Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Now 2024

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The British Psychoanalytic Council

23 November 2024

Time: 09:00 - 18:00


Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Now 2024 Psychoanalysis, ethics, regulation & the law; tensions and interactions

This year’s PPNow conference marks the culmination of several years of concerted effort by the BPC, focusing on its role as regulator for the psychoanalytic community in the UK. It also coincides with the launch of the BPC’s revised Standards of Conduct, Practice and Ethics, which will replace the Code of Ethics, setting out the minimum requirements expected of BPC Registrants in order to protect members of the public and maintain confidence in the profession.

But how is it possible to provide standards and guidance for practitioners of this ‘impossible profession’ without becoming superego-ish and formulaic? Can guidelines be constructed that are helpful when confronted with the unconscious, and avoid killing the spontaneity and freedom so fundamental to this method? Might it be possible that proper regulation can actually enhance psychotherapeutic training and practice, to the benefit of both therapists and patients?

Our speakers will help us to explore an ethical stance as a state of mind rather than simply a set of rules, and how we can make this state of mind an integral part of our approach to the work.

Booking arrangements

This conference is hybrid; there are limited seats at the venue in person in London Bridge or the possibility of streaming the conference online. Whilst it is important to the BPC to provide the option to watch the conference virtually which may be more accessible and convenient for some, this option comes at both a financial and social cost. The equipment to record and stream the event is expensive and this is reflected in the online ticket costs. There is also a loss of social connection when streaming the event online, which we consider to be an important part of our flagship conference. Our thinking about this has been influenced by Sheila Liming’s work ‘Hanging Out’. Please consider this carefully when you choose your ticket.

It is a priority to the BPC for trainees to be part of our conference. Providing subsidised tickets for trainees can often mean we run the conference at a loss. This year it is possible to contribute towards trainee subsidies as you purchase your ticket. If you would like to do so, select the ticket option that includes ‘+ contribution to trainee subsidies’.

Tickets can only be refunded up until 14 days prior to the event.


David M. Black (Psychoanalyst), Alessandra Lemma (Chartered Clinical and Counselling Psychologist / Psychoanalyst) and Sam Thomas (Barrister).

Draft timings

09.00 Registration opens

10.00 Welcome from the BPC Chair, Lee Smith

10.10 Keynote address: David M Black

10.45 Keynote address: Alessandra Lemma

11.20 Break

11.40 Q&A

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Presentation from Sam Thomas

14.00 Panel session

15.00 Break

15.20 Panel session continued

16.20 PPNow Awards

16.50 Closing statement from the BPC Chair, Lee Smith

17.00 In person drinks reception

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