PPNow 2021

PPNow 2021
Sexual Diversity and Psychoanalysis: acknowledging the past and looking to the future.
05 and 06 November 2021
British Library and online.

This exciting conference continues the work of opening up psychoanalytic theory and practice to sexual diversity that started when the BPC issued a Position Statement opposing discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in 2011.

PPNow 2021 will open with a public lecture by Dr Jack Drescher on the evening of Friday 05 November, followed by a full programme on Saturday 06 November. We have created a hybrid event with a limited number of in-person tickets at the British Library and a curated online version on both days.

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This event seeks to recognise the past with a statement that regrets the pathological diagnoses of homosexuality and consequent exclusion of LGBT voices, and looks to the future by bringing together contemporary psychoanalytic thinking on sexual diversity which moves beyond heteronormative assumptions.

Speakers include Dr Jack Drescher, American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who is an authoritative voice in this field, Lord Michael Cashman, who will talk from personal experience of growing up gay in a homophobic and heteronormative society, and Prof Mary Hepworth, of the British Institute of Psychoanalysis.

If you would like to purchase a PPNow 2021 ticket for a trainee, you can find out more here.

Covid-19 Safety Measures

The British Library has been awarded the Industry Standard mark which means it follows government and industry COVID-19 guidelines to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. Find out more about the Covid-19 safety precautions that will be in place at the British Library.

Friday 05 November: PPNow 2021 Public Lecture

Dr Jack Drescher will present his talk entitled ‘Controversies in Treating Transgender Children and Adolescents.’

18.30: Registration / Online moderator welcomes.

19.00: BPC Chair and CEO welcome in-person and online delegates

19:10: Dr Jack Drescher Keynote address ‘Controversies in Treating Transgender Children and Adolescents.’

20.00: Q&A with Dr Jack Drescher, chaired by Lee Smith, Tim Kent and Juliet Newbigin

20.30: Drinks Reception / Online panel discussion in breakout groups.

21.15: Close

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Saturday 06 November: Psychoanalysis and Sexual Diversity: Acknowledging the past and looking to the future

09.00: Registration

10.00: Welcome from the BPC Chair and CEO

10:10: Dr Jack Drescher’s plenary address on ‘Homosexuality & Psychoanalysis: From the Preoedipal to the Postmodern’
Prof Mary Hepworth Response – British context
(Chair: Juliet Newbigin)

11:20: Statement of Regret, read by the BPC Chair

11:25: Q&A Including questions from online participants
(Chair: Juliet Newbigin)

11.50: Break

12:10: Lord Michael Cashman: Plenary address
Jeremy Clarke Response
(Chair: Jan McGregor Hepburn)

12:50: Q&A Including questions from online participants

13.15: Lunch

14.15: Leezah Hertzmann: Contemporary psychoanalytic approaches to sexual diversity
(Chair: Juliet Newbigin)

14:45: Round table discussion with Leezah Hertzmann
(Chair: Juliet Newbigin)

15:15: Q&A Including questions from online participants

15:30: Break

15:50: PPNow 2021 Awards
(Chair: BPC Chair)

16:20: Plenary discussions and Q&A with audience with Dr Jack Drescher, Prof Mary Hepworth, Leezah Hertzmann, Juliet Newbigin
(Chair: Jan McGregor Hepburn)

17.00: Drinks Reception / Online panel discussion in breakout groups

18:00: Close

Book your Saturday in-person place here

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Speakers and Chairs:

Dr Jack Drescher

Jack Drescher, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and Faculty Member at Columbia’s Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Past President of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry and a Past President of APA’s New York County Psychiatric Society.

Dr. Drescher trained at the William Alanson White Institute where he is a Training and Supervising Analyst. He is a Senior Psychoanalytic Consultant at Columbia’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Drescher co-Chairs the Committee on Public Information of the American Psychoanalytic Association and co-edits APsaA’s Psychoanalysis Unplugged blog on PsychologyToday.com. He is a consultant to the Sexual & Gender Diversity Studies Committee of the International Psychoanalytical Association.

Dr. Drescher is Section Editor of the Gender Dysphoria Chapter in DSM-5’s Text Revision (DSM-5-TR) process (anticipated 2021 publication). He served on APA’s DSM-5 Workgroup on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders and the World Health Organization’s Working Group on the Classification of Sexual Disorders and Sexual Health that revised sex and gender diagnoses in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). He was on the Honorary Scientific Committee revising the 2nd edition of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM-2).

Dr. Drescher’s professional honors include the American Psychiatric Association’s John Fryer Award (2018), the Federation of State Medical Boards’ Award for Excellence in Editorial Writing (2017), Albert M. Biele Visiting Professor in Psychiatry, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University (2016), Sheppard-Pratt’s Harry Stack Sullivan Award Lecturer (2013), an APA Special Presidential Commendation (2009), and an APA Distinguished Psychiatrist Lecturer (2009).

