Feb 2, 2019
CBT- The Cognitive Behavioural Tsunami
Managerialism, Politics & the Corruptions of Science
In this talk I will outline some of the main ideas in the book.
Is CBT all it claims to be? The book is a critique of CBT’s understanding of human suffering, as well as the apparent scientific basis underlying it. The book argues that CBT psychology has fetishized measurement to such a degree that it has come to believe that only the countable counts. It suggests that the so-called science of CBT is not just “bad science” but “corrupt science”.
The book not only critiques the science, psychology and philosophy of CBT, but also challenges the managerialist mentality and its hyper-rational understanding of “efficiency”, both of which are commonplace in organizational life today. Suggesting that these are perverse forms of thought which have been institutionalized by NICE and IAPT to generate a narrative to make it appear that all is well in the world of CBT. In contrast, the book claims that CBT is an exercise in symptom reduction which vastly exaggerates the degree to which symptoms are reduced, the durability of the improvement, as well as the numbers of people it helps.
Arguing that CBT is neither the cure nor the scientific treatment it claims to be, the book also serves as a broader cultural critique of the times we live in; a critique which draws on philosophy and politics, on economics and psychology, on sociology and history, and ultimately, on the idea of science itself. It will be of immense interest to all psychotherapists in practice as well as to policymakers in a range of different settings.
Farhad Dalal has been in independent practice as a group analyst and psychotherapist for over thirty years. He also works with organizations.
His previous books have questioned received wisdom in a range of territories including psychotherapy (Taking the Group Seriously), racism (Race, Colour and the Processes of Racialization) and equal opportunities (Thought Paralysis - The Virtues of Discrimination).
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Me loves me:
What is this thing called Narcissism?
And resistance in Adolescence?
Peter Wilson is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. He trained in child psychoanalysis at the Hampstead Child Therapy Course and Clinic (now the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families) from 1967 - 1971.
Since then he has held senior positions in the NHS, at the Institute of Psychiatry, Peper Harow Therapeutic Community and the Brent Consultation Centre and the Brandon Centre for adolescents.
He was the co founder and Director of Young Minds, the national child mental health charity and later the Clinical Adviser to the Place2Be charity that provides a comprehensive counselling service in schools across the country. He has been actively involved in policy developments in the field of child and adolescent mental health services and has published numerous papers and chapters on a range of subjects relating to child and adolescent development and psychotherapy. He currently lectures and teaches in various institutions, including the Anna Freud National Centre, The Tavistock Centre, The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Educatio and,the British Psychotherapy Foundation.
‘ Narcissism’ is a word that rings resplendently in contemporary popular culture. It seems everyone can be called narcissistic these days one way or the other,some with greater prominence than others. It is no surprise that we are left wondering at the end of it all,.what the word actually means. This paper is an attempt to make sense of narcissism from a psychoanalytic point of view, starting with Freud’s seminal work on the subject and following through to the views of Kohut and Kernberg, in the seventies in Chicago.
The clinical significance of the the concept will be discussed particularly in relation to adolescence - adolescents being immersed as they are in a time of life which is particularly preoccupied with questions of body and psychic identity and integrity. A number of case examples will be given to highlight the technical problems of dealing with what might be called ‘ narcissistic resistance’ in the psychotherapy of adolescents.
Writing my book, The Rough Beast: Psychoanalysis in Everyday Life, was like a profound meditation on my craft. What did I have to say to an everyday, curious, suspicious reader about psychoanalysis? What were the most important things to describe - away from the jargon and over-intellectualising we can sometimes do? What is psychoanalysis (or less intensive analytically-based psychotherapy)? How does it work? Is there anything in it to offer other professionals, too?
Denise Cullington was lucky enough to train at the Tavistock Clinic and the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London. Her core profession was Clinical Psychology. Prior to that she lived and painted in the US and Puerto Rico.
Her first book, Breaking Up Blues (Routledge, 2008)
"by far and away the very best I have ever read on the emotional and psychological cost of divorce. It …has the uncanny ability to cut right through to the heart of the issues. (Heiss, Amazon).
Her second book, The Rough Beast (Routledge, 2018
"so beautifully written some readers may find this book almost impossible to put down… this remarkable book calls out to be read and re-read. There will be more to find and to enjoy with each reading. It is so readily accessible, and yet much of it so profound" Patrick Casement.
Feb 1st, 2020
Ten Things I Love About Psychoanalysis
(This lecture is taking place in Studio 1, not the usual Studio 3; they are next to each other)
In my talk, based on attachment research, I will show how trauma or toxic stress in childhood, is not just an event that took place sometime in the past; it is also the imprint left by that experience on the mind, brain and body which affects not only how we feel but also how we perceive the world and how we think. In so doing she will cover the subject of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Informed Care which offer us a new public health approach in relation to physical and mental health including current worrying levels of violence.
Dr Felicity de Zulueta is Emeritus Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Traumatic Studies at Kings College London as well as being a Group Analyst. She developed and headed both the Department of Psychotherapy at Charing Cross Hospital in 1984 and the Traumatic Stress Service in the Maudsley Hospital in 1996 which specialises in the treatment of people suffering from Complex Post Traumatic Stress disorder.
She wrote "From Pain to Violence, the traumatic roots of destructiveness" (2nd updated edition published by John Wiley and Sons, 2006) and papers on trauma and bilingualism. She is a founder member of WAVE and the International Attachment Network. Since 2012, she works as a free-lance consultant psychotherapist with a training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, systemic family therapy, group analysis, EMDR and Lifespan Integration.
Felicity de Zulueta
Born to love, Driven to Destroy:
The Human Paradox
Oct 3, 2020
Nov 14, 2020
Meeting and Matching the Moment of Hope:
Transforming Destructiveness & Working with Dreams
An Interactive Workshop
"Meeting and matching the moment of hope…... creating an environment that can stand the strain". D.W.Winnicott
Here, Winnicott is referring to the opportunity to understand delinquent behaviour as a communication looking for a thoughtful response. Very often the response is punitive, which S.H Foulkes suggests is more likely to help manage the delinquent inside the judicial official or the average citizen, rather than to address the needs of the offender.
Winnicott, de Mare and Foulkes, are all interested in viewing psychological difficulties as arising between people rather than from within individuals. These difficulties may be understood and addressed in developmental terms, in relation to the family group or as a reflection of wider social dynamics.
This workshop will be an attempt to explore some interactions which young people have found helpful in addressing destructive and symptomatic behaviour. The structure of the workshop will consist of a series of discussions, focussed around the writings of Foulkes, Winnicott and de Mare.
Mike says: ‘My own thoughts are shaped by working in therapeutic communities with young people and the adults who worked with them - and particularly by conversations had with young people many years afterwards about what they found helpful. Attached are some quotes which may evoke thoughts, memories and stories from participants. I view these writings more as poetry than science - evoking a changing resonance with each reading - but poetry that changes lives’.
Mike Tait is a group analyst and drama-therapist who has spent four decades facilitating groups with young people and adults with a variety of client groups.
He has worked as a drama-therapist and group analyst in a variety of contexts including homelessness projects, drug and alcohol projects, an eating disorder unit, adolescent psychiatric units, University counselling and counselling trainings.
In the main he has - but primarily within therapeutic community environments with young people in which he has been a therapist, supervisor, consultant and organizational group analyst.
He works currently as a drama-therapist in a psychiatric hospital with young people and as an organizational group analyst in therapeutic communities working with children and adolescence. He is a long-standing member of the International Courses Committee at the IGA and is a member of the teaching staff on the Group Analytic Qualifying course in Albania. He is a Squiggle Trustee and has been involved in a range of activities and workshops exploring the practical applications of the work of S.H.Foulkes, D.W.Winnicott and Pat de Mare both in the UK and Europe.
Two years ago, through the Hank Nunn Institute (HNI), we started working with Swakshatra, a rescue home for young girls in Bangalore, Karnataka. The home aims to provide post trauma-care and rehabilitation for the girls.
This opportunity presented us with a twofold challenge – a) communicating with the girls with no common spoken language between us, and b) addressing their trauma and providing psychological care without them re-living the experience .
All of the girls speak Kannada (official language of Karnataka, India) which is different from both our mother tongues. The language barrier seemed to have added to the ‘us and them dynamics’ which already existed because of our privileged backgrounds.
The idea to use play-based groups seemed like a safe intervention to begin addressing both these challenges. Over time, play has helped us form a relationship with each of them, understand the nature of their inter- and intrapersonal relationships, their dreams and nightmares, and their desire to reconnect with their families. This paper is an attempt to share our journey and in the process answer the question – How do you begin to relate through play when it has been the symbol of abuse?
Ishani Bayal & Reshmi Sahadevan
Feb 13, 2021
The Language of Play: When the Unspoken Takes Centre Stage
Developing therapeutic practice in a girl's shelter home in Karnataka, India
Reshmi Sahadevan is a Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years of experience in Psychotherapy. She is also a trainee Group Analyst and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She has experience in building mental health spaces in organisations. She is passionate about working with community and reaching more people through the application of psychology beyond the therapy room.
Ishani Badyal is a psychologist-psychotherapist working in a personality disorder/difficulty service since 2016. She has a keen interest in working with people with complex trauma. She has worked in various community mental health spaces, both in rural and urban settings. She is training to become a group analyst and is part of the Therapeutic Environments Practitioner Course (TCEPT). Her long-term goal is to set up therapeutic communities in the semi urban and rural areas of India.
Ethics and the Bureaucratization of the Psychotherapy Professions
March 20, 2021
The talk starts by outlining three ways that philosophers have thought about ethics – deontology, consequentialism and virtue ethics. I argue that society in general, including the field of psychotherapy, has become enamoured by the shallowest of these, consequentialism. Further, the world has become bewitched by the siren song of the logical positivists and their take on the fact/value dichotomy. When combined, both these have resulted in quantity being used to police not only quality but also human qualities.
The body of the talk takes up a number of issues, arguing for example that codes of ethics serve a number of tacit socio-political functions rather than the espoused one of protecting the general public. In effect, the talk will critically deconstruct the notion of codes of ethics in numerous ways by asking questions like: Are good therapists necessarily ethical therapists? I will argue that ethics cannot be objectified in codes, at least not without grievous distortion of those very ethics.
Farhad Dalal is a psychotherapist and group analyst living and working in Devon. He is the convenor of the group analytic training in Bengaluru, India. His books to date include: Taking the Group Seriously (1998), Race, Colour and the Processes of Racialization (2002), Thought Paralysis: The Virtues of Discrimination (2012), and CBT: The Cognitive Behavioural Tsunami - Managerialism, Politics and the Corruptions of Science (2018)