• BPC


    Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy NOW 2015

    Getting to Grips with Society's Ills: A Psychoanalytic Perspective

    6th June 2015   9:30 am - 6:00 pm
    Holiday Inn, Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road,London SW7 4DN.

    A day of thought-provoking presentations, workshops and debates on innovations in psychoanalytic psychotherapy: bridging the clinical and academic study of psychoanalytic psychotherapy with political discourse and social policy. This year’s PP NOW conference will address the themes of Conflict, Poverty and Trauma, showcasing the impact that psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking can bring to a better understanding of some of the major social issues affecting society today.



    George Monbiot (author and Guardian journalist) will be presenting at the Friday night public lecture with panel members Nick Pearce (Institute for Public Policy Research) and Julian Lousada (Psychoanalyst and BPC Chair) Venue: Tuke Hall, Regent's University, London.


    Booking for the Friday evening PP NOW Lecture here


    PP NOW will be held at the Holiday Inn, Kensington Forum, London on Saturday 6 June, preceded by the public lecture on Friday 5 June at Tuke Hall, Regent's University. The Holiday Inn Kensington is conveniently located near Gloucester Road underground station.


    Book online here  Payment can also be made over the phone using a credit or debit card, please contact the BPC office 0207 561 9240  Email:



    PP NOW Conference - Provisional Programme


    Coffee and Registration


    Welcome and introduction: Gary Fereday, Chief Executive, British Psychoanalytic Council.

    Keynote Session: A Psychological Look at Terrorism

    The plenary presentation will illustrate the psychology of an “encapsulated” religious fundamentalism, the story of a religious cult. Using this story as a stepping stone Dr Volkan examines the psychology of “globalized” extreme fundamentalist religious terrorism. focusing on the fusion of individual and large-group identities and how people can exhibit extreme sadism and masochism  under the impact of large-group identity.


    Keynote speaker: Vamik Volkan, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Virginia
    Coffee break (tea and coffee available all day)


    Breakout Sessions:

    1. Social disorder, Marginalisation and Gang Culture  Paul Kassman Jean Knox

    2. Domestic Violence and Hateful Relationships Anna Motz Joanna Rosenthall                                   

    3. Psychotic Systems Clare Gerada Julian Lousada

    4. Emotional Poverty Sue Gerhardt Graham Music




    Breakout Sessions:

    1. Antisocial Personality Disorder - New Directions Gill McGauley Jessica Yakeley

    2. Perversion, Violence and Criminality - Child sexual abuse Jon Brown Estela Welldon

    3. Poverty and the Psychological Impact of Money Karl Figlio  

    4. War and Modern Conflict Philip Spencer Vamik Volkan


    Coffee break


    Closing Plenary: Panel discussion reflecting on the key themes of the day and dialogue with the audience With panel members Julian Lousada and Jean Knox.


    Reception and Awards Ceremony Presentation of the PP NOW 2015 Awards

    • Innovative Excellence Award
    • Outstanding Professional Leadership Award
    • Bernard Ratigan Award for Psychoanalysis and Diversity


    Payment and Registration Methods for the PP NOW Conference


    Download a registration form here or click here to pay online via PayPal.

    Using the PayPal payment option on this page incurs a surcharge to cover PayPal’s processing fees, reflected in the rates given here.



  •  The Political Mind

    The Role of the Unconscious in Political and Social Life

    12 May - 14 July 2015


    No of sessions:      10

    Time:                      8:15-9:45 pm

    Day:                       Tuesday

    Dates:                    12th, 19th, 26th May; 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th June; 7th, 14 July 2015.

    Cost:                       £120 for BPAS Members and £200 for non Members

    Venue:                   Institute of Psychoanalysis, Byron House, 112a Shirland Road, London W9.


    Seminar Series of 10 seminars on the Political Mind in the Summer term at

    The Institute of Psychoanalysis, Centre for the Advancement of Psychoanalytic Studies,


    Seminar Leader and Organiser: David Morgan, Psychoanalyst, British Psychoanalytical Society (BPAS).




    Introduction: Dr Nick Temple President BPAS

    1> May 12: David Morgan "Whistleblowers and Dissent: Moral Good or Self Interest? What are the psychological dimensions of defying a perverse or corrupt authority?"

    2> May 19: John Alderdice "Devoted Actors the psychology of Fundamentalism & Terrorism"

    3> May 26: Sally Weintrobe "Climate change and the culture of uncare"  

    4> June 2: Phil Stokoe “The Impact of Power on the Mind of the Politician"  

    5> June 9: Josh Cohen "Psychoanalysis and the Politics of Idleness."

    6> June 16: Bob Hinshelwood "Reflection or action: Never the twain shall meet"

    7> June 23: David Bell "All thats solid melts into air: Psychoanalytic reflections on the socio-economic crisis"

    8> June 30: Ruth McCall "The Psychoanalysis of Exclusion."

    9> July 6: Edgard Sanchez "Power and the manipulation of the masses. Third world perspectives."

    10> July 13: Michael Rustin "The Psychology of Neoliberalism"


    Psychoanalysis and Politics

    It would be hard to underestimate the importance of Freud's contribution to political thought. He interrogated the origin and structure of society in "Totem and Taboo", exposed illusions and dogmas in "The Future of an Illusion", "Civilization and its Discontents" and described the foundation of a people in "Moses and Monotheism."  Freud challenged "civilised sexual morality" viewing it as the origin of "the nervous and mental illness of modern times." In “Mass Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego" he brought a radical new understanding to the relationship of leaders to the led, the functioning of crowds and the origins of power. The ‘superego’ provided the bridging concept necessary for the understanding of the manner in which values, ideals, and the imperatives associated with morality and society are internalised into the psyche. Many central ideas of political philosophy (such as concepts of rationality, human agency, autonomy, the nature of human responsibility, the idea of 'the good society') have a natural intersection with psychoanalytic concepts.

    This series of seminar’s aims to provide a forum for continuing this interdisciplinary conversation.


    Further information and Booking Form can be found on the Beyond the Couch event booking webpage here.

    Click here to book online or for more information contact David Morgan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

    and Marjory Goodall, IoP Events Officer, Tel: 020 7563 5016  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.