Forging Your Path, Trainee conference 2020

After careful consideration of the situation we have decided to postpone this event. No bookings can be taken at this time. With the rapidly changing situation regarding the COVID-19 virus, we felt postponing was the only responsible action to take. As soon as the situation settles down, we will find a new date and be in touch. 

In the interim period, we will be arranging refunds for all delegates who have booked and paid for the event. These refunds will be actioned by Thursday 19 March 2020. We are sorry for the postponement but look forward to seeing you at the rearranged event.


This one one-day BPC conference is tailored for trainees and recent graduates of psychoanalytically orientated trainings. The day will bring together some of the most experienced and distinguished clinicians with those at much earlier stages of their careers to explore the fears, hopes and aspirations people often have when starting out as a therapist. 

Our conference will offer a space to think about the internal and external challenges involved in embarking on an analytic career. It will offer reflections and suggestions on psychological and practical aspects of forging your own path, be that in the NHS, third sector organisations, private practice or a blend of different roles.  

The day will end with an informal drinks reception to give you time to meet fellow participants including, trainees, recent graduates and BPC staff and Trustees.

The event will start with a welcome from the BPC and conference Chair, Susanne Abse 

We will hear from Gary Fereday, Chief Executive, BPC followed by conversation between Rose Segal and Professor Brett Kahr 

The event will have workshops in the morning and afternoon, delegates will select one workshop in the mornng and one in the afternoon, two workshops to attend in total for the day.

  • The early years: developing your psychological readiness  

  • Building your private practice: practical steps to help navigate the first years 

  • CPD and your early professional development  

  • Working psychoanalytically, working ethically

We will look at fear, hope and aspiration: forging your way as a clinician in the form of a panel discussion on starting out in a career as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, including  

  • Andrew Balfour 

  • Lee Smith  

The final session of the day will focus on the exciting launch of the BPC Trainee Membership Catergory with Rachel Dunkley Jones,  Chair of Trainees Advisory Committee and Gary Fereday  

Please join us for an informal drinks reception to give you time to meet fellow participants including, trainees, recent graduates and BPC staff and Trustees.


March 28th, 2020 9:30 AM   through   4:30 PM
Regents Wharf
8 All Saint's Street
London N1 9RL
United Kingdom
Phone: 020 7713 6161
Event Fee(s)
Trainee - London and inside M25 £ 70.00
Trainee - Outside M25 £ 50.00
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