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Trauma and Psychosis conference, ISPS

This promises to be a great conference on November 26th in London. There are 2 more bursary places available so please pass this on to families, friends and all who are using and/or working in mental health services.
Psychodynamic-Conference-2016-Poster-Sept2016.pdf (543.2 KB)
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Hi Val,

Thanks for sharing this :slight_smile: Here’s the updated conference flyer too (with the programme so people can see what discussions they’ll have the opportunity to take part in)

ISPS UK Psychodynamic 2016 Conference - Final Nov_web.pdf (300.7 KB)

About the conference

It is widely accepted that trauma can increase the likelihood of someone experiencing psychosis. Yet, in a field that is continually evolving, there is no simple answer to the question of how best to help someone struggling with psychosis to work through their experiences in psychotherapy. This conference explores key issues in understanding and working with people who experience psychosis and the impact of traumatic life experiences. Reflecting the context that we live and work in, it will create a dialogue between those who practise psychodynamic psychotherapy and those who experience psychosis first-hand.

See: to book

Outline programme


9.30 Chair’s introduction – Ann Scott

Perspectives on Trauma

9.45 The Therapeutic Relationship: What stays unsaid – Dolly Sen

10.15 Contemporary psychodynamic approaches to trauma – Jo Stubley

10.45 Discussion with Dolly, Jo and conference participants

11.15 COFFEE

Perspectives on Psychosis

11.45 Contemporary psychodynamic approaches to psychosis – Carine Minne

12.15 ‘If you see me you’ll die’: Understanding beliefs of toxicity and their impact on psychotherapy – Rai Waddingham

1.15 LUNCH

2.00 Open Space: A chance for participants to select topics that interest them for further small group discussion

3.00 TEA

Perspectives on Voice-Hearing

3.15 Discovering New Ways of Working with Voices: Psychodynamics and the Hearing Voices Movement – a dialogue with Dirk Corstens

4.00 Brief reflections on the day by John Read, Ruth Forrest and Brian Martindale, followed by discussion between all speakers and participants

4.45 CLOSE

Conference Fees

  • ISPS UK Members – £105
  • Non-Members – £125
  • Subsidised Rate* (ISPS UK members only), for low-waged (<£12K) people with lived experience of psychosis and their families – £31.50

*Subsidised rates are limited. As well as offering these places to those listed above, we may be in a position to allocate a few subsidised rates to student members of ISPS UK, but students will need to apply to the ISPS UK office rather than booking directly on-line (please contact Ali at Those with lived experience and their families may book directly on-line.

A limited number of free bursary places are available for low-waged (<£12K) ISPS UK members with personal experience of psychosis (either themselves or a family member) who have not recently benefited from a bursary place at one of our conference. Please e-mail Ali for more information.

See: for more