Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis

The CPJA is a College of the UK Council for Psychotherapy. It has an individual membership of over 1800 practitioners and brings together 30 Organisational Members, most of which offer training courses. It is the largest organisation of psychodynamic, psychoanalytic and Jungian psychotherapists in the UK.

What kind of psychotherapy do CPJA members offer?

All members of the CPJA believe that unconscious processes shape our behaviour and our lives. Broadly speaking this means that we don’t know as much about ourselves as we think we do.

The unconscious is, as the word suggests, ‘un’-conscious but manifests in dreams, symptoms and patterns of behaviour. Often we know these patterns are damaging to our selves and others, but we feel powerless to change them. More positively, the unconscious is also a source of creativity and imagination.

Members of the CPJA work with people with a very wide range of concerns, such as depression, anxiety, sexual and relationship problems, conflicts at work or in education, and loss of a sense of meaning and purpose in life. However, it is not necessary to have a specific problem but simply desire to undertake a journey of discovery. Read more here.

Are you looking for a psychotherapist?

Our members work with children, adolescents, adults and older people, with people with disabilities, with couples, groups, and families. If you are looking for a psychotherapist, please use our find a therapist page.

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Susie Orbach: Resolving Clinical Dilemmas in Therapy  

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” Psychic Change in Psychoanalysis ” BPA s Conference 20 th May 2017

20 May 2017

This first conference of the British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA)
will take place at the Royal College of Physicians,
11 St Andrews Place, London NW1 4LE.

Clinical Groups will be held on the evening of 
Friday 19 May at 37 Mapesbury Road, London, NW2 3RN. 
A Reception takes place after the Clinical Groups for attendees of Groups and those solely attending the Conference the next day.

BOOKING NOW OPEN

Please complete your details on the booking form

Conference aim

The aim of this first conference of the British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA) is to revisit a topic that lies at the heart of psychoanalysis: psychic change, with a focus on what it means and how it happens. The speakers and panelists will approach the subject from the varying theoretical perspectives of British psychoanalysis, providing the vital opportunity to explore differences and common ground. Ample time is given for discussion between speakers, panelists, and the audience, in the hope of generating lively and creative exploration, explication, and debate.

 

Keynote speakers:

Dr Ronald Britton, Training and Supervising Analyst and Distinguished Fellow British Psychoanalytical Society (BPAS) and Honorary Fellow BPA

Mrs Sara Collins, Training and Supervising Analyst BPA

Ms Viqui Rosenberg, Training and Supervising Analyst BPA.

Dates of CPJA College meetings and events in 2017

18 March 2017:  Ethics Committee Symposium

Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 0PA followed by the College meeting from 3-4pm

 

8 July 2017:  CPJA College meeting

Greenside Community Centre, 24 Lilestone Street, Lisson Grove, London NW8 8SR

14 October 2017:  CPJA Conference and AGM

Greenside Community Centre, 24 Lilestone Street, Lisson Grove, London NW8 8SR

CPJA Ethics Committee Symposium: Call for Papers

Ethics in the Modern World: Where Are We Now?

The CPJA Ethics Committee is committed to continue to emphasise the centrality of ethics in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and to maintain a forum where ethical issues may be discussed.

The aim of the symposium is to foster debate and open discussion between psychoanalytic psychotherapists about ethics in clinical practice and promote dialogue and networking in a learning atmosphere. The day offers opportunity for lively debate and relevant discussion. It is to be held on 18 March 2017 in London, venue to be confirmed.

Additionally there will be breakout discussion groups. If you would like to lead a group or have a topic you would like to debate please submit the title and a brief outline together with your contact details. See below.

Submitting an Abstract

The CPJA Ethics Committee welcomes proposals – not exceeding 500 words – for presentations in the tradition of psychoanalysis/Jungian Analysis/Psychoanalytic Psychology addressing ethical aspects of the work. Clinical papers and applied theoretical papers concerning ethical issues are particularly welcome. Papers should require no more than 45 minutes for presentation. This will be a formal respondent and space for responses and discussion.

Your proposal/topic should include the following information:

  • Full name
  • Full mailing address, email address and contact telephone numbers
  • Institution (professional body or university)
  • If a candidate/trainee in a clinical training, indicate which training body
  • Any technical requirements e.g. PowerPoint, DVD/CD player, flip chart or OHP etc

Please send your abstracts to cpjacollege@gmail.com before the deadline of 5pm on 25 November 2016. You will be notified of the acceptance of your abstract by 20 December 2016.

