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19:00 - 22:00


Omnibus Theatre
1 Clapham Common Northside
London, SW4 0QW
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south london event: using psychoanalytic observation to understand escalation and aggression in the acute psychiatric setting

Escalation and aggression in the in-patient psychiatric setting have long been a concern and have been researched over many years. Ann Scott will present her current research project, which is using psychoanalytic observation to understand the subtle dynamics – between staff and patients, patients and patients, and staff and staff – that may make an escalation in the ward atmosphere, or an untoward incident, more likely. Whereas psychoanalytic observation is traditionally undertaken for one hour a week, over a period of time, this observational sequence is being done on an innovative, ‘immersive’ basis that is designed to surface the potentially cumulative impact of acute disturbance on the milieu itself.

The research method draws on ethnographic as well as psychoanalytic principles; there will be brief vignettes, and ample opportunity for reflective discussion of this complex space.


The time of the event (7-10pm) includes time for socialising before and after the talk and discussion.


about the speaker

Ann Scott is a Senior Member of the bpf Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association in private practice, and Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Psychotherapy.


Image by Penny Elder. Penny is a retired psychoanalytical psychotherapist. You can visit her website here:

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