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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CURE OR CONTAIN? Challenging medicine’s monopoly on mental health

Conference hosted by the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis

9.30am – 2.30pm  on 14 October 2017 (Registration from 9.00am)

at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, LONDON N7 6PA

In these days where sadness, loneliness and mourning are treated with pharmacological intervention and where those who have been exposed to traumatic experiences are prescribed courses of process led treatments, psychoanalytic psychotherapy is increasingly sidelined. Fortunately we are not the only people who are concerned about this.

The doctrine of symptom relief rather than the investigation of their causes is coming under growing scepticism from many sides. Richard Bentall, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool and Dr Duncan Double from The Critical Psychiatry Network, leading critics in this field, will address these concerns, referring to their own writings, research and polemic.

In promoting the benefits of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy, the CPJA welcomes the challenge to the monopoly of the medical model for the treatment of mental health problems. By working together with our colleagues, we would hope to focus on how we might help with such problems by turning our emphasis towards their psycho-social roots. By eschewing a model where the mental health problems are seen to be located in the individual, the conference will address how together, we might offer a more holistic approach of support to that individual.

This Conference is open to all those working or training in the field of mental health. We welcome members of all UKCP Colleges, and those of BACP, BPC and BPS to join us. Following both speakers’ addresses, there will be an opportunity to participate in a plenary after lunch. To reserve your place please remit the fee of £10 to A/c 00029325  Sort code 40  52 40, with your name as a reference and email  cpjacollege@gmail.com, to advise payment has been made plus  any dietary or other requirements to enable you to participate fully in the event.

The conference will be followed by the College AGM at 2.45pm.

Dates of CPJA College meetings and events in 2018

College meetings will take place on the following dates:

20 January 2018
14 April 2018
23 June 2018 
20 October 2018 Conference and AGM

 

Who is my Jung? Conference at British Library 11 November 2017

Tickets for the  ‘Who is my Jung’ conference at the British Library on 11th November can be booked here as the hall is filling.

The conference offers a unique chance to experience a full range of contemporary Jungian viewpoints. This is because, unusually, the speakers are drawn from all five of the member groups in London of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. Such events do not happen very often. The member groups follow differing tracks within the Jungian field, though, of course, there is overlap.

If you click here you’ll see that the range of themes is relevant and exciting. The conference offers more than a reprise of the basic concepts and tenets of analytical psychology.  Who knows when such a chance will come again?

BAPPS Autumn Conference 11 November 2017: Dr Maggie Turp

Saturday 11th November, 2017

THE CAPACITY FOR SELF-CARE: IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE AND SUPERVISION

 Dr Maggie Turp

A capacity for self-care is grounded in the care we receive in early life and sustained, or not sustained, through our on-going relationships, both personal and professional. Without a well-functioning capacity for self-care, we are vulnerable to internal and external pressures to take on too much and leave too little time for processing and recovery. Our capacity to support supervisees in their self-care is likewise compromised. In order to better understand the capacity for self-care and the pressures that assail it, the presentation will draw on infant observation extracts and case study examples. There will be opportunities for discussion in large and small groups throughout the day and participants will be invited to share their experience, whether personal or professional, with due regard to confidentiality and appropriate disguise of potentially identifying details.

Workshop topics include: elements involved in self-care; parental care and the internalisation of a self-caring capacity; finding a balance between caution and adventurousness; knowing our limits: the protective function of the psychic skin boundary; finding a balance between emotional and physical self-care; the role of the external and internal supervisor.

Non Members: £85 / Early Bird: £75;  BAPPS Members:  £75 / Early Bird: £60;   Early Bird deadline bookings to be made by 22nd  September 2017

Full details are available here                                      Enquiries to: admin@supervision.org.uk                 

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.

