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Psychic Change in Psychoanalysis: What does it mean and how does it happen?
20 May 2017
BPA Conference 20 May 2017

This first conference of the British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA) will take place on Saturday 20th May 2017 at the Royal College of Physicians, 11 St. Andrews Place, London NW1 4LE.

Clinical Groups led by BPA training analysts will take place on the previous evening of Friday 19th May 2017 at bpf, 37 Mapesbury Road, London NW2 4HJ.

A Reception takes place after the Clinical Groups for attendees of Groups and those solely attending the Conference the next day.   


Conference Aim

The aim of this first conference of the British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA) is to revisit a topic that lies at the heart of psychoanalysis: psychic change, with a focus on what it means and how it happens. The speakers and panelists will approach the subject from the varying theoretical perspectives of British psychoanalysis, providing the vital opportunity to explore differences and common ground. Ample time is given for discussion between speakers, panelists, and the audience, in the hope of generating lively and creative exploration, explication, and debate.

Keynote speakers are:

  • Dr Ronald Britton, Training and Supervising Analyst and Distinguished Fellow British Psychoanalytical Society (BPAS) and Honorary Fellow BPA
  • Mrs Sara Collins, Training and Supervising Analyst BPA
  • Ms Viqui Rosenberg, Training and Supervising Analyst BPA.


Who is this for?

This conference welcomes members and candidates of the International Psychoanalytic Association as well as members and candidates/trainees of the member organisations of the British Psychoanalytic Council or the equivalent.



Friday 19 May 2017 - 37 Mapesbury Road, London NW2 4HJ

6.30pm-8.00pm - Clinical Groups

8.15pm-10.00pm - Reception

Saturday 20 May 2017 - Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, London NW1 4LE

8.30am-9.15am - Registration and coffee

9.15am-9.30am - Opening Remarks: Mr Philip Roys

9.30am-10.15am - Session 1: Dr Ronald Britton wil present his paper, 'Have you changed your mind?', Mr Philip Roys, Chair

10.15am-10.45am - Discussion

10.45am-11.15am - Tea/coffee

11.15am-12noon - Session 2: Mrs Sara Collins, will present her paper, 'Occasion for change: Is there such a thing as a mutative enactment?', Dr David Simpson, Chair

12noon-12.30pm - Discussion

12.30pm-2.00pm - Lunch

2.00pm-2.45pm    Session 3: Ms Viqui Rosenberg, will present her paper, 'Filling in the frame - moves between absence and loss', Mr Philip Roys, Chair. 

2.45pm-3.15pm - Discussion

3.15pm-3.45pm - Tea

3.45pm-5.00pm - Panel Discussion with Audience on conference topic: Mrs Jan Harvie-Clark, Mr David Morgan, and Mrs Lesley Steyn, Panelists; Mrs Debbie Bellman, Chair

5.00pm - Conference closes.

Core Conference Speakers and Chairs

Debbie Bandler Bellman is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst of the British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA), working in private practice in London. She is a member of the BPA Board, formerly as Honorary Secretary and currently as Chair of the Scientific Committee. She also serves on the BPA Training Committee. She is a Training Analyst for the Association of Child Psychotherapists, and is also a child and adolescent psychotherapist. She has published a number of papers, and, with Jean Arundale, co-edited Transference and Countertransference: a unifying focus of psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2011) and Interpretive Voices: responding to patients (Karnac, 2015).

Ronald Britton is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Distinguished Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychoanalytic Association. He was given the “International Psychoanalytical Association Award for Outstanding Scientific Contributions” in July 2013 and the “Sigourney Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychoanalysis” in January 2014. His books include, The Oedipus complex Today; Belief and Imagination; Sex, Death and the Superego and Between Mind and Brain. Though essentially a clinical practitioner his writing has emphasised the relationship of analysis to literature, philosophy and theology.

Jan Harvie-Clark is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst of the British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA). She is a former chair of the BPA Training Analyst Committee, and currently on the BPA Board as Chair of Outreach. She is also Training Therapist and Supervisor for the British Psychotherapy Foundation. Her paper, ‘A five-bar gate: love and hate in the structure of the mind’ was published in Transference and Countertransference: a unifying focus of psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2011). She works in full-time private practice in London.