 

23rd John Bowlby Memorial Conference , London March 3rd and 4th 2017

The 23rd John Bowlby Memorial International Conference, London

The Bowlby Centre – The John Bowlby Memorial Conference Monograph Series
Friday, 3 March and Saturday, 4 March 2017

When people have experienced attachment trauma, being caught in a never-ending cycle of emotional and relational repetition can dominate their lives. In the words of Selma Fraiberg: “Trauma demands repetition”. Attachment trauma can leave a person with an impaired and constricted life, overwhelming feelings, internal critical voices and a tendency towards an unhealthy dissociation. These features lie at the core of the repetitions we encounter with our clients, often in the form of relational reenactment in the psychotherapy setting. Such reenactments can be difficult to be conscious of for both therapist and the client.

SPEAKERS:
Onno Van der Hart (The Netherlands: co-author of The Haunted Self) ● Karl-Heinz Brisch (Germany: author of Treating Attachment Disorders) ● Ruth Lanius (Canada: co-author of Healing the Traumatized Self) ● Adrienne Harris (USA: co-author of First Do No Harm) ● Susie Orbach ( UK: author of Bodies, Fat is a feminist issue) ● Guy Hibbert (UK: film director and writer, May 33rd and Eye in the Sky) ● Orit Badouk Epstein (UK: co-author of Ritual Abuse and Mind Control) ● Daniel Shaw (USA: author of Traumatic Narcissism)

Details of how to book this event and full details are at www.thebowlbycentre.org.uk

IGA 2yr CPD programme Birmingham 2017 / 2019

e Group Dialogue In Organisations And Society
A two-year IGA Professional Development Programme

BIRMINGHAM 2017 – 2019
Course convenors:
Teresa von Sommaruga Howard (UK)
Göran Ahlin (Sweden)
This programme is designed for senior practitioners from any professional background facing the challenges inherent in settings where large group processes operate. These might be an organisation, project team, community group or any group where there is a wish to include people in decision-making, encourage consultation processes, bridge racial, cultural and religious divides, or tackle local and global challenges. The particular focus is on how hidden processes in the socio-political context impede the capacity to think creatively when making decisions, developing policy or building strategy.

Based in an easily accessible residential setting at beautiful Woodbrooke in Birmingham, Europe’s only Quaker Study Centre, the programme takes place over twelve weekends over two years. Start and finish times are designed to enable travel from distance.

Delegates will have the opportunity through experiential work and seminars to learn how to apply group analytic principles to facilitate dialogue in any setting. Delegates will work on a ‘live project’ based on their own working environment as a piece of ‘action research’ to apply their learning to their specific contexts.

Flyer here | Webpage here

CPJA’s Annual Activity Plan and Budget for 2016 17

Details of CPJA’s Activity Plan for 2016/17 are available here http://www.cpja.org.uk/cpja-activity-plan-2016-17/

and the College Budget for 2016/17 are at http://www.cpja.org.uk/cpja-budget-2016-17/

Additional Notes For CPJA Action Plan from Andy Cottom

Additional notes re CPJA action plan:

Item 1. We have 5 Quinquennial Reviews planned for the year.

In recognition of the considerable amount of work involved in QRs we have again raised the payment for the visitors, the writing of the reports and for the appraisal of the ethical documents to as follows:

Convenor: £350.00; Second visitor: £250.00; Report writer: £225.00; Ethics documents appraisal: £250.00

Item 2: We are planning on carrying out the reaccreditation of between 40 and 50 Direct Registrants. (The exact number depends the renewal of membership later in 2016 and the survival of some struggling OMs). The cost of the work involved was carefully calculated bappraising the amount of work undertaken in the first year. We have kept the cost to the registrant the same as in the last 2 years. The work is intended to fully accounted for by this payment so it may need adjusting in future years. This would need to fit in with the cost of membership through OMs. This year we are trying to synchronise the reaccreditation of Direct Members so as not to clash with the work the committee needs to undertake OM QRs.

Item 3:  Regular ongoing meetings of the Training Standards and Members Committee (TS&MC) and their Reaccreditation of Direct Registrants Subcommittee (RDRS) held the same day Executive Committee, College and Ethics Committee meetings so the cost of venue and members travel expenses amortised with these. 4 meetings are planned each year, one of which to be held outside London.