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

DISCUSSION PAPER (1) PRESENTED TO THE CPJA ON NOVEMBER 28TH by ALAN LIDMILA ( Executive Committee Member of CPJA and member of The Hallam Institute of Psychotherapy )

Paradigms of Practice/1

CPJA 1

By way of introduction, let me tell you a short tale. Twenty-five years ago today, a few of us were trying to get all the band to play.. So, in this actual venue, a meeting was held, probably long forgotten, with the title: ‘The Making of Analytic Psychotherapy – Varying Perspectives’. H.W (a fellow-conspirator at the time)and I were invited to contribute and my offering was entitled :’ The Emperors Clothes – looking again at analytic paradigms’ At the time, we barbarians spoke for the fringe, unsanctified analytic tribes, those unblessed by metropolitan hegemonic holy waters.
There has always been a debate as to what properly constitutes psychoanalytic practice. In alliance with elements of The Guild, AGIP & other ‘liberal’ organisations, we were trying to widen, indeed diversify the range of organised p-a practice in what were pre-UKCP days, in a field that was very exclusively organised in ritual, incestuous obeisance around The Institute. Hence the sub-title on that day. It is a longer tale, but one not only for the archive: history, like food, repeats.

Now, looking for an apposite phrase in very different times I consider plus ca change , plus c’est la meme chose but, things are not quite the same, even if the comment underscores what is often ironic about apparently progressive change, and signifies the importance of history, taking a ‘ long view’ regarding a current zeitgeist, or any uncritical conformity to the flavour of the day..
At that time, as now, sub-texts,politics, are at play. Then, the ‘radical’ tendency was to widen the net, extend the brief, allow in some of the Barbarians from the outer encampments (not a wholly altruistic move, as this would in turn strengthen a power base, assist economic imperatives, in squabbling London town houses).Yet change is ironic, and dialectic, and often unintended; my comments today suggest other consequences in psychotherapy culture ,and in turn a response that is now, necessarily, more ‘tradical’ than radical !

To briefly explain this shift. Now, we inhabit, in wider culture as it impinges on psychotherapy culture, different, but not necessarily progressively better times. Leaving aside the problematic ‘regulatory mind’, we almost over-subscribe to values of ‘inclusivity and diversity’, which may have undesirable consequences as far as a homogenous, clearly differentiated psychoanalytic model is concerned. Ironically, the old guard, zealous keepers of the flame, upped sticks to form a higher temple elsewhere, leaving a vacuum, fertile for doubters, to ‘develop’, deconstruct, or maybe dismantle the integrity of the model – a model already under external threat in Nice Times. (I note tendencies, by the way, not conspiracies!).

The confidence in the model seems to have wavered for some, who as a result, have experimented, with techniques, derived from other models. This is not necessarily ‘adapt and survive’, any more than any crisis is nuclear – it is more like anxiety, or at worst panic. There are two interacting factors:
Adaptive responses to external pressures in form of NICE, IAPT, contractions in NHS and trainings, coincident with a translation of the ideology of diversity into shifts in practice technique, so as to resemble a more mixed portfolio, some more strings to the practitioner bow, because, well, we need to reflect and embrace diversity, rather than anything that whiffs of exclusiveness, elitism, even specialism. I am suggesting there is evidence of muddled, if well-meaning thinking, which has contributed to doing a disservice to a confidently held psychoanalytic paradigm. Thanks.

A century on, Freud’s melancholia remains the psychological condition of the lost soul. Which is why psychoanalysis has become the modern form of exorcism

” I believe in ghosts. I live with them all the time. But it wasn’t always the case. Foolishly, I used to pretend they didn’t exist, that the dead stayed dead, that they had no purchase on my life. But now I speak to them all the time and they speak to me. I have photographs of them on my study wall. And I have even come to love them, in a strange kind of way. But I don’t call them ghosts. I call them memories, many half buried, many faintly conceived. For one of the surprising things unearthed for me by the extraordinary chemistry of psychoanalysis was the continuing presence of my ancestors. Ghosts are psychological unfinished business, often associated with unprocessed pain.

