The BPF’s Annual Conference 2021 – The Violent Human

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Organised by:

British Psychotherapy Foundation

25 March 2021 - 27 March 2021

Time: 17:30 - 18:30

Price: Starting from £75.00

Location: online


The Violent Human – bpf annual conference (3 day online event)
Thursday 25 – Saturday 27 March

“What a piece of work is a man ! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel…”

The oft-quoted lines from Hamlet’s soliloquy indeed pose us a question as we contemplate all that we witness of man’s capacity for cruelty and violence through the ages and especially in our own time. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow, – whether ‘in a faraway country of which we know nothing’ or on our own doorsteps or in the secrecy of homes afflicted by violence – events in the world confront us by all that we would call ‘inhuman’ and require us to question the very nature of our species. This Conference takes place at a time when, only a sub-microscopic virus rivals humankind in its destructive capacity towards other living beings.

‘The Violent Human’ – is an exploration of the origins and expression of violence in human personal and social relationships in its many manifestations (including on the environment) at the different stages of life from childhood to adulthood. The conference will examine the role of psychotherapy in the prevention and treatment of violence, whether in the individual or the group. We will also look at the insights that psychoanalysis may offer on the unconscious dynamics (in the individual, the group or in society) that contribute to violent action.

Thursday 25 March will feature an introduction from Tim Fox and a presentation from Stanley Ruszczynski on ‘The Psychosocial Roots of Violence’.

Friday 26 March will feature presentations from Ann Horne, Teresa Bailey, Dr Anthony Gunter, Ariel Nathanson and Professor Paul Hoggett.

Saturday 27 March will feature presentations from Angela Foster, Jessica Collier, Christine van Duuren, Coline Covington and finally, David Morgan, who will provide the Conference’s Overview ‘Do the ends justify the means? Pathological and Justifiable Violence’

Full details of the schedule can be found on our website.

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