Sara Collins is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst of the British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA), and the Director of Training of the BPA.  She has taught widely on the BPA and British Psychotherapy Foundation trainings, as well as on other courses.  A contributor to the two BPA books, in the first (2011), her chapter was: "Why reconstruct? Perspectives on reconstruction within the transference".  In the second book, (2015) her chapter was: "The voice behind the couch: Whatever happened to the blank screen?" Her paper "On authenticity: The question of truth in construction and autobiography", was published in the IJP (2011).  Working in private practice, she also has a keen interest in art and psychoanalysis, and has written and published on psychoanalysis and opera.   

David Morgan is a consultant psychotherapist and psychoanalyst both in the NHS and private practice. He is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst of the BPA, a Training Therapist of the British Psychotherapy Foundation, and a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, at whose Institute he chairs the "Political Mind Seminars". He is Honorary Senior Lecturer, City University. London. On Resonance 104.4 he presents “Frontier Psychoanalyst". He lectures within the UK and abroad, and was guest speaker with Ruth McCall at the Freud Conference, Melbourne, Australia 2016 and at the Bob Gosling Memorial Lecture 2017. With Jan Harvie-Clark he co-convenes The BPA Freud Bar. His publications include: Lectures on Violence, Perversion, and Delinquency (Karnac, 2007), co-edited with Stan Ruszczynski, E books on narcissism (LSE) love and death. An edited book, The Political Mind is in press with the International Library of Psychoanalysis. 

Viqui Rosenberg is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst of the British Psychoanalytic Association, a former NHS Consultant in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and a teacher of Freudian thinking in the UK and abroad. She has lectured and published a number of papers on transference-countertransference, as well as on sexuality in psychoanalysis. She is also the author of Time Secret, a volume of poetic fiction, and has recently published, with Gregorio Kohon and Mario Flecha, Truco Gallo, a collection of short stories in Spanish. She is in private practice in London.

Philip Roys is a Full Member and President of the BPA. He is also a Training and Supervising Therapist for the British Psychotherapy Foundation (bpf), and Training Psychoanalyst for the Association of Child Psychotherapists. Currently in full time private practice in Oxford, he was previously Consultant Adult Psychotherapist and Psychological Services Clinical Manager in the NHS. He has taught on various psychoanalytic and psychodynamic trainings including the BPA and BPF (Wessex) and has served on a number of training committees. He has a number of publications and has presented papers locally and internationally. Originally trained in Economics and Sociology he has a longstanding interest in social and political issues.

David Simpson is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the British Psychoanalytic Association, and a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytic Society. He was a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Tavistock Clinic London where he was Director of child and adolescent psychiatric training, Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College Medical School, and Co-Chair of the Autism Workshop and Learning Disabilities Service. His interests include the childhood roots of adult difficulties, the impact of parental difficulties and intergenerational transmission.

Lesley Steyn is a Full Member of the British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA), on its Training and Scientific Committees, and teaches on the BPA training. She is a Senior Member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation, for which she teaches. She also supervises and is a training therapist for other training organisations. In the NHS she has worked as an honorary psychotherapist and taught at the Portman Clinic and as a visiting lecturer at the Tavistock Centre. She has published papers in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis on feminine masochism and on empathy and the analyst’s defences against projective identification. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis.

Clinical Groups Leaders

Dr Jean Arundale

Mrs Helen Alfillé

Dr Laura Etchegoyen

Mrs Irene Freeden

Ms Claudia Kramer

Ms Joscelyn Richards

Ms Julia Sandelson

Mrs Mary Twyman

Ms Susan Wax.

Booking information

£160.00* for the core conference for members/associates.

£140.00* Candidates/trainees.

£40.00 Clinical Groups 

* includes Reception on Friday 19 May 2017 at bpf and Lunch and Tea/Coffee on Saturday 20 May 2017 at RCP.

Please contact Dominique Gosai with any queries: enquiries@bpf-psychotherapy.org.uk.

Further information can be found at www.psychoanalysis-bpa.org


This venue is accessible - find out details on the Royal College of Physicans website listing its accessibility statement.


Please visit the Royal College of Physicans website about suitable accommodation.

Disclaimer: The BPA have the right to change the details of this event without notice.  Where circumstances force the BPA to cancel the event.  The liability of the BPA shall be limited to a refund of any fees paid for that particular event.  The BPA is not liable for any consequential loss.


Event Details
Reference BPAConf
Start Date 20/05/2017
End Date 20/05/2017
Start Time 09:15
End Time 17:00
Price £160.00
Location NW1 4LE
Venue Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, London NW1 4LE.
Tel: 020 8452 9823 Registered office: 37 Mapesbury Road, London NW2 4HJ
Company number 8238969 registered in England and Wales Registered charity number 1150806