Dr. Drescher is Author of Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man (Routledge) and Emeritus Editor of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. He has edited more than a score of books dealing with gender, sexuality and the health and mental health of LGBT communities. His publications have been translated into Italian, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Finnish and German.

Dr. Drescher has been quoted on LGBTQ mental health issues in mainstream news outlets on television, radio, print and online, in the US and abroad.

Lord Michael Cashman

Born and raised in the East End of London, Michael had a highly successful career as an actor, singer, writer, and director.

He was elected member of the Labour Party National Executive for 12 years, serving as Vice Chair and Chair, and Labour Party’s LGBT Global Envoy 2014-16. Michael also served as a Member of the European Parliament, 1999- 2014, Co-President of the LGBT Intergroup, Vice President of the Petitions Committee, President of South African Delegation, and Chair of Delegation Chairs. He was a co-founder and founding Chair of the Stonewall Group, fighting tirelessly for civil liberties all over the world.

In the 2013 Queen’s New Year honours list Michael was made a Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for political services and equalities.

On 23 September 2014 Michael was elevated to the House of Lords (Labour) and took the title of Baron Cashman of Limehouse. After resigning from the Labour Party, he sits as an independent member of the House of Lords.
His memoir, ‘One of Them’, contains as many multitudes as its author: glorious nostalgia, wicked showbiz gossip, a stirring history of a civil rights movement, a sorrowfully clear-eyed exposition of Britain’s standing in Europe, and an unforgettable love story. Told with warmth, wit and humanity, it is an account of a life lived both left-of-field and firmly embedded in the heart of all that makes Britain liberal and good.

Awards include: Special service Award from the American Association of Physicians for Human Rights, Honorary Doctorate from Staffordshire University: Commander of British Empire (CBE). Lifetime Achievement Award, European Diversity Awards, Pink News Awards 2014, Stonewall Politician of the Year 2014, Honorary Freedom of the City of London 2016, Honorary Life Membership from British Equity 2017 and NatWest Lifetime Achievement, British LGBT Awards 2020.

Prof Mary Hepworth

Mary Hepworth PhD (previously Mary Target) trained as a clinical psychologist at Oxford University, then as a psychoanalyst in London. Mary was elected a Fellow of the British Psycho-Analytical Society in 2005, and she served as Honorary Secretary to the Board and Council 2012-4. She chaired the Psychotherapy Section of the British Psychological Society 2005-8, chaired the European Psychoanalytic Federation’s Working Party on Psychoanalytic Education 2000-4, and is currently Chair of the Clinical Research Subcommittee of the International Psychoanalytic Association. She teaches candidates at the Institute of Psychoanalysis and in psychotherapy and psychoanalytic trainings elsewhere.

Mary’s PhD (1993) disentangled the predictors of outcomes in child and adolescent psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. In 1996 she set up an MSc in Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies at UCL, in collaboration with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, directing it until 2016. In parallel, she served as Professional Director of the Anna Freud Centre 2003-13. Her research based in these organisations spanned social and emotional development in childhood, attachment representations in children and adults, the process and outcome of psychotherapies for children, adults and couples, and the experience of illness and treatments. She also carried out research on psychoanalytic training across Europe, with a group of senior colleagues. She has supervised 20 PhD students to successful completion, across many topics and using quantitative, qualitative and conceptual methods; a recent PhD graduate Wayne Full carried out research directly relevant to our conference.

As a clinician, Mary remains concerned about severe mental health problems and widening access, starting with her ten years in clinical psychology. She, with analytic colleagues especially Peter Fonagy, have worked to develop interventions using psychoanalytic understanding but accessible to, and evaluated with, much wider groups of patients and clinicians. For example ‘mentalization-based’ treatments for diverse patient groups, a one-year psychoanalytic psychotherapy model (DIT) built into the NHS IAPT programme for depression, an innovative ‘free school’ for children excluded from mainstream education, using developmental, educational and clinical knowledge to help parents be part of the solution for their previously unmanageable children. Mary has also maintained an adult psychoanalytic practice since qualifying, now full-time between London and Bath. She sustains a commitment to provide 50% of this time pro bono; this helps keep one foot on the ground.

Dr Jan McGregor Hepworth

Dr. Jan McGregor Hepburn has a background in Social Work management and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She has presented papers at conferences and devised and facilitated both seminars and workshops on a variety of subjects related to both management dynamics and clinical topics. She is the author of a book chapter and journal articles. She is a registrant of the British Psychoanalytic Council and a trainer for the North of England Association for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She was the Registrar of the British Psychoanalytic Council from 2005 to 2020, and now chairs the Professional Standards Committee. She is on the Reading Panel of the British Journal of Psychotherapy and has a doctorate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the University of Northumbria.

