Events 2022

Relational Psychoanalysis: Introductory Workshop with Centre for Relational Psychoanalysis July 12th 2022. Click here:

Foundations of Relational Psychoanalysis – with the Centre for Relational Psychoanalysis Tuesday, September 20th through Tuesday, November 29th, 2022. Click here:

Psychotherapy Training – what role for social identity?

“A widespread commitment to the task of engaging reflexively and reckoning with these ethical implications of social identity in our work, might represent ‘change that feels authentic’ for those of non-normative and non-conforming identities. However, it is necessary to be realistic about the generations of opposition to change in this area that partly define our profession. Within it, positions can be as polarised as outside given what the literature reports about backlash politics mobilised against the looming spectre of political correctness. As the literature and the participants established, despite the background of one’s personal analysis, the psychoanalytic healer identity can disconnect us from a more mutual identity, as implicated subjects. The harmed and harmful bits can get disavowed for the public performance of secure, unprejudiced, professionalism”.     

Nicholas Frealand.

How do ethnicity, class, religion, sexual orientation, gender – as vital aspects of our identities – collide with the norms and ideologies that we encounter in training? How do our formative understandings and experiences of training, shape our relations to our profession?

Presentation: Nicholas Frealand, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist (ACP, NHS, BAATN, TRS)

Date & time:  1.5 hours. 7.30pm – 9.30pm mid week evening to be confirmed.

Fee: £90 for the three sessions.

This 3-part participatory presentation series provides an opportunity to explore some of the ways that psychotherapists have experienced and understood the role of social identity in their training.

This series is based on psychoanalytic research available here, the interviews from which will be drawn upon to frame how social identity can be viewed as having roles in training that are variously sufficient (the focus of session 1), insufficient (the focus of session 2) and ambivalent (the focus of session 3).

You will be invited into a group dialogue to collectively explore psychotherapists’ statements from these interviews and consider the impact, reactions and ideas they evoke. This will provide an opportunity to personally reflect on social identity’s role in our trainings, in prescriptive terms – whether it had a place or belonging, and descriptive terms – what kind of role it had and how did it function?

In thinking about the possible reasons behind the role/s social identity has had in training, you will also have the opportunity to engage with the historical context of our trainings, to consider the roots of particular ideologies which inform training culture and priorities. 

This will involve a confrontation with questions around the degree to which our training has enabled us to uphold our avowed image, aims and ideals when it comes to method and ethics.

This series has the aim of enhancing all our understandings of our training, identity development and the politics of our profession to better inform wider decisions around how we practice and how we train others.

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The Narcissistic Dynamics of Submission: The Attraction of the Powerless to Authoritarian Leaders.

Paper and dialogue: Jay Frankel will present his paper The Narcissistic Dynamics of Submission: The Attraction of the Powerless to Authoritarian Leaders.
Jay Frankel uses Ferenczi’s trauma theory to think about what compels people towards authoritarian leaders and refers to more recent events.
There will be space to think with Jay about his presentation.

Date & time: Sunday March 27th 2022 3-5pm London time. Note: British summer time begins that day.
Venue: Zoom – a link will be sent the day of the event to registrants.

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You can find an earlier paper that introduces some of the ideas he works with here:   

Jay Frankel, Ph. D., is a psychologist and psychoanalyst. He is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, and Clinical Consultant, in the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, at New York University; Associate Editor, and previously Executive Editor, of the journal Psychoanalytic Dialogues; co-author (with Neil Altman, Richard Briggs, Daniel Gensler, and Pasqual Pantone) of Relational Child Psychotherapy (Other Press, 2002); co-editor (with Aleksandar Dimitrijevic and Gabriele Cassullo) of Ferenczi’s Influence on Contemporary Psychoanalytic Traditions (Routledge, 2018); and author of three dozen journal articles, book chapters, as well as numerous conference presentations and lectures, on topics including trauma, identification with the aggressor, authoritarianism, the analytic relationship, the work of Sándor Ferenczi, play, child psychotherapy, relational psychoanalysis, and others.

TRS AGM: Sunday 27th February 2022 3-5pm

We will start the meeting with an opportunity to get to re-connect and meet one another through ‘what have you been reading lately – or not so recently – your call?’.   

Activity 1: Following on from the recent invitation on the list –  please bring a sentence, a paragraph, a poem – something that has informed, infused or inspired you that you would like to share. It doesn’t have to be from some theoretical relational text book, it is an open invitation to share something.  

Activity 2:  We will then reflect on the shape TRS could take as a learning community.  It has been around as an organisation for a good while now and we wish to review and reflect on the how and the what of the organisation. 

What kind of learning community experiences do you want to co-create?  Make happen? Participate in?

So we will imagine together for a while and we invite you to bring your imaginings to share. 

If you can’t make the meeting we invite your responses to the questionnaire posted on the list.  

Please book your place so that we know numbers and can be quorate.

Members only: tickets here: