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09:30 - 17:00


bpf member fee £ 150.00


British Psychotherapy Foundation
37 Mapesbury Road
London, NW2 4HJ
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comparative clinical methods workshop

This is the second workshop on the Comparative Clinical Method (CCM) that we are putting on for members of the bpf.

The CCM is a method of understanding better how we work clinically. It was developed by a group of European psychoanalysts in order to construct a framework for comparing different forms of psychoanalytic work. Please refer to Tuckett, D, et al. 2008, Psychoanalysis Comparable and Incomparable: the evolution of a method to describe and compare psychoanalytic approaches, Routledge, and Spurling, L., 2018, “Do We Need to Know What We are Doing? Discovering Our ‘Working Model’ of Psychoanalytic Practice Using the Comparative Clinical Method”, British Journal of Psychotherapy, vol.34 pp.569-584) for more information.

The workshop will consist of a presentation by one member of the group of a piece of their analytic work, which the group will use to construct the different elements of the “working model” of the presenting therapist. The learning in the workshop comes as much from the discussion in the group about this process, and its difficulties, as from the outcome. We have already run one such workshop for the bpf which members found to be interesting and enriching for their practice.

This CPD seminar is offered by the Post-Qualifying Committee of the PPA and is open to all qualified members across the bpf.

who is it for

The workshop is open to bpf members who attended the first workshop and to those new to the method (who are advised to read the Tuckett book and Spurling paper cited above).

course leaders

Ronald Doctor is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Medical Psychotherapy, West London Mental Health NHS Trust, a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, member of the IPA committee of Psychoanalysis and Law, board member of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy, and Hon. Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College, London. He has edited two books: Dangerous Patients: A Psychodynamic Approach to Risk Assessment and Management (2003) and Murder; a Psychotherapeutic Investigation (2008), and published "History, murder and the fear of death" in International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytical Studies (2015) 12.2 152-160.

Laurence Spurling is a Senior Member of the bpf, and a Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he is also Director of Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainings. He is the author of An Introduction to Psychodynamic Counselling (Palgrave, first edition 2003) and The Psychoanalytic Craft: how to develop as a psychoanalytic practitioner (Palgrave, 2015) and has published clinical and theoretical papers in a number of journals, including the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and the British Journal of Psychotherapy.  


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