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11:00 - 12:30


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St Antony's College
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complex trauma: working creatively within a psychoanalytic frame

With the publication of ICD 11 psychiatric classification pending, we are facing a new diagnostic category of Complex PTSD. Many of us will recognise these patients as suffering from significant developmental trauma, who may well have had a number of different diagnostic labels in the past. These are patients who require an adaptation of psychoanalytic techniques, alongside a flexible approach. This flexibility may include the use of different modalities or the adoption of a trauma-informed approach. In this paper I will discuss the creative work needed to engage and treat such patients and how a psychoanalytic understanding remains central to the work in all its forms.

Registration, tea and coffee start at 10.30 am. Tickets are also available on the door at £20.

This event is organised by the bpf Wessex.

about the speaker

Dr Joanne Stubley is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic. She leads the Tavistock Trauma Service, and has considerable experience of working with individuals, groups and organisations who have experienced trauma. She is actively involved in teaching and training in this field, with a particular interest in complex trauma.

She is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (tf-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and MDMA – assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. She is Co-Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ task group on Historical Child Sexual Abuse. She is also on the Board of Trustees for Freedom from Torture, a Human Rights charity, which provides therapeutic care for survivors of torture.


how to get there

By train: 22 -30 minutes’ walk or bus from Oxford Station.

By car: the nearest Park and Ride to St Antony's is Peartree OX2 8JD, from where you can take the 300 bus to just outside the College entrance.


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


accessibility:  The venue has full wheelchair accessibility 

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