Item 4: The amount of voluntary work required in the continued regulation to the standards that we (UKCP) value and promote has been increasing on an annual basis. Although the work of the QR visitors and Direct Membership peer assessors is now compensated, the considerable amount of work spent by key members of the Executive Committee is unpaid and unlikely to be sustainable without some compensation. We propose that this work needs to be analysed by logging it and paying for it on an hourly rate. We propose that the Chair of TS&MC (also Chair of th foe RDRS ) receives an honorarium of £1,000.00 in recognition of the responsibility of the role(s). Similarly the Chair of the Ethics Committee should receive the same amount. In addition we are asking for a payment of £40.00 per hour (capped at a sum of £2,000) for work done on regulation in the College.

Item 5: Our Annual Conference and AGM are to be held on the same date with the AGM at the end of day. This was originally planned for April 2016 but needed to be postponed due to clashes when the date of the Board of Trustee away day needed to be changed. This will need to be balanced with our budget from last year. As with the Ethics Symposium (Item7), tickets will be sold for the Annual Conference and the income is budgeted to offset all of the costs. The Annual Conference is open to members of other colleges and to BPC members. The AGM is for CPJA members only.

Item 6: Regular meetings with the Chairs of Ethics Committees of each of our OMs proved popular initially but the frequency may needs to be reduced.

Item 7: An Ethics Symposium (or conference) has been occasionally held in previous years and have been well attended enough to encourage repeating them. We are currently considering whether to open it to other colleges or organisations (BPC).

Item 8: The Finance Committee was established after the College QR. It currently consists of the College Chair, the Treasurer and the Administrator. However we are discontinuing the role of Treasurer (and Honorary Secretary see item 11 as from the AGM (15th October). Keith Armitage will be staying on the Executive Committee and will continue to work on the Finance Committee. The honorarium for Treasurer will no longer be necessary.

Item 9:  The Executive Committee have a teleconference two weeks before face to face meetings to allow members time to prepare reports and to optimise the time spent face to face. We have found that additional teleconferences for TS&MC, RDRS, Finance and Executive have been required in addition.

Item 10: The Executive Committee have held an Away Day for the past 3 years which has proved invaluable in coming up with new ideas, prioritising our goals, our position within UKCP and the outside world.

Item 11: In recognition that administrative work is more effectively carried out by professional administrators rather than psychotherapists we are discontinuing the role of Honorary Secretary and the administrator will be taking on additional responsibilities. The administrator will be responsible for:  

  • Minute taking and write up of all meetings and teleconferences
  • Assisting finance committee with preparation of annual action plan and budget
  • Assisting in organisation of Annual Conference, Away Day and Ethics Symposium
  • Administration of Direct Member reaccreditation
  • Communications between College, OMs and Individual Members
  • Responding to email correspondence
  • Synchronisation of College and OM events in keeping with UKCP calendar
  • Receipt and payment of invoices and additional book keeping/ accounting (possibility of handing this over to UKCP at some stage)
  • Support for the Chair and other members of the Executive Committee.

The honorarium for Honorary Secretary will no longer be necessary.

Item 12: The CPJA website has proved valuable this year in the dissemination of information (especially in the reaccreditation of Direct Registrants) and synchronisation of events. However it is very time consuming for volunteer members. Rhoda Dorndorf has spent a huge number of hours on this as has the College Chair (and the Administrator). As with most of the work undertaken by volunteers, this is unlogged. We propose that this work is paid for at a rate of £25.00 per hour (1/2 the hourly rate charged by the website designer) but logged and accounted for. We believe that this could be a very large so propose that the work is capped at 40 hours i.e. £1,000.00 for the year.

Item 13: The Annual Conference has required setting out a theme, suggesting and liaising appropriate speakers, writing a call for papers and promotional material for the event. Working with the College Chair and the administrator (who organises venues, catering, ticketing and accounting) Rhoda Dorndorf has again spent considerable hours on this. The Ethics Symposium will also require this type of work and we are also considering inviting more external speakers to our College meetings.  (to be budgeted in mid- year review).

We have budgeted a payment of £1,000.00 for this work but with hopes that ticket sales for the 2 events will refund at least part of this.

CPJA ETHICS COMMITTEE SYMPOSIUM:18 MARCH 2017 – CALL FOR PAPERS

The CPJA Ethics Committee is committed to continue to emphasise the centrality of ethics in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and to maintain a forum where ethical issues may be discussed.

The aim of the Symposium is to foster debate and open discussion between psychoanalytic psychotherapists about ethics in clinical practice and promote dialogue and networking in a learning atmosphere.  The day offers opportunity for lively debate and relevant discussion.  It will be held on 18 March 2017 in London.

