Guntrip Trust Lecture 20 April 2018

Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh

5.30-8pm    £12/£8  (including refreshments)

Reading between the lines – poetry, therapy & faith

Mark Oakley

Mark Oakley is Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral. He writes and broadcasts on the areas of poetry, literature, spirituality and human rights. He is a trustee of the Civil Liberties Trust, an Ambassador for Stop Hate UK, Patron of Tell MAMA and a Visiting Lecturer at Kings College

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The relevance of attachment to our personal and professional lives: An open workshop

With Arturo Ezquerro
Chair: Sue Lieberman

Friday 27 April 2018 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Institute of Group Analysis Scotland
Friends Meeting House, 7 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JL.
John Bowlby is the ‘father’ of Attachment Theory, which ultimately says that we are born with a primary instinctual force for meaningful human connectedness, as essential for our physical and emotional survival as feeding and sexuality. Attachment needs stay with us from cradle to grave. Bowlby’s message was deceptively simple: we need one another. He was no doubt a group person who conceived the human mind as a social phenomenon and collaborated with others throughout his life. And he wrote about group attachments:

“During adolescence and adult life a measure of attachment behaviour is commonly directed not only towards persons outside the family but also towards groups and institutions other than the family. A school or college, a work group, a religious group or a political group can come to constitute for many a subordinate attachment ‘figure’. In such cases, it seems probable, the development of attachment to a group is mediated, at least initially, by attachment to a person holding a prominent position within the group” (Bowlby, 1969).

The application of attachment principles to psychotherapy practice, healthcare and teaching organisations (such as schools and universities) can enhance the quality of care and support to staff, patients and students – fostering environments where learning, emotional growth and wellbeing are cultivated.

This workshop will be open and inclusive. Ideas will be presented jargon-free, making them accessible to public, students and professionals alike, as well as to anyone who is interested in relationships and personal development. Participants will be able to identify with vivid and moving real life experiences that show our struggle to become attached, to survive and to grow, within our families and groups. Space for further thinking and reflection will be provided in small and large discussion groups.

CPD certificates will be provided.

WORKSHOP FEES from £49 (Early Bird Fees)


Psychodynamics in times of austerity

Portugese Psychoanalytic Society

18-20 May 2018 in Lisbon

Further details:





English Speaking Weekend Conference 2018

Two day conference.


The English Speaking Weekend Conference is open to members and candidates of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) and its component societies, and also to members of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and of the Association of Child Psychotherapists (APC).

This conference will explore the vicissitudes of affects and the capacity to develop mental representations in relation to the body, in both adult and child analysis. Affects are rooted in the body and profoundly affect the functioning of the body and the mind. The quality and/or lack of the capacity to hold representations is paramount to the functioning of both mind and body. The speakers will explore these issues, focussing on three broad areas: psychosomatics; pain, self-harm and violence; and autism and autistic defences. Two clinical papers will be presented in each of these areas, followed by an open dialogue between the speakers and with the audience.

Friday 28 September
Optional clinical seminars and welcome reception at the Institute of Psychoanalysis (click for map)

Saturday 29 September
Main conference and evening party with drinks, light food and jazz at the Royal College of Physicians (see below for map)

Sunday 30 September
Main conference and final plenary at the Royal College of Physicians

Speakers in dialogue at main conference:
Catalina Bronstein and Donald Campbell (Chair: Alessandra Lemma)
Christine Anzieu-Premmereur and Maria Rhode (Chair: Robin Anderson)
Jonathan Sklar and Megan Virtue (Chair: Joan Schachter)

Clinical seminar leaders: Rosemary Davies, Julia Fabricius, Michael Feldman, Angela Joyce, Leon Kleimberg, Gregorio Kohon,  Caroline Polmear and Priscilla Roth

Member weekend ticket will increase from £225 to £255
Candidate weekend ticket will increase from £210 to £225

Cancellation policy for this event:
For bookings made up to and including 9 August 2018: full refund on cancellation
For bookings made from 10 August, up to and including 31 August 2018 – 50% refund on cancellation
For bookings made from 1 September 2018 onwards – no refund

September 28th, 2018 6:30 PM   through   September 30th, 2018 6:00 PM
The Royal College of Physicians
Regents Park
London, London NW1 4LE
United Kingdom

: 02075635017
Early Bird Weekend Conference Tickets
Weekend ticket £ 225.00
Weekend ticket – candidate rate £ 210.00
Clinical Seminars £ 55.00