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PPNow 2022

Insiders and Outsiders: Navigating identities and divisions inside and outside the consulting room

Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November 2022, British Library and online.

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There is increased attention on how layers of prejudice, discrimination, and intersecting identities such as race, gender, sexuality, class, and disability, create socio-economic as well as physical and mental health inequalities. The Covid pandemic, for example, brought this into stark relief, in that we were not “all in this together”. At the same time, there is increased division in public life about identity and belonging stoked by the politicization of the so-called ‘culture wars’, producing ever new versions of ‘them’ and ‘us’.

While psychoanalysis has been usefully applied to understanding some of the psychological mechanisms of social phenomenon such as prejudice, psychoanalytic psychotherapies, with its focus on the internal, can at times struggle to know how to consider social identities in the consulting room. Matters of discrimination can often be considered as located ‘outside’ in the area of politics and society, while psychoanalytic psychotherapies are concerned with what is ‘inside’ the individual.

This conference gives some consideration to thinking about divisions between the ‘internal’ and the ‘external’, what is ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ our profession and practice, and how we could take more of a psychosocial and intersectional perspective in our work inside the consulting room.


Tickets will be released in the Summer alongside further details of the programme and speakers. We will be continuing our ‘pay it forward’ scheme where you can purchase an in person ticket for a trainee would otherwise be unable to attend. If you are a trainee on a BPC accredited course and would like to register your interest for a free ticket, please email us. 


We continue to be mindful of Covid and will reassess the situation as we approach the event. There is the option to join the conference online for those who would feel more comfortable, and the British Library is a well ventilated venue that prioritises attendees’ safety.


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