You are invited to submit an abstract – details are available here or email cpjacollege@gmail.com.  The deadline for submissions will be 5pm on 25 November 2016.

CPJA member Patricia Morris’ west coast live radio interview about her book ” Love and Sex : 50 therapy lessons “

Listen to the author being interviewed by Sedge Thomson about her book “Love & Sex: 50 therapy lessons”, on West Coast Live radio –
“Relationships” show number 1171, 18 June 2016.
Click on “LISTEN” after scrolling down this link page:
http://www.wcl.org/index.php/past-programs-2016/363-june-18-relationships-show-1171

Patricia Morris, author of “Love and Sex: 50 therapy lessons”.
The interview starts at about 4.25 minutes.
The book can be purchased from Amazon as an e-book or paperback and from Daunt bookstores, UK.

The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Clinical Workshops 2017

The SITE for Contemporary Psychoanlysis Clinical Workshops

21st Jan 2017  The responsible supervisor  Jim O’Neill
4th Feb 2017 Psychoanalysis & Truth Angela Kreeger
8th April 2017 Working with psychosis Dorothée Bonnigal-Katz
6th May 2017 Psychoanalysis & class Barry Watt
10th June 2017  Working with drug & alcohol addiction Eric Harper
8 July 2017 Working with Couples – Haya Oakley
Time 2-5pm
Venue October Gallery 24 Old Gloucester Street Bloomsbury London WC1N 3AL
Cost £50.00 per workshop £40.00 each if you book 3 or more workshops
For more info, visit www.the-site.org.uk To book, email siteenquiries2015@gmail.com

DISCUSSION PAPER ( 2 ) PRESENTED TO THE CPJA ON NOVEMBER 28TH by ALAN LIDMILA ( EXECUTIVE MEMBER OF THE CPJA AND MEMBER OF THE HALLAM INSTITUTE OF PSYCHOTHERAPY )

CPJA Discussion Statement: Parameters of Practice/2

We need to address the question ‘what is it we do?’ (and what is it we try not to do). Because it may be unclear, and therefore requires redefinition. This short paper seeks to delineate core principles of psychoanalytic practice, based in a reliable theoretical model that has evolved over time.
Essentially, it is a concrete restatement of our ‘flag statement’ (revised 2012) that in simple but meaningful terms may be listed as a series of principles of practice as follows:
• Rhythm (translation: key arrangements around time, frequency, and regularity, typically longer than shorter, based in an understanding concerning, among other factors, infant development);
• Regression (trans: also concerning time and the importance of early or past experience ,including as re-experienced, possibly re-enacted, in the therapy setting);
• The Unconscious (trans: mental operations , perhaps determining behaviour, not immediately apparent, the meaning of which may be accessed through language, dream and symbol);
• Setting/Frame (trans: the therapeutic space, involving the above, as well as, crucially, attention to boundary and abstinence, as far as possible intellectually, and certainly physically);
• Language and Thought ( trans: the epistemophiliac impulse, aka the desire to know – and fear knowing – as investigated, facilitated and understood , quintessentially, via language and speech);
• Interpersonal Relationship ( trans: the inter-subjective relationship/s between therapist and client, often involving multiple objects of a transferential and countertransferential nature, that may come to be identified and recognised by means of insight and interpretation);
• Supervision ( trans: therapist normally has recourse to the ‘3rd position’ of supervision, wherein there is located some authority of the model, in addition to managing this position internally).

It therefore follows, as distinguishing features of p-a practice, that normally or typically, we do not advise, and try to be judicious in our use of creativity. We are also cautious about, if not actually prohibit, forms of acting-in, which may include touch, extra-sessional contact, or excessive dosages of expertise, sermonising or prescriptions. We may utilise short-term dynamic approaches, but we do not consciously adapt our approach by wandering into territories best occupied by other modalities. We try not to succumb to pressures for a ‘quick-fix’, or be seduced by the fantastic, whether ‘new idea’ or latest toy.
This statement is really a reprise, in edited form, of my thinking of twenty years ago,* which was what many jobbing analytic therapists thought anyway, and what most should be thinking now! Some things do not need to change, for the sake of change. Notwithstanding my claimed adherence to the above rubric, over 25years I have become, subject to client or pathology, relatively more flexible, responsive and creative in my personal style. But, I suggest, it is within, not beyond the pale