The NWRPA hold talks, seminars and workshops by Zoom on the second Friday of the month. Book your place by email here.
Talks, seminars and workshops are free to members and £7.50 to non-members. You can become a member of the NWRPA for as little as £30 a year, see our membership page.
A networking meeting for members only usually follows each Zoom talk and both events qualify as Continuing Professional Development.
The NWRPA‘s online art exhibition, The Interpretation of Dreams Painted, can be accessed free of charge here.
Talking to a Brick Wall
Dr Mark Fisher
Friday 8 July 2022, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Details to follow.
Displacement and Distortion
Friday 10 June 2022, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
In this Zoom talk I will use paintings by the contemporary artist David Hockney to consider the process and function of displacement. The notion of displacement is connected with the clinical evidence for a relative independence of affects from ideas. Through displacement a troubling idea’s interest, intensity or emphasis is liable to be detached from it and to pass on to and thereby distort other ideas which were originally of little intensity but which are related to the first idea by a chain of association. This process is particularly noticeable in the formation of symptoms and, in a general way, in every unconscious formation.
Head First – Stories of Mind and Body
Dr Alastair Santhouse
Friday 13 May 2022, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
In secondary care, an organic explanation for the patient’s symptoms is made in only about 50% of consultations. For common presentations in primary care, the figure is far less. The costs of this – financial, clinical and societal – are huge and include altruistic kidney donation, bariatric surgery, chronic pain, capacity and end of life care. This Zoom talk sets out some of the issues and explores how we ended up here in 21st century medicine.
Dr Alastair Santhouse is a Consultant Neuropsychiatrist at The Maudsley Hospital. After graduating, he trained in internal medicine, before switching to psychiatry and for most of his clinical career has been a Consultant in Liaison Psychiatry at Guy’s Hospital in London. He is the author of Head First: A Psychiatrist’s Stories of Mind and Body (Atlantic Books, 2021).
15 years of neuroscientific research into appetite control: from restrictive eating to addiction
Dr Samantha Brooks
Friday 8 April 2022, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
In this Zoom talk Samantha provides an overview of her research over the past 15 years at a number of medical campuses including the The Maudsley Hospital, King’s College London, and the Faculty of Health, Liverpool John Moores University. She will consider the neural processes of appetite control as well as the unconscious functions associated with anorexia and bulimia.
Samantha is Reader of Cognitive Neuroscience at Liverpool John Moores University, a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society and a member of the Neuro-Psychoanalytic Society. She is developing an intervention in Liverpool – Curb Your Addiction (C-Ya).
Negotiating Consent and Dissent: respect for autonomy and resistance in clinical practice
Friday 11 March 2022, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
In a change to our advertised Zoom event we welcome Adrian Sutton, Director of the Squiggle Foundation, a registered charity which aims to study and disseminate the work of Winnicott. Adrian was Consultant in Child & Family Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Winnicott Centre, Manchester, and a Director of Studies at Manchester Medical School. He is author of Paediatrics, Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis: through countertransference to case management.
The Impossibility of Goodness in an Impossible Profession
Friday 11 February 2022, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
What constitutes goodness in our work as therapists? In this Zoom talk Robin invites us to reconsider the ethics of psychotherapy and counselling. He’ll present some familiar ethical frameworks for evaluating goodness before engaging with the work of the contemporary French philosopher Jacques Derrida and considering its implications for our work.
Robin Hobbes spends his professional life teaching, supervising and practicing Transactional Analysis psychotherapy and counselling. He is Ethical Advisor to the European Transactional Analysis Association and writes a regular column on ethics for the EATA Newsletter. He co-founded Elan Training and Development in 1982.
The NWRPA does not meet in January
New Writings on the Psychoses
Dr Mark Fisher
Friday 10 December 2021, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
In this Zoom talk Mark will present an overview of new writings on the psychoses including schizophrenia, paranoia and melancholia.
For many years Mark Fisher was professional lead in the NHS’ psychotherapy service. In 2013 he entered private practice as both a supervisor and psychoanalyst working in Liverpool and online. His website is,
Special Event – Meet the Author
The Autistic Subject: On the Threshold of Language
Dr Leon S. Brenner
Friday 12 November 2021, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
In this Zoom talk Leon S. Brenner describes autism as a singular mode of being that is fundamentally linked to one’s identity and basic practices of existence, offering a rigorous alternative to the prevailing treatment of autism as a mental or physical disorder. Brenner outlines the unique features of the autistic subjective structure and provides a comprehensive synthesis of contemporary work on the psychoanalysis of autism. The Autistic Subject: On the Threshold of Language was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2020.
Leon is a founder of Lacanian Affinities Berlin (laLAB) and Unconscious Berlin, and a lecturer at the International Psychoanalytic University in Berlin. His website is,
Enjoy Your Suffering!
Friday 8 October 2021, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
In this extended two-hour Zoom event Philip Hill provides a clinically-orientated workshop on the place of need, demand, desire and love in and out of the psychoanalytic clinic.
Philip is a psychoanalyst in London and author of Lacan for Beginners and Using Lacanian Clinical Technique: An Introduction. His website is,
Making Assessments: Psychiatry
Dr Andrew Shepherd
Friday 10 September 2021, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
A psychiatric assessment is influential and spans many fields in terms of its impact. In this Zoom talk Dr Andrew Shepherd explores the nature and purpose of psychiatric assessment – drawing on forensic work as an illustrative example – and seeks to identify some of the limitations and issues that can arise.
Andrew is a consultant forensic psychiatrist, working in secure hospital and prison settings, he also carries out work as an expert witness, aiding the courts in relation to criminal legal proceedings. He is an honorary lecturer in the University of Manchester and his research interests focus on the psychosocial dynamics that influence care provision in secure settings.
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