Books donated to the BPF

The bpf were extremely lucky to be granted the opportunity to collect books from the recently deceased Professor Laura Marcus. Our librarians Polly Mortimer and Andrew Russell went to Oxford to choose those books most useful for our library. Although Professor Marcus was a professor of English Literature, she had an extensive collection of psychotherapy books as well. For the two librarians it...

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Mind's Eye Vol 7

Have a look at our latest version of Mind's Eye, volume 7. A digest of all things interesting and relevant to psychotherapy. https://www.britishpsychotherapyfoundation.org.uk/content/minds-eye-volume-7    

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Obituary- Judith Elkan

Obituary : Judith Elkan Judith Elkan, Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapist died peacefully on 24th February at the age of 92.   She trained at the Tavistock Clinic and worked with children and adults and specialised also in infant observation.  She later visited Israel and taught baby observation in Israeli health centres, emphasising...

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VIDEO: the vulnerability of and risks to workers in the mental health services during COVID-19

VIDEO: the vulnerability of and risks to workers in the mental health services during COVID-19  Presented by Angela Foster on the 19th September 2020.In recognition of the fact that that we cannot predict the development or outcome of the pandemic this paper, presented by Angela Foster, raises a number of questions and attempts to explore these by...

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Art in a Time of Lockdown: 'What Next', a poem by Jean Pearson

Art in a Time of Lockdown #1  What Next With weather veering between searing heatAnd then tempestuous gale-force winds,An eerie sense prevails of what’s afoot,What next are the Gods preparing for us. Lockdown has given life more clarity,Enabling re-connection with the Earth,And re-acquainting us with timeless truths.Simple, forgotten pleasures...

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rozsika parker prize 2022 - call for entries

  ROZSIKA PARKER PRIZE 2022   The British Journal of Psychotherapy’s Prize  established in 2013 in memory of Rozsika Parker focuses on a critical engagement with questions of creativity. An influential art historian and clinician, Rozsika Parker represented WPF/FPC on the BJP’s Board for many years and was well known for her commitment to creativity, in both art and clinical...

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compendium of remote therapy guidelines and resources for therapists

compendium of remote therapy guidelines and resources for therapists There is a lot of information available online regarding the switch to remote therapy, which may be quite overwheming. In this blog post we have aimed to bring together some of the most relevant and useful resources and guidelines available, all in one place. good practise guidelines for...

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guidelines for remote therapy

guidelines for remote therapy It can be challenging to switch from in-person to remote therapy sessions, both for the therapist and the patient. Many therapists are having to switch very quickly to offering remote therapy sessions, which can lead to some confusing conversations with patients and a ‘hit-and-miss, learn as you go’ approach to remote therapy sessions.It’s important to pay...

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working from home

working from home Working from home can present a big change and many challenges to people who are used to working in an office. There are several tricks and rules to creating a healthy balance and working environment in your home. 1) Create a routineIt is easy to fall into the trap of 24hr availability when you are working from home, but ultimately this is not good for your mental...

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how to find free online psychotherapy resources

how to find free online psychotherapy resources Finding free, evidence based and reliable resources online can be difficult, especially if you don’t have institutional access. So in this post we have compiled a list of links and resources that can help you find the information you need. From academic texts to professional commentary, these websites can all help you to find peer-reviewed...

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boarding school syndrome: in conversation with joy schaverien

boarding school syndrome: in conversation with joy schaverien In her book 'Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the “Privileged” Child' Joy Schaverien identified a cluster of symptoms and behaviours, which she classified as ‘Boarding School Syndrome’. The premise is that children sent to boarding school at an early age suffer the sudden and irrevocable loss of their primary...

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BJAA: working with difference as jungian analysts

BJAA: working with difference as jungian analysts In recent years several BJAA members have written papers exploring the unconscious forces at work in the consulting room in the areas of race, class, migration and sexual difference. Current debates within the profession, postcolonial studies and the history of psychoanalysis in relation to totalitarian and fascist regimes call us to review our...

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why become a psychotherapist? (part II)

why become a psychotherapist? (part II) We asked bpf members what motivated them to enter the field of psychotherapy - here are more of their responses.  Drawn to working with people I began my career as an activist and community development worker facilitating change in the external world. Achieving this kind of personal empowerment and autonomy was valuable and certainly the social...

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why become a psychotherapist? (part I)

why become a psychotherapist? (part I) What motivates someone to become a psychotherapist? What makes them embark on this long and often demanding journey? There seems to be no single reason why one might choose a career in psychotherapy. We asked bpf members; the response was overwhelming. Below are some deeply personal notes on what made our psychotherapists pursue this career and what keeps...

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some jungian terms explained

some jungian terms explained the selfJust as a circle can be described in terms of its circumference or of its centre, so Jung describes the Self in complimentary ways, As the totality of our psycho-­‐physical being, with all our conscious and unconscious processes and potentials; As the deep centre of the psyche that ‘wills’ us to individuate to our maximum potential.The drive from the Self is...

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