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, 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.

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