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Talks and Presentations this Autumn

Balint Consultants lecture across the world

In September Dr Amita Seghal was invited by the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) to speak at their annual meeting held in New Delhi. IAFL is a worldwide association of around 720 practising lawyers who are recognized by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries.

Amita’s talk entitled ‘Freud and Family Law’ formed part of the IAML’s education programme. This was an ideal forum in which family law experts from around the world were presented with an opportunity to understand of the psychological aspects of divorce and separation, and how these processes can affect couples and their families, as well as family lawyers themselves.

This autumn Dr Chris Clulow will be on the move, travelling both virtually and in reality. First to South Africa at the invitation of the South African Association of Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists where he will be lecturing on ‘Attachment and Intimacy: Developing Love Relationships’. Then he will be giving an online seminar to the International Psychotherapy Institute based in Washington DC exploring the question: ‘Is neurobiology of any value to the practice of couple psychotherapy’? Later in the autumn, Chris will be back on a plane travelling to Lyon to talk go to Apsylien (Association de la Psychoanalyse des Liens) about developments in psychoanalytic practice, where he will summarise a paper entitled ‘Before, between and beyond interpretation’ that is to be published in the American journal Psychoanalytic Inquiry next year.

Professor Brett Kahr is also busy over the next few months delivering a number of keynote addresses to professional audiences. Firstly he will speak at a conference on “Sexual Oppression and its Impact on Mental Health and Well-Being: Implications for Psychology and Psychotherapy” at Regent’s University London. In November, Brett will deliver a keynote speech to the Psychotherapy Section of the British Psychological Society on “Clinical Mediocrity as a Breach of Ethics”. Coming up in December, he will be in conversation with Baroness Hollins, the former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists discussing psychoanalysis and politics at the Freud Museum conference on “Power Play”.

Luise Eichenbaum

Luise Eichenbaum

Dr Susie Orbach has just returned from Frankfurt where she went to celebrate the groundbreaking work done by the Centre for Eating Disorders. Dr Barbara Krebs and Sigrid Borse who now run the centre have built up an innovative service which is funded by local and state government with outreach to schools and the community. They have now reached their 30th anniversary and Susie was invited to share this important milestone with the team.

It’s also anniversary year for The Women’s Therapy Centre who will be celebrating 40 years by holding a conference on Dec 3rd in London. Luise Eichenbaum, who co-founded the centre with Susie will be presenting at the conference. Balint Consultant, Jane Haberlin, who worked at the WTC for many years has been very active in the conference planning committee. Please refer to the WTC Facebook page for more information.


Susanna Abse will be delivering a day on managing anger in the consulting room at Tavistock Relationships in in November. The day will outline some of the thinking and practice she and colleagues have developed which enhance mentalizing in couples and separated parents to help manage angry feelings between them.

Earlier in the month, Susanna will also give a keynote at a conference on leadership in the psychotherapy community. Drawing on her experience of leading a charity for ten years, she will outline the challenges of integrating the leadership function with the clinical task.

And finally, Dr Sarah Wynick will be speaking at The Independent School Show in November discussing providing support for your changing child, learning to cope and nu