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10:00 - 18:30


non-bpf members £ 199.00
bpf members £ 159.00
bpf trainee members £ 99.00


Royal College of Nursing
20 Cavendish Square
London, London W1G 0RN
United Kingdom

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the violent human - bpf annual conference


The bpf Annual Conference - ‘The Violent Human’ - is an exploration of the origins and expression of violence in human personal and social relationships in its many manifestations (including on the environment) at the different stages of life from childhood to adulthood. The conference will examine the role of psychotherapy in the prevention and treatment of violence, whether in the individual or the group. We will also look at the insights that psychoanalysis may offer on the unconscious dynamics (in the individual, the group or in society) that contribute to violent action, whether overt or camouflaged. 

Among the themes that this conference will seek to explore are:

  • the unconscious roots of human violence
  • therapeutic work with violent children and adults
  • the challenge of knife crime and ‘the gang’
  • violence in the domestic arena, in theatres of war or terrorism, or underlying the climate catastrophe

The imagery of writers, artists and dramatists will also be used to further examine these themes.


confirmed speakers

Teresa Bailey
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. Co-Editor (with Ann Horne) of the Independent Psychoanalytic Approaches with Children and Adolescents series (Routledge).

Jessica Collier
Art Therapist and clinical supervisor in the female prison estate. Co-convenor of the Forensic Arts Therapies Advisory Group

Angela Foster
Psychiatric social worker and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, editor of ‘Mothers Accused and Abused: addressing complex clinical needs’

Dr Anthony Gunter
Programme Lead for Childhood and Youth Studies in the Open University’s  Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies. He is Author of Race, Gangs and Youth Violence.

Prof. Paul Hoggett
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Professor Emeritus of Social Policy, University of the West of England, Climate Psychology Alliance Executive Committee

Anne Horne
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Fellow of the British Psychotherapy Foundation. Co-editor of  The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

David Morgan
Psychoanalyst, Consultant Psychotherapist, Fellow of the British Psychoanalytic Society, the chair of the Political Mind Seminars at the Institue of Psychoanalysis.

Stanley Ruszczynski
Psychoanalyst and Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, former Clinical Director at the Portman Clinic, co-editor (with David Morgan) of  'Lectures on Violence, Perversion and Delinquency'

Dr Coline Covington
Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology and the British Psychotherapy Foundation. Her forthcoming book, For Goodness Sake: Bravery, Patriotism and Identity, will be published by Phoenix Publishing House in November 2020.

Ariel Nathanson
Consultant Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapist specialising in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and young adults with perverse, delinquent and violent behaviours.

Dr Christiane van Duuren
Chris van Duuren is a now-retired medical doctor and psychoanalytic psychotherapist . She has extensive teaching experience in many settings, including as a Balint leader registered with the Balint Society. In a voluntary capacity she is a Member of the UK Palestine Mental Health Network.

other information

Registration from 9am. The conference will be followed by a drinks reception.

The full programme will be announce soon.



This workshop counts as 7 CPD hours.

access information: The building is fully accessible

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

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non-bpf members £ 199.00
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bpf trainee members £ 99.00