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BPA Lecture of the Week: Disturbing and Disturbed: Working with patients who arouse difficult feelings
07 June 2017
Disturbing and Disturbed: Working with patients who arouse difficult feelings

Public event (for external members)

Time: 8.30-10.00 pm.

Cost: £35.00

This Lecture forms part of the Clinical and Theoretical Seminars (CTS) Course.   Theoretical lectures can be applied for on a single or multiple basis. 

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Speaker: Stan Ruszczynski

Disturbing and Disturbed: Working with patients who arouse difficult feelings. In this presentation the speaker will address the nature of the clinical experience of working with what are often called complex and disturbed patients/clients. Such patients may be known to forensic mental health or to the criminal justice system, but may be part of the work of all care services. He will describe and discuss how the disturbance aroused in others, as is often associated with these patients/clients, in the community, in services and in clinicians, is an inevitable manifestation of the nature of these patients' psychological make up. Further he will discuss how it is possible to take a clinical stance in relation to this dynamic which may become a central feature in the management or treatment of such patients.

About the speaker

Stan Ruszczynski is a psychoanalyst (British Psychoanalytic Association) and is the Clinical Director of the Portman Clinic (Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London), an outpatient clinic offering treatment to patients who are disturbed by their delinquency, criminality, violence and/or sexually damaging behaviours. In addition to his clinical and teaching activities, he undertakes clinical and organizational consultancy in probation, prison and secure hospital settings, his area of special interest. He is the co-editor (with David Morgan) of 'Lectures on violence, perversion and delinquency' (Karnac Books, 2007), as well as the author of a number of journal articles and book chapters. He also has a private analytic practice.

About the theoretical lectures

A series of theoretical lectures covering a broad range of themes in psychoanalysis given by Training and Senior psychoanalysts.  It forms part of the BPA Clinical and Theoretical Seminars (CTS): Lectures and Clinical Discussion Groups (CDGs) running from September 2016 to July 2017. The next lecture takes place on 21 June 2017 - Psychoanalysis and (psychoanalytic) psychotherapy with Helen Alfille.


Please contact us for accessibility needs including wheelchair access via training@psychoanalysis-bpa.org.

How to book

Cost: £35 per lecture payable upon application.  click to pay for lecture of the week on 07.06.17

Contact the Training Coordinator on training@psychoanalysis-bpa.org or on 020 8452 9823.


The bpf will not be held responsible for travel/hotel expenses made or incurred in the unlikely event of this course either being cancelled or postponed.

Event Details
Reference BPSCTS14
Start Date 07/06/2017
End Date 07/06/2017
Start Time 20:30
End Time 22:00
Price £35.00
Location 37 Mapesbury Road, London NW2 4HJ
Venue 37 Mapesbury Road, London NW2 4HJ
Tel: 020 8452 9823 Registered office: 37 Mapesbury Road, London NW2 4HJ
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