We hold talks, seminars and workshops on the second Friday of each month at the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy in Chorlton, South Manchester.
Each meeting lasts from 6.30pm – 8.30pm and addresses our shared interest in theory and practice. Events are £7.50 for non-members and free to members (annual membership is only £30, find out more here). Light refreshments are provided.
Each event qualifies as two hours of continuing professional development.
Where Does it Hurt? Pain and its Killing
Friday 13 September 2019, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
It has been estimated that within a recent two-year period, more Americans died from prescribed opioids and various other pain killers than in the entire Vietnam War. The Sunday Times included the diagram below in their report on Britain’s opioid crisis: we are sleepwalking towards carnage in our communities (24 February 2019). This discussion addresses: what is pain and why does it need killing?
Mark Fisher’s introduction to psychoanalysis took place during the 1970s when he worked at Oxford University for eight years. After many years of teaching and practice, Mark resigned as NHS professional lead in psychotherapy during November 2013. In July 2014 he became a member of a new analytic grouping, The School of the Freudian Letter. He has a private practice in Liverpool.
August 2019: the NWPRA does not meet in August.
Summer Event with Steff Oates
Friday 12 July 2019, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Steff Oates qualified as a Transactional Analyst in 1997. She runs a private practice in Cheshire, provides supervision and training, and regularly writes and speaks on TA theory and practice.
Lifespan Integration: a neurological tool for working with trauma
Friday 14 June 2019, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
As scientific advances uncover the complex relationship between our brain, emotions and body, new approaches to integrating the neurological with psychotherapy are also developing. Just as your brain is changed in response to your past experiences with the world (attachments, deprivations, and traumas, for example), it will also change in response to future experiences. Lifespan Integration is one of these neurological change tools. Today’s presentation will provide an introduction to Lifespan Integration and show how this neurological approach can be integrated into the psychotherapeutic relationship.
Humera Quddoos is a Transpersonal Psychotherapist who has been working in private practice for over 15 years with a particular focus on trauma, sexual abuse, and complex PTSD. Humera discovered Lifespan Integration five years ago, and has been integrating it successfully into her client work since then.
Ageing and ageism in the therapy room
Friday 10 May 2019, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
The scientific literature provides many studies showing the powerful influence of ageing stereotypes on the attitudes, decisions, actions and holistic health of older people. Ageing stereotypes can be internalised during youth, be part of our belief system, and have an influence outside of our awareness. The aim of the workshop is to explore our own beliefs on ageing and how this may influence the way we perceive an ‘older’ client, our attitude towards them and the therapeutic relationship.
Alessandra is Gestalt Psychotherapist at the Manchester Gestalt Centre and a Clinical Psychologist at the Memory Assessment and Treatment Service in Oldham. For further information please see her website here.
Alfred Hitchcock’s Lina
Friday 12 April 2019, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
This clinically orientated workshop facilitated by Paul Melia (practising analyst with the School of the Freudian Letter) is organised around clips from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1941 thriller, Suspicion.
Following a ‘passage to the act’ – to a kiss, not a slap or niederkommt – Lina McLaidlaw marries Johnny Aysgarth. She compares him to the celebrated Rialto Bridge in Venice. After their honeymoon Lina reluctantly realises her husband observes neither the moral nor criminal law. Questions begin to arise – why, for example, did he marry her? Her doubts give way to suspicion as the image of a broken footbridge recurs repetitively. Johnny eventually submits to the law, providing Lina – a keen horse rider – with the chance to ‘get the bit between his teeth’. We will also pay attention to the film’s ‘navel’ – a 1931 painting by Picasso, Pitcher with Bowl of Fruit.
A Psychotherapist Reads the Newspaper: we live in turbulent times
Friday 8 March 2019, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Some time last year Frank was reading his newspaper, The Observer. A number of articles claimed there is evidence that for most of us in this country and around the world life has been improving over the last two decades. The newspaper also carried stories warning of various impending Apocalypses that are epitomised by the title of this talk. Frank will explore the ways uncontained and escalating apocalyptic anxieties can affect the mental health of individuals and their political impact at the societal level. He will use Kleinian ideas of paranoid anxiety – as well as the related defence of splitting and projection – to understand these contradictory views of our world.
Frank Kelley was a psychodynamic counsellor in the NHS and is now retired.
What makes a trauma traumatic?
Friday 8 February 2019, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Trauma often appears to be a very broadly-spread notion in psychotherapy, leading ‘trauma’ to have been ascribed to all kinds of experience, from birth, to sex, to war, and even to love. Often we find ourselves trying to locate a single event, and one of a specific magnitude, at the aetiology of a trauma. And yet we know that this choice is always somewhat arbitrary if we cannot account for how that event was inscribed, metabolised, or worked-through by the individual. This talk will argue that trauma is never simply about a single event, and that talking therapies reach a limit if they attempt to deal with trauma through speech alone. We will consider what the conditions for a ‘traumatic’ experience might be, the mechanism behind its action, and the most effective techniques for its handling in clinical settings.
Owen Hewitson is a PhD candidate in Psychoanalysis at the University of Middlesex and runs LacanOnline.com
January 2019: the NWRPA does not meet in January.