IAFP 30th Anniversary Conference: Violence as a Public Health Emergency

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Organised by:

International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy

13 May 2022 - 14 May 2022

Time: 08:45 - 17:00

Price: 300


BMA House
Tavistock Square
United Kingdom

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Long before the emergence of the coronavirus in 2019, our planet had already been struggling with an even more virulent pandemic, namely, human violence, which results in literally millions of assaults per annum, whether in the form of domestic abuse, arson, paedophilia, rape, or murder, as well as terrorism and genocide. Violence has indeed become a veritable global public health emergency which has destroyed innumerable lives.

For much of human history, our predecessors have treated offenders with punishment, torture, and execution. But, thankfully, forensic psychotherapy professionals offer a more humane and more hopeful alternative by providing compassionate mental health treatments which can help to identify those at greatest risk of perpetrating offences and thus assist in the containment and cure of these more deeply-seated aggressive psychopathologies.

In 2022, the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary and will lay out an agenda for how we can all contribute to the prevention, treatment, and humanization of global aggression in years to come.

This special two-day conference wishes to welcome not only those who specialise in forensic mental health but, most especially, all of our colleagues in the fields of counselling, psychology, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, social work, and probation, as well as members of the criminal justice community and other related arenas. We know only too well that even our “non-forensic” patients can commit acts of violence; hence, we warmly welcome colleagues from every branch of these fields.

Our speakers will include esteemed mental health practitioners, politicians, academics, and social activists from many countries, including Australia, Italy, Peru, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Please do join us, either in person at the London headquarters of the British Medical Association, or via Zoom.

Conference Chairs:

Dr. Carine Minne, President of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy and Co-Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Forensic Psychotherapy.

Profesora Estela V. Welldon, Founder and Honorary President for Life of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy.

Dr Earl Hopper will be our large group facilitator. Please ensure you attend the large group as this is an important part of the conference. We will make this available in person and remotely.

This will be a hybrid event with places available for those who can visit London in person and, also, for those from other locations who wish to join the conference via Zoom. In-person registrants will be treated to a private tour of the home of Sigmund Freud in North West London on the evening of 12th May, 2022, prior to the conference papers and banquet at the elegant B.M.A. House in Central London, designed by the famous architect Sir Edward Lutyens.

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