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BPS Psychotherapy Section Annual Conference - Towards Meeting Clients Needs

BPS Psychotherapy Section

Friday, 18 November 2016 at 09:00 - Saturday, 19 November 2016 at 16:00 (GMT)

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BPS Psychotherapy Section 2-Day Annual Conference and AGM



The goverment is planning changes in requirements for health care professions, including psychotherapy. This will involve consultation with professionals. This conference takes a searching look at some shortfalls that can be identified in the Psychotherapy encounter and offer suggestions for correctives, as a contribution towards future standards in UK Psychotherapy.

This conference presents searching papers by some of the leading authorities and other concerned with shortcomings of Psychotherapy at present. We invite debate about desirable directions in the 21st century, in terms of ethics, conduct and practice. We will invite ideas also from participants.It is hoped, the debate will continue after the conference in formal and informal events in 2017 and beyond. Goverment proposals for consultation with health services is anticipated later in 2016, to include psychotherapy, giving timeliness and impetus to this Conference.


Speakers will include:

Day 1 - Friday, 18th November

Christine Braithwaite.

The Work of the Professional Standards Authority, with reference to psychotherapy.

Director of Standards and Policy at the Professional Standards Authority (within the government Audit Office). Team leader responsible for providing advice on regulations, settings standards, developing research and encouraging learning and debate, and lead of external relations. Currently a member of the research and ethics committee for the Health Research Authority. Formerly Head of Investigations and Enforcement at the Care Quality Commission. Master in Law.


Dawn Devereux.

The work of the Clinic for Boundary Studies: Lessons learned.

Director of Public Support at the Clinic for Boundary Studies with lead responsibility for overseeing Support and Recovery services. Counsellor and psychotherapist for over 20 years.   Published on client’s experience of psychotherapy and presenter at international conferences. Particular interest in

restorative justice following professional abuse, and the.benefits of mindfulness for clients who are recovering from abusive professional relationships. Ph.D in ethics and psychotherapy.


Paul Renn

Ethics and Iatrogenia in clinical practice: a relational perspective

Relational psychoanalytic psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice, UKCP accredited.   Specialist in working with people who have experienced a traumatic event, whether the onset of the trauma was in childhood or adulthood.

Member of many professional bodies including the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy.   Author of book chapters and journal articles on trauma, relationship violence and abuse, and attachment issues. including key research paper; Author The Silent Past and the Invisible Present: Memory, Trauma and Representation in Psychotherapy, New York, Routledge


KEYNOTE: Felicity de Zulueta

How to prevent the perverse recreation of the triangle of abuse in the professional therapeutic relationship.

In the face of growing concern in relation to both emotional and sexual abuse in the therapeutic relationship, I will outline some of the effects of trauma in early life before looking at the way therapists often fail to deal with their own traumatic histories by either denying the effects of abuse or by becoming the ‘compulsive carers” of their vulnerable patients or clients with disastrous consequences for our profession. She will end by outlining what can and should be done to prevent this perverse recreation of the triangle of abuse in the professional therapeutic relationship.

Emeritus Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Traumatic Studies at Kings College London. Currently freelance consultant psychotherapist and author.   Developed and headed the Department of Psychotherapy at Charing Cross Hospital and the Traumatic Stress Service in the Maudsley Hospital. Trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, systemic family therapy, group analysis, EMDR and Lifespan Integration. Published on bilingualism and PTSD and author of From Pain to Violence: the traumatic roots of destructiveness, (2006 2nd edition) London, Wiley-Blackwell


KEYNOTE: Brett Kahr

Clinical mediocrity as a breach of ethics (provisional title)

Professor Kahr is Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health in London. Chair of the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, and Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Arts, Roehampton University. Author of numerous books including Tea with Winnicot, (2015) Life Lessons from Freud, (2013), Who’s Been Sleeping in Your Head, (2008,) Sex and the Psyche, (2008), Forensic Psychotherapy and Psychology (2001), Founder member of The School of Life, Marchmont St. WC1, and supporter of other innovative ventures related to psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.


Erica Brostoff

“Mindlessness – harmful consultations and psychotherapy, and their effect”

Research psychologist. Member of the Committee of the Psychotherapy Section of the British Psychological Society. Formerly a researcher in the psychotherapy department, Guys and St. Thomas’s NHS Mental Health Care Trust A former member of the Society for Psychotherapy Research with a long-term interest in ethics. Recent complainant against a psychotherapist in private practice. Senior Executive and qualitative researcher in consumer research, studying and recommending innovations in public transport, health foods and other topics. Author of Hidden in Plain Sight Winter 2015 issue of BPS Psychotherapy Section Review., on postgraduate research topic of “premonitions”. M.Sc. Social Psychology.


