PP NOW 2018 Conference: Archive

Innovation and Evidence: A Contemporary Vision

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For Keynote Jonathan Shedler's acclaimed article: The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy


November 3rd
The British Library's Conference Centre, also known as the Knowledge Centre. The venue has its own entrance, and can be reached via the main piazza.

Sponsored by The Institute of Psychoanalysis


Psychoanalytic approaches to therapeutic interventions have the potential to transform lives at the deepest levels and to provide understanding and insight into complex human interactions.

PP NOW 2018 will explore and celebrate the recent evidence base for psychoanalytic work and showcase innovatory and cutting edge projects and services together with the various research methods used to validate their work that renew the discipline for the 21st Century.

Speakers include:

Dr. Johnathan Shedler
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA, psychologist, and known internationally as an author, consultant, clinician and teacher. 
His article The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy won worldwide acclaim for firmly establishing psychodynamic therapy as an evidence-based treatment.

Stephen Grosz
Psychoanalyst and author of The Examined Life. He teaches at the Institute of Psychoanalysis.

Dr Eilis Kennedy
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Director of Research at the Tavistock Clinic, London. Honorary Reader in the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London. Joint Editor in Chief of Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Dr Sue Mizen
Consultant Medical Psychotherapist and SAP Jungian Analyst, currently leads the Devon Personality Disorder Service and is developing a neuroscientific psychotherapeutic Relational Affective Model,  for teams working with people with severe Personality Disorder. She is the Chair of the Medical Psychotherapy Faculty at the RCPsych and the Talking Therapies Task Force.

Dr Felicitas Rost
Research Lead at the Portman Clinic and Senior Researcher on the TADS study, Tavistock Clinic. President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) UK.
She teaches research methods and supervises dissertations of DProf Child Psychotherapy trainees at the Tavistock and MSc in the theory of psychoanalysis and DClin Psy students at UCL.

Dr. David Hewison
Head of Research and Ethics, Tavistock Relationships - programme leader of the Professional Doctorate in Couple Psychotherapy. A Jungian analyst and consultant couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist.
David Hewison is a consultant couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist at Tavistock Relationships where he is Head of Research & Ethics and runs a Professional Doctorate. He is a Jungian Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology. He developed the evidence-based integrated behavioural model of couple therapy for depression used in IAPT and was lead author of the largest clinic-based outcomes study of couple therapy yet published. A member of the recent NICE Depression Guideline Committee, he publishes and lectures extensively on analytic themes related to creativity, imagination and loss.

Geraldine Ryan
Clinical Director icap
Geraldine Ryan is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She is Clinical Director of icap (Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy), an organisation committed to promoting wider access to psychotherapy. She has a background in therapeutic communities and has worked in a variety of settings including NHS, The Womens Therapy Centre and private practice.

Tim Kent
Primary Care Service Lead, Consultant Primary Care Psychotherapist & Social Worker.
Tim leads two multi-disciplinary teams; the Primary Care Psychotherapy Consultation Service (Hackney) and Team Around the Practice (Camden) with a focus on high quality, brief, Psychoanalytically oriented work for local people seen in GP surgeries or “ Free Clinics”. Tim trained in Social Work at North  London Polytechnic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (M1) at the Tavistock.

Andrew Balfour
Chief Executive, Tavistock Relationships.        
Andrew Balfour qualified in clinical psychology at University College London and went on to train and work as an adult psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust.  He also trained as a couple psychotherapist at Tavistock Relationships (formerly Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships) where for 10 years he was Clinical Director before becoming Chief Executive.  He has published widely and with Mary Morgan and Christopher Vincent, he co-edited How Couple Relationships Shape our World: Clinical Practice, Research and Policy Perspectives (Karnac, 2012). His latest book, co-edited with Christopher Clulow and Kate Thompson, Engaging Couples: New Directions in Therapeutic Work with Families is published by Routledge in November 2018.                   

Anna Motz
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist,  Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and Author, Oxford.
Anna Motz is an Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and a Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist for Oxford Health in the Family Assessment and Safeguarding Service. She is a Consultant for the Institute of Mental Health, an MBT Supervisor for the Anna Freud Centre and author of several books on female violence.

Dr. Julia Blazdell
Dr Julia Blazdell, Service User Consultant, Trainer and Facilitator.
Julia Blazdell is a Network Co-ordinator for the Managed Clinical Network for Personality Disorders in WLMHT and an Education Consultant for the Institute of Mental Health. She is also the Co-President of the British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder (BIGSPD)



  9:30  Registration Opens
10:00  Opening Remarks - Gary Fereday, CEO BPC | Susanna Abse, Chair BPC (from September, 2018)
10.15  The Efficacy of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: The talking cure in the era of evidence-based practice
           Jonathan Shedler
will discuss the seven core features of contemporary psychoanalytic therapy and the scientific evidence for its effectiveness. Based on the internationally-acclaimed article, The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
           Chair: Helen Morgan, Chair BPC

11.15       Break

11.45  Presentations: Innovative practice supported by research/evidence, Chair: Susanna Abse 
             icap (Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy) - Geraldine Ryan
            Tavistock and Portman Primary Care Services  - Tim Kent
             Living Together with Dementia (LTwD) programme, Tavistock Relationships - Andrew Balfour
             A Co-Delivered Model of Training: Working with Women with Personality Disorder - Anna Motz and Julia Blazdell

  1.15         Lunch

  2.15  "Watch the wall my darling while the Gentlemen go by" - legitimacy and value in psychoanalytic psychotherapy research.
            David Hewison addresses research in analytic work, exploring our ambivalent attitude towards it and the personal and political context that shapes this.
             Chair: Jan McGregor Hepburn

15.15         Break

15:45   What is your vision for how we can develop contemporary practice though using research and the evidence base, supporting the profession to better respond to the needs of contemporary society?
    Panel discussion: Stephen Grosz, Jonathan Shedler, Eilis Kennedy, Sue Mizen and Felicitas Rost
            Chair: Jessica Yakeley

17:00 Conference Finish

- PP NOW 2018 is an all-plenary conference -


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