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We are delighted to announce a series of webinars which, we hope, will enhance the collaboration between those who work in the consulting room and those who apply psychoanalytical ideas to a broader canvas.

Our forthcoming webinars are FREE to both our Scholars and our Registrants, although priority will be given to our Scholars Network.

We are grateful to our webinar chairs, Professor Lesley Caldwell and Dr. Poul Rohleder.

Booking has now closed for these free events.


29 January 2021, 17.00 – 18.30

  • Ivan Ward (Freud Museum London)
  • Fakhry Davids (British Psychoanalytical Society)

Ivan Ward’s title is ‘The Psychological Effects of Racism’. In this highly personal presentation, Ivan Ward uses his own experience and that of others to show how psychoanalytic theories can help us understand the psychological effects of everyday racism in white-majority societies.

Ivan Ward
is Deputy Director and Head of Learning at the Freud Museum London and former manager of the museum’s conference programme. He is the author or editor of a number of books and papers on psychoanalytic theory and on the applications of psychoanalysis to social and cultural issues.

26 February 2021, 17.00 – 18.30

  • Professor Barbara Taylor (Queen Mary, University of London)
  • Professor Josh Cohen (British Psychoanalytical Society and Goldsmiths, University of London)

The Covid pandemic has plunged populations into unprecedented levels of household isolation and personal solitude. In 1958 Donald Winnicott described the capacity to tolerate solitude as an infantile developmental achievement, founded on the internalised presence of a reliable carer. For anyone who have not acquired this capacity, enforced solitude can be unendurable: ‘How greatly he must suffer is beyond the imagination.’ In this brief presentation Barbara Taylor explores the devastating impact of enforced solitude on plague-ridden Britons.

Over the last eleven months, psychotherapists have accumulated a vast, unorganized body of the clinical experience of solitude, confinement and isolation. In this short talk, Josh Cohen will weave observations on how these phenomena have expressed themselves in his own consulting room with reflections on famous imaginative renditions by the likes of Rousseau and Emily Dickinson.


Barbara Taylor is Professor of Humanities at Queen Mary University of London and a Founding Scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council. She is currently leading a Wellcome Trust funded research project, ‘Pathologies of Solitude, 18th-21st Century’.



26 March 2021, 17.00 – 18.30


  • Professor Vicky Lebeau (University of Sussex)
  • Coretta Ogbuagu (Anna Freud Centre and Association of Child Psychotherapists)

Professor Vicky Lebeau will explore aspects of the post-war vision of the British social state and its impact on children and will then consider the relationship between childhood and deprivation and dependence in the contemporary welfare imagination, discussing such areas as food bank use and, also, the recent crisis around feeding children during school vacations.
Coretta Ogbuagu will present clinical vignettes of children who, during the pandemic, experienced their internal sense of self being deeply affected by what they saw and heard happening in the world around them. As self-isolation, racism, and anti-racism became trending topics in the outside world, the children’s inside sense of “who am I?” came into focus in therapy.

Vicky Lebeau is Professor of English at the University of Sussex and a trainee member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation. She is currently completing a monograph on Feeling Poor: Psychoanalysis and Class and researching a book-length project on Fanon’s Freud. She is a Founding Scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council.

Coretta Ogbuagu is a Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Psychoanalytic Parent-Infant Psychotherapist working in the National Health Service. She is a Registrant of the British Psychoanalytic Council.



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