytic understanding of internal racism - in which complexity is flattened out into an us-them polarity - to the phenomenon of Islamophobia in today's world. The workshop aims to explore the political and analytic interface in relation to questions such as the following: how do extremist groups like Al-Qaida and Daesh obtain the authority to exert control over vulnerable minds? Is it possible to distinguish between individuals who are vulnerable and may be lured into an extremist mindset (e.g. adolescents in the midst of an identity crisis) and those who are committed to such mindsets as part of a destructive, anti-Western ideology? What strategies are available to address these issues effectively? How does the government¹s Prevent strategy fit into this? What are the costs and benefits? How do these strategies impact on the values of a liberal democracy; and how do they impact on Muslim communities? How do we think our a way through issues relating to extreme and intolerant states of mind, fascist, racist and sexist tendencies and the place they occupy in popular culture?
Fakhry Davids is a psychoanalyst in full-time practice in London. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the British Psychoanalytic Society, Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London and Visiting Lecturer at the Tavistock Clinic. He has written on a number of psychoanalytic topics, including a book, Internal Racism: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Race and Difference (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
Pragna Patel is a founding member of the Southall Black Sisters advocacy and campaigning centre. She worked as the co-ordinator and senior case worker at SBS from 1982 to 1992, when she left to train as a solicitor. She briefly practiced as a solicitor but remained active in SBS and returned to work full time for SBS in 2009 as its director. She has 36 years of experience in advocacy, policy and campaigning work with some of the most marginalised black and minority women in British society. She has been in the forefront of key case and campaigning milestones in the history of SBS and was also a founding member of Women Against Fundamentalism, which formed in the aftermath of the Rushdie Affair in 1989, to address the rise of religious fundamentalism in all religions. Pragna has written extensively on race, gender and religion.
Maxine Dennis is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst (British Psychoanalytic Society), Belsize Unit Head and Groups Lead in the Adult Department, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She is also Honorary Fellow at the University of Essex Clinical Psychology Department where she organises and contributes to the teaching on diversity and psychotherapy. Currently she is Chair of the BPC Task Group on Ethnicity, Culture and Racism