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11:00 - 12:30


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University of Reading
Meeting Room, The Cedars
Whiteknights Campus
Reading, RG6 6UR
United Kingdom

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mothers accused and abused: addressing complex psychological needs

Mothers who harm and, in some instances, kill their children are viewed as undeserving aberrations, vilified and marginalized in the press and abandoned once their children have been rescued. They rarely get to tell their stories yet these women, almost without exception, were neglected and abused during their own childhoods, and in perpetuating their neglect we protect ourselves from facing the generational problem in our midst. As James Baldwin wrote ‘Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.’

Angela Foster will base this presentation on her book ‘Mothers Accused and Abused: Addressing Complex Psychological Needs’. She will focus on the challenges to therapists as they struggle to ‘face’ this problem and hear these women’s stories. She will address some common themes: humiliation and shame; severe personality disorder; and experience of repeated toxic relationships in which care and abuse are undifferentiated, and will highlight some of the ways in which therapeutic work is being carried forward.

Registration with tea & coffee starts at 10.30 am. Tickets are also available at the door at £20.

This event is organised by the bpf  Wessex.


about the speaker

Angela Foster is a psychiatric social worker, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, supervisor and consultant. She works with staff in mental health, forensic, substance misuse and childcare services. She was contributing co-editor to the Practice of Psychotherapy series of books, published by Karnac on behalf of the London Centre for Psychotherapy.

Professor Brett Kahr wrote of her book ‘Mothers Accused and Abused’: “Angela Foster has curated a magnificent collection of carefully constructed essays, written by leading mental health professionals. [...] This book must be read by every serious student of psychology, criminology, feminism and politics.”


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