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14:00 - 17:00


BPC-registered psychotherapists (non-BPF) £ 15.00
BPF members £ 0.00


British Psychotherapy Foundation
37 Mapesbury Road
London, NW2 4HJ
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endings, unexpected and planned: cliff edge or soft landing?

The speakers will discuss responsible endings/retirement, issues around fitness to practice, difficulties for clinical trustees, the role of supervision and how/when should trainees be introduced to these issues.

The day is divided into two parts:

part 1:

In her talk, Penny Pickles will expand on the report Responsible Retirement, produced by the task group she chaired and submitted to the BPC in 2017. She will return to the recommendations the group made to the BPC and consider why a number of them have not been taken up. In particular, she will look at the difficulties facing clinical trustees as well as consider issues around fitness to practice and attitudes to retirement

part 2:

In her talk, Anne Power will consider the challenges for clinical trustees when a therapist suddenly becomes unable to work for whatever reason. She will reflect on the role of supervision in fitness to practice and the degree to which this may provide protection for patients but has sometimes proved unreliable. The talk will include thoughts about initial training and what might need to be in place before a trainee sees their first patient.

about the speakers

Penny Pickles is a Training Analyst at the Society of Analytical Psychology and a past Chair of the Society. She is also an alumni member of Tavistock Relationships. She has been a member of the BPC Ethics Committee, Chair of the SAP Ethics Committee and Chair of the International Association of Analytical Psychology’s Ethics Committee. For seven years she was Co-ordinator and Supervisor of the IAAP’s training programme in Moscow. She has taught at the SAP and TR. In 2016 she was asked by the BPC to chair a group to produce a report looking at the problems of retirement, illness and the sudden death of analysts and psychotherapists.

Anne Power has qualifications from The Bowlby Centre, Westminster Pastoral Foundation, Tavistock Relationships and Relate. She has supervised and taught on a number of trainings and has a private practice seeing couples and individuals. Her book 'Forced Endings in Psychotherapy' explores the process of closing a practice for retirement or other reasons. Her published papers explore attachment meaning in the consulting room and in the supervision relationship. She is currently researching and writing about logic versus magic in partner choice: random romance, arranged marriage, and dating sites – what’s the difference? 


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BPC-registered psychotherapists (non-BPF) £ 15.00
BPF members £ 0.00