Jenny Cook

The paradox of autonomy: nurturing autonomy in counselling experience

Psychodynamic counsellor, BACP registered and accredited, 13 years with a counselling charity in Taunton, Somerset. M.Sc. in Psychosocial Studies (UWE, 2012).   Author The paradox of autonomy: relating Winnicot with counseling experience.


KEYNOTE: Peter Kinderman

Revising the concept of mental health care, and overview from the conference

 President of the British Psychological Society 2016-2017. Professor of Clinical Psychology, and Head of the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, University of Liverpool. Research interests include the psychological processes underpinning well-being and mental health, also psychotic phenomena such as delusions and hallucinations, and the role of psychological factors as mediators in mental health and the application of psychological science to public policy.

Recipient of BPS May Davison Award, twice electiced Chair of Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society, in which role he worked with UK Department of Health, the BBC, the Health Professions Council, the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency and the UK Office for National Statistics and other organisations.   Chartered Clinical Psychologist.   Author A Prescription for Psychiatry: Why We Need a Whole New Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing.

London, Palgrave Macmillan, (2014), and New Laws of Psychology: Why Nature nd Nurture Alone Can’t Explain Human Behaviour,London, Constable @ Robinson (2014). Author: free, on-line open-access course exploring our understanding of mental health and well-being. [ ].



DAY 2 - Saturday, 19th November - DISCUSSION, RESEARCH, FILM & WORKSHOP 

Richard Sherry

Interactive review and open discussion of conference first day:

Consultant Chartered Clinical Psychologist (HPCP registered) and British Psychological Society CPsychol. BPC registered Psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice. APECS licenced Executive Coach specialising in elite leadership and high performance under extreme stress. Post-graduate training in Ethics, specialising in disaster ethics. Clinical Neuropsychology (PG Dip, Med. Sci) and Organizational Consultancy (MA). Founder and Clinical Director, Psychological Systems Ltd.


Philip Cox

Talk and interactive workshop: Confiicts between theory and practice in training, practice and personal therapy

Counsellor (BACP accredited) in Primary Care for many years pre-IAPT.

Publications and presentations on philosophical dilemmas between training and practice, brief therapy and clinical hypnosis. Affiliations include the BPS (Division of Counselling Psychology, Psychotherapy Section and the Social Justice Networking group. A committee member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union with an interest in complaint against members.  Currently, a final-year doctoral Counselling Psychology trainee with supervisor: Professor Jane Ogden.


Heather Dale

Taking it personally: what happens when personal moral qualities get left behind. Red flags: when therapists’ are convinced they know “what is best for the client”- pivotal points and rupture in therapy.

Senior Registered and Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor with BACP, trained in counselling and Transactional Analysis psychotherapy, and as a teacher of adults.   Now part-time in private practice and part-time as a Senior Lecturer in Counselling Studies at the University of Education Academy) and a Fellow of BACP. Chair of BACP Professional Conduct procedures, concerning both misdemeanours and complaints.   Currently registered for a Ph.D on the importance of Personal Moral Qualities in the Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy.


Susan Young

How Not to Do It!

Royal College of Arts mature postgraduate film student registered on Ph.D programme. A 5-minute film on psychotherapy treatment.


Charlie Blowers

Workshop (90mins) Body-Based Strategies to reduce the impact that therapeutic work can have on the well-being of mental health practitioners.

Recent research shosw that empathy is a highly integrated process involving both cognitive and somatic processes. Secondary trauma within a therapeutic relationship can occur through unconscious transmission of traumatic experience via body to body resonance. The workshop links mindfulness with body-based strategies to support regulation of the autonomic nervous system, to reduce likelihood of secondary trauma in therapeutic and other work with vulnerable people.

Arts psychotherapist and clinical supervisor, UKCP registered, specialising in work with young people and adults experiencing high levels of emotional distress. Integrator of approaches inspired by Yoga of the Mind into work as clinical supervisor, and as Developer of Moving Pieces Physical Theatre Company- a mental health provision which integrates physical theatre, arts psychotherapy, group work and body-based approaches to working with trauma.


Chess Denman

Getting it right: Good practice in psychotherapy

Consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Medical Director, Cambridgeshire

and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust – with innovation site status from the Department of Health. Founder of one of only two NHS inpatient units for personality disordered patients. Consultant to Keeble Hawes, solicitors. Author of articles on personality disorder, the organisation of psychotherapy services and on sexuality: Sexuality: a biopsychosocial approach, Houndsmills, Palgrave MacMillian (2003)


PARTICIPANTS: The conference is open to both members and non-members of the BPS and the Psychotherapy Section.

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Friday, 18 November 2016 at 09:00 - Saturday, 19 November 2016 at 16:00 (GMT)

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The Psychotherapy Section is the main forum within the Society for psychologists and others who share an interest in psychotherapeutic psychology. One of the oldest specialist groups within the Society, it has a long and distinguished history as a meeting ground for discussion of psychotherapy and related issues. 

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