She has particular interests in narcissism and echoism, and guilt and shame. Her book ‘Guilt and Shame, a Clinician’s Guide’ was published in 2021 by nscience. Direct purchase queries here.

Jeremy Clarke

Jeremy Clarke is Clinical Director at Albany Trust, where he undertook an initial training in counselling in the 1980s. He is also Chair of the Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (APP), Co-Chair of the Psychoanalytic Coalition, and was recently elected as Deputy Chair of the Memorandum of Understanding Coalition against Conversion Therapy (MOU).

Over the past 2 decades Jeremy has been concerned with leadership across psychoanalysis, and our need to meet the challenge of evidence based practice in the NHS. As well as roles within APP, Jeremy was an expert member of the NICE depression guideline in 2009. NICE’s first recommendation for a psychodynamic treatment offer in that guideline enabled him to use his position as a national adviser to the Department of Health to secure also a commitment to commission a brief psychodynamic therapy in the national IAPT programme (Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy – DIT). Currently, he is an expert adviser on the controversial update for NICE’s Depression guideline (2015 – ongoing), advocating for psychodynamic therapy to be kept as a recommended treatment.

With colleagues at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, led by Alessandra Lemma and Peter Fonagy, Jeremy trains practitioners in DIT. He also supervises teams of NHS clinical psychologists, psychotherapists and trainee psychiatrists using DIT in NHS psychotherapy services in Homerton, City and Hackney and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

In addition to his clinical and professional work, Jeremy is a Research Associate at the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, LSE, where he has undertaken inter-disciplinary research. He led a pilot project to support people with chronic depression on invalidity benefits back into sustained employment. This was so successful it was adopted and rolled out across Greater Manchester.

In 2009, Jeremy was made a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and, in 2012, awarded a CBE for services to mental health.

As a young, openly gay history teacher, Jeremy went on his first protest march against Section 28 in February, 1988, in Manchester, along with 20,000 others, led by Ian McKellen and Michael Cashman. He was sacked from his teaching job in the Summer of that year. Two years later, he attended the founding meeting of OutRage! and helped lead its first demonstration against the brutal killing of a gay actor, Michael Boothe, 48, who was kicked to death on his way home one night, after dinner with some friends, by a gang of six young men. They were never identified. The following year, Jeremy helped to persuade the Met Police to set up its Lesbian and Gay Policing Initiative, which continues today, aiming to make London a safer place in which LGBT+ people can live.

Leezah Hertzmann

Leezah Hertzmann is a senior couple and individual psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust (London, UK) and in private practice. She has a career long interest in psychoanalytic theory and technique with LGBTQI individuals and couples and is a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council special advisory group on sexual and gender diversity.

Leezah was the recipient of two British Psychoanalytic Council awards: one in 2015, for innovation in relation to her work developing evidence based interventions for couples in dysregulated/violent relationships (2015) and the second (2019) with Juliet Newbigin, the Bernard Ratigan Diversity Award, for developing and influencing psychoanalytic institutions towards a more inclusive sexual and gender-diversity culture.

Leezah teaches and publishes widely and her most recent publication, authored with Juliet Newbigin, ‘Sexuality and Gender Now: moving beyond heteronormativity,’ is published by Routledge in the Tavistock Clinic Series.

Juliet Newbigin

Juliet Newbigin is a senior psychoanalytic psychotherapy member of the British Foundation for Psychotherapy. She works in private practice. She has taught seminars for a number of years on the impact of significant differences – those of gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity, for example – on the clinical relationship.

She has a particular interest in sexual and gender diversity which have been understood in the past as indicators of pathology. For this reason LGB applicants were for many years refused entry to organisations that trained psychotherapists and psychoanalysts.

She was involved in the working party that wrote the British Psychoanalytic Council’s Position Statement on Homosexuality published in 2012 and is currently chair of their Advisory Group on Sexual and Gender Diversity. She is author of the paper, “Psychoanalysis and Homosexuality: Keeping the Discussion Moving,” and editor, with Leezah Hertzmann, of “Sexuality and Gender Now: Moving Beyond Heteronormativity” (publ. Routledge 2020).

Trainee Tickets

We recognise that due to the significant costs of training, trainees are often unable to attend professional conferences and events. This is not only a loss to the trainee in terms of knowledge and an introduction to the profession, but is also a loss of trainee experiences to the wider discussion. We appreciate that trainees are the future of the profession and want to further involve them in our events where possible.

If you would like to ‘pay forward’ a place for PPNow 2021, to ensure that a trainee who would otherwise not be able to attend is able to do so, you can cover the cost of the Friday and Saturday online ticket below.

If you are a trainee on a BPC accredited course, and would not otherwise be able to attend PPNow, please email us to register your interest for a free ticket.

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Keeping everyone safe

Posted October 2021

The British Library has been awarded the Industry Standard mark which means it follows government and industry COVID-19 guidelines to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

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