It is exactly a hundred years since Sigmund Freud set pen to paper to write his ground breaking paper Mourning and Melancholia. Published in 1917, Freud distinguished between two responses to loss: mourning, when the object of loss is clear and obvious, and thus can be emotionally processed; and melancholia, a state of being in which one is affected by a loss that one is unable to name. Melancholia is, as it were, a loss that one doesn’t realise has been lost. And because one cannot properly name this loss, because it exists in the psychic shadows, one cannot go through the process of mourning it properly. The pain goes unburied. So it hangs around and continually haunts you. This state of melancholia is often associated with depression.

It was four years ago last Monday that I resigned from St Paul’s Cathedral. Dealing with the emotional fallout led me back to therapy. Initially, I thought the subsequent depression was to do with something obvious like a loss of ego-status or a life-crisis that had yet to be properly worked through. But as the lens widened, something unexpected came into view. My ancestors came to these shores escaping persecution. Many were central European refugees fleeing tsarist pogroms. And as Jews were being gassed in Nazi Germany, my family were desperately seeking to re-build their lives, searching for normality and acceptance. And for some, the best way to do this was to forget the past and to blend in. My dad became a Christian. I became a priest. Unconsciously, it was the ultimate way not to talk about what had happened. But theologically, it was the ultimate betrayal  not to talk about what had happened. And yet, for me, the dead refused to stay dead. The Jewish talking cure, also invented by a man running away from his religion, returned to me these buried presences and invited me to walk among them again: my great-grandfather Louis, working for the Jewish Board of Guardians looking after “swarms” (cf David Cameron) of desperate refugees in the East End; his brother Samuel, with his Anglican-looking dog-collar, but leading the Princes Road synagogue in Liverpool.

And yet, for me, the dead refused to stay dead. The Jewish talking cure, also invented by a man running away from his religion, returned to me these buried presences and invited me to walk among them again: my great-grandfather Louis, working for the Jewish Board of Guardians looking after “swarms” (cf David Cameron) of desperate refugees in the East End; his brother Samuel, with his Anglican-looking dog-collar, but leading the Princes Road synagogue in Liverpool. They both changed their names from Friedeberg. And, interestingly, they were both of Freud’s generation.  For me, only by re-membering the dead would melancholia be converted into plain old mourning. My healing was to be found among the ghosts.

The year before Freud was writing Mourning and Melancholia, the fascinating ethnographer Shlomo Ansky was writing his own Jewish ghost story called The Dybbuk and subtitled “between two worlds”. In Jewish mythology, the dybbuk is a dark lost soul, suspended in some intermediate state between life and death. For a secular socialist like Ansky, his story was an expression of mourning for a religious culture that was collapsing both around him and inside him. The Jewish faith was something he rejected and yet needed at the same time. “My life was broken, split, torn,” as he put it. Freud invented psychoanalysis and Ansky wrote about ghosts. But they were doing a similar thing: resurrecting the half-dead, thus to give them a proper burial. Freud’s melancholia is the psychological condition of the dybbuk, the lost soul. And psychoanalysis is a form of exorcism. So, yes, I believe in ghosts. My sanity depends upon it. Happy Halloween. ” Giles Fraser

CPJA Position Statement

STATEMENT of GUIDING PRINCIPLES of CPJA

 The Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis is an integral element of the UKCP. The College brings the principles of psychoanalysis and Jungian analysis to bear upon developments in the policies and procedures of the UKCP that determine the way in which we function as psychotherapists. Fundamental to this is the principle that individual members carry the responsibility for their work within a relationship with CPJA and the UKCP.

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A Putney debate on changing the constitution of CPJA?

Andy Cottom

Back in 1647, towards the end of the Civil War, members of the Parliamentarian forces met by the banks of the Thames at St. Mary’s Church in Putney to discuss the make-up of a new constitution for England. Many of the speakers there were members of the Levellers movement who sought universal suffrage – One man, one vote. Read this entry →

CPJA Supervision Statement March 2013

The CPJA Supervision Statement final version is